Renaissance Schaumburg, Chicago

What You Get

Our ‘invitation-only’ approach allows us to provide exceptional service for our audience.

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Conference Pass

Full access to the event including keynotes and educational sessions.

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Overnight Hotel

We cover the first night and offer a discounted rate. Spouses welcomed.

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5 Star Catering

Let us treat you to delectable breakfast, lunch, refreshments, and more.

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Ace Networking

Rub shoulders with the best. Entry to all networking activities including industry dinner.

Who You'll Meet

A unique engagement opportunity with Fortune 500 companies and emerging mid-size enterprises.

250+

Influential Peers

Benchmark and network with the movers and shakers of HR and Talent Management.

30+

Thought Leaders

Learn from the best in the field and walk away with actionable insights.

50+

Leading Partners

Meet only the solution providers most relevant for your projects and initiatives.

2.5K

Connections

Unparalleled networking opportunities with high profile industry leaders.

What You'll Do

Your registration creates a truly customized agenda based on your specific areas of responsibility, challenges and interests.

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Free Time

Spend most of your time participating in educational sessions and networking activities.

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Research Meetings

Face-to-face 25-minute meetings to discover leading solutions guided by knowledgable executives.

40

Educational Sessions

Keynotes, plenary sessions, industry panel discussions, case studies and more.

6

Networking Activities

The perfect place to connect with peers who can truly make a difference to your business.

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KEY THEMES

This year, the 100% peer-driven educational program will be centered around key themes addressing the most pressing challenges. Check out our featured speakers and key themes from 2017:

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Key Themes

close Leadership & Learning Development
  • Leadership Competencies & Succession Management

  • Coaching for Greater Impact: Linking Learning and Development to Business Results

  • Micro Learning: The Future of Learning and Development?

  • How to Lead during Changing Times and New Administration

  • Blended Learning Strategies for a Distributed Workforce

  • Understanding the Power of LinkedIn’s Analytics

  • Social Platforms for Global Employee Connectivity and Feedback

  • Utilizing Employee Demographic Data and Activities: Engagement & Retention Purposes

  • New way to display data

  • Usefulness of AI and Bots

  • Intuitive Technology with Minimal Administrative Burden

  • Today’s Business Role for the CHRO

  • Retention is an Outcome Not a Strategy; Unlocking Potential

  • What the New Working Environment Should Look Like for Employees

  • Performance Management Strategies

  • Going Digital; Shared Services Feasibility for HR

  • Building Company Culture: Multi- Generational Workforce

  • Attracting the Top Talent

  • Social Media Platforms for Talent Acquisition

  • Solving for Unconscious Bias

  • Fair Employment Value Proposition through Recruitment Branding

  • Interviewing for Fit and Culture

  • How to Continually Engage Employees for Retention

SPEAKERS

Get insights from 20+ specialized HR leaders making way in the ever-changing world of human capital management. These are just few of the speakers that joined us in 2017:

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Judy Edge

Corporate Vice President, Human Resources

FedEx Corporation

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Shawn Bryant

VP, Finance - Payroll Operations

American Express

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Lori Henkel

SVP, Global Human Resources- GHR Life Event Services Executive

Bank of America

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DK Bartley

Vice President, Head of Talent Acquisition

Dentsu Aegis Network

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Sudipto Banerjee

VP - HR Operations and Services

Acosta

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Tamara Heimonen

Associate Director, HR Research & Advisory Services

McLean & Company

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Alan K. Nevel

Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion

Thermo Fisher Scientific

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Natalie Stute

Chief HR Officer

Consilio, LLC

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Jason Desentz

Chief Human Resources Officer

Horizon Global Corporation

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Daniel Dellacona

SVP, HR / People Development & Organizational Effectiveness

Publicis Health

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David Jones

CFO

AMITA Health

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Heather E. Vogel, MHRD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Chief Talent Officer

The Children’s Home Society of Florida

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Tom Stewart

Executive Director

National Center for the Middle Market

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Kate Hyatt

Chief People Officer

Healthgrades

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Tracie Sponenberg

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

The Granite Group

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David Harcourt

Manager, Employee Insights

Yum! Brands

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Jim Arnold

Founder & CEO

finHealth, Inc.

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Terri Hartwell Easter

Principal

T.H. Easter Consulting

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Lyle Wells

National Director of Leadership Processes

Flippen Group

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Jeff Richie

Regional VP of Business Development

Vantage Benefits Administrators

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Michael Pratt

Director of Partnership Development

Orange Tree Employment Screening

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Al Zink

SVP, HR

CareCom

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Tom Connolly

CEO

GattiHR

AGENDA

Make every session valuable by selecting up to three key themes to mix and match the most relevant topics to you. Check out some of the sessions from last year's program:

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Breakfast Buffet

MondayBreakout Presentation

close Harnessing the Power of Inclusion to Improve Performance, Productivity, Innovation and Growth

Thermo Fisher Scientific - Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion

The dialogue on diversity and inclusion must change. Many companies are at a point where they now “look” diverse; however, they have failed to capture any quantifiable business benefit. Simply put, diversity is meaningless if the culture within an organization does not fully embrace and leverage the unique skills, capabilities and experiences of its employees. The conversation needs to shift to being one about “True Inclusion”.

 

 KEY TAKEAWAYS:
  • Why a focus on diversity without inclusion is a waste of time, effort and resources
  • A systematic approach to creating an inclusive culture which actively influences behaviors to produce more successful outcomes for employees, customers and the organization as a whole
  • Using data and workforce analytics to drive and measure “inclusion first” thinking to encourage new behaviors that lead to better business results

Speaker

Alan K. Nevel
Vice President, Global Diversity & InclusionThermo Fisher Scientific
MondayBreakout Presentation

close The Evolution of Bank of America's Life Event Services Team

Bank of America - SVP, Global Human Resources- GHR Life Event Services Executive

Lori’s presentation will focus on sharing the story of Bank of America’s Life Event Services team, an in-house Global HR team dedicated to supporting employees, retirees and in certain situations, family members, who are impacted by a significant life events including taking a leave of absence, retiring from the company, facing a terminal illness, experiencing the loss of a loved one, critical events such as a natural disaster, or domestic violence. The team also supports our employees who are transitioning gender within the workplace.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:
  • How the BAC Life Event Services (LES) team was created
  • The services offered by Bank of America’s Life Event Services team
  • Lessons learned from the evolution of LES
  • Impact of our services to our clients and our LES teammates

Speaker

Lori Henkel
SVP, Global Human Resources- GHR Life Event Services ExecutiveBank of America
MondayBreakout Presentation

close How to Solve the 5 Pervasive Team Challenges and Transform Your Business

Leadership & Learning DevelopmentFlippen Group - National Director of Leadership Processes

People represent the greatest investment opportunity in any company. They’re also the greatest challenge. And the challenges multiply when people work together on teams. Despite the dysfunction of the majority of business teams, teamwork has never been more important for fast-growth companies. In this session, you’ll learn how to accelerate the effectiveness of new teams and new leaders, how to deal effectively with contentious teams and teammates, how to optimize high-functioning teams and navigate change initiatives, and how to develop and retain your high potentials.

Key Takeaways:

  • How to accelerate the effectiveness of new teams and new leaders.
  • How to deal effectively with contentious teams and teammates.
  • How to optimize high-functioning teams and navigate change initiatives.
  • How to optimize high-functioning teams and navigate change initiatives.
*CPE Credit-Participants will be able to identify the 5 most significant team challenges and share ways to engage these issues and solve them to create dynamic teams and extraordinary outcomes.. Field of Study: Personnel/HR

Speaker

Lyle Wells
National Director of Leadership ProcessesFlippen Group
MondayBreakout Presentation

close HR Analytics and its Impact on the Business

Horizon Global Corporation - Chief Human Resources Officer

KEY TAKEAWAYS:
  • What does Predictive Analytics mean?
  • What are 3 questions to consider around Analytics and its Impact on the Business?
  • Understanding key factors for successful HR analytics setup.
  • Understanding the HR Predictive Analytics Journey.
  • Things to consider when selecting a Business Intelligence HR technology to help with analytics.

Speaker

Jason Desentz
Chief Human Resources OfficerHorizon Global Corporation
MondayBreakout Presentation

close How Did Healthgrades Reduce Medical Benefit Cost by 15%?

Healthgrades - Chief People Officer

In 2016, the Healthgrades HR team redesigned the company medical benefits program for 2017 resulting in a 15% YOY decrease while most companies experienced an increase of 5-6%. A creative strategy including competitive bids, new plan design, and additional voluntary benefit offerings achieved this goal. Multi-channel communication, an online exchange platform and individual decision-making sessions were key to success.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:
  • Increase options
  • Communicate, communicate, communicate
  • Reduce the risk for the employee
  • Treat this as a change management initiative

Speaker

Kate Hyatt
Chief People OfficerHealthgrades
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Gremlins in the Attic: Uncovering Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

The Children’s Home Society of Florida - Chief Talent Officer

We know diversity efforts help us to increase our talent pools and retention. What we don’t know is that unconscious bias may be lurking underneath, undermining all the good we’re doing. Bias, hidden in the form of an unfair act or policy, costs an enormous amount of lost business, turnover and litigation. This session will provide a background on unconscious bias theory, explore how it applies to people processes and present strategies for reducing it in the workplace.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
  • Define the term, unconscious bias.
  • Diagnose the characteristics and behaviors of unconscious, subtle and disguised bias.
  • Implement strategies for increasing awareness of and mitigating unconscious bias.

Speaker

Heather E. Vogel, MHRD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Chief Talent OfficerThe Children’s Home Society of Florida
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Celebrating Success & Strengthening Company Culture Through Virtual High Fives

Consilio, LLC - Chief HR Officer

A recognition rich culture is the #1 driver of employee engagement and low turnover. When employees feel appreciated and valued, they’re more likely to give that much more of their efforts and heightened contribution levels. In this presentation, Natalie Stute will share how Consilio has successfully implemented a recognition program that both recognizes and connects employees across their 20 offices and 10 countries globally in a meaningful and sustainable way. By implementing a recognition platform, called Bonusly, Consilio has been able to immediately engage employees (from India to California) in recognizing peers for the great work they do day in and day out on a real-time basis.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:
  • Learn how to make employee recognition painless and easy
  • Increase employee engagement through peer recognition
  • Learn how to align and reinforce your company core values through recognition
  • Understand best practices and lessons learned in implementing this employee recognition program

Speaker

Natalie Stute
Chief HR OfficerConsilio, LLC
MondayNetworking

Industry Dinner

STEERING COMMITTEE

Experienced CHROs help us design a relevant and 100% peer-led educational program. Check out a sample of last year's members:

Steering Committee Members

Laurie Colasanti Vice President, Human Resources
DHL Express Americas
Doug Harris SVP, Human Resources
Clean Harbors
Maureen Doran-Houlihan Vice President, Global Talent Development Learning & Development Solutions
MasterCard
Michael Lynch Senior Vice President Clinician Recruitment and Retention
Davita Healthcare Partners
Debbie Nix Vice President, Human Resources & Risk Management
Covenant Care
Amy Esser SVP, Regional Director of Human Resources
MRM//McCann
Michael Walters SVP, Human Resources
Genoa Healthcare
Rebecca Henry Vice President, People Services
Allegiant Travel Company
Jason Westenskow Vice President of Human Resources
Zachry Corporation
Vicki Kahaner Vice President, Labor & Employee Relations
Northwell Health
Karen Beach Chief Human Resources Officer
Shangri-La
Greg Harper Vice President – Human Resources, Safety, Health and Environmental Affairs
Northstar Aerospace, Inc
Tracie Sponenberg Senior Vice President, Human Resources
The Granite Group
Kristina Birukova Assistant Vice President, Human Resources
New York City Economic Development Corporation
Becca Boyd Vice President and Director of Human Resources
SmartBank
DeRetta Cole YMCA Metro Atlanta
CHRO
Kathy O’Driscoll Path
CHRO

ATTENDEES

We help CHROs and HR senior-level executives connect with peers in different industries to discuss their top-of-mind directives. Last year's attendees include:

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EXHIBITORS

Connect HR is quickly establishing a reputation as the boiling pot of information, ideas and solutions. Check out last year's solutions:

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EXHIBITOR TESTIMONIALS

"The information we learned from our one-on-one meetings is invaluable. The attendees were spot on – decision makers, ready to shortlist vendors! The event was beautifully organized and the entire process was super-efficient. I would highly recommend CONNECT to other solution providers – make this a must sponsor event in your marketing plans!"

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ABOUT

North America's fastest-growing HR event plays host to over 250 attendees each year.

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HOTEL & TRAVEL

Your full access conference pass includes overnight accommodations, meals and cocktail receptions.

The Hotel

Renaissance Schaumburg

Experience refined style at the Renaissance Hotel in Schaumburg where stunning design blends seamlessly with impeccable service.

Our Schaumburg hotel accommodations boast stylish design and luxurious comfort. Located in an accessible hub with a sophisticated collection of retail and culinary options such as Sam & Harry’s and Woodfield Mall, this Schaumburg, Illinois hotel serves as an indigenous ambassador for entire Chicagoland area…and a gateway for the entire Midwest.
  • Accommodations must be booked through the conference organizers and not through the venue directly. We cover the first night and offer a discounted rate. Spouses welcomed. For reservations please contact:
The nearest airport is Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD), which is less than 15 miles away. Alternatively, you may fly into Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW). This hotel does not provide shuttle service. Taxis are readily available at the airport.
The Renaissance Schaumburg  | 1551 N. Thoreau Drive Schaumburg, IL 60173