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Young HR Leaders - Building a "Best Place to Work" What Does it Take?
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*FREE* Join us in a discussion around what it means to be a best place to work and learn how companies in Chicago are embracing and embodying the phrase.

When: Thursday, February 11, 2016
2:30 - 3:00 Registration & Networking; 3:00-4:30 pm Program
Where: Grant Thornton *Please note new address*
171 N. Clark Street
2nd floor
Chicago 60601
United States
Contact: Lyndy Nierman

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What does it mean to be a best place to work today? What about in 5 years? What is HR’s role in developing the workplace culture that attracts and retains the best talent? As future HR leaders, it is up to us to help answer these questions and to help lead our organizations on a journey toward a high-performing culture that engages employees into the future.  Join us in a discussion around what it means to be a best place to work and learn how companies in Chicago are embracing and embodying the phrase.



Michelle Dix, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Asociate Principal, Human Capital Consulting
Michelle has expertise across all human resources disciplines, proving her to be a true, seasoned generalist.  With over 17 years of experience in human resource leadership, and as the HR consulting lead for HUB' Midwest region, Michelle has consistently demonstrated an ability to succeed above and beyond expectations.  As an HR leader for United Airlines Credit Union, she championed all leadership coaching and development programs, partnering with leaders to help achieve business results through workforce productivity. With a strong edge towards compliance and employee relations, Michelle is an expert project manager, introducing risk assessment and management in all services and products delivered.

As an HR business partner for DuPage County, Michelle overhauled its talent acquisition program, significantly improving talent quality and retention. With workplace health and sensitivity being a top priority, Michelle implemented significant programs that contributed to a highly-functioning and productive work environment.  Today Michelle works with a broad range of clients and industries. As a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, Michelle helps her clients develop best-in-class employee engagement programs and leadership development.  As a certified DACUM Facilitator, Michelle also works with clients to develop behavioral-based talent acquisition and retention programs.    Michelle graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Marketing from Clarke University, is a certified Senior Professional in HR (SPHR) and a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).


Liz Bright,Managing Director, Office. Advanced Resources
Liz began her career with Advanced Resources as a Direct Hire Recruiter in 1990. She quickly became a senior level leader within the organization and as Advanced has grown, Liz has assumed roles with increasing levels of responsibility and scope. Today, Liz is Managing Director of Advanced’s Office division. Liz is highly skilled in building strong and collaborative teams that effectively service hundreds of clients. Liz is passionate about culture, delivering exceptional service, and achieving results. Her tenure and success have made Liz a respected executive leader in the staffing and human capital industries.  Liz graduated from Loras College in Dubuque Iowa with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. She is active on the Membership Committee for the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC).

Deborah K. Deters, Chief Human Resources Officer, HUB International & member of Hub’s Executive Management Team.

Ms. Deters oversees all Human Resource strategic initiatives including human capital technology, employee benefits, talent acquisition and management, employee relations, learning and development, health and wellness initiatives, compensation and payroll.
Deters has more than 25 years of experience in Human Resources at several corporations. Prior to HUB International, she was Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Bally Total Fitness, the largest operator in the fitness industry. In this role she oversaw employee compensation and benefits, employee relations, talent acquisition, training and development, risk management, security, and payroll. Prior to Bally Total Fitness, she held HR and benefit positions at Bally Entertainment and Bally Manufacturing, Foster Higgins, and Johnson Higgins.
Deters has a BS in Business Management with a concentration in Human Resources and a minor in Psychology from Indiana University. Deters holds certifications in Global Professional Human Resources (GPHR), Certified Benefit Professional (CBP) and Certified Compensation Professional (CCP).  She is a member of the HR Policy Association, Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), HR Leadership Council of the Corporate Executive Board, and participates in the HR in Insurance Working Group of the Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers (CIAB).   Deters is an annual volunteer for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and coordinates corporate HubGives initiatives.
As an advocate of wellness in the workplace, Deters is a winner of the Corporate Wellness Magazine 2011 Excellence in Leadership Award. At the Annual Corporate Wellness Conference 2015, Hub was recognized as one of the Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America. Deters serves as a guest speaker on the topic of corporate wellness initiatives in addition to other areas of the HR function. 


Michelle Auger, Vice President, Director of Human Resources, DDB

Michelle's career in Human Resources began within the creative department of Leo Burnett as a resource manager. During this time, she earned her Master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology with a focus on fostering extraordinary performance and leading with emotional intelligence. 
Mid-way through her Masters a small, fast-growing advertising agency called Trisect asked her to join them to build an HR department that reflected and supported the growth and culture of the agency. During her tenure the agency was awarded 3rd place on Ad Age and Crain's Best Places to Work, joined the Crain's Fast 50 List and was awarded numerous Addy's, Reggie's and Lion creative awards.


This program has been approved for 1.5 business credit hours towards PHR/SPHR recertification as well as 1.5 professional development credits (PDC's) toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification.