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Career Development Interest Group - Functional Transitions

*FREE to HRMAC Members* Hear from a panel of HR professionals who have made those transitions and learn what steps they took, what hardships they came across, and what suggestions they have for you!

When: Wednesday, September 14, 2016
7:30 - 8:30 am Registration & Networking; 8:30-10:00 am Program
Where: Spot Trading, LLC
440 S. LaSalle
Chicago, Illinois  60605
United States
Contact: Lyndy Nierman

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Functional Transitions in Human Resources

Have you ever considered transitioning from a career in corporate HR into a career consulting in HR? Or, are you currently consulting in HR and wondering how you can transition back into the corporate HR world? Or perhaps you have never held an HR role but have always wanted to take your career in that direction. What are the necessary steps to take? How do you highlight your transferrable skills? What types of roles make the most sense for your transition? Hear from a panel of HR professionals who have made those transitions and learn what steps they took, what hardships they came across, and what suggestions they have for you.    



Rianne Idstein, PHR, Human Resource Consultant, Sikich

Rianne L. Idstein is an accomplished human resources professional with an extensive and proven track record of working closely with business leaders at all levels to build winning cultures, HR systems and practices that drive performance and business results. With over 11 years experience in human resources, Rianne’s broad-based knowledge affords clients guidance in the areas of compliance, compensation, employee benefits, employee relations, immigration, organizational development, talent acquisition and training and development.

Previously, she was the Human Resources Manager for Insurance Auto Auctions.  She also has experience as a Legal Assistant for a Law firm.  She holds a Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior, Benedictine University and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, Illinois State University

Jennifer Kramer, MS, PHR, Director of Human Resources, Pullman Sugar

Jennifer currently is the Human Resource Director for Pullman Sugar, a direct subsidiary of Dutch Farms, Inc. Previously at Sikich, Jennifer has had more than 12 years of experience in operations supporting multi-state for- profit and non-profit organizations. She has expertise in project management, organizational development programs, training and development, performance management, employee and client relations, policies and procedures and conflict resolution. Consistently recognized as an innovative, results-oriented and effective leader, Jennifer built team support by encouraging others to perform and achieve strategic business goals. She holds a Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior from Benedictine University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame.

Matt Brosseau, Director Information Technology. Instant Alliance

As the Director of Information Technology, Matt Brosseau is responsible not only for the internal technology needs of the organization, but also serves as a training and sales professional. Prior to joining Instant Alliance Matt worked as a developer building a real-time translation solution for a web-based chat client, moving in to the staff augmentation industry as a technical recruiter, and most recently returning to a technology focus as an internal IT Director and sales professional focusing on using technology to maximize efficiency and collaboration through out the company while sharing the insight he has gained with our clientele. Featured in CIO Magazine, Computer World, Crain’s Business, InformationWeek, TechRepublic and FOX Business, Matt is commonly sought after for his insight and knowledge of both the technology and talent markets.  Previously, Matt worked at Allstate Insurance Company as a Talent Acquisition Manager.

Christine Kidder, ​Director of Human Resources, International Code Council

Dwight Klein, ​Director of Human Resources, JULIE, Inc.  

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Questions? Please contact HRMAC at 312-981-6790 or Lyndy Nierman at

This program is pending for approval for 1.5 credit hours towards PHR/SPHR/SPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) as well as 1.5 professional development credits (PDC's) toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification.