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Talent Acquisition Interest Group - Creating Business Value through Diversity
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Talent Acquisition Interest Group - Creating Business Value through Diversity

*FREE to HRMAC Members* This session will help us learn more about how to incorporate diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

When: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
8:00 - 8:30 AM Registration & Networking; 8:30-10:00 AM Program
Where: American College of Surgeons
633 N. St. Clair Street
Board of Regents Room
Chicago, Illinois  60611
United States
Contact: Lyndy Nierman

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Creating Business Value Through Diversity


Diversity is all about celebrating our differences and recognizing the unique value that every person brings to the organization.  It is a business imperative and a competitive advantage as we all strive to deliver unique product and service offerings to a diverse customer base.   A strong workplace diversity strategy can help us to attract, motivate, and retain high quality recruits.  Leveraging the diverse thoughts, perspectives, and backgrounds of our employees allows us to continue to provide innovative solutions and products to better serve our customers and support future growth.

This session will help us learn more about how to incorporate diversity and inclusion in the workplace, including topics such as:

-Planning a robust and effective diversity initiative

-Conducting better and more targeted outreach to include a diverse pool of applicants during the recruiting and selection process

-Eliminating bias in hiring to actively focus on inclusion and achieve affirmative action goals

-Fostering a corporate culture that is challenging, engaging, and inclusively diverse.


Carl Kutsmode, Partner and Recruitment Solutions Practice Lead, TalentRISE

Carl Kutsmode is a founding Partner at TalentRISE, a talent acquisition management consulting and recruiting services firm based in Chicago that provides tailored, high-touch consulting and  recruitment solutions to meet an organization’s most pressing talent acquisition challenges.  Carl and his team offer deep talent acquisition focused management consulting expertise and solutions to employers seeking to address critical talent acquisition-related risks and operational gaps resulting from new market business expansion, new product launches, M&A or organizational transformation initiatives.    As a passionate expert recruiting professional, Carl and his firm also provide retained executive search, FLEX RPO and managed “On-Demand” contract recruiting services to help employers scale their in house recruiting support to meet their rapidly changing talent needs.


Rebecca Tancredi, National Vice President of Programs, Upwardly Global (UpGlo).

UpGlo’s mission is to eliminate employment barriers for skilled immigrants and refugees and help them integrate into the U.S. professional workplace.  According to the Migration Policy Institute, there are over 1.9 Million skilled immigrants who are unemployed or underemployed in the U.S.  This is a significant waste of talent and diversity for U.S. employers.  By helping employers connect with work-authorized, educated and experienced new Americans, UpGlo has assisted over 4000 talented professionals secure positions in their career fields.  Rebecca joined Upwardly Global in 2009 to open and build UpGlo’s Midwest office.  In her current role she is nationalizing and growing programs across the country.  Prior to Upwardly Global, Rebecca worked in corporate Human Resources and was responsible for HR strategy, staffing and innovative talent development programs.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from Ohio State University.  

Nichole Barnes Marshall, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, AON Corporation

Nichole Barnes Marshall currently serves as Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Aon plc, the world’s leading provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing services.  She is responsible for the development and implementation of inclusion and diversity strategies for Aon’s 72,000 colleagues in more than 120 countries.  She is responsible for the integration of diversity and inclusion into every element of Aon’s talent agenda, including performance management, learning and development, succession planning and talent acquisition.

Joseph Pennington, Director of Military and Veteran Programs, Allstate

Joseph Pennington is the Director of Military and Veteran Programs for Allstate, and a 12 year Veteran of the Navy. In his role, he leads the development and execution of a broad strategy, including aspects of corporate social responsibility, employee engagement, communications and recruitment. Joseph is a dedicated advocate for military and Veteran issues and serves on various Veteran and military charitable boards.

Philip B. Maranon, Specialist, Vocational Rehabilatation, US Department of Veterans Affairs

Philip Maranon has spent the last 15 years working and dedicating his time to workforce development issues for veterans and civilians with disabilities.  He graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology with a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. He is a nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor as well as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. Mr. Maranon has an extensive background as a Vocational rehabilitation expert including expertise ranging from vocational evaluation, training, human resource, case management, counseling and job placement, on-the-job training coordination, and transferable skills analysis. He consults with businesses on best practices in corporate diversity programs, workplace accommodations, and compliance to state and federal regulations.

The Talent Acquisition Interest Group is sponsored by


This program has been approved 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.