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North/Northwest Interest Group - Growth of Predictive Analytics: De-mystifying Data
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North/Northwest Interest Group - Growth of Predictive Analytics:  De-mystifying Data

*FREE to HRMAC members* Please join us in learning more about HR's role in developing Predictive Analytics for successful results!

When: Friday, October 7, 2016
7:30 -8:30 AM Registration & Networking, 8:30-10:30 AM Program
Where: Lake Forest Graduate School of Management
1905 W. Field Court
Conway Park
Lake Forest, Illinois  60045
United States
Contact: Lyndy Nierman

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Growth of Predictive Analytics:  De-mystifying Data to Drive Strategic Decision Making for the Right Talent!

Understand how HR leaders can transition from using data for reporting to leveraging data to make the case for investing in talent that drives current and future business success.

In the increasingly complex workplace, there’s a growing awareness that people are the competitive advantage. Data and analytics are key tools used by business leaders to make and guide future decisions. So often, HR struggles to understand and harness the power of data in making smart human capital investments across the talent management spectrum.               

At this HRMAC event, the panel of HR and business leaders will continue the focus on shifting the conversation to HR’s role as a value creator, influencing and impacting business results. HR data is different from other business data. The savvy HR leader can use this data to support the value of investing in talent in areas such as quality of hires, forecasting benefits and training programs. Also, we will focus on the characteristics of top performers,  hiring decisions and the root cause of turnover.


Dan Lezotte, Ph.D, Principal, Mercer
Dan has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of Talent Management and Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology, having held positions in consulting, industry, and academia. As a principal in Mercer’s Workforce Strategy & Analytics practice, he leads strategy and analytics projects related to selection (assessments), pay equity analysis, diversity measurement, strategic workforce planning, and business impact modeling of HR practices. Dan’s consulting engagements have cut across multiple industries including healthcare, higher education, pharmaceuticals, finance, retail, technology, manufacturing, utilities and government agencies.
Dan received his doctorate in I-O psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he previously held a faculty position and now sits on the Board of Overseers for the College of Human Sciences.


Jonakan O’Steen,  First Vice President, Organization and Talent Development, Equity Residential Properties 
Jonakan is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience in property management, as well as corporate education, organizational development, employee leadership training and mentoring, and performance consulting. He currently oversees a team of highly talented learning and OD professionals across the US delivering training and performance consulting to employees, leaders and Executives with blended learning solutions for sales, customer service, technology and systems, leadership development and succession planning. In addition, he works with Sr. leaders and Executives including the CEO to develop and align Equity’s business strategy, goals and performance management process. He has been instrumental in fostering a focus on employee development at Equity and has made a significant impact on the business through his thoughtful coaching, excellence in mentoring and training, and focus on diversity.   
Jonakan received his Masters Degree in Organizational Psychology, Organizational Development from Antioch University in Seattle and has his Bachelors of Music Education from University of North Texas.

Judy Whitcomb, Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Learning and Organizational Development, Vi-Classic Residence by Hyatt 
Judy oversees Vi's human resources functions, including employee relations, compensation and benefits, learning and organizational development, recruitment, and payroll. She came to Vi with more than 20 years of experience in a variety of HR leadership roles, including a 19-year career at United Airlines. She has previously held leadership roles in sales, marketing, finance and operations in the financial services and employee benefit services industries, Judy is SPHR and SPHR-SCP certified and earned her undergraduate degree from DePaul University and MBA from Roosevelt University. She is a frequent guest speaker at professional conferences as well as the author of a number of articles on employee development, organizational effectiveness and employee engagement. She also serves on the Service Board for Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago. 

Since joining Vi and building a ground-up learning and development function, Vi has been recognized with numerous best places to work and training awards including Chief Learning Officer Magazine’s LearningElite designation and Editor’s Choice Award for “Leadership Commitment,” Training Magazine’s Top 125 award and ELearning Magazine’s Top 100 award.

Mike Watson, Ph.D., Partner, Opex Analytics; Adjunct Professor, Northwestern University
Mr. Watson is a partner at Opex Analytics, an adjunct professor at Northwestern University and the lead author of two books, including “Managerial Analytics.” Opex Analytics helps companies use descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics to solve problems and develop deeper insights into their business and customers. Mr. Watson also teaches graduate level courses at Northwestern University in the both McCormick School of Engineering (Master in Engineering Management and the Master of Science in Analytics) and the Kellogg School of Management (MBA). He has been teaching at Northwestern as an adjunct professor since 1999. The courses cover such topics as managerial analytics, optimization, lean, operations management, and managerial statistics. His book “Managerial Analytics,” co-authored with Derek Nelson, helps managers navigate the complicated field of analytics and bring new ideas back to their organizations. The book is also the basis of executive education offered through Opex Analytics.
Mr. Watson completed his Ph.D. at Northwestern University in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences.  He frequently blogs about analytics and optimization.  

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This program has been approved for 2.0 business credit hours towards PHR/SPHR/GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) as well as 2.0 professional development credits (PDC's) toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification.