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Young HR Leaders - Evolving Workplaces: Increasing Productivity in a Noisy World
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Young HR Leaders - Evolving Workplaces: Increasing Productivity in a Noisy World

*FREE to HRMAC Members* Please join us for a session on learning more about Productivity in this ever changing workplace!

When: Thursday, March 2, 2017
2:45 - 3:15 Registration & Networking; 3:15-4:45 pm Program
Where: Willis Towers Watson
71 S. Wacker Drive
Suite #2600
Chicago, Illinois  60606
United States
Contact: Lyndy Nierman

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Young HR Leaders Group Mission: Empowering professionals in the first ten years of an HR-related career to realize their leadership potential through high quality development and networking opportunities.

                                     Evolving Workplaces:  Increasing Productivity in a Noisy World

Organizations continuously face new challenges on how to balance the needs and work preferences of their employees while still creating an environment that promotes productivity. This event will explore how companies tackle topics like meeting culture, open layouts/workspaces, and other technological advancements to reach decisions that both meet the needs of their employees and drive business results.
Jill Havely, Director, Talent & Rewards, Willis Towers Watson
Jill Havely is the Midwest Region Leader for Willis Towers Watson’s Talent Line of Business. For over 25 years Jill has been successfully guiding companies through all aspects of business, organizational, cultural and employee experience transformations. She is particularly passionate about helping companies define and bring to life their employee value proposition, maintain and improve employee engagement and help organizations grow through their people.

Jill has presented at WorldatWork, Conference Board and local chapter conferences of SHRM and HRMAC on EVP, change management, effective communication and support of the employee experience. She has published several articles on trends in communication and change management for CW Magazine, WorldatWork Journal and other industry publications. Jill has also won the prestigious IABC Gold Quill Award of Excellence.


Jim Kales, CEO, Aspire

Jim Kales is a pioneer on cutting edge between non-profit and for-profit business. Aspire is an $11.5 million non-profit located in metropolitan Chicago. 

Under Kales’s leadership, Aspire has been transformed into one of the Midwest’s most innovative nonprofits. Aspire helps more than 1,000 children and adults with disabilities each year. Since Kales took the helm in 2007, Aspire’s private fundraising has tripled, boosted by a strong emphasis on corporate partnerships. Aspire has embraced social entrepreneurship and social media, launching its own coffee company, Aspire CoffeeWorks, in partnership with Chicago’s Metropolis Coffee Company. Aspire coffees are sold in all Chicagoland Whole Foods stores, brewed in more than 45 local corporate offices and cafes, and were featured nationally on the TODAY show. 

Kales is an evangelist on building a winning, performance-based culture among Aspire’s team of 225 employees. As part of the culture transformation, Kales and Aspire made a deliberate decision to embrace the open workspace and forgo private offices. In 2015 and again in 2016, Aspire was named one of the 101 Best and Brightest Places to Work in the United States. 


Matt Beliveau, Vice President, Chief HR Officer, Morton Salt
Matt is responsible for leading Morton Salt's Human Resources function and staff across all company operations in the U.S., Canada and the Bahamas. Matt reports to Chief Executive Officer, Christian Herrmann and serves as a member of the company's executive leadership team.

Prior to joining Morton in 2014, Matt spent 13 years in progressive HR leadership roles at General Mills. During his tenure with the company,  he worked in a variety of HR assignments in the firm's manufacturing facilities and at its world headquarters. In addition to his HR leadership roles, Matt also had a cross functional assignment as a brand manager for Wheaties. Prior to joining General Mills, Matt served for four years as a Logistics officer in the United States Army where he attained the rank of Captain. Matt was honorably discharged following the completion of his service. Matt has a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.


Cynthia Hiskes, Chief People Officer,
As Chief People Officer, Cynthia is responsible for the strategic direction of all human resources functions and leading all human resources teams, including Employee Relations, Total Rewards and Benefits, Recruiting, Organizational Development, Talent Management and HR Systems. Working cross-functionally to support all areas of the business, Hiskes’ focus is on perpetuating a company brand and culture that attracts and retains world class talent.

Hiskes joined in June 2015 from Ferrara Candy Company, where she was Chief Human Resources Officer. She also served as Global Human Resources Director for London-based Rexam, guiding global human resources functions and launching mission critical systems and processes. Prior to her time at Rexam, Hiskes served in a variety of human resources management roles at Freescale Semiconductor (formerly Motorola SPS). She began her career at Procter & Gamble serving in a series of positions of increasing responsibility. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and continued her education at University of Michigan Ross School of Business, completing the Executive Human Resource Program in 2011. She is also a Certified Professional Coach and Certified Energy Leadership Coach.    


Please note:  Arrive by 3 PM!  We will be having a fun networking activity by Erin Diehl, Improve It!  


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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.