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The 2017 Leadership Series features three programs designed to give you insights from C-suite executives and senior leaders from both public and private companies representing various industries. They will share their thoughts on important human capital issues that impact business success.
Each program features a lively panel discussion moderated by Phil Ponce, host of Chicago Tonight on WTTW. Plus, pre- and post-session networking provides opportunities to share experiences and best practices with other HR leaders. 


February 15, 2017: Driving Organizational Performance

The landscape is shifting with both a growing body of knowledge on what truly drives performance along with changing workforce demographics. Many companies are finding that their processes and tools, that have been in use for years, may very well not be keeping pace. Join us for what will be a fascinating and insightful discussion on how three very different organizations drive business outcomes through their leadership and human resource processes.

Panelists include:

  • Ric Estrada, CEO, Metropolitan Family Services
  • Josephine Lee, President & Artistic Director, Chicago Children's Choir
  • Christine Schyvinck, CEO, Shure Inc.

A good leader can make a success of a weak business plan, but a poor leader can ruin even the best plan. Which is why all organizations inherently realize that effective leadership across the organization can return significant business value. To identify, attract, fill, and retain corporate leadership talent, companies need leadership development programs focused on hiring strategies, employee development, and career and succession planning. This session will focus on identifying current and future leaders and how to engage strong performers to advance to the next level. The representatives of the panel will discuss topics such as how to create a high performance talent pipeline, engaging emerging talent early in their careers and leveraging new learning and development technologies.

Panelists include:

  • Jana Schrueder, COO, Northern Trust
  • Other panelists to be announced.

June 7, 2017: Transforming the Organization

We've all heard the expression 'culture eats strategy for lunch' - culture can often be one of the greatest enablers of organizational change, with success relying on employees' ability to act and behave differently to support the strategy. This panel discussion will focus on the critical role culture plays bringing an organization's vision and strategy to life. Attendees will hear from business leaders who have proactively addressed culture to support organizational evolution and drive change.

Panelists include:

  • Mark Hacker, EVP & CAO, Motorola Solutions
  • Other panelists to be announced.

The 2017 Leadership Series will be held at the Standard Club in downtown Chicago. Save on registration by purchasing the entire series or through group registration table discounts. BEAT THE 2017 PRICE INCREASE BY REGISTERING BEFORE DECEMBER 31. 

Please note: Refunds must be requested in writing 10 business days prior to the program date. Substitutions may be made at anytime. Pre-registration for each Leadership Series program closes the Friday prior to the program date at 11:59 PM CST.

2017 Leadership Series Registration Fees (through December 31):

Series Table of 10 $2,400 
Individual Series Registration $225
Single Program Table of 10 $850 
Individual Program Registration  $85 
Individual On-Site Program Registration  $99 
Non-Member Individual Program Registration  $150 


These programs have been approved for 1.75 business credit hours toward aPHR/PHR/SPHR/GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) and 1.75 professional development credits toward SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certification through SHRM.