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HRMAC webinars are designed to keep you and your team current on a myriad of HR issues.

Webinars are FREE to HRMAC members.

Learn from your office or assemble your team in the conference room for a "lunch and learn" program. Can't make the live session? HRMAC members receive complimentary access to the recordings as well. Not a HRMAC member? Recordings are available for purchase!

Interested in sponsoring a webinar? Submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis, and scheduled as dates become available throughout the year! Please contact Andrew Haigh at ahaigh@hrmac.org or (312) 673-5442 to submit a proposal. 

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All HRMAC webinars are submitted for 1 credit hour toward aPHR/PHR/SPHR/GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute and 1 professional development credit (PDC) toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification. If approved, codes will be provided during the webinar.

Upcoming Webinars

Mapping the New Total Rewards Journey: Rethinking the Value Proposition for an Evolving Workforce

Thursday, February 28 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

As the war for talent in today’s tightening labor market intensifies, many U.S. employers are taking steps to modernize their Total Rewards programs. Willis Towers Watson has learned from our research that Total Rewards programs are crucial to an employer’s ability to compete for talented employees in today’s digitally disrupted workplace. Many employers’ Total Rewards initiatives have not kept pace with the new world of work environment; therefore, employers are now recognizing the need to modernize these programs and make enhancements in order to deliver the most value to their employees.

During this webinar, learn breakthrough approaches to Total Rewards and what leading organizations are doing differently to stay ahead of competitors. Attendees will also gain a better understanding of what employees and prospects value.

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About the Speakers

Rachael McCann, Senior Director, Health & Benefits

Rachael is a Health & Benefit Senior Director based in the Willis Towers Watson Philadelphia office. She has over 20 years of experience as an advisor supporting employers in their health & welfare benefit strategy. This includes execution plans demonstrating innovation, modernization, cost management, with a focus on inclusion, diversity and the employee experience. 

Rachael is the North American Health and Benefits (H&B) Compliance Specialty Practice leader, as well as a leader of the Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) consulting services within the H&B practice. Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson in 2005, she worked at Deloitte Consulting LLP and Cigna Healthcare.

Rachael possesses a broad array of experience which includes the following:

  • Leads a team of attorneys who provide compliance expertise to Willis Towers Watson clients and colleagues in the US and Canada focused on health and welfare benefit plan design and strategy, executive welfare and compensation plan design and legal compliance issues (including the ACA, ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, COBRA, HIPAA, the FMLA, USERRA and state insurance laws). The team performs a number of compliance focused functions, including: ACA, HIPAA, operational and wellness reviews, as well as nondiscrimination testing, drafting of plan documents and responding to ad hoc compliance needs.
  • Advises clients on the interplay of I&D and benefits, talent expectations as well as those of investors and regulators and how employers can optimize based on the diverse characteristics of their current and future workforce. This includes a focus on external metrics related to I&D and sustainability and benefit reviews.
  • Supports clients in their health and welfare benefit strategy and design, pricing, benchmarking, vendor management, compliance activities and due diligence and related implementations. Special projects have focused on total rewards, benefit related activities within mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. Audit strategy and compliance consulting has focused on bridging traditional program management activities such as claim and operational audits, to compliance requirements and best practices (e.g., ACA, ERISA, IRC, HIPAA, EEOC).

Mariann Madden, Director, Rewards

Mariann Madden is a Rewards Director based in Willis Towers Watson’s Chicago office. She has over 20 years of experience as an advisor to external clients, organizational leaders and internal practitioners on global total rewards and organizational development matters. Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson in 2014, Mariann served in organizational development, talent management, and compensation consulting roles at Heitman LLC, Deloitte Consulting LLP and Arthur Andersen LLP.

Mariann possesses a broad array of experience, which includes the following:

  • Development of job leveling frameworks, titling conventions, base pay structures and pay governance 
  • Management of compensation work streams for Merger & Acquisition engagements, conducting side-by-side analysis of compensation programs and drafting recommendations for integration of the compensation programs and practices for the companies involved in the transaction 
  • Development, implementation and management of performance management programs
  • Development and integration of functional job competencies into talent acquisition, compensation, and performance management processes
  • Design and facilitation of manager effectiveness training programs
  • Design, implementation, and administration of global compensation programs
  • Development of international HR programs and processes

In addition to her consulting role, Mariann is a member of the North American job leveling and fair pay teams, which focus on building job frameworks and conducting pay equity evaluations. Mariann received a B.A. in Accounting from St. Ambrose University. She is a member of WorldatWork and serves as a Director on the Chicago Compensation Association Board. 

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How to Sustain Competitive Advantage with Vertical Development—Talent and Competencies Are Not Enough

Wednesday, March 13 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

To create truly sustainable competitive advantage, organizations must integrate vertical development into existing selection processes and skills training. Vertical development involves a focus on preparing leaders for challenges they will encounter in today’s increasingly volatile, complex, and ambiguous environment where information and situations are fluid and unpredictable.

It’s more important than ever to hire talented people and match them to the right roles. However, even the best talent in the right roles won’t produce consistent competitive advantage unless leaders continue to develop and grow. Creating a sustainable competitive advantage requires going beyond identifying the best leaders (selection) and providing ongoing training (horizontal development). Competitive advantage requires abilities to think in different ways and function within interdependent systems to meet the needs of the enterprise in a constantly changing and highly competitive global environment.

In this session we will show how to incorporate vertical development and gain competitive advantage for the organization.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Differentiate between horizontal and vertical development
  • Understand how leadership selection combined with developing new ways of thinking and reacting can affect business outcomes
  • Generate ideas for vertical development that can be applied in their organizations

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About the Speaker: Stosh D. Walsh, Leadership Solutions Facilitator - Global Markets

Two enduring passions dominate Stosh’s life: a love for people, and a relentless yearning to impact them. His peak satisfactions and accomplishments stem from the moments in which he has been able to combine these passions to serve and influence individuals and organizations in meaningful ways. In pursuit of this ideal, Stosh has pursued and attained leadership and advisory positions that have enabled him to challenge others, and be challenged by them, to take life to the next level of intimacy, commitment, engagement, and productivity. The forging of these partnerships drives his leadership and business ethic, based on his firm conviction that contributing his talents and soliciting those of others is the best way to greatness. 

Stosh began his career in traditional education settings, serving as a classroom teacher for middle and high school students. After those experiences, Stosh worked in higher education, designing and teaching courses on leadership. From there, he enjoyed nearly a decade of consulting experience before joining the largest credit union in Illinois (8B in assets) to oversee their organizational development and internal communication functions. Over the course of his career, he has served others in non-profit and for-profit organizations, including many Fortune 500 companies. His experience as a coach, consultant, trainer, speaker and writer spans a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, financial services, automotive, government, retail and manufacturing. He also has experience serving and chairing non-profit boards. 

Stosh is an expert in strengths-based organizational development, including executive coaching, leadership, employee engagement, talent and performance management, having spent thousands of hours with clients in each. His speaking resume includes 2 TEDx talks (Lead Like They’re Dying and #30forothers), and he is the author of "Along the Way: Leadership Stories from Everyday Life" (2012), "Five Questions You Must Ask Your Team" (Gallup Business Journal May 2013), and "Leadership is More Than the C-Suite" (Gallup Business Journal September 2013). 

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Ready or Not, Organizations Need to Transform. Are You Ready? Learn Four Ways to Drive Successful Transformation.

Tuesday, April 23 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

We’re experiencing a period of unprecedented change and disruption. But incremental change is no longer enough to succeed. Your organization needs to transform. Is your organization ready?

Join our webinar and learn what organizations are doing to drive successful transformation, including bridging the gap between strategy and implementation, achieving individual commitment aligned to organizational objectives and quickly changing the mindset and capabilities of their workforce.

By the end of the session, you’ll come away with a clear sense of not only what it means to transform, but how to get there.

Join Lee Hecht Harrison’s Michelle Moore in a discussion on this timely and relevant topic. You will:

  • Learn why it’s important to understand the difference between change and transformation.
  • Hear about the challenges other organizations are facing to transform.
  • Identify the skills and behaviors your people need to achieve a successful transformation.
  • Learn enablers for accelerating transformation results and HR’s role in achieving success.

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About the Speaker: Michelle Moore

Michelle Moore is the SVP, Global Practice Lead – Change and Transformation for Lee Hecht Harrison. Michelle has more than 25 years of international experience working with organizations to use human capital to solve complex business challenges and individuals to maximize personal effectiveness and career success. 

Michelle has worked globally with leaders at all levels to help them improve business results by addressing common challenges like leadership development, succession planning, organizational development, change management and team effectiveness, but also has specific expertise and experience in the area of leading technology-led business transformation and innovation.

Michelle strongly believes that in today’s digitally disrupted world, leaders need a good understanding of technology and its impact on organizations, teams and people.  She also believes that people are the real fuel driving innovation, and a new approach to leadership is required to succeed.  

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