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West Suburban IG - #metoo? #notus! HR’s Critical Role in the Sexual-Harassment Revolution
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When: Thursday, June 14, 2018
8:00 - 8:30 am Registration & Networking; 8:30 - 10:00 am Program
Where: Arthur J Gallagher
2850 Golf Road
Rolling Meadows, Illinois  60008
United States
Contact: Marguerite Allegretti

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HR professionals have spent decades trying to prevent, investigate, and resolve complaints of sexual harassment in the workplace. This work used to be done in relative obscurity – but that is no longer the case. In recent months, allegations of sexual harassment have dominated the headlines, captured the popular imagination, and roiled many well-known businesses and public figures. At this event, a panel of experts – ranging from CHROs to public-relations professionals to culture consultants – will discuss how HR professionals should react to this societal revolution in a way that best protects both their companies and their employees. 

Topics to be covered include:

  • Best practices for preventing harassment from happening in the first place
  • Dealing with explosive allegations, both inside the company and facing the public
  • Avoiding a “rush to judgment” and protecting the rights of all involved
  • Understanding, and policing, the line between consensual employee relationships and sexual harassment



David Loiselle, Vice President of Talent and Human Resources at Market Track

With over 20 years leading HR and People Operations teams, David Loiselle has helped diverse businesses build high performing human capital teams. His previous work at global service providers such as Four Seasons Hotels and Levy Restaurants allowed David to impact customers, employees and company objectives through the creation and delivery of process improvement and employee development solutions. More recently, David has been working in the technology sector and has helped build the HR teams and people processes for high growth organizations such as Shiftgig, the leader in mobile marketplace, gig-economy staffing solutions and currently as Vice president of Talent and Human Resources for Market Track, which provides data intelligence solutions to the world's largest brands and retailers.

In addition to his work in human resources, David spends time supporting non-profit organizations such as the Chicago Food Bank and Meals on Wheels. He is an addicted traveler and last summer was able to check off a life-long bucket list item by taking a 2-week solo motorcycle ride cross-country. He lives happily in Chicago with his with his wife Erin and his recently born beautiful first daughter. Oh, he may be proud to live in Chicago, but remains strongly loyal to his home town of Boston and all the great sports teams that hail from that region (Sorry Yankees fans). 


Steve Baker, VP of Human Resources at IFS North America

Steve has over twenty years of combined business operation and human resource experience that spans all human resource management competencies.  He has held human resource leadership positions in financial service, healthcare and software organizations.  Steve is an United States Air Force Veteran who has his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a Concentration in Management from Goldey-Beacom College and his Master’s in Human Resources and Employment Relations with a Concentration in Employment and Labor Law from Penn State University.

Steve is currently the Head of Human Resources at IFS North America reporting to the President of the Americas.  He is responsible for providing Human Resource related thought leadership, as well as guiding and managing the overall provision of Human Resources services, policies, and programs for the North American organization.

Kenya Spann, Human Resources Consulting Manager at Gallagher Benefit Services' Human Resources & Compensation Consulting Practice

Ms. Spann has a broad range of human resources experience with a proven track record of working closely with business leaders at all levels, in a variety of industries to build winning cultures, performance leadership, and HR solutions that drive results.  She has supported both established organizations and entrepreneurial ventures, helping them to create sustainable, organic growth.

Prior to joining GBS, Ms. Spann held human resources leadership positions in a variety of industries.  Among some of the other roles include Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resources at City Colleges of Chicago and Director of Human Resources and Administration at the Chicago Urban League.  In her current role as a consultant and a trusted advisor, she partners with clients on a variety of projects including HR assessments, training, compliance reporting, handbook development, talent and performance management, and business process improvements.

Ms. Spann holds a Master's degree in Human Resources Management, with Distinction from Keller Graduate School of Management and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).


Alyssa Burns, Principal & Owner at Alyssa Burns Communications

When a crisis hits, companies must quickly align communications, legal, HR and operations teams to respond swiftly to avoid a hit to corporate reputation and a resulting negative effect on performance and the market. Clients turn to Alyssa when seeking expert guidance when they’re facing an acute crisis and need to create and implement an effective response strategy quickly and effectively.  Alyssa’s crisis communications experience ranges from sitting in Federal Court on a white-collar crime case with FBI witnesses and reporting back to the CEO each evening on the court proceedings, to providing counsel to doctors when media has been outside their door wanting to get a statement on a crisis.  


Lori Flaska, Vice President of Human Resources at The Habitat Company LLC

Lori Flaska serves as Vice President of Human Resources for The Habitat Company. Lori's responsibilities include researching, developing and updating policies and procedures and supporting our organization’s core values with all team members. Lori collaborates with Habitat’s leadership group to revitalize training and to enhance the work environment and productivity. Lori also ensures compensation and benefits programs provide motivation, incentives and rewards to drive performance.

Lori’s roots are in human resources, and she brings over 25 years' experience in this field, including her work at Mizar Holding Company (parent company BERNINA of America), where she managed a human resources team that supported over 300 employees and comprised five companies in multiple states. Prior to Mizar Holding, Lori served as director of corporate human resources at Wickes Furniture. Lori has also managed human resources at Health Connections/Healthcare Solutions, a healthcare reimbursement organization and medical billing company. Lori obtained a Bachelor of Science in retail management from Michigan State University.


Neil H. Dishman, Principal at Jackson Lewis P.C.

Neil H. Dishman is a Principal in the Chicago, IL office of Jackson Lewis P.C., a national law firm representing management exclusively in workplace law and related litigation. His business is helping employers prevent and resolve disputes with their employees. 

Mr. Dishman helps employers reduce risk and minimize legal costs by giving advice on difficult personnel decisions before litigation ensues. When litigation is unavoidable, he helps employers protect their assets and reputations by vigorously and efficiently defending them from employee lawsuits. Mr. Dishman counsels and defends employers on a wide spectrum of issues, including race, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability and sexual-orientation discrimination; sexual harassment; retaliatory discharge; Family and Medical Leave; and wage-hour compliance. He assists employers in a wide variety of industries, with particular experience in the property-management, non-profit, manufacturing, and health-care fields. Mr. Dishman has jury-trial experience and is a member of the Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.



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The West Suburban Interest Group is sponsored by Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.



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.