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North/Northwest Interest Group - The Changing Nature of Work

*FREE* As HR practitioners, we need to be one step ahead of the change curve. This means identifying and being prepared for the ever-evolving aspects of work including creating and managing virtual teams, developing an organization structure that matches changing business needs, and creating physical environments that facilitate new work practices.

When: Thursday, November 20, 2014
7:30-8:30am Networking & Registration; 8:30-10:30am Program
Where: Lake Forest Graduate School of Management
1905 W. Field Court
Lake Forest, Illinois  60045
United States
Contact: Lyndy Nierman

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As HR practitioners, we need to be one step ahead of the change curve.  This means identifying and being prepared for the ever-evolving aspects of work including creating and managing virtual teams, developing an organization structure that matches changing business needs, and creating physical environments that facilitate new work practices.  In this session, we will review these trends and discuss how local practitioners are adapting and evolving to the changing nature of work, including:

-Removing barriers for natural and spontaneous workflow 

-Building and managing virtual teams

-Shaping organizational models to leverage dispersed talent

-Planning physical space and implementing new facility strategies


Julia Sweeney, Managing Principal, Korn Ferry

Julia regularly partners with executive leaders to develop effective strategies for business agility. She has over twenty years of experience working across industries through both internal leadership roles and external consulting.

Julia has experience in driving large-scale change in complex environments, deep knowledge and expertise in the learning and development field, a strategic focus with a keen sense of the organizational dynamics that lead to adoption; all facilitating successful sustained transformational solutions.

Her work with Fortune 100 companies has spanned technology, energy, healthcare, banking, consumer, government and education industries.

Julia holds a Master of Science degree in Organization Development from Loyola University, Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, emphasis on Public Relations from Purdue University.


Jim Maloney, Director of Facilities & Real Estate, Kraft Food Group

Jim has 25 years of experience in the corporate facilities and real estate industry and has been with Kraft Foods for the last 15 years.  Jim leads the Corporate Real Estate, Facilities, Travel, and Relocation functions at Kraft and reports through HR.  Jim has a degree in Finance with a concentration in Real Estate from the University of Illinois and a MBA from our host location, the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.   As head of Facilities for Kraft, Jim has been successful leading a transformational change in workplace strategy for the company. 

Embracing and incorporating the company culture of collaboration and openness, Kraft no longer has any private offices in their corporate headquarters, but instead a multitude of collaborative spaces.   The innovative workplace at Kraft is a strategic tool that drives productivity and supports and enables the performance-based, start-up culture of the new Kraft Foods.  

Jennifer Moore Conti, HR Director, McDonalds

Jennifer is responsible for providing HR business partner support to McDonald’s Global Digital team, leading organization structure design, recruitment, internal talent assessment, compensation & benefits planning, onboarding and career development through a dedicated team of HR professionals in the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific Middle East & Africa (APMEA).

Prior to joining McDonalds, Jennifer held senior HR roles at Newell Rubbermaid, ConAgra Foods  and for Diageo, the world’s largest wine and spirits company. Jennifer received her master’s degree in Labor and Industrial Relations and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Amy Stinson, Principal and Workplace Strategist, Whitney Architects

With roots in the South and a passion for textiles and color theory, Amy’s great attention to detail and joie de vivre never cease to amaze us. She is a collector of ethnic textiles, beads, and artifacts. Her broad range of interests encompasses everything from gourmet cooking to reptiles (both before and after they’ve been made into handbags).

Having centered her design career around educating others on the history and potential of design, Amy has extended her knowledge base to include workplace strategy. Amy has successfully guided many  clients through Immersion Programming and Workplace Discovery sessions to help them uncover hidden potential and identify workplace issues that might impact their space.

Scott Herrington, Project Manager, WMS Gaming

Scott is a Senior Principal Manager within their PMO group and is responsible for cross-department coordination of product launches & international site expansion efforts. His experience includes Online Gaming, Game Mechanics, Video Game Production, project planning and multi cultural team management.

In his eight years with WMS he has held multiple roles including Theme Development Manager and Lead Producer.


Tammy Seibert, ​Organization Effectiveness, Change Management Practice Lead, Allstate

Tammy partners with business leaders on team effectiveness, change management, talent strategy, employee engagement, restructuring, integration, and sustainability approaches. Her experience covers Fortune 500 companies, mid-size organizations and non-profits with international experience in Europe, Australia and South America.

Tammy’s  current work includes research and integration of neuroscience and complexity theory/models to develop leadership and change agility, preparing leaders and employees for implementation of LEAN and Continuous Improvement process and partnering on the use of Social Media (relational metrics) to track and influence change adoption.

Prior to joining Allstate, Tammy has held key HR and Organizational Development roles with AT&T, Diageo and Kaiser Permanente. She earned her MBA from Northwestern University and an MS in Organizational Development from Loyola University.

Jennifer Blaeser, Director People Strategy at Strategy& (Formerly Booz & Company)

Jennifer is a seasoned high energy HR professional with extensive experience implementing strategic agendas; valued by executives as a dedicated partner able to build teams, influence change and drive collaboration across complex organizations in global environments. Her experience includes change management in complex and risk adverse environments, strategic talent management, employee relations and culture building.

Prior to her current role, Jennifer spent six years with Booz & Company including serving as their North America Director for Learning and development. She has held key roles for such firms as Coors and Oracle. Jennifer earned her BS from Marquette University and her MS in Industrial Relations and HR from Loyola University.

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