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North/Northwest Interest Group - Inclusion Accountability: From Words to Action
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North/Northwest Interest Group -  Inclusion Accountability: From Words to Action

*FREE to HRMAC members* We will explore the business case for building an inclusive business environment. The panelists will share examples of how they and their business leaders are aligning the way they approach diversity and inclusion practices with strategic business goals.

When: Friday, May 13, 2016
7:30 -8:30 AM Registration & Networking, 8:30-10:30 AM Program
Where: Lake Forest Graduate School of Management
1905 W. Field Court
Conway Park
Lake Forest, Illinois  60045
United States
Contact: Lyndy Nierman

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How will your organization move beyond foundational, compliance-focused “D&I” toward a sustainable, strategy-driven diversity 2.0, with inclusiveness as the catalyst for business success? 

In the face of significant disruptive change, there’s growing awareness among business leaders that diversity and inclusion has shifted from a box-checking legal imperative to a business strategy imperative. Among PwC’s 18th Annual CEO Survey’s key findings, “85% of CEOs whose organizations have a diversity and inclusiveness strategy say it's enhanced performance.” Despite this seismic shift in thinking, nearly 30% of organizations do not have this strategy in place.

At this HRMAC event, our panel of HR and other business leaders will explore how organizations can begin to move beyond foundational, compliance-focused “D&I” toward a sustainable, strategy-driven diversity 2.0, with inclusiveness as the catalyst for business success. The panelists will share how they and their senior leaders are making strides toward creating a truly inclusive culture, activating diverse talent using intentional inclusion strategies to drive business growth.


Cherie Price, President, Illinois Diversity Council and Program Manager, Payment Innovation Division at Anthem, Inc, the nation’s largest health benefit company.  

Cherie is focused on developing policy for their Enhanced Personal Health Care Program models which delivers excellence for the five dimensions of a high performance health system: quality, access, efficiency, equity and healthy lives. Cherie has held a leadership role in various capacities within the Health Care Management industry for her 30-year career.
During this journey she became a Diversity and Inclusion Change Agent holding Council Co-Chair and Chair seats within her organization and was a catalyst for diversity awareness. In 2012 she joined the IL Diversity Council as the Activities and Events Chair.  In the Fall of 2016, Cherie became a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) and stepped into the role of Advisory Board President and has commitment herself to a life long journey of learning. In addition to becoming proficient in the D& I discipline, she received a Master of Communications (MSC) degree with an emphasis is Business Leadership and Change Management from Northwestern University in 2012. 
She’s an avid world traveler, passionate about her interior decorating business “Cherie Amour Designs” and is a competitive but humble reigning Scrabble or Words With Friends champion. Cherie greatest gifts and life’s’ mission is giving of herself to encourage and empower others


Sherina Maye Edwards, Commissioner, IL Commerce Commission

Commissioner Sherina Maye Edwards was appointed by Governor Pat Quinn on February 25, 2013, to a five year term on the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC). This appointment was historical as she was the youngest commissioner ever appointed in the state of Illinois.
Prior to her appointment, Commissioner Edwards practiced as an attorney with the highly ranked international law firm, Locke Lord LLP, where she focused on all aspects of consumer finance litigation. Since her appointment to the ICC, she has taken an interest in electric reliability, water, natural gas and critical infrastructure issues. Through her active involvement in the National Association for Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), Commissioner Edwards serves as Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Education and Research and as a member of the Committees on Gas and Utility Marketplace Access, with previous service on the Water Committee. In 2015, she traveled to Dubai to present to a foreign delegation on electric reliability and transmission issues. She is also member of the Organization of MISO States.
Commissioner Edwards has been a champion for diversity and inclusion and in September 2014, founded the Women’s Energy Summit as an annual forum for select women across the nation to discuss pertinent issues in the energy industry, highlight accomplishments, uplift rising stars and break down barriers. In 2015, she co-founded the Chicago chapter of the Women’s Energy Network, an organization which attracts, educates and develops professional women across the energy value chain. She was influential in the establishment of the ICC’s Office of Diversity and Community Affairs and the formation of the Illinois Utilities Business Diversity Council, a forum for best practice sharing and information exchange among Illinois’ utilities with a focus on advancing the growth and utilization of diverse businesses in the state of Illinois.
A member of the Leadership Greater Chicago Fellows Class of 2015 and the Lake Shore chapter of the Links, Inc., Commissioner Edwards sits on several boards, including the National Executive Board of Delta Sigma Theta and the Founding Board of Directors of the Great Lakes Academy Charter School. She also spends time volunteering with and mentoring underprivileged youth in the Chicago community. Commissioner Edwards earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Spelman College, cum laude, and a Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C., where she was a merit scholar.

Lisa Keltner, Senior Director, Inclusion and Diversity at Baxter International, Inc.

Lisa joined Baxter in 2000 from G.D. Searle & Co. where she was responsible for global public relations for the company’s blockbuster arthritis product. At Baxter, she has served in a variety of communication leadership roles, including in the company’s Renal and BioScience businesses and in corporate. In her corporate roles, she was responsible for Baxter’s sustainability reporting and reputation communications. Lisa also led the global internal communications team where she was responsible for culture change, employee engagement and transformation communication efforts, including inclusion and diversity.  Lisa earned a Master of Science degree in Integrated Marketing from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Tufts University.

Gina Max, Senior Director, Talent Management and Diversity, USG

Gina S. Max is the senior director of talent management and diversity for USG Corp. During her long tenure with USG, she has worked in a number of human resources and field leadership roles in both the subsidiary and corporate business units. Over the years, she has had the opportunity to play a key role in manufacturing and distribution leadership where she led cross-functional teams to update organizational structure, create new programs, and implement change.
 Max leads USG’s talent management and diversity function where she brings with her the experience from the manufacturing and distribution organization, including operations and sales, as well as extensive expertise supporting the corporate headquarters. She has responsibility for workforce planning, talent acquisition, training and development, performance management, succession planning, organizational design, and diversity and inclusion. 
Max received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Penn State and a master’s degree in business administration from Capella University. 

Monica D. Guillory,  Director, HR & Workplace Inclusion, RR Donnelley

Monica Guillory, SPHR, is Director HR and Workplace Inclusion for RR Donnelley, an $12 billion global provider of integrated communications services. Responsible for Diversity & Inclusion strategy and Human Resource leadership for the Logistics platform including several locations throughout US. She is based in the Bolingbrook, IL. While most of her career background is in Human Resources, Ms. Guillory’s professional career includes management roles in Healthcare and broadcast communications. Her expertise includes leadership development, employee engagement, motivating teams for performance, employee relations, project management and group facilitation.
Currently Guillory serves as a Board Member for Diversity MBA Magazine, Board Member Empowering Women Network (EWN), Director on the Workforce Investment Board of Will County and is a Board of Director at Large for Emerging Life Solutions, Inc (ELS) a non-profit agency working to house and educate homeless youth. She is active in the Bolingbrook Chamber of Commerce, and a volunteer youth mentor. She founded an award winning Corporate Women’s Mentoring Program.


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This program has been approved for 2.0 business credit hours towards PHR/SPHR/GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) as well as 2.0 professional development credits (PDC's) toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification.