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North/Northwest Interest Group - Culture: Why it’s the Hottest Topic in Business Today
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*FREE to HRMAC members* “Culture is one of the most underappreciated essentials in business.” – Richard Branson

When: Friday, October 6, 2017
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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Culture: Why it’s the Hottest Topic in Business Today

Program Objectives:

-How to get your top leadership on board.  Establishing the  ROI for culture change.
-What are the pain points that trigger culture change?  How to lead the change vs respond to it.  
-How to create a road map for success.   
-Cultural “pains”- acquisition and growth periods - how to adjust?
-How do you move your organization to commitment phase? 

Approaching culture as a business strategy yields clear and better results. Companies have to build cultures where employees love to work, but few know how or where to begin. Changing culture can be both a priority and a challenge.

In this session, we will learn from experts on the value of a strong corporate culture and learn strategies that you can apply immediately to your company.  We will hear success stories as well as the regrets based on the experiences of HR and organization professionals.    


Carol Henriques, High Bar Consulting
Carol has 25 years of experience helping clients address challenging business and organizational challenges. She worked in not-for profit and public sector organizations prior to leading organization transformation efforts inside Pfizer and Ameritech. Carol then transitioned to external consulting where she took her experience to a variety of industries. She also helped build and led consulting practices of the next 10 years before starting HighBar Consulting in 2009. Through HighBar, Carol has the opportunity to work not only with for-profit companies, but also to pursue her passion of serving purpose driven organizations. She provides a unique blend of deep subject-matter expertise, objectivity, critical thinking, pragmatism, and flexibility to each of her clients’ unique situations. Carol builds very deep long-term trusted advisor relationships with clients.

Carol has deep and lasting relationships with her clients who value most her listening, expert facilitation, coaching, and problem-solving capabilities. She built her consulting expertise with Qwest, Arthur Andersen, Deloitte and Capital H Group before starting HighBar Consulting in 2009. Carol obtained an MBA from Columbia University and a Bachelors’ from University of Texas. She has authored numerous articles and speaks frequently at industry events. She is certified in a variety of leadership and talent instruments. 


Jessica Schaeffer,  Chief of Staff, The LaSalle Network

LaSalle Network is a national staffing, recruiting and culture firm honored with more than 70 culture and revenue-based awards. Throughout her tenure at LaSalle, Schaeffer has driven the organization’s social media and communications strategy, helped scale the decorated culture, and worked closely with the executive team to drive business results and expand service offerings. Schaeffer oversees a team of 10 marketing and PR professionals at LaSalle Network.
Schaeffer has been at LaSalle Network for six years and is on the Board of Directors for Chicago SHRM, and the Chicago American Marketing Association. Schaeffer has her Bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University.
Nicole Martin,
CEO, 2x Author, Culture Coach
Nicole began her journey in 2010 at HRBoost, to establish a dedicated resource to provide business owners and executives with hands-on support and best practice solutions to a myriad of workplace challenges. Nicole is an internationally renowned speaker and author, a dynamic and empowering consultative leader and futurist, skilled in helping organizations meet their strategic objectives through their people. With an inspired, approachable personality she has proven her skill in partnering with business leaders to achieve results with sustainable returns.
Her expertise spans all business sectors including Private, Public, Financial Services, Non-Profit and Manufacturing. She is recognized as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR and PHR) and holds a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management (MSHRM) with an undergraduate degree in Business and Psychology. 

In recognition of her commitment to professional excellence and her community, Nicole has been honored as a Daily Herald Business Ledger Influential Women in Business, a Women of Distinction honoree, a 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year Champion by Enterprising Women Magazine, and most recently as a 2017 Business Ledger Business Excellence Awardee. 
Nicole is also the author of HR Practices: The Human Side of Profitability as well as her most recent book release which was awarded an International Literary Award in 2017, The Talent Emergency.

Darryl Smith,
Korn Ferry, Associate Client Partner

In his role, Darryl focuses on diversity, inclusion, and talent optimization. Mr. Smith brings more than 13 years of experience, to collaborate with clients to understand their culture, challenges, and objectives, to craft measurable strategies that accelerate development and continuous engagement at all levels within the organization.
His background in human capital development and consulting enables him to establish strong value-added partnerships with his clients. Darryl's work has primarily focused on talent optimization strategies, including diversity, inclusion, engagement and performance management training and consulting. Earlier in his career, he worked for various fortune 500 companies in business development, training and management functions.  

Mr. Smith serves on the board of several, not for profit organizations and has a strong commitment to mentoring inner city Chicago youth. Mr. Smith holds a master’s degree in business administration from Clark Atlanta University and a bachelor’s of science degree in business management from Central State University.

Melinda Whittington,
Chief Financial Officer

In her role as Chief Financial Officer of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc. from 2016-2017, her responsibilities included accounting and external reporting, financial planning and analysis, investor relations, internal controls, treasury and tax.  Allscripts is a publicly traded company in healthcare information technology solutions, with annual revenues of approximately $1.6 billion, based in Chicago, Illinois. 

Melinda served Kraft Foods Group, Inc. as Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Office, based in the Chicago area.  Kraft is one of North America’s largest consumer packaged food and beverage companies, with annual revenues of at that time of more than $18 billion.

Prior to joining Kraft, Melinda served The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G), for over 20 years. Melinda held a variety of finance leadership roles, including Finance Director, Global Home Products; Finance Director, North America Home Care and Global Surface Care Brand Franchise; Finance Director, Corporate Accounting; and Associate Finance Director for Global Business Services.  These roles included international experiences in Belgium and Costa Rica.  P&G is a leading manufacturer and marketer of packaged consumer goods with sales at that time in excess of $80B.

Melinda is a summa cum laude graduate of The Ohio State University and a Certified Public Accountant.  She has served in several leadership positions for non-profit organizations and is currently a board member of United Way of Lake County.

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This program is pending approval for 1.5 credit hours towards PHR/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.