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The 2017 Leadership Series features three programs designed to give you insights into key HR strategies from the perspective of the CEO. You will hear from successful companies, large and small, representing various industries about the competencies needed to build the right leadership team for success – whether local, regional, or global. Programs will focus on driving organizational performance, how to engage strong performers to advance to the next level and how to support organizational evolution and drive change.
Each program features a lively panel discussion moderated by Phil Ponce, host of Chicago Tonight on WTTW. Plus, pre- and post-session networking provides opportunities to share experiences and best practices with other HR leaders. 


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February 15, 2017: Driving Organizational Performance

The landscape is shifting with both a growing body of knowledge on what truly drives performance along with changing workforce demographics. Many companies are finding that their processes and tools, that have been in use for years, may very well not be keeping pace. Join us for what will be a fascinating and insightful discussion on how three very different organizations drive business outcomes through their leadership and human resource processes.


Panelists: Ric Estrada, Chief Executive Officer, Metropolitan Family Services, Josephine Lee, President & Artistic Director, Chicago Children's Choir, and Christine Schyvinck, CEO, Shure Inc.




A good leader can make a success of a weak business plan, but a poor leader can ruin even the best plan. Which is why all organizations inherently realize that effective leadership across the organization can return significant business value. To identify, attract, fill, and retain corporate leadership talent, companies need leadership development programs focused on hiring strategies, employee development, and career and succession planning. This session will focus on identifying current and future leaders and how to engage strong performers to advance to the next level. The representatives of the panel will discuss topics such as how to create a high performance talent pipeline, engaging emerging talent early in their careers and leveraging new learning and development technologies.


 Panelists: Meredith W. Mendes, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, Jenner & Block LLP, Nancy L. Owens, Chief Financial Officer, YMCA of the USA, and Jana Schreuder, Chief Operating Officer, Northern Trust.



June 7, 2017: Culture and Leading Change: Transforming the Organization

We've all heard the expression 'culture eats strategy for lunch' - culture can often be one of the greatest enablers of organizational change, with success relying on employees' ability to act and behave differently to support the strategy. This panel discussion will focus on the critical role culture plays bringing an organization's vision and strategy to life. Attendees will hear from business leaders who have proactively addressed culture to support organizational evolution and drive change.


Panelists: Mark Hacker, EVP & CAO, Motorola Solutions, Christian Herrmann, Chief Executive Officer, Morton Salt, Inc., and newly added panelist Cynthia Mufarreh, Chief Community Reinvestment Officer, BMO Harris Bank and Chief Administrative Officer, US Retail and Business Banking. 


The 2017 Leadership Series will be held at the Standard Club in downtown Chicago. Save on registration by purchasing the entire series or through group registration table discounts.

Please note: Individual session tickets may be refunded if requested 10 days prior to the session. Series tickets may be refunded if requested 10 days prior to the February session. No refunds will be given for people who register but do not attend. Substitutions may be made at any time.

2017 Leadership Series Registration Fees:

Series Table of 10 $2,660 
Individual Series Registration $255
Single Program Table of 10 $950
Individual Program Registration  $95
Individual On-Site Program Registration  $115
Non-Member Individual Program Registration  $175


Thank you to our 2017 Leadership Series Sponsors:

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Gold Sponsors:


These programs have been approved for 1.75 (June) and 2.25 (February and April) business credit hours toward aPHR/PHR/SPHR/GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) and 1.75 (June) and 2.25 (February and April) professional development credits toward SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certification through SHRM.