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Tarrah Cooper Wright

Rise Strategy Group

Ed Wehmer


Nichelle Grant


Natasha Miller Williams


Heather Sheldon


D.L. Morriss

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

Seth Green

Loyola University Chicago

Corey Flournoy


Teri Arvesu

Univision Chicago

Khalilah Lyons

Discover Financial Services

Andrea Wood

Best Buy

Chad Nico Hiu

YMCA of the USA

Jamie Schneiderman

Career Spark

Mina Morris


Willie Jackson


Alison Bodor

Northwestern Medicine

Chad Deshler


Nikki Massey

Hyatt Hotels

Chuck Adams


Morgan Chaney


Amelia Wilcox


Gail Stern

Catharsis Productions

Stephanie DeLeon


Ahmad Aladawi


Michael Chiappetta


Daniel Serota


Dan Thompson




08:30 AM - 09:10 AM


09:10 AM - 09:15 AM

Main Room Opening Remarks

09:15 AM - 09:40 AM

Main Room Fireside Chat

Ed Wehmer, Wintrust, founder and chief executive officer

Interviewer: Seth Green, Loyola University Chicago, founding director of the Baumhart Center for Social Enterprise and Responsibility

09:40 AM - 10:00 AM

Main Room Keynote: Change from Within: Building a Roadmap for Future Talent

Rapid technological advancements, evolving business strategies, and changing mindsets around work are driving a shift in the skills and competencies needed in the workforce of the future.

• Learn how to flip the script on digital transformation to support business growth and develop talent
• Understand how organizations are developing a talent strategy to buy, rent, automate or grow talent needs
• Review practical strategies to help "home grow" your future talent
• Learn how to develop insights to empower individuals to own and grow their future careers
• Hear real-life examples of companies that have successfully led their people through a digital change

Mina Morris, Aon, Associate Partner

10:00 AM - 10:25 AM

Coffee Break

10:25 AM - 10:30 AM

Session Introduction

Chad Deshler, Maven, VP of Sales

10:30 AM - 11:10 AM

Main Room Panel: Getting Bias Out of Our Systems

In real-life workplaces, the stories we tell, and the images we create, diversity has become the new watchword. But real inclusivity goes further, not only in attracting diverse people but also casting them in roles that go beyond the usual stereotypes. What are the insights and practices that will bring progress?


Chuck Adams, LCW, managing principal
Natasha Miller Williams, Ferrara, head of diversity & inclusion
Khalilah Lyons, Discover Financial Services, diversity & inclusion leader
Alison Bodor, Northwestern Medicine, program director, diversity and inclusion

11:10 AM - 11:45 AM

Main Room Panel: Apprenticeship, a New Model for Creating Opportunity:

How the Chicago Apprenticeship Network has developed a new playbook to help companies address skills and training gaps to provide under-represented groups access to jobs. Co-created by Accenture and Aon, the network addresses employer barriers in launching apprenticeships and other types of work-based learning models in high-demand industries and occupations.

Panelists and moderators:

Michael Chiappetta, Accenture, director of Midwestern regional operations
Daniel Serota, Aon, manager of public affairs, participants and graduates of the apprenticeship program

Ahmad Aladawi, Accenture, Security Delivery Senior Analyst
Stephanie DeLeon, Aon, Communications Specialist

11:45 AM - 12:10 PM

Coffee Break

12:10 PM - 12:55 PM

Breakout: Catharsis Productions

Dr. Gail Stern, Catharsis Productions, Co-Founder and Chief Visionary Officer

12:10 PM - 12:55 PM

Breakout: Career Spark: The Single Biggest Issue Facing HR Leaders

70% of people are in the wrong job. This staggering statistic amounts to the single biggest and most critical issue that faces organizations today and results in poor performance, high turnover, and low engagement.

It’s time to stop accepting Band-Aid solutions that reinforce the status quo.  Join us to learn how you can help your organization use the right information to easily and predictably select, develop, retain, and promote top talent in a scalable way.

Session Leader:
Jamie Schneiderman, Career Spark, founder & CEO

12:10 PM - 12:55 PM

Breakout: Build and Retain Engaged Teams: The Key to Unlocking Maximum Productivity

Retaining your top talent is paramount for growing your organization and reaching those yearly targets. Join Emplify Chief People Officer and Co-founder, Adam Weber, to:

Learn proven methods and best practices for retaining team members.
Understand what actually motivates your employees and how to foster that within your culture.

Learn the simple, actionable process you can immediately implement in your organization for optimum employee engagement.
Hear real-life examples and success stories from companies implementing these strategies for unprecedented business results.

Session Leader:
Adam Weber, Emplify, CPO and co-founder

12:55 PM - 01:50 PM


01:50 PM - 02:35 PM

Blueboard Session : A Lesson From Elephants and Rats For Developing Organizational Empathy

The modern employee craves purpose, not a paycheck, and values real relationships, not just colleagues. With these changes in expectations comes our opportunity as people and culture leaders to support the employee's whole self.

Join Morgan Chaney, Sr. Director of Marketing and Employer Branding Lead at Blueboard, for a discussion around developing organizational empathy – the ability to welcome and support your employees in their current state, providing them the runway to truly thrive at work.

We’ll outline the concept of organizational empathy (what it is, and why it matters), discuss winning people programs that we've field-tested at Blueboard, and workshop around developing people-centric company values (the foundation for building empathy). Attendees will workshop through their own company values and share learnings in small groups.

Morgan Chaney, Blueboard, Senior Director of Marketing and Employer Branding Lead

01:50 PM - 02:35 PM

Breakout: Achievers

02:35 PM - 02:55 PM

Coffee Break

02:55 PM - 03:00 PM

Session Introduction

Amelia Wilcox, Incorporate Massage, CEO

03:00 PM - 03:40 PM

Main Room Panel: Is Your Workplace Emotionally Healthy?

Employers need to recognize that health care for the mind is just as important as promoting physical well-being–and closely connected to it. In an era of rising stress on the job, as well as work-family strains, what can companies do to foster a supportive work environment, remove stigmas surrounding mental health, and provide innovative wellness programs?

Nikki Massey, Hyatt Hotels, VP human resources
Corey Flournoy, Groupon, global head of inclusion and diversity
Chad Nico Hiu, YMCA of the USA, director of diversity & inclusion
Chad Deshler, Maven, vice president of sales
Dan Thompson, Peakon, general manager & vp of sales, North America

03:40 PM - 04:20 PM

Main Room She Leads: Fresh Ways to Support Women in Business

What can be done to support the rise of women as leaders in the American economy? Despite notable breakthroughs by many women, the social and structural impediments are stubborn. How can more capital and other resources be made available to female founders? What do women need from Corporate America to keep their careers on track as far as they aim to go?

Andrea Wood, Best Buy, head of social impact
Nichelle Grant, Siemens, head of diversity, equity & inclusion
D.L. Morriss, Hinshaw & Culbertson, diversity & inclusion partner
Teri Arvesu, Univision Communications Inc., vice president of content and news
Heather Sheldon, Blackbaud, sales executive

04:25 PM - 05:10 PM

Main Room Workshop: New ways to foster critical conversations about difference and equality

The ReadySet Ally Skills workshop positions people of color and their allies to successfully undertake allyship at work and beyond. By illustrating the stakes of allyship in tech and industries—as well as practical tools that can be used to achieve it—this training provides an optimal way to foster healthy workplaces for the growing number of womxn, queer, and transgender people of color in tech.

Through a combination of learning and development, small and large group discussions, and skill acquisition sessions, this workshop will provide new ways to foster critical conversations about difference and equality. The training provides concrete, actionable tools to empower employees and leaders to advocate for themselves and others.

Willie Jackson, ReadySet, diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant

05:10 PM - 05:15 PM

Main Room Closing Remarks

05:15 PM - 06:15 PM

Closing Reception


The event will take place at Venue SIX10, with panoramic views of Chicago and Lake Michigan.