Learning & Development


Cultivating an Enhanced Employee Experience for What’s Next 

Speaker/Moderator: Elise Schroeter, Managing Director, Talent & Rewards, Willis Towers Watson

Known as an accomplished and high-impact business leader, Elise Schroeter offers an uncommon blend of expertise in revenue generation and operational excellence supplemented by global insight and diverse experience across West Africa, Europe and North America. She drives the development of strategic roadmaps that offer a direct line-of-sight to achieving enterprise-critical objectives – in ramp-up, transformative, and high-growth environments – with an unwavering commitment to inclusion and diversity.

Speaker/Moderator: Andrea Walsh, Senior Director, Talent & Rewards, Inclusion & Diversity Thought and Change Leader, Willis Towers Watson

Andrea Walsh is a human capital thought and business leader in the Chicago office of Willis Towers Watson. She has 21 years of human resources consulting experience and has both a talent management and actuarial background which helps her make data and business-driven connections for clients.

Andrea leads discussions with clients regarding Inclusion and Diversity (I&D), the Future of Work and overall attraction, retention, and engagement of the global workforce. In particular, she has experience activating executive and management teams regarding human capital issues based on storytelling using data and qualitative findings.

Panelist: Kelley Mudgett, VP HR NA, Culligan International 

Kelley is an experienced  human resources professional with a demonstrated history of working in the environmental services, manufacturing, consumer goods and retail industries. Skilled in Management, HR Strategy, Employee Relations, Interviewing, Succession Planning, Recruiting, Benefits, Compensation and Training. She has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) focused in Sociology with a minor in Human Resource Management from Western Illinois University.

Panelist: Manuel Cuevas, CHRO, Northwestern University 

Manuel Cuevas-Trisán became Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer of Northwestern University in December of 2019. In this capacity, he provides University-wide strategic leadership for human resources practices and policies, Talent and Leadership Development, Total Rewards, Benefits, HR Operations, Payroll & Tax, Talent Acquisition, Learning, and Employee/Labor Relations.

Panelist: Tiffiny Bolden, VP of HR, IRI Worldwide  

Tiffiny is a seasoned human resources leader with experience and expertise in providing human capital strategy. Her focus is human resources business partnership for global organizations. She’s worked in a variety of industries including education, tech, distribution, medical supplies and market research. She is passionate about people and culture.  Tiffiny helps leaders build organizational cultures that celebrate and value the whole employee. She holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, a master’s degree from DePaul University, and both SPHR and Certified Diversity Professional certifications.     

Panelist: Todd Ahsmann, CEO, Goose Island  

Todd fell in love with craft beer culture in 1988 as a bartender at Goose Island’s Chicago brewpub. From there he launched a 20 year career in music marketing, but beer was always his first passion; he never stopped offering Goose Island his help on the side (in exchange for beer, of course).

Todd’s marketing career took off; he served as an executive for several of the biggest labels, working with artists from Pitbull to the Ramones, Beyonce to Blur. He developed a sixth sense for what people want to buy, and a penchant for disruptive marketing. As a bonus, he also worked mostly on the road, which allowed him to visit new breweries across the country just as craft brewing began to take off. 

Soon, he was back in the business, serving as Goose Island’s Consumer Experience Director. There he was responsible for the brewery’s long-term marketing strategy, leading to a national and finally, international footprint for Goose Island, all the while maintaining its authentic identity. 

After a two year stint running a brewery in New York, Todd is back in sweet home Chicago, this time as the President of Goose Island. He’s more excited than ever to bring Goose Island into the future and give Chicago, and the rest of the world, the damn fine beer it deserves.