Meet HRMAC

Meet HRMAC Leadership

HRMAC Leadership

HRMAC is led by business executives from leading Chicago-area organizations. The Board of Directors is composed of the following members. 

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2021-2022 Executive Committee

 

Imran Qureshi, Chair

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Imran's role as Managing Director, Co-Leader, US, gives him overall responsibility for Willis Towers Watson's business in the region. He also is one of the firm's global client relationship directors. Imran has a strong background in working with clients and more than twenty three years of consulting experience in a broad range of industry sectors. Prior to joining the firm, Imran was an international consultant in the United Kingdom. Imran holds a BSc. degree in mathematics from the University of Manchester and a diploma in international employee benefits from IEBA. A frequent speaker and media resource, Imran was selected by Business Insurance magazine as one of '40 under 40 people to watch' in commercial insurance and risk/benefits management services industries. Imran served on HRMAC's board in the early 2000's as an Interest Group representative and was elected to the board again in 2016 as a three-year director. 

 

 

Beth Hayden, Vice Chair

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As Chief People Officer of SpotHero, Beth leads all aspects of the people strategy, including talent development and retention, recruiting, culture, and vision for organizational growth, design, and engagement. With over twenty years’ experience in people leadership executive roles, Beth has helped various companies realize strategic growth, transforming and modernizing their people practices and earning recognition as a best place to work culture and destination for top talent. Beth’s recent experience also included Chief People Officer of Q-Centrix, a PE-backed business, and SVP of People & Development (Global CHRO) for Backstop Solutions Group, where she was responsible for aligning business and talent strategies and creating a world-class employee experience that measurably advanced the company brand and culture. Beth was CHRO, Americas at JLL for over nine years, and she served as VP of HR at AbilityLab (fka RIC) as well as Trizec Properties, after launching her HR career in a global role at Morton International. Beth earned her MBA from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern and holds a BS in Psychology from the University of Illinois. She is Board Emeritus of the YWCA after her last term on the Executive Committee and is on the Development Board of PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving).

Chris Williams, Secretary

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Chris is a partner at Root Inc, the strategy & culture change experts. He works with a large range of global and local Chicago organizations on initiatives such as digital transformation, enterprise strategy deployment, culture change, technology integration and onboarding. He has been at Root for eight years and is now building their new Technology Adoption practice.  

Christy Harris, Treasurer

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Christy Harris is Vice President, Human Resources at Allstate Insurance Company. In this role, Christy is responsible for enterprise-wide talent management and benefits. She is accountable for delivering best-in-class recruiting, sourcing, consultation and employment branding to attract top talent, while providing an excellent candidate and hiring manager experience. She is also responsible for the continued advancement of Allstate’s inclusive diversity efforts and the company’s approach to learning and talent management, both critical components of Allstate’s talent strategy. Additionally, Christy oversees Allstate’s benefits strategy and execution, including health and welfare and retirement programs. Christy brings strong influential leadership, project management, business acumen and client relationship skills to her role. As a trusted leader within Allstate, she’s led efforts to create significant cost efficiencies by leveraging third-party vendors and internal resources to update Allstate’s HR operating model. She also led the purchasing and implementation of new technology to improve the HR customer experience. Since joining Allstate in 2001 as an HR Consultant, Christy has held numerous positions with HR. She’s provided HR support to several of Allstate’s business areas, including Claims, Emerging Businesses and Product Operations. In 2012, Christy was promoted to Vice President, Human Capital Solutions, which includes the strategy and operations areas of HR. She took on the role of vice president, Total Compensation in 2014 and then vice president, Talent Acquisition and Inclusive Diversity in 2016. In 2017, Christy took on the additional responsibility of leading Benefits for Allstate. Her role was expanded in 2018 to include Talent Management and business partner responsibilities for Allstate’s technology department. Christy earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance from St. Cloud State University, a bachelor’s degree in human resource management from Winona State University and her MBA from the University of St. Thomas.

 

Irina Konstantinovsky, Past Chair

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2020-2021 Directors

Nick Allen, Regional HR Partner, Talent Development, Gensler

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Chris Bertschy, Partner, McCarthy Bertschy & Associates

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Lisa Bomrad, Chief People Officer, Farmer’s Fridge

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As the CPO for Farmer’s Fridge, Lisa Bomrad is responsible for establishing and implementing talent strategies with a focus on positioning the company for hyper growth. Most recently, she was the Head of HR for Home Chef, which was ranked #3 on Inc's List of 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies. She built the HR function as the company was scaling rapidly and helped position the company for a successful exit. Prior to Home Chef, she led the HR function for a number of companies, including Pampered Chef and Aramark. She has a BBA in Marketing from the University of Iowa and an MBA in HR from DePaul. She serves on the Board of several organizations, including Life Span (which provides services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault) and Elite (which provides support for Finance and HR executives in transition).

Larry Brand, Chief Human Resources Officer, Elkay Manufacturing Company

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Larry Brand serves as Chief Human Resources Officer at Elkay Manufacturing. A privately held family-owned company since 1920, Elkay has commercial offerings in stainless steel and quartz sinks, faucets, foodservice fixtures, water coolers, drinking fountains, Smartwell Water Delivery Systems, and ezH2O bottle filling stations. Elkay is also a global leader in the design and buildout of branded retail environments for brands such as McDonald’s, Starbucks, Burger King and Dunkin Donuts. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, Elkay employs more than 3,500 employees worldwide, working from 17 locations across the U.S., China, and Mexico.

As Elkay’s CHRO, Mr. Brand is a versatile HR executive with leadership experience serving CEOs, Board of Directors, and global leadership teams. With over 25 years of business experience with increasing levels of responsibility, Mr. Brand compels leadership and boards to adopt business driving people strategies. He is an accomplished leader of talent, strategy, mergers & acquisitions, and board of directors’ relations. Prior to his current role, he served as Chief Human Resources Officer for Sparton Corporation (NYSE: SPA), an industrial manufacturer. Mr. Brand holds an MBA in Management and a BS in Business Administration from the University of Evansville in Evansville, IN and holds SPHR and SHRM-SCP professional designations.

 

Evelyn De La Cruz, Head, North America Administrative Operations, Spencer Stuart

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Susan Gallagher, Chief Executive Officer, BRAVANTI

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Susan Gallagher is the President & Chief Executive Officer of BRAVANTI, leading growth for the global leadership, talent, and transition consulting firm. Susan has more than 35 years of experience in the professional services industry, with a strong track record of building high-performing leadership teams and growing organizations. Susan started her career at Arthur Andersen where she rose to the position of Partner, specializing in forensic accounting and leading Chicago’s client relationship function. After Andersen, she was one of the founding Partners of Huron Consulting Group. From the company’s inception to 2006, Susan led strategic development and served on the company’s executive management team. Following Huron Susan was Chief Operating Officer at True Partners Consulting and then EVP and Chief Operating Officer at Patina Solutions. Susan currently is a board member of Dose, a PE backed marketing research consultancy. Susan has been active in the Chicago civic community her entire career leading several boards such as Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago and the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago. She is the recent past Chair of The Chicago Network board and a past board member of The International Women’s Forum. Susan currently serves as Chair of the Board for Mercy Hospital & Health System. Susan is a recipient of the U.S. President’s Volunteer Award for her work with The American Red Cross. She is a graduate of Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana.

 

Shelly Green, VP, CHRO, UGN, Inc

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Carolyn Lind, Global Head of Organizational Effectiveness Consulting, Northern Trust Company

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Carolyn Lind is currently Senior Vice President, Global Head of Organizational Effectiveness Consulting at The Northern Trust Company where she is responsible for leading a global team in the development and delivery of solutions in organizational design and strategic talent management. Prior to joining Northern Trust, Carolyn was an HR Business Partner for Information Technology at CNA Insurance where she led the organization in a transformation to emphasize digital technologies.  Previously, Carolyn held HR Business Partner and COE leadership roles in Talent Management and Workforce Strategies at Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), which operates Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in Illinois and four other states.  At HCSC, Carolyn led a number of initiatives including the creation of the Enterprise Talent Review process, introduction of Strategic Workforce Planning, revamp of the Employment Brand and various organizational transformations. Carolyn began her HR career in a consulting role at Capital H Group, where she partnered with clients on a variety of HR projects including Org Design, Talent Management, Assessment Design, Compensation and Diversity & Inclusion. She received a B.A. in International Relations from Duke University and an M.A. in International Education from The George Washington University. Carolyn was also a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa. Carolyn is active in the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago, and has served as Chair of the Leadership Forum, as well as on the Committees for Summit and Young HR Leaders. She holds an HCI certification in Strategic Workforce Planning.

 

Brian Powers, Chief Human Resources Officer, TTX Company

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Brian is responsible for the development and implementation of organization-wide programs encompassing all aspects of human resource management including employment, benefits, compensation, training, placement, organizational development, and compliance. He directs labor-management relations, negotiates and interprets the collective bargaining agreement, and serves as a point of contact for management on labor matters. His duties also include the administration of office services and facilities management.

Brian joined TTX in 1998 as Manager, Human Resources. He was named to successive positions of increasing responsibility over the course of his tenure, and assumed his current responsibilities in 2008.

Prior to joining TTX, Brian served as a Labor Relations Officer for both the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway and Metra Commuter Rail. Brian is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, and earned an M.S. in Industrial Relations from Loyola University of Chicago.

 

Kadie Tapp, SVP Business Development, LHH

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