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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2020-2021 Executive Committee

Robin Rone, President & CEO

Bio

Robin L. Rone has more than 25 years of experience in for-profit, non-profit and association management, communications, and inclusion and diversity in the workplace.

She joined SmithBucklin in fall of 2018 serving as the executive director of Apra, an organization representing the philanthropy and fundraising profession. Apra members serve foundations, public and private universities, and museums to drive donor identification, relationship development and ultimately fundraising for their institutions.  Robin has led the Apra board and staff through the formation of a vision driven by an imperative for transformational change, and the implementation of a new strategic plan focused on cultivating membership and growing the organization through advocacy for the profession. 
In addition, Robin has been serving as chair of the SmithBucklin inCouncil at SmithBucklin, reporting directly to Colette Huzinec, CHRO at SmithBucklin in this role. The SmithBucklin inCouncil was formed in 2017 and is charged with advancing the company’s own inclusive culture, and to provide thought leadership and best practices for our client organizations. The external mission of inCouncil, led by Robin, has been to increase the focus of boards of directors of our client organizations on the need to consciously integrate D&I objectives into their volunteer recruitment, and to help leaders determine what role their associations can play in advancing D&I across the industries that they serve.

Prior to joining SmithBucklin, Robin was the Director of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, where she oversaw all Division activities, set strategic priorities, and managed the Division’s relationships with Association leadership including the ABA president and executive committee.
Before becoming the Director of the Young Lawyers Division, Robin was the director of two of the ABA’s inclusion and diversity commissions. She also served as a special advisor to two ABA presidents, and as a manager of strategic communications at the Association.  Robin’s early career included various roles in the professional publishing industry.

Robin holds a B.A. from Howard University and an M.A. from the George Washington University.

Irina Konstantinovsky, Chair

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Irina joined Horizon Therapeutics in 2017 as executive vice president, chief human resources officer reporting to the Chairman and CEO.  In this role, Irina works closely with Horizon’s senior management and the Board of Directors and has accountability for all aspects of human capital management of a publicly-traded company. Prior to Horizon, she was vice president of global talent at Baxter International Inc. where she led organizational effectiveness, leadership development, inclusion and diversity and talent acquisition for more than 50,000 employees worldwide.  Prior to Baxter, Irina spent 15 years in senior partner and director roles at Towers Watson (currently Willis Towers Watson), a global human resources consulting firm serving Fortune 1000 companies. Irina has a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Buenos Aires and two master’s degrees from Cornell University – one in higher education and one in industrial and labor relations. Irina is serving her second term as Secretary of the Board in 2018-2019.  Her prior leadership roles in HRMAC include chairing the Leadership Series committee in 2015 and chairing HRMAC’s Summit in 2016.  In addition, Irina serves on the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Chicago.

Imran Qureshi, Vice 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. 

 

Chris Williams, Secretary

Bio

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.  

Beth Hayden, Treasurer

Bio

As Chief People Officer of Q-Centrix, Beth is responsible for setting and executing the people and organizational strategy in support of significant growth plans for a rapidly scaling, PE-backed business. Her previous role was SVP of People & Development (Global CHRO) for Backstop Solutions, 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. With over twenty years’ experience as a human capital executive, Beth has helped various companies realize strategic growth, transforming their people practices and earning recognition as a best place to work culture and destination for top talent. Beth’s experience also included CHRO, Americas at JLL, 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).

Andrea Barry CEBS, CCP, Immediate Past Chair

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Andrea works closely with senior management and focuses on talent development programs, performance management and succession planning, among other HR functions and employee-facing initiatives.  Prior to joining Breakthru Beverage Group, and its predecessor Wirtz Beverage, she held increasingly senior roles with Borg-Warner, Kellogg Company and Culligan International, where she served as the SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer.  Andrea was elected to the HRMAC Board in 2014 and currently serves on the Future Leaders Committee. She currently serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer of Methode Electronics.

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.

 

Jim Conniff, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, GATX Corporation

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Mr. Conniff was elected Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer in August 2018 and Senior Vice President, Human Resources in December 2014. He joined GATX in 1981 and worked in various finance roles for ten years before moving into Human Resources. Mr. Conniff was previously Vice President, Human Resources in 2014 and Senior Director Benefits and Employee Services since 2008. Since joining the Human Resources organization, Mr. Conniff has served in a variety of roles including employee benefits, labor relations, talent acquisition, incentive plan design and training. Mr. Conniff received his Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Illinois University in 1980 and his MBA from Loyola University of Chicago in 1985.

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

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Susan Gallagher, Chief Executive Officer, BPI Group

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Susan Gallagher is the President & Chief Executive Officer of BPI group NA., 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.

Christy Harris, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Allstate Insurance Company

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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.

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.

Toyin Ogun, Chief Human Resources Officer, The HAVI Group, LP

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Toyin Ogun is responsible for overseeing all aspects of global human resources for HAVI, including talent and leadership development, succession planning, performance management and total rewards.  Toyin has 30 years of experience in the field of human resources and joined HAVI in June, 2014. He is based in Downers Grove, IL. Prior to joining HAVI, he served as the Senior Vice President for Human Resources and Customer Service for Zale Corp., based in Irving, Texas.  In this role, he was responsible for all human resource activities, as well as the direct guest/customer service experience. Toyin was the Head of Human Resources at LL Bean, based in Freeport, Maine, where he led a successful transformation of the human resources function.  From 2007-2009, he was Chief Talent Officer for Sears Holdings in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.  Prior to Sears, Toyin spent ten years as human resources executive with Limited Brands, where he held a variety of positions, ending as the Senior Vice President, Victoria Secret stores. Toyin has a Bachelors' degree in Business Administration from North Dakota State University, a Master's degree in Human Resources from Troy University and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. Toyin is an advocate of Human Rights causes especially as it relates to issues of family violence. He serves on the Board of the Metropolitan Services of Chicago. He also serves on the board of the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago.

Caprice Perez, Vice President, Human Resources, CTS Corporation

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Caprice Perez is Vice President of Human Resources at CTS Corporation (CTS), a leading designer and manufacturer of sensors, actuators and electronic components to OEMS across multiple markets. As a member of the senior leadership team, she is responsible for all aspects of global human resources and driving the company’s key initiatives around talent and culture. Prior to CTS, Caprice served in a variety of Human Resources roles across multiple industries, most recently at IDEAL Industries, Inc. She is a graduate of North Central College in Naperville.

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.

 

 

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