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Leadership Forum

HRMAC Signature Event: Leadership Forum

The HRMAC Leadership Series is now the HRMAC Leadership Forum.

Introducing the all new HRMAC Leadership Forum... there’s no stale coffee and conversation here. Be inspired by fresh ideas and connect with a group of energized peers at the HRMAC Leadership Forum events. Each event will have a different, new format featuring in Ted Talk style presentations and discussion with Human Resources thought leaders -- all in a fresh location along the Chicago River.

Creating Measurable Impact: The ROI of Culture

March 14, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

Creating High Performing Teams to Drive Change in Your Organization

May 9, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

Creating Measurable Impact: The ROI of Culture

Date: March 14, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 
NEW location: 150 N. Riverside Plaza

Session led by Willis Towers Watson

HR professionals know that a critical path to organizational transformation requires a strong culture. Executives from three companies will share first-hand accounts of how they approached their organization’s efforts to build culture and measure the return on their investment.



Jacki Bassani, Managing Director, Talent and Rewards, North America, Willis Tower Watson

Jacki Bassani serves as the North America, Talent & Rewards business leader at Willis Towers Watson. In this role she is responsible for managing and growing the company’s business and colleague experience across North America. In addition to this leadership role, she also has been providing consulting services to large global organizations and has extensive experience specializing in organizational transformation and employee research. During her tenure she has worked with organizations in helping them to better understand and improve their organizational cultures using tailored organizational measurement techniques to uncover linkages between corporate culture, engagement, and business performance. She has worked executive teams in leading global organizations across industries including high-tech, financial services, retail, logistics, telecommunications and manufacturing. Jacki earned her M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and routinely presents at many external conferences.


Rob Lauber, Senior Vice President - Chief Learning Officer, McDonald's Corporation

Rob joined McDonald’s in 2014 and has responsibility for the overall learning and development strategy and execution across all 37,000 restaurants around the world. Prior to his current role, Rob was the Vice President, Yum! University at Yum! Brands, and the Executive Director of Learning Services at Cingular Wireless. While at Cingular, his team was recognized as a Top 100 Training organization by Training Magazine over three consecutive years.  He has also held learning leadership roles at Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC), and Dun & Bradstreet. Rob has been recognized multiple times by CLO Magazine for his work on achieving business impact, leading business change, learning technologies and global learning.  He was recognized as the 2013 CLO of the Year. Rob was the 2010 Chair of the board of ATD (Association for Talent Development). In addition, he served on the board of directors for Leadership Kentucky and chaired the Program Operating Committee for Kentuckiana Works, the metro Louisville, KY workforce board. He is frequently a participant in panel discussions, webinars, and learning profession related articles across the globe. Rob holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Scranton as well as an M.S. in Human Resources Development from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Tim Foley, Director, Performance and Learning, Navistar

Tim Foley leads Navistar’s Performance and Learning Group. His team currently works primarily on culture change, performance management and learning & development. He has worked with hundreds of leaders throughout the company, helping them bring out the best in themselves, their teams and their organizations. Currently, Tim’s main focus is the development and deployment of lean and agile methodologies with teams in the corporate office environment to help Navistar focus and accelerate progress on critical initiatives. In 31 years at Navistar, Tim’s experience includes 23 years in Organization Development and HR Business Partner roles as well as eight years in manufacturing. Tim received the 2002 Human Resource Masters Award in the area of Executive Coaching. He has a bachelor’s degree in management and an MBA from Northern Illinois University.

Eliza Wicher Ph.D,  Director, Global Talent Development, Groupon

Eliza Wicher, Ph.D. is a talent and organizational effectiveness leader with expertise in talent management, organizational development, and people analytics. She is Head of Global Talent Development at Groupon where she helps Groupon unlock its true potential by cultivating its core: People. Eliza has held academic and industry roles focused on applying the science of human behavior to solving business challenges, including roles at Roosevelt University, Molex, Motorola Solutions, and AbbVie. She has a passion for applying effective people practices to build great workplaces. Eliza holds an M.A. and Ph.D in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Wayne State University. 

Creating High Performing Teams to Drive Change in Your Organization

Date: May 9, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 
NEW location: 150 N. Riverside Plaza

Session led by Lee Hecht Harrison

Continuing the conversation about creating a collaborative culture to drive business results, this session will reveal the real accelerators of organizational performance. Hear from three local HR experts who will share their thoughts on what you, as an HR professional, can do to drive an agile culture and make team enhancements to improve business results.



Vince Molinaro, Global Managing Director, Leadership Transofrmation, Lee Hecht Harrison

Vince Molinaro has dedicated his life to promoting both personal and organizational accountability in leadership cultures around the world. He experienced a defining moment early in his career when he saw a respected colleague and mentor succumb to a cancer she believed was the byproduct of a stressful, toxic work environment. As a result, Vince vowed to teach business leaders how to build successful organizations by increasing the accountability of their leaders. The author of The Leadership Contract (Wiley), a New York Times and USAToday bestseller now in its third edition, and The Leadership Contract Field Guide, published in January 2018. Vince has spent more than 20 years as an adviser to boards and senior executives looking to improve leadership in their organizations. He knows that leadership accountability is the key ingredient in building a strong, vibrant organizational culture. As a successful senior executive in one of the world’s top leadership development firms, Vince has made it his calling to confront weak and lame leadership. He shows leaders at all levels in organizations worldwide how to step up and fulfill their obligations and responsibilities as real leaders. What sets Vince apart is that he’s no ivory-tower academic. As a forceful keynote speaker at conferences and corporate retreats around the world, he translates first-hand experiences from the leadership trenches into practical advice on how leaders can confront and overcome their challenges and build strong leadership cultures.


Steve Merkin, Senior Vice President of Human Relations, RoundTable Healthcare Partners

Mr. Merkin serves as Senior Vice President, Human Resource for RoundTable Healthcare Partners, assuming this role in May 2017. Previously, he was Senior Vice President, Human Resources for Renaissance, an integrated manufacturer of generic injectables and specialty pharmaceuticals, and a portfolio company of RoundTable. Prior to RoundTable and Renaissance, Mr. Merkin was Senior Vice President, Human Resources for Cardinal Health’s Medical Segment, comprised of medical-surgical distribution and manufacturing businesses that employ over 16,000 employees worldwide. He joined Cardinal Health in 1999 and held senior Human Resources roles supporting the company’s Consulting and Services, Manufacturing, and Manufacturing Products and Technologies businesses. Prior to joining Cardinal Health, Mr. Merkin had over 17 years of Human Resources experience with Cobra Golf, Allegiance Corporation, Baxter International, and Consumers Power Company. Mr. Merkin serves as an adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois’ Graduate School of Labor and Employment Relations and as a member of the MorganHR, Inc. Advisory Board.

Lisa Jablonski, Managing Director, Head of Human Resources, Antares Capital

Lisa is Managing Director and Head of Human Resources for Antares Capital, a private debt credit manager and leading provider of financing solutions for middle-market private equity backed transitions with more than $23 billion of capital under management and administration. She joined Antares in 2015 to build the Human Resources function for what was then a brand new stand-alone company owned by the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. In addition to developing leading edge people policies and processes, Lisa and her team developed a talent strategy to support the firm’s growth, more than doubling the number of employees and establishing most of the partner functions. Lisa has led the way in shaping a culture of transparency, collaboration and empowerment at Antares and has ensured a continuous learning environment that is focused on diversity and inclusion, leadership and teamwork. She serves on the Antares Executive Committee. Prior to joining Antares, Lisa led the HR function for Calamos Asset Management, a company with approximately $20 billion of assets under management in Naperville, IL. Previously, Lisa held a variety of global operational and HR roles at Zurich Insurance and Aon Hewitt. Lisa has more than 20 years of experience leading HR functions and developing talent strategies that drive organizational success. Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Services Administration from the State University of New York-Fredonia and an MBA in Finance from Roosevelt University.


Register for Creating Measurable Impact: The ROI of Culture

Register for Creating High Performing Teams to Drive Change in Your Organization

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Member Pricing*

Both Programs: $200 -- Save $50! 
Single Program: $125

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Non-Member Pricing

Per Program: $199

Bring Your Team

10-pack Both Programs: $2,000 -- $500 in savings!
10-pack Single Program: $1,125 -- That's 10 for the price of 9! 
5-pack Both Programs: $1,000
5-pack Single Program: $575

Fee includes continental breakfast, program materials and networking in the modern theatre-style conference center at 150 N. Riverside Plaza.


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