Chicago CHRO Inner Circle

November 13, 2018 | The Mid America Club

November 13, 2018
The Mid America Club

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with your peers to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Chicago CHRO Inner Circle.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CHROs today:

Leading through a new employee experience

Redesigning HR strategies, structures, and service delivery models

Modernizing mental health and well-being programs in a new era of work

Chicago CHRO Governing Body

The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the summit agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CHROs, for CHROs.


Mary Bilbrey

Jones Lang LaSalle Americas Inc.
Chief Human Resources Officer

Brian Little

Zurich Insurance Company
Head of HR

Amy Mysel

US Pipe

Mike Rude

Option Care
SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer

Ann Weiser

Chicago Cubs


November 13, 2018

4:00pm - 5:00pm  Registration & Opening Reception

5:00pm - 6:30pm  Discussion Topics

Elevating Leadership for the HR of Tomorrow

Mary Bilbrey headshot

Mary Bilbrey

Chief Human Resources Officer

Jones Lang LaSalle Americas Inc.

Kane Calamari headshot

Kane Calamari

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Ace Hardware Corporation

Janet Catlett headshot

Janet Catlett

Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

Stepan Company

Denise Domian headshot

Denise Domian

Chief Human Resources Officer

Shopko Stores

Melissa Mounce Mithal headshot

Melissa Mounce Mithal

Principal, Global Human Capital


Mike Rude headshot

Mike Rude

SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer

Option Care

John Smith headshot

John Smith

Head of Human Resources

ACH Foods Companies

Christa Sorenson headshot

Christa Sorenson

EVP, Human Resources

Equity Residential

Kelvin Lovely headshot

Kelvin Lovely

HR Advisory Solution Consultant


Research shows top-performing companies are twice as likely to understand talent issues. This fosters a culture where the CHRO expands talent conversations and adopts emerging technologies to boost the bottom line. The HR leader of tomorrow is someone who builds strategic partnerships across the C-suite while embracing change and disruption. In this dinner conversation, CHROs will explore challenges and exchange best practices for a discipline that is rapidly evolving and gaining investor interest.

Topic 1: Employing Analytics in the War for Talent 

  • How have you leveraged analytics to make better decisions or impact the bottom line (staffing, training, retention, engagement, D&I, etc.)?
  • What questions are you trying to answer next with talent analytics? What is your plan to take this next step in your analytics program?   
  • Have you employed predictive modeling in your analytics program? If so, what was your roadmap to make the transition into more sophisticated analytics?

Topic 2: Partnering With Your C-suite Peers 

  • Which C-suite partnerships have you been most active in building and why (CIO for learning strategies, CMO for HR branding, etc.)?  
  • Which C-suite peers do you want to forge stronger partnerships with and why? What is your approach to initiating collaboration and designing cross-functional strategic plans?
  • What success have you had in refocusing senior leadership or board conversations to concentrate on key talent risks? How do you embed talent into the CXO’s decision-making process?

Topic 3: Navigating and Leveraging Digital Transformation

  • How has your role and HR organization evolved alongside digital transformation initiatives in the business? Have you adopted an agile approach to HR delivery and advancement? 
  • What technologies have you implemented to develop a next-generation system for the business?  
  • How have you aligned employee-engagement strategies with digital transformation in the business?

6:30pm - 7:00pm  Networking Break

7:00pm - 8:00pm  Summary Discussion & Dinner

8:00pm - 9:00pm  Social Hour


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Chicago CHRO Program Manager

For inquiries related to this event, please reach out to your dedicated program contact.

Braden Beisse

Program Manager