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    September 12, 2023: RASHRM Annual Half Day Conference

    Date: September 12, 2023, 8:00am – 11:30am
    Zach Rice and Lauren Stoklosa: VP of Professional Development
    NIU Rockford
    8500 E. State St
    Rockford, IL 61108
    No Cost for RASHRM Members / $50 Non-Members
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    Rockford Area SHRM


    Tuesday, September 12, 2023



    September 12, 2023: RASHRM Annual Half Day Conference! | Rockford Area SHRM



    • Rebecca Francis, MPA (She/Her)- Ignite Change Solutions LLC

      • ​"Igniting Change, One Solutions at a Time: Empowering HR Professionals to Lead Transformation"
    • Tom Farley- Rosecrance of Wisconsin

      • Growing up Farley: A Story of Addiction, Love, and Forgiveness
    • Judith Cardenas, PhD (She/Her)- Strategies by Design Group

      • Unleash The Power of ChatGPT and AI Tools: Unleashing Productivity


    NIU Rockford: 8500 E State St. Rockford, IL 61108



    8:00am – 11:30am (7:30am Check in & Light Breakfast)


    No Cost for RASHRM Members / $50 Non-Members

    SPEAKER: Rebecca Francis, MPA (She/Her)                                        Ignite Change Solutions, LLC

    Title: "Igniting Change, One Solutions at a Time: Empowering HR Professionals to Lead Transformation"


    In the rapidly evolving landscape of workplace dynamics, the importance of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) has become paramount for organizations seeking sustainable success. HR professionals are at the forefront of driving positive change, and to empower them on this journey we present "The Flamework."

    This enlightening session delves into the DEIB "Flamework," an innovative and comprehensive approach designed to ignite transformation in organizations. HR professionals will embark on a learning experience that will equip them with the essential tools and strategies to support leadership in embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    Through thought-provoking discussions and insightful guidance, participants will grasp the intricate aspects of the "Flamework." They will explore its stages of understanding, supporting leadership, and championing continuous improvement. By understanding the "Flamework," HR professionals will be empowered to lead their organizations towards building a more inclusive and equitable workplace culture.

    During this interactive session, attendees will learn how to foster leadership awareness about DEI, enabling them to initiate courageous conversations and present compelling data-driven insights. As advocates of change, HR professionals will be equipped to cultivate collaborative partnerships and establish accountability measures to ensure ongoing progress within the "Flamework."

    Learning Objectives: 

    1. Grasp the Flamework: Gain a comprehensive understanding of the presented DEI "Flamework" for igniting change in organizations.

    2. Support Leadership: Equip HR professionals with strategies to foster leadership awareness, facilitate courageous conversations, and provide data-driven insights within the "Flamework."

    3. Champion Continuous Improvement: Empower HR professionals to champion continuous improvement in leadership's approach to supporting DEI work within the "Flamework" and establish accountability measures for sustained progress.

    Rebecca Francis, MPA ​(she/her)

    Lead DEI Consultant 

    Ignite Change Solutions, LLC

    SPEAKER: Tom Farley,Community Relations  Coordinator                                                              Rosecrance of Wisconsin                                                                                                       

    Growing up Farley: A Story of Addiction, Love, and Forgiveness                                                          

    Brief Description: In this talk, Tom chronicles his lifelong journey with his brother, the late actor Chris Farley. Touching on lessons learned from Chris and his struggles with addiction. Tom, begins by speaking about his brother’s addiction and the effects it had on his family, and specifically, himself. Tom discusses his own journey in recovery and his work as an advocate for those with substance use disorders. Whether in personal life or the workplace, Tom covers the concept of being a first responder and what signs to look for to identify someone in crisis or in isolation.  Sometimes in organizations we are so accustomed to speaking in terms of “teams”.  Tom likes to talk about creating the “ensemble” before forming the team (ie: the best teams are ones that formed the ensemble first).  Using humor, the family gift, Tom approaches these difficult topics with compassion, generosity, and aplomb.


    Tom Farley is the Community Relations Coordinator responsible for arranging community activities and developing business relationships in southern Wisconsin. He manages strategic relationships with local and regional referral sources and works in the community to raise awareness about addiction and mental health. Tom has a marketing degree from Georgetown University. Prior to joining Rosecrance, he ran the Chris Farley Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to substance use prevention. He also served on the Dane County Human Services Board. In addition, Tom is a nationally known advocate for prevention, treatment, and recovery.

    SPEAKER: Judith Cardenas , Phd (She/Her)                                         Strategies by Design Group


    Discover the transformative potential of Chat GPT and AI tools to revolutionize your leadership and boost workplace performance. This interactive one-hour workshop will give participants a comprehensive understanding of generative AI and its practical applications in a modern workplace. Leaders will explore 5 ChatGPT capabilities and 3 AI tools that can enhance their productivity and drive performance across teams.


    • Gain a foundational understanding of generative AI and its impact on workplace performance.

    • Explore the 5 Chat GPT capabilities and their potential leadership and team management applications.

    • Get hands-on experience with 3 AI tools that can enhance productivity.

    • Receive two exclusive micro-courses and a Chat GPT capabilities guide to help integrate AI tools into daily workflow and organizational processes.

    • Develop strategies to harness the power of Chat GPT and AI tools for increased productivity and performance. 

    •   THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR:                                Kristen Hamblock, MBA, SHRM-SCP (She/Her) - Rosecrance                                                                                                                                                                         

    • **Continuing Education Credits from SHRM and HRCI are in the process of being approved**