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    Securing Top Talent Ahead of the Next Hiring Explosion for the Milwaukee-Chicago corridor

    Date: October 3, 2019, 8:00am – 10:00am
    Northern Illinois Society for Human Resource Management
    Lake Forest Graduate School of Management
    1905 W Field Ct
    Lake Forest, IL 60045
    Advance tickets: $30 members, $50 non-members. Day of: $40 members, $60 non-members
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    Learn about the economic expansion of the I94 corridor from Milwaukee to Chicago that is affecting Northern IL employers what that means for hiring moving forward.

    We will have a panel discussing the current and future state of the economic development, the impact on hiring and wages, as well as offering creative solutions to get ahead of the next hiring explosion.  


    8:00 - 8:30 am                                      Registration, Networking and Breakfast

    8:30-10:00 am                                      Program

    Click here to register.


    About our Facilitator - 

    Ashley Staeck (Program Director at the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread)

    Ashley is an Experienced Program Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the philanthropy industry. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Program Evaluation, Volunteer Management, Facilitation, and Interpersonal Skills. She is a strong community and social services professional with a Master of Arts (MA) focused on the School of Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. Additionally, Ashley is currently the President of the Racine Founders Rotary Club and an Executive Committee Member of the Women United Program with the United Way of Racine.

    About the Panel -

    Kate Walker (Talent Acquisition Specialist, Racine County Economic Development Corporation)

    Kate is a leader in workforce and economic development with an extensive background in business development, education, financial institutions, non-profits, and workforce development.

    She has been working in the economic development area for over ten years. She currently serves as the Talent Recruitment Specialist for RCEDC and is focused on promoting and onboarding businesses to the Greater Racine County Website. Prior to RCEDC Kate spent almost eight years with Gateway Technical College’s Business and Workforce Solutions where she had roles overseeing customized training and business development. In addition, Kate was the Assistant Director for CATI Inc., the founding Project Director for the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporations South East Location and spent over 10 years in banking.

    Kate earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology from UW Parkside and a Master’s in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University. 

    Kate is passionate about providing opportunities through education, training, business development, and talent recruitment.  She is a resident of Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin where she resides with her husband, Nathan, and two children Bingham and Tatum.

    Kevin Considine (President/CEO, Lake County Partners)

    Kevin Considine serves as the President and CEO of Lake County Partners, a public-private partnership that drives economic growth across Lake County. Prior to his appointment as President and CEO, he served as Managing Director, where he was responsible for business development and strategic planning.

    Since joining Lake County Partners in 2014, Considine has led the creation of the Lake County Workforce Ecosystem, forming groundbreaking partnerships with the Lake County Workforce Development Department, the College of Lake County, the High School Tech Campus and other stakeholders, which has helped to place or train thousands of employees. He also played a critical role in developing Lake County Partners’ business expansion and attraction strategy which has driven over 2,500 new jobs and over $500 Million in annual economic impact.

    Before joining Lake County Partners, Considine held senior management roles in successful technology start-ups, including regional Vice President for Rapt Technologies (acquired by Microsoft in 2008)and Vice President of National Sales for He holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Georgetown University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Crummer Graduate School of Business.

    Suzanne Maldonado (Vice President, Goodwill TalentBridge)

    Suzanne brings over 25 years of experience to her role as Vice President for TalentBridge, the staffing and recruiting arm of Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin and Metropolitan Chicago. She provides strategic direction and leadership to a team of management, recruiting and business development professionals who design client-centered solutions and assist employees in finding meaningful work. Throughout her career, she has worked in leadership, consultative sales, client management, talent acquisition, and training/ development roles.

    Suzanne holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She is a member of TEMPO Milwaukee and HRMAC, the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago.