DisruptHR Chicago 1 Storms The Windy City!

DisruptHR Chicago

On April 27, 2016, DisruptHR Chicago took the Windy City by storm for their first event!

DisruptHR Chicago 1 sold out at 250 attendees months in advance, so clearly the force is strong with those in the area who were ready to blow up the norms, to innovate, and to create a more meaningful, rewarding, and engaging experience from this thing called work.


The event was organized by a great team of volunteers, led by:

Nicole Dessain – Founder & Chief Talent Strategist at talent.imperative

Nancy Harris – Principal Consultant & Founder at Restart Consulting

Charlie Judy – Founding Partner at WorkXO, LLC


Check out some great photos from the event below, provided by the folks at the fantastic location where the event was held – 1871 Chicago:


Twelve speakers rocked DisruptHR Chicago with their 5-minute talks, using only 20 slides that advanced every 15 seconds. Speakers included:

Sandee Kastrul – President & Co-Founder of i.c.stars
Melonie Boone – Global Head of Human Resources at Ventiv Technology
Katie De Voto – Talent Director at ContextMedia, Inc.
Dawn Hrdlica-Burke – VP of People of DAXKO
Jason Lauritsen – Director, Client Success at Quantum Workplace
Joe Gerstandt – Keynote Speaker, Freedom Fighter & Freak-Flag Flier at joegerstandt.com
Elena Valentine – CEO & Co-Founder of Skill Scout
Jill Pollack – Owner of StoryStudio Chicago
Jen Sommesi – Senior Manager, Employment Branding & Talent Programs at CDW
Andee Harris – Chief Engagement Officer at HighGround
Tom Kuczmarski – President & Founder of Kuczmarski Innovation
Zack Johnson – CEO & Co-Founder of Syndio, Inc.


You can check out each of the talks, or view the entire album of DisruptHR Chicago Talks via this link -> (DisruptHR Chicago 1 – April 27, 2016 Album).


Thanks to the DisruptHR Chicago Sponsors, for supporting this event!

Gatti HR

Post Event Musings:

Following the event, a few of the participants at DisruptHR Chicago shared their experiences/thoughts online. See what they had to say!

Disrupt HR Chicago Was A Huge Success by Zack Johnson – CEO & Co-Founder of Syndio, Inc.

Disrupting the HR Status Quo by Andee Harris – Chief Engagement Officer at HighGround

Deliberately Disrupt Your Comfort Zone by Dawn Hrdlica-Burke – VP of People of DAXKO

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