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    • November 14, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • At Your Desk

    Does your company actively recruit military veterans? Would you like to know more about how to tap into this valuable resource? Veterans have served our Country and given so much; let's do what we can to give back to them! Register now for this ISSA webinar on November 14, 2019 at 12 noon CST:

    Webinar - Hiring Veterans / Giving Back to Those Who Have Served 

    Meet the Speakers:

    Andrea Biwer

    Andrea Biwer is the executive director of the Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce and Industry, serving more than 600 business members including manufacturing, logistics, retail, hospitality, and business services. In 2017, Andrea created a new program through the Chamber’s Foundation to address the needs of local Veterans transitioning from the military to the civilian workforce. The Veterans program was also designed to assist businesses in filling open positions with qualified applicants by launching the Des Plaines Chamber Veterans Back to Work Boot Camp and a year later to go along with the program a Veterans Career Fair. Over the past three years she personally was able to raise over $500,000 for this cause. The monies were used to create an 10-week boot camp for selected Veterans who were chosen by local HR representatives in the region. She also solicited local Veterans who had already successfully transitioned to serve as mentors in the program. During the course of the program, each Veteran is required to perform service hours benefiting the community as well as attend network events. At the end of the boot camp, each Veteran graduate receives over $8,000 in career-enhancing gifts (a laptop computer, gift cards for food, clothing, shoes, car maintenance, a resume package and more). Since there were many more applicants than could be accommodated in the boot camp, Andrea created a Career Fair and educational session for local businesses on “How to Hire a Veteran”. Many of the Veterans who completed the program have new careers today. Andrea hopes to expand the Veterans Boot Camp nationally in 2020.

    On November 2, 2018 Andrea Biwer was awarded the 2018 Influential Woman of the Year. The Influential Women in Business Awards are presented to outstanding women executives who excel in the business, civic and personal arenas by the Business Ledger – Daily Herald Media Group ad sponsored by National Association of Women in Business Owners.

    On February 2, 2019 Andrea received a Certificate of Recognition from the Illinois State Senate, presented by State Senator Laura Murphy for her achievements on the Veterans Back to Work Boot Camp and has also received recognition from Tammy Duckworth and other prominent leaders commending the program and her achievements.

    Laura Hanoski

    Laura’s passion for healthcare and people started in middle school when she became a candy striper at a local hospital. She knew she wanted to devote her life to helping people. Laura went into nursing school after high school and spent six years at Aurora St. Luke’s and six years at Sports Medicine and Knee Surgery Center.

    Laura was blessed to find a husband to be her partner in life and in business. Eighteen years ago they started Premier Medical Staffing Services. Premier is an industry leading staffing firm with a national presence. Premier Medical Staffing Services proudly supports our Federal Medical institutions with staffing support as well as offer job opportunities to our military spouses through the MSEP program (Military Spouse Employment Program).

    While working with the Department of Defense and Veteran facilities over the past several years she discovered that having a healthcare job while in the service does not necessarily translate to the ability to obtain a healthcare job in the civilian world. Licensees and certifications do not match up. While organizations want to employ these talented and skilled men and women, Laura has realized they can’t until they meet civilian compliance regulations; This is where the “Gap” is. So, Laura started Heroes for Healthcare and is dedicated to bridging that “Gap” in order to support our veterans and help them obtain gainful employment in healthcare.

    Chip Lutz

    Chip Lutz works with leaders who want to lead better, get more done, and leave a legacy. A retired Naval Officer, under his command as Commanding Officer of two different Naval facilities, both his teams received national recognition for setting new standards of service while maintaining high morale and high retention among team members. He also knows about meeting critical objectives during stressful conditions – having served as the Director of Security for Naval District Washington, DC during September 11th, 2001 – where he was responsible for the safety and security of 25 thousand people on 6 different Naval installations in the National Capital Region.

    Currently, Chip is the President of Unconventional Leadership and also the Past President of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor and the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Speaker’s Association. Chip has earned the Certified Speaking Professional Designation from the National Speaker’s Association.

    With thanks to our webinar sponsor, Automated Business Designs

    • December 05, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM (CST)
    • Pinstripes - Oak Brook, IL

    Would you like to know what your clients are thinking? Learn how HR, Procurement and Hiring Managers make decisions on who to partner with for their staffing needs. This is your chance to find out!

    We’ve invited a panel of contingent labor/direct hire Buyers to speak at this year’s

    event to share their thoughts and answer your questions. You won’t want to miss this event!

    ISSA Annual Meeting / Client Panel and Holiday Party

    Where: Pinstripes, 7 Oak Brook Center - Oak Brook, IL

    Time: 3:00PM - 6:30PM


    2:30PM - Check-in begins

    3:00PM - ISSA Annual Meeting, followed by Client Panel Q & A

    5:00PM - 6:30PM - Networking, food and beverage (included in admission)

    Meet the Panelists

    Joanne Snarich

    Joanne Snarich has had a successful and progressive career in Human Resources within the manufacturing industry. Currently, she serves as the Director of Human Resources for Dexter Magnetic Technologies, which is the leading manufacturer of quality permanent magnets and custom magnetic assemblies.

    Jackie Chakos 

    Jackie Chakos represents Microlution, a division of GF Machining Solutions, which is a developer of integrated micro manufacturing solutions for precision parts. Jackie has been with Microlution for over 11 years and she currently works as the company’s Human Resources Manager.

    Bill Buckley 

    Bill Buckley has spent the past 12 years of his career in Project Management. Since 2013, he’s been working for S&C Electric Company, which is a global provider of equipment and services for electrical power systems. There, he serves as a Senior Manager for the manufacturing operations of custom equipment, and he’s been a key player in the company’s project management initiatives.

    Lori Youngwirth

    Lori Youngwirth is a Supervisor of Indirect Purchasing team at Progress Rail Locomotive Inc. Progress Rail is a subsidiary of Caterpillar and is one of the largest integrated and diversified providers of rolling stock, infrastructure solutions, and technologies for the global rail industries.

    Kimberly Wimer 

    Kimberly Wimer is the Human Resources Manager for Laser Precision. Laser Precision is a world-class innovative manufacturer specializing in metal cutting, forming, welding, and finishing. Kimberly has been with Laser Precision for nearly 3 years and she plays a critical role in overseeing Human Resources and People Management.

    Katie Dykstra

    Katie Dykstra’s recent career has been focused in employee relations and human resources. Currently, she works as the Chief People Officer for Fastmore Logistics, a provider of comprehensive multimodal transportation services. Katie is responsible for a variety of duties that include employee training and professional development, employee recruitment and retention, and many other responsibilities that are focused on the company’s optimization efforts.

    We appreciate the partnership of our 2019 sponsors!

    • January 23, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • At Your Desk
    • 48

    Mark your calendar for this engaging webinar with award-winning speaker Rich Austin!

    "Leadership Pain Points" to be discussed in the session:

    • 13 blind spots that plague business leaders from scaling appropriately

    • Cultural issues that develop because the organization’s vision is vague

    • Accountability mechanisms are weak or non-existent, leading to awkward, uncomfortable, and unsuccessful reviews

    • Coaching is done on the spot or spontaneously, leading to roller coaster results and confusion in executing roles at peak levels

    • Frustration that weak hiring & onboarding practices are leading to high turnover, poor hires, and negatively impacting culture

    Rich Austin is a senior partner at Corporate Strategies and Solutions, a Sandler Training Center. Sandler Training is a global sales and management training firm that helps CEOs, Business Owners, Presidents, Directors of Non-Profits and their teams optimize their sales process by helping them adopt a counter-intuitive methodology for communication and business generation. Rich is a well-respected, multi-award winning, (Sandler’s Ruby Award) and sought after speaker on the topics of Sales, Leadership, Negotiation, Business Culture and Personality Profiles; he has worked with hundreds of companies and thousands of people to authentically refine their approach to selling. Rich’s goal in working with his clients is simple; help them to not look, sound, feel, act, behave or smell like a salesperson.

    • February 27, 2020
    • Tricom, Rosemont IL

    The 2020 ISSA Legislative Conference will be held on 2-27-20 at the offices of Tricom in Rosemont, IL. Details to come!

    • May 20, 2020
    • 12:00 PM
    • May 21, 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Rosemont, IL

    Mark your calendar for the 2020 Midwest Staffing Conference, May 20-21 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. This 2-day conference is the premier event in the Midwest for the staffing and recruiting industry!

Past events

October 24, 2019 Afternoon With Pinnacle Society Members
October 24, 2019 OSHA Temporary Worker Safety Seminar - Presented by the Illinois Department of Labor
October 15, 2019 ASA Staffing World
September 22, 2019 NAPS 2019 Annual Conference
September 12, 2019 Midwest Staffing Owners and Executives Retreat
August 20, 2019 Webinar: Social Recruiting
August 08, 2019 Young Professionals - Recruiting with LinkedIn®
June 27, 2019 Member Appreciation Event - Chicago Dogs Baseball Game
May 22, 2019 2019 Midwest Staffing Conference
April 04, 2019 ASA Staffing Law Conference
March 27, 2019 Young Professionals - March "Staffing" Madness
February 28, 2019 ISSA Legislative Event
November 29, 2018 Annual Meeting and Holiday Party
November 04, 2018 NAPS 2018 Annual Conference
October 16, 2018 ASA Staffing World
September 25, 2018 Midwest Owners and Executives Symposium
September 13, 2018 Afternoon with Pinnacle Society Members
June 19, 2018 Seal at Ravinia - Member Appreciation Event
May 09, 2018 Networking Reception - Happy Hour
April 19, 2018 NAPS Immersion Webinar
March 07, 2018 Navigating the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – A Primer on the 2018 Tax Law
November 30, 2017 Meet the Owners Panel and Annual Meeting Holiday Party
November 02, 2017 State of the Law in Illinois
October 24, 2017 ASA Staffing World
September 28, 2017 Midwest Staffing Owners and Executive Retreat
September 20, 2017 NAPS 2017 Annual Conference
August 10, 2017 Why Salespeople Fail, and What You Can Do About It
June 16, 2017 Day at the Races Member Appreciation Event
June 07, 2017 Are You Ready for the Sick Leave Law Going into effect 7/1/2017 and Other Employment Law Updates!
April 07, 2017 MIDWEST STAFFING CONFERENCE - 2nd Day Leadership Session with Danny Cahill
March 22, 2017 Young Staffing Professionals Event: Networking 101 for Sales and Recruiting Professionals
January 19, 2017 Fast and Furious: The Road to Bigger Billings
December 01, 2016 Meet the Client Panel and Annual Meeting Holiday Party
November 16, 2016 Inside the Mind of the Modern Job Seeker
November 15, 2016 ISSA Board of Directors Meeting
October 25, 2016 ASA Staffing World
October 20, 2016 Young Staffing Professionals Fall Event: LinkedIn for Sales and Recruiting
October 13, 2016 Afternoon with Pinnacle Society Members
October 04, 2016 ISSA Board of Directors Meeting
September 19, 2016 NAPS 2016 Annual Conference
September 14, 2016 Staffing Company Owner and Executive Symposium
September 01, 2016 ISSA Board of Directors Meeting
August 04, 2016 ISSA Board of Directors Meeting
July 27, 2016 Labor and Employment Law Update
July 07, 2016 ISSA Board of Directors Meeting
June 21, 2016 Rooftop Chicago Cubs Game Member Appreciation Event
June 02, 2016 ISSA Board of Directors Meeting
May 05, 2016 ISSA Board of Directors Meeting
April 20, 2016 ASA Staffing Law Conference
April 06, 2016 ISSA Board of Directors Meeting
March 15, 2016 The Loyalty Playbook: Using Remarkable Service To Unleash Your Firm's True Potential
March 03, 2016 ISSA Board of Directors Meeting
February 11, 2016 ISSA Board of Directors Meeting
February 10, 2016 Transform the Profitability of your Staffing Firm with WOTC
January 21, 2016 ISSA Board of Directors Meeting
January 20, 2016 Good Recruiting Habits
December 10, 2015 Meet the Client Panel and Annual Meeting Holiday Party
November 10, 2015 Afternoon with Pinnacle Society Member
October 27, 2015 ASA Staffing World
October 22, 2015 Exclusive Event for Young Staffing Professionals
October 03, 2015 Arlington Resources CureSade 5K Run/Walk
September 28, 2015 NAPS 2015 Annual Conference
September 10, 2015 Midwest Staffing Owners and Executive Retreat
August 27, 2015 Connecting With Your Audience – Making Your Communication Count!
April 28, 2015 ASA Staffing Law Conference
March 24, 2015 Legal Legislative Update: What Is Going On Out There?
January 14, 2015 Controlling the Chaos! Effective Time Management for Staffing Professionals
December 04, 2014 Meet the Client Panel and Annual Meeting Holiday Party
November 13, 2014 Pinnacle Panel and Networking Event
October 17, 2014 The Power of Nice ~ Probing Skills
September 18, 2014 Cutting Edge Marketing Tools for the Staffing Industry
August 20, 2014 Why Specializing is the Key to Recruiting Success
August 14, 2014 ASA Certification Workshop
July 09, 2014 Impact! Handling Challenging Conversations Effectively
April 16, 2014 How to Sell Without Selling
March 11, 2014 ACA - Planning that your Staffing Company should be doing to be ready for it


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