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    • September 24, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Woodridge, IL and Virtual

    The Illinois Search and Staffing Association, the Michigan Association of Staffing Services, the Wisconsin Association of Staffing Services and the Ohio Staffing and Search Association invite you to join us for the 6th annual Midwest Staffing Owners and Executives gathering on September 24th, 2020 in Woodridge, IL. This is planned to be a full day in-person event. To give everyone the opportunity to attend, it will be live-streamed as well. Live attendance includes continental breakfast, lunch and networking reception. In-person attendance will be limited to 35, with socially distanced seating and packaged lunch.

    Frank Bucaro, Keynote speaker and veteran management consultant will present: "Charting a New Path: Setting Your Moral Compass"

    Beckie Hayes, EOS Implementer® and Speaker, will present: "Leading Through Change"

    Katherine Judge, Economist, CIBC Capital Markets, will present: "Emerging From COVID-19: A Midwest Economic Outlook"

    Mary Ann McLaughlin, Executive Coach, Butler Street, will present: "Virtual Leadership – Leading Through Uncertain Times"

    Rudi Asseer, CEO at IMI, will present: "Supercharging Human Capital Using AI"

    Agenda – “Charting A New Path” -- Thursday September 24, 2020

    8:00-8:30AM        Continental Breakfast

    8:30-8:45AM        Leadership Welcome

    8:45-10:15AM      Keynote: Charting a New Path: Setting your Moral Compass – Frank Bucaro

    10:15-10:30AM    Break – Visit Virtual Exhibit Hall

    10:30-11:15AM    Emerging From COVID-19: A Midwest Economic Outlook -- Katherine Judge

    11:15-12:15PM    Leading Through Change – Beckie Hayes

    12:15-1:15PM      Lunch and Designated Networking Time

    1:15-2:15PM        Supercharging Human Capital Using AI – Rudi Asseer

    2:15-3:15PM        Virtual Leadership – Leading Through Uncertain Times – Mary Ann McLaughlin

    3:15-3:30PM        Break – Visit Virtual Exhibit Hall

    3:30-5:00PM        Recession War Room – How Industry Veterans are Weathering Today’s Economic Storm – Panel

    5:00-7:00PM        Networking Reception - Beer, Wine and light appetizers

    Frank C. Bucaro

    Speaking, training and writing on the benefits of ethics and value-base leadership, Frank has wowed audiences from all over the U.S. and Canada with his straight-forward approach and words of inspiration. He knows there is tremendous pressure to succeed and deliver big results in today’s highly competitive environment. He also believes that ethics and values are key components for success in this endeavor.

    Frank’s presentations are powerful, thought-provoking, surprisingly humorous and they also:

    • Are consistently requested by a wide range of businesses, associations, and educational organizations.
    • Combine up-to-date information, practical and easy to implement ideas and humorous stories for a high impact learning experience.
    • Are a natural fit with organizations interested in reinforcing their commitment to ethics and values in the workplace and reducing vulnerability to disruptive and costly ethics and compliance problems.

    A member of the National Speakers Association, he has earned their designation of CSP which stands for Certified Speaking Professional. He was also presented with NSA’s prestigious CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame Award for excellence and professionalism, held by fewer than 220 people worldwide.

    Beckie Hayes

    Beckie Hayes is the founder of Merchab Consulting Group, Inc., and is passionate about helping privately held business owners get more of what they want from their businesses.  She uses a proven business management process called Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS®) to help them grow faster, become more profitable and eliminate frustrations.  Beckie finds fulfillment in helping companies articulate a crystal-clear vision to get everyone on the team rowing in the same direction.  She helps leadership teams cultivate focus, discipline, and accountability to effectively execute their vision, and helps build a foundation of trust to create an open, honest, functional, and cohesive team. Additionally, Beckie serves as a Chicago Director for the American Club Association, the Vice Chairman of the Board for Chamber630 and facilitates a Family Business Roundtable for Family Businesses in the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce.

    Katherine Judge

    Katherine Judge joined CIBC as an Economist in 2018. She forecasts and provides insightful commentary of American economic data and is responsible for the regional outlook for Midwest, in addition to contributing to research on a wide range of topics that impact financial markets.

    Prior to joining CIBC, Katherine worked in a similar role at TD Bank. Katherine holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Queen's University.

    Mary Ann McLaughlin

    Mary Ann McLaughlin serves as Managing Partner and co-founder of Butler Street, a management consulting, training and research firm comprised of knowledge-sharing, experienced C-Level executives who help companies achieve lasting results in the two most challenging areas they face: Client Development and Talent Development. Mary Ann serves as the Foundation Chair on the board of St. Joseph’s Presence Hospital in Chicago. Additionally, Mary Ann is an active member and mentor within the Professional Women’s Club of Chicago, an organization that serves to enrich and inspire women to advance professionally and personally. At Butler Street, in addition to providing consulting and training on strategy, sales transformation and talent development, Mary Ann is a sought-after executive coach, with an emphasis on helping female leaders and leaders who are new to the C-Suite. Her experience as a sales professional, sales manager, operations leader and C-suite executive across companies ranging from highly acquisitive Private Equity backed organizations to publicly-held, multi-billion dollar international corporations has given her the experience and insight to excel at consulting, coaching and training to help companies and their people grow.

    Rudi Asseer

    Rudi is the CEO of North America’s largest provider of installation resources called IMI.  Headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, the organization deploys mechanical and electrical installers and turnkey solutions for supply chain industry icons such as Amazon and Walmart. However, what could easily be a commodity-based “staffing agency” has been transformed by Rudi and team with the development and application of Rhonda.ai, the company’s groundbreaking AI software platform designed to radically improve workforce culture, engagement and thus, performance.

    From a young age, Rudi was a man in motion. Competing around the world with the Canadian National Cycling Team instilled a spirit of intensity and drive that would propel him into his professional career. A graduate of Harvard University, Rudi continued to blaze a path of greatness becoming the youngest CEO at Farallon and ultimately a recipient of the “Forty Under 40” award honoring the most diverse and successful young businesspeople from Canada’s capital. This, in turn, would springboard Rudi into working with blue chip organizations such as Microsoft, Boston Consulting Group, Amazon and several marquis banks.

    Rudi has channeled his competitive drive, business acumen and intense disdain for the status quo into the reinvention of IMI through technology and building a culture of greatness through teamwork. Ultimately, Rudi’s powerful drive and strong devotion to inclusivity has resulted in a diverse career with a plethora of experience across multiple realms. One thing is constant however, Rudi is always on the move. So don’t blink.

    Recession War Room Panelists

    Tom Erb, Panel Moderator

    President, Tallann Resources

    President of Tallann Resources possessing a staffing and recruiting career spanning over 25 years, Tom Erb has established himself as one of the industry’s top subject matter experts. He is one of the most highly sought-after national speakers in the staffing industry, presenting to a variety of industry organizations including the American Staffing Association, National Association of Personnel Services, TechServe Alliance, and dozens of state and regional staffing and recruiting conferences.   As a consultant, trainer, and speaker, Tom has helped hundreds of firms create and execute sales and recruiting strategies to grow their business.

    Tom is the author of Winning the Staffing Sales Game, and writes the monthly column Recruiting Today for ASA’s Staffing Success magazine. He is a former president of the Ohio Staffing and Search Association and the Human Resources Association of Central Ohio, is chair for the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS), and former chair and current member of ASA’s Professional-Managerial Section Council.

    Susan Dietrich, Principal, TOPS Staffing LLC

    Susan Dietrich is a principal owner of TOPS Staffing LLC, AllTek Staffing and Resource Group Inc., e-Staff Consulting Group, AccountStaff Inc., Sterling Office Professionals, and TVS Inc. She began the western chapter of the Pennsylvania Staffing Association, an ASA-affiliated chapter, and served as its president for three years. Dietrich also has served on the ASA chapter leadership council and the chapter past presidents committee.

    John Elwood, Owner, Elwood Staffing Services

    Elwood Staffing, a leading provider of talent-based solutions and actionable workforce intelligence, is the 18th largest U.S. staffing company and the 10th largest U.S. industrial staffing company. Operating more than 275 service locations in 33 states, the company employs more than 100,000 temporary associates each year.

    John joined Elwood Staffing in 1996 and served in several roles, including outside sales consultant, branch manager, and executive vice president, before taking on the position of company president in 2000. As president, John oversees the executive management members of Elwood’s Legal, Risk Management, Human Resources, and Field Operations Departments. One of John’s priorities lies in continuing to find ways to match jobs to people and people to jobs. He believes in the power of the staffing industry and works daily to make a positive impact in the lives of others through Elwood Staffing. Today, John commits his efforts to furthering the interests of the staffing industry through his active involvement with the American Staffing Association (ASA). John has been a member of ASA’s board of directors since 2008. He served as chairman of the board for the 2015 term.

    Brian MacDonald, VP of Operations, Priority Staffing

    Brian MacDonald is the Vice President of Operations of Priority Staffing Ltd., a privately held 100% Women-owned temporary placement service based in Joliet, IL.  The company supports the Oil & Gas and light manufacturing sectors by offering flexible staffing options, which can be important in this new staffing environment.  MacDonald has over 25 years of executive experience in the hospitality and temporary staffing industries.  He is currently the Legislative Chair and past officer of the Illinois Search and Staffing Association.

    Thank you to our event sponsors!

    • October 01, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • At Your Desk

    The Department of Homeland Security will be on hand for this webinar, covering a range of I-9 topics and the use of E-verify web services. Don't miss the opportunity to ask questions in the Q&A to follow. There is no cost to attend this program. 

    The presentation will cover:

    • E-Verify Highlights
    • Form I-9 Reminders
    • Basics of E-Verify using Web Services
    • E-Verify Web Services Access Methods
    • End User Training


    Jennifer Nelson

    Program Analyst – Outreach Division

    Department of Homeland Security- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, Verification

    Since joining U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in 2011, Ms. Nelson has conducted over 500 Form I-9 and E-Verify presentations to local, regional, and nationwide audiences including elected officials, immigration attorneys, human resources staff, large and small business owners and payroll professionals. Jennifer also serves as a subject matter expert for the development of public customer engagement resources including videos, digital marketing, public job aids, and outreach materials. 

    Joel D. Grauer

    Engagement Analyst - Verification Division

    Department of Homeland Security- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, Verification

    As a subject matter expert on Form I-9 and E-Verify, Mr. Grauer has conducted over 300 presentations to local, regional and national audiences that included corporate legal counsel, immigration attorneys, workforce development, human resources and payroll professionals. 

    Mr. Grauer holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Master of Arts in Management from Bellevue University. 

    • October 19, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • October 22, 2020
    • (CDT)

    ASA's annual convention and Expo is scheduled for October 19-22, 2020. You won't want to miss this event, now virtual!

    • May 26, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • May 27, 2021
    • 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL

    Midwest Staffing Conference May 26-27, 2021

    at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL

    • September 26, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • September 28, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • Henderson, NV

    NAPS 2021 Conference is the premier education opportunity representing the search, recruiting & staffing industry. More than 300 attendees are expected to attend this year's annual event, which will be held September 26-28, 2021 at the Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa in Henderson, NV.

    Attendees will have an opportunity to learn from best practices and understand how to improve their business through case studies while expanding their professional network. Exhibitors and sponsors will have dedicated time to showcase products and services in front of hundreds of leaders and decision makers who want to learn more about how you can help them run their businesses more efficiently and effectively.

    Register for this event on NAPS website

Past events

September 10, 2020 Virtual Legislative Conference
August 19, 2020 Staffing Survival 101 - A Young Professionals Virtual Event
June 03, 2020 ASA Staffing Law Conference - Virtual Event
May 20, 2020 Virtual Midwest Staffing Conference 2020: Re!magine Rebuilding
April 30, 2020 ISSA Virtual Roundtable Discussion Series - Week 3
April 23, 2020 Recruiting Webinar - 8 Tips for Candidate Engagement
April 16, 2020 ISSA Virtual Roundtable Discussion Series - Week 2
April 09, 2020 ISSA Virtual Roundtable Discussion Series - Week 1
March 25, 2020 Young Professionals Event - March Staffing Madness - CANCELED
February 27, 2020 ISSA Legislative Conference
January 23, 2020 Webinar: Leadership Excellence--Four Best Practices of Overperforming Organizations
December 05, 2019 ISSA Annual Meeting, Client Panel and Holiday Party
November 14, 2019 Webinar: Hiring Veterans / Giving Back to Those Who Have Served
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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