Design Thinking for Human Resources Conference

Driving HR Transformation through Human-Centered Design

Chicago, IL, United States

Human Resources is in a state of mass-transformation. From re-structuring around employee needs to positioning the department as a revenue generating resource, even the name HR is being swapped for titles like People, Culture and Organizational Development.With all this change,HR is in need of a way to triage the right problems to focus on.

With Human Centered Design principles in mind, Design Thinking for HR will help HR Professionals to gain a deeper understanding of their employee's needs to create better solutions.

Join fellow HR Thought Leaders from companies like Microsoft, IBM, NBCUniversal and more August 19-21 in Chicago to learn how to effectively leverage Design Thinking to transform HR's people, processes, and technology.

What to Expect at Design Thinking HR

  • 101 University Class for Beginners
  • 90 Minute Sprints on Culture, Journey Mapping, Agile & Leadership
  • Thought Leaders & Ground Breakers in DT for HR
  • No Hotel Conference Room.
  • No Death by PPT

Actionable Themes

  • Embed a Design Thinking Mindset into the Organization
  • Engage Employees more Effectively
  • Upgrade and Re-Focus Performance Management
  • Successfully and Efficiently Transform HR Processes
  • Create Greater Learning and Development Outcomes


  • Karen Kocher, General Manager, 21st Century Skills & Employability, Microsoft
  • Lydia Wu, Senior Manager, Talent Analytics, Panasonic
  • Becki Cedrone, Director of Alumni & Community Marketing, The Coca-Cola Company
  • John Lawrence, Senior Leader, Data Governance - HR Reporting & Analytics CoE, GE
  • Fernando Sanchez-Arias, Director, Learning Organization, The Home Depot
  • Lisa Morris, Human-Centered Employee Experience Design & Service Design | Organizational Anthropology & Innovation, XPLOR
  • Christopher Koch, Director of Talent Development, NBCUniversal
  • Daniel Zumbrunnen, Senior Director, Talent Development, NBCUniversal Media
  • Cornelia Kunert, Employee Experience & Engagement Expert, Pro Insurance Solutions
  • Rohith Rai, Leader of Performance Management & Quality Analytics, UTHCM
  • Brian Walsh, Human Capital Transformation Manager, VP, Fifth Third Bank
  • Margaret Maupin, Senior Leader - Talent Acquisition and Engagement, Allstate
  • Jennifer Price, Director, Innovation Development, Vizient, Inc.
  • TJ Cochran, Director Organizational Development, Avis Budget Group
  • Vesna Kovac, Senior Human Resource Director, Celtra
  • Melissa Hui, Design for People & Culture, Context Leap
  • Nenuca Syquia, People Planning, Design & Analytics, Cisco
  • Allison O'Brien, Head of People: Human Resources and Recruitment, Kin Insurance
  • Monica J. Johnson, Business Initiatives Consultant, Wells Fargo
  • Grace P. Nakar, Vice President, Enterprise Diversity & Inclusion Learning; Human-Centered Design Learning, Wells Fargo
  • Andres Traslavina, Director Global Recruiting, Whole Foods Market
  • Karishma Patel Buford, Chief People Officer, OppLoans
  • Anna Hawk, Former Director M&A and Business Integration, Starbucks
  • Krystal Webber, Global Design & Strategy Leader, IBM Blockchain Services
  • Jacalyn Vander Ploeg, Sr. Advisor, Enterprise Culture and Change Management, CVS Health
  • Angela Nelson RPh, Enterprise Culture and Change Management, CVS Health
  • Michael Arena, VP Talent & Development, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Matt Dudley, Senior Program Director, LUMA Institute
  • Amy Hedrick, Executive Director of North America, LUMA Institute
Workshop Day - August 19, 2019

Conference Day One - August 20, 2019

Conference Day Two + Site Tour
- August 21, 2019


Venue to be confirmed
Chicago, IL

Please note: We will never recommend, approve or appoint any third party rooming service to act on our behalf. Please be extremely wary if you are approached by any such companies. We will always endeavor to negotiate the best available rates for you so please use the Hotel's website link provided.