Monday, March 30, 2015


The theme of the 2015 ILSHRM Conference is Level Up Your HR Game. Our intention is to meet practitioners where they are while encouraging them to "level up".  We want to stretch the imagination, encourage courage and help you be better where you are while strategically planting seeds for the future.

We believe that one of the ways HR practitioners can Level Up Their HR Game is by learning from business leaders outside of the HR space.  Sure, we will have tons of HR and recruiting pros sharing their knowledge in amazing concurrent and mega sessions, but on the big stage, we wanted business leaders outside of HR to help give us new perspective.

To that end, I am very excited to announce that the ILSHRM15 crowd will be hearing from Chicago native, Bill Rancic.  Bill Rancic burst onto the national scene when he was hired by Donald Trump as the winner of the first season of NBC’s breakthrough program “The Apprentice”.

Currently, Bill is speaking to businesses and organizations around the world on motivational and business topics, developing real estate in Chicago, and producing and appearing in several television programs.

A published author of a New York Times best-selling book, Bill wrote You're Hired: How To Succeed In Business And Life. This book chronicles Bill's successful life, experience and proven advice. He continued to make a name for himself as an author by writing Beyond the Lemonade Stand to help educate and motivate young people worldwide about the value of money and how to leverage skills, talents and abilities at an early age.  All proceeds from the sale of this book have gone to charity. Bill has also co-authored I Do…Now What with his wife Giuliana Rancic where they share secrets to everlasting love.

Bill's keynote session will consist of 45 minutes of speaking followed by 15 minutes of Q&A.  Bill's books will be available in the bookstore and he will be doing a book signing at the end of his session.

We are very excited to hear and learn from Bill and his experience.  If you'd like to read more about Bill you can read his full bio on our website.

We have much more to share and will be revealing our second keynote, concurrent sessions and pre-conference workshops in the next few weeks. Stay tuned to the blog, website and mailing list for more.

To register for the conference, visit

Hope to see you in September,

Sabrina Baker & Julie Rischmiller

ILSHRM Conference Co-Chair