Spring in Chicago: A visit to the Chicago Botanic Garden

It’s been a rough couple of weather months. I was so, so naive to think Chicago would start warming up in March. Today though, Spring finally seemed to arrive. A friend of mine summed it up best when she tweeted: “Damn, Chicago. It’s like your heart started beating again today.”

While today’s high temp barely hit 50 degrees, the flowers were blooming and trees were budding at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

We didn’t get a chance to see the corpse flower (a titan arum plant native to Indonesia) named “Spike” that recently opened. We did see this Bonsai tree that’s thought to be 400-600 years old.

We also saw this, which almost made up for the extra long winter:

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DisruptHR Chicago: Nine “aha’s” from the Spring 2018 speaker event

Well, that was a blast!

The Spring 2018 DisruptHR Chicago was energetic, thought-provoking and high-impact. Ten speakers with something really disruptive to share, five minutes – with 20 slides that automatically advance every 15 seconds.

Here are just a few Twitter “aha” moments from the incredible #disrupthrchi community:

Spring 2018 speakers were:

  • Michele Steele, Reporter & Host at ESPN: “Locker Room Talk: Succeeding as a woman in male-dominated spaces”
  • Gary Hallgren, President & Steph Ryter, Creative Culture Leader at Arity: “How to collaborate with the CEO to build your company culture”
  • David Aronson, Founder & CEO at Peanut Butter, Inc.: “Debt got your employees down? Using student loan assistance as a retention tool”
  • Allison Robinson, Founder & CEO at The Mom Project: “Power of the mom! Why we are failing mothers in the workplace”
  • Aideen Shea, VP Learning & Development at Byline Bank: “Putting YOUR career first: What every HR professional needs to know”
  • John Higginson, Chief Technology Officer at Enova: “Why does the white guy support diversity?”
  • Jennifer Fondrevay, Chief Humanity Officer:”Don’t be a robot!”
  • Ariadne Ducas, Founder & Chief Meditation Officer at Kairos: “Mindful disruption – attention is everything”
  • Heather Corallo, Rock Star Serial Entrepreneur: “You can’t solve bad leadership with an app!”
  • Theresa Stewart, HBIC (colored) at 18 Coffees: “HRtifacts: Using co-creation and human centered design in your organization.”

Finally, a HUGE thanks to our volunteers. #soimpressed

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