The Illinois Student Virtual Case Competition is an exciting and unique opportunity for students across the state to learn, connect with their peers, and participate in a competitive HR challenge.

March 31 – April 1, 2021

Northern Illinois University – DeKalb, Illinois

Cost – $0



Friday, April 6th

5:00 - 6:00 PMRegistration & DinnerAtrium
6:00 - 6:15 PMWelcome & Announcements

Nikki Bolden, SHRM-CP, PHR
Illinois SHRM State College Relations Director

Illinois SHRM State Council Director

Vlad Dolgopolov, PhD, National Louis University Associate Dean
Associate Professor of Economics, Business, and Management
College of Professional Studies and Advancement (CPSA)
6:15 - 6:45 PM"Getting Ready for your Future" - Martha Ramirez, SHRM - SCP, CAE Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Divisional Director, Central and EastAtrium
6:15-6:45 PMVolunteer TrainingClassroom TBA
6:45 - 7:00 PMHR Games Overview
Terrance Bishop, Faculty Advisor, Northern Illinois University
Classrooms TBA
7:00 - 9:00 PMHR Games: 6 Preliminary Rounds (20 minutes)
9:00 - 9:30 PMHR Games Finals & Closing AnnouncementsAtrium

Saturday, April 7th

8:00 - 8:45 AMContinental Breakfast & Volunteer RegistrationAtrium
8:45 - 9:00 AMMorning Kick-off & AnnouncementsAtrium
9:00 - 10:00 AM"Strategic Planning Speed SWOT" - Connie Wolgemuth, SHRM-CP, PHR, Illinois SHRM Past State Council Director
In this session, participants will understand and apply aspects of a Strategic Planning process that will be valuable in an HR career. The data collected will help ILSHRM formulate a roadmap for student SHRM members and HR studentÕs success across the state.
9:00 - 9:45 AMVolunteer TrainingClassroom TBA
10:00 AM - 12:00 PMHR Case Competition: Preliminary RoundsClassrooms TBA
10:00 AM - 12:00 PMWorkshop Sessions
Presentations designed to provide in-depth information on topics for students not participating in the case competition.

"Employment Law Updates for 2018" - Laura Balson, Partner, Golan, Christie, Taglia
In this session, participants will learn about new laws and legal trends that will be affecting employers in the rest of 2018. Topics include the impact of the #metoo movement, marijuana legalization and changing wage and hour rules.

"Job Search & Career Success" - Catherine Moser, Senior Segment Strategies Consultant, North America, PeopleScout
In this session, participants will gain insight into the job market from a recruiter perspective, understand the difference between employability vs. employment, and what differentiates a successful candidate. Dialogue will cover the employment market, challenges, changes, and implications to candidates. 

"Everybody Wins - How Great Team Member Experiences Drive Business Success" - Petra Rosvall, HR Director, Amer Sports
In this session, participants will gain an understanding of what makes our people tick, as well as what we as an organization can offer, which is crucially important for business success. HR has the unique opportunity to find those win-win opportunities, where both people and businesses thrive.
12:00 - 1:00 PMLunch / Competition Finalist Teams AnnouncedAtrium
1:00 - 2:00 PMChicago HR Mastermind Session - Student Edition
Erich Kurschat, Founder - Chicago HR Mastermind

The Chicago HR Mastermind is a free monthly Meetup of 900+ practitioners, service providers, students, and folks in job transition -- all of whom are committed to expanding networks and solving problems.

The defining factor of the Mastermind is the "hot seat," where members have the opportunity to get peer-oriented feedback on a specific HR-related challenge currently being faced in the workplace. In this session, students will have the opportunity to help solve a real-world HR issue faced by a working professional.
Atrium & Classrooms
2:00 - 3:00 PMCase Competition Finalist Oral PresentationAtrium
3:00 - 3:15 PMBreak
3:15 - 3:45 PMCase Competition Winner Presentation & Closing Thoughts

Dave Ryan, SHRM-CP, SPHR
Illinois SHRM State Council Director