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Strategies to Enhance Employee Retention & Career Advancement
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When: February 26, 2020
7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Where: 123 N. Wacker Dr
Chicago, Illinois  60606
United States
Contact: Emily Smith
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Many companies face challenges in retaining high performers due to a lack of organizational depth and breadth. As a result, opportunities to grow and advance high performers can be limited. These limitations result in dissatisfied employees, increased turnover costs and companies not realizing the future benefits gained from further growing high performers.  Join us to hear a group of CFOs and Talent Executives share their successes in developing creative approaches for retaining and furthering the development of high performers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the inherent “Talent” challenges executives face due to the size and nature of their organization,
  • Learn how younger workforces are increasing the Talent challenge,
  • Develop an understanding of longer-term Talent trends and their implications, and
  • Gain insights to leading creative strategies executives are successfully applying to win the war on talent.


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All CFO Leadership Council workshops are FREE for members. Non-member senior financial executives are welcome to attend this program for $60.

PLEASE NOTE THAT CFOLC EVENTS ARE EXCLUSIVE TO SENIOR FINANCIAL EXECUTIVES ONLY.  (CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Controllers, Directors of Finance, etc.)  Service providers, business development and sales executives are restricted from attending. The CFO Leadership Council reserves the right to decline any registration.


Instructional method: Group-Live

Recommended CPE Credits: 1.5 Credits in Personnel/Human Resources - Non-Technical

Experience Level: Basic

Prerequisites/advance preparation: None

The CFO Leadership Council is registered with the National Association of State Boards-of-Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors (Sponsor ID 109063). State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Website:


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If you would like to cancel your ticket or request a refund, please contact Emily Smith at email above. Refunds are available up to 48 hours prior to the program.


Bill Ziebell, CEO Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc., Gallagher

William F. Ziebell joined Gallagher in 2000, working as a Producer and Manager for the employee benefits consulting and brokerage operation in the Troy, Michigan office. In 2002, he assumed the role of Assistant Branch Manager for the operation’s Chicago branch, where he was named Branch Manager in 2003. He has managed the region since 2004, and was promoted from Executive Vice President, North Central Region to Chief Executive Officer in 2017.

Mr. Ziebell began his career with Ernst & Young as a CPA, and has more than 25 years of sales and leadership experience. Throughout his career, he has led the way in centralizing and enhancing critical client services such as financial reporting and underwriting, wellness and employee communications.

Mr. Ziebell holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill., and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing and Business Policy from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.


Karishma Patel Buford, Chief People Officer, OppLoans

Karishma set the HR foundation at Opp Loans, a fast growing, employee and customer-centric organization. She designed a longer-term vision, mission, and brand for Human Resources.  Karishma delivered world-class people programs & practices and with other executives shaped the culture to fuel the next stages of business growth.


Angela Geffre, Head of Global Talent, JLL

Angela in the Head of Global Talent at JLL, a world leader in commercial real estate services. In this role, Angela leads Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Inclusion, Diversity & Employee Experience, and Learning & Leadership Development. Angela and her team at JLL have received several awards for their work, including the i4CP Next practice Award, Training Inc Magazine Top 125, Forbes’ list of America’s Best Employers for Diversity, NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women, and a perfect score on the 2020 Corporate Equality Index from Human Rights Campaign.

Before joining JLL in 2016, Angela spent 13 years leading Talent Centers of Expertise and Human Resources at Procter & Gamble, and Kellogg Company. She has successfully led several business transformations, global HR transformations, and built over 20 tools to improve performance, diversity, employee engagement, innovation, and/or retention. Angela has great passion for improving the human experience from recruiting to workplace to helping others learn and grow.

Angela earned a Bachelor’s degree from Kalamazoo College, a Second Degree in French language and culture from Université de Strasbourg, and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Wayne State University. Angela is an active presenter and author on global assessment, diversity & inclusion, leadership development, talent management, and work-life balance. Her most recent book chapter on work life effectiveness was published in 2018 and more recently, she wrote an article “Building an Agile Leadership Development Program at JLL” published in the December 23rd 2019 issue of CIO Review. When not at work, Angela enjoys spending time with her husband and two young sons, cooking/wine, theater, travel, and learning about different cultures/people.


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