The half-day conference will focus on the theme of unlocking women’s leadership potential and cover issues affecting opportunities for advancement and more. The conference will bring together attendees who hold positions across all industry areas and levels. Attendees can expect to gain new connections and the necessary tools and strategies to apply to their professional lives.
The conference will feature presentations from three executive leaders: Kim Price, vice president of market sales, GP Pro, a division of Georgia-Pacific; Marcela Sztainberg, senior vice president of human resources, Essendant; and Tracey York, executive vice president of human resources health, hygiene and specialties, Berry Global. The program will start with a career development workshop from Dr. Tatum Thomas, dean of DePaul University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
The conference will consist of:
This conference and networking event
The conference is conveniently located in the Palmer House Hilton in beautiful downtown Chicago. Make your hotel reservation via the following link.
POST-CONFERENCE NETWORKING EVENT | Chicago’s Leading Lady Cruise
Shuttle bus – 5:00pm – Immediately following the conference, shuttle buses will transport conference attendees from the Palmer House Hilton to Chicago’s Riverwalk and will return attendees to the Palmer House after the cruise.
5:45pm – Boarding Chicago’s Leading Lady at Chicago’s Riverwalk at Michigan Avenue & Wacker Drive
6-8pm – Networking Cruise
Join us for a post conference networking event onboard Chicago’s Leading Lady luxury vessel. Network with your industry peers and experience five-star service and stunning skyline views from the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.
Note: The networking event is included when you buy a conference ticket. If you are only planning on attending the cruise and not the conference, you can select a ticket for just the networking event below. If you are only attending the conference and not the cruise, you can indicate this when you fill out your attendee details below.
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Dr. Tatum ThomasSchool of Continuing & Professional Studies, DePaul University
Dr. Tatum Thomas is the Dean of DePaul University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS). SCPS offers undergraduate adult, graduate, and nondegree programs. Notably, its centers, and special initiatives, such as the Center for the Advancement of Adults in Education, Labor Education Center, and the Adult Men of Color Initiative emphasize access and activism. Dr. Thomas is a member of the Board of Directors with the University Professional Education Association (UPCEA), where she serves on the Governance Committee, and Credential Innovation subcommittee for typology, terminology, and standards. She also serves as a Peer Evaluator with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and she is on the DePaul University’s Planning Committee for the Institute for Restorative Educational Engagement, supporting advancements in college-in-prison programs. Dr. Thomas previously held strategic leadership roles at Columbia University in the City of New York, and New York University.
Dr. Thomas’ research interests include employee performance, leadership paradoxes, and relational leadership. She holds a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, a Master’s in Higher Education Administration from Baruch College, City University of New York, a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Marymount Manhattan College, and a Certificate in Management Excellence from the Harvard Business School. Dr. Thomas is a member of Edward A. Bouchet Society.
Kim PriceVice President, Market Sales, GP PRO a Division of Georgia-Pacific
Kim Price is Vice President of Away from Home Market Sales with Georgia-Pacific’s CPG Customer Organization. She assumed this responsibility in 2021. Kim joined Georgia-Pacific in 2005 in our Entry Level Sales Associate Program (JumpStart). Prior to GP, Kim graduated with a B.A. in business from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Throughout her career she has held various roles in pricing, field sales, channel sales, and sales strategy/enablement/effectiveness.
Marcela SztainbergSenior Vice President of Human Resources, Essendant
Marcela Sztainberg is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Essendant. She is responsible for driving the diversity and talent strategy to attain and develop key talent and create strength across all functions of Essendant. She has led an impressive career as a human resources professional for over 20 years working in various industries. Prior to her current role at Essendant, Marcela was responsible for the company’s benefits and compensation strategies and worked as the Director of Human Resources, helping with transformation projects around benefits, associate engagement and talent acquisition. Before joining Essendant, she held positions in compensation and benefits at a variety of companies. Marcela also serves on the board of trustees for Family Service of Lake County and the Essendant Charitable Foundation.
Stephenie HendersonVice President, Sales-Strategic Accounts, Berry Global, Inc.
Stephenie Henderson is the Vice President of Sales-Strategic Accounts at Berry Global. She previously served as the Director of Sales of Strategic Accounts for Stretch Films and Institutional Can Liners for the Engineered Materials division at Berry Global where she managed a team of sales personnel, driving toward corporate financial and volume goals. She has been in the flexible film industry for over 15 years, holding positions of Regional Sales Director and Territory Manager at Berry Global and Pliant/Phenix Marketing, which Berry acquired in 2009.
Stephenie honed her leadership skills during her coaching career at multiple Division I programs; University of Notre Dame, Loyola University Chicago and Michigan State University.
She began showcasing her work ethics and leadership talent as a collegiate All-American and standout athlete at Western Michigan University, where she was inducted into the Western Michigan Hall of Fame in 2011.
Berry Global is a leading global supplier of a broad range of innovative rigid, flexible, and nonwoven products used every day within consumer and industrial end markets. Berry, a Fortune 500 company, has over 48,000 employees and generated approximately $13 billion of sales in fiscal year 2018 on a combined pro forma basis from operations that span over 290 locations on six continents.
Tracey YorkExecutive Vice President of Human Resources – HHS Division, Berry Global, Inc.
Tracey York is the EVP of Human Resources for the HHS Division at Berry Global. In her ten years with Berry Global, Tracey has held multiple positions within the HR team. In her current role, she is supporting more than 7,000 HHS employees located throughout the globe in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Previously Tracey was Berry’s Chief Talent Officer, leading learning and development, succession planning and talent acquisition for Berry Global’s 47,000 employees around the world.
Prior to joining Berry, Tracey served in multiple roles in Leadership Development, Talent Management and Human Resources for Belk Department Stores and Lowe’s Home Improvement. Tracey is certified in more than 30 best-in-class development courses including Situational Leadership II, Culture of Trust, Seven Habits of Highly Effective Leaders and Team Effectiveness. She is also a certified 360 assessor and executive coach.
Tracey received her B.A. in History and Political Science from Campbell University and Master of Arts degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the Adler University.