MEETINGS & EVENTS

Apartmentalize 2021 Schedule

 (Subject to change)​

All sessions and activities will take place in McCormick Place West. General Sessions will take place in Wintrust Arena.

Central Time

Tuesday, August 31

2:30PM
3:15PM
Diversity in Leadership: Not So "Suite"
375B
Human Resources

Women hold far more leadership positions in our industry than ever before; however, there is still a lack of representation when it comes to people of color. What obstacles exist to increasing diversity in leadership positions and how do we remove them? This session features a candid discussion on how we can recruit, develop and support minorities for leadership positions.

Speakers

Name: 
Susan Sherfield
Job Title: 
VP Education & Employee Development
Company: 
Mercy Housing
Name: 
Stephanie Williams
Job Title: 
President & Operating Partner
Company: 
Bozzuto Management Company
Name: 
Matthew Smith
Job Title: 
President and CEO
Company: 
The Liberty Group

Wednesday, September 01

10:45AM
11:15AM
Delivering ROI from Employee Rewards and Recognition
F1/F2, Booth 2255
Human Resources

Join Philip Altschuler, SVP of HR & Training for Gables Residential, as he discusses his journey to develop an employee recognition program that’s delivered a positive ROI during three consecutive years. This program has become more impactful during COVID-19, connecting distanced employees through recognition. Learn how Gables Residential overcame challenges implementing the program in a company with traditional recognition practices, created a social currency appealing to all associates and established a culture of recognition that continually ranks as a top perk.

Speakers

Name: 
Philip Altschuler
Job Title: 
SVP of HR & Training
Company: 
Gables Residential
2:30PM
3:15PM
From Compliant to Conscious: Awakening a Community of Champions
375E
Human Resources

In nature, biodiversity is "the variety of life and its processes," which can be thought of as the diverse and richness of life that exists on earth. Yet in business, diversity continues to be feared, a threat versus an opportunity. This mindset impedes the ability to move beyond our comfort zones, to become more conscious, curious and compassionate about diversity. The result? A perpetual cycle of compliance-related approaches for managing diversity instead of a conscious effort to understand and embrace the variety of life.

Speakers

Name: 
Steve Wunch
Job Title: 
Founder
Company: 
Wunch Keynotes & Consulting
Name: 
Chiccorra Connor
Job Title: 
President and Founder
Company: 
Occupancy Heroes Incorporated
Name: 
Kristen Magni
Job Title: 
Managing Partner, Advisory Services
Company: 
HyrUP
Name: 
Alycia Anderson
Job Title: 
VP of Sales California /Motivational Speaker
Company: 
Knock, Inc
3:45PM
4:30PM
Before it Happens to You
375B
Human Resources

It’s easy for each of us to assume we would know how to behave in any situation. However, when that situation involves sexual misconduct in the workplace or at a work-related social event, too many people, both men and women, find themselves frozen in a dilemma of how to react. This session is an open discussion of sexual misconduct to help you prepare for the situation in the event that it happens to you.

Speakers

Name: 
Susan Sherfield
Job Title: 
VP Education & Employee Development
Company: 
Mercy Housing
Name: 
Jennifer McCoy
Job Title: 
Attorney
Company: 
The Law Office of Jennifer McCoy
Name: 
Elizabeth Cox
Job Title: 
HR Business Partner
Company: 
Mercy Housing

Thursday, September 02

11:30AM
12:15PM
The Changing Landscape in Employee Benefits
187
Human Resources

The pandemic brought significant changes to the benefit packages that help attract and retain talent.  Standard PTO, EAP and fitness center discounts were replaced with meditation, massage and extended leave requests, leading companies to design varied and thoughtful responses. After the initial protocols and regulations, which benefits did employees appreciate and use? Which didn’t work well? Which will survive through 2021? Our panel of HR practitioners explores fundamental changes in how benefits are approached and created. Take home tips to consider for your own teams.

Speakers

Name: 
Alan Walsh
Job Title: 
Vice President of Human Resources
Company: 
Higginbotham HR Services
Name: 
Charlotte Flores
Job Title: 
Vice President - Human Resources
Company: 
BH Management Services, LLC
Name: 
Gina Carter
Job Title: 
Vice President of Portfolio Operations
Company: 
Blue Ridge Companies
Name: 
Peter Lynch
Job Title: 
Chief People Officer
Company: 
Cardinal Group Management
11:30AM
12:30PM
Open Space--HR/Benefits/Personnel Policies: How Can We Be More Flexible?
Level 3, North Pre-function
Human Resources

Tired of listening? Join the conversation instead and collaborate on a matter that you feel passionate about at Open Space! Participants will use their passion and interest to explore topics in ways that result in transformative experiences for those who chose this peer-to peer learning event.

Speakers

Name: 
Jonakan O’Steen
Job Title: 
First Vice President, Organization and Talent Development
Company: 
Equity Residential
Name: 
Susan Weston
Job Title: 
President
Company: 
The Susan Weston Company
Name: 
Jon Sons
Job Title: 
Director of Training & Marketing Strategies
Company: 
Burlington Capital Properties
Name: 
Lani Grant
Job Title: 
CEO
Company: 
Monticello Asset Management