St. Charles chamber hosts education seminars Oct. 18

Submitted by Maggie Helmer
Updated 10/14/2019 1:33 PM

The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce will host educational seminars at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at Christ Community Church, 37W100 Bolcum Road in St. Charles.

The audience will choose between two topics to attend: "Empowering the Multi-Generational Workforce" or "Legal Landmines."


"Empowering the Multi-Generational Workforce" will be presented by Mary Erlain and Mark Mashburn. Erlain is an author, intentional speaker and trainer/coach. She offers business professionals the development services they need to thrive in their business roles.

Erlain founded Peak Development Strategies in 2007. Her latest books offer a perspective for organizations to move from a place of struggle and conflict among their staff members to empowerment, achievement and excellence through understanding their generational differences.

Mashburn has a background in high-level athletics and small business startup. His most recent adventures have been in studying business owners and entrepreneurs in the small business space.

He speaks in front of large audiences on a variety of topics, including developing servant leadership, business owner mindset, teamwork and sound financial decision making and strategy.

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The topic, "Empowering the Multi-Generational Workforce" will cover how some generations live to work and some work to live. There are people who have a more narrow focus in achieving their purpose in life and those that have a global vision.

Taking a different, therefore wrong, approach erodes relationships and creates a divide. Shifting to the not wrong, just different, mindset seeks to build relationships.

This seminar will explore the generational experiences to understand the circumstances that have influenced their career and service decisions.

The second topic, "Legal Landmines," will be about Illinois legislation recently signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker. Employers must be keenly aware of new workplace mandates that will forever change how they manage employees and personnel controversies in the future.

Employment policies and practices relating to harassment/discrimination reporting, employee drug testing and general compensation issues must be reviewed and updated in light of new laws. This 90-minute presentation given by Jeffrey A. Risch from SmithAmudsen LLC will deliver the very latest and most critical Labor & Employment changes impacting the workplace in 2020 and beyond.


Risch serves as the chair of Smith Amundsen's management-side Labor & Employment Practice Group headquartered in Chicago. Risch represents employers in jurisdictions and before administrative tribunals throughout the United States.

Check in begins at 7:30 a.m. Light breakfast and coffee with be served following with presentations. Registration is required.

For more information or registration, visit or call (630) 584-8384.


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