Join ICA for our HR and benefits resource panel to learn about local service providers who can help you create good jobs and retain employees. In this conversation we will be talking about what makes a quality job and, as founders, what you can put into place now to grow good jobs in your community. Our panelists include Parisa Esmaili from Community Financial Resources, Rhamy Alejeal from People Processes, and Edgar Loredo from MadeBos. Come prepared with questions or challenges you’re experiencing in growing HR and benefits for your company.
Parisa Esmaili, Community Financial Resources (CFR)
Parisa Esmaili is Executive Director of Community Financial Resources (CFR), a national nonprofit that provides a pathway to financial well-being through products, tools and services that improve financial stability, protect assets, and establish a foundation to build wealth for low-income, low-wealth households, with a focus on communities of color. At Community Financial Resources (CFR), Parisa drives the strategic vision of the organization. She joined CFR in 2016 as Partner Program Manager and has since grown to Director of Partners and Programs, Deputy Director, and in May 2020, Executive Director. Her major accomplishments since joining the organization include establishing CFR’s Guaranteed Basic Income (GBI) program, their COVID-19 Relief and Recovery program, their Workforce Financial Wellness program; and establishing a partnership with Code for America to expand CFR’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
"More than 65% of employees are stressed about their finances. Among financially-stressed employees, 49% said that money worries had a severe or major impact on their mental health in the past year, compared to just 15% of employees not stressed by their finances. Money problems can be a big driver of mental health issues that have the potential to directly impact an employer’s bottom line in key areas like productivity, retention, attendance and overall engagement. Community Financial Resources will discuss the benefits of building an employee financial wellness program from something small, like 100% direct deposit, to helping employees establish or rebuild their credit."
Rhamy Alejeal, People Processes
Rhamy Alejeal and wife Elizabeth Alejeal, are the owners of People Processes, a provider of integrated, automated HR processes. People Processes works with hundreds of companies across the United States, helping them learn how to stop pushing paper and start prioritizing people. Rhamy serves on the Federal Reserve’s Industry Council on Healthcare, providing insights into employer costs and how they affect businesses in today’s marketplace. He holds a bachelor’s degree in financial economics and an MBA with a focus on economics. His book, People Processes was an Amazon #1 best seller in the HR category, and is one of INC.com's Top Ten leadership books.
Over the past 12 years, People Processes has partnered with hundreds of companies, and thousands of HR professionals across the United States to provide the tools and administration of HR processes from recruiting through retirement. That includes onboarding, benefits, strategic planning, payroll, labor costing, timekeeping and so much more. Their passionate and dedicated team implements, administers, and communicates all the critical processes that go into managing and scaling an organization's "People Processes" to help accomplish their mission.
Edgar Loredo, madeBOS
Edgar Loredo is a Human Resources professional with over 15 years of experience in various industries to including investment banking, energy and petroleum, manufacturing, digital marketing, and consumer services.
He has held both HR Business Partner and Management positions and most recently was Sr. HRBP with ADP in their Human Capital Management Services division providing strategic and transactional services for a portfolio of clients.
He is a native of Houston, Texas but has been living in Chicago, IL for the past ten plus years. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, traveling, photography, and exploring all the great restaurants of Chicago and Houston.
“We simplify HR Infrastructure with a people first approach. Above all, we partner with employers on employee development and growth. The madeBOS service model is professional growth for everyone. Our comprehensive and combined approach uses technology as a tool to support employers and their employees achieve organizational goals and objectives. This is how we collaborate in creating quality jobs for all stakeholders. We offer four solution options - Fundamental, Professional, Enterprise and HR on Retainer.”