Ambra Haake is an organizational development specialist for RLI Corp., responsible for developing and coordinating learning initiatives to enhance employee performance and engagement. She manages all employee training and leadership development programs, the continuing education/professional accreditation program and the company’s employee recognition program, in addition to coordinating RLI’s summer internship program and coaching emerging leaders throughout the organization.
Prior to moving into this position, Haake was a communications and marketing analyst for seven years, leading multifaceted initiatives for RLI product groups and managing cross-functional projects to help grow the business. She also championed and successfully piloted a new training program called Crucial Conversations, taking the initiative to become a certified trainer.
Haake orchestrated planning efforts for a celebration event to honor RLI’s 50th anniversary, and was a key member of the team that developed a number of new underwriter development programs. In addition, her recognition of the need to broaden employee training efforts to branch offices ultimately led to upgraded technology in the RLI Learning Center.
As a board member of Family House, Haake serves on the HR and Volunteer committees, manages the organization’s strategic plan, and volunteers for a range of fundraising and awareness events. She is a member of the Peoria Public Radio Associate Board and the Rotary Club of Peoria-North, volunteering on service projects for The Salvation Army and Keep Peoria Beautiful and serving on the Programming Committee. She also chaired the 2013 Rotary Rookies Canned Food Drive to benefit Heart of Illinois Harvest.
For more than four years, Haake has been a mentor for Heart of Illinois Big Brothers Big Sisters, beginning with the Lunch Buddies program and continuing in a larger mentoring role today. She holds numerous professional accreditations and is a St. Jude runner and Building Steam team leader. She and her husband, Shane, live in Groveland with their four children. iBi