A note on #WISHRM14 Transportation

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Any time the WI SHRM State HR Conference is in Madison, it is a challenge due to the limited number of parking spaces available near the Monona Terrace.  We know it, we try to communicate it to you in advance, but it can be challenging to find an amenable solution to please everyone.

One way that we have tried to alleviate the parking situation this year is a complimentary shuttle bus between the  the Sheraton, the Alliant Energy Center, and the Monona Terrace.  Sponsored by FEI Behaviorial Health, the shuttle bus is available in both the early morning (6:00 A.M. to 7:35 a.m) and late afternoon/early evening (4:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.) on Thursday, October 16, and early morning (6:00 a.m. to 8:05 a.m.) and early afternoon (1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.) on Friday, October 17.  You can see the full bus schedule below.

For more information, check out the conference website here.

As always, you can get the latest news on Twitter by following @wishrm14 or the hashtag #wishrm14

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Badger Coach Schedule
Thursday 
Date  Time Location Pick up Arrive
10/16/2014 6:00:00 AM Sheraton Alliant Energy Center
10/16/2014 6:05:00 AM Alliant Energy Center Monona Terrace
10/16/2014 6:30:00 AM Sheraton Alliant Energy Center
10/16/2014 6:35:00 AM Alliant Energy Center Monona Terrace
10/16/2014 7:00:00 AM Sheraton Alliant Energy Center
10/16/2014 7:05:00 AM Alliant Energy Center Monona Terrace
10/16/2014 7:30:00 AM Sheraton Alliant Energy Center
10/16/2014 7:35:00 AM Alliant Energy Center Monona Terrace
* Early Bird starts at 6:30 am
* Keynote starts at 8:15 am
Date Time Location Pick up Arrive
10/16/2014 4:45:00 PM Monana Terrace Alliant Energy Center
10/16/2014 5:00:00 PM Alliant Entergy Sheraton
10/16/2014 5:15:00 PM Monana Terrace Alliant Energy Center
10/16/2014 5:30:00 PM Alliant Entergy Sheraton
* sessions end at 4:45 pm
10/16/2014 5:45:00 PM Monona Terrace Alliant Energy Center
10/16/2014 6:00:00 PM Alliant Energy Center Sheraton
10/16/2014 7:45:00 PM Monana Terrace Alliant Energy Center
10/16/2014 8:00:00 PM Alliant Entergy Sheraton
10/16/2014 8:15:00 PM Monana Terrace Alliant Energy Center
10/16/2014 8:30:00 PM Alliant Energy Center Sheraton
10/16/2014 8:45:00 PM Monona Terrace Alliant Energy Center
10/16/2014 9:00:00 PM Alliant Energy Center Sheraton
Friday
Date  Time Location Pick up Arrive
10/17/2014 6:00:00 AM Sheraton Alliant Energy Center
10/17/2014 6:05:00 AM Alliant Energy Center Monona Terrace
10/17/2014 6:30:00 AM Sheraton Alliant Energy Center
10/17/2014 6:35:00 AM Alliant Energy Center Monona Terrace
10/17/2014 7:00:00 AM Sheraton Alliant Energy Center
10/17/2014 7:05:00 AM Alliant Energy Center Monona Terrace
10/17/2014 7:30:00 AM Sheraton Alliant Energy Center
10/17/2014 7:35:00 AM Alliant Energy Center Monona Terrace
10/17/2014 8:00:00 AM Sheraton Alliant Energy Center
10/17/2014 8:05:00 AM Alliant Energy Center Monona Terrace
* Early Bird starts at 6:30 am
* Sit down breakfast starts at 7:45 am
* Sessions start at 8:30 am
Date Time Location Pick up Arrive
10/17/2014 1:30:00 PM Monana Terrace Alliant Energy Center
10/17/2014 1:45:00 PM Alliant Entergy Sheraton
10/17/2014 2:00:00 PM Monana Terrace Alliant Energy Center
10/17/2014 2:15:00 PM Alliant Energy Center Sheraton
10/17/2014 2:30:00 PM Monona Terrace Alliant Energy Center
10/17/2014 2:45:00 PM Alliant Energy Center Sheraton
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Want a Sneak Peek at the #WISHRM14 Closing Keynote Session?

Kathy Dempsey will be the closing keynote speaker for the #wishrm14 State Conference in Madison on October 17. She has shared a sneak preview of her session below:

If you wear green to the closing keynote session, you could be eligible to win a Team Shed Kit.

For more information, check out the conference website here.

As always, you can get the latest news on Twitter by following @wishrm14 or the hashtag #wishrm14

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#WISHRM14 Speaker Spotlight – 2 Questions with Laurie Ruettimann (@lruettimann)

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Laurie Ruettimann is a former Human Resources leader turned influential speaker, writer and strategist. You may know her as the creator of The Cynical Girl and Punk Rock HR, which Forbes named as a top 100 website for women. Ruettimann has been published in a variety of places including Entrepreneur, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, US News and World Report and USA Today. She has lectured at business events around the world held by Harvard Business School, SXSW, American Marketing Association, MediaBistro and many others. She is also recognized as one of the Top 5 career advisors by CareerBuilder and CNN.

In addition, Laurie is part of the Talent Advisor team (which also featured fellow #wishrm14 team member Matthew Stollak) at CareerBuilder’s The Hiring Site

She can be contacted at laurie.ruettimann@gmail.com, on Twitter (@lruettimann) and on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LRuettimann).

1.  Why should someone come to your session and learn about personal branding?

I am a hypocrite because I don’t believe in personal branding. I believe in being a normal human being. You aren’t a bottle of laundry detergent. You have a soul.

I do think there is some merit in thinking about how others perceive our work in human resources. I think there’s some value in thinking through how we advocate on behalf of a better and more progressive HR function. And I think everyone can benefit from learning how to clearly and confidently articulate what they do for an organization.

2.  As a speaker at several HR and SHRM conferences, what one piece of advice would you have for someone attending WISHRM14?

Being a human resources speaker is interesting. Some audiences are great, and some audience members are suspicious and self-loathing individuals who don’t welcome or value input. Sometimes I feel like conference attendees are saying, “Go ahead. You’re one of us. Try to teach me something, if you dare.”

That kind of attitude is so toxic.

There’s also the unspoken rules of being a conference speaker that goes along with many events.

  1. Don’t be too feminine, too young or too pretty.
  2. Don’t be emotional.
  3. Don’t be too queer or quirky.
  4. Don’t have a personality.
  5. Don’t have fun if you want to be respected.

If you still have a 9-to-5 job and haven’t figured out how to get out from the crushing weight of the HR policy manual, you should attend the WI SHRM conference with an open heart and an open mind.

Speakers who are brave, bold and audacious are the ones to emulate. They may not look like you or sound like you, but they are there because they love Human Resources professionals. Do them proud and pay close attention.

You can see Laurie at her session, “Personal Branding for Human Resources: Navigating the Social Web in Strategic Ways” on Thursday, October 16 at 10:45 a.m.

Laurie has also recently released an E-book, I Am HR: 5 Strategic Ways to Break Stereotypes and Reclaim HR,” which can be purchased for the price of a Starbucks cup of coffee, at Amazon, iTunes, or Barnes & Noble.  While there is no hard copy, Laurie would be more than happy to sign the back of your Kindle, iPad, or Nook.

For more information, check out the conference website here.

As always, you can get the latest news on Twitter by following @wishrm14 or the hashtag #wishrm14

You may also like our conference Facebook page here

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#WISHRM14 Committee Spotlight – Activities

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Over the next few Wednesdays, we will be highlighting some of the work and ideas that are going on behind the scenes to make the 2014 WI SHRM State Conference a success.

The WI SHRM Conference isn’t just full of educational sessions and a trip through the exhibit hall to pick up a little SWAG, and talk to some vendors, there is also fun to be had.

On Wednesday evening,  October 15, all attendees are asked to visit the exhibitors and join in on the opportunity to get your name drawn for some fantastic prizes.  To be entered, all you have to do is complete an HR puzzle.  Visit the exhibitors, learn about their offerings, and get the respective sticker to fill in your puzzle.  Once completed, bring your puzzle to the raffle area and be entered to win a prize!  Also, don’t forget to visit the Money Machine when you’re there and grab as much cash as you can!  Need a new picture with your colleagues?  Bring them over to the photo booth for a memorable “HR Smart” picture.  With all the activities going on it is sure to be a great night!    Thanks to Ultimate Software for sponsoring the Wednesday night event.

Cancer has impacted all of us in some way and we are taking the chance to support cancer awareness by wearing pink on Thursday, October 15.  The American Cancer Society will have a booth set up for the day, too!   Each attendee will receive a pink ribbon to use during the Exhibitor activity.  You will be asked to visit all of our exhibitors and collect buttons to fill your ribbon.   When you’ve completed your ribbon, bring it to the raffle drawing area to get your name in the drawing!  After a long day of learning and networking, you can relax with a massage.  Massages will be offered this year by Corporate Spa to relax those tired bones and aching temples!  Wisconsin Singers, a local group, will be there on Thursday evening to provide attendees with entertainment.  Come with your colleagues and friends and join us for some great entertainment and good conversation!

For more information about the 2014 WI SHRM State Conference, click here.

As always, you can get the latest news on Twitter by following @wishrm14 or the hashtag #wishrm14

You may also like our conference Facebook page here

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#WISHRM14 Speaker Spotlight – 3 Questions with Paul Hebert (@incentintel)

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Paul Hebert has over 20 years’ experience designing and presenting incentive, recognition, rewards and loyalty strategies to C-level audiences at Fortune 500 firms.

He has been interviewed by the BBC as an expert on influencing behavior and been quoted in USA Today (three times) regarding incentive travel. He has authored a monthly online column for Incentive Magazine (March 2007 – August 2009 ), wrote the Incentive Intelligence – a top-rated blog on incentives and influence for employees, distribution channels and consumers, and is a contributor at Fistful of Talent – a blog about talent management.

You can read some of Paul’s thoughts about recognition, incentives, and rewards at Symbolist here. You can also find Paul on Twitter here, Google+ here, and Linkedin here

  1. Why should someone come to your session?

Contrary to popular belief when it comes to engagement technology it can be an inhibitor not an enabler. Find out the 5 things you can do to enhance employee engagement by being more human and less robot. There is still a place for humans – and it is getting more important than ever to connect IRL (in real life) if you want people to engage and be a part of the organization.

  1. What do you see as the biggest challenge facing HR professionals understanding of incentives?

Overcoming our internal biases on what ignites someone’s desire to perform and be engaged. We are human and we think we are like everyone else and project our own feelings and beliefs onto others. We believe others have similar motivational triggers and nothing is further from the truth. HR needs to step outside their own belief system and really consider what the science says when it comes to engagement and motivation.

3.  As a speaker at several HR and SHRM conferences, what one piece of advice would you have for someone attending WISHRM14?

Set up a “session buddy group.”  You can’t go to every session so don’t try. Divide and conquer. Get three or four others and divvy up the sessions and take great notes. Then get together afterword and discuss and share content and what each of you learned in the sessions you attended. Not only will this help cement the information – you now have a lunch/breakfast group to talk about the entire conference. Remember – these conferences are also about networking. Make the effort!  Oh… and see my session – that is one you all should attend!

You can see Paul’s session, “Humanizing Employee Engagement,” on Friday, October 17 at 8:30 a.m.

For more information about the 2014 WI SHRM State Conference, click here.

As always, you can get the latest news on Twitter by following @wishrm14 or the hashtag #wishrm14

You may also like our conference Facebook page here

 

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#WISHRM14 Committee Spotlight – Sponsorship

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Over the next few Wednesdays, we will be highlighting some of the work and ideas that are going on behind the scenes to make the 2014 WI SHRM State Conference a success.

Sponsorship is often the lifeblood of putting together a state HR conference.  Not only do sponsors help to keep many of the costs down, but allows the conference to put together better speakers and keynotes, activities, and food.  To that extent, we would like to highlight the two Premier sponsors of the WI SHRM State Conference.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

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Anthem has been a long-time supporter of the conference, serving as a Premier Sponsor for the 4th year in a row.  They are the sponsor of Kathy Dempsey’s keynote talk, “Shed or You’re Dead: How to Stay Alive & Thrive in the Midst of Change.”

Oracle Human Capital Management
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Oracle’s global, web-based, application platform is designed for organizations of every size, industry, and region. Oracle Human Capital Management has been the HCM solution of choice for over 20 years and has 18,000 customers in over 140 countries; 6,000 of whom are in the cloud.

Oracle also serves as the HR Analytics Partner for the WI SHRM State Council

Be sure to check out the links above to learn more about each company.

For more information about the 2014 WI SHRM State Conference, click here.

As always, you can get the latest news on Twitter by following @wishrm14 or the hashtag #wishrm14

You may also like our conference Facebook page here

 

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#WISHRM14 Speaker Spotlight – 3 Questions with @DwaneLay

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Dwane Lay is a recovering IT geek, who focuses his time on process improvement in HR. This may mean Lean projects, process redesign, leveraging technology or just pointing out the nonsense to which we too often become numb. Dwane also is deeply involved in social media, and can be found noodling about on LeanHRBlog.com.

Having grown up in IT and Operations, being in HR is, at times, still an eye opening experience for Dwane. On the other hand, it gives him a different perspective from the “traditional” approach. Dwane is a firm believer that everyone should spend some of their formative years in a function other than the one they choose as their career path.

Dwane has been fortunate enough to be asked to serve as a writer, speaker, facilitator, and host for a number of events. He enjoys them all, and is always open to serve in these capacities for others. He can be contacted at Dwane.Lay@LeanHRBlog.com, on Twitter (@DwaneLay and @LeanHR) or on Facebook (facebook.com/dtlay and facebook.com/LeanHR).

1.  Why should someone come to your session(s)?

We do a pretty good job as a profession talking about “HR” tasks, like succession planning, merit cycles and so forth.  But I’ve always thought that we do ourselves a disservice in not talking about how to pull a problem apart to get at the root cause or how to build a sustainable plan for improving results and reducing waste.  That’s what business leaders really care about, after all, so why shouldn’t we pay attention to it.  I like to focus on simple tools that are free, but can change the way you see the world on a daily basis.  

2.  Why should someone learn about Lean HR?  

Lean HR is really all about building a plan to get better, then executing it.  I suppose if you are content to be the type who processes Direct Deposit forms all day, you can opt out of the session.  But if you deal with frustration and administrivia every day, wouldn’t it be great to know how to change your world?  We are meant to master our own destiny, and that starts with a good set of tools and skills.  Also, I’ve promised my mom that I would meet at least five new people this year, and I’m only up to three and a half  So I know she would appreciate it if a few people would attend.

3.  As a speaker at several HR and SHRM conferences, what one piece of advice would you have for someone attending WISHRM14?  

Don’t leave with your own business cards, ever.  Oh, and toss a power strip into your bag.  Outlets are always at a premium, and it’s a great way to be popular with everyone in the room.  Rest before the event, rest after the event, and go full bore while you have the chance!

You can see Dwane at his Wednesday (October 15) Pre-Conference Session on “Lean HR,” or his session, “The Black Hole of Adoption: Why HR Tech Implementations Fail” on Thursday, October 16 at 10:45 a.m.

He will be signing copies of his book, “Lean HR: Introducing Process Excellence to Your Practice” at 4:35 p.m. on Wednesday, October 15.

For more information, check out the conference website here.

As always, you can get the latest news on Twitter by following @wishrm14 or the hashtag #wishrm14

You may also like our conference Facebook page here

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