2nd 2014 WI SHRM Keynote Speaker Announced #WISHRM14


Wisconsin State SHRM is pleased to welcome Kathy Dempsey as the second keynote speaker for the 2014 WI SHRM State Conference being held at the Monona Terrace in Madison, October 15-17.

Kathy B. Dempsey, award winning author, keynote speaker and change expert is President of Keep Shedding! Inc. Kathy ignites people and organizations with the skills and motivation to lead and manage change.

Her most popular book, Shed or You’re Dead®: 31 Unconventional Strategies for Growth and Change has been awarded with a Writer’s Digest International Book Award. Her Survival Guide books; A Fast Acting Change RX for Every Employee and Manager & Healthcare Professional has been utilized as a guide for change by 100s of individuals and organizations.

Kathy is a contributing author for two of the NY Times Best Selling Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She is also the editor of 60 Seconds of Shedding. A monthly e-newsletter read by over 14,000 people around the world.

She has achieved the highest earned speaker’s designation in the world, the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) and has twice been designated a Top 5 Speaker for the year.

A native of Washington, DC, Kathy now resides in Scottsdale, AZ with her business partner, Lenny the Lizard, the Chief Energy Officer (CEO) of KeepShedding! Inc. Together, Kathy and Lenny ignite professionals with the practical skills to lead and master change.

You can get a preview of Dempsey’s infectious speaking ability here

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2014 WI SHRM Keynote Speaker Announced #wishrm14



Wisconsin State SHRM is pleased to welcome Dr. John Izzo as the first keynote speaker for the 2014 WI SHRM State Conference being held at the Monona Terrace in Madison, October 15-17.

For over 20 years, Dr. Izzo has worked with thousands of leaders around the world, on employee-engagement strategies and brand transformations. Now, he shares the secrets to how purposeful leadership translates into sustainable success, with audiences everywhere.

Dr. Izzo is the former senior organizational-development consultant for Kaiser Permanente, and former Vice President of The Einstein Consulting Group, an international customer-service consultancy. He advises some of the world’s most admired companies, teaches at major universities, conducts leading-edge research on workplace values, and has spoken to more than one million people around the globe. He has served on the boards of several large conservation organizations, worked with over 100 companies to create more socially responsible workplaces, and was chair of the North American Environmental Caucus at the UN Conference on Development and Sustainability in Cairo.

Frequently profiled in the media, Dr. Izzo has appeared on CNN and Canada AM, and in the National Post, The Globe and Mail, The Wall Street Journal, and Fast Company magazine.

A bestselling author, Dr. Izzo has five books, including Awakening Corporate Soul; Values Shift: Recruiting, Retaining and Engaging the Multigenerational Workforce; The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die;and Stepping Up: How Taking Responsibility Changes Everything.

In addition to his keynote presentation, Dr. Izzo will have a breakout session focused on “People Centered Leadership.”

Look for information about the next keynote speaker on Thursday.

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2014 Wisconsin State SHRM Conference – April update #wishrm14


Lots of news coming out for the 2014 Wisconsin State SHRM Conference being held at the Monona Terrace in Madison, October 15-17.  Lets get to it:


Are you interested in exhibiting at the 2014 WI SHRM State Conference?

The WI SHRM State Conference Exhibit Hall provides an invaluable opportunity to meet HR professionals in a fun, interactive environment dedicated to the networking of ideas. This event will have over 120 exhibiting companies from diverse industries that serve the needs of the HR profession. With a spacious area of exhibit space and hundreds of HR professionals in attendance, the hall provides a great opportunity to share your story with a great audience.

The WI SHRM Exhibitor Packet can be downloaded here.  This packet provides you with additional information and details about this great opportunity to exhibit with WI SHRM.

You can find out details about how to register here


Please consider the opportunity to be a sponsor at the 2014 WI State SHRM Conference.

For a listing of opportunities, please visit the conference website here


If you wish to advertise in the Conference Program, details can be found here.  The deadline to advertise is July 12, so don’t hesitate.


While conference registration will not open for a few weeks, it is never too early to reserve your room here.  Four hotels have set aside rooms for reservation.  For those hotels not in walking distance, shuttle buses will be available. 

If history is any indication, the conference hotels sell out quickly (particular those closer to the Monona Terrace), so do not hesitate to book your room early!


Keynote speakers have been selected…however, you’ll have to wait until later this week to find out who they are!

As always, you can get the latest news on Twitter by following @wishrm14 or the hashtag #wishrm14
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Spring Conference Events in April

Many of our local Wisconsin SHRM Chapters have 1/2 day or full day conferences planned this month. WISHRM along with the Metro Milwaukee SHRM Chapter host a Legislative Conference later this month. National SHRM brings the 2014 Northwestern Regional Student Conference & Case Competition to Milwaukee at the end of the month (volunteers still needed). Check out these great events…plan to spend some time away from your office recharging your HR batteries.

April 10 – Metro Milwaukee SHRM Spring Conference – HR Business Connect

April 10 – Central Wisconsin SHRM Spring Conference

April 11 – West Central Wisconsin SHRM – Human Resources One Day Conference

April 14- http://bhra.shrm.org/events/2014/04/2014-annual-bhra-seminar

April 16 – Chippewa Valley SHRM Spring HR Conference

April 24 – WI SHRM Legislative Conference – Milwaukee – Approved for 6 HRCI Credits!!

April 25-26 SHRM: Northwest Regional Student Conference & Regional Case Competition Still in Need of Professional Volunteers.

If that’s not enough great programming, other chapters across the state are bringing great topics to their local SHRM Chapter meetings:

Experiential Learning: Beyond the Boring Power Point – Greater Madison Area SHRM Roundtable – April 2

Getting Your Policies in Order – Jefferson County HR Management Association – April 8

Drugs in the Community/Workplace – How This Affects You – Sauk County SHRM – April 9

Skills Gap Training – SHRM Dodge County – April 9

Worker’s Compensation – Lakeshore Area HR Association – April 23

And if you would like the opportunity to engage in the Workplace Flexibility Discussion, your options are plentiful this month.

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Emerging Trends in Workplace Flexibility Will be Discussed in April

Workplace flexibility has become a key business strategy to leverage the talents and skills of today’s increasingly diverse, aging, and multi-generational workforce. It’s no wonder at all that the topic is trending among our WISHRM Chapters this month. Now is your opportunity to get in on the National Dialog. Click on the links to register to attend.

La Crosse Area SHRM – April 9 – Drive Business Success Through Workplace Flexibility

SHRM Racine & Kenosha Chapter – April 14 – Workplace Flexibility Breakfast Meeting

Greater Madison Area SHRM Tool Box – April 15 – Workplace Flexibility: The Next Imperative for Business Success and HR Leadership and When 9 to 5 Goes Bust: Making Workflex a Reality in Your Organization

Stevens Point Area Human Resources Association – April 16 – Workplace Flexibility Lunch Meeting

3 Chapters Join Together in Kimberly, WI for a Half Day Discussion – April 17 – Workplace Flexibility: The Next Imperative for Business Success and HR Leadership and When 9 to 5 Goes Bust: Making Workflex a Reality in Your Organization Fox Valley SHRM Oshkosh Area SHRM Green Bay Area SHRM

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Increase Workplace Flexibility and Boost Performance

Harvard Business Review:

Workplace Flexibility is a trending issue we can’t ignore.

Originally posted on HBR Blog Network - Harvard Business Review:

The potential benefits of workplace variability are numerous — increased morale, motivation, and the ability to attract and retain talent — yet many managers  don’t know where to start . Others are afraid that performance could suffer or something important could fall through the cracks.

Even the most employee-oriented managers have concerns about having employees work outside of normal work hours or at places other than the office. However, by taking a job design approach to workplace flexibility, managers can get the benefits of offering more flexibility while minimizing the downside. Here’s what you need to know:

Job Diagnosis

Not all jobs are conducive to time or place flexibility. However, most have certain duties that are amenable to being done at alternate times and places other than the office. If you look at the jobs you supervise and break them into their component parts, it is likely you’ll find that…

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HR Business Connect – MMSHRM Spring Conference 2014

I’d like to think that Leonardo da Vinci appreciated a good conference. He offered some great advice about gaining perspective on our work when he said, “Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.”

We’ve all felt that “lack of harmony and proportion” in our work. It’s that point when we’re simply too close to what we are doing to see how our work fits into the bigger picture. And that’s pretty much where we came up with the theme for our Spring Conference this year.

If you don’t know about the Metro Milwaukee SHRM Spring Conference, you should! It’s Southeastern Wisconsin’s biggest one-day gathering of HR professionals, offering as many as seven hours of general and strategic credit to attendees. We expect more than 200 to join us along with more than a dozen vendors and a great speaker line-up that includes a leadership program aimed at HR professionals. Those who saw him at the WISHRM Conference last year can see him again! Those who didn’t, should! And he’ll even be doing a bonus session for us, talking about his work as a Chief Diversity Officer.

All of our speakers have been asked to make that important link between HR and corporate strategy – to “connect” HR and the business. But connecting at Spring Conference is also about renewing old relationships and forging new ones. It’s about finding the answers to your questions – from our speakers and from your peers.

You can see the entire program at www.mmshrm.org. And if you’re a vendor looking to connect your business with HR professionals, there are sponsorship opportunities too and all of them come with a tabletop display!

It’s a busy time for Metro Milwaukee SHRM and our city – from our “One Day” effort, to Spring Conference, to the WISHRM Legislative Conference, to the SHRM Regional Student Conference, to Brewers, Bucks, and Golf Outings. We’ve got something for everyone and we invite you to participate.

Not from the Milwaukee area? Ask about any member rates that may be extended to members of other SHRM chapters in our State.

Blog post submitted by Scottie Girouard, PHR – President Metro Milwaukee SHRM

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