Lakeshore Area Human Resource Association 2016 Board

At its December 2015 general membership meeting the Lakeshore Area Human Resource Association approved their officers and board members.

New to the board is Laura Kubsch with Skana Aluminum.  “Laura’s human resources background in the manufacturing field will provide a nice balance to the existing board,” stated Tracy Wiebensohn, LAHRA President.

The Lakeshore Area Human Resources Association Board members are Tracy Wiebensohn, President; Terri Boerger, President Elect; Terri Hollen, Secretary; Joe Swetich, Treasurer; and core leadership members Brooke Sprang, Jessie Wensink, Julie Bruckschen, Laura Kubsch and Sharol Schroeder.

Leaving the board is Lana Roever. “We are truly appreciative of the service Lana provided over the past year and wish her all the luck in the future,” remarked Tracy Wiebensohn.

Additional information on the LAHRA Board of Directors can be found on the LAHRA website,

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We are pleased to announce that this year, the Enterprising Leadership Grant is being awarded to La Crosse Area Society for HR Management and SHRM-Dodge County.   Each chapter was recognized at the December 2015 State Council Meeting in Wisconsin Dells, WI. Congratulations to both Chapters!

La Crosse Area SHRM (LASHRM) has partnered with the La Crosse County Well Workplace initiative to engage our members to improving the health and wellbeing of the business community and their workforces and families.  We will offer innovative ideas for workplace wellness programming, assist LASHRM chapter members in creating wellness plans for their organizations, and encourage our business community to create and maintain a healthy workforce. La Crosse Area SHRM was granted an award for $1,250.

SHRM-Dodge County has partnered with the Manufacturing Business Alliance (MBA) since 2013. The initiative for this grant is a set of three banners that are going to be displayed in nine high schools as well as the Moraine Park Technical College.  Each banner has a set of career options pertaining to different levels of experience and education.  Each banner will be displayed at a specific time during the school year to coincide with other events geared towards promoting careers in manufacturing.

The goal of the partnership is to raise awareness of career opportunities in manufacturing in order to fill the pipeline for the future. This mutually benefits both manufacturing and SHRM-Dodge County by starting the process of recruiting and developing the proper skills earlier in the cycle. SHRM-Dodge County was granted an award for $2,252.

Thank you to all the 2015 nominees!  There are some really fantastic initiatives in Wisconsin.

It’s not too early to start thinking about 2016.  Up to $4,000 is available for Wisconsin SHRM Chapter(s) to implement an activity or initiative in the area of Enterprising HR Leadership. Criteria include having 1) a partnership with an organization outside the SHRM that has goals/objectives that help advance the HR profession, and 2) a joint planned activity or initiative with that organization that demonstrates Enterprising HR Leadership (Communication, Collaboration and/or Education of/between business professionals).

For more information about the grant please contact Joanne Krueger, SHRM-CP, PHR –

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Want to Speak at the #WISHRM16 State Conference in October?

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In “Confessions of a Public Speaker,” Scott Berkun identifies 8 reasons why people attend a lecture or conference session.  People come because they:

  1. Want to learn something

  2. Wish to be inspired

  3. Hope to be entertained

  4. Have a need they hope you will satisfy

  5. Desire to meet other people interested in the subject

  6. Seek a positive experience they can share with others

  7. Are forced to be there by their bosses, parents, professors, or spouses

  8. Have been handcuffed to their chairs and haven’t left the room for days

While we promise that our attendees will not be handcuffed to their chairs, we hope that with your presence as a speaker, you will:

1.  Provide something worth learning
2.  Be inspiring
3.  Be entertaining
4.  Help the audience satisfy their HR needs
5.  Share your knowledge with people interested in HR
6.  Create a positive experience

If you think you can provide at least 4 of the 6 things above, we want you to be a speaker at the 2016 WI SHRM State Conference at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in the Wisconsin Dells, October 5-7.

Information about the opportunity can be found by clicking here.  The deadline for submitting speaker proposals is March 6, 2016.

Additional information about the conference can be found by:

1. Checking the state website:

2. Following us on Twitter at @wishrmconf along with the conference hashtag #wishrm16

3.  Check out the conference Facebook page.

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January Chapter Programming

What a fantastic line-up of SHRM local chapter programming!  There are many opportunities to get your early 2016 Legal Updates and other great events happening all over Wisconsin this month.  Be sure to click on the program title for details to presentations in your neck of the woods!

January 7 – Curing Adultitis: Your Prescription for Less Stress and More Success – Eau Claire – Chippewa Valley SHRM

January 12 – Conducting a Needs Analysis for Training Purposes – Beloit – Blackhawk Area Human Resources Association

January 12 – Annual Legal Update – Pewaukee – Jefferson County Human Resources Management Association

January 13 – “Finding Meaning and Purpose in the Workplace through Servant Leadership” – Oshkosh, Oshkosh Area SHRM

January 13 – Legal Update – Beaver Dam – Dodge County SHRM

January 13 –High Unemployment Rates for Milwaukee Men of Color: What employers can do to create employment opportunities – Diversity & Inclusion Special Interest Group – Milwaukee, Metro Milwaukee SHRM

January 14 – Legal Updates – Wausau, Central Wisconsin SHRM

January 15 –Scrap Performance Appraisals?!?! – Performance & Development Special Interest Group -Waukesha – Metro Milwaukee SHRM

January 19 –High Risk Employee Population – Total Rewards Special Interest Group – Brookfield, Metro Milwaukee SHRM

January 19 – What’s Measured Gets Done – HR Metrics – Kimberly, Fox Valley SHRM

January 19 – Professional Development Summit – Madison – Greater Madison Area SHRM

January 20 – Legal Update – Employee Practices Special Interest Group – Milwaukee, Metro Milwaukee SHRM

January 20 – 2016 Legal Update – La Crosse – La Crosse Area SHRM

January 20 – Workforce Succession Planning – St. Croix Valley Employer’s Association

January 20 – The Fundamentals of Talent Assessments – Green Bay, Green Bay Area Chapter SHRM

January 26 – Background Checks – What you must know to protect your employees and company – HR Department of One Special Interest Group – Pewaukee – Metro Milwaukee SHRM

January 27 – Social Media in the Workplace – Legislative Special Interest Group – Milwaukee, Metro Milwaukee SHRM

January 27 – I-9 / E-Verify Common Pitfalls – Manitowoc, Lakeshore Area Human Resources Association

January 28 – Social Media Trends in Recruitment – Talent Acquisition Special Interest Group – Milwaukee, Metro Milwaukee SHRM

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Lakeshore Area HR Association Awards HR Professional of the Year

The purpose of the Lakeshore Area Human Resources Professional of the Year award is to recognize a member of the Association for his/her outstanding contributions to their employer, profession and community. The 2015 award winner is Joe Swetich, HR Manager with Forefront Dermatology.

In May of 2014, Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin restructured internally and split into two work groups. Joe was instrumental in the transition process. He worked closely with all of the benefit partners in splitting policies as well as the employees. As you can imagine, the splitting of the healthcare policy mid-year was not a smooth transition. Joe also implemented an HRIS software for both groups which allowed for online benefit enrollment which significantly reduced the amount of time spent on open enrollment and recently implemented the Applicant Tracking module. A performance management module will be coming soon. In 2014 the group added just shy of 100 employees to their roster for a total of 485 employees. To date they employ over 700 employees in 66 locations throughout eight states in the Midwest.

Joe also uses his HR knowledge to aide in the growth and development of his own non-profit NEW PAWSibilities; an organization that rescues and re-mores dogs. Founded in 2012, NEW PAWSibilities has rescued and saved well over 5000 dogs. Joe is the Vice President and Treasurer of the group handling all of the business aspects of the organization. They continue to grow and make a positive impact not only in the Fox Valley area but in several counties in Kentucky where many of the shelter dogs are from. NEW PAWSibilities has helped reduce the euthanasia rate from 98% to less than 8%.

Joe is currently a board member of the Lakeshore Area Human Resources Association serving as its Treasurer. Congratulations on your achievement of HR Professional of the Year and good luck in all your future endeavors!

Blog post submitted by Tracy Wiebensohn, President of LAHRA.

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The Little Chapter That Could

This past November Dodge County SHRM received The Pinnacle Award, given by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to its state councils and chapters for highly notable contributions to the HR profession.

Created in 1991, the Pinnacle Award is the highest achievement SHRM state councils and chapters can attain, and it honors programs that exceed the standard activities of SHRM affiliates in enhancing the creation of effective HR management. Dodge County SHRM was one of 12 human resource organizations from nine states across the country to win the award.

“On behalf of Dodge County SHRM, we are pleased to receive this award. The hard work and belief that we are a vital and needed Human Resource organization for Dodge County Businesses is represented by this award. We will continue to work hard to provide resources related to the Human Resource profession to our members and area businesses.”

Our efforts to enhance the SHRM community and become a valuable HR resource in Dodge County is a “comeback” story in SHRM history. “The Little Chapter That Could” has come a long way from the verge of disbanding in 2013 with only 9 members, to becoming a vibrant chapter with 667% growth in professional membership in two years. This is a testament to a fully engaged board of directors and our chapter members.
The board recognizes the need and importance of providing valuable HR resources for area HR professionals and business leaders.  Our efforts have included:

  • re-branding our chapter, growing our membership
  • offering relevant monthly presentations with certification credits
  • partnering with 4 Area Chambers of Commerce to promote awareness of the chapter
  • partnering with Moraine Park Technical College (MPTC) where most meetings are held
  • sponsoring a new SHRM student chapter which became affiliated in 2014
  • offering SHRM certification courses for national exam preparation have succeeded in enhancing the SHRM community in the Dodge County area.

We are grateful to all our members who have played a significant role in our efforts by recruiting new members, volunteering for committees, attending monthly meetings, networking and becoming national SHRM members.

Pictured Below:  Mary Vogl-Rauscher, President-Elect of Dodge County SHRM after receiving the award at the 2015 SHRM Volunteer Leader Summit in Washington D.C.

Pinnacle Award

Blog post submitted by Patty Sanchez-Walker, Social Media Chair of Dodge County SHRM


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Chapter Collaborates to Address the Skills Gap

The Sheboygan Area SHRM Chapter collaborated with our local Chamber of Commerce and colleges to provide a half-day summit targeting the local skills gap we are experiencing. While in the development stages, it was decided that this will be the first annual event, as the issues related to the skills gap extend farther than our local businesses not being able to fill open positions. This issue may lead to problems with succession planning, compromised production, morale, and a long list of other side-affects that have been identified by those present.

As you will see in the link below, about 200 local leaders came together for this summit. The day included panel discussions (which included members of our local chapter) and smaller breakout sessions to further discuss the topics. At the end of the summit, each level of representation (education, company leaders, recruiters, etc.) was asked to contribute to a “take-away.” The “take-aways” included specific plans to develop programs and resources for local businesses to attract and retain local talent.

The Sheboygan Press also published this article providing more information on the summit.

Blog post submitted by Debbie Morgan, President of Sheboygan Area SHRM

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New Tiers of Membership at JCHRMA

One important purpose of any SHRM chapter is to provide HR resources to its membership. Jefferson County Human Resources Management Association (JCHRMA) recently took a good look at the makeup of our chapter and realized that while we provided HR-related information and programs to our members, there were two specific groups of people that could use some additional assistance.

We’ve added a new membership level that will encompass both Young Professionals and HR Professionals in Transition. These two groups of people may not have HR resources readily available.

JCHRMA is a network of professionals that can ease the transition into the workforce for both those recent college graduates who may not have much HR experience and those experienced individuals who are looking for a new HR opportunity.

A discounted membership rate, monthly programs on important HR topics and an entire group of people ready and willing to answer any and all questions? What could be better?!?

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Sauk Columbia SHRM Expands Board

Since  Sauk Columbia Society for Human Resource Management (SC-SHRM) wrapped up their regular meetings last spring, we’ve had some new additions to our board to continue growing our outreach and effectiveness in bringing the best resources to our members to develop their skills and acumen in the HR industry. We’ve added a Workforce Development chair, as well as a College Relations chair to our Board. We’re excited about both! The College Relations Chair, Barb Martin, works for Madison College, and is in the process of trying to coordinate a certification study group at the college. This is an area that our group has really been lacking in, so we’re very excited at the prospect. Julie Adelman has joined as the Workforce Development chair to focus on development of the workforce to benefit both potential candidates and the local employers seeking skilled applicants. The other board members include President Trina McVicker, Molly Bauer, Kelly Bowden, Kim Meyer, Shaun Tofson, Steve Lundin, and Kayla Schaller.

On August 20, 2015 SC-SHRM hosted a very successful retention and recruitment social, where we invited all of our members, as well as potential members, to a happy hour at a local outdoor patio restaurant in the Dells. It was a great night, with great weather, and great company! We had a fantastic turnout of around 30 people, and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves. It was a good chance for members to get to network and talk to one another in a relaxed setting while enjoying some cocktails and pizza.

September not only brought the return to school for students and the first few days of crisp fall air, but also the month for SC-SHRM to officially kick off their 2015-2016 membership year. While the board continued to meet through the summer, the first regular meeting with members took place on September 14. It was a great meeting to kick off the new year, with a fantastic presentation that has been put on at the State Conference in the past, “Spy Tactics”. We were delighted to host 60 attendees.

To continue our club’s growth, this year we decided to run two contests: Current members that refer a member to join by the October meeting as well as those new members that join by the October meeting by both entered into a drawing. A winner in each category received a $50 gift card.

The board is happy to have all our meetings through May set with dynamic speakers and topics, including special December meeting developed for supervisors and managers to attend. We look forward to a successful year of learning, growth, and making connections with colleagues!

Click here to check out our website and learn more about the great programming year still to come!

Blog post submitted by Kayla Schaller, Social Media Chair of SC-SHRM.

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Wisconsin SHRM – December Programming

December is a great month for Wisconsin SHRM.  Local Chapters have great learning opportunities and for many it is time for a Holiday Social.  Check out the calendar listing below and plan to attend a WISHRM event in your neck of the woods!  Click on the program titles for more details!

December 2 – HUMOR IN THE WORKPLACE – Lakeshore Area Human Resources Association – Manitowoc

December 3 – NO THANKS…I TOOK ANOTHER OFFER! –  Chippewa Valley SHRM – Eau Claire

December 8 – MAKING STRATEGY ACTIONABLE – Blackhawk Human Resources Association – Janesville

December 8 – GENERATIONS AT WORK –  Fond Du Lac Area Human Resources Association – Fond du Lac


December 9 – “LEGISLATIVE UPDATE” – Oshkosh Area SHRM – Oshkosh

December 9 – OSHA UPDATE “What’s New in the World of OSHA” and what to expect in 2016! Dodge County SHRM – Beaver Dam

December 9 – SUPERVISORY LEADERSHIP – Sauk Columbia SHRM

December 9 – HOLIDAY NETWORKING EVENT -Metro Milwaukee SHRM – Milwaukee Public Museum

December 9 – HOLIDAY SOCIAL –  Stevens Point Area Human Resources Association – Plover

December 10 – MEMBERSHIP MEETING – Central Wisconsin SHRM

December 11 – MONTHLY MEETING – West Central Wisconsin SHRM – Tomah


December 16 – DEVELOPING YOUR MANAGEMENT GROUP – Green Bay Chapter SHRM – Green Bay

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