Wisconsin State Council SHRM Receives Prestigious SHRM Award for Advancing the HR Profession


Madison, WI, April 18, 2016 — The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently awarded the Wisconsin State Council SHRM its prestigious EXCEL Silver Award for the Council’s accomplishments in 2015.

The award is part of the SHRM Affiliate Program for Excellence, which aligns individual chapters and councils’ activities with SHRM’s aspirations for the HR profession.  The award recognizes accomplishments and strategic activities and initiatives that enhance the human resources profession.

“SHRM rewards chapters and councils that demonstrate a strong commitment to advancing the human resources profession through service to the community, local networking and professional development activities,” said Henry G. (Hank) Jackson, president and CEO of SHRM.  “Advancing the HR profession is at the heart of what SHRM does and Wisconsin State Council SHRM’s work this year helps us further showcase that mission.”

The EXCEL award can be earned at four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum, and each level has a prescribed set of requirements and accomplishments that have to be met. Wisconsin State Council SHRM will receive recognition in SHRM publications and conferences, a certificate of recognition, and a special banner to display at its meetings and events.

For more information on the award visit: www.shrm.org/communities/volunteerresources/resourcesforchapters/pages/award_info.aspx.

Media: For more information, contact Katie Walk, WI SHRM State Director, at Katie.walk@kellyservices.com or 715-834- 8001.

About the Wisconsin State Council Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 

The Wisconsin State Council Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) shares expertise and facilitates thought leadership to advance human resources professionals throughout the state of Wisconsin. Made up of 25 core council members and 19 chapter presidents, the Wisconsin State Council SHRM strives to connect and strengthen all local SHRM chapters and its members through development opportunities and shared information and resources on local, statewide and national levels. Supported by the national Society for Human Resource Management, the Wisconsin State Council SHRM promotes the value of the HR profession. To learn more, visit www.wishrm.org.

About the Society for Human Resource Management

Founded in 1948, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR membership organization devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 275,000 members in over 160 countries, the Society is the leading provider of resources to serve the needs of HR professionals and advance the professional practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit us at shrm.org and follow us on Twitter @SHRMPress.

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May 2016 Programming

Pick a day and network in May!  There are plenty of opportunities to do so with all 19 WISHRM Chapters this month.   Click on the program title below for details to events in your area.

Not sure which chapter is nearest you?  Take a look at WISHRM’s Local Chapters page for more information.

May 3 – 11th Annual Human Capital Conference – Madison, Greater Madison SHRM

May 3 – Networking: Brewers Outing – Milwaukee, Metro Milwaukee SHRM

May 6 – Leadercast 2016 – Oshkosh, Oshkosh Area SHRM

May 10 – Topic: TBD – Watertown, Jefferson County HRA

May 11 – Recognition and Other Event Ideas – Beaver Dam, SHRM – Dodge County

May 11 – OSHA – Stevens Point, Stevens Point Area HRA

May 11 – Hot Topics – Legal Updates – Lake Delton, Sauk Columbia SHRM

May 12 – 401K Retirement Plans – Wausau, Central Wisconsin SHRM

May 17 – HR and the Aging Workforce Strategies and Best Practices – Kimberly, Fox Valley SHRM

May 17 – FDL Works/Recruitment/Social Media– Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac HRA

May 17 – FDL Works/Recruitment/Social Media– Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac HRA

May 18 – Organizational Culture and Climate. What is it? – Baldwin, St Croix Valley

May 18 – Mental Health in the Workforce – La Crosse, La Crosse Area SHRM

May 18 – HR Professional Competency Model: A Rodmap for Success – Green Bay, Green Bay SHRM

May 19 – Affordable Care Act – Kenosha, Racine/Kenosha Area SHRM

May 19 – Financial Wellness – Sheboygan, Sheboygan Area SHRM

May 24 – HR Department of One – Milwaukee, Metro Milwaukee SHRM

May 25 – May Membership Meeting – Manitowoc, Lakeshore Area HRA

May 26 – Leadership Series Part 3: Coaching – Eau Claire, Chippewa Valley SHRM

May 26 – Uncovering the Truth – Milwaukee, Metro Milwaukee SHRM

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Wisconsin SHRM Council’s Second “Day on the Hill” opens dialog with state legislators


Human resource professionals from across the state gather at the capitol to meet with lawmakers

Madison, Wis. (April 18, 2016) – On Wednesday, April 6, members of the Wisconsin Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) organized and attended a ‘Day on the Hill’ event, with nearly 50 human resource (HR) professionals meeting with state legislators.

Members of SHRM met with state legislators individually to discuss future partnerships in workforce planning and employment-related legislation. After meeting with a total of 20 Senate and 28 Assembly legislative representatives, SHRM members are optimistic about ongoing dialogue about essential workforce issues, including family and medical leave and workers’ compensation.

“This event is great for human resources professionals to get involved in. It gives HR a chance to be on the front line and advocate for changes that will positively affect our profession and businesses” said Elise Rommes, Legislative Affairs Director for Wisconsin SHRM. “This contrasts going to a seminar and hearing about what’s changed; you’re trying to make an impact on what’s changing before you hear about it in a seminar. I’m looking forward to seeing this event grow each year.”

The morning of this daylong event included a legal overview of employment law with Attorney Bob Gregg, the Wisconsin SHRM Legislative Sponsor; a discussion with BJ Dernbach, DWD Division Administrator and Deputy Secretary Georgia Maxwell regarding the many tools and resources the Department of Workforce Development has to offer; and a presentation by Chris Reader of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce on SHRM’s advocacy efforts to combine state and federal FMLA laws and regulations. The morning ended with a Legislative Panel Discussion with representatives Dan Knodl, Mike Rohrkaste, and John Spiros to provide the opportunity to discuss current and upcoming employment related legislation that will have an impact on workplaces in our state.

The day also included training and education on engaging with legislatures on Wisconsin SHRM’s behalf.

To learn more about the Wisconsin SHRM Council and its advocacy positions, visit www.wishrm.org.

About the Wisconsin State Council Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

The Wisconsin State Council Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) shares expertise and facilitates thought leadership to advance human resources professionals throughout the state of Wisconsin. Made up of 25 core council members and 19 chapter presidents, the Wisconsin State Council SHRM strives to connect and strengthen all local SHRM chapters and its members through development opportunities and shared information and resources on local, statewide and national levels. Supported by the national Society for Human Resource Management, the Wisconsin State Council SHRM promotes the value of the HR profession. To learn more, visit www.wishrm.org.

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Successful Spring Conference for WCW SHRM

West Central Wisconsin Society for Human Resource Management (WCW SHRM) put on their 5th Annual WCW SHRM spring conference last Friday, April 8th.  The event was held at Cranberry Country Lodge in Tomah.

The event kicked off with a continental breakfast and an opportunity for attendees to network and view exhibits/vendor materials.

The first breakout session featured Legal content from Weld/Riley, S.C. and Boardman & Clark, LLP.  Mindy Dale, Attorney provided attendees with a Legal Update and Jennifer Mirus, Attorney gave an overview of Legal & Effective Job Descriptions.  Both sessions were informative and educational.

The second breakout session featured content regarding the successful entry and exit into companies.  Alan Kinsey, VP of Inquirehire, Inc. shared his suggestions for recruiting and hiring top talent.  At the same time, Kevin Terry/Brian Symes, Attorneys with RuderWare Law Firm shared insight into conducting effective and legally compliant disciplinary actions and terminations that “stick”.

Over lunch, Sonya Ganther, the Northwest Regional Director of WISHRM discussed the benefits of a SHRM membership and provided an update into SHRM’s activities.

After lunch, attendees got to discuss how to ensure employers are helping their employees succeed.  This session included information regarding building effective teams and employee engagement/retention strategies.  Lisa Pook and Kim Keener from MRA delivered these topics.

Roger Fish delivered the closing session entitled “It’s Your Attitude, It’s Your Day, Make it a Good One!” which was a great session to end on.  It really encouraged attendees to take accountability for generating positivity.

 Thank you to all who attended & we hope to see you at future WCW SHRM events!

Congrats to all Silent Auction winners and to all individuals and companies who donated!

Special thanks to our sponsors:

  • Wabash National
  • Express
  • Gundersen
  • Workforce Connections
  • MRA
  • Manpower
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Put the HR in SuperHeRo

Recently, SHRM published an article by Steve Bates.  The subject of the article was the Chief Human Resources Officer as a hero.  What caught our eye was the link between “HR” and “hero,” probably because the theme of Metro Milwaukee SHRM’s annual Spring Conference this year is “Put the HR in SuperHeRo.”

In his article, Bates explains that corporate boards and CEOs are asking more than ever from the CHRO.  Of course, a person needs to know HR, but the people moving into senior HR positions are those who have something more.  CEOs are looking for business people who happen to have HR as their area of expertise and not necessarily career HR professionals.

Obviously, HR experience matters but the diversity of HR experience probably matters more.  But how does someone acquire a diversity of HR experiences when, on a day to day basis, they have responsibility for a specific HR function?

One answer may be in education and networking.  Planning something like our Spring Conference is a challenge because we want to have something for every discipline within the HR profession.  What many don’t realize, however, is that the breadth of offerings is not meant to provide advanced expertise to specialists, but to encourage specialists to step out of their comfort zones and attend sessions that are challenging because they are new.  Uncomfortable?  Absolutely.  But that’s what learning is.  It’s uncomfortable as we learn new skills.

But if there’s more to advancing than just a knowledge of HR, where does someone go to acquire business skills and other, less tangible (but equally important) skills?  How does someone get project management experience?  Leadership experience?  Budget experience?  Presentation experience?

We think a local SHRM chapter is a good place to start.  When people think of volunteering to serve their association or a local charity, they think about what they can give.  But what are you taking from the experience?  And it’s OK to take something!  Please don’t feel guilty about considering the new skills, relationships, and experiences you can take away from the volunteer experience.  The gift of leadership is not something you give necessarily.  Sometimes, it is the gift you receive!

You see, super heroes didn’t become super overnight.  Whatever skills they were gifted with, they had to learn to control them.  Even that wasn’t enough, however.  They needed to build relationships.  They needed to learn new skills.  They needed new skills for their utility belts.  They needed experience.

And that’s how you get to senior positions.  And that’s how you become an HR SuperHeRo!

Want to get started on your path to becoming an HR SuperHeRo?  Join us at our Spring Conference on Tuesday, April 19.  Contact Metro Milwaukee SHRM at (888) 782-6815 for more information.

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2016 WI SHRM State Conference Keynote Announced – Jacob Morgan

Jacob Morgan


The Wisconsin State SHRM Council is excited to welcome Jacob Morgan as the next keynote speaker for the 2016 WI SHRM State Conference being held at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center in the Wisconsin Dells, October 5-7.

Jacob is an Author, Speaker, and futurist. His latest book, The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and Create a Competitive Organization, was released by Wiley on Sept 2, 2014 and was endorsed by business leaders such as the CEO of SAP, Global Chairman of KPMG, CEO of Schneider Electric, CEO of Zappos, CEO of Whirlpool, CEO of Mandalay Entertainment, CEO of PARC, CEO of Intuit, Dan Pink, Gary Hamel, and others. His previous book for McGraw Hill, The Collaborative Organization was released in June of 2011 and became an Amazon best-seller which was endorsed by the CIO of the USA, CEO of Unisys, founder of Craigslist, CMO of Dell, CEO of TELUS and many others.

Jacob also co-founded the Future Of Work Community which is a brand council of the world’s most forward thinking organizations who come together to explore the future of work. He has consulted, advised, and spoken at many organizations including Sodexo, Safeway, Cisco, SAP, Franklin Templeton Investments, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Microsoft and others.  He was also recently a judge for Gary Hamel’s Management Innovation Exchange and has been named by SAP as one of the top influencers on Human Potential.  Jacob has been featured in media outlets such as the WSJ, USA Today, Inc Magazine, CNN, Fast Company, and others.

Jacob also hosts the popular Future of Work Podcast where he interviews business leaders, executives, and authors in addition to his bi-weekly Youtube video series. He is also working on a new show all about the future of work. He has a popular column for Forbes where he writes about the future of work and also blogs at TheFutureOrganization.com.

Check out Jacob in action here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65zSO0iLHAo

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Fond du Lac Works!

The FDL Area HR Association (FDLHRA) partners with the Fond du Lac Association of Commerce (FDLAC) to attract, develop and retain our current and future workforce.  This partnership allows our FDLHRA members to volunteer their time to efforts that derive from an initiative through the FDLAC called “Fond du Lac Works”. The FDLHRA provides assistance to this effort by writing white paper articles to assist local businesses in providing great places to work, assisting resume review at our local job fair and guiding students and educators through skill development programs.  Our members appreciate the ability to focus their HR passion to community involvement efforts that advance the Fond du Lac area.  This partnership will continue to grow through further alignment in each of our organizations’ strategic initiatives and we’re excited to be part of Fond du Lac’s bright future. It’s a win-win-win partnership!

To learn more about this initiative visit www.fdlworks.com.

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April 2016 Programming

April might bring showers, but it will also bring great events around WI at all 19 WISHRM Chapters! Click on the program title below for details to events in your area.

Not sure which chapter is nearest you?  Take a look at WISHRM’s Local Chapters page for more information.

April 5 – 2016 HR Conference – Eau Claire, Chippewa Valley SHRM

April 7 – Annual HR & Labor Law Conference  – Rothschild, Central Wisconsin SHRM

April 7 – HR Happy Hour with MMSHRM – Milwaukee, Metro Milwaukee SHRM

April 8 – One Day Conference – Tomah, West Central Wisconsin SHRM

April 12 – Half-Day Seminar “Why Best Practices May Not Be Enough; Evolving the Diversity/Inclusion Discussion” (More information on BHRA’s Facebook Page.) – Janesville, Blackhawk HRA

April 12 – Compensation/Benefits – Watertown, Jefferson County HRA

April 13 – Refresh Live Leadership Simulcast – New Richmond, St Croix Valley

April 13 – Firing – It’s Not Easy but It Can be Legal – Beaver Dam, SHRM – Dodge County

April 13 – Conflict Resolution/Negotiating Skills for the HR Professional – Oshkosh, Oshkosh Area SHRM

April 13 – Beast Management: Creative Conflict Resolution with Tough Adversaries – Stevens Point, Stevens Point Area HRA

April 19 – 2016 Spring Conference – Put the HR in HeRo – Milwaukee, Metro Milwaukee SHRM

April 19 – Mentoring: Ready to Grow? – Kimberly, Fox Valley SHRM

April 20 – A.L.I.C.E Training – La Crosse, La Crosse Area SHRM

April 20 – HR Analytics – Green Bay, Green Bay SHRM

April 21 – Handling Workplace Traumatic Situations – Racine, Racine/Kenosha Area SHRM

April 21 – Employment Law/Annual Legal Update  – Sheboygan, Sheboygan Area SHRM

April 26 – HR Roundtables – Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac HRA

April 27 – April Membership Meeting – Manitowoc, Lakeshore Area HRA

April 28 – SC SHRM Social – Baraboo, Sauk Columbia SHRM

April 28 – Betting on the Beach Casino Night – Networking/SHRM Foundation Fundraiser – Kimberly, Fox Valley SHRM

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GMA SHRM 11th Annual Human Capital Conference

GMA SHRM is thrilled to announce that their 11th Annual Human Capital Conference will feature Dave Ulrich, rated by HR Magazine as the “#1 Most Influential Person in HR”.  This not-to-be-missed conference will be held Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI! In addition to winning numerous awards, David has helped generate award winning databases that assess alignment between strategies, organization capabilities, HR practices, HR competencies, and customer and investor results.  Dave will be our featured speaker, presenting two keynote speeches and one breakout session.  His two keynotes will be “Emerging Trends in HR Value Creation” and “Opportunities in Managing Culture”. In addition, the conference will offer 9 breakout sessions throughout the day on topics related to: Multi-Generational Workplace Benefits, Positivity in the Workplace, Curiosity Based Communication, Mental Health Awareness, Developing your Strategic Thinking Mindset and the ever popular Legal Update.  In addition, there will be a presentation by SHRM’s Shelly Trent, Regional Services Field Director, on Ethical Workplace Behavior.

Our last five conferences drew more than 200 human resource professionals. Register by April 22 to receive the early bird registration rate of only $125!  If you’re a member of another WI SHRM chapter, you will also receive the member rate for registration!

Also, don’t miss your chance to win the new Apple iPad! The prize will be given away to one attendee at the post event reception.

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Sauk County SHRM – Q1 Meeting/Event Recap

In February, Sauk Columbia SHRM was pleased to welcome SHRM’s very own Shelly Trent.  Shelly spoke on Workplace Flexibility, as well as updated everyone on the latest and greatest with SHRM certification, scholarship opportunities, and upcoming conferences.

On March 9, Jennifer Mirus, attorney at Boardman Clark joined our chapter to host an FMLA workshop.  Only she can make that topic fun!  Thanks to everyone who came out to support Sauk Columbia SHRM.

From a social perspective, we held a successful “Restock the Shelves Food Drive” in January, and this year the donations went to the Baraboo Food Pantry.  Each year we rotate between our communities.  In April, we have an upcoming social planned at Gem City Saloon in Baraboo where we will enjoy drinks, pizza, and networking with our members.  In May we will once again give out three $500 scholarships to local school districts.  Our scholarship committee is currently reviewing applications for the 2016 winners of the SC SHRM scholarships.

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