LAHRA – Now Accepting Nominations for HR Professional of the Year Award

The Lakeshore Area Human Resource Association (LAHRA) is having a busy October.  Like many of you, we recently attended the WI SHRM Conference.  What a great learning opportunity!  For those of you that have never had the chance to attend, I highly recommend penciling in a Save the Date for next years conference on October 11-13, 2017.  You won’t be disappointed.

The Lakeshore Area Human Resource Association is now accepting nominations for the Lakeshore Area HR Professional of the Year award.  The purpose of the award is to recognize a member of our Association for his/her outstanding contributions to their employer, profession and community.  Do you know a LAHRA member that has made a difference in the HR community?  If so, please take a moment and nominate him/her for the award.  The nomination form can be found by clicking here. 

Our next General Membership Meeting will be held on October 26th from 11a to 1p.  As an HR Professional, you face challenges every day in the workplace.  These challenges have never been more complex.  The October meeting will discuss the most frequent concerns that HR Professionals face on a daily basis.  Join us as Bill Persinger facilitates discussion between our attendees leading us to learn innovative ways to handle these pitfalls from our HR peers.  If you are interested in attending and sharing your story, click here to register.  If you belong to a SHRM chapter, we are offering this session to you at our member rate of $20.  Registration is required.

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November 2016 Programming

November is a time to be thankful.  Give THANKS to your local SHRM chapter by attending one of their upcoming events!  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.

November 3 – Give Your Employees C.R.A.P – Racine, SHRM Racine and Kenosha Area Chapter

November 8 – Who Are You Becoming as a Leader? – Kimberly, Fox Valley SHRM

November 8 – Professional Development Summit – Madison, Greater Madison Area SHRM

November 8 – Joint Chapter Event – Whitewater, Jefferson County HRMA

November 9 – Investigating Workers Compensation Claims – Stevens Point,  Stevens Point Area HRA

November 9 – Conflict Resolutions/Dealing with Difficult Employees – Beaver Dam, SHRM – Dodge County

November 9 – Legislative Update– Oshkosh, Oshkosh Area SHRM

November 10 – Diversity and Inclusion: “Developing Cultural Dexterity and Mitigating Bias”– Sheboygan, Sheboygan Area – SHRM

November 11 – November Monthly Meeting – Tomah, West Central Wisconsin SHRM

November 15 – Membership Orientation – Eau Claire, Chippewa Valley SHRM

November 15 – Servant Leadership – Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac Area HRA

November 16 – Effective Performance Reviews & Evaluations – New Richmond, St. Croix Valley

November 16 – How to Successfully Integrate Veterans into the Workplace – La Crosse, WI,  La Crosse Area SHRM

November 16 – Using Bio-metrics to Incentivize Employee Wellness –  Green Bay, Green Bay Area SHRM

November 17 – How to Navigate the Change in Employment Law – Kenosha, SHRM Racine and Kenosha Area Chapter

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SHRM – Dodge County THANKS Members!


At SHRM-Dodge County, all members are valued.  SHRM-Dodge County council knows that the group depends on the involvement of their members.  In September, they threw their Annual Celebration for their current members and also to show potential new members what the group is all about.  2016 was a successful year for WISHRM and also for SHRM-Dodge County.

At the September meeting, guests enjoyed free appetizers & drinks and were able to mingle with other chapter members.  Guests also had the opportunity to participate in the raffle which included great door prizes.

Current SHRM members have the best working knowledge of and experience in why their chapters are successful and help HR professionals grow in their career.  SHRM-Dodge County brought current members together to keep that momentum going as well as bring new members on board.

In November, SHRM-Dodge County will be hosting a Conflict Resolutions session centered around dealing with difficult employees.  Members are expected to RSVP prior to the event and Non-Members are able to attend for a small fee at the door.  If you’re not sure if SHRM-Dodge County is right for you, try it out and see for yourself the benefits of joining this professional group.

For more information about SHRM-Dodge County, please visit their website at


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Sheboygan Area SHRM – It’s All About Relationships!


As one of our chapters strategic goals, Sheboygan Area SHRM is committed to building community relationships, including growing the profession and increasing our chapter membership and involvement.   Travis Knier, current President for the Sheboygan Area SHRM chapter had the opportunity to spend an afternoon with first year students enrolled in the Human Resources program at Lakeshore Technical College.  He shared his own HR experiences with the students and spent time talking to them about the many benefits of joining a local HR chapter, not only as a student member but as a volunteer as well.  Travis reiterated to the students how joining can build connections, give them the chance to learn from experienced professionals and gain valuable leadership skills.

As a chapter, we would like to increase our social media engagement to continue our quest for building relationships, amongst members!  Late June, Sheboygan Area SHRM announced a LinkedIn challenge to encourage our Sheboygan Area SHRM members to encourage colleagues to join our LinkedIn page and/or post a professional HR related question, idea, whitepaper, etc.  We have extended the challenge to wrap up a few months into the program year and will  then draw a winner for a $100 gift card somewhere special.  The more posts the more chances!!

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Enterprising Leader Award – LASHRM

La Crosse Area SHRM (LASHRM) has partnered with the La Crosse County Well Workplace initiative to engage our members in improving the health and wellbeing of our area workforce.

Because LASHRM was a recipient of WISHRM’s 2015 Enterprising Leadership Grant award, in 2016 we were able to use those grant funds to promote membership in La Crosse’s Well County initiative, offer assistance in paying for WELCOA memberships for five of our members’ organizations, and ensure that two of our members were able to register to attend WELCOA’s annual worksite wellness conference in Green Bay in September. LASHRM will continue supporting our members in their efforts to keep our area workforce healthy and productive for the remainder of 2016 and beyond.

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My First State SHRM Leadership Conference as a New Volunteer HR Leader


By: Linda Hackbarth, SHRM-CP, PHR; Marketing Communications Director, Central WI SHRM

I had the pleasure of attending my first State SHRM Leadership conference in August.  This was my first such leadership conference in HR and I would like to take this time to reflect upon my enriching experiences and encourage other HR professionals to take the plunge and volunteer as a leader!

The benefits of attending this conference were numerous as a new HR volunteer leader.  The Boot Camp for “newbies” was fantastic and really helped me to understand how important volunteers are.  There were a few points that were a bit frightening when it came to Bylaws, rules, etc., but the presenter was so informational and helpful and put us all at ease.

The exchange of ideas at the round table discussions was by far the most beneficial.  We had attendees at my table with 15+years of volunteer leader experience to newbies with a few months under their belt. The expertise, brainstorming and of course socializing was immeasurable; did I mention they had wine you could enter to win to help support the foundation and a generous assortment of HR leadership books priced at 2 for $5.00?  I learned so many tricks to help balance my volunteer time and regular full time job and of course optimizing technology played a big role.

Presenters made an effort to ensure their presentations were as engaging as possible, incorporating real life experiences and stories to bring home the message.  My SHRM chapter leaders were there to show support and gain further insight into their roles as well.

I remember when I walked in to my very first local SHRM chapter meeting more than 20 years ago and feeling so overwhelmed with knowledge I did not have.  Through my local chapter conferences, state SHRM conferences and networking with other professionals, it did not take me long to fill my bucket of knowledge.  I was always so impressed by how well organized everything was and how they really cared about educating their members.

Through my career development into management and raising a family I did not think I could ever be on the local chapter board; there just was not enough time.   After 20+ years in the HR industry, I decided it was time for me to give back and volunteer my time so others (both new and subject matter experts) could continue to optimize their HR knowledge.  What a rewarding experience this has been!  Please consider volunteering and keep this in mind “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” Benjamin Franklin

Linda currently works as HR Officer, Bone & Joint Clinic, S.C.


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Future of the Workplace with GB SHRM

Rapid changes in society and technology have changed the workforce and employment. Today there are new pressures on workers and educators to change the way they prepare and plan for modern day careers. These changes also require employers create work environments that ensure a qualified workforce. This multimedia presentation focuses on 10 trends that impact jobs, 10 new skills that are needed today to remain relevant, and how to manage your career in a digital world. Using multimedia and current industry examples this speech will bring to life what work is about today and in the future.
Join GB SHRM and hear Dr. Tracey Wilen speak about societal changes, technology innovations, and the future of the workplace on October 19th  at 4:30 pm.  Dr. Tracey Wilen is a prominent thought leader and speaker on the impact of technology on society, work, and careers. A former visiting scholar at Stanford University, she has held leadership positions at Apple, HP, and Cisco Systems. She was an adjunct professor for Bay area colleges teaching classes in business, technology and women’s workforce topics.
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October 2016 Programming

Hello Fall!  As your go-to morning coffee drinks go from ICED to HOT, stop by one of our HOT local WISHRM chapter events!  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.

October 11 – TBD– Watertown, Jefferson County HRMA

October 11 – Affordable Care Act – Beloit, Blackhawk Area HRA

October 12 – EEOC Investigations – Beaver Dam, SHRM – Dodge County

October 12 – Investigative Resource for HR Professionals– Oshkosh, Oshkosh Area SHRM

October 14 – Positive Psychology: Shifting Perspective, Boost Positivity in the Workplace – Tomah, West Central Wisconsin SHRM

October 18 – Labor and Employment Law Update– Kimberly, Fox Valley SHRM

October 19 – Society 3.0 – Workforce in a Digital World – Green Bay, Green Bay Area SHRM

October 20 – Networking Event: Member Appreciation – Eau Claire, Chippewa Valley SHRM

October 20 – Fair Credit Reporting Act, Background Checks and You – Racine, SHRM Racine and Kenosha Area Chapter

October 20 – Successful HR Strategies for Building an Ethical Workplace Culture– Sheboygan, Sheboygan Area – SHRM

October 25 – Networking Event: Member Appreciation – Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac Area HRA

October 25 – Networking Event: Pinot’s Palette –  Green Bay, Green Bay Area SHRM

October 26 – HR War Stories: Innovative Approaches to HR’s Most Common Pitfalls – Manitowoc, Lakeshore Area HRA

October 27 – GMA SHRM Revealed: Member Orientation – Madison, Greater Madison Area SHRM

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New Website Connects WI Employers to UW Student Talent

New Website Connects Wisconsin Employers to UW Student Talent

UW System creating talent pathways to fill statewide workforce needs

 The UW System announces the launch of its Career Connect website that connects Wisconsin employers with students for internships, job shadowing, and potential careers.  Career Connect was created in-house to help students get experience in their chosen field, while employers have the opportunity to capitalize on the talent at UW institutions.

 “This is a win-win-win for employers, our students and Wisconsin,” says UW System President Ray Cross.  “We can efficiently and effectively connect employers with resources their organizations need while our students get valuable career experience.  We know internships often turn into job offers.  A meaningful job experience can lead to more graduates staying in Wisconsin to raise their families, becoming an integral part of our workforce and economy.”

As a growing number of today’s workforce reach retirement age, that demographic shift will create a significant demand for the educated, innovative workforce of tomorrow.  Career Connect is a talent development initiative highlighted in the UW System’s 2020FWD strategic framework that will help provide UW System juniors and seniors at least one professional experience during their college career.  It is one of many initiatives in 2020FWD designed to address future workforce demands as voiced by business and community leaders in UW System’s listening sessions across the state in the past year.

The Career Connect portal conveniently directs employers to UW institution resources and students in their area to fill internships, mentorships, short-term projects, apprenticeships and more.  The website includes:

  • Services available for employers to connect with students at UW campuses
  • A  tool that allows employers to search what majors exist at each campus
  • Direct links to each institution’s career services websites and contact information for staff
  • Links to employment data for each campus, as well as UW accountability data
  • Calendar of Events for employers, including job fairs across the UW System

Career Connect was developed in-house with input from UW institutions and a variety of statewide partners:  Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD), Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA), Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC), Wisconsin Society for Human Resource Management (WI SHRM), and Wisconsin Technology Council (WTC).

Here is what the Career Connect partners have to say:

Ray Allen, DWD Secretary:  “The Department of Workforce Development collaborates with the UW System and other education and training partners to expand the number of students who enter the workforce with hands-on experience.  With tens of thousands of job openings every day on, Wisconsin’s free online public labor exchange, our state needs as many tools as possible to help employers find skilled talent and help students secure good-paying jobs after graduation. To this end, Career Connect will be an important resource both for employers and UW students.”

Brian Douda, WEDA Executive Director:  “It is critical to Wisconsin’s economic development organizations to align the talent pool with the needs of our local communities.  This portal will play a key role in supporting those efforts.”

Mark Hogan, WEDC Secretary and CEO:  “As the state’s lead economic development agency, one of our missions is to help companies statewide attract and retain young talent.  What makes Career Connect an ideal tool for those retention and attraction efforts is that it will target UW students already familiar with Wisconsin and increase their awareness of the many career opportunities that exist here.”

Kurt Bauer, WMC President:  “To help keep Wisconsin competitive, we must continue to attract and retain talent to our state.  When we connect businesses with UW students in their communities, we’re developing the workforce of tomorrow and the next generation of entrepreneurs.”

Katie Walk, WI SHRM Council President:  “WI SHRM is proud to support this important workforce development initiative.   We look forward to witnessing the connections made between students and employers, ultimately resulting in growing and retaining our future talent.”

Tom Still, WTC President:  “As I travel around Wisconsin, I hear from employers who say they need talent to fill open jobs.  They would also appreciate a ‘front door’ to UW System campuses to better connect them with possible interns, graduates, and other opportunities to collaborate.  Career Connect offers just such a portal.”

 “As more employers become aware of our broad and deep talent pipeline, the number of available internships will multiply, providing additional opportunities for UW students.  We are creating talent pathways to fill statewide workforce needs,” says Cross.

Connect with a UW System institution to find the talent you are looking for at

See President Ray Cross talk about the Career Connect website

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Would you like to have a part in making the 2016 WI SHRM State Conference a total success? If so, we welcome and encourage you to volunteer in one of several areas throughout our three day conference. Volunteering is a great opportunity for both Student and Professional members.  With just a small volunteer role from individuals like you, the conference will be a success!  We could not run this conference without all of our volunteers.  We hope you will consider volunteering this year.

As a token of our appreciation, all of our volunteers will receive a discount off any books purchased onsite at the SHRM Store. Vouchers will be provided when you check in at the Volunteer desk.

Volunteering is a great way for you to:

  • Be involved – as the future HR leaders, volunteering will be a great opportunity to see what the HR world has to offer
  • Network –  with more than 1,200 attendees at the conference, volunteering provides an opportunity to build your network and meet new people
  • Gain experience – volunteering looks great to future employers, as well as provides an opportunity to do something you may not have thought of doing before
  • Provide assistance – by the end of the conference, you will be glad you volunteered.

We will need Volunteers in the following areas:

  • Programming – Be an usher and/or introduce speakers during break-out sessions
  • SHRM Booths – Assist with the SHRM Book Store and SHRM Foundation
  • Registration – Assist with the registration process by working at the Volunteer and/or Registration desks
  • Accommodations – Assisting with exhibitor lunches and/or directing attendees during meal times
  • Activities – Greet and direct attendees during evening entertainment

Attendee registration is now open and remain open until the end of September.  If you have any questions or would like to discuss volunteer options in more detail, please contact the Volunteer Coordinators below:

Volunteer Coordinators:
Greg Bachrach
LaShana Miller
Your service for these 3 days is of great help to the conference
and will help make the event a success!
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