Central Wisconsin Society For Human Resource Management

Upcoming events

    • 11 Apr 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Hilton Garden Inn, 2101 N Mountain Road, Wausau, WI 54401
    • 101

    Credits: 4 Business Credits Pending, 2.5 General HR Credits Pending

    Program Flyer: Click Here to View Program Details

    Check In: 7:30am-8:00am
    : 8:00am-4:00pm
    Cash Bar: 4:00pm-5:00pm

     Parking is available at the Hilton

    Program Agenda

    Keynote Presentation:  

    "Workplace Trends: Survival Tactics for the Next Decade," Speaker: Margaret Morford

    The workforce of the future will look dramatically different from today’s. New employee demographics, attitudes, wants and needs are changing almost as fast as technology is. For managers and HR professionals, this will mean a radical shift in the way we conduct business and manage talent ten years from now. Organizations need to prepare today for the seismic shifts that are coming so that they will not be caught unaware and will remain a viable entity in the future. Management expert Margaret Morford will walk participants through what these shifts will be, some of which are in the infancy stages so they are not even on the radar screens of most organizations. She will offer practical suggestions for things employers need to be doing today in order to prepare as well as protect themselves from the legal liabilities that will arise from some of these trends and shifts. Participants need to start today to be ready for what the workplace will look like in 2015 and even 2022! Don't be caught unaware.

    Keynote Biography: 

    Margaret is CEO for The HR Edge, Inc., an international management consulting and training company.  Her clients have included Lockheed Martin, Chevron, Time Warner, Sara Lee Foods, Home and Garden Television, Roche, Nissan North America, HealthStream, Nationwide Insurance, Aegis Sciences Corporation, NAPA Auto Parts, Homeland Security, U.S. Treasury Department, New York Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell & Columbia Medical Centers), Domino’s, Chimerix, Schneider Transportation, U.S. Marine Corps, Deloitte, Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Vanderbilt University, Comcast, Intercontinental Hotel Group, National Institutes of Health, McKee Foods, Skanska, Fox Broadcasting, Schwarz BioSciences, Tractor Supply Company, Cook Medical, Fifth Third Bank, Verizon, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, SAS (computer software), The Nashville Predators national hockey franchise, Northrop Grumman, American Pacific Mortgage, Alliance Data, Miami University, Skogen Foods, Wells Fargo, The Peabody Hotel, The Hartford, TECO Energy, AmSurg, Quorum Health Resources, the U.S. Naval Nuclear Submarine Group and various local and state governments.  Previous to owning her own company, Margaret was Sr. Vice President, Human Resources Consulting for a national consulting firm out of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  She has a BS degree from the University of Alabama and a JD degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Law.  She has worked as an attorney, specializing in employment law as well as been Vice President of Human Resources for three large companies.  She has written for The Sunday New York Times, is often quoted as a business expert in newspapers and magazines across the country including Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, MSNBC, CBS Money Watch and Entrepreneur and appears regularly on local ABC, CBS and Fox television affiliates.  She is the author of the business books, “Management Courage – Having the Heart of a Lion” and “The Hidden Language of Business – Workplace Politics, Power & Influence.”  She has served on the Board of Directors for various corporations and charities. 

    Morning Legal Workshop:  "Employment Law NoNos- A top 10 list," Speaker: Sara Ackermann, Ruder Ware Attorney

    Sara Ackermann will address the most common pitfalls and trouble areas for human resources and management. Employment law is ever-evolving and new legislation is promulgated on a daily basis. Sara will advise you on how to avoid those mistakes most frequently posing problems for her clientele. 

    Afternoon Workshop:  "Responding to a Full-Employment Environment", Speaker: Deb Marshall, Sr. Manager, Human Resource Consulting at Wipfli LLP 

    It’s no secret that finding and keeping good employees in ANY industry is tough these days, from entry level production to skilled trades, professionals, and even executives. For many employers, it is now impacting their ability to grow. With demographics working against us, and ‘poaching’ at an all-time high, now is the time to seriously review your strategies to engage and retain the talent you already have. In this session we will discuss some innovative ideas related to compensation, branding your EVP, stay interviews, career pathing, non-cash benefits, PTO and scheduling strategies. Organizations that embrace this challenge as an opportunity instead of a problem will benefit from the insight and the effort. 

    Closing Presentation - Margaret Morford Returns: "What Eagles Dare - The Critical Difference Managing and Leading"
    As the labor pool shrinks, employees will examine more carefully the people for which they are willing to work. More and more the type of management that exists within an organization will become the deciding factor for whether the organization will be able to retain its current employees as well as attract new ones. This presentation differentiates leadership characteristics from management characteristics and asks participants to answer eight hard-hitting questions about their ability to lead others and to foster and create leaders within their own organizations. The information will revolutionize thinking about leadership and the way people need to be managed for the future.

    HANDOUTS: Presentation handouts will be emailed to you before the conference. Please print these handouts and bring them with you to the conference. 


    Thank you to our Conference Sponsors! 


    • 9 May 2019
    • 7:45 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Hilton Garden Inn, 2101 N. Mountain Road, Wausau, WI 54401

    Speaker: Bernadette Smith

    Credits: Info coming soon!

    Check In & Breakfast Begins: 7:45am

    Program: 8:00am-9:30am

    Parking: Parking available at the Hilton Garden Inn

    Program Description: 

    Our definition and expectations of gender are expanding. The boundaries of acceptable workplace behavior are changing. Does your team know the new “rules”? A comment or a touch may be perceived as innocent by one - but as harassment by another. An offhanded remark towards a transgender or non-binary associate may lead to costly harassment complaints.

    Bernadette will address LGBTQ inclusivity, unconscious bias, and demystify common assumptions and shifting boundaries in the workplace. She delivers humorous, relatable messages with tangible action steps.

    Learning Objectives:
    Objective 1: Strategies for maintaining professional boundaries to minimize the risk of blurred lines leading to harassment accusations

    Objective 2: Learn about the diversity of gender, including best practices in interacting with transgender and non-binary associates

    Objective 3: How to recover from accidentally offending someone and how to speak up if you witness it

    Objective 4: The ARC Method℠ of communication, used to gain clarity in any situation

    Speaker Bio: 

    Bernadette is CEO of Equality Institute, a firm dedicated to consulting with businesses on issues of harassment and diversity and inclusion. She speaks on these topics to audiences of CEOs, associations, leadership teams and more. Bernadette is an award-winning author of three books, and her upcoming book Unassuming Assumptions, will be released Fall 2018. She holds a BS and an MBA and her expertise has been sought after by the Today Show, New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and National Public Radio, among others.

    Meeting Sponsor: 

    • 6 Jun 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Dudley Building Conference Room, 500 N. 1st Street, Wausau, WI
    • 30

    Speaker: Attorney Sara Ackermann
    Credits: Info coming soon!
    Check In: 7:20am
    Programming: 7:30am-9am
    Parking: Park in the visitor spots in the Dudley Tower parking lot

    Forum Information:

    "Anatomy of an Investigation" 

    This discussion will include a review of some tips/traps for the savvy HR investigator.  Sara will address some to the common questions (should we record this? what if we don’t know who to believe?, can we search her e-mails?).  Bring your questions and examples!

    Speaker Information:

    Sara sees herself as a member of a company's HR team. Clients utilize her varied background by treating her as a consultant and advisor on employment law topics. Sara counsels HR professionals on the development of proactive policies, procedures, and protocols drafted to retain talent and create a positive work environment. Sara has previous experience working inside a corporation so she understands the myriad of employment issues that HR professionals and business owners face every day. Her focus is on providing proactive advice by identifying issues before they arise so that her clients can minimize their risk and avoid the expensive legal fees associated with litigation.

    Meeting Sponsor:


    • 23 Jun 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • 26 Jun 2019
    • Las Vegas

    Visit https://annual.shrm.org/ for more information regarding the National SHRM Conference!

    • 1 Aug 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Dudley Building Conference Room, 500 N. 1st Street, Wausau, WI
    • 30

    Speaker: Attorney Bob Reinerstson
    Credits: Information coming soon!
    Check In: 7:20am
    Programming: 7:30am-9am
    Parking: Park in the visitor spots in the Dudley Tower parking lot

    Forum Information:

    "Is It OK To Put This Is In Our Employee Handbook Now?”

    This will be an opportunity to discuss the changing position of the National Labor Relations Board and how it now views certain employee handbook policies – what’s allowable and what’s not. 

    Speaker Information:

    It was while working in metro Washington D.C. the summer Watergate broke that Bob was inspired to pursue a career in the law. His fascination with the ethical issues faced by attorneys, and the ensuing efforts to boost their profession, has molded his own thirty-plus year practice and reinforced the importance of strong client service and relationships. His path to becoming an attorney was a bit circuitous as he first worked as a municipal/regional planner in North Dakota and Wausau before going to law school. His early experiences continue to shape and guide the municipal aspect of his practice yet today. At Ruder Ware, Bob practices in business law and litigation, handling a wide variety of matters for business and non-profit clients as well as diverse litigation for business, employment, real estate, and municipal clients.

    Meeting Sponsor:


    • 3 Oct 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Dudley Building Conference Room, 500 N. 1st Street, Wausau, WI
    • 30

    Speaker: Attorney Mary Ellen Schill
    Credits: Info Coming Soon!
    Check In: 7:20am
    Programming: 7:30am-9am
    Parking: Park in the visitor spots in the Dudley Tower parking lot

    Forum Information:

    "What's new in Employee Benefits?"

    Forum Information Coming Soon!

    Speaker Information:

    Mary Ellen Schill's employee benefits law practice involves the representation of both public and private sector employers in their sponsorship of all forms of employee benefit plans as well as compensation planning. Mary Ellen has extensive experience in employee benefit plan selection and design, as well as plan drafting and implementation, whether qualified or non-qualified retirement plans, flexible benefit plans, or welfare benefit plans. She has counseled private sector employers on establishing, maintaining, and terminating ESOPs, and assisted (along with members of the firm's Business Transactions Practice Group) plan sponsors in ESOP redemption transactions. She also provides clients with a wide range of expertise regarding tax qualification, plan administration, preparation of plan participant communications, plan amendments, and plan terminations.

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    • 16 Oct 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • 18 Oct 2019
    • Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI

    Visit http://www.wishrm.org/2019-State-Conference for more information regarding the state conference.

    • 7 Nov 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Westwood Conference Center

    More details to come!


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