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    • 24 Aug 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Teams Meeting

    Coffee Chat >>>Supporting the LGBTQIA+ Community

    Join us to discuss:

    • What the LGBTQIA+ Community is
    • Why it is important to talk about
    • & Ways to support

    Meet Our Speakers:

    Jessica Randall (she/her)

    I will be starting as a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall on the pre-med track.

    Jayden Randall (they/them)

    I will be a sophomore at Onalaska High School this coming school year.


    This event is free, but registration is required for access to the Teams meeting link. 

    • 8 Sep 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Teams Meeting

    The Pursuit of Diversity
    7th Annual Workforce Forum brought to you in partnership
    with Workforce Connections

    >T I C K E T S<
    Early Bird pricing ends July 31st.

    >B U S I N E S S   S P O N S O R S H I P S< 
    Available through August 16th.

      The purpose of the 7th Annual Workforce Forum: The Pursuit of Diversity is to continue the conversation with local businesses, human resource professionals, and services providers on an expanded way of thinking intersectionally regarding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the workplace. Dr. Jodi Vandenberg-Daves will be speaking on The Pathways to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Organizations and Matt Glowacki will be discussing The New Face of Disability.

      Featured Speakers

      Dr. Jodi Vandenberg-Daves |Pathways to DEI

      Dr. Jodi Vandenberg-Daves is Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at UW-La Crosse, teaching on topics of women’s history and women’s leadership. Dr. Vandenberg-Daves is involved in community education initiatives and corporate consulting, bringing research-based and real-world applicable assessments and solutions to employers interested in increasing diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging.

      She spent three years of service as the Executive Director, Greater La Crosse Area Diversity Council (2015-2018), where she provided leadership for the Council’s efforts to create diverse and inclusive workplaces and communities. She is the author of two history books, including Modern Motherhood: An American History (Rutgers University Press), 2014), a book of poems, and numerous research and popular articles on gender issues.

      Matt Glowacki | New Face of Disability

      Matt Glowacki was born in 1973 in Janesville, Wisconsin. His birth drew attention because even though he was healthy, he was born without legs. In his professional career as a disability speaker and advocate, he has delivered his messages to over a million people at hundreds of regional and national conventions along with two sitting presidents of the United States.

      In addition to presenting at a variety of corporate events, Matt serves as the chair of the Jefferson County HR Management Association’s Diversity and Inclusion committee. He is also a member of the State of Wisconsin’s Partners in Policy Making for People with Disabilities Council, and has been selected for and served on the State of Wisconsin on the Governor’s Rehabilitation Council over the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Wisconsin Easter Seal’s State Board, and the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater’s College of Arts and Communication Dean’s Advisory Board.

      Matt was a member of the US Paralympic Sitting Volleyball Team for eight years. While playing matches in 26 countries, he competed in the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia, and in the World Championships in Cairo, Egypt in 2002.

      In 2017, he published his first book, Able-Bodied Like Me. Reviewed by Kirkus as a, “Perceptive discussion of disability and bias.”

      • 21 Sep 2022
      • 11:50 AM - 1:00 PM
      • Hybrid Event

      Building Trust in Remote (and in-person) Teams
      ft. Tina Hallis, Speaker, Owner of The Positive Edge

      This is a hybrid event. In-person attendees will meet at Western Technical College's Lunda Center (333 7th Street North, La Crosse, WI 54601).

      In this timely program, Tina will unveil the neuroscience of connection and why it’s critical for optimum teamwork. But more importantly, you will leave with specific strategies and tools that you can use with your people. When you purposely take time to build trust, you positively impact your team’s communication, collaboration, and cooperation.

      During this meeting, the speaker will help us:

      • Explore why trust matters & learn the two kinds of trust that impact teams

      • Understand the five factors that can elevate or degrade trust and know how to leverage them

      • Engage with tools and activities that can be used to increase trust with your remote (and in-person) teams.

      More about the Speaker:

      Tina Hallis, Ph.D. is certified in Positive Psychology through the WholeBeing Institute, an Authorized Partner for Everything DiSC®, and the author of "Sharpen Your Positive Edge: Shifting Your Thoughts for More Positivity & Success."

      Tina worked for 20+ years as a scientist in Biotechnology before discovering a new science called Positive Psychology in 2011. Seeing the powerful impact this information has on improving people and organizations, she decided to create her own company, The Positive Edge. Her focus is to share science-based insights and strategies that make work more enjoyable and help organizations and individuals be more successful.

      If you'd like more information on Sponsoring an upcoming meeting visit:

      • 12 Oct 2022
      • 1:00 PM
      • 14 Oct 2022
      • 2:00 PM
      • Kalahari Resort - Wisconsin Dells, WI

      HR Breaking Through 2022

      October 12-14th, 2022
      Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells

      The 2022 Wisconsin SHRM Conference will be a hybrid event, with in-person and virtual experiences. Whether you attend virtually or in-person, there will be a variety of sessions to increase your HR knowledge and provide credits toward recertification.

      *Costs increase after July 31st!*

      Learning Sessions

      • 16 Nov 2022
      • 11:50 AM - 1:00 PM
      • Teams Meeting

      Follow the Leaders: What Top Companies Are Doing With Their Employee Benefits Program
      ft. Taylor Orton, Vice President of Employee Benefits at Cottingham & Butler

      This session will provide participants with an overview of the key trends occurring in Employee Benefits throughout the country, focusing on insights into what leading employers are doing to manage costs, while adding new value to their employees through their benefit programs. Supported by objective data points and real-world results, participants will leave with a list of tangible ideas to optimize the benefit's program within their own organization.

      During this meeting, the speaker will help us learn about:

      • Leading Edge Strategies to Optimize Costs of Current Program
      • New Benefits to Add More Value to Employees
      • Administrative Tips to Get Top Value from Your Benefit Investments

      More about the Speaker:

      Taylor is the Vice President of Employee Benefits at Cottingham & Butler, overseeing all Wisconsin Office operations for the firm and consulting employers nationwide on how to optimize their benefit programs. He brings with him a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, a decade of healthcare analytics experience, and a fresh perspective to the benefit's industry.

      If you'd like more information on Sponsoring an upcoming meeting visit:

      • 21 Dec 2022
      • 11:50 AM - 1:00 PM
      • Teams Meeting
      Registration is closed

      Employee Benefits Compliance and Regulatory Update ft. Bob Radecki, Senior Regulatory and Public Policy Analyst at Benefit Comply

      This session will will review important compliance issues that impact employee benefits health and welfare plans and look forward into issues that employee benefits and human resource managers will need to prepare for in 2023.

      During this meeting, the speaker will help us learn about:

      • Review important pandemic related regulations still in effect or expiring.
      • Review employee benefits rules that should have been completed in 2022.
      • Prepare employee benefits professionals for new rules taking effect in 2023.

      More about the Speaker:

      Bob Radecki has over 30 years of experience in the HR and employee benefits industry helping employers deal with difficult benefit and compliance matters. Bob founded and served as President of A.E. Roberts Company, a nationally recognized compliance consulting and training firm. Bob is recognized as a leading expert on a variety of benefit compliance issues including COBRA, FMLA, ERISA and Health Reform. Bob has been the featured speaker at many industry events and conferences and has published several articles concerning employee benefits compliance issues.

      If you'd like more information on Sponsoring an upcoming meeting visit:

    Past events

    17 Aug 2022 Exquisite Systems: Performing a 360 Equity Audit In-House
    27 Jul 2022 Coffee Chat > Wisconsin Apprenticeship Program Overview
    20 Jul 2022 4 Ways to Delete Bias from Your Job Post
    15 Jun 2022 Gathering and Using Your Team’s Input: Best Practice Ideas for Your Employee Survey Process
    8 Jun 2022 Coffee Chat > The Parenting Place
    1 Jun 2022 Membership Appreciation Night at the La Crosse Loggers
    18 May 2022 2022 Symposium | Employee Wellbeing
    11 May 2022 Coffee Chat > Starting the Conversation of Employee Wellbeing
    27 Apr 2022 Coffee Chat > Re-Energize Your Culture Through Trust & Teamwork
    20 Apr 2022 The Evolution of the Talent Acquisition Strategy
    16 Mar 2022 Mental Health in the Workplace & Introduction of The Accommodate in Place Initiative
    24 Feb 2022 Emerging HR Professionals Event
    23 Feb 2022 Coffee Chat > The Dos and Don'ts of HR Technology
    16 Feb 2022 How Mental Health Affects Office Conflict, and How Office Conflict Affects Mental Health.
    16 Feb 2022 RESCHEDULED Exquisite Systems: Performing a 360 Equity Audit In-House
    10 Feb 2022 2022 Day on the Hill
    19 Jan 2022 Cybersecurity in Human Resources
    12 Jan 2022 Coffee Chat > La Crosse Talent Attraction Campaign
    15 Dec 2021 OSHA Update
    8 Dec 2021 Members Only | Virtual 80s Escape Room
    17 Nov 2021 Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
    19 Oct 2021 Emerging HR Professionals Event
    13 Oct 2021 WISHRM State Conference
    23 Sep 2021 Workforce Forum > The Language of Diversity
    21 Sep 2021 Coffee Chat > COVID the Remasking
    15 Sep 2021 Talent Optimization & People Strategy
    18 Aug 2021 Employment Law
    4 Aug 2021 Coffee Chat > Mental Health in the Workplace
    21 Jul 2021 Marijuana & Drug Testing
    15 Jul 2021 2021 Member Appreciation
    30 Jun 2021 Coffee Chat > Transportation Accessibility
    16 Jun 2021 Reimagining Human Resources
    8 Jun 2021 Coffee Chat – Labor Shortages
    26 May 2021 Coffee Chat – Changes with the CDC – Unmasking
    19 May 2021 Symposium: Diversity & Inclusion
    21 Apr 2021 The Outward Mindset
    17 Mar 2021 New Hire Orientations
    25 Feb 2021 The Journey to a Remote Workforce
    17 Feb 2021 Maintaining Civility through Constructive Conflict
    4 Feb 2021 Workforce Readiness Workshops
    20 Jan 2021 COVID Update
    16 Dec 2020 Resilience: Self-Care, Mindfulness, Boundaries
    18 Nov 2020 EEOC Update
    27 Oct 2020 Coffee & Catch Up!
    21 Oct 2020 Compensation Programs
    3 Sep 2020 Breaking Barriers
    19 Aug 2020 Mental Health First Aid
    14 Jul 2020 Symposium: Daring Leadership
    17 Jun 2020 HR Professionals During Crisis
    20 May 2020 Requesting ADA Information
    30 Apr 2020 Virtual Happy Hour
    15 Apr 2020 Virtual Happy Hour!
    18 Mar 2020 CANCELLED: Tips for Managing Accommodations During Recruitment & Hire
    19 Feb 2020 Alexa, Email Me Process Engineer Resumes
    15 Jan 2020 Strategic Partnerships & Influencing Upper Leadership
    18 Dec 2019 Self Sufficiency Program: Education Support for Employees
    20 Nov 2019 What Employers Need to Know for the Holidays
    16 Oct 2019 State Conference | HR Trailblazers
    19 Sep 2019 Coulee Region Job Fair
    18 Sep 2019 Economics Outlook
    10 Sep 2019 4th Annual Business Breakfast Forum
    21 Aug 2019 Building an Effective Sustainability Team
    1 Aug 2019 State Leadership Conference
    17 Jul 2019 Wisconsin Internship Initiative
    22 Jun 2019 National Conference | Creating Better Workplaces
    19 Jun 2019 Annual Member Appreciation Event
    15 May 2019 Symposium | Legal Challenges of Leave


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