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    • 21 Dec 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Hybrid Meeting

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

    This is a hybrid event. In-person attendees will meet at Belle Square (232 3rd Street North, La Crosse, WI). Enter the doors at the corner of 3rd Street and Vine Street. 

    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.

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    • 18 Jan 2023
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Hybrid Meeting

    Creating Empathy Through Conversation
    ft. Rob Lawless, Founder of Robs10kFriends

    This is a hybrid event. In-person attendees will meet at Belle Square (232 3rd Street North, La Crosse, WI). Enter the doors at the corner of 3rd Street and Vine Street.

    In this session, you'll learn from Rob Lawless, a man on a mission to spend 1 hour, 1:1, with 10,000 different people. You'll hear how he's run into his new friends in places far away from where he's met them, what he's learned from meeting the victim of a mass shooting and how he ended up flying in a plane that the pilot had built himself.

    Furthermore, you'll practice connecting with each other using the FORD framework (family, occupation, recreation, dreams) in 1:1 breakouts! You'll learn the importance of goal setting in intentional connection, and afterwards will feel confident in unlocking the true potential of conversation!

    During this meeting, the speaker will help us:

    • Identify the 3 levels of value of human connection (sense of belonging, perspective, future opportunities)
    • Utilize the FORD framework in getting to know new people
    • Incorporate goal setting and reflection to achieve and inspire intentional human connection

    More about the Speaker:

    On a mission to spend 1 hour, 1:1, with 10,000 different people, Rob Lawless speaks with an incredibly unique perspective. Over the last 7 years, he’s met over 5,100 people from across 85+ countries, sharing their stories on his Instagram, @robs10kfriends. He’ll inspire you to be more intentional about connection and to treat it as an experience rather than a transaction.

    Rob’s experience includes speaking with everyone from CEOs to celebrities to students to everyday people who’ve overcome extreme circumstances. He has been featured by press sources like the Kelly Clarkson Show and the TODAY Show, and regularly shares his insights through podcasts and speaking gigs. Rob believes that every human interaction holds the potential to change your life; potential you can start capturing today!

    • 15 Feb 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Hybrid Meeting
    Registration is closed

    Winning at Working Parenthood: An HR Practitioner's Perspective
    ft. Daisy Dowling, Author, Workparent: The Complete Guide to Succeeding on the Job, Staying True to Yourself, and Raising Happy Kids

    This is a hybrid event. In-person attendees will meet at Belle Square (232 3rd Street North, La Crosse, WI). Enter the doors at the corner of 3rd Street and Vine Street.

    There are 52 million American working parents - and work/life flexibility is one of the top factors in employee decisions to take (or leave) a job. But beyond offering parental leave, what can employers, leaders and HR teams do to meet the challenge? In this program Daisy Dowling will offer perspective, cover trends, and provide tools for retaining and benefitting from working-parent talent.

    During this meeting, the speaker will help us:

    • Deepen understanding on the working-parent challenge facing employees and leaders
    • Provide an overview of effective organizational practices in meeting the challenge
    • Offer specific executive coaching tools and techniques for HR leaders and their teams to use with the working parent population. 

    More about the Speaker: 

    Daisy Dowling is Founder & CEO of Workparent, a specialty coaching and consulting firm that supports working parents and organizations that employ them. She is also Harvard Business Review columnist on working parent matters, author of the book Workparent: The Complete Guide to Succeeding on the Job, Staying True to Yourself and Raising Happy Kids (HBR Press, May 2021), and Series Editor for the HBR’s Working Parent Collection of books. Daisy has advised working parents at leading and diverse organizations such as KKR, Pfizer, Paul Weiss, Dow Jones, Disney, Omnicom, the NBA, Lincoln Center and the United States Air Force. Daisy’s work has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Fast Company, amongst other publications, and her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and on NPR. She is the proud working mom of two young children.

    • 15 Mar 2023
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Hybrid Meeting
    Registration is closed

    How to Manage Resistance to DEI ft. Dima Ghawi, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Influencer

    This is a hybrid event. In-person attendees will meet at Belle Square (232 3rd Street North, La Crosse, WI). Enter the doors at the corner of 3rd Street and Vine Street.

    Through storytelling and personal narratives, Dima guides the attendees to address common workplace resistance to DEI). She deconstructs these conscious and unconscious biases and demonstrates how to address them in order to build a safe and inclusive workplace culture. Dima shares specific tips that equip the attendees with the tools needed to overcome the leadership team’s resistance to DEI initiatives, helping ensure that the positive ripple effect of DEI can expand across all their organization’s levels.

    During this meeting, the speaker will help us:

    • TBD

    More about the Speaker: 

    Dima is Middle-Eastern in her genes, American in her heart, and a global citizen in her spirit. She ignites the untapped potential in individuals across the globe, empowering them to shatter limitations and become courageous, purpose driven leaders. Her own journey is one of escaping confinement, crossing continents, and transforming her life’s purpose. Harnessing the power of her story, Dima is committed to inspiring individuals to attain personal and professional growth.

    Through keynote speeches, workshops, and executive coaching, Dima shares her unique leadership transformation journey with one goal in mind: motivate and activate those around her to reimagine their potential and grow into leaders.

    Dima draws from two decades of corporate experience leading global teams and developing future leaders worldwide. She has worked across the United States, Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Africa for several Fortune 100 companies including IBM, Merrill Lynch, and Intuit. She has honed a keen expertise in developing leaders to meet the demands of the global workforce.

    Dima’s memoir Breaking Vases received many awards including Writer’s Digest 2018 Grand Prize Award, Best Indie Book Award, Readers’ Favorite Award, National Indie Excellence Award, and Nautilus Book Award.

    She has been recognized for her services with the 2014 President of the United States Bronze Volunteer Service Award, the 2019 Baton Rouge Business Report “Influential Women in Business,” 2014 Baton Rouge Business Report’s “Forty Under 40” Award, and the 2016 Louisiana State University “Esprit de Femme Award.” She has been featured in numerous publications for her professional and philanthropic work. 

    • 19 Apr 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Hybrid Meeting
    Registration is closed

    Seven Steps for Creating Bulletproof Documentation ft. Allison West, Esq., SHRM-SCP, AWI-CH

    This is a hybrid event. In-person attendees will meet at Belle Square (232 3rd Street North, La Crosse, WI). Enter the doors at the corner of 3rd Street and Vine Street.

    You hear it from your legal counsel all the time: document, document, document. But, in reality, they never teach you or your managers how to effectively transcribe verbal coaching, counseling or disciplinary conversations into proper documentation. Learn the seven steps to creating "bulletproof" documentation along with words and phrases that create risk and can be red flags for discrimination. Walk away with a usable framework and tips for perfecting your documentation.

    During this meeting, the speaker will help us:

    • Learn to document expectations, policy violations, performance issues and consequences
    • Properly document employee's explanation and action plan
    • Understand which words and phrases to avoid when documenting 

    More about the Speaker: 

    An employment attorney by background, Allison specializes in delivering customized workplace training, conducting workplace investigations, coaching executives/managers concerning performance, disciplinary or skill-building, and serves as an expert witness. Allison also works with individuals and teams on conflict resolution and creating more collaborative work environments.

    She is a former Board Member of the Association of Workplace Investigators and has been faculty at the AWI Investigation Training Institute. She is a top-rated speaker at SHRM and other HR/diversity conferences, and is a national expert on harassment, discrimination and investigations. Allison appeared on PBS, CBS This Morning and in O Magazine discussing workplace harassment issues. She is a member of the State Bar of California, holds a SHRM-SCP certification, and AWI-CH (investigation) certificate.

    Allison West, Esq., SHRM-SCP, AWI-CH

    • 17 May 2023
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Hybrid Event

    Building Resiliency ft. Kelly Bubolz, Founder of KB Training Connections

    This is a hybrid event. 

    Have you ever wondered why you are in zombie mode? Why do the days go by looking like a foggy windshield? What if we could figure out how to wipe it all away and return back to energy. What if we had more control than what you think?

    During this meeting, the speaker will help us:

    • Build resilience and navigate through change with ease. 
    • Leave with an action plan to begin moving forward in this chaotic, fast-paced world. 
    • Learn the behavioral changes contributing to burnout, how to respond, and move back to energy! 
    • Explore energy and burnout contributors in each of the categories and create a practical action plan that is sustainable.

    More about the Speaker: 

    Kelly Bubolz is a working mom with three young children. She uses her experience as a leader in human resources to empower and transform a company’s biggest asset: its employees. Through a hard season, she learned to trust the process and embrace what life is teaching us.

    Kelly delivers unique training on topics including burnout, using her own experience to help others to prevent it. What started as a physical healing research mission transformed into identifying activities within her control, learning how to sustain new habits, self-discovery practices, and research into social norm pressures and human behavior investigation – all of which led her here to you.

    • 21 Jun 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Hybrid Event

    Benchmarking Locally and Nationally ft. Jeff LeClaire & Garrett Jerue, The Insurance Center

    This is a hybrid event. 

    Attracting and retaining talent is one of the top priorities of the HR community. Seeing how your benefit offerings stack up vs others can help you put together a total rewards package that accomplishes this priority. There are many different benchmarks out there and knowing which are relevant to you is and why is helpful. We will explore several benchmarks for benefits during this session.

    During this meeting, the speaker will help us:

    • Understand the importance of benchmarking

    • Understand if national, local, or both are relevant to your business

    • Understand how you stack up

    More about the Speaker: 

    Jeff LeClaire and Garrett Jerue lead the benefits consulting practice for The Insurance Center, a 12-location benefits consulting firm headquartered in Onalaska, WI.

    Jeff LeClaire     Garrett Jerue

Past events

16 Nov 2022 Follow the Leaders: What Top Companies Are Doing With Their Employee Benefits Program
9 Nov 2022 Coffee Chat > Addressing Employee Financial Issues with Motivational Interviewing (MI)
19 Oct 2022 Emerging HR Professionals Event
12 Oct 2022 WISHRM State Conference
21 Sep 2022 Building Trust in Remote (and in-person) Teams
8 Sep 2022 7th Annual Workforce Forum: The Pursuit of Diversity
24 Aug 2022 Coffee Chat > Supporting the LGBTQIA+ Community
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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La Crosse, WI 54602

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