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Successful One-day Annual Conference Was Held 4/21/17

     West Central Wisconsin Society for Human Resource Management One-day Annual Conference. We had a great time meeting other Human Resource Professionals and learning about the changes happening in our industry. Here are some of the highlights:

    JASON KOTECKI Jason Kotecki WCW SHRM 1

    Jason opened our day by reminding us to think “In this situation, what is one thing I can do to make this better?”

    Jason Kotecki is an artist who speaks. Really, really well! He is an expert at helping people “Escape Adulthood,” in order to restore balance, beat burnout and become more innovative by breaking rules that don’t exist. His mission is to fight Adultitis, sharing strategies from childhood to create lives with less stress and more success. Jason is passionate about sharing his message that there is more to life than the hectic busyness, cynical, lethargy and overwhelming stress that is typical of most modern lives. Jason’s inspiring, entertaining and heart-warming programs are visual masterpieces jam-packed with relevant, practical information coated in fun.

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    TRACY BUTZTracy Butz - WCW SHRM Conference

    Tracy Butz, owner of Think Impact Solutions, is an inspirations keynote speaker, captivating author and successful consultant. She has over 20 years of experience actively engaging both large- and small-size audiences including US Army, Motorola, and Subway, just to name a few. Her reputable experience includes working 10 years as Director of Learning & Development, where she was accountable for talent management and employee development. Tracy also proudly holds the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, which is the highest honor in the speaking profession, held by only 12% of speakers worldwide. Tracy truly delivers the tools for today’s world, helping to further engage employees, energize workplace culture, and empower high performance.


    James has been an Administrative Law Judge with Unemployment Insurance Division for the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development since October of 1992. He has been assigned to the Fox Valley, Milwaukee and Madison UI hearing offices. Since February of 2012, he has served as the supervising attorney for the Madison UI hearing office. He is a 1990 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School.


    Corey Walton has been with the U.S. Department of Labor/Wage-Hour Division since 1997. He spent 15 years as an investigator investigating hundreds of cases under several laws including the Fair Labor Standards Act, Davis-Bacon and Related Laws, The Service Contract Act and the Family Medical Leave Act. Over the past five years, Corey has served as the Community Outreach & Resource Planning Specialist (CORPS) in Wage and Hour’s Minneapolis District Office. In that capacity, Corey spends most of his time conducting and organizing DOL educational and outreach events throughout the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota.


    Maria is a 28-year veteran of federal government service having served in positions of increasing responsibility with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms; the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Wisconsin; and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Maria began her tenure with  the EEOC in 1991 as the EEOC Milwaukee District Office’s first Bilingual (Spanish-speaking) Investigator. She also served in a dual-capacity on the District’s “Systemic Team” where she specialized in investigating high-profile class action and systemic discrimination cases.


    Leslie Ptak is a compliance assistance specialist in the Madison OSHA office. Her responsibilities include outreach and training for Madison OSHA’s 19-county territory and oversight of the office’s cooperative programs, such as alliances and partnerships. She is the contact person for Madison’s Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) and can be found giving presentations across the state. She is an industrial hygienist and started her career as an OSHA compliance officer in Pennsylvania. She has travelled the country for OSHA  working in tow other states; California and Illinois. Currently she is a compliance assistance specialist.


    Gina Krueger is a REALiving Consultant. She covered Verbal Judo – This presentation was inspired by the BEST selling book – Verbal Judo, The Gentle Art of Persuasion, by George J. Thompson, PhD and Jerry B. Jenkins, who teach us how to “motivate a disagreeable person to voluntary compliance” using verbal communication. We spend an hour learning this art, with a positive, engaging spin on getting what you want using words effectively. This workshop leaves you with concrete tools for enhancing any conversation, helping communicators get their BEST results.


    Jason Koteki wrapped up our day – reminding us that when something unexpected happens – just think “What does this make possible?"

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