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Wisconsin State SHRM
2008 Leadership Conference
Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, Appleton
Thursday, August 7th – Friday, August 8th

If you are a current Wisconsin chapter, state council or student volunteer leader (or will be one soon), this conference opportunity is just for you! We invite you to attend this year’s conference in downtown Appleton. The goal is to offer you personal and professional growth opportunities, leadership strategies that can help strengthen your chapter, council or student group and insightful networking and idea sharing!

Registration for state council directors (promo code: COUNCIL) is free! Registration for one chapter representative from chapters with at least 80% attendance at state council meetings (promo code: 80%) is free! Additional chapter representatives can attend for only $75 each. Student leaders (promo code: STUDENT) cost only $25 each! When registering, enter the appropriate promo code for free and reduced cost registration.

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Thursday, August 7th
8:30 – 9:00 a.m.   Registration
9:00 – 9:30 a.m.   Welcome / Introductions
Bob Swanson, State Director
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
  RightPathing Your Future (pre-conference assessment required)
Facilitated by Kristine Hackbarth-Horn, State Director-Elect
Come and discover your unique talents by identifying with your hardwired strengths and struggles. Learn how these strengths and struggles reflect your ability to be more people or result focused. See how your learned behavior can allow you to use your strengths to overcome a struggle and help your professional development from the first day of your career to the day you retire.
11:45 – 1:30 p.m.   Lunch & Keynote Speaker
Diversity Topic
Milton Perkins
1:40 – 2:40 p.m.   SHRM Update – Get Tuned In With What’s Going on at SHRM
Laurie McIntosh, Regional Manager
This session will fill you in on current SHRM initiatives including Enterprising Leadership, the new SHRM website, and much more. We will also review the SHRM calendar so you can plan your time effectively as a volunteer leader.
2:50 – 3:35 p.m.   NEW WI SHRM Website
Doralyn Retzlaff, Communications Director
Get fully connected to the new benefits and enhanced communication tools this site will offer us through out the state of WI to “develop the HR professional and enhance the profession.
3:35 – 4:35 p.m.   WI SHRM Update
Bob Swanson, State Director
Connect to what is happening at the State Council level and how these efforts can help benefits your local chapters and HR professionals across the state.
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.   Dinner / Networking / Enjoy Downtown Appleton
Friday, August 8th
7:30 – 8:15 a.m.   Your Role as a SHRM Leader/New Leader Orientation
Kristine Hackbarth-Horn, State Director-Elect
Come and learn how it all works and connects at the State and Local Level
8:00 – 8:45 a.m.   Networking Breakfast Buffet
8:45 – 10:10 a.m.
10:20 – 11:45 a.m.
  Breakout Sessions (choose 2 of 3)
    How to Improve Local and National SHRM Membership
Laurie McIntosh, Regional Manager
Have you thought about joining SHRM or having a hard time convincing your local members to join but just didn't know what benefit there was? Or as a SHRM member, do you think you are knowledgeable about all the online benefits that SHRM offers? This presentation will show you how you can use SHRM as a resource to help you do your job better every day. You will also hear how local chapters can attract members. It is the best of both worlds - networking through your local chapter and professional development through SHRM.
    Workforce Readiness
Cheryl Welch
    Succession Planning – Filling the Leadership Pipeline
Nancy Noelke, Talent Development Consultant at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center
This session provides SHRM chapter leaders with an overview of succession planning and talent development strategies used to identify, develop and retain leadership talent at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Participants will identify the importance of succession planning efforts; learn strategies to assist in identifying high potential candidates; and generate initial development plans to ensure candidates are adequately prepared for future roles.
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.   Networking Lunch / Closing Comments
Facilitated by Kristine Hackbarth-Horn, State Director-Elect
Finish the session with an opportunity to network on what we can do as HR professionals, local and state leaders to help put what we have learned together into action.
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  

State Council Meeting


Hotel Information

Hotel reservation can by made by calling the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel at 1-800-333-3333. A block of rooms have been held on Wednesday and Thursday night at a cost of $89 a night plus tax.


  • WI SHRM State Council Directors Registration = FREE
  • Chapters that have had a representative attend 80% of all State Council Meetings = FREE
  • Student chapter leaders = $25
  • Additional chapter leaders = $75

Please mark your calendar and share with all of your local board members. Everyone who is a volunteer SHRM leader in WI is welcome to attend and share in the knowledge.


Travel Directions

FROM SOUTH OF APPLETON (Fond du Lac, Oshkosh, Neenah):
From U.S. Highway 41 north, take exit number 137, College Avenue. Proceed right (east) on College Avenue for four miles to downtown Appleton. The Radisson Paper Valley Hotel is on the right at 333 W. College Ave.

FROM NORTH OF APPLETON (Green Bay, Ashwaubenon, De Pere):
From U.S. Highway 41 south, take exit number 142, Richmond Street (Highway 47). Proceed left (south) for three miles to College Avenue. Turn left on College Avenue. The Radisson Paper Valley Hotel is on the right at 333 W. College Ave.

FROM WEST OF APPLETON (Waupaca, Stevens Point):
From U.S. Highway 10 west, take Highway 47, Appleton Road. Proceed left (north) and continue to follow 47-N. Take a right (east) on College Avenue for two blocks. The Radisson Paper Valley Hotel is on the right at 333 W. College Ave.

FROM EAST OF APPLETON (Manitowoc, Sheboygan):
From U.S. Highway 10/114 east, proceed right (north) on Oneida Street for approximately four miles. Turn left (west) on College Ave. The Radisson Paper Valley Hotel is on the left at 333 W. College Ave

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