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Workforce & HR Conference

The WMC Workforce & HR Conference is designed to provide best HR practices and critical information to Wisconsin employers. Join us as we focus on how to maneuver the challenges facing businesses in Wisconsin. We take time to focus on the current workforce challenges businesses are facing. This event is packed with incredible speakers who are experienced HR professionals. We hope you will be able to join us for this timely and imperative discussion on the issues that matter most to businesses.
May 17, 2023
9:00 am - 2:15 pm


The Edgewater Hotel
1001 Wisconsin Place, Madison, WI 53562

Event Agenda

2023 Program

Program subject to change

Session Sponsored By


Welcome & Opening Remarks

Kurt Bauer

Kurt Bauer

President & CEO, WMC

9:10 AM

2023 HR Hot Topics - Marijuana + Non-Competes

Jennifer Ciralsky

Shareholder, Littler

Michael Gotzler

Shareholder, Littler

10:00 AM

Breakout Session 1


HealthCare Cost - Perspectives of Manufacturers and Legislators

Mary Felzkowski

Sen. Mary Felzkowski

Wisconsin State Senate


Sherri Samuels-Fuerst

Vice President, Total Rewards, Sargento Foods, Inc.

Eric Sauey

Chairman/CEO, Seats Incorporated

Rachel Ver Velde


Rachel Ver Velde

Senior Director of Workforce, Education & Employment Policy, WMC


WorkForce Legislator Panel

Sen. Rob Hutton

Wisconsin State Senate

Rep. Alex Dallman

Wisconsin State Assembly

Rep. Shannon Zimmerman

Wisconsin State Assembly

Scott Manley


Scott Manley

Executive Vice President, Government Relations, WMC

10:45 AM


11:00 AM

Talent Attraction, Rentention and Wellbeing in a Recessionary Environment

Joakim Lundberg

Human Capital Solutions Lead & Commercial Industry Lead-Manufacturing, AON

Allin Samander

Health Solutions Senior Vice President, AON




Executive Fireside Chat

Alliant Energy logo

Carrie Strobel

Chief Human Resources Officer, GreenHeck Group

12:45 AM

Breakout Session 2


Federal Policy Update

James Paretti, Jr.

Shareholder, Littler


Education Reform

Hans Dawson

President, Lannon Stone Products, Inc.

Rachel Ver Velde

Rachel Ver Velde

Senior Director of Workforce, Education & Employment Policy, WMC

Nick Novak


Nick Novak

Vice President, Communications & Marketing, WMC


Identifying Untapped Talent

bank of america logo

Dave Hataj

President, Edgerton Gear

Megan Mooney

Director, People and Culture Resource Center, ManpowerGroup

Brandon Ramey

MKE Site Director, Quad


Drew Slocum

Wisconsin Market Executive, Bank of America

2:15 PM


Cost to attend is $99 per person

Please note, your conference registration fee does not include lodging. A room block is reserved at the Edgewater Hotel in Madison, WI for WMC’s Human Resource Conference attendees. Reserve your room here.

Cancellation & Substitution Policy:

Cancellations must be submitted in writing 7 business days prior to the event date for a full refund. Cancellation received less than 7 business days of the event date will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received with less than a 24-hour notice will forfeit refund. No refunds will be made on uncancelled registrations or no-shows. Substitutions are accepted at any time. We reserve the right to cancel an event due to low enrollment, or other circumstances which would make the event nonviable. If we cancel an event, registrants will be given a full refund. Please contact us if you have any questions about the event at 608-258-3400.

Workforce & HR Conference


Presenting Sponsor

littler logo

SPEAKER Sponsors

aon logo
bank of america logo
Alliant Energy Logo

Lunch Sponsor

TABLE Sponsors

WMC Insurance logo
WSC 100 Year Logo
Brittany Rockwell


Please contact Brittany Rockwell with questions or input.