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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.


Mar 02, 2022


9:00 am - 2:00 pm


The Edgewater Hotel
1001 Wisconsin Place, Madison, WI 53562

Event Agenda

2022 Program

Program subject to change

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Welcome & Opening Remarks

Kurt Bauer

Kurt Bauer

President & CEO, WMC


COVID-19 has Reshuffled the HR Deck: Remote Work, Vaccination, Testing & More

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Jennifer Ciralsky

Office Managing Shareholder, Littler

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Michael Gotzler

Shareholder, Littler

10:00 AM

Keynote Speaker

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11:00 AM

Breakout Session 1

Inside on the Outside: President Biden’s Labor Policy Agenda – A Candid Conversation by WPI

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Michael J. Lotito

Co Chair Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute and Shareholder

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James A. Paretti

Core Leader Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute and Shareholder

Workforce: Talent Attraction – Past, Present and Future

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Dan Nelson Jr.

President & CEO, Nelson Schmidt

11:45 AM



CEO Fireside Chat

A discussion of the workforce challenges and opportunities of a rural manufacturer

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Elizabeth Filter

Elizabeth Filter

President & CEO, VARC


Attracting the Workforce: What Employees Value, What Employers are Doing

A discussion of the 2021 Bank of America Workplace Benefits Report
Surya Kolluri

Surya Kolluri

Managing Director, Retirement Research & Insights, Bank of America

1:15 PM

Breakout Session 2

HR: Containing the Cost of Health Care (Panel)

Cheryl DeMars

Cheryl DeMars

President & CEO, The Alliance

Will Forge

Will Walker

CEO, Walker Forge

Mark Gelhaus

Mark Gelhaus

CFO, Walkers Forge

Workforce Session: Wisconsin Workforce Policy Update with State Lawmakers (Panel)

Senator Patrick Testin

Senator Patrick Testin

Senate District 24 (R – Stevens Point)

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Alex Dallman

Assembly District 41 (R – Green Lake)

Representative Warren Petryk

Assembly District 93 (R – Town of Washington)

2:00 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

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Program Sponsors

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Brittany Rockwell


Please contact Brittany Rockwell with questions or input.