WI SHRM 2018 
State Conference

October 10th - 12th, 2018
Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI



Wisconsin Society for Human Resource Management (WI SHRM)
October 10-12, 2018

Kalahari Resort and Convention Center
1300 Kalahari Drive, Wisconsin Dells, WI

2018 State Conference Keynote Speakers

Cy Wakeman   |     Pete Smith     |    Steve Browne

Thursday, October 11, 2018 – Cy Wakeman
8:00 – 9:15 a.m. 
"No Ego: How Leaders Can Cut the Cost of Drama, End Entitlement and Drive Big Results"

Thursday's Keynote Sponsored by
Robin with HealthPartners
It is time to redefine leadership with science and research, to teach leaders strategies and tools that will actually work in their modern workplace. Leaders and organizations deserve to have a new understanding of what greatness looks like and how it can be fueled. No Ego delivers that call to greatness for all.  It provides the roadmap to thinking differently about leadership and employee roles and actually delivering results, not in perfect circumstances but in today’s world.
Cy Wakeman is a drama researcher, global thought-leader, and New York Times best-selling author who is recognized for cultivating a counter-intuitive, reality-based approach to leadership. Backed by 20 years of unparalleled experience, Wakeman’s philosophy offers a new lens through which employees and executives alike, can shift their attention inward, sharpen their focus on personal accountability, and uncover their natural state of innovation simply by ditching the drama.
Deemed “the secret weapon to restoring sanity to the workplace,” Wakeman has helped companies such as Pfizer, Caterpillar, New York Presbyterian, Catholic Health Initiatives, Eli Lilly, Keurig Green Mountain, and Nationwide learn to navigate our rapidly changing world using good mental processes to harness energy wasted in workplace drama and reinvest that effort into achieving profound business results.

As a highly sought-after conference headliner, Cy Wakeman holds a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speaker’s Association, placing her within the top 3% of speakers. She’s a regular contributor on,, The Huffington Post, and Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global. She’s been featured on the TODAY Show, the AskGaryVee Show with Gary Vaynerchuk, The New York Times, Business Insider, The Daily Muse, and many more. In 2017, she was voted both Top 100 Leadership Expert to follow on Twitter and #18 on the Global Guru’s list of Top 30 Leadership Professionals.
Wakeman has published three books, the latest of which is No Ego: How to Cut the Cost of Drama, End Entitlement and Drive Big Results (2017). Cy also hosts her own No Ego podcast, a Facebook Watch show, Life’s Messy, Live Happy, and adds weekly video content on YouTube to address leaders’ biggest challenges in the workplace. For more information, please visit or follow Cy on social at @cywakeman.


Friday, October 12, 2018 – Pete Smith
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. 
"Dare to Matter: The HR Professional’s Rise to Significance"
For too long, the Human Resources professional has been considered an important administrative asset within an organization but not necessarily a valued business leader. It’s time to change that. 
At its core, fulfilling business and organizational goals is the top focus of an HR professional. To best understand the organizational needs and goals is to be involved in the development and refinement of the goals initially. The overall effectiveness of today’s HR professional won’t be based entirely on knowledge, however, but on how well one is able to implement that knowledge. To do this effectively, it requires that HR professionals think strategically about organizational and individual goals, learn to lead effectively, and understand how company culture influences the achievement, or lack thereof, of organizational goals.
Business managers understand that the right people, combined with the right processes, drive results. Therefore, it is a strategic advantage to ensure that a company’s mission, vision, and values aren’t simply a decorative lobby poster but ultimately what drives the decision-making process for current and future opportunities, including decisions on who the company employs. Additionally, it is crucial for HR professionals to understand the role of “identity” at the organizational, team, and individual levels as it relates to goal-achieving behavior.
Pete Smith is an international speaker and trainer in the fields of leadership, management, personal growth and development. His energetic, witty, and conversational style is complimented by his ability to provide practical takeaways that actually work, all while having a little fun in the process. He is the author of Dare to Matter, the #2 Best Seller in the Business Motivation and Self-Improvement category in January 2017.

Prior to launching SmithImpact in 2011, Pete was the Operations Executive at one of the largest nonprofit, alternative schools in Northern Virginia. During his tenure, he helped increase the organization’s total income, employee base and client base by over 102%.

Friday, October 12, 2018 – Steve Browne
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
"HR on Purpose !! - 5 Ways to Own, Lead and Integrate HR throughout your Organization"

Friday's Closing Keynote Sponsored by
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

HR is a critical function in organizations and is a fantastic profession !! Too often we sell ourselves short versus leveraging the value and strength we bring each day. This session shows practitioners tangible ways to own their role in their company, effective ways to integrate across departments, and how to build and sustain the human factor in the workplace.  

Attendees will learn how to develop tangible, strategic value and lead HR in their roles and their organization.

Steve Browne is the Executive Director of Human Resources for LaRosa's, Inc. - a regional Pizzeria restaurant chain in Southwest Ohio with 14 locations and over 1,100 Team Members.
Steve has been an HR professional for 30 years and has worked in the Hospitality, Manufacturing, Consumer Products, and Professional Services industries in various HR roles.  He is currently a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Board of Directors and has been a member of the Membership Advisory Council (MAC) representative for the North Central Region of SHRM and Past Ohio State Council Director.  He facilitates a monthly HR Roundtable as well as an HR internet forum called the HR Net which reaches over 9,400 people globally each week.
He’s very active in Social Media and has a nationally recognized HR blog – Everyday People. He also has authored a new book called “HR on Purpose !!” which looks at Human Resources from a fresh, positive and intentional perspective.


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