WI SHRM 2022 
State Conference

October 12 - 14, 2022
Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI


2022 State Conference Keynote Speakers

Greg Hawks   |     Dima Ghawi    |    Paul Wesselmann
Thursday, October 13, 2022 – Greg Hawks
8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. 
"Navigate Workplace Rapids"

Attendees will learn how to love obstacles, thrive under pressure and embrace the one crucial characteristic for succeeding when change unexpectedly occurs.

There are three unique elements that create rapids in a river: Pressure, Obstacles and Terrain Change. Those same three appear with force in our work environments today instigating change. They can crush us or create an adventure. Staying in the raft and navigating the difficulties they each create takes skill, teamwork and perspective.

There are two aspects to the river: Above and below the surface. The same is true with us. What's going on around us and what's transpiring inside of us when change is disrupting our lives. This message will also offer discernment for addressing both.

With enthusiastic wit and wisdom, Greg brings alive the whitewater experience with his raft on stage with him. The river is just like work. It continually flows with unforeseen treachery and offers new challenges daily. (He gives away the raft at the end of the message).

  • Learn how to make pressure work for you in your work life.
  • Gain perspective on how to love obstacles.
  • Learn how to hold onto hope when the bottom drops out.
  • Understand how to combat worry.
As a Corporate Culture Specialist, Greg shapes environments where everyone gets to contribute their best daily! For two decades he has mentored leaders, developed teams, crafted culture and and empowered employees. As a Keynote Speaker, he is an enthusiastic character. His style, wit and energy consistently capture the attention and imagination of audiences. His forward thinking contributes  fresh perspectives that work. He’s annoyingly optimistic, contagiously energetic and slightly mischievous. People tend to like him. As a Virtual Conference Producer, he shapes an entirely different landscape. Designing the days, providing production, hosting the event, working with speakers and vendors - Greg fashions turn-key experiences that produce a virtual conference rivaling in-person gatherings!

Friday, October 14, 2022 – Dima Ghawi
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. 
"How to Manage Resistance to DEI"

Through storytelling and personal narratives, Dima guides the attendees to address common workplace resistance to DEI. She deconstructs these conscious and unconscious biases and demonstrates how to address them in order to build a safe and inclusive workplace culture. Dima shares specific tips that equip the attendees with the tools needed to overcome the leadership team’s resistance to DEI initiatives, helping ensure that the positive ripple effect of DEI can expand across all their organization’s levels.

Dima Ghawi is a Jordanian American award-winning author, leadership keynote speaker, and a three-time TEDx speaker. She is the founder of a global talent development company with a primary mission for advancing individuals in leadership. Through keynote speeches, workshops, training programs, and executive coaching, Dima has empowered professionals across the globe to develop critical business skills and expand their leadership potential. In addition, she has provided guidance to business executives to help them understand the value of gender diverse leadership, and to develop a multi-year plan for advancing quality leaders from within the organization.
Dima draws from two decades of corporate experience leading global teams and developing future leaders worldwide. She has worked across the United States, Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Africa for several Fortune 100 companies including IBM, Merrill Lynch, and Intuit. Through her work, she has honed a keen expertise in developing leaders to meet the demands of the global workforce. For more information, visit and

Friday, October 14, 2022 – Paul Wesselmann, The Ripples Guy
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
"We've Got This! Unleashing Your Best Self in Work & Life"
Friday's Keynote Sponsored by Anthem

As we wind down our time together, we've asked one of the warmest, most engaging speakers we've encountered to help us wrap up our time together with a big wave of ponderous inspiration.

As HR professionals, we've spent the last three years learning how to do MORE with LESS and wearing multiple hats with fewer staff as we bounce back from Living in the Time of Covidia.  This session will provide a unique combination of energy, inspiration and practical ideas-you'll leave this session with a refreshed attitude and a handful of specific actions to manage all the STUFF that will be waiting for us when we get back to work next week.

During our time with Paul, we'll explore four pillars of resilience to help ourselves and others survive, revive and thrive in times of challenge and change:

  • Curious Minds: cultivating a mindset for learning and growth
  • Open Hearts: extending compassion to yourself and others
  • Calm Spirits: techniques for finding and returning to your center
  • Nurture Health: assessing, managing, and improving your physical, emotional and spiritual health

Paul Wesselmann has been helping event human resource professionals and others bring their full and best selves to work and life for over 25 years. With degrees in psychology and higher education, Paul is the author of two books and the creator of Ripples, a weekly upbeat email with 30,000 subscribers. He's spoken at hundreds of conference and workplace events around North America, and you can learn more about his work at or by following @RipplesGuy on most social media platforms.


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