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    • 20 Jul 2022
    • 11:50 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Teams Meeting

    4 Ways to Delete Bias from Your Job Post
    ft. Katrina Kibben, CEO of Three Ears Media

    Want to increase your job post engagement with candidates from diverse backgrounds? Sure, but how? First, we have to change the way we've always done things. Job post strategies haven't changed in the last 100+ years, leaving us with 100-year-old biases.

    This hands-on presentation will provide examples of why many job postings fall flat, particularly regarding inclusion, and four ways recruiters can refresh this content with inclusion in mind. You'll walk away with tactics to increase qualified candidate engagement by as much as 300%, and you'll reach many more qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds.

    During this meeting, the speaker will help us:

    • Break the trends with better tactics for talking about skills and education in your job postings

    • Avoid creating psychological barriers that send candidates from diverse backgrounds running away

    • Recognize what works and what doesn't about your current job posts

    • Hone your writing to improve response rates, including from those hard-to-find candidates and passive job seekers from diverse backgrounds

    More about the Speaker:

    Keynote speaker, non-binary LGBTQ+ advocate, and writing expert Katrina Kibben [they/them] teaches hiring teams how to write inclusive, unbiased job postings that still attract exceptional talent.

    With 15 years of corporate copywriting and training experience, Katrina knows how to turn talented recruiting teams into talented writers. It takes 2 key ingredients: inspiration and practical advice – of which Katrina has plenty.

    Katrina is a featured HR and recruiting expert in publications like the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Forbes. They’ve been named a top HR and Recruiting Expert on numerous “Best of” lists. They’ve worked with companies ranging from NPR to Rust-Oleum, and everything in between including some of the best pizza makers and cancer researchers on the planet.

    Before founding Three Ears Media, Katrina was a CMO, Technical Copywriter, and Managing Editor for leading HR media and technology companies like Monster,, and Randstad Worldwide.

    When not speaking, writing, or training, you'll find Katrina hiking or playing with the adorable dogs that inspired the name Three Ears Media.

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    • 27 Jul 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Teams Meeting

    Coffee Chat >>>
    Wisconsin Apprenticeship Program Overview 

    Join us to discuss:

    • Apprenticeship Fundamentals
    • Available programs in the La Crosse area
    • Timeline of creating an apprenticeship program
    • & Much More!

    As a Bureau of Apprenticeship Training Representative for the Southwestern region of Wisconsin, I am proud to provide the tools and technical assistance companies require to successfully grow their workforce into the future. My 20+ year background as a HR leader in various Wisconsin manufacturing businesses provides me the applicable insight to understand the needs of our sponsors, employers, educational institutions and apprentices.

    I look forward to strengthening and growing these partner relationships in my area of responsibility including the following counties: Buffalo, Crawford, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Trempealeau and Vernon Counties.

    This event is free, but registration is required for access to the Teams meeting link.
    • 17 Aug 2022
    • 11:50 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Teams Meeting

    Exquisite Systems: Performing a 360 Equity Audit In-House
    ft. Trystan Reese, Founder and Head Strategist of Collaborate Consulting

    Every system is exquisitely designed to produce the results that it gets. Are your systems producing results that are equitable for all employees, across lines of gender, race, ability, and LGBTQ status? Join us to learn how to audit your policies and practices to ensure equity for all!

    During this meeting, the speaker will help us:

    • Understand the anatomy of an equity audit, including the five domains of an audit matrix.

    • Master best practices around staff climate survey creation and analysis

    • Gain insight into improvements to employee handbook language and benefits package elements for achieving organizational equity

    More about the Speaker:
    Reese is the founder of Collaborate Consulting, an Oregon-based firm dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    Expert facilitator and consultant on issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice whose clients include Lewis & Clark Law School, Tillamook County Creamery Association, Squarespace, Harry's Razors, Metro Public Defenders, Cascade AIDS Project, and more.

    Renown trans storyteller featured on CNN, The Moth, People Magazine, Vice News, Washington Post, and hundreds of other venues and outlets.

    Gifted writer with a keen eye for intersectional inclusion and typographic perfection, whose book “How We Do Family” comes out in Spring 2021.

    Professional nonprofit advocate, most recently serving as the Director of Family Formation at Family Equality to ensure that every LGBTQ+ person (regardless of race, gender, or geography) has the right and ability to form a loving family.

    Accomplished stage performer, called "haunting and strong-voiced" by the LA Times in their review of his performance in the LA premiere of the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

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    • 24 Aug 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Teams Meeting
    Registration is closed

    Coffee Chat >>>Supporting the LGBTQIA+ Community

    Join us to discuss:

    • What the LGBTQIA+ Community is
    • Why it is important to talk about
    • & Ways to support

    Meet Our Speakers:

    Jessica Randall (she/her)

    I will be starting as a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall on the pre-med track.

    Jayden Randall (they/them)

    I will be a sophomore at Onalaska High School this coming school year.


    This event is free, but registration is required for access to the Teams meeting link. 

    • 21 Sep 2022
    • 11:50 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Hybrid Event

    Building Trust in Remote (and in-person) Teams
    ft. Tina Hallis, Speaker, Owner of The Positive Edge

    This is a hybrid event. In-person attendees will meet at Western Technical College's Lunda Center (333 7th Street North, La Crosse, WI 54601).

    In this timely program, Tina will unveil the neuroscience of connection and why it’s critical for optimum teamwork. But more importantly, you will leave with specific strategies and tools that you can use with your people. When you purposely take time to build trust, you positively impact your team’s communication, collaboration, and cooperation.

    During this meeting, the speaker will help us:

    • Explore why trust matters & learn the two kinds of trust that impact teams

    • Understand the five factors that can elevate or degrade trust and know how to leverage them

    • Engage with tools and activities that can be used to increase trust with your remote (and in-person) teams.

    More about the Speaker:

    Tina Hallis, Ph.D. is certified in Positive Psychology through the WholeBeing Institute, an Authorized Partner for Everything DiSC®, and the author of "Sharpen Your Positive Edge: Shifting Your Thoughts for More Positivity & Success."

    Tina worked for 20+ years as a scientist in Biotechnology before discovering a new science called Positive Psychology in 2011. Seeing the powerful impact this information has on improving people and organizations, she decided to create her own company, The Positive Edge. Her focus is to share science-based insights and strategies that make work more enjoyable and help organizations and individuals be more successful.

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    • 16 Nov 2022
    • 11:50 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Teams Meeting

    Follow the Leaders: What Top Companies Are Doing With Their Employee Benefits Program
    ft. Taylor Orton, Vice President of Employee Benefits at Cottingham & Butler

    This session will provide participants with an overview of the key trends occurring in Employee Benefits throughout the country, focusing on insights into what leading employers are doing to manage costs, while adding new value to their employees through their benefit programs. Supported by objective data points and real-world results, participants will leave with a list of tangible ideas to optimize the benefit's program within their own organization.

    During this meeting, the speaker will help us learn about:

    • Leading Edge Strategies to Optimize Costs of Current Program
    • New Benefits to Add More Value to Employees
    • Administrative Tips to Get Top Value from Your Benefit Investments

    More about the Speaker:

    Taylor is the Vice President of Employee Benefits at Cottingham & Butler, overseeing all Wisconsin Office operations for the firm and consulting employers nationwide on how to optimize their benefit programs. He brings with him a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, a decade of healthcare analytics experience, and a fresh perspective to the benefit's industry.

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    • 21 Dec 2022
    • 11:50 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Teams Meeting

    Employee Benefits Compliance and Regulatory Update ft. Bob Radecki, Senior Regulatory and Public Policy Analyst at Benefit Comply

    This session will will review important compliance issues that impact employee benefits health and welfare plans and look forward into issues that employee benefits and human resource managers will need to prepare for in 2023.

    During this meeting, the speaker will help us learn about:

    • Review important pandemic related regulations still in effect or expiring.
    • Review employee benefits rules that should have been completed in 2022.
    • Prepare employee benefits professionals for new rules taking effect in 2023.

    More about the Speaker:

    Bob Radecki has over 30 years of experience in the HR and employee benefits industry helping employers deal with difficult benefit and compliance matters. Bob founded and served as President of A.E. Roberts Company, a nationally recognized compliance consulting and training firm. Bob is recognized as a leading expert on a variety of benefit compliance issues including COBRA, FMLA, ERISA and Health Reform. Bob has been the featured speaker at many industry events and conferences and has published several articles concerning employee benefits compliance issues.

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Past events

15 Jun 2022 Gathering and Using Your Team’s Input: Best Practice Ideas for Your Employee Survey Process
8 Jun 2022 Coffee Chat > The Parenting Place
1 Jun 2022 Membership Appreciation Night at the La Crosse Loggers
18 May 2022 2022 Symposium | Employee Wellbeing
11 May 2022 Coffee Chat > Starting the Conversation of Employee Wellbeing
27 Apr 2022 Coffee Chat > Re-Energize Your Culture Through Trust & Teamwork
20 Apr 2022 The Evolution of the Talent Acquisition Strategy
16 Mar 2022 Mental Health in the Workplace & Introduction of The Accommodate in Place Initiative
24 Feb 2022 Emerging HR Professionals Event
23 Feb 2022 Coffee Chat > The Dos and Don'ts of HR Technology
16 Feb 2022 How Mental Health Affects Office Conflict, and How Office Conflict Affects Mental Health.
16 Feb 2022 RESCHEDULED Exquisite Systems: Performing a 360 Equity Audit In-House
10 Feb 2022 2022 Day on the Hill
19 Jan 2022 Cybersecurity in Human Resources
12 Jan 2022 Coffee Chat > La Crosse Talent Attraction Campaign
15 Dec 2021 OSHA Update
8 Dec 2021 Members Only | Virtual 80s Escape Room
17 Nov 2021 Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
19 Oct 2021 Emerging HR Professionals Event
13 Oct 2021 WISHRM State Conference
23 Sep 2021 Workforce Forum > The Language of Diversity
21 Sep 2021 Coffee Chat > COVID the Remasking
15 Sep 2021 Talent Optimization & People Strategy
18 Aug 2021 Employment Law
4 Aug 2021 Coffee Chat > Mental Health in the Workplace
21 Jul 2021 Marijuana & Drug Testing
15 Jul 2021 2021 Member Appreciation
30 Jun 2021 Coffee Chat > Transportation Accessibility
16 Jun 2021 Reimagining Human Resources
8 Jun 2021 Coffee Chat – Labor Shortages
26 May 2021 Coffee Chat – Changes with the CDC – Unmasking
19 May 2021 Symposium: Diversity & Inclusion
21 Apr 2021 The Outward Mindset
17 Mar 2021 New Hire Orientations
25 Feb 2021 The Journey to a Remote Workforce
17 Feb 2021 Maintaining Civility through Constructive Conflict
4 Feb 2021 Workforce Readiness Workshops
20 Jan 2021 COVID Update
16 Dec 2020 Resilience: Self-Care, Mindfulness, Boundaries
18 Nov 2020 EEOC Update
27 Oct 2020 Coffee & Catch Up!
21 Oct 2020 Compensation Programs
3 Sep 2020 Breaking Barriers
19 Aug 2020 Mental Health First Aid
14 Jul 2020 Symposium: Daring Leadership
17 Jun 2020 HR Professionals During Crisis
20 May 2020 Requesting ADA Information
30 Apr 2020 Virtual Happy Hour
15 Apr 2020 Virtual Happy Hour!
18 Mar 2020 CANCELLED: Tips for Managing Accommodations During Recruitment & Hire
19 Feb 2020 Alexa, Email Me Process Engineer Resumes
15 Jan 2020 Strategic Partnerships & Influencing Upper Leadership
18 Dec 2019 Self Sufficiency Program: Education Support for Employees
20 Nov 2019 What Employers Need to Know for the Holidays
16 Oct 2019 State Conference | HR Trailblazers
19 Sep 2019 Coulee Region Job Fair
18 Sep 2019 Economics Outlook
10 Sep 2019 4th Annual Business Breakfast Forum
21 Aug 2019 Building an Effective Sustainability Team
1 Aug 2019 State Leadership Conference
17 Jul 2019 Wisconsin Internship Initiative
22 Jun 2019 National Conference | Creating Better Workplaces
19 Jun 2019 Annual Member Appreciation Event
15 May 2019 Symposium | Legal Challenges of Leave


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