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2017 WETA Conference

October 18th, 19th, 20th

Heidel House Resort & Spa

Green Lake, WI

"Working in a Kaleidoscope World – 

Viewing employment and training through a different lens"


We are excited to announce our Keynote Speakers for our 2017 WETA Conference!


Wednesday, October 18, 2017                     Registration from noon - 1 pm

Sarah Gibson - Accent Learning and Consulting, LLC 

"Bridging the Generational Divide "

Sarah Gibson founded Accent Learning and Consulting, LLC in 2004 because it allowed her to share her passion for speaking and teaching practical workplace skills that help individuals and businesses succeed.  Since then, Sarah and her team have helped companies understand the impact of workplace communication through a large variety of professional development and leadership classes.

Sarah wrote Geezer. Punk. Whatever. to help people learn more about the impact of generational pieces in the workplace.  She has worked with more than 100 organizations across a variety of industries throughout North America. Beyond her corporate experiences, Sarah has also taught for the University of Wisconsin-Madison evening MBA program and as an adjunct instructor at Madison College, UW-Whitewater and North Dakota State University.  Sarah holds a Master’s degree from North Dakota State University.

Half of our employees are under 34 years of age. With a sweeping power, the Millennial generation is entering the workforce with creativity, energy and verve. And, just as World War II and Baby Boomers shaped today’s organizational cultures, Millennials are already shaping our internal work environments and external customer expectations.

Join us Wednesday, October 18, 2017 to discuss how to use generational differences as a way to unite your team and appreciate how each generation brings a unique approach to reaching the same goals within the workplace while reaching a shifting customer base.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017              Registration from 7:30 am - 8:30 am

12 Presenter Session Options!

Session A. 9:30-10:45 AM

A1.     “Can you see what I’m saying?” Recognizing Preferences in Communication

            Presenter: Cynthia Paris, Team COA Director

A2.     The Wisconsin Talent Economy: Identifying Strengths and Needs

            Presenter: Jeffrey Sachse, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

A3.     Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Training

           Presenter: Brad Munger, Department of Health Services

Session B. 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

B1.     Relieving Stress – Let’s have a good laugh!

           Presenter: Cynthia Paris, Team COA Director

B2.     Poverty and Trauma: Implications for Workforce Development

           Presenter: Dimitri Topitzes, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

B3.     Fulfilling Your Program’s Process with Purpose

           Presenters: Andy Kranz & Tom Prete, CW Solutions

Session C. 1:45 – 3:00 PM

C1.     Connecting the Dots: Data Driven Employment Planning

           Presenters: Sharan Bhaskar, DWD – DET & Peter Schmitz, State of WI – Department of Workforce              Development


C2.     YA2RA Bridge: Moving Youth to Registered Apprenticeship

           Presenter: Sandra Destree & Kari Mueller, DWD Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards


C3.     Finding Your Place in Management and Leadership – With or without a title!

           Presenter: Sharon Wilcox, Principal Consultant – Directional HR

Session D. 3:15 - 4:30 PM

D1.     EEOC Update: Identifying & Overcoming EEO Pitfalls in Today's Diverse Workplace

           Presenter: Maria Flores, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

D2.     Job Center of WI – Tools You Can Use!

           Presenter: Amy Hansmann, DWD – Job Service

D3.    Employer Discussion Panel: Diversity in the Workplace

Employer Panel: Angela Danke, Heidel House Resort &   Spa; Patrick Kroening, Rowly Tool; Jennifer Franz, Ripon College; Janel Lopez, Green Lake Conference Center; Teresa Jaeger, JM Smuckers

Friday, October 20, 2017               Registration from 7 am - 8:15 am      

Cory Bouck is the Regional Business Director – Asia/Pacific at Johnsonville Sausage and Author of "The Lens of Leadership: Being the Leader Others Want to Follow"

He is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, and also served there as a leadership instructor.  Cory graduated in the top one percent of student leadership ranks.  As an instructor, he led a team of civilian PhDs and military instructors in managing the content and delivery of the advanced core leadership course.

He is a former Naval Flight Officer.  Cory led a P-3 Orion combat aircrew across the world, including missions over Bosnia-Herzegovina.  His crew was twice named #1 of 48 crews in the Atlantic Fleet.       

He led award-winning brand and event marketing teams at General Mills, Newell-Rubbermaid, and Johnsonville Sausage.  Cory led the team that developed a NASCAR strategy for the Chex cereal portfolio with Richard Petty Enterprises.  At Newell-Rubbermaid’s Little Tikes toy division, the product development team he led earned a Parent’s Magazine “Best Toys of the Year” award.  The Johnsonville brand team he led more than doubled net-margin dollar growth in two years and grew household penetration by 10%.  His team also earned an “EFFIE” from the North American Marketing Association for effective advertising.      

He joined Johnsonville's OD&L team to create a leader-development system.  In three years, the internal promotion rate for leadership positions increased from 40% to 70%.  He was responsible for employee development, technical training, and executive coaching.

He is active in leadership outside of work.  He served two terms as an elected city councilman, chairing several committees while working with state and federal legislators.  Cory is a pilot and youth mentor in the Civil Air Patrol.  His personal purpose is, “To help coach the people whose lives I connect with to high achievement in whatever drives their purpose.”  

Cory will be sharing more on his award-winning book topic, The Lens of Leadership.

Click HERE to view his website for more information, videos, and testimonials to his serve-build-inspire leadership model.




If interested in helping plan the conference, please join the Conference Committee by contacting Lacey Piekarski, the committee chair.

Materials from 2016 Conference

Thank you to the 130 conference attendees and the more than 20 individual presenters who made this year's conference such a success! It was three days of excellent information and successful networking.

Now is the time to begin implementation of the concepts and strategies presented during the conference.  To help with this effort, please visit our Forums section.  There are already many topics started based upon the workshops from the conference.   Share your implementation approach and problem-solve challenges you face with your peers. The forums are open only to members of WETA. Send us an email if you forgot your password.


Materials provided during the sessions at the 2016 conference are available here for members (must be signed in).  


Professional development is a process, so let's help each other continue our growth throughout the coming year!


The Wisconsin Older Worker Network is a co-sponsor of the Annual Conference.  They host the Thursday Awards Luncheon and present an award to an Outstanding Older Worker and to an Outstanding Host Agency that works with an older worker. 


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