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2015 Annual Conference - Job Search in the Virtual World

  • Wednesday, October 21, 2015
  • 12:00 PM
  • Friday, October 23, 2015
  • 1:30 PM
  • Kalahari Resort Wisconsin Dells, WI


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The WETA Board has an educational and motivational 2015 Fall Conference planned for October 21-23, 2015 at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells designed to enhance and build your personal skills!  Join us for the full conference that includes 12 Workshop sessions, two half-day interactive Seminars, networking time, all meals and awards banquet.  The programs are listed below with the approved ECM credits indicated.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

7:30 am - 8:30 am




8:30 am - 9:15 am




Sharon Wilcox, WETA President

Georgia Maxwell, DWD

Annual Meeting

12 Breakout Sessions


Session A1:

9:30-10:45 AM


1.25 ECM


Technology Solutions to Boost Productivity in Time-Sensitive Professions

In this presentation, Kristin will outline steps to evaluate current organizational processes and start utilizing technology solutions to save time and money. Such an analysis may reveal organizational gaps or reluctance to doing things differently. She’ll deliver tips for overcoming barriers to progress through effective change management. Then, Kristin will detail how she’s used these techniques and the solutions her team has implemented at Profession Direction to serve her clients better and more quickly.

 Presenter:  Kristin Johnson, Social Media Consultant and Job Search Coach, Profession Direction, LLC

Session A2:

9:30-10:45 AM


1.25 ECM Credit


Wisconsin WIOA Implementation Strategies

Learn more about how Wisconsin is implementing the new WIOA legislation including strategies for meeting performance measures and opportunities to enhance the One Stop system. 

 Presenter:  Phil Koenig, DWD, Director, Bureau of Workforce Training

Session A3:

9:30-10:45 AM




1.25 ECM Credit

Strength-Based Case Management

Drop the “Can’t” and motivate participants to “Can Do” with strength-based case management ideas.  Learning to focus your skills and your participants’ skills to focus on what they can do to follow through on action plans will help them achieve their goals.

 Presenter:  Tom Prete, President, CW Solutions, Inc.

Session B1:

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM


1.25 ECM Credit

The Changing Economic Outlook

An overall review of the current Wisconsin economic condition will assist job coaches to understand economic implications for future employment as we tap into the many talents which employees from different backgrounds, perspectives, abilities and disabilities bring to the workforce.

 Presenter:  Jeff Sachse, Director and Senior Economist, DWD Office of Economic Advisors


Session B2:

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM


1.25 ECM Credit




What Can Job Service Do For You?

Often described by those who recently discover Job Service offerings as the community's best kept secret, let us share the secret. Job Service offers a variety of services for Job Seekers and Employers. Job Seekers can receive assistance from developing application materials, career development, counseling, networking with employers, and information/access to employment and career advancement educational opportunities. Employers are provided a variety of services as well including technical assistance and liaison services in recruitment and workforce retention planning. Discover these gems located throughout the state

 Presenter:  Myron Daubert, Employment & Training Counselor, DWD LaCrosse Job Center

Session B3:

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

FSET Policy

Review the current updates for the FoodShare Employment and Training Program to make your program and client outcomes the best they can be.   Bring your questions on using the automated tool for FSET.

 Presenter: Jayne Wanless, Program and Planning Analyst, Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Session C1:

1:45-3:00 PM


1.25 ECM Credit


Ethics, Issues, and Boundaries with Social Media and Job Seekers

In this session, Kristin will cover criteria for making comfortable, consistent decisions when interacting with clients on social media. Social and ethics can conflict, so she’ll cover the importance of adhering to industry guidelines, confidentiality agreements, and organizational policies. She will explore potential problems that can arise and suggestions – technical and communication – for working through them. Knowing options for dealing with such issues will lead into a conversation about professional boundaries for social media usage and pointers for sticking to them.

 Presenter:  Kristin Johnson, Social Media Consultant and Job Search Coach, Profession Direction, LLC

Session C2:

1:45-3:00 PM


1.25 ECM Credit





Developing Meaningful Workforce  Partnerships

Each year, thousands of Wisconsinites receive career guidance, job training, placement, and business services from their local American Job Centers. At the core of the one-stop is a team consisting of various organizations joined together to assist job seekers and employers who are looking for employment opportunities or perspective job candidates. This workshop explores how these partnerships interact with each other within the one-stop and how alliances are formed with other stakeholders who assist workers with additional training and supportive services they may need.  Learn how a Memorandum of Understanding can be designed to forge a truly mutual, beneficial partnership with workforce programs.

Presenters:  Rhonda Suda, Director Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Develpoment Board, Janesville; Sharon Wilcox, former Alverno College HR Director

Session C3:

1:45-3:00 PM


1.25 ECM Credit


Veteran Skills in the Civilian World- Bridging the Gap

Are you struggling with finding the best form of communication with your clientele? Or perhaps you hit the private or federal resume hurdle and can’t beat the scanning systems? The Wisconsin Employment Resource Connection (WERC) and Job Connection Education Program (JCEP) can provide you relevant and timely workforce training. This workshop will include how to translate military to civilian terminology, how to produce a private sector as well as a federal resume, how to tailor the resume to the job, how to create a 30 second commercial, how to perform well in an interview, and how to connect with the job market.

 Presenters: Jessica Williams, Training & Development Case Manager, JCEP and WERC  and Ted Schumacher, Program Manager, WERC  

Session D1:

3:15-4:30 PM


1.25 ECM Credit


What is “Culture of Poverty” Today?

This workshop will examine the perceptions and realities of the culture of poverty over time.   Presenters will review the history of where the culture of poverty has its roots and provide an experiential activity to highlight the role that socioeconomic status plays in the cycle of poverty. Workshop attendees will also engage in a discussion of what they feel is the culture of poverty in Wisconsin today leading to more effective work with clients.

 Presenters: Andrew Konkel, Assistant Director of Human Development-Skills Division, CAP Services, Inc. and Erin Olson, Project Development Coordinator, CAP Services, Inc.

Session D2:

3:15-4:30 PM


1.25 ECM Credit





How Do HR People Think?

You really have a perfect candidate for an open position.  How do you work with HR to get your candidate noticed?  Learn from the experienced panel of HR experts how they approach finding the right person, at the right time, to fill their organizations human capital needs.  Bring your questions!

 Presenters:  Julie Adelman, Land’sEnd Employment Services Manager; Trina McVickers, QTI Employment Representative ; and Sharon Wilcox, former Alverno College Director of Human Resources. 

Session D3
3:15-4:30 PM

1.25 ECM Credit



Learn more details about the state apprenticeship programs to ramp up your programs.  Be motivated to connect with businesses to help them and you achieve your placement goals and improve employment among your clients.

 Presenter:  Karen Morgan, Director, DWD Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards

Two Half-Day Workshops



October 21

1:00-4:30 p.m.


3.5 ECM Credit




Emotional Intelligence

Explore what the competencies of Emotional Intelligence are and why it makes a difference professionally and personally.  Examine what pushes our “buttons” and learn skills to manage your emotions. Attendees will appreciate the different ways to respond to conflict and to learn the difference between intention and impact

 Presenter: Karen Vernal, CEO and President Vernal Management Consultants



October 23

8:30 a.m. – noon


3.5 ECM Credit


Getting Unstuck

Participants will be actively engaged in developing new techniques to become unstuck when working with clients and completing work responsibilities to achieve outcomes.

 Presenter: Alonzo Kelly, CEO, Kelly Leadership Group


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Registration 2015 for website Final1.pdf



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