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Strategy and Transitional Leadership
Speaker - Joe Thompson
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

8:00 am – 10:00 am (registration and networking begins at 7:30 am)

@ La Sure's Banquet Hall at 3125 S Washburn St, Oshkosh

Are we hitting our targets for 2014?

Do we know what will improve our results in 2015?

How will we know what success looks like?

Am I addressing the things that keep me up at night?

What do I need to do different?

In conversations with business executives, many acknowledge their businesses lack a strategy for change. Many leaders realize, and some will admit, they do not know where to start in developing or deploying strategy.   Is your organization on a trajectory of sustained success?   The interactive briefing, Strategy and Transitional Leadership, will explore the role transitional leadership behaviors play in the trajectory of strategy driven change. Participants will leave with one or more simple models they can apply to issues they are facing.

Differentiating Strategies was founded on the premise that organizations succeed or fail due to leadership. For over five years Differentiating Strategies has helped leaders develop the strategy and exhibit the behaviors needed to improve outcomes in organizations as diverse as manufacturing, banking, service providers, health care, and non-profits.

One more question - is the potential benefit of leaving the briefing with one or more ideas you can apply to help improve your outcomes worth the investment of a small part of your day? Please prepare by considering, what are the obstacles to business outcomes in my organization?

This event has been approved for 1.5 general credits toward PHR/SPHR recertification from the Human Resource Certification Institute.

Speaker's Bio

Joe Thompson brings over 34 years’ experience in both for-profit and non-profit businesses to helping companies succeed. Joe's skills in leadership, strategic planning, deployment and innovation were gained working in organizations ranging from Fortune 100 companies to small businesses.  A seasoned facilitator and coach, Joe has extensive experience working with executives to improve their organization’s value.  He does this by helping executives develop and carry out strategic plans and key change initiatives by applying practical models that can be practiced throughout the organization.  

Joe has helped business obtain results in areas as diverse as manufacturing, fabrication, professional football, retail, education, and food.  Over his career this has resulted in operating efficiency gains of over $20,000,000 and enabling new product sales of over $100,000,000.

A sixth generation native of Wisconsin, Joe is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He has seven United States Patents. Outside of work, Joe's passions center on Cindy, his wife of thirty-two years and their adult children. He enjoys spending time pursuing photography and reading widely. He is actively involved in his church and in his community as an advocate for persons with disabilities.

Cost:  $20.00 Members / $30.00 Non Members / Free to Student Members / $5 Student Non Member

Legislative Update

Speaker - Tony Renning and Chad Wade
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 

8:00 am – 10:30 am (registration and networking begins at 7:30 am) 

@ La Sure's Banquet Hall at 3125 S Washburn St, Oshkosh

Attorneys Tony Renning (Davis & Kuelthau, s.c.) and Chad Wade (City of Fond du Lac Assistant City Attorney/HR Manager) will make a joint presentation to the Oshkosh Area SHRM.  For approximately 90 minutes Tony and Chad will provide an overview of state and federal legal developments during the past year (2014) – To include a review of the most significant labor and employment-related decisions (both from the courts and administrative agencies) as well as the impact on human resource professionals.  Tony and Chad will also provide an overview of pending and contemplated labor and employment-related legislation (2015) (e.g., proposed changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act and Fair Labor Standards Act as well as Pregnancy Discrimination Act/Americans With Disabilities Act Guidance, etc.) and anticipated decisions (2015) (both from the courts (Supreme Court decision concerning Pregnancy/ADA) and administrative agencies (National Labor Relations Board)) as well as the impact on human resource practitioners.  Finally, Tony and Chad will share their predictions as to emerging trends/hot topics related to labor and employment law-related issues in light of the recent elections.  The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions throughout.

For approximately 60 minutes Tony and Chad will facilitate a panel discussion of elected officials (including audience comments and questions).  In addition to fielding comments and questions from the audience, the elected officials will be invited to make short presentations concerning their initiatives/efforts related to labor and employment-related legislation as well as their predictions concerning pending/proposed labor and employment-related legislation.

This event has been approved for 2.5 general credits toward PHR/SPHR recertification from the Human Resource Certification Institute.


Tony Renning is a shareholder with Davis & Kuelthau, s.c. who concentrates his practice in labor and employment law as well as school law, litigation and counseling.  He provides advice and counsel to employers about their rights and obligations under federal and state laws and regulations.  He advises clients on all aspects of labor and employment compliance, including wage an d hour, leaves of absence, discrimination, harassment, reduction in force, work force management, employment policies and handbooks as well as other employment-related matters.  His primary client base includes private and public sector employers of all sizes in various industries as well as counties, cities, villages and school districts.

Chad Wade is the Assistant City Attorney/Human Resource Manager for the City of Fond du Lac.  His duties include coordinating the city’s collective bargaining strategy as well as monitoring and directing the City’s compliance with employment, labor and municipal law obligations.  Prior to working for the City of Fond du Lac, Chad was an associate attorney for Davis & Kuelthau, s.c., focusing his practice on labor and employment, school and municipal law.

Cost: $20.00 Members / $30.00 Non Members / Free to Student Members / $5 Student Non Members

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Upcoming Meetings - Mark your Calendar
January 14, 2015 - Workforce Readiness
February 11, 2015 - FMLA
March 11, 2015 - TBD
April 8, 2015 - Diversity
May 8, 2015 - Leadercast 2015