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August 2016 State Director Message

A message from your WI SHRM State Director, Katie Walk, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Hello SHRM professionals!  

Itís hard to believe we are already halfway through 2016!  This year is flying by but it has definitely been a productive year so far!  In March, the Council hosted our second annual WI SHRM Day on the Hill in Madison Ė Iím very proud of the advocacy work we did on behalf of the HR profession.  We hope that this event continues to grow!  The WI SHRM Student Games, also held in March at Lakeshore Technical College, again gave our student teams a great opportunity to compete and network with each other. 

This year, your Wisconsin SHRM State Council is serving as a When Work Works Community Partner.  When Work Works in a SHRM initiative in partnership with the Families and Work Institute.  We are going to be honoring the When Work Works award winners from Wisconsin at a special luncheon at our Leadership Conference in August.  Congratulations to BDO USA, LLP with locations in Madison and Milwaukee;  JACounter in New Richmond; KerberRose, S.C. in Shawano; Laughlin Constable in Milwaukee; and Palmer Johnson Power Systems in Sun Prairie. 

I hope to see you in October at the 30th annual WI SHRM State Conference!  It is being held Oct. 5-7 and the theme is Back to the Future: Celebrating 30 Years of WI SHRM.  Conference co-chairs Kellie Dunn-Poggemann and Matt Bucher, along with the entire state conference planning committee, have been working extremely hard to provide attendees with programming that will add value to your role as an HR professional and positively impact your organization.  This is our biggest WI SHRM event of the year and an excellent networking and education opportunity!  In addition, we have some wonderful sponsors and exhibitors that offer solutions you need.  We will once again be offering a conference app for you to download on your phone or tablet prior to the conference that will provide you with your schedule, program information, speaker info, and important conference updates.   This is a conference that canít be missed! 
This has been an excellent year so far and Iím so proud to represent WI SHRM as State Council Director!  If you have comments, questions, suggestions, ideas or feedback for me, Iíd love to hear from you!  Thank you and I hope to see you soon!


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Contact Information
Margie Harvey, SPHR
Katie Walk, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
WI State Council State Director
Kelly Services
2004 Highland Avenue, Suite D
Eau Claire, WI 54701
Ph: 715.834.8001
Em: reidkat@kellyservices.com
Term Began: 1/1/15

Additional Information
The State Director is the chief elected officer of the State Council and effectively establishes policy, strategies, and objectives consistent with SHRM, Region and National Board policies. The State Director provides guidance to Council members.

Katie joined Kelly Services in 1999.  Throughout her tenure with the organization she has served as Account Representative, City Manager, and National Implementation Manager.  In 2008, Katie assumed her current role as District Manager overseeing the development, service, and people management of the operations in Eau Claire.   Katie has been actively involved in SHRM serving as VP of Membership, VP of Programming, and President of the Chippewa Valley SHRM chapter and as Northwest District Director for the WI SHRM State Council for two years.  In addition, Katie serves on the Junior League of Eau Claire Board of Directors and is an active Junior Achievement volunteer and speaker.   Katie received her B.S. in Organizational Communication from Winona State University in Minnesota and her Masterís in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire.