WI SHRM 2022 
State Conference

October 12 - 14, 2022
Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI


2022 State Conference Keynote Speakers

Greg Hawks   |     Dima Ghawi    |    Felecia Hatcher
Thursday, October 13, 2022 – Greg Hawks
8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. 
"Navigate Workplace Rapids"

Attendees will learn how to love obstacles, thrive under pressure and embrace the one crucial characteristic for succeeding when change unexpectedly occurs.

There are three unique elements that create rapids in a river: Pressure, Obstacles and Terrain Change. Those same three appear with force in our work environments today instigating change. They can crush us or create an adventure. Staying in the raft and navigating the difficulties they each create takes skill, teamwork and perspective.

There are two aspects to the river: Above and below the surface. The same is true with us. What's going on around us and what's transpiring inside of us when change is disrupting our lives. This message will also offer discernment for addressing both.

With enthusiastic wit and wisdom, Greg brings alive the whitewater experience with his raft on stage with him. The river is just like work. It continually flows with unforeseen treachery and offers new challenges daily. (He gives away the raft at the end of the message).

  • Learn how to make pressure work for you in your work life.
  • Gain perspective on how to love obstacles.
  • Learn how to hold onto hope when the bottom drops out.
  • Understand how to combat worry.
As a Corporate Culture Specialist, Greg shapes environments where everyone gets to contribute their best daily! For two decades he has mentored leaders, developed teams, crafted culture and and empowered employees. As a Keynote Speaker, he is an enthusiastic character. His style, wit and energy consistently capture the attention and imagination of audiences. His forward thinking contributes  fresh perspectives that work. He’s annoyingly optimistic, contagiously energetic and slightly mischievous. People tend to like him. As a Virtual Conference Producer, he shapes an entirely different landscape. Designing the days, providing production, hosting the event, working with speakers and vendors - Greg fashions turn-key experiences that produce a virtual conference rivaling in-person gatherings!

Friday, October 14, 2022 – Dima Ghawi
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. 
"How to Manage Resistance to DEI"

Through storytelling and personal narratives, Dima guides the attendees to address common workplace resistance to DEI. She deconstructs these conscious and unconscious biases and demonstrates how to address them in order to build a safe and inclusive workplace culture. Dima shares specific tips that equip the attendees with the tools needed to overcome the leadership team’s resistance to DEI initiatives, helping ensure that the positive ripple effect of DEI can expand across all their organization’s levels.

Dima Ghawi is a Jordanian American award-winning author, leadership keynote speaker, and a three-time TEDx speaker. She is the founder of a global talent development company with a primary mission for advancing individuals in leadership. Through keynote speeches, workshops, training programs, and executive coaching, Dima has empowered professionals across the globe to develop critical business skills and expand their leadership potential. In addition, she has provided guidance to business executives to help them understand the value of gender diverse leadership, and to develop a multi-year plan for advancing quality leaders from within the organization.
Dima draws from two decades of corporate experience leading global teams and developing future leaders worldwide. She has worked across the United States, Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Africa for several Fortune 100 companies including IBM, Merrill Lynch, and Intuit. Through her work, she has honed a keen expertise in developing leaders to meet the demands of the global workforce. For more information, visit and

Friday, October 14, 2022 – Felecia Hatcher
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
"Genius Jam - Step Into Your Zone of Genius"
Friday's Keynote Sponsored by Anthem

Working in this new normal requires you to step into your Zone of Genius, be mentally prepared to design the future, and develop new ways that foster collaboration, culture, creativity, and commitment to working on something much bigger than ourselves. In this session, you will learn how to find your north star, step boldly into your personal zone of genius to achieve peak performance, pivot your mindset, become more engaged and impact the innovation economy, and recharge with the ability to take on the world.

This also requires us to re-frame the story that we tell ourselves about how we show up and do our best work. How we execute, how we personally become accountable for our success, and the shared success of others.

Execution is about Commitment, Action, and Accountability.  

Felecia's Genius Jam keynote and training are about stepping into your Power, stopping limiting beliefs, and never questioning who you are ever again! She helps you, your team, and the audience steps into their Zone of Genius!

Attendees will walk away from Felecia's session knowing how to:

      1. Identify your Zone of Low Return
      2. Step Boldly into your Zone of Genius
      3. How to better identify their personal Zones of Opportunity.
      4. Leave with clear strategies on how to PLAY BIGGER in the innovation economy.

Felecia is the CEO of Pharrell William’s Black Ambition Opportunity Fund. Felecia is an innovative powerhouse, personal transformation speaker, entrepreneur, and author, whose work shapes the way individuals show up, are valued, and financially benefit from playing full out in the innovation economy. Companies like, Google, Spotify, Door Dash, Target, Samsung, and Etsy call on Felecia to help them empower their teams and shape their inclusive innovation strategies and empower their team to step into their Zone of Genius. Felecia has been featured on the NBC Today Show, MSNBC, The Cooking Channel, Wall Street Journal, and White House Champion of Change Honoree.



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