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SRKA Spring Conference - ATTENDEE Registration - Commitment to Excellence

  • Thursday, May 16, 2019
  • 7:30 AM - 1:15 PM
  • The Stella Ballroom 5706 8th Avenue Kenosha, WI 53140


  • Non-members may attend this event. Price includes breakfast and lunch. Save on the price of this ticket by joining as a member to get Member pricing. Please allow up to 24 hours for your membership to be approved. In most cases, this will only take a few hours.
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Commitment to Excellence

Conference Sponsors

for sponsorship of our Conference

for sponsorship of our Headshot Lounge


for sponsorship of our Breakfast

for sponsorship of our Lunch

Conference Highlights


7:30                      Breakfast and Exhibitor Booths Open

8:00                      Welcome and Opening Remarks – Jane Kurylo, SRKA President

8:15                      Dr. Bill Mitchell – Foxconn Update and Getting Your Seat at the Table

8:45                      Break

9:00                      Breakout Sessions I (Ballroom and Elk’s Room)

                              Drug and Alcohol Addiction:  Employers are Part of the Solution 

                              Mastering I-9 Compliance: Critical Concepts to Avoid Fines

10:00                    Break

10:30                    Breakout Sessions II (Ballroom and Elk’s Room)

                              The Science Behind Human Behavior (Ballroom)

                              Hiring Best Practices – Practical Advice and Liability Avoidance

11:30                    Break – Final opportunity to visit Exhibitors and Bid on Silent Auction

12:00                    Closing Remarks and Prize Drawings – must be present to win

  •      A word from our Sponsor Ogletree and Deakins
  •     SHRM Update with Callie Zipple – SHRM Field Services Director
  •     Preview of our August event with Tedi Winnett
  •     Grand Prize Drawing               

12:30                    Lunch and pick up prizes from Exhibitors and Silent Auction

Join us for an inspiring Half Day Conference featuring fantastic speakers, exhibit hall, networking and prizes!

Conference includes: 

  • Fantastic programming including a Foxconn Update
  • Continental Breakfast and Boxed Lunch
  • Complimentary Headshot by Photography by Lynda
  • Swag Bag for all Attendees

  • A chance to win our Grand Prize which is your choice of a FREE Conference Registration for WISHRM or a one year SHRM Membership.
  • Networking with your fellow HR professionals in a beautiful historic setting.
  • Exhibitor Booths where you can learn about HR Related services, pick up swag and enter drawings for more prizes!
  • Silent Auction - donate an item and bring cash or your checkbook for prizes.  Please contact Goretti Pereira if you have an item to donate. 

Conference Agenda

Our session will begin with a presentation from Dr. Bill Mitchell of Foxconn.  Dr. Mitchell will provide an update on Foxconn that will be of interest to our HR audience.  He will also be presenting on how HR can find a seat at the corporate table.  

Dr. Bill Mitchell is President and CEO of Aguila, a Foxconn company, and a VP of Business Operations - Americas for the Foxconn Corporation. Dr. Mitchell is known for his success in helping develop organizations with value-based cultures through exceptionable strategic planning. Over the past 25 years, Bill has worked with more than 500 corporations and organizations, helping develop best of breed practices to provide long-term success. He has served as the executive coach and corporate psychologist for many current leading corporations. He provides unique insights in the development of policy, process and people that serve as a catalyst for systematic sustainable growth.


Drug and Alcohol Addiction:  Employers are Part of the Solution

Employers have felt the impacts of substance misuse for decades through absenteeism, loss of productivity, safety issues and poor job performance. A recent study found that 80% of human resource decision-makers recognize that substance use disorder is impacting their employees, but many feel unprepared to deal with the issue. By creating a Recovery Friendly Workplace, we can fight the stigma associated with this disease and encourage employees to get help sooner.

This presentation will introduce you to the disease of substance use disorder, its impact in the workplace, and provide practical tools and information on how to create and support a Recovery Friendly Workplace.

Luke Kjolsing is the co-founder and Chief Recovery Officer of Recovree, a technology and services company dedicated to helping more people find recovery from substance use disorder through peer relationships. Working with employers, Recovree provides peer recovery coaching services to support employees that are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.

Luke is an Air Force veteran, an outdoor enthusiast and a person in long-term recovery. His passion is helping others find and maintain recovery from substance use disorder.

Mastering I-9 Compliance: Critical Concepts to Avoid Fines

All US employers must complete the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, for their employees. Despite the universality of this process, an estimated 65 to 75% of all forms are completed improperly. Employers can no longer afford to ignore I-9 compliance as Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) has more than doubled the number of audits over the last entire fiscal year.  Immigration attorney, Esther Contreras, will discuss key aspects of a robust I-9 compliance program, including proper completion, best practices, self-audits, and what to do when the government comes knocking.

Esther Contreras is a Partner with the law firm Masuda Funai where she helps employers and professionals in all aspects of immigration law. She advises management and HR on work visas and permanent residence for their employees as well as in worksite enforcement matters, including I-9 compliance and E-Verify. Ms. Contreras has been named as an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers from 2015 to 2019 and as a 2019 Rising Star by Super Lawyers. Ms. Contreras holds degrees from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois College of Law. She is active in the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law, Hispanic National Bar Association, and previously served as Vice-Chair of the Chicago Bar Association's Immigration Committee and as a board member of the University of Illinois Law Alumni Board.


The Science Behind Human Behavior: New Research Providing insight into Facial Features and More

Through research and teaching, we work on unlocking the science behind human behavior, expression, body language, deception detection, statement analysis, face reading (Physiognomy) and personality types.  

Susan Ibitz is a Behavior Hacker, Lead Researcher and Trainer at Human Behavior Lab.  She has been a Guest Lecturer for the Criminology Department at Loyola University Chicago.  She has 26 years of experience working and training in the US, South America, Caribbean, Mexico & Europe.  She developed the first training incorporating Physiognomy, Statement Analysis\Linguistic & Micro Expressions.   

Hiring Best Practices - Practical Advice and Liability Avoidance

Presented by Doris Brosnan and Geoff Trotier of von Briesen & Roper, S.C.   

In this tight labor market, it is even more important for employers to follow smart recruiting and hiring processes in order not to miss out on good candidates or expose themselves to legal liability. This session will cover:

  • Attracting diverse and qualified applicants
  • Avoiding background checks and interviewing pitfalls
  • Using social media and other technology in recruiting and hiring
  • Special issues in a tight labor market: requiring past salary history; status of immigration law and hiring of foreign nationals; and temp employees

Doris Brosnan is a Shareholder in the firm’s Labor and Employment Law Section, and focuses exclusively on assisting clients with employment issues. Doris regularly advises health care and corporate clients on dealing with disloyal or difficult employees, accommodating disabilities in the workplace, harassment, workplace violence, FMLA, and the development of effective employment policies and practices. She regularly assists clients in preparing and implementing employee transition plans, including employment due diligence in mergers and acquisitions, severance agreements, business closings and reductions-in-force, and business reorganizations. Doris defends employers in all types of employment-related litigation, including agency discrimination and wage claims, arbitrations, and multi-party employment litigation before federal and state courts.

The conference will conclude with a preview of a special session we are planning for August!

    This session is pending for SHRM Professional Development Credits (PDCs) and HRCI re-certification credits.  


    Do you want to receive member pricing for this event?  

    Be sure to join SRKA as a member or renew your prior membership BEFORE you register.  If you have been a member in the past and your membership has lapsed, you'll save $25 or $50 on this event by renewing your membership first and then registering for this event as a Member.  Please note, it takes up to one day for approval in our system but usually it will be a matter of hours or less.  

    When you visit our site: you will click on log-in.  Your USER ID is your email address.  Click on FORGOT PASSWORD to reset your password. Everyone (members and non-members) will need to do this the first time.  A link will be sent to set/reset your password.  

    If you have any issues joining or renewing on-line, please contact Jane Kurylo at or 414-217-6700. 

    Please note:  

    Please note that memberships and event registrations are for individuals and are not refundable or transferable.  Please do not send a friend or colleague in your place.  We appreciate the courtesy of being notified if your plans change and you are unable to attend.  Refunds or credits will not be issued in the event of a cancellation. 

    Once on-line registration closes, last minute requests to attend depend on availability.  Any approved last minute requests must be paid by credit card prior to the event.

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