Happy New Year as we go roaring into the new 20’s! I would like to introduce myself as your new WisHHRA Board president and I am so excited to begin my first year in this role. I have been a member of the WisHHRA board for a four years as a regional representative/Director-At-Large for the southeast region and I hope that you all feel the same way I do about the excellent value that your WisHHRA membership brings to you and your organizations. Before I go any further, I would like to thank our outgoing president, Robbi Bos on her contributions to WisHHRA over the past two years. Robbi took on her president role a little earlier than expected due to a job change of the former president so she did not have the benefit of a past-president to assist her, but she really didn’t need any assistance! Under Robbi’s tenure, we began to do a more formal strategic planning process to think of ways that we can continue to expand our service offering to our members and to make WisHHRA a successful organization for years to come. Robbi was also responsible for the transition of our board management activities to Badger Bay, which has brought about a lot of enhancements and administrative ease to our processes. In addition, we welcome two new members to our board this year and some role transitions for some of our Board members. Christopher Schmitz has transitioned from the treasurer role to the Membership Chair, and Jessica Fox has moved from the Membership Chair role to the treasurer role. Thank you to both Chris and Jessica for taking on these new responsibilities. In addition, Robert Stapel (Black River Falls Memorial) and John Konicek (Froedtert Health) have both joined the Board as Directors – At-Large.
I love the start of every new year because it brings with it a fresh slate, a new perspective and an excitement about what’s to come in the year ahead. As we all know, the human resources function is constantly changing as is our industry and sometimes I think that the ever evolving change is why we do what we do. The other exciting thing that will be happening this year is the 2020 WisHHRA Annual Conference at the beautiful Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake from April 22 – 24th. Please watch your emails for the registration information. I would love to meet as many of you there as possible and hear your thoughts and ideas on how WisHHRA can best meet your needs. We have a great day and half of sessions and key- note speakers planned and I think that you will find the content of great value to you in these changing times. Please do not hesitate to connect with me regarding WisHHRA and I look forward to seeing you all in a few months.