Welcome to Wisconsin IPMA-HR!

We’re the Wisconsin Chapter of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources.

Our organization is comprised of public sector human resource professionals throughout Wisconsin. Wisconsin IPMA-HR is devoted to providing resources and expertise that will enhance each member’s knowledge within the field of human resources, and to providing opportunities to network with public sector HR professionals.

Learn more about our Wisconsin chapter and international membership options here and renew your membership or to become a new Wisconsin chapter member!

Please join us at our 2017 Annual Training Conference!

Craft HR: Brewing a Brighter Future


May 12, 2017

7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

American Family Training Center 

6000 American Parkway  Madison, WI


Whether you are new to HR or in a senior HR position, our training conference will help you learn and stay current with key public sector HR challenges. Join us to sharpen your skills and network with your public sector peers.

Get inspired by Megan Watt (Dream Catalyst Labs), Delores Kokinos (The Empowerment Cafe), and Laura Gmeinder (Laura Gmeinder Coaching & Consulting, LLC).

Learn about PERSONALITY PREFERENCES:  Understanding Yourself & Others Through MBTI® from Robert Toomey and IPMA Competencies from Jim Stratton.


Robert Toomey, Ed.D., is the Director of the Leader & Management program area for the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Division of Continuing Studies. Previously he served in training & HR positions for several State of Wisconsin agencies. Robert is a member of the Wisconsin State Training Council, and has been elected three times as Council Chair. He received a doctorate in educational leadership from Edgewood College in Madison.

Megan Watt is a highly sought after speaker, author, career coach, and facilitator who speaks to audiences on the power of strengths and the Power of Connection in the pursuit your Someday Goals. Her new book, Discover. Act. Engage is a 60-Day Catalyst Guide to Accomplishing your Someday Goals. Megan is a member of Forbes Coaches Council, an invitation-only community for top business/career coaches. In 2016, she was awarded the Urban League’s Trailblazer award.

Delores Kokinos empowers individuals with the life skills needed to be confident and abilities to accomplish aspirations. She developed a tool, The Empowerment Principles, that is easy enough for a child to use, yet comprehensive enough to help solve the most challenging of life circumstances. The Principles draws upon a life time of research from the most acclaimed scholars in the area of human behavior, mental health, confidence, self-esteem and motivation.

Jim Stratton is a certified instructor of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) Developing Competencies for HR Success and also is an instructor for the online competency program. Jim conducted the competency training in St Louis in June, 2012 as part of the Central and Southern Regional of IPMA-HR. He also taught the course in Dubai and in Beijing.

Laura Gmeinder has an innate ability to read her audience and quickly builds trust. She knows just when to add a zinger or bit of sass to make a point or lighten the mood. She leans heavy on her business savvy and sense of humor to give memorable engaging, entertaining and educational presentations to groups of all ages, large and small.

Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks. See the conference agenda here. Early-bird tickets will be on sale through May 5th for $175, which includes the cost of the MBTI®. After May 5th, ticket prices rise to $200, so don’t wait. Wisconsin Chapter members have received a discount code for $25 off the ticket price. Want to receive a $25 discount? Join our chapter today!

Retirees, students interested in the public sector, and others with an interest in our mission are welcome — please share this information with them.

Email us at info@wiscipma.org if you have questions about this event.

Help sponsor our 2017 Annual Training Conference!  Click Here to contact us regarding sponsorship opportunities. The date for the 2017 Annual Training Conference has been confirmed: May 12, 2017.

Congratulations to Jim Stratton on winning a Starbuck’s gift card! Erika Ryerson had the ugliest sweater on… and we had a great time at the December 2016 Social. Food items were donated to a local pantry.

Thank you for joining us at our October Roundtable! Harry Webne-Behrman, Interim Director UW-Madison’s HR Communities of Practice Office, discussed with us the ways his office is developing HR competencies at UW-Madison through collaboration and engagement. www.ohr.wisc.edu/cop

Our chapter representatives at the IPMA Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN. (Eileen, Mike, Dana)

Our chapter representatives at the IPMA Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN. (Eileen, Mike, Dana)


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We are always planning our next social event. You’re welcome to send us ideas and please join us soon!

Craft HR graphicOur 2016 Annual Training Conference was held at the American Family Training Center on Friday, May 20.  



Past Conference Sponsors

Please continue patronizing the organizations who contributed to our conference:


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