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 become a new Wisconsin chapter member!

IPMA-HR Wisconsin Chapter is forming our Programming and Membership Committees. The Programming Committee helps coordinate speakers and space for our roundtable events, socials, and annual 1-day chapter conference. The Membership Committee develops ways to connect HR and management professionals in the public sector with the Wisconsin Chapter. Both committees meet at a time and place that works for the committee, typically for an hour or two every 4 to 6 weeks, as well as  email communications between meetings.

If you’d like to lend your talents to enhance networking and professional development for your Wisconsin peers, please contact us by September 28th and let us know if you’d like to join either the Programming or Membership Committees.

The results of the Board Nomination is in:

Erich George – President-Elect
John Wiesman – Secretary
Robert Toomey – Board Position
Eva Lee – Board Technology Position

Congratulations to new and returning board members! We look forward to planning a year of events to encourage professional development and networking within our public sector HR community.

The 82nd IPMA-HR Central Region Training Conference was well attended at the Madison Concourse Hotel! 

See our conference tweets (including images shared) using #FWDHR2018.

If you are interested in sponsoring our next conference or have any questions, contact us!

We are accepting nominations to serve on our board! Board members connect regularly with other local public sector HR professionals and also with regional and national IPMA-HR professionals. As a board, we plan chapter activities to encourage professional development and networking within our public sector HR community.

The 2017-2018 year has been largely focused on planning the upcoming Central Region Conference (June 25-27, 2018), which our chapter is hosting in Madison.

Looking ahead, we have many opportunities in the next year to use the resources and contacts we’ve gained this year to plan great activities and expand our chapter. If you or someone you know is interested in serving, please submit the 2018-2019 IPMA-HR Board Nomination Form by Friday, May 25.

Thank you for joining us at the December 2017 Roundtable: HR Process Improvement. Jacquelyn Irving shared practical advice and tips on improving human resources processes in our organizations.

Jackie’s entertaining life experiences were good illustrations of common pitfalls, as well as the potential for great improvements to be made from even small process changes.


25 pounds of food items were collected at our Winter Social 2017 and donated to the River Food Pantry. We were thrilled to see a number of IPMA members as well as some new faces. Flormaria Erazo Zurita of the Latino Professionals Association of Madison won the gift card drawing.

Our 2017 Annual Training Conference on August 25, 2017 was a success!

Whether you are new to HR or in a senior HR position, we hope our training conference helped you learn and stay current with key public sector HR challenges. 

A big THANK YOU to our speakers: Robert Toomey, Ed.D. (Personality Preferences: Understanding Yourself & Others Through MBTI), Megan Watt (HR Technology Tips for Productivity), Delores Kokinos (The Most Forgotten Step in Achieving Goals), Jim Stratton (Competencies for HR Success), and Laura Gmeinder (Craft Success: Creative Strategies to Retain Top Talent).

Thank you to our 2017 Conference Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsor   UW Continuing Studies

We teach and direct hundreds of programs and courses that address the professional development and personal enrichment needs of face-to-face and online learners.

Gold Sponsor   IPMA-HR Central Region

IPMA-HR Central Region

The Central Region Chapter of IPMA-HR is a nonprofit and educational organization, committed to the advancement of the public sector by providing HR professionals with key educational and training opportunities, valuable resources and assessments products, and effective advocacy at every level of government.

Additional Sponsors

Join us after the August 25th conference for appetizers and socializing, sponsored by Mr. Brews Taphouse. 

5271 High Crossing Blvd. Madison, WI 53718




We had a great turnout at our June 2017 Roundtable. Neil Reichenberg, Executive Director of IPMA-HR International, gave us an update on recent changes to HR laws and regulations, as well as insight into proposed legislation and proposed rule changes that may change the “rules of the road” for the HR functions we do every day. Substantial changes have been proposed to wage and hour, EEOC, and OSHA rules.

Neil generously shared his presentation slide deck with us, for your reference.

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 2016 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!