University of Wisconsin–Madison

2022 HR@UW Conference: Putting People First

The Office of Human Resources (OHR)—in collaboration with a divisional conference advisory group including Hope Broadus (SMPH), Justin Sills (CALS), Maddie Walsh (FP&M), Sharon Hahne (Athletics), and Wanda Manning (Student Affairs)—is busy preparing for our 5th (almost) annual 2022 HR@UW Conference.

Following a two-year interruption due to the pandemic, this year’s conference will offer UW–Madison’s HR community the opportunity to come back together in-person—to reconnect; continue to build networks with one another; share knowledge; and be inspired to try new ways of thinking about HR practice.

The theme of this year’s conference is Putting People First.

  • How can we nurture the habit of centering the human in human resources?
  • How can we shift our approach to work to be more consultative—in true partnership with one another and the people we serve?

We’ll explore these, and other, transformational and practical questions.

Keynote, midday plenary and breakout sessions

Keynote speaker Dr. Dwinita Mosby Tyler was recommended by a member of OHR’s Cultural and Linguistics Services team who saw her speak at a prior engagement and said it “was one of the best talks [they’d] heard” about what organizations—and HR specifically—can do to be explicit about goals related to equity. Dr. Mosby Tyler has a 32+ year career in human resources and is the founder and chief catalyst of both The Equity Project, and The HR Shop.

During the midday joint session, Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin and VCFA Rob Cramer will join Interim CHRO Patrick Sheehan to speak to our HR community, and to announce the 2022 HR Partner Awards. Nominations for the partner awards are due by 11:59pm on Friday, November 4, 2022.

Morning and afternoon breakout sessions will be loosely organized in tracks, including:

  1. Talent:
    • The Great Reprioritization, Quiet Quitting, and Acting Your Wage: Retaining diverse talent in an age of new expectations
    • Reframing Criteria: An Equitable Hiring Practice
    • Shifting the Collective Mindset on Talent Mobility at UW–Madison
    • Teach Your Employees to Fish with Coaching Circles
  2. Functional HR:
    • Incorporating Stay & Exit Interviews into Onboarding, Retention and Off-Boarding Strategies
    • Jeopardy! International Taxes and Foreign Source Income
    • TTC: Connecting the Dots
    • Welcome to HR@UW: Partner with People, Polish Your Pathways
  3. Equity, Inclusion and Diversity
    • Deep Dive with our conference keynote, Dr. Dwinita Mosby Tyler
    • Dropping the F-Bomb: Challenging our Notions of FIT in Human Resources
    • Healing Justice: Experiential and Somatic Approaches to HR Practices
    • People First: Co-Creating Inclusive Culture
  4. HR Competencies:
    • Building Collaboration Through Improv
    • Change Management in an Ever-Changing World
    • Habits of a Systems Thinker
    • Prepared for Fear: Handling Responses to Tough Situations

Who is the conference intended for?

The HR@UW Conference is intended for UW–Madison employees in human resources. This includes those of you with titles in the HR job group, as well as Administrative Specialists, Department Administrators, and others of you whose positions include responsibility for HR functions.

Don’t miss this opportunity to reconnect with the people (like you!) who make human resources possible across campus.

Is there a fee?

There is a nominal fee of $50 which pays for coffee, continental breakfast, and lunch. The conference is otherwise free to the UW–Madison HR community.

By when do I need to register?

Please register by Monday, November 28, 2022. This enables us to ensure that we order enough food for all participants.

Who can I contact if I have question?

Please contact the HR CoP team related to conference content, or the OHR Conference team for logistics including conference fee, dietary needs, and other registration issues.

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