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Thursday, April 18

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Welcome and Keynote Speaker - You Got T.H.I.S.

April Lewis

A. Lewis Academy, Inc.
Discover how to cultivate Tenacity, Hope, Inspiration, and Strength (T.H.I.S.) and an “I Got T.H.I.S.” mindset to create a more impactful and fulfilling career.
Learning Objectives include: 1. Identify and cultivate the four pillars of You Got This! Within yourself to navigate workplace challenges with greater resilience. 2. Develop practical strategies for managing stress and promoting well-being in your personal and professional life. 3. Gain a renewed sense of purpose and passion for your role in the healthcare community, empowering you to leave a lasting legacy.

1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Unions on the Rise in Health Care - An Update on Recent Developments from the NLRB

Chris Toner, JD

Partner, Axley Brynelson, LLP;

Kevin Terry, JD

Partner, Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP

Labor unions are making inroads in healthcare organizations. In 2023, we saw the largest healthcare strike in U.S. history, as well as physician groups in Minnesota and Wisconsin and residents, interns, and fellows in Illinois voting to be represented by a union. In an election year, and at a time when almost 70% of Americans “approve of unions,” we anticipate the union conversation will be discussed among healthcare employees and leaders. Attorneys Christopher Toner from Axley Brynelson and Kevin Terry from Michael Best will review important cases issued by the National Labor Relations Board and discuss best practices for leaders faced with addressing increased union activity in healthcare organizations.

2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Key Healthcare HR Challenges in 2024 

Deborah Meulemans
Vice President, Business Development, Risk Strategies

A discussion of the current trends and challenges relating to the ever-changing needs of your employees. Forward-thinking organizations that are able to meet their employee expectations and needs can produce greater productivity, engagement, loyalty and patient satisfaction. Entering into a new era of an employee, it is important to understand workplace cultures, mental health struggles and the impact of a well-rounded benefits program.

3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Paid Family Leave - What's New

Lane Crowder, JD
Assistant Vice President, Legal Counsel, Unum

Discover the intricate landscape of paid leave policies with our comprehensive session, delving into the nuances of different types of paid leave and their legal implications. Explore accrued paid leave laws, employer-mandated paid leave laws, and the emergence of paid family and medical leave insurance. Gain insights into the specific legislation across various states, understanding the eligibility criteria, benefits, and funding mechanisms. Delve into the evolution of corporate paid leave programs, examining case studies of leading companies and the trends shaping the market. Uncover the complexities and considerations surrounding voluntary employer-provided paid leave programs. Join us for an enlightening discussion shedding light on the evolving landscape of paid leave policies.

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Reception at Bull Falls Brewery
901 E Thomas St, Wausau, WI 54403

Join us for an evening of networking and relaxation at our post-conference reception held at the renowned Bull Falls Brewery. Unwind with craft brews and delicious bites while connecting with industry peers in the vibrant ambiance of our brewery venue. Don't miss this opportunity to toast to new connections and memorable conversations in a casual setting.

Friday, April 19

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Legal Update and WHA Update

Sarah Coyne, JD

Partner, Quarles;

Matthew Stanford, JD, MHA
General Counsel, Wisconsin Hospital Association

Gain critical insights into the ever-evolving legal landscape impacting healthcare HR professionals. This session will delve into recent legislative changes, emerging trends, and key court rulings affecting HR practices in the healthcare industry. From compliance challenges to risk mitigation strategies, attendees will leave equipped with the latest knowledge and practical guidance to navigate complex legal issues confidently. Don't miss this opportunity to stay ahead of the curve and ensure compliance with the most current regulations in healthcare HR.

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.


10:15am - 11:15am

Lead Simply

Holly Hoffman

Inner Depth, LLC

When you hear there’s going to be a “Leadership Keynote” presentation, what goes through your mind? Is it “Oh that’s for our CEO to attend?” or “Those sessions are just common sense things I’ve heard before.” Holly Hoffman will shatter that mindset with her program on leadership. Everyone possesses leadership skills that come out in our daily actions no matter what role we are performing at the time. Whether it’s at our workplace, or as a parent, as a volunteer in a civic organization, as a supportive friend, or as a contestant on a televised show where you are trying to outwit and outlast competitors. Leadership is the sum of how we model behaviors we want to see in others, how we connect with them and how we involve them in the process. Let Holly Hoffman help you to lead your tribe. True leadership is not just words, it is action. We must model the behavior we want to see, connect with the people you lead and involve them as much as possible. The ways in which we model, connect and involve our people may have changed in the past, but as Holly will show, the basics of leading your team remain the same. Holly’s dynamic energy and enthusiasm will have you to renew your passion for leadership!

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