April 26-27, 2018 – Oshkosh, WI

Please contact the conference co-chairs with questions:

Hilton Garden Inn Oshkosh
1355 West 20th Avenue
Oshkosh, WI 54902

Rooms may be booked online. Room block deadline is 4/1/2018.

  • King Room: $65
  • Queen Room: 1-2 adults – $75; 3 adults – $85; 4 adults – $95
  • Submit tax-exempt certificate at room check-in.

Cost to attend:

  • Full Conference Registration: $130
  • Student: $50

Meals are included in your registration.

  • Networking Dinner – Thursday, April 26
    Salad bar and pizza provided. Drinks not included.
  • Friday, April 27
    Breakfast – Scrambled Eggs, Breakfast Potatoes, and Chef’s Choice of Bacon or Sausage. Includes coffee, juice, and tea.
    Lunch – Caesar salad with chicken salad half sandwich and cookie.





Keynote Speakers

Walt Stasinski, M.Ed., MPH
“You Can Be A Great Leader Only If You Have a Heart”

Do your employees bend over backward to help you or do they just try to get by doing the minimum? Would you like your employees to have the drive and enthusiasm that you have?

Great leaders know how to inspire their employees to perform at a high level. They have learned that this inspiration comes from the heart, not the head. 

You will be given practical tools to invigorate employees to do their best on a daily basis. These strategies are not theories, but real-life tips that are being incorporated by successful leaders throughout the country.

Good leaders manage employees. Great leaders inspire them!

I was born the son of hard-working Polish immigrants who came to the U.S. with not much more than the clothes on their back. My father worked hard in a foundry to bring the American dream to his family. I didn’t start talking until I was three years old. By that time, my parents were ready to take me to a specialist. Ironically, here I am now, a professional speaker. I guess I’m trying to make up for lost time.

After earning a Master’s Degree in Education from Wayne State University and a Master’s Degree in Public Health (MPH does not stand for miles per hour) from the University of Michigan, I began my real education, in the school of hard knocks. MY early “speaking” career began as a teacher and football coach at Wayne State University. This is where I learned how to motivate and inspire. I also found out that people learn more when they’re having fun, so I use humor to get the message across to my audience. I have my personal reasons, too. Let’s face it, life is just a lot easier with a smile on your face and a hearty belly laugh.

I enjoyed my success at Wayne State. I even won a football championship, but after a number of years, I was eager to find another growth opportunity. I found it in the healthcare industry. I directed programs at hospitals including the Wellness initiative for 10,000 employees at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan.

I graduated from the school of hard knocks. The solutions I offer are for the real world. They are straightforward, common sense ideas that will work in your life.


scottScott T. Kowalski, J.D., CHIE, RHU, WPS Insurance
“Product YOU! Keys to Getting Ahead by Leading with the Best Version of Yourself!

Scott has a diverse professional background. He managed local, regional, and national sales and marketing organizations, and advised clients on complex matters associated with insurance, estate planning, corporate compliance, information technology, and public policy.

Scott graduated from the University of Wisconsin and earned his law degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

Scott Kowalski has responsibility for all activities performed by WPS Health Insurance and WPS Health Plan (Arise.) He was elected to the WPS Health Plan board in September 2013.

An employee since 2013, Scott previously worked as WPS Commercial Sales vice president and spent the past few years in the private practice of law, specializing in estate planning. He maintained his license to sell insurance during that time and has in-depth knowledge of the insurance business from the industry perspective and as an advisor to clients on health insurance purchases.


Hot Topic Speaker

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Robert W. Burns, J.D., Davis & Kuelthau, S.C.
“Impact of the New U.S. Department of Labor Guidelines for Unpaid Internships”

Recent changes adding some flexibility to the test used by the Department of Labor for determining if interns are employees who would be subject to Fair Labor Standards Act provisions has renewed interest of some employers in considering internships. This presentation will explore ways to navigate the new “primary beneficiary test” adopted by the DOL.

Bob assists clients with a wide variety of issues which arise in the workplace. He represents employers in labor negotiations, discrimination defense, disability and ADA issues, wrongful discharge or employment contract disputes, non-compete issues and other sensitive personnel transactions. He also provides advice on a wide variety of school law issues. Bob works with businesses and government entities as general or special counsel, including technical colleges. He represents employers of all sizes, including those with union and non-union workforces.