GMA SHRM Professional Development Summit

August 13, 2019
Alliant Energy Center


Session 1:  Become the HR Strategic Partner Your Organization Needs


Session 2:  Your Personal MBA: Understanding Business Functions & Business Acumen    

Presented By:   Liz Weber, President, Weber Business Services, LLC

  Presented by:  Julie Kowalski, Spizzerinctum Group


Session 1

Are strategic and personnel decisions made without your input?
Do other members of the management team treat you as an adversary instead of an advisor?
Would you like to learn why you are NOT viewed as a strategic business partner?
If you answered yes to just ONE of those questions, this presentation is for you! Liz Weber will help you quickly identify the answers to these frustrations you and other HR professionals face regularly. Strategic HR Business Partners assess their roles differently. Liz will share how – as a savvy HR professional – you can build credibility, highlight your value, and become the trusted and respected partner your organization needs!

In this presentation attendees will learn to:
  • Become a Strategic HR Business Partner – and identify why you might be missing out
  • Be Strategic and Show How Smart HR Strategies Can Drive Revenue
  • Highlight HR’s Value by Simply Saying Things Differently
  • Strategically Employ the One Key Question That Will Position You as the Strategic Partner Your Organization Needs!

Session 2

Understanding business functions and business acumen is critical to achieve success as the value-added human resources partner your business units and executive teams need you to be. 

In this dynamic session we will discuss the key business functions of Accounting, Marketing, Finance, Operations and Sales and how they work together.  We will also learn what the common, yet sometimes confusing business terms like financial accounting, managerial accounting, fixed costs, variable costs and other business acumen terms mean, ensuring we are positioned to add even more value in our roles as Human Resource Professionals. 

The presentation is a must for every Human Resources Professional regardless of position or experience level.

Topics Include:
•           Definition of key business functions – the 5 parts of a business
•           Easy to understand definitions of key business terms
•           Ways to increase revenue
•           Lifetime value (LV)
•           Sustainable growth cycle
Participants will walk away with:
•           A strong understanding of the purpose of the 5 key business functions
•           A list of the most common key business terms and easy to understand definitions
•           Understanding of the 4 ways to increase revenue
•           Understanding the three distinct phases of sustainable growth
Liz Weber - In the words of one client, “Liz Weber will help you see opportunities you never knew existed.”
As the President of Weber Business Services, LLC, a management consulting, training, and speaking firm headquartered near Harrisburg, PA, Liz provides strategic and succession planning, executive coaching, and comprehensive leadership training to association boards and leadership teams, as well as to businesses and government agencies.
Liz is one of fewer than 100 people in the U.S. to hold both the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) and Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designations; the highest earned designations in two different professions. She also holds an MBA in International Business.
In addition to writing nine leadership books, and writing her monthly Manager’s Corner column, Liz has also supervised association activities in 129 countries and has consulted with organizations in over 20 countries. Liz’s association leadership experience includes serving on the board and as president for numerous local associations, as well as serving six years as a National Board Director for The National Speakers Association. In her role in as a National Director, Liz twice earned the President’s Award: Once for revamping the Association’s strategic planning process, and once for her leadership of a strategic global task force.

Julie Kowalski is a seasoned thought leader, consultant, executive coach, superb facilitator and phenomenal motivational speaker.  She’s also an energetic, and spirited professional trainer.  Through her own working history, Julie has gained valuable insight and acumen into the science of what it takes to start and run successful businesses as well as the art of earning and retaining customer and employee loyalty.   Julie maintains working relationships with a wide variety of business owners and executives from small family-owned businesses to Fortune 100 companies. 
Julie has spent her career helping employees create self-sufficient and streamlined processes which lead customers to be delighted and staff to be rewarded with success.  Julie’s enthusiasm and energy naturally encourage her participants to actively engage in learning.  
Besides being named one of the “World’s Most Creative Thinkers” by bestselling author Seth Godin in his book Purple Cow, Julie possesses over 25 years of first-hand business experience.  Her accomplishments include personally starting and successfully managing multimillion-dollar companies.  
  • Registration
7:30am to 11:00am
  • Session 1
8:00am to 10:00am
  • Session 2 
10:15am to 12:15pm


  • GMA SHRM Member
Free - Advance registration positively required.
  • Student Member
Free - Advance registration positively required.  
  • Guest / Nonmember
$35 each session   -   $70 both sessions
  • Guest Grant Registration

Not a member yet?

GMA SHRM has a limited number of Professional Grants available for potential members to attend one Professional Development Summit at no cost. 

If you are considering joining GMA SHRM, have a bona fide connection to Human Resources and would like to apply for one of these Professional Grants, please complete the contact information on the form at this link.  We would love to have you join us! 




Alliant Energy Center

1919 Alliant Energy Center Way
Madison, WI 53713

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For more information contact:

GMA SHRM Management Team
2820 Walton Commons    Suite 103
Madison, WI 53718
(608) 204-9814
fax (608) 204-9818

Program Schedule subject to change.