June 2024


HR InTouch

The Monthly Newsletter of the Greater Madison Area SHRM

In This Edition

President's Message

By Laura Bermudo

Government Affairs & Legal Updates

Legal Update – Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Announces Rule Banning Non-Compete Agreements

Compensation and Benefits

Committee Spotlight - Compensation Survey Committee

The 2023-24 Greater Madison Area SHRM Compensation Survey is now available for purchase!


Professional Development and Events

2024 Human Capital Conference Recap!

Meet, Greet, & Eat!  Member Networking Event

GMA SHRM's New Certification Committee

Workforce Readiness, College Relations, Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity Observances in June and July

Resource of the Month:  Pride Month


GMA SHRM and Member News

GMA SHRM Retiree Membership

Welcome New Members!

Congratulations to our 1, 5, 10, 15 and 20 year anniversary members!





President's Message

2024 Corporate Partners

Platinum Level
Boardman & Clark Law Firm
B2E Solutions
Hausmann Group
MH Imaging
The QTI Group

Gold Level

Delta Dental
Fidelitec, LLC
Summit Credit Union
University of Wisconsin School
   of Business - Strategic Human
   Resource Management Center

Silver Level
The Alliance
Cottingham Butler
Edvest - Wisconsin's College
  Investment Plan

Fire Light Group
Group Health Cooperative
   South Central Wisconsin

Klaas Financial
Third Coast Advisors

Bronze Level
Carex Consulting
Carlson Dettmann
LIFT Consulting
M3 Insurance

Restaino & Associates Relocation
Robert Half
UW Small Business
Development Center

Thank you!


Hello GMA SHRM Members,

It’s hard to believe that summer has arrived, kids are out of school and vacation planning is in full swing. It’s an exciting time of year for all those reasons and more. Another thing I’m thrilled about as I write this is the amazing 2024 Human Capital Conference (HCC) that we just had. We had a record-setting 267 registrations this year, along with a record number of corporate partners in attendance! The energy that each attendee brought was matched by our dynamic keynote speaker, Kenston Henderson Sr. and all our amazing breakout speakers and partners alike.

In addition to some well-deserved recognition of our Volunteer of the Year, Sam Tews, and our scholarship recipients, we also got a glimpse into the upcoming GMA Board of Directors Slate for the 2024-2025 board year. These phenomenal volunteer leaders will officially step into their roles on July 1st and will join us for our next GMA Board Strategic Retreat on June 7th to help ensure we kick the new year off on a high note.  If you’d like to learn more about what a volunteer leader role might look like, I encourage you to reach out to any one of us on the . We would all be happy to share insights and provide support to you in exploring these opportunities to get involved at the committee and/or board level. I firmly believe in the “Many Hands Make Light Work” approach and have been blessed to witness the success it has brought to our chapter.

As a result of all the hard work and success, we were recently notified that we are being awarded the prestigious 2023 Platinum EXCEL award again! The Platinum EXCEL award is the highest award bestowed upon a Chapter by SHRM and recognizes outstanding achievements in Chapter operations and a commitment to providing meaningful programs and services to members. Our mission of serving the Madison human resources community is directly reflected in the services we provide to our Chapter members, and we will continue to maintain this high level of communication, commitment, and professional dedication with our incoming board. Many thanks to our committee volunteers, board leaders, and corporate partners who assisted us in obtaining this recognition from SHRM.

To stay connected with your fellow GMA members over the summer, be sure to check out our events page and join for one of our upcoming roundtables, Meet, Greet and Eat events, and more!

Wishing you a marvelous start to your summer!

Laura Bermudo, President
Greater Madison Area SHRM Chapter
lbermudo@myhaus.com / 608.383.4568

Click here to view the full GMA SHRM Board of Directors



Government Affairs & Legal Updates

Legal Update – Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Announces Rule Banning Non-Compete Agreements

Submitted from Mai Chao Chang, Storm Larson & Brian P. Goodman, GMA SHRM Programming Committee Member, and Attorneys at Boardman & Clark LLP, a Platinum Partner

Mai Chao Chang


Storm Larson


Brian P. Goodman

The FTC announced a new federal rule that, if it takes effect, would ban nearly all non-compete agreements with employees, with very narrow exceptions. The non-compete ban (“the Rule”) contains a broad definition of ​“non-compete agreement,” and is defined as: 

[A] term or condition of employment that prohibits a worker from, penalizes a worker for, or functions to prevent a worker from (1) seeking or accepting work in the United States with a different person where such work would begin after the conclusion of the employment that includes the term or condition; or (2) operating a business in the United States after the conclusion of the employment that includes the term or condition.

The Rule is scheduled to go into effect on September 4, 2024. However, a lawsuit has already been filed by the US Chamber of Commerce seeking to stop the Rule from taking effect. If a court does not intervene, the Rule would also apply retroactively to currently existing noncompete agreements, rendering them unenforceable. Employers would have to provide notice to all workers that all existing non-competes are no longer enforceable.

Employers should plan and prepare for the possibility that the Rule will take effect. However, employers should hold off on taking definitive action in anticipation of the Rule at this time in case a court stops this rule from taking effect.


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Compensation and Benefits


Committee Spotlight – Compensation Survey

Submitted by Raj Ravi, Director of Human Resources at Hooper Corp

The GMA SHRM Compensation survey committee aims to provide credible compensation data to our GMA SHRM Chapter Members at a low cost. Given the inconsistencies and changes the labor market has witnessed over the past few years, availability of quality compensation survey data provides much help to HR professionals in making strategic decisions regarding competitive pay practices for their organizations. In alignment with changing employment trends, the committee has worked with our survey partners at Gallagher to come up with a model to provide local, regional (tri-state) and national compensation data for our chapter members at an extremely nominal cost. In addition, to keep the data relevant, the GMA SHRM Compensation Survey will be offered as a yearly offering moving forward.

The results of the 2023 GMA SHRM Compensation Survey are now available. The survey provides base salary, bonus, total cash, salary ranges and HR policy data for over 150 general positions. That makes the 2023 survey one of the most relevant and reliable sources of general industry compensation data available for the state of Wisconsin. You can find pricing information on our chapter website:  https://www.gmashrm.org/GMASHRM_Surveys

If you would like to order the 2023 Compensation survey, please contact Thomas Cummins at Thomas_Cummins@ajg.com.

We encourage all GMA SHRM members to participate in the upcoming 2024 compensation survey to receive a complimentary copy of Gallagher’s National Compensation Survey, which includes national, regional and high-level industry data for every position. Participating members get additional discounts to purchase local and upper Midwest compensation data.

Watch for more information on the 2024 Compensation Survey on our social media platforms and chapter emails.

If you are interested in joining the compensation survey committee, please reach out to Raj Ravi at rravi@hoopercorp.com.


The 2023-24 Greater Madison Area SHRM Compensation Survey is now available for purchase!

The results of the 2023 GMA SHRM Compensation Survey are now available.    The survey provides base salary, bonus, total cash, salary ranges and HR policy data for over 150 general positions. That makes the 2023 survey one of the most relevant and reliable sources of general industry compensation data available for the state of Wisconsin. 

For more information, pricing, and purchasing, visit the GMA SHRM Compensation Survey page. 

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Professional Development and Events

2024 Human Capital Conference Recap

The 19th annual GMA SHRM Human Capital Conference was held May 21st at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison and featured keynote presentations from Kenston Henderson and 9 breakout sessions covering leadership, benefits, compensation, mental health, recruiting, project management, and legal updates. The 2024 HCC drew a record registration of 267 and record sponsors and partner participation!   

Check out this video recap of an amazing conference!

Our DEI Committee met up at the HCC conference in May.  Ashley, Lana and Mary pictured here enjoying a social networking break in between the informative sessions hosted by our amazing speakers. Thank you to all who made this event come to life. So many valuable takeaways!

Meet, Greet, & Eat!  Member Networking Event

Tuesday, July 16, 2024
Finca Coffee  -  
2500 Rimrock Rd
Fitchburg, WI

Share stories, interests and have some laughs over coffee or lunch!  A great way to connect, gripe and celebrate with your HR peeps that "get it"!

Registration required so sign up today!

More Information and Registration

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GMA SHRM’S New Certification Committee!

Submitted by Andrea Wyant, HR Manager, Spectrum Brands, GMA SHRM Director of Certification

The GMA SHRM board is pleased to announce a new Certification Director, Andrea Wyant and two certification committee members, Lisa Rusch and Michelle Venturini. The team is excited to bring additional education opportunities around the SHRM certification to our GMA SHRM community, including a breakout session at the May HCC! As the group explores the best ways to support our members with gaining their certification and/or retaining their certification, we encourage you to reach out. Not sure what SHRM certification is, what it means to you as an HR professional, the benefits, etc.? We want to hear your ideas and your questions, and be a resource for you! Reach out to Andrea at andrea.m.wyant@gmail.com if you’d like to discuss how GMA SHRM can best support you with certification.

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Workforce Readiness, College Relations, Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity Observances in June and July

Submitted by Mary Vesely, GMA SHRM Director of Diversity 

Article of the Month:  In honor of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, check out this resource to learn more: https://asianpacificheritage.gov

June and July Observances

Use these observances for team engagement! Have fun, celebrate diversity, and take this opportunity to share stories and learn more about your teammates.  

**NEW – Check out our 2024 Diversity Calendar on our DEI Resources page.

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GMA SHRM and Member News

GMA SHRM – Retiree Membership

Have you retired from a career in the HR profession or do you know someone who has?  Want to stay connected to friends and the profession while also giving back?  GMA SHRM now offers a Retiree Membership option.  Dues are discounted to $25 for a 12 month membership for all retired HR professionals. 

To qualify you need to have been employed in Human Resources and no longer represent a company.   We ask Retiree Members get involved and join a committee and/or participate in monthly HR Advice Network group meetings (roundtables). 

For more information, visit our Retiree Membership page.

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Welcome New Members!

GMA SHRM welcomes the following members who joined our chapter in April 2024!
Angi Allen   Fickett Structural Solutions Inc
Tanja Anderson   UW-Whitewater at Rock County
Ann Bakken SPHR, SHRM-SCP Ann Bakken Consulting
Michael Baldwin SPHR, CCP, SHRM-SCP Madison College
Anna Bennett   Heartland Credit Union
Jason Chance   LIFT Consulting, LLC
Kecia Dougherty SPHR, SHRM-SCP Wisconsin State Public Defenders Office
Sarah Frank   Summit Credit Union
Laura Hankes   UW - Madison
Jenna Heller   Lyco Manufacturing
Heena Kansara SHRM-CP University of Wisconsin - SMPH
Kristi Kearns   Dental Health Associates
Courtney Kettleson   B2E Solutions INC
Kala Kolinski SHRM-CP Fine Point Consulting
Tino Llanas    
Sarita Mannigel   Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin
Sandy Meeker SHRM-CP Milestones Human Resources LLC
Alyssa Moran   S&L Hospitality
Beth Munz SPHR, SHRM-SCP Telephone and Data Systems, Inc.
Eileen Murphy SHRM-CP Veritas Prime
Amy Ness   Catalent
Erin Peters PHR, SHRM-CP BrightStar Care
Kayla Polivka SHRM-CP Stoughton Trailers
Nan Pum   LIFT Consulting
Kimberly Richgels SHRM-CP Hottmann Construction Company Inc
Missy Roth PHR, SHRM-CP Compeer Financial
Joanna Rozsahegyi   Sunshine Behavioral Health
Mindi Wilkinson SHRM-SCP University of Wisconsin-Madison

Congratulations to our 1, 5 and 10 anniversary members!

June Anniversaries!

25 Years
Dorothy Conover
10 Years
Dana Denny
5 Years
Faith Graf
1 Year
Andrew Cassidy
Jackie Cook
Jon Lamb
Jennifer McCulley
Jody Skallerud
Amy Voliva

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Why should you volunteer? Top three reasons: 1) to share your knowledge and experiences to educate others; 2) to become more connected in the HR and Dane County communities; and 3) to contribute towards the advancement of GMA SHRM and the HR profession.
The first step is for you to choose a submission option: you can pre-submit an article to GMA SHRM at any time for us to use in any of the upcoming newsletters, you can sign up to write for a particular month, or we can put you on a list of people to contact in future months whenever we need articles.
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