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January 20, 2015 FEI NEW Chapter Meeting

  • Tuesday, January 20, 2015
  • 2:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Liberty Hall Banquet and Conference Center, 800 Eisenhower Drive, Kimberly, WI 54136


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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 
from 2:00 PM to 7:30 PM CST


Liberty Hall Banquet and Conference Center
800 Eisenhower Drive
Kimberly, WI 54136


2:00 – 4:05 PM
Professional Development Session

4:15 – 5:30 PM
Keynote Speaker Presentation

5:30 – 5:45 PM
Business Meeting

*5:45 PM – 7:30 PM
Social Period & Buffet Style Dinner
*For this event the social period and dinner will be combined. We will have seating at the bar for those who wish to stand and enjoy a beverage with a few hors d'oeuvres. We will also have traditional dinner tables for those who prefer to be seated with their colleagues.

Dinner will be served buffet style.

CPE Credits:

Professional Development Session
Qualifies for 2.5 CPE Credits;
Keynote Speaker Presentation
Qualifies for 1.5 CPE Credits

Fees & Cancellation Policy:

This meeting is free for FEI members, strategic partners and prospective member guests.

Please send cancellations to mwcomfoxcities@gmail.com no later than 5:00 PM Tuesday, January 13, 2015.

Michelle Weiss

Financial Executives International

Keynote Speaker Presentation

Group President, ITW/Miller Electric Manufacturing

Increasing the profitability and effectiveness of your organization through empowerment and 80/20

Mike has enjoyed a 34 year long career at ITW Welding/Miller Electric Manufacturing Company, and will be retiring on March 31, 2015. Over the years, Mike has held the position of Vice President & General Manager of Sales/Marketing & Administration as well as the position of Vice President of Human Resources at Miller Electric. At present, Mike serves on several boards and was recognized by the Technical Colleges of Wisconsin in 2014 as a Technical Education Champion. 

Mike’s other notable accomplishments are as follows: he chaired the 2005 United Way Campaign in the Fox Valley with record results and will co-chair the 2015 Campaign. He also served 3.5 years as the President of the Timber Rattlers Baseball Franchise and was recognized as an "Industry Fellow"--by AWS. 

Mike will share some of his experiences that have enabled Miller to be the global welding manufacturing leader by using empowerment and 80/20. These principles can be used in your businessundefinedand the resources are already in place.

January Professional Development Session


Presented by Schenck S.C. and Red Shoes PR, Inc.

Every organization should expect the unexpected when it comes to communicating during a time of crisis. In today’s era of transparency and 24/7 communication platforms, organizations need to be prepared and know how to stay ahead of communications to ultimately protect their brand. 

Through this interactive presentation, participants will:

  • Outline potential crisis situations you could face and how to prepare for them
  • Think through the many communication channels - social media and traditional media and how to be best prepared to face social bullying
  • The importance of communications timing and sequencing
  • How to learn from others by using case studies as learning tools
  • Build a toolkit that you can start implementing 

From an organization’s internal audience such as employees and board members to the community at large, crisis communications has never been more critical to a brand’s reputation. 

Kim Houlton
Human Resources Consulting Manager
Schenck S.C.

Kim has over 25 years of experience in leading human capital and human resources strategies in a variety of industries. She provides clients human resources guidance such as human resources strategy, talent management, employee benefits, compensation analysis, HR Department assessments, functional HR start-up guidance, compliance assistance, training and development.

Kim understands complex and sensitive situations. She applies relevant HR technical expertise to provide solutions that make good business sense for the client.

Prior to joining Schenck, Kim directed the human resources function for companies with multi-state operations and rapidly growing and changing work environments.

Karen Smith
Vice President
Red Shoes PR Inc.

With more than nine years of full-service agency PR experience, Karen Smith has worked with clients in a variety of industries including construction, health care, financial, education, non-profit, government, professional services and more. With a passion for a fast-paced work environment, she has successfully led numerous crisis communications projects including company embezzlements, environmental issues and labor disputes.

Karen is a well-rounded PR professional who excels in campaign research and planning, media relations and thinking strategically about a client's social media and online presence. Her attention to detail and determination are crucial in exceeding the goals of a PR program. Karen also has an uncanny ability to read a situation for what it is and make sound recommendations.

As a graduate from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Karen is on the board of directors for the Fox Valley Sibling Support Network. She also serves as the publicity chair of the Public Relations Society of America - Northeast Wisconsin Chapter and is involved with the Pulse Young Professionals Network marketing committee.

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    Financial Executives International (FEI) is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org.  

    Instructional Method:  Group-live       Experience Level:  Basic      Field of Study:  Keynote Presentation =  Specialized Knowledge Professional Development Session = Economics.      Prerequisites / Advance Preparation:  None       Recommended CPE Credits:  Professional Development Session = 2.5; Keynote Speaker = 1.5    For FEI CPE credits, one credit hour equals 50 minutes according to NASBA guidelines.  Some state boards may differ on how many minutes constitute a credit hour. Contact your state board for more information.  For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaint and refund, please contact Michelle Weiss, Chapter Administrator:  mwcomfoxcities@gmail.com.