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2022 HR Summit

Friday April 22, 2022 8:30am 12:00pm

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SHRM SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Recertification Provider 2022

Stay current, see the future, and network at the Strategic Human Resource Management (SHR) Center’s annual HR Summit. Industry professionals, alumni, faculty, and students will participate in face-to-face sessions that include information about timely, forward-looking HR topics. Enjoy meeting professionals throughout the HR community in a small conference environment at a small conference cost: $15. Space is limited so please register early.

This year’s HR Summit will take place in-person, and is pre-approved for SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP professional development units.

The registration confirmation will include information about convenient low-cost parking; please allow two weeks for a parking permit to be mailed to you. Note that the $15 registration fee is non-refundable.


Check-in and light refreshments

Charlie Trevor, Professor and Academic Director, Strategic Human Resource Management Center

Opening Remarks
Vallabh “Samba” Sambamurthy, Dean, Wisconsin School of Business

Session 1: Tackling Today’s Legal Issues in Our Workplaces: An HR Legal Update
Jennifer Mirus, Attorney, Boardman & Clark LLP


Session 2: Leading Practices in Talent Attraction and Retention in a Rapidly Changing Workforce
Tom O’Rourke, Principal, Management Consulting, RSM US LLP


Session 3: Macro World and Business Trends and How They are Shaping the Work of HR
Jordana Kammerud, EVP and CHRO, Strategy and Transformation, Claire’s Stores, Inc.

Closing Remarks
Charlie Trevor, Professor and Academic Director, Strategic Human Resource Management Center

Alumni Luncheon

We invite alumni of the SHR MBA and the MS-Industrial Relations programs to a luncheon to meet the SHR MBA Classes of 2022 and 2023. The luncheon will immediately follow the HR Summit in room 3180; please indicate your attendance on the registration form.

Session Descriptions

Jennifer Mirus

Jennifer Mirus
Attorney – Boardman & Clark LLP

Tackling Today’s Legal Issues in Our Workplaces: An HR Legal Update

Our workplaces and the laws that affect them are ever evolving. From preventing harassment to addressing mental health issues, to tricky wage and hour issues, staying informed is key to promoting a productive workplace and reducing risk. This session will update you on major developments in the HR legal world, and will address best practices and tools for you to navigate effectively through some of the toughest HR issues, especially in the post-pandemic world.


Jennifer is co-chairperson of the Labor and Employment Law Group at Boardman Clark and has been with the firm since 1995. Jennifer has extensive experience representing employers in all aspects of employment relations, including wage and hour issues, discrimination, Family and Medical Leave, ADA, reductions in force, harassment, hiring, discipline and terminations. Jennifer represents employers in litigation of employment-related claims and conducts workplace investigations. She also has extensive experience drafting employee handbooks, employment contracts, and non-competition agreements.

Jennifer is a sought out speaker on human resources issues and conducts human resources and management trainings for clients of all sizes. 

Tom O'Rourke

Tom O’Rourke
Principal, Management Consulting – RSM US LLP

Leading Practices in Talent Attraction and Retention in a Rapidly Changing Workforce

The COVID pandemic has had a profound impact on resetting major work trends and workforce models. The tremendously tight labor market compounded by the impacts of the Great Resignation are having a significant impact on companies and their ability to grow. Given the hypercompetitive nature of the labor market, no two components of workforce dynamics have been receiving more focus than employee attraction and retention. This session will share leading practices in employee attraction and retention based on a series of CEO and CHRO executive roundtables as well as leading industry research. 


Tom is the national practice leader for RSM’s human capital practice. With more than 25 years of experience in business consulting, Tom’s work has served companies of all sizes, from startups to Fortune 15.

Prior to joining RSM, Tom was the president and chief executive officer of a human capital advisory firm.  Tom was also formerly a partner at global technology consulting firm where he was a member of the North American HR transformation leadership team. In addition, he was formerly a partner and leader of the people strategy consulting practice at a national accounting firm. Tom has worked in internal HR roles for both a Fortune 15 petrochemical company as well as a Global 1000 energy services provider. Tom is also the co-author of three books on business ethics. The combination of his industry and consulting experience has allowed him to develop a unique appreciation for the day-to-day challenges of the HR professional and the demands that go with them.

Tom holds two degrees from UW-Madison: a Master of Science in Industrial Relations and Human Resources and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

Jordana Kammerud

Jordana Kammerud
EVP, CHRO, Strategy and Transformation – Claire’s Stores, Inc.

Macro World and Business Trends and How They are Shaping the Work of HR

Jordana presents a discussion of how social, political, environmental, and economical shifts are shaping the world of work and the role of HR as a result of those shifts. This session will be highly interactive, with the opportunity to extrapolate themes and work a micro case study—all in 45 minutes.  


As Executive Vice President, CHRO, Strategy, and Enterprise Transformation at Claire’s, Jordana is responsible for setting and delivering a people strategy that delivers business impact and supports the growth and care of over 16,000 employees located in North America, Europe, and Asia.  She is also responsible for the company’s strategic planning routines and the delivery of the organization’s enterprise transformation initiatives. 

Jordana joined Claire’s in 2020.  Prior to her role at Claire’s, she was Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Core-Mark, a Fortune 500 company distributing to the convenience retail industry across North America.  Her previous positions include Vice President of Human Resources, Global Commercial Division at SC Johnson, a consumer products company and various roles in global human resources at American Express and Chrysler.

Jordana holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.


If you have any questions, please email Linda Barrett.

Support for the HR Summit is provided by the Wisconsin School of Business and the Strategic Human Resource Management Program Fund.

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