GMA SHRM Professional Development Summit

September 14, 2021
Virtual Event


Session 1    8:00-10:00

Caught in the Web of Conflict: Navigating Workplace Issues and Ways to Appropriately Solve Them


Session 2     10:15-12:15  

Ethics in Human Resources - Case Studies from the Field

Presented By: 
  • Claire Hartley - Buelow, Vetter, Buikema, Olson, & Vliet, LLC.
  • Saveon Grenell - Buelow, Vetter, Buikema, Olson, & Vliet, LLC
  Presented by:  
  • Bob Gregg, Attorney, Boardman Clark
  • Jim Neustadt, Retired HR Professional
  • Karen Bender, HR Consultant, Hausmann-Johnson Insurance

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Session 1

Imagine your organization has a workplace free of conflict. Now, imagine it didn't, and the various problems that precede conflict and those that follow it. The stress and uncertainty surrounding workplace issues can certainly put a strain on an organization and its employees. It may sometimes be impossible to stop all conflict from occurring, but when it does, rest assured you can move forward confidently in conducting workplace investigations and instituting conflict resolution techniques as you look to master every scenario possible that comes your way through this session on navigating workplace issues and the benefit of resolving conflict as it happens.

Participants will learn:   

  • How to conduct a proper, fair, and thorough workplace investigation.
  • How to properly maintain attorney-client privilege and confidentiality throughout an investigation.
  • How to identify conflicts in the workplace and properly diffuse them as they arise.

Session 2

HR Professionals are faced almost daily with ethical challenges that range from simple to highly complex.  Ethical mis-steps can negatively impact employers, their reputations and the careers of all involved.  This presentation witll review the SHRM Code of Ethics and meet the HRCI certification requirement.  Participants will be challenged in a virtual workshop format and receive feedback from senior level HR practitioners and an employment law attorney regarding how to analyze and weigh the facts to arrive at an ethical decision in these difficult situations.  

Participants will learn:
  • Brief review of the SHRM Code of Ethics
  • Options when faced with an ethical challenge
  • Legal aspects of decision making
Claire E. Hartley is a Shareholder with Buelow Vetter Buikema Olson & Vliet, LLC.  She is a graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as a James Scholar, and Marquette University Law School, where she was on the Dean’s List.  She is on the Board of Directors for the Waukesha Rotary, and she is a recent graduate of the 2018-19 G. Lane Ware Leadership Academy.  In her legal practice, she represents schools, public entities and private employers in all aspects of labor and employment law and school law. She advises clients on areas such as employee/student discipline, policies, labor negotiations and arbitration, prohibited practice complaints, grievances, investigations, FMLA/ADA compliance, wage and hour issues, and severance agreements. She regularly represents employers and schools responding to harassment and discrimination claims in court and administrative agencies.  She also is a former Assistant District Attorney, who was trained in forensic interviewing and regularly worked with law enforcement to investigate cases. Now, she uses her training to investigate claims or assist clients in investigations.

Saveon D. Grenell is an Associate Attorney with the law firm of Buelow Vetter Buikema Olson & Vliet, LLC in Waukesha, WI. Saveon provides legal advice on a wide variety of labor and employment issues ranging from interpretation and application of federal and state employment laws to advising clients on general employee hiring, discipline, discrimination, harassment, and other employment issues that arise. He is also heavily involved in representing employers in state and federal courts, and before state and federal administrative agencies for matters that require litigation services. In addition, Saveon frequently drafts and reviews workplace policies and procedures, and severance/settlement agreements. Also, Saveon often conducts investigations on matters pertaining to employee discipline, and workplace discrimination or harassment. Before joining Buelow Vetter, Saveon was an Assistant City Attorney with the Milwaukee City Attorney’s Office where he represented multiple City Departments and acted as a Municipal Prosecutor. Saveon was also previously Counsel at Milwaukee Public Schools where he advised District Administrators on day-to-day labor and employment law issues, and conducted employment related investigations. He also acted as a hearing officer for complaints, grievances, and central office discipline. Saveon is greatly involved in the community and sits on the Board of Directors for The 30th Street Industrial Corridor and St. Anthony School in Milwaukee, WI.


Bob Gregg is an employment relations attorney with more than 30 years of experience representing clients on complex issues.
Bob litigates a wide variety of employment cases on behalf of employers, including discrimination, wage, and hour, FMLA, ADA, unfair discharge, contracts, privacy, and more. His main emphasis is helping employers achieve enhanced productivity, creating positive work environments, and resolving employment problems before they generate lawsuits. Bob conducts proactive management seminars throughout the United States to teach supervisors how to recognize issues and avoid liability.

Bob is nationally recognized for his work on respectful workplace education, employment and service provision, and has helped numerous public and private employers. As a founding faculty member of the Department of Defense Race Relations Institute, he developed anti-discrimination programs for military bases worldwide. As Chief Equal Rights Officer for the Wisconsin Personnel Commission, he was responsible for implementing some of the first anti-harassment and anti-bullying policies and practices in the United States.

Bob’s practice also has a special focus in documentation issues. He served as the Chief Investigator for the Wisconsin Personnel Commission. He is retained to conduct high level, sensitive investigations for both public and private sector organizations. Bob trains HR staff, security personnel, and civil investigators in the concepts of properly investigating employment issues.

Jim Neustadt, MBA, SHRM-SCP has over 46 years of experience in all phases of the automotive industry having worked for General Motors for 10 years, various retail senior management positions for 7 years, part owner of a large retail dealership for 14 years, VP at the Wisconsin Automobile and Truck Dealers Association for 8  years and retired in 2015 after having been the Director of HR & Compliance at Smart Motors for 7 years.  After retirement he was an adjunct instructor at the University of Wisconsin School of Business SBDC teaching the SHRM certification course for 2 years.
He has an undergraduate degree in Business Management from
Northern Illinois University, an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University and is SHRM-SCP™ certified through 2024. 

Karen Bender, SHRM-SCP joined Hausmann-Johnson Insurance in 2017 with over 30 years of Human Resources experience. Her experience includes regulatory compliance (FMLA, EEO, FLSA, HR, and Safety), benefits, wage and salary administration, employee relations, training, and payroll. The majority of her industry experience is in insurance and manufacturing and she is knowledgeable in both union and non-union environments.

Karen also provides training services to the UW-Madison Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in HR areas and instructs a class for the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies. Further, she developed and teaches courses targeted at providing small businesses (less than 100 employees) with general HR guidance and employment law review to help them maintain compliance and improve their processes.

Karen enjoys working outside, spending time with family, reading, and traveling. She has traveled to 23 foreign countries so far including hiking throughout Europe, a 1,000 mile snowmobile trip in Canada, and exploring off the beaten path in China.

  • 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
$25 each session   -   $40 both sessions
  • Guest Grant Registration

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Virtual Event

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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.