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Strategic Initiatives – WI Department of Workforce Development 

Presented by:

  • Jonathan Berry, Deputy Secretary, Department of Workforce Development.
  • Scott Sussman, Research Attorney, Unemployment Insurance Division
  • Joe Handrick, Equal Rights Division Administrator, Department of Workforce Development.
  • Pat Schramm, Executive Director, Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Olbrich Gardens


Presentation Description

Key leaders from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development will discuss the agency’s strategic plans for 2014 and its impact on Wisconsin employers and Human Resources. Deputy Secretary Jonathan Berry will keynote the Department of Workforce Development’s key objectives, goals, and strategies and how DWD is focused on helping employers meet their staffing needs. Following the keynote, a panel of leaders from the five DWD service divisions will highlight their service, compliance, and enforcement priorities for 2014. Learn more about DWD’s initiatives in the area of Equal Rights, Employment & Training, and Unemployment Insurance, Workers Compensation, and Vocational Rehabilitation

Attendees will:

1) Understand the strategic direction of the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) for 2014 and its impact on HR.
2) Learn about DWD’s compliance and enforcement priorities for 2014 and their impact on employers.
3) Learn about DWD’s efforts to address the shortage of available skilled workers to fill employers’ staffing needs.

Our Presenters

Deputy Secretary Jonathan Barry
As Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD), Jonathan Barry serves as chief operating officer, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the state workforce agency. He oversees the agency’s six divisions, which encompass approximately 1,600 employees.
Deputy Secretary Barry was appointed by Secretary Reggie Newson on November 15, 2011, and he joined the DWD leadership team on November 21, 2011. He fills a vacancy that was created on October 24, 2011, when Governor Scott Walker appointed then Deputy Secretary Newson to lead the department as Secretary.
Deputy Secretary Barry brings to the department years of experience as a farmer, business executive, non-profit director, public sector manager, and elected official. Prior to his DWD appointment, he was Administrator of the Division of Enforcement at the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services. For the past 10 years, he has worked as Development Director of Dane County’s largest youth employment and training organization, Operation Fresh Start, Inc. During this time, he helped to greatly expand Wisconsin Fresh Start, a statewide network of non-profit programs centered on assisting at-risk youth to learn basic employment skills, construction skills and to complete educational credentials.
In his public service, Deputy Secretary Barry served as the elected Dane County Executive from 1981-87, and as a State Representative elected in 1976, 1978 and 1980. He was an elected Dane County Supervisor in 1973 and 1975. Additionally, Barry has served as a member of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, the Wisconsin Technical System Board and on various gubernatorial commissions.
Deputy Secretary Barry has operated an 85-acre grass-fed beef and produce farm near Mt. Horeb since 1970. In 1973, he was a creator, organizer and first manager of the Dane County Farmers’ Market on the Square in Madison. He has been President of several businesses including the WTG Corp., Gammex-RMI and the W.T. Rogers Co. He is a part-owner of Tyrol Basin Co.
Deputy Secretary Barry earned a Bachelor of Science degree from UW-Madison in 1963.  
Scott Sussman
Scott Sussman has worked in state government for over the past three years.  He currently is a research attorney within the unemployment insurance division. Previously, he served as an enforcement attorney within the Department of Children and Families prosecuting child care providers who overbilled and cheated the taxpayer-funded Wisconsin Shares program.  Prior to that he worked as a Legislative Attorney for the Ho-Chunk Nation Legislature for over three years and worked on a wide-range of projects including promotion of economic policies to advance the Ho-Chunk Nation’s business operations. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School.
Joe Handrick
Joe Handrick currently serves as the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development’s Equal Rights Division Administrator, appointed by Secretary Reggie Newson in August 2012 with responsibility for administering Wisconsin’s labor standards, civil rights, and fair housing laws. He has an extensive background in public service, including work as an aide to former Governor Tommy Thompson and as a state Representative from 1995-2001. He was the Minocqua Town Chairman from 2006-10 and member of the Lakeland High School Board of Education.  Handrick served as a Government Relations Specialist at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren of Milwaukee from 2010 until his appointment as Equal Rights Division Administrator.
Pat Schramm

Pat Schramm serves as the Executive Director/CEO of the Workforce Development of South Central WI. The Workforce Development Board serves the six Wisconsin counties of Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Jefferson, Marquette and Sauk.
Throughout her career, Pat has worked on what she refers to as workforce system prototypes that have converted into major system changes that have been incorporated in some cases into statewide efforts.
Among them were the:
• Design of Job Centers/One Stop System
• The move to Industry Partnerships and Career Pathway training models
• Lead PI for South Central/Southwest WIRED Initiative
Pat also serves on:
• The National Skills Coalition’s Leadership Council.
• Advisor to the State of Wisconsin RISE Initiative
• Chair  of the Wisconsin Workforce Development Assoc. Executive Ground
• Member of the Dane County Economic Development Commission
• Member of the City of Madison Economic Development Commission
• Member of the Governor’s State Council on Workforce Investment
• Serves on the United Way – Safe Communities / Strong Neighborhoods Agenda for Change Team
2012 Recipient of the Madison Magazine Brian Howell award for Excellence in Innovation
2011 Recipient of the Wisconsin Association of Technical Colleges Boards Tech Champion award
Pat completed her undergraduate work from the University of Delaware and advanced studies at the University of Delaware, Temple University, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and Madison.


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