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Dennis Winters, Chief Economist, Office of Economic Advisors, is a nationally recognized expert on human resource challenges in the competitive global economic environment. Dennis has expertise in regional and national macroeconomics, energy and labor markets and economic impact analysis. In this presentation, he will address the workforce shortage in Wisconsin.




Curtis Cunningham is the Assistant Administrator of Long Term Care Benefits and Programs in the Division of Medicaid Services, where he is responsible for the provision of long-term support and services for the elderly and people with disabilities. Curtis administers and oversees the Family Care managed care program, IRIS (Include, Respect, I Self-Direct) program, several community-based Medicaid waiver programs and support services for children with disabilities. In this presentation, he will address the Home & Community Based Services (HCBS) Final Rule.  


Shawn Bass – Managing Threatening Confrontations
Managing Threatening Confrontations is designed to assist you in learning how to effectively support adults with developmental disabilities and others who could experience the full range of behavioral escalation. These moments often appear chaotic, when to talk, when to step back, who to call for back up, and “when to duck.” This seminar is designed to put order to the chaos. Stages of escalation are described and each stage is paired with a positive action plan for caregivers as well as teams. The content places strong emphasis on pro-active supports. The principles are taught in a straightforward manner so as to provide a framework for conceptualizing behavior escalation that can readily translate into positive plans of action.


Peter Leidy – Innovation Through Improvisation

Unlocking Creativity, Getting Results, and Having FunWhen many people think of improv, Drew Carey or Second City may come to mind.  But the rules of improv can be practical, powerful and fun “tools” for generating ideas, unlocking frozen brains, and giving a lift to our teams and workplaces.  While this session will be active and fun, it is not about comedy.  Attendees will learn a new way of generating ideas, “Yes, AND” rather than “Yes, But,” and will experience the positive, creative energy that ensues.  This leads to better opportunities for people being supported, AND, greater joy and satisfaction for the supporters.