2024 Keynote & Breakout sessions
Monday, September 30
Devin

Morning Keynote Speaker

Finding Gratitude at Work? Inoculating Your Brain Against Stress & Anxiety

Have you noticed that some people are able to maintain a relatively positive attitude regardless of what’s happening around them? Like everyone, they can appreciate the good times, but they also seem to be able to focus on the positive in the face of so much uncertainty and a string of negative events that seem to happen almost daily.

Fortunately, a positive attitude can be cultivated with a bit of practice. Although we are born with specific temperamental tendencies, the brain is a muscle, and you can strengthen your mind’s natural tendency toward optimism if you work at it. And also fortunately, working on building your "gratitude muscle" can be enjoyable in itself. Attend and learn the real, tangible, and practical ways that you can apply immediately to get on the highway to true happiness at work or home. Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed and frustrated or want to increase your happiness, you can learn how in just a few minutes a day!

Devin Hughes
Devin C. Hughes is an unbridled optimist.
International Speaker |Thought Leader |Author

Devin helps leaders and staff at all levels drive growth and engagement by aligning workplace culture with success. Devin has been invited to meet with various leaders and organizations in nearly every industry, from State Farm to Disney, from Lockheed Martin to Eli Lilly, and from big businesses to entrepreneurs to government agencies. Devin brings the perfect blend of humor, knowledge, and experience while conveying the ever-present need to address diversity, inclusion, and effective communication. Devin leaves his audiences feeling engaged, connected, inspired, and encouraged to commit to mutual respect, acceptance, and a greater sense of belonging. Devin was named to Peoplehum’s power list of the top 200 thought leaders to follow in 2024. He received his BA from Colgate University and his M.S. from Southern New Hampshire University.
Breakout Session #1

10:00am - 11:30am


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The Human-Centered Workplace: Establishing Belonging Through Authenticity, Collaboration, and Respect

Devin Hughes, Chief Inspiration Officer

Our world has changed, and your workplace needs to reflect these changes. By being aware of those around you, showing respect, and appreciating both individuals and their unique qualities, you’ll create the right environment to foster true belonging. Workplaces are increasingly disconnected. It is vital that individuals feel authentic, valued for their contributions, and have a strong sense of connection and community.

Devin will offer research-backed strategies on how to create a work environment where people feel like they belong, they are valued and they matter.

WI DOC Secretary Town Hall

This session will serve as a town hall forum for attendees with the DOC Secretary.

Human Trafficking 101

Neal Lofy, Special Agent, Human Trafficking Bureau, Wisconsin DOJ - Division of Criminal Investigation

Debbie Leque, Special Agent, Human Trafficking Bureau, Wisconsin DOJ - Division of Criminal Investigation

The Wisconsin Department of Justice - Division of Criminal Investigation Human Trafficking Bureau conducts both federal and state investigations into the violations of sex trafficking and labor trafficking. Agents are assigned throughout the state of Wisconsin. This session will offer a brief overview of human trafficking, strategies for emergency personnel for victim encounters, recruitment and control tactics, and a victim-centered approach during your contact with victims.

Engaging with Difficult Clients

Wendy Standifer, Vice President of Clinical and Educational Strategies, Correctional Counseling, Inc. (CCI)

Dr. Kenneth Robinson, President/Founder, Correctional Counseling, Inc. (CCI)

This session will address the unique challenges of engaging with clients who are grappling with co-occurring Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD) and Substance Use Disorder (SUD). With a focus on fostering effective therapeutic alliances, the presentation will explore the intricacies of working with individuals facing these dual diagnoses. Participants will gain insights into evidence-based practices, communication strategies, and therapeutic interventions tailored to address the complex interplay between ASPD and SUD.

Emotional Survival for the Correctional Professional

William Armstrong, Supervisor of Recreation, FCI- Oxford

No one exits this profession the same person that came in, and the only way to increase life expectancy is to first identify and admit what the root cause of the change. Emotional Survival for the Correctional Professional is designed to start the conversation by helping identify the underlying issue that all correctional professionals face.
Breakout Session #2

1:30pm - 3:00pm


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The Human-Centered Workplace: Establishing Belonging Through Authenticity, Collaboration, and Respect

Devin Hughes, Chief Inspiration Officer

Our world has changed, and your workplace needs to reflect these changes. By being aware of those around you, showing respect, and appreciating both individuals and their unique qualities, you’ll create the right environment to foster true belonging. Workplaces are increasingly disconnected. It is vital that individuals feel authentic, valued for their contributions, and have a strong sense of connection and community.

Devin will offer research-backed strategies on how to create a work environment where people feel like they belong, they are valued and they matter.

Overview of the Wisconsin Retirement System

Colin La Mar, Benefits Specialist, WI Department of Employee Trust Funds


As a member of the Wisconsin Retirement System, we will let you know what to expect regarding your benefits and more.
By the end of this presentation, you will be able to:

• Identify and explain the elements of the Wisconsin Retirement System.
• Explain how the WRS pension works.
• Identify benefits available through the WRS.
• Find resources for more information.

Human Trafficking 101

Neal Lofy, Special Agent, Human Trafficking Bureau, Wisconsin DOJ - Division of Criminal Investigation

Debbie Leque, Special Agent, Human Trafficking Bureau, Wisconsin DOJ - Division of Criminal Investigation

The Wisconsin Department of Justice - Division of Criminal Investigation Human Trafficking Bureau conducts both federal and state investigations into the violations of sex trafficking and labor trafficking. Agents are assigned throughout the state of Wisconsin. This session will offer a brief overview of human trafficking, strategies for emergency personnel for victim encounters, recruitment and control tactics, and a victim-centered approach during your contact with victims.

Surviving and Healing from Childhood Trauma

Billy Dinkel, Victim and Survivor of Long Term, sometimes violent, Childhood Sexual Abuse and Childhood Trauma

In this session attendees will learn first-hand the experiences of a victim and survivor of childhood sexual abuse, childhood trauma, physical abuse, verbal abuse, psychological abuse and how addressing those experiences can transition into long-term healing.

This session will also provide attendees with knowledge and tools to work with victims and survivors.

https://www.sctimes.com/story/news/2020/06/02/long-prairie-native-shares-his-story-child-sex-abuse-trauma-recovery/3093460001/

Emotional Survival for the Correctional Professional

William Armstrong, Supervisor of Recreation, FCI- Oxford

No one exits this profession the same person that came in, and the only way to increase life expectancy is to first identify and admit what the root cause of the change. Emotional Survival for the Correctional Professional is designed to start the conversation by helping identify the underlying issue that all correctional professionals face.
Breakout Session #3

3:30pm - 5:00pm


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Behind Closed Doors: Unveiling the Reality of Domestic Violence

Tristah Romero-Kelly

"Behind Closed Doors: Unveiling the Reality of Domestic Violence" is a poignant exploration of the hidden epidemic of domestic abuse. Through personal experiences and compelling statistics, this presentation sheds light on the often unseen struggles faced by survivors. It delves into the complexities of abuse dynamics, the barriers to seeking help, and the crucial role of awareness and intervention. Ultimately, it advocates for breaking the silence, fostering support systems, and creating a safer world for survivors to heal and thrive.

WRS Benefits: For New and Mid-Career Employees

Colin La Mar, Benefits Specialist, WI Department of Employee Trust Funds

Are you a new employee or someone who still has at least 5 years to go before you can retire? It's never too early to start planning for a secure retirement. Learn how to maximize your WRS benefits.
By the end of this session you will be able to:

• Appreciate the benefits of the Wisconsin Retirement System.
• Designate a beneficiary or several beneficiaries.
• Join or cancel the Variable Fund.
• Use additional contributions to supplement your savings for retirement.

Asatru, Odinism, & Runes: The Runes, Rituals, Symbols, & Culture of Norse/Germanic Paganism for Criminal Justice Professionals

David Schilling, Deputy, Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, Rochester, MN


This session is an introduction to Asatru & Odinism that is specifically tailored to the needs of law enforcement officers and corrections personnel. Asatru and Odinism, two closely related modern-day faiths, are based on ancient Norse/Germanic pagan traditions. This session also serves as an introduction to the various symbols, ciphers, and codes used by white supremacists and racially motivated and ethnic domestic violent extremists (DVEs). The presenter will delve into the historical origins of these symbols, ciphers, and religious beliefs, and examine how they have been co-opted and distorted to promote hateful and violent ideologies.

Surviving Sexual Abuse

Billy Dinkel

More info coming soon!

Importance of Team Building

Wendy Standifer, Vice President of Clinical and Educational Strategies, Correctional Counseling, Inc. (CCI)

Dr. Kenneth Robinson, President/Founder, Correctional Counseling, Inc. (CCI)


This session illuminates the critical role of team building in fostering a positive and productive workplace environment. Emphasizing the significance of cohesive teams in achieving organizational goals, it explores various aspects of team dynamics, communication, and collaboration. Drawing on real-world examples and research-backed insights, the session will highlight how effective team building not only enhances employee morale and satisfaction but also significantly contributes to increased innovation and overall organizational success. Participants will gain valuable insights into strategies for creating a strong team culture, resolving conflicts, and promoting a collaborative atmosphere that encourages individual and collective growth.
Tuesday, October 1
Beneath the badge

Tuesday Keynote Speaker

Beneath the Badge

After an unexpected detour caused him to retire early, Dave & his wife, Christi, began sharing their story – the reality of what often lies Beneath the Badge. Together, they walk you through their experiences on how PTSD ended David’s career, led to suicidal thoughts and the planning of the same, & the near demise of their marriage. They intimately understand the mental health struggle that many are facing, often in silence.

Dave & Christi Dyke
Dave Dyke was a devoted sheriff deputy/police officer for 24 years in Southeast Minnesota. His experience includes patrol, investigations, hostage negotiations, and undercover agent for the Southeast Minnesota Narcotics and Gang Task Force.

His loving wife, Christi, is an RN in the Emergency Department and Midwest Admission and Transfer Center at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She also works as a Death Investigator for the Southeast Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office at Mayo Clinic. She has over 13 years of prior experience working on a volunteer ambulance service.

Breakout Session #4

10:30am - 12:00pm


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TBD

Dave Dyke, Police Officer, Retired

Christi Dyke, Registered Nurse / Death Investigator

More info coming soon!

The Benefits of Working K9s

Taylor Clark, Specialist II/K9 Officer, Green Bay Police Department

Scott Salzmann, Specialist II/K9 Officer, Green Bay Police Department

Asatru, Odinism, & Runes: The Runes, Rituals, Symbols, & Culture of Norse/Germanic Paganism for Criminal Justice Professionals

David Schilling, Deputy, Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, Rochester, MN


This session is an introduction to Asatru & Odinism that is specifically tailored to the needs of law enforcement officers and corrections personnel. Asatru and Odinism, two closely related modern-day faiths, are based on ancient Norse/Germanic pagan traditions. This session also serves as an introduction to the various symbols, ciphers, and codes used by white supremacists and racially motivated and ethnic domestic violent extremists (DVEs). The presenter will delve into the historical origins of these symbols, ciphers, and religious beliefs, and examine how they have been co-opted and distorted to promote hateful and violent ideologies.

Helping a Multigenerational Workforce Thrive

Greg Hyland, Staff Development Program Supervisor, WI DOC

Jessie Spangler, Training Center Director, WI DOC

We currently have four generations of individuals working alongside one another in the workforce, and though, broadly speaking, we all mostly share the same values, the way we approach them is very different. This session explores how to lean into the differences we have and start seeing them as strengths.

Behind Closed Doors: Unveiling the Reality of Domestic Violence

Tristah Romero-Kelly

"Behind Closed Doors: Unveiling the Reality of Domestic Violence" is a poignant exploration of the hidden epidemic of domestic abuse. Through personal experiences and compelling statistics, this presentation sheds light on the often unseen struggles faced by survivors. It delves into the complexities of abuse dynamics, the barriers to seeking help, and the crucial role of awareness and intervention. Ultimately, it advocates for breaking the silence, fostering support systems, and creating a safer world for survivors to heal and thrive.
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