WISCA Leadership Series

Employee engagement and innovation are crucial, especially in today's workplace.  This leadership development series was created to teach leaders how to build trust and to inspire and motivate employees for success.  The Series builds on evidence from leadership and management studies and on the presenter's experiences as a leader, executive coach and consultant  to enable the participants to develop the skills needed to foster engagement and innovation in their teams and organizations.


  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of the principles of leadership presence, followership, coaching others, systems thinking and managing change.
  • Develop leadership skills and behaviors that help strengthen employee engagement and activate creativity and innovation in teams.

Who should attend:

  • New administrators and managers
  • Those on a career path to become an administrator or manager
  • Experienced administrators and managers looking to refresh their skills

Benefits of participating in the Leadership Series

  • Build trust and engagement.  Become more self-aware about how you show up as a leader.  Be authentically curious and actively listen to build credibility and cultivate trust.  Build genuine relationships by understanding the unique needs of others.
  • Inspire teams to "own it".  Gain helpful insights about your default approach to engaging with others, to empower and delegate more effectively and leave with an effective model for conducting coaching conversations with others.
  • Lead through uncertainty and change.  Learn how to bring people along the journey and communicate effectively to cascade change throughout the organization.  Develop ways to examine the perspective of the customer and articulate the "why".  Understand how to lead with agility to respond quickly to changes.

2024 Courses

Courses are offered throughout the year.  Participants can register for each separately, or the entire series.  Participants will receive a certificate for completing each course, and additional recognition once completing the entire series.

Winter Workshop
Applying Coaching Skills for More Effective Conversations

Thursday, February 15

10am - 4pm

Ingleside Hotel, Pewaukee

There are four coaching skills that, when applied to most conversations leaders have, will make the discussion and outcomes better. This workshop provides an overview and practice of those coaching skills and helps participants better understand the difference between coaching, mentoring, training, and giving feedback.

Workshop attendees also receive complementary registration to the Clinical Forum (February 16).

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Webinar 1

Leadership Presence and Principles

Thursday, June 27
10:00 11:30am

How leaders show up makes or breaks their effectiveness and brand. In this virtual workshop, we will discuss key concepts that impact presence and how to better align actions with intentions.

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Webinar 2
Systems-Thinking Concepts for Surgery Center Leadership

Tuesday, July 30

10:00 11:30am

Thinking outside of one’s own area or function can be a challenge, especially during busy and chaotic times. This virtual workshop will help participants identify opportunities they have to be better systems thinkers and realize the benefits of doing so.

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Fall Workshop
Leading Self and Others Through Change and Transition

Thursday, October 10

10am - 4pm

Jefferson Street Inn, Wausau

Change is the external event that happens. Transition is the psychological process we need to go through to embrace and accept the change. This workshop will cover the difference between the two and help leaders understand where people are in their transition journey and what support and assistance they can offer to them.

Workshop attendees also receive complementary registration to the Leadership Summit (October 11).

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About the Presenters

WISCA has partnered with the LAK Group to develop the Leadership Series.  LAK leaders has partnered with WISCA and ASCs around the state to develop leaders.  They are a trusted partner and expert guide who takes their clients on a journey of personal and organizational discovery to help each individual become a more successful and fulfilled leader.  Courses will be led by Shelley Smith and Jennifer DeLaura.

Shelley is the Managing Director of Leadership Practice at LAK an Executive Coach.  Shelley joined LAK in 2019 with more than 20 years of experience in leadership, consulting with executives, and coaching and organizational development.  She is a credentialed executive coach.  Shelley's areas of expertise include executive coaching, physician leadership coaching, leadership/talent development, change and succession management, and performance consulting.  Prior to joining LAK Group, Shelley was the Senior Director of Leadership Development with Aurora Health Care and spent 16 years in the financial services industry in various roles that included a position as branch manager and leading the training and development function.

Jennifer is a Senior Consultant for Leadership and Organizational Development.  Jennifer joined LAK in 2023 and brings over 20 years of experience in adult education and development.  Her unique career path has spanned corporate and non-profit settings with a variety of industries throughout the Metro-Milwaukee area.  She has owned two successful home-based businesses and has done work as an independent consultant for sales training and management coaching.  Jennifer enjoys working with individuals at all levels to help them build skills that create better versions of themselves. 

Course Fees

Participants can sign-up for separate sessions, or for the full series.  Member centers can register participants at a discounted members-only rate.  Each participant from a member ASC receives the member discount.

Workshop attendees will also receive a complementary conference registration to either the Winter or Leadership Summit. Those who sign up for the whole series receive complementary registration to both.

  Members Non-Members 
 Workshops  $900 $1,200 
 Webinars $250  $300
 Full Series $2,100  $2,800 

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