The Regional Ultimate Culture Conference

Dates and details for our next Ultimate Culture event will be posted soon — stay tuned for updates!

The Ultimate Culture Conference will inform and empower you to initiate change and improve organizational performance.

After three inspiring Annual Ultimate Culture Conferences, we are bringing the Ultimate Culture experience to regions throughout the US in partnership with major universities. Our goal is to build relationships with culture champions to positively impact organizations and their local communities. You’ll participate in thought-provoking presentations, interactive sessions, and dynamic networking to learn more about culture, plus:

  • Experience an interactive, small-group learning approach designed to help leaders and other change agents understand and act on the complexities of culture, leadership, and their connection to performance with our Culture Journey Learning Experience.
  • Learn from local leaders and consultants who are collaborating with leadership teams to change the cultures of their organizations, including Marti Wronski of the Milwaukee Brewers and Angie Zeigler of the Oshkosh Corporation.
  • Enjoy a unique closing session with TED talks and a panel on overcoming significant challenges to impact your organization and community, featuring the head of diversity and inclusion for the University of Wisconsin, the Madison Chief of Police, and the first female paraplegic to complete an Ironman Triathlon.

The Conference will conclude with a Wisconsin-themed happy hour and networking event with refreshments and interactive networking opportunities, presented by Wisconsin School of Business Center for Professional & Executive Development (CPED). Madison’s very own One Barrel Brewing Company will be showcasing their handmade beers, each made in small batches with love. The Fluno Center’s Executive Chef will be pairing special Wisconsin-exclusive cheeses with these beers for a flavor explosion. You can try them all and rank your favorite combinations. We will award the 1st Regional Ultimate Culture Cheese/Beer Championship Combo based on your votes.

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Conference Details

Date & Location

The Fluno Center
601 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53715-1035


$295 — includes registration, continental breakfast, lunch, and evening event.
Experience the conference with your colleagues — buy 2 seats, get the 3rd half off! Use code CONFBTGO at checkout.



Registration & Breakfast: 8:00 to 9:00 AM CT
Conference Sessions: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT
Happy Hour: 4:00 to 5:30 PM CT

Hotel Information

Hotel accommodations are available at the Fluno Center as well as other area hotels.

The Fluno Center
601 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53715-1035
(608) 441-7117

Hampton Inn & Suites Madison/Downtown
440 West Johnson Street
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 255-0360

DoubleTree by Hilton
525 West Johnson Street
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 251-5511



Zachary Blumenfeld

Zach Blumenfeld is Co-Founder of ThirdSpace, a software to help solve core business challenges around organizational culture, employee engagement, and career development. Zach is also the Founder/CEO of CultureCon, an organization with a mission to impact the workplace by connecting humans to spread positive change around organizational culture. Zach has presented at events including the University of Wisconsin Innovation Keynote, UW-EBC, DisruptHR, and the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) on topics that include culture, engagement, and connecting your team to the mission of the organization. In his spare time, he loves to travel the world and all things sports (Go Badgers!). You can find him on Twitter at @ZachBlum or on LinkedIn. Make What You Do Matter.

Co-Founder, ThirdSpace
Founder/CEO, CultureCon

Alysun Johns

Alysun Johns is the Director of Culture and Leadership with Human Synergistics. She supports the development of integrated solutions for clients and consulting partners and leads consulting and coaching services for individuals and organizations. Her focus and experience over the years has centered on organizing, planning, developing, and facilitating client projects and workshops.

Director of Culture and Leadership,
Human Synergistics


Tim Kuppler is the Director of Culture and Organization Development with Human Synergistics. He is also the co-founder of, a 100% educational site with a faculty of culture experts and a purpose to positively impacting society on a global scale through culture awareness, education, and action. He is an accomplished speaker and recognized as a top 100 leadership conference speaker on He was a senior automotive executive and managed numerous culture and performance transformations with best practices featured in case studies, books, and keynote presentations. He was previously President of Denison Consulting and is the author of Build the Culture Advantage, Deliver Sustainable Performance with Clarity and Speed.

Director of Culture and Organization Development, Human Synergistics

Tracy Nelson

Tracy is a senior human resources and talent development executive. She leads the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Professional & Executive Development’s full learning portfolio of talent development services, including courses and certificate programs, coaching services, and organizational, leadership, and team assessment services. Tracy works directly with client organizations to understand their talent development needs and design solutions leveraging the full scope of talent and thought leadership from the University of Wisconsin faculty and beyond. She has been recognized for her leadership of an award-winning learning function, earning a national ATD BEST award, and serves as a national speaker at learning and leadership development conferences. Tracy is also adjunct faculty in the MBA Strategic Human Resources Management program for Wisconsin School of Business and Vice President of Community Outreach on the Executive Board of Directors for the Greater Madison Society of Human Resources Management.

Vice President of Learning and Development, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Marti Wronski

Marti Wronski, a native of Neenah, Wisconsin, joined the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club in 2003. Marti is now in her fifteenth season with the Brewers, and is currently the Club’s General Counsel and Senior Vice President-Administration. In her role, she oversees the Legal, Human Resources, and Information Technology Departments, and is passionate about corporate culture and its impact on employee and corporate performance. Marti was honored to be recognized by the Milwaukee Business Journal as a Woman of Influence (2006), was named to the Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list (2010), and was selected by the Business Journal as one of Milwaukee’s Top Corporate Counsel (2011). She sits on the Board of Directors of the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, is a friend of Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, and volunteers with the Wisconsin Humane Society. Marti speaks frequently on the business of Major League Baseball, women in the business of sports, and workplace opportunities and challenges for young lawyers.

General Counsel and Senior Vice President - Administration, Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club

Tricia Downing

Though she is a lifelong athlete, Tricia Downing’s “grit” goes far beyond the playing field. As a leader, coach and mentor, she is one who cares deeply about others, helping them to see opportunities at times when they may only see overwhelming challenges. Seventeen years ago, Tricia, a competitive cyclist, was hit by a car while riding her bicycle. In the accident, she was paralyzed from the chest down. While many others may have seen this life-changing tragedy as an insurmountable challenge, Tricia handled it with tenaciousness and grace and found the strength to flourish. Not only did she return to athletics—competing on the world stage in four different wheelchair sports—she founded and directs The Cycle of Hope, a non-profit organization created to help other female wheelchair users redefine their own lives. She thrives on helping others see their potential and welcomes the role of “coach,” in guiding them to embrace their unique, authentic and powerful lives.

Paratriathlete and
Motivational Speaker

Michael Koval

Michael C. Koval began his career with the Madison Police Department in 1983. Before becoming the Chief of Police in April 2014, he was a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and subsequently returned to MPD and served in Patrol Services. Chief Koval is a certified trainer in many State-endorsed subject areas, but favorites include Professional Communications, Crisis Management, Community Policing, Constitutional Law, and Ethics. He was an original member of the team that introduced the Department’s first narcotics detection dog, assisted with the City of Madison’s first police staffing analysis team, created open enrollment recruiting, served on the State of Wisconsin’s Law Instructor Advisory Committee, and led the Department’s legal transition team in teaching mandatory arrest for domestic violence.

Chief of Police,
Madison Police Department

Steve Lipton

Steve Lipton serves in several leadership roles focused on helping Wipfli LLP’s clients achieve their missions and improve their outcomes. He leads the firm’s nonprofit and government practice, a diverse group of accounting and consulting professionals deeply focused on the needs of nonprofit organizations and units of government; serves as Wipfli’s growth and innovation leader, helping to foster the firm’s development of leading-edge services and delivery methods; and leads the delivery of organization development and governance consulting services to the markets Wipfli serves. In addition, he serves as vice chair of Wipfli’s board of directors. Steve specializes in coaching organization leaders on addressing root cause issues that impair success and developing innovative methods and products to improve organizations’ productivity.

Growth & Innovation and Nonprofit & Government Practice Leader, Wipfli LLP

Binnu Palta Hill

With more than 20 years of work experience in the University of Wisconsin System, Binnu Palta Hill joined the Wisconsin School of Business (WSB) in 2006. In her role as Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, she works closely with the Dean to develop a diversity strategy congruent with the mission and business strategy of the school. Ms. Hill leads the school’s Diversity Advisory Board, comprised of senior executives from the corporate sector. Under her leadership, WSB has made significant progress diversifying its faculty, staff, and student population and cultivating inclusion. Most recently, the broad impact of Ms. Hill’s work was recognized as she was awarded the 2018 Wisconsin Alumni Association Leadership Award. Ms. Hill also consults with public and private firms to help executives strengthen their leadership skills through experiential workshops focusing on consciously cultivating inclusion.

Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Angie Zeigler

As the VP Talent Management at Oshkosh Corporation, Angie works closely with senior leaders to create leadership development opportunities and learning events that provide them with opportunities to increase their capabilities to ensure that all programs are aligned with Oshkosh's long-term business strategy. Prior to joining Oshkosh, Angie managed Harley-Davidson’s Leadership Development Programs and led the rollout of a new functional excellence program, which integrates with Harley-Davidson’s Talent Management, Global Diversity and Inclusion, Executive Coaching and the HD Foundation functions.

VP Talent Management,
Oshkosh Corporation

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