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WATRA offers engaging and informative in-person and on-line professional development programs on a regular basis throughout the year. These programs are usually free to our members and $45 for non-members.

Whether provided by consultants and technical experts or academic faculty from a local university, our professional development programs provide critical technical knowledge and issue exploration. These are truly design to be continuing education and help forward the science of compensation and benefits.

​In addition, WATRA is a local partner of WorldatWork and supports its training and certification programming. WATRA will host in-person certification programs in the future but you can view their online catalog here: WorldatWork Certification Courses.

Upcoming Programs

    • December 14, 2023
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Maggiano's Little Italy, 2001 International Dr., McLean, Virginia, 22102-4605
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    About The Event

    Raise a glass to toast the close of 2023 and ring in 2024 - WATRA has big things in store for you in 2024! We will enjoy festive cocktails, yummy food, and holiday cheer in a festival atmosphere with our fellow total rewards professionals.

    We are excited to wrap up 2023 with an industry happy hour. We can't wait to toast with you the success of the past year 


    If you join within one week of the party, we will apply your ticket price to your membership.

    • February 21, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Webinar

    Event Start

    The webinar will be held from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.

    About The Event

    Embark on an immersive exploration designed exclusively for compensation professionals, as we unravel the game-changing potential of hybrid work models. Learn how to leverage these strategies to elevate your team's retention and productivity, while deftly optimizing costs.

    Say goodbye to the old-fashioned, office-centric paradigm. Cutting-edge research shows that, rather than making minor tweaks to an outdated system, it's time to seize the advantages of a flexible, hybrid-first approach. This isn't just an upgrade—it's a comprehensive transformation, amplifying retention, productivity, engagement, and innovation, and fostering robust collaboration and risk mitigation.

    Dive deep into the mechanics of a hybrid-first, team-led model, uniquely tailored for the compensation landscape. Discover the benefits of virtual coworking, the art of efficient weekly performance evaluations, and strategies to neutralize proximity bias. Cultivate a culture of "Excellence from Anywhere," a philosophy with a proven track record in diverse real-world scenarios.

    With these powerful best practices at your fingertips, you'll be equipped to empower yourself and your team to not just navigate, but lead the rapid evolution of the compensation field. It's time to redefine the possibilities for your team, the compensation profession, and the future of work.

    Everyone who attends get an electronic copy of Dr. Gleb Tsipursky's book,  Returning to the Office and Leading Hybrid and Remote Teams: A Manual on Benchmarking to Best Practices for Competitive Advantage.

    About Our Speaker

    Dr. Gleb Tsipursky was lauded as “Office Whisperer” and “Hybrid Expert” by The New York Times for helping compensation leaders use hybrid work to improve retention and productivity while cutting costs. He serves as the CEO of the future-of-work consultancy Disaster Avoidance Experts. Dr. Gleb wrote the first book on returning to the office and leading hybrid teams after the pandemic, his best-seller Returning to the Office and Leading Hybrid and Remote Teams  (Intentional Insights, 2021). He authored seven books in total, and is best known for his global bestseller, Never Go With Your Gut: How Pioneering Leaders Make the Best Decisions and Avoid Business Disasters  (Career Press, 2019). His cutting-edge thought leadership was featured in over 650 articles and 550 interviews in Harvard Business ReviewForbesInc. MagazineUSA Today, CBS NewsFox NewsTimeBusiness InsiderFortuneThe New York Times and elsewhereHis writing was translated into Chinese, Spanish, Russian, Polish, Korean, French, Vietnamese, German, and other languages. His expertise comes from over 20 years of consultingcoaching, and speaking and training for Fortune 500 companies from Aflac to Xerox. It also comes from over 15 years in academia as a behavioral scientist, with 8 years as a lecturer at UNC-Chapel Hill and 7 years as a professor at Ohio State. A proud Ukrainian American, Dr. Gleb lives in Columbus, Ohio.

    • October 21, 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

    WATRA is excited to announce the topic for October's education program  Please check back later for more details including location.

    Event Start

    Networking begins at 8:30 am.  Formal event is from 9:00 am to 10:30 am.

    About The Event

    Take some time with us to discuss the ever-changing compensation planning processes, tools, and best practices.  We hope this will be an informative and interactive discussion covering the following items:

    Fundamentals of the overall compensation planning, aka merit, process.

    Trends and recent shifts in compensation structure policies, incorporating your pay philosophy to the process, and best practices.

    Compensation, Pay Equity, and transparency items to consider, and potential remediation strategies.

    Current Compensation Planning technology landscape and other implementation items to consider.


    Sean Luitjens, General Manager of Visier’s Total Rewards business, will lead this session including data from their 2024 Compensation Best Practices Survey.


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