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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

    • October 18, 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Webinar

    About The Event

    We are excited to announce that our topic for our virtual October event will be Compensation.  Please check back for updates about specifics

    About Our Speakers

    Gregory StoskopfManaging Director at Deloitte Consulting LLP, Compensation and Job Architecture Offering Leader, People Developer and Collaborator, National Leader of Compensation Strategies Consulting within Deloitte’s Human Capital Practice. Serving clients across a wide variety of industries in the design and implementation of world-class compensation, rewards, and workforce transformation programs. Currently leading Deloitte's Global Job Architecture solution, helping organizations streamline their job structures to facilitate business growth while attracting key talent and optimizing technology. Also, a member of Deloitte's Global Rewards Leadership Committee.

    Cheryl Cybulski, CCP, Manager, Human Capital at Deloitte Consulting, LLP, Certified Compensation Professional with over 13 years of experience in the design, development, implementation, and maintenance of strategic compensation programs for all levels of management, exempt and nonexempt employee populations. Demonstrates strong analytical, technical, and quantitative skills. A proven ability to consult with business leaders to develop innovative solutions that address individual department needs while maintaining the integrity of the organization’s compensation philosophy and strategies.

    • November 15, 2023
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • IslerDare, PC, Tysons Corner Office, 1945 Old Gallows Road, Suite 650, Vienna, Virginia 22182

    Event Start

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

    About The Event

    We are excited to announce our topic for our in-person November event will be pain points around new regulations/pay transparency.  Please check back for a description.

    About Our Speakers

    Edward Lee Isler is a native of the Washington Metropolitan Area and is a founding partner of IslerDare PC (formerly Ray & Isler, PC and Isler Dare Ray Radcliffe & Connolly, PC). Prior to establishing the Firm in 1997, Eddie spent seven years practicing labor, employment, and employee benefits law in Washington, D.C. with a national firm, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and two years with a regional firm, Kruchko & Fries. Before beginning private practice, Eddie served a one-year term as judicial clerk to the Honorable James C. Turk, Chief Judge for the United States District Court, Western District of Virginia.

    Eddie has achieved national recognition as a leading employment law attorney and maintains an outstanding reputation as an advocate for his clients’ interests in and out of the courtroom. He is a past Chair of the Virginia Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section and of the Planning Committee for the Virginia CLE Annual Employment Law Update. Over the years, he has been named Super Lawyer, Best Lawyer, and Lawyer of the Year for his varied expertise.

    Edward received his law degree from the College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law J.D. and his B.A., American Government, B.A. Economics from the University of Virginia, B.A., American Government, B.A. Economics.

    Lori H. Turner, Partner at IslerDare PChas experience in advising and counseling clients in a wide range of labor and employment issues including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1866, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, wage and hour claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act, privacy and security requirements under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, the Consumer Credit Protection Act, and state garnishment and support orders. Lori also reviews and drafts employment agreements such as separation agreements, non-competition agreements, non-solicitation agreements, confidentiality/trade secret agreements, and executive employment agreements.

    • December 01, 2023
    • December 31, 2023
    • In-person

    Event Start

    To be announced

    About The Event

    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 

    Please check back for updates about date and location.

    • 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.


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