2017 Annual Conference

Building Bridges, Creating Connections

Kalahari Resort & Convention Center

Nov. 7-10, 2017

Download the Conference Booklet

Conference Highlights

Pre-Conference Institute

Get the 2017 conference started on Tuesday, November 7th with a number of adventures and activities at Upham Woods! Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center provides educational opportunities to youth, youth leaders, and adults through programs focused on environmental and leadership education. Upham Woods has been operating since 1941 and is managed by the University of Wisconsin Extension. The facility rests on 310 total acres of forested land nestled along the Wisconsin River.

Activities featured will include your choice of the following:

  • Hike Blackhawk Island!
  • Team Building/Low Ropes Course
  • STEM and Environmental Education
  • Canoeing the Wisconsin River

*Sessions are limited to 25 participants each with the exception of Canoeing the Wisconsin River (limited to 18 participants).

To learn more about the Pre-Conference Sessions, check out page 9 in the Conference Booklet!


2017 WPRA Keynote Speaker: Inky Johnson

September 9, 2006. It started as a normal college football game in Neyland Stadium. If anything, the event was an afterthought, dropped into the schedule at the last minute.

For Inky Johnson, though, the game changed everything. A routine tackle turned into a life-threatening injury, and nothing has been normal for Inky ever since. Not with a paralyzed right arm. Not with daily pain. Not with constant physical challenges.

Read more about Inky Johnson, on page 6 of the Conference Booklet now!

Check out some of the highlights from Inky's talks!



2017 WPRA Endnote Speaker: Brian Udermann

Brian Udermann is an inspiring communicator, author and professor who challenges individuals to take responsibility for their own health. This includes incorporating regular physical activity into their routine, getting adequate sleep, and making healthy nutritional choices. This is easy to say, but not always easy to do!

Read more about Brian's session on page 6 of the Conference Booklet.

*For Student Members

This year's Conference Committee has worked hard to ensure student attendees are getting the tools they need to help build the bridge from the classroom to an internship or first professional position. These new experiences will serve as beneficial opportunities for students to create connections with professionals, work on resume and interview skills, and possibly find a mentor to assist with navigating their career path and professional development.
  • Student Track Sessions
  • Internship Opportunity Center
  • Resume Review & Mock Interviews

Check out page 10 of the Conference Booklet for more information!