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.

‚ÄčIn 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 20, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Virtual - Zoom

    The second in a series of Compensation Basics Webinars, this session will explore a key tool for any compensation process - Market Surveys. This webinar will cover:

    • What is market pricing and why should we do it?
    • How do we select a peer group and market data?
    • How do we match survey jobs to internal jobs?
    • How do we prep the data?
    • How do we conduct the market analysis?


    Mike Wagner, PhD

    Mike is a seasoned human resources professional with leadership experience in employee engagement, survey design, compensation, HR strategy, analytics, and risk management at global and Fortune 500 companies. Mike has a successful record of driving executive decisioning in these areas, as well as managing enterprise-wide programs and projects. He brings a data-focused, consultative approach that drives tangible improvements in engagement and performance.

    In addition to his role with Bolton, Mike is the Director of the MA in Human Resources program at the Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati. He is also Assistant Professor - Educator, teaching courses in Compensation, Organizational Behavior, Professionalism and Ethics, and Capstone for HRM.

    Prior to Bolton and UC, Mike was vice president of compensation at Fifth Third Bank, where he led a team responsible for the incentive design and compensation for all commercial bankers, capital markets traders, underwriters, and call centers. Mike has also served in compensation and human resource analytic roles at American Express, AXA Equitable Insurance and Mercer Human Resources Consulting.

    Mike received his Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University in New York City, where his research was focused on employee attitudes toward incentive plans. His research on HR has been published in peer-reviewed journals and has been presented at international business conferences. Mike also has a BA in English from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

    • November 15, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Virtual - Zoom

    More information coming soon!


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