Organized by Coreyne Woodman Holoubek and Laura Gmeinder


InBusiness Madison article: "Unplugged culture: Will employers allow workers to be disconnected?"

Biz Times article "Beyond panel discussions and lectures: The evolution of corporate events"

DISRUPT is a movement designed to ENERGIZE, INSPIRE and CHALLENGE executives, business leaders, community change agents and professionals in the field of Human Resources. Basically everyone and anyone who WORKS. Our mission is to move the dialog forward and empower you to take ACTION to CHANGE the world of work.

DISRUPT is a night of thought-provoking talks from experts and professionals who want to share their ideas on how we can move our talent thinking forward. Each speaker has 5 minutes, 20 slides rotating at 15 seconds each to blow your mind! Part entertainment, part education it's a movement that will really move you to action.


Our vision is to be a catalyst for change and incubator for thought leadership for all things work.  Our focus is three fold: to inspire employees to do meaningful work, to create thought leaders onstage and off and give like-minded professionals a community to connect and build mutually beneficial relationships.


Our mission is to create thriving workplaces and happy, productive employees. We do that by creating a diverse community, who passion for what’s possible in the work place is their connector. We will host intimate event experiences with a focus on growing our community, supported by like-minded individuals and businesses. We will champion our sponsors and speakers before, during and after our events committed to their success, however that is defined.

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SOLD OUT Disrupt Madison 3.0 is on June 6, 2018 at the High Noon Saloon. Please click on the button above to join the wait list and we will do our best to accomidate. Disrupt Madison is proud to be a featured event of CultureCon USA June 6-7. Please note, tickets sold separately. Use code Disrupt18 to save 10%

Speaker Lineup:

  • Rachel Werner, "The 'F' Factor: The Falsehood Behind Feminisim"

  • Amber Swenor “Video Creates the Star”

  • Neil Mathweg “Trailing Spouses: How to Hit the Ground Running”

  • DP Knuden “BRAND vs COMMODITY: If You’re Not the One You Are the Other”

  • Charles Warner "Selling the Story: Lessons From Silver Screen Dreams"

  • Jenie Gao "Creativity, Connection and Consciousness: Our Survival Strategies"

  • Michael Hann "Surviving to THRIVING: How to Avoid Burnout, Metabolize Stress and Design a Winnable Game"

  • Nick Dillon "How Do You Show Up? The Proactive Approach to Workplace Bullying"

  • Steve Bench "Delayed Adulthood, Disrupted Workplaces" 


We are so grateful for the generous companies who support Disrupt Madison 3.0. We invite you to learn more about our disruptive sponsors below.


Ultimate Software


Interested in learning more? https://www.ultimatesoftware.com/


The Alliance


Interested in learning more? http://www.the-alliance.org/


Hinckley Productions

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Interested in learning more? http://hinckleyproductions.com/


Live Well Social Videos

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Interested in learning more?  http://livewellsocial.com/


MRA- The Management Association


Interested in learning more? https://www.mranet.org/


Summit Credit Union


Interested in learning more? https://www.summitcreditunion.com/


Alliant Energy


Interested in learning more? https://www.alliantenergy.com/


Crimson Sun Studios


Interested in learning more? http://www.crimsonsunstudios.com/

Is  your organization interested in joining this list? Contact Coreyne Woodman-Holoubek to discuss sponsorship opportuntiies coreyne@theapugroup.com


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The SOLD OUT Disrupt Milwaukee 1.0 was held on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at the Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery as part of Wisconsin Startup Week. Click HERE to watch all of the speaker videos.

THIS JUST IN----Disrupt Milwaukee 2.0 will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2018

Our inagural event featured speakers like Rachael O'Meara and Jenny Triplett. Click HERE to watch all of the speaker videos.


RACHAEL O'MEARA is the author of the acclaimed book "Pause: Harnessing the Life Changing Power of Giving Yourself a Break". In addition, she is a sales executive at Google, transformation leadership coach and dynamic speaker.


JENNY TRIPLETT media maven extraordinaire, is one half of the professional husband and wife team Rufus and Jenny Triplett the minds behind Prisonworld Magazine Podcast and BlogTalk. They were honored by Ebony as one of the "14 Most Inspiring Black Couples" (2013).

SPONSORS: Disrupt Milwaukee 1.0 November 9, 2017

We are so grateful for our generous sponsors:

DIAMOND: MRA- The Management Association

Interested in learning more? https://www.mranet.org/


PLATINUM: Hinckley Productions

Interested in learning more? http://hinckleyproductions.com/


GOLD: Best Places at the Historic Pabst Brewery

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Interested in learning more? http://www.bestplacemilwaukee.com/

GOLD: Ultimate Software


Interested in learning more? https://www.ultimatesoftware.com/

BRONZE: Westallion Brewing Company


Interested in learning more? http://www.westallionbrewing.com/

BRONZE: Crimson Sun Studios


Interested in learning more? http://www.crimsonsunstudios.com/


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Disrupt Madison 2.0 June 6, 2017 program.

The inaugural Disrupt Madison event was held at High Noon Saloon on June 23rd 2016. Over 100+ in attendance and via Global Live Feed.

A sold out Disrupt Madison 2.0 was held on June 6, 2017.

The inaugural Disrupt Milwaukee was held at the Best Place at Pabst Brewery on November 9, 2017 as part of Wisconsin Startup Week.

Disrupt Madison 3.0 will be on June 6, 2018 as part of CultureCon USA.

Disrupt Milwaukee 2.0 will be held on November 8, 2018 as part of Wisconsin Startup Week

Disrupt events in Wisconsin are organized by Coreyne Woodman-Holoubek, Contracted Leadership and Laura Gmeinder, Laura Gmeinder Coaching & Consulting, LLC

Disrupt MEDIA

Learn more!



Disrupt Madison videos

Disrupt Milwaukee videos



HRchat Podcast with Laura Gmeinder & Coreyne Woodman Holoubek

HRchat Podcast with Matthew Gonnering

Empowered Women Empower Women With Laura Gmeinder



Biz Times Media

In Business Magazine

HR Gazette Interview With Laura Gmeinder

HR Gazette Interview With Futurist and TEDx Speaker Rebecca Ryan

HR Gazette Interview With Bruce Holoubek

HR Gazette Interview With Jillana Peterson

HR Gazette Interview With Tina Hallis

University of Wisconsin: Disrupt Madison is Returning and Expanding



Culture Community

The Alliance Disrupt: Engaging Thought Leaders



"Disrupt Madison was a fun and exhilarating event! The presentations were well orchestrated and engaging, and the fast pace made it particularly exciting.  I left feeling energized and excited to make change in our industry."

Ashley Powell, Business Development Manager, Bendyworks


"The venue was perfect, and even though I had to get going pretty soon after the speakers were done, I actually, did more networking in those 20 minutes than I do at most week-long conferences."  

Allison Gamble, Manager, HR Technology, Cuna Mutual Group


"I was especially drawn by the inclusive, forward-thinking and refreshing nature of the Disrupt Madison event (hosted in a relaxed and creative setting). Tapping the generous spirit of the diverse, impassioned professionals sharing their ideas and discoveries on the future of talent and the world of work – I left energized and recommitted to lead and collaborate from a place of service. A BIG THANKS to the event co-organizers, Coreyne Woodman-Holoubek and Laura Gmeinder, for so graciously holding the space for us!"

Hollie Hollister, Founder and Owner of H Cubed Group, LLC



"Being part of Disrupt Madison helped us think through how we want to be a positive “disruption” in the world of health care. The Disrupt Madison team did an excellent job of delivering value for our sponsorship through cross-promotion and social media. They coached us on speaking effectively to their audience so we got the greatest benefit from our sponsorship. Afterward, they provided insights into what makes the Disrupt events successful so we could apply those tactics in our own marketing. It was definitely a rewarding partnership!"

Cheryl DeMars, President & CEO, The Alliance


"We are proud to once again be a sponsor for Disrupt Madison.  Cornerstone was so impressed with the 2016 inaugural event that we were eager to renew our commitment. Sponsorship is definitely a win-win;  the event provides high value to our clients/prospective clients. The evening is professionally crafted and a community is created that encourages connections; it's a unique and cutting edge event. We also found value in the time to connect, before and after the event, and enjoyed hearing dynamic stories across multiple industries from people who are passionate about all things work."

Jake Brennan, Regional Sales Manager, Cornerstone


To speak at or to sponsor an upcoming event please email Laura@LauraGmeinder.com