inVantage Sponsors TEMPO Milwaukee’s 2024 Economic Outlook Event

On Thursday, January 25th, inVantage sponsored TEMPO Milwaukee’s 2024 Economic Outlook event featuring the Vice President of Investments at Catholic Financial Life, Sara J. Walker, CFA.

inVantage was proud to host two tables for our clients to have exclusive access to the sold out event.

Sara Walker’s presentation guided the audience through past and present economic trends, and interpreted the 2024 economic projections. It was insightful and a good reminder to always look for the balance in everything.

Leadership Waukesha County Cohort Learns How to Build A High Performing Team with inVantage

Building a High Performing Team was the focus of inVantage’s session with the Waukesha County Business Alliance’s Leadership Waukesha County cohort. Leadership Waukesha County is a leadership development program that has been offered by the Waukesha County Business Alliance for over 30 years. This program provides tools and education to level-up participants’ leadership skills.

inVantage CEO, Kelly Renz, guided participants through three main components that set high performing teams apart, including: team lifecycle, the Five Dysfunctions of a Team, and team rhythms.

Team lifecycle focuses on the importance of knowing the maturity stage your team is experiencing: Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing and Adjourning. Did you know that most teams will toggle back and forth in the stages as team members are added or leave?

Participants used the Five Dysfunctions of a Team tool by Pinnacle Business Guides to assess their current team and discuss ideas of how to strengthen team cohesion.

Team rhythms taught participants that being a good leader also means running a good meeting and following a good meeting cadence: daily Stand Up’s, Weekly Tactical’s and Monthly Accountability.

We are proud to say that one of our inVantage clients, Jim Schneberger at New Berlin Plastics, is a co-facilitator at Leadership Waukesha County with us.

Strategic Leadership Series Participants at UW-Milwaukee Learn How to Build A High Performing Team with inVantage CEO Kelly Renz

inVantage CEO Kelly Renz spoke about how to Build a High Performing Team at the Strategic Leadership Series hosted by the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

What is a high performing team? A high performing team is an interdependent, clearly role-defined group of individuals who possess high emotional intelligence (EQ), share responsibility, and demonstrate mutual trust and values, with a clear focus on a common goal.

The focus of the session was to discuss the four main components of high performing teams including: team lifecycle, teambuilding strategies, team rhythms, and team and individual measurements of success.

The day ended with a challenge for participants to commit to two actions they will take to build an even higher performing team.

inVantage Launches Six Mastermind Groups in 2024

inVantage has officially launched our 2024 Mastermind Groups and are taking registrations! These carefully cultivated peer groups are comprised of leadership team members looking to level-up with other high-performing, growth mindset people. 

Mastermind Groups are peer groups facilitated by Certified inVantage Business Guides to foster and encourage sharing among leaders of different companies.

In 2024, we will offer six Mastermind Groups – hosted in person at the inVantage session room in Hartland, WI:

  • 2 CEO/President cohorts (six members each)
  • 2 Women in Business cohorts (8 members each)
  • 1 HR Executive cohort (8 members)
  • 1 Executive Level cohort (8 members)

Each Mastermind Group will meet for three hours once a month for nine months of the year (no sessions July, August, and December). There are additional events throughout the year including educational webinars and networking for all participants.

Now is the time to reserve your spot as they fill up quickly! 

Please contact Kelly Renz ( or Anna Cottrill ( to reserve your spot or get more information.

inVantage Mastermind Groups

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Pinnacle Leadership Council Attendees Get First Look at New Downturn Readiness Assessment

At the Pinnacle Leadership Council event on Friday May 5th, inVantage clients were given the opportunity to participate in Pinnacle’s new tool: Downturn Readiness Assessment. This tool acknowledges that a downturn is inevitable and helps assess how prepared a company is to face it. Participants evaluated seven areas of business ranging from human capital to finances to understand their preparedness for downturn. The tool also features a list of the top ten strategies for thriving through a recession as recommended by CEOs.

Effective Teaming Workshop with Waukesha County Business Alliance’s Leadership Waukesha County Cohort

Key Fact: Did you know that on average 7 hours per week per employee is wasted on ineffective teaming?

On May 3rd, inVantage CEO Kelly Renz led a workshop about effective teaming with the Leadership Waukesha County (Waukesha County Business Alliance) cohort. 

Key Concepts included the changing dynamics of teams in the past three years, how to assess and evaluate team effectiveness, and principles to build stronger, healthier teams. 

Metro Milwaukee SHRM’s HR Executive Insights Panel featuring Kelly Renz

Metro Milwaukee SHRM is not only the largest HR association in the Milwaukee area, but also one of the largest SHRM-affiliated chapters in the country. They serve their members through “professional education, communications, networking, outreach, and more”. MM SHRM offers countless events for their members to attend to grow professionally and expand their network.

On April 18th MM SHRM hosted their HR Executive Insights Panel featuring Kelly Renz. She shared lessons from her 25+ years working in the industry to educate attendees on what it means to grow and thrive in today’s HR environment.

SmallBiz Alliance Program – Mastering Emotional Intelligence, A different kind of smart

Kelly Renz of inVantage and a Leadership Waukesha County Facilitator will be leading a session with growing leaders on the business impacts of Mastering Emotional Intelligence (EQ). Since EQ accounts for over 60% of job performance, and studies show that 90% of top performers are also high in EQ, there is a powerful correlation between unlocking your own EQ capabilities and long-term career growth.  It’s the skill investment with the biggest performance ROI impact.

TEMPO – 17th Annual Leadership Event

inVantage is proud to be a Partner Sponsor for the TEMPO 17th Annual Leadership Event featuring Simone Biles. The evening event was held at the Miller High Life Theatre.

TEMPO is a group of more than 450+ executive women leaders who have spoken up, risen above and defied conventions to succeed. TEMPO members and supporters represent diverse industries, functions and companies from throughout the Milwaukee area and Southeastern Wisconsin. TEMPO serves its membership of executive, senior, C-level leaders through educational programming and professional development, networking opportunities, relationship building, and mentoring, with the goal of empowering women to achieve and sustain leadership roles.