University of Wisconsin–Madison

When Every Day Feels Like Monday: Motivating Yourself and Others in Uncertain Times


Motivation is a key success factor in the workplace, yet the challenges of uncertain times can impact our productivity, focus, energy, and optimism. In this 3-part virtual workshop series, you will learn foundations of the neuroscience of human motivation, develop strategies for effectively dealing with low motivation in yourself and your team, identify ways to maximize personal motivators and develop an accountability and growth mindset, improve your ability to get things done, and leave with a personal toolbox of tips and techniques for motivating and inspiring yourself and others through the changing times ahead!


Location:  Online


  • April 27 from 9:00 – 11:00 am
  • April 28 from 9:00 – 10:30 am
  • April 29 from 9:00 – 10:30 am


  • Click to Register for the full course, or call 608-262-3909 to register for all 3 Days (April 27, 28, and 29); the cost is $180. BONUS: Place 2 or more spring or summer paid leadership courses in your cart, and use discount code SBDC10 for 10% off. Classes must be purchased in the same transaction.
  • To register for April 27 only. The April 27th session is being offered at no charge due to funding from the CARES Act.

Registration policy: Payment will be required at time of registration; you must have either a credit card or valid UW-Madison funding string to be able to register.

Cancellation policy: If you cancel before the program begins, there is a $25 cancellation fee. If you cancel after the program begins you will be charged for the full program fee. To cancel, call registration at 608-262-3909.

Disability Statement: Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the UW-Madison SBDC office at to request accommodations.

The Small Business Development Center at UW Madison is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.


Tracy Nelson MSOD, SPHR, CPTD

Tracy is a senior human resources, organizational development, and talent development executive with over 30 years of business experience in a variety of industries spanning healthcare, financial services, insurance, hospitality, manufacturing, and more. She is currently President & Chief Talent Officer at Aspire Talent Group, a talent optimization and training firm with deep expertise in leadership development, human resources, talent management, learning design, assessment services, and coaching.  Tracy teaches in the MBA program at the Wisconsin School of Business and is a talent solutions advisor and instructor for the Center for Professional & Executive Development.  She has earned both national and international recognition for her leadership and employee training curriculums. Her work focuses on helping leaders, teams, and organizations optimize their performance through leadership development, keynote speaking and training workshops, organizational, team, and leadership assessments, coaching, and consulting.


Jon Zulawski, MBA, SPHR, CPTD

Jon has over a decade of experience driving learner engagement by leading the development of learning programs and enhancing the effectiveness of the learning function at organizations both large and small across a variety of industries.  Jon currently serves as Executive Vice President of Aspire Talent Group, a talent optimization and training firm with deep expertise in leadership development, human resources, talent management, learning design, assessment services, and coaching.  Jon has led leadership and organizational development, employee development, learning technologies, and patient, customer, and employee experience functions at health care, financial, insurance, and benefit administration companies. Jon has a passion for helping organizations leverage learning technologies to create and deliver effective, engaging development programs and is a recognized leader in designing and developing award-winning virtual workshops.