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Wisconsin In-Person Event | The Science behind Human Decision Making - Help or Hinder your Board
Public Library
814 W Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM CDT
Category: Wisconsin

02:00 PM - 04:00 PM (Pacific)
03:00 PM - 05:00 PM (Mountain)
04:00 PM - 06:00 PM (Central)
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM (Eastern) 


$25  Registration Fee
$45  Non-Member Registration Fee



The first in a series of understanding the science behind decision making and what can go wrong in the boardroom. When we understand human motives, how biases influence our decision, understanding personality traits and intention in the boardroom, one can better understand the dynamic.

This knowledge will support your board in finding latent issues, making better decision, bringing on complimentary directors and understanding what could go awry. You will also be able to harness the true potential of your board.  Knowledge, case studies and tangible tools will also be shared during this series. 

Thank you to our National Sponsors!



Ralph Weber


Ralph Weber tried dozens of complex, multi-week trials during a distinguished career as a trial lawyer, earning peer recognition from The American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers Guide, Best Lawyers, and more.  He also taught Trial Advocacy for 25 years to Marquette University Law School students, created the Trial Science Institute (a facility for studying how jurors and judges respond to disputed cases), and helped found a nationally renowned trial law boutique, Gass Weber Mullins llc. 

Ralph now serves as a trusted advisor to senior corporate and nonprofit leaders through work on multiple boards. He chairs the HR and Governance Committee for Northwestern Mutual, helps lead the national and local boards of Rocketship Public Schools, and also is a board member of a large privately-held Wisconsin company.  

Ralph writes and speaks about the emerging science of human decision-making, including its application to boards of directors. Research reveals many ways in which our thinking can go astray; Ralph highlights techniques aimed at keeping us on track.  You can read his work at www.weberadvising.com/writings.


Russell J Barcelona, Ph.D

Dr. Barcelona is a co-founder and licensed business psychologist with Ascend Talent Strategies, Inc. For over twenty-five years, Russ has delivered an insightful and evidenced-based approach in the areas of leadership assessment, succession planning, organization cultural transformation and executive coaching. He blends a highly quantitative/scientific industrial psychology background with his robust intuition (of people) and an in-depth understanding of a client’s business.

Russ worked on the inside of an action-oriented human resource department of a multi-billion-dollar organization early in his career. During his early career, he played an active role on a national task force for testing and personnel research within the electric utility industry. Since 1997, he shifted his focus to playing significant partnership roles in two Industrial/ Organizational Psychology firms. His clients span industry sectors including manufacturing, insurance, food production and law firms. He continues to engage with Fortune 500 clients, governmental agencies, private equity firms, merger & acquisition due diligence activities and entrepreneurial start-ups. In 2019, Ascend Talent Strategies, Inc. was launched to capitalize on a forwardleaning and contemporary approach to providing customized I/O Psychology services and consultation to leaders, teams and organizational clients.

Russ has a B.S. in psychology from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and an M.S. and Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology from Illinois Institute of Technology. He is married with five children and has the eclectic interests of gardening, home-brewing, soccer, Nordic Noir books, fishing and back-country hiking.




Inge Plautz
SVP, Executive Business Development Officers
Old National Bank

Inge Plautz serves as Senior Vice President and Executive Business development Officer for Wisconsin with a special emphasis on the Milwaukee Region of Old National Bank (ONB). Old National has nearly $20 Billion in assets and was founded in 1834 in the State of Indiana. ONB’s Wisconsin presence is centered among the most dynamic markets of Milwaukee, Madison and the Fox Valley.

Prior to joining Old National in 2018, Inge spent more than 13 years within finance, accounting and commercial insurance. Inge’s expertise includes Global Trade, Leveraged Finance, Bond Financing Structured Finance  Capital Markets and traditional Commercial and Industrial banking. Inge also has deep expertise in Health Care and Employee Benefits.

Inge is also the Co-founder of Pump Hero, LLC, which is a mobile App that connects on-the-go nursing mothers to safe, clean and convenient locations to pump. Inge is an avid community supporter with extensive board and volunteer service. She serves as an Advisor to LeaseCrunch a software technology company. She is on the Membership Committee for Tempo Milwaukee, steering committee member of Milwaukee Women inc, committee member for the Milwaukee Boys & Girls Club Celebrating G.I.R.L.S , serves on the board of The First Tee of Southeast WI and is a board member of Ducks Unlimited. Inge also gives her time to many initiatives devoted to STEM and empowerment of young women. She is a certified PADI Rescue Diver and holds State of Wisconsin Accident, Health & Life License.

A Graduate of University of Wisconsin Madison, Inge holds an Executive Masters of Business Administration and Bachelors degree triple majors in Finance International Business and French.  A native of South Africa, Inge speaks four languages including Afrikaans, French and Zulu.