Our Difference is Our Culture

EmPower HR’s vision is to have an amazing impact on the community through unmatched delivery of human capital solutions. Our mission is to develop employees, drive company success and enrich the communities in which we do business.

Grow Your People | Grow Your Business | Grow Your Community

Our difference is our culture. We provide 1440 level service to each other, our clients and our partners. Our six Pillars guide us every minute of every day: Dream Big, Have Courage, Take Initiative, Be Accountable, Give Back and Enjoy It.

Our headquarters are located in Milwaukee’s Third Ward while our Schaumburg offices are located minutes away from the Woodfield Mall.

Getting Personal


Barb Maglio

Biggest Fan of The Rolling Stones


Jennifer Guzmán

Was on Sesame Street at the age of 4


Gwen Lemming

Loves all things British past & present

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Alex Vant Hoff

Has NO Middle name

Zoe Muehl

Zoe Muehl

Used to Snow Ski Competitively

Erin Woolley

Erin Woolley

Always up for NEW Adventure!

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Mitch Rogers

Has a Man Crush on Tom Brady


Scott Carter

Loves Butterfingers and sailing

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Our Growth Achievements

Movers & Shakers!

We want to say congratulations to Jennifer Drohan and Kaitlin Henze . They each have been named HR Consulting Team Leads for the Schaumburg and Milwaukee offices, respectively. These ladies have proven that they have the right stuff to help their teams deliver 1440 level service to our clients and one another. Way to go Jennifer & Kaitlin!

Welcome Bryan Peters!

The Milwaukee office recently welcomed Bryan Peters as an HR Consultant. Bryan has an awesome outgoing personality with a drive to provide 1440 level serve to our clients. We are thrilled to have such a fantastic addition to our HR Consulting Team! Welcome Bryan!

Welcome Morgan Miller!

Morgan Miller has joined the EmPower HR family as a Payroll Solutions Administrator. Morgan will be working within one of our dedicated Service Teams in our Milwaukee office. Morgan loves to travel and is a total Harry Potter fan! Welcome Morgan!

Our HR Team is growing!!

Our HR Team welcomes two new fantastic faces - Jeanne Rooney and Erin Woolley. These two awesome women will be working from our Schaumburg office providing 1440 level service to our clients, each other and our partners. We are so excited that they joined the EmPower HR family!

Welcome Jennifer Fadrowski!

Jennifer Fadrowski has joined EmPower HR as Director of Administration! Jennifer is a selfless leader who loves to serve people and has over 20 years of experience in payroll and administration. Jennifer will be responsible for overseeing our Dedicated Service Teams and the Technology & Solutions team. She will focus on creating efficiencies, streamlining processes and ensuring that we are delivering an amazing experience to our clients, our partners and each other.


EmPower HR has been named one of Milwaukee's 2017 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®! This is the third consecutive year that we have been honored with this award. We are excited and looking forward to the Awards Gala on Friday February 10, 2017!

Here we Grow again!

Aaron O’Donahue has joined us as an HR Generalist. Aaron will be working within one of our dedicated Service Teams assisting our clients. Aaron’s warm, friendly personality makes him an instant hit with our clients and his co-workers! Tim Tanner has joined us as an Implementation Consultant. Tim’s role is crucial to the success of integrating new clients into our services. Tim’s analyst background and drive to seek out solutions make him a wonderful addition to our team! Welcome Aaron & Tim!

EmPower HR welcomes Eric Hermonson to our Schaumburg office!

Eric Hermonson has joined our Schaumburg office as an HR Consultant. Eric's focus will be working with our clients on a strategic level guiding and assisting them with talent acquisition and management and employer compliance. Eric loves forming relationships and learning about processes and trying to determine ways to add efficiency. These attributes make him a great addition to our HR Consulting team! Welcome Eric!

New faces in our Milwaukee office!

Paige Vazquez has joined us as an HR Generalist. Paige will be working within one of our dedicated Service Teams assisting our clients. Paige has a positive and gracious attitude that makes her a wonderful addition to our team! Matt Haughn has joined us as a Payroll Administrator whose focus is on ensuring our clients employees are paid accurately and efficiently. Matt has a great smile and an easy going attitude which helps to keep his team grounded. Welcome Paige & Matt!

Zoe Muehl joins our Milwaukee Sales Team!

EmPower HR welcomes another great addition to the Milwaukee Sales Team, Zoe Muehl! Our search to find outgoing and motivated young candidates led us to Zoe. Zoe joins us after graduating from Winona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Marketing. Zoe has an upbeat and friendly personality that will serve her well educating prospective clients in regard to EmPower HR's solutions. Welcome Zoe!

Nicholas Fishback joins our Milwaukee Sales Team!

After an extensive search at colleges and universities in Southeastern Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Sales Team welcomes Nicholas Fishback to EmPower HR! Our team was looking for young candidates who are competitive with a strong work ethic and have a strong self-awareness. Nicholas graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Parkside with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management and was a two time All-American wrestler in NCAA DII. Welcome to the team Nicholas!

New face in Milwaukee!

We are excited to announce that Kaitlin Henze has joined EmPower HR as an HR Consultant in our Milwaukee office! Kaitlin comes to us with HR experience in the manufacturing industry and is excited for the chance to partner with our clients in providing strategic human capital solutions. Kaitlin enjoys traveling and spending free time exploring new things. Welcome Kaitlin!

New face in Schaumburg!

We are excited to announce that Jennifer Drohan has joined EmPower HR as an HR Consultant in our Schaumburg office! Jennifer comes to us with over 15 years’ experience in HR and excited about working with our clients to provide strategic human capital solutions. Jennifer roots for the Chicago Blackhawks and enjoys running and spending time with her family. Welcome Jennifer!

New website launched!

At EmPower HR we felt that we needed a website that better expressed who we are as a company and showcased the awesome culture we have. Partnering with Ascedia was an easy decision as we knew that they had the best skill set for what we wanted to accomplish.

Best & Brightest Places to Work - 2nd Consecutive Year!

EmPower HR was honored to be named one of Milwaukee's Best & Brightest Places to Work for a second consecutive year!

Ken Flitz joins our Sales Team!

We are excited to announce that Ken Flitz has joined our Milwaukee Sales Team! Ken joins us with over a decade of proven business development experience, ranging from the staffing to pharmaceutical industries.

Jennifer Guzmán joins our Schaumburg office!

Jennifer is responsible for business development in the greater Chicago area. Jennifer joins us with over 15 years’ Human Resources experience, ranging from tech startups to family-owned business.

EmPower HR named Best & Brightest Places to Work!

EmPower HR was named as one of Milwaukee's Best & Brightest Places to Work in the inaugural class of 2015.

EmPower HR Solidified as a Premier Services Provider

EmPower HR reinforces its position to be the Midwest’s leading provider of Human Resources (HR) services and solutions. This position is enhanced by the sale of Laurus Strategies.

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EmPower HR and Laurus Strategies relocate to the Third Ward!

EmPowerHR and Laurus Strategies relocate their Wisconsin offices to a joint space within the historic Third Ward District of downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Launch of a combined website!

EmPower HR, formerly known in Wisconsin as Waterstone HR, launched a new combined website to better reflect the broad array of services now offered by the recently merged companies.

Waterstone HR changes name to EmPower HR

Following the merger of the 2 companies, Waterstone HR will now brand its human resources solutions as EmPower HR.

EmPower HR and Waterstone HR combine forces under Laurus Strategies

EmPower HR, located in Arlington Heights, IL and Waterstone HR, located in Mequon, WI have merged under Laurus Strategies. The continued focus for the combined company is to deliver high touch, high quality service and solutions to help their clients focus on what they do best.

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