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. Our Schaumburg office is located minutes away from the Woodfield Mall, our Michigan office is located just northwest of downtown Brighton and our Ohio office is located just north of Columbus.

Getting Personal

EmPower HR: Donovan Arndt

Donovan Arndt

Can do a Backflip upon request

EmPower HR: Scott Carter

Scott Carter

Loves Sunrises From a paddle board

EmPower HR: Danielle Mutchie

Danielle Mutchie

Is a Foodie connoisseur

EmPower HR: Erin Woolley

Erin Woolley

Always up for NEW Adventure!

EmPower HR: Alex Vant Hoff

Alex Vant Hoff

Has NO Middle name

EmPower HR: Paige Vazquez

Paige Vazquez

Might be found in A YouTube Music video

EmPower HR: Jennifer Guzmán

Jennifer Guzmán

Was on Sesame Street at the age of 4

EmPower HR: Dan Bradach

Dan Bradach

Diehard Marquette Fan

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Our Growth Achievements

EmPower HR welcomes Sean Viohl!

Sean Viohl has joined EmPower HR as a Sales Consultant. Sean will be working to grow our Chicagoland market after Guz’ transition to the Client Experience Leader role. At the top of Sean’s bucket list is to play the Augusta National. Welcome to the team Sean!

Watch us grow!!

EmPower HR continues to grow our family with the additions of Scarlett Pisarek as an HR Specialist and Brooke Marshall as an HR Generalist. Scarlett is based out of our Milwaukee office and Brooke is hanging with the team in Schaumburg. Scarlett would love to go back to Ireland to see the gorgeous scenery and Brooke would love to take a long vacation taking a tour of Europe. Welcome Scarlett & Brooke!

Welcome Jocelyn Seppala!

EmPower HR welcome Jocelyn Seppala as a Payroll Specialist. Jocelyn will be working on one of our dedicated Service Teams. On the top of Jocelyn's bucket list is to eat at 10 of the best 50 restaurants in the world. Welcome Jocelyn!

Spencer Matthews promoted to Team Lead!

We are pleased to announce that Spencer Matthews has been promoted to Team Lead! As Team Lead, Spencer will oversee our dedicated Service Teams. In his short time here, Spencer has proven himself as knowledgeable in many areas and a compassionate leader. His focus in this expanded role will be to oversee and assist in daily operations of the teams as well as develop, train and support in our constant pursuit of better. Congratulations Spencer!

Wayne Saiki joins EmPower HR!

Wayne Saiki has joined EmPower HR as an Operations Project Manager. Wayne's ability to take chaos and turn it into a well mapped out process is unmatched! Wayne will be based out of our Schaumburg office. Wayne loves to travel and learn about different cultures. International destinations are preferred, especially destinations that have a rich history. Welcome Wayne!

Spread the Warmth - Tiesta Tea event

EmPower HR team members participated in Tiesta Tea's Spread The Warmth event in January. Tiesta Tea employees and volunteers pass out hot tea, warm clothing kits and food to those less fortunate living on the streets of Chicago.

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Wanda Vazquez joins EmPower HR!

Wanda Vazquez has joined EmPower HR as a Payroll Specialist. With just over a decade of payroll and customer service experience, Wanda is a great addition to the team! Welcome Wanda!

Winner Winner - 4 years in a row!!

For the fourth consecutive year, EmPower HR has been named one of Milwaukee's 2018 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®! We are so honored by this award as it is our employee first culture which embodies our 1440 spirit by creating the absolute best experience with every person, in every interaction, every minute of every day that sets us apart!

New Client Experience Leader – Jennifer Guzman!

Jennifer Guzman aka “Guz” will be taking over the Client Experience team after doing a tremendous job of growing our business in Chicagoland over the past couple years. Guz has always been passionate about building deep connections with our clients and understanding what matters to them. She is hitting the ground running and has already gone to work designing new processes to consistently deliver on our promises. Congratulations Guz!

Growing our Michigan presence!

There are over 12,000 small and mid-sized businesses in the Detroit metro area that could potentially benefit from partnering with EmPower HR. Mitch Rogers has transitioned out of his Client Relationship role onto the EmPower HR Sales Team. Mitch is committed to seeing 60 new prospective clients every month to ensure we grow our Michigan client base! Congratulations Mitch!

Andre Huntsberger joins our HR Consultant group in Milwaukee!

We are so excited to have Andre Huntsberger join our Milwaukee office as an HR Consultant. Andre will be working with our clients as a strategic resource to help them execute on tasks such as a talent acquisition strategy, develop and engage their workforce, training and development and more! Andre used to operate her own personal chef & catering business, so she knows how our small to mid-sized business owners think! Welcome Andre!

New face in Schaumburg!

Aleksa Janusas has joined our Schaumburg office as a Leave Management Specialist. Aleksa has a law degree from DePaul College of Law and has an extensive background in employer compliance law, which makes her a great asset and resources for our HR Consultants and our clients. Welcome Aleksa!

EmPower HR and Kenosha Startup Week

Our very own Paul Salb and Nick Fishback discussed the importance of human resources strategy for the startup or small business for Kenosha Startup Week. Kenosha Startup Week aligned with the efforts in nine other cities across the state of Wisconsin and took place November 6-12, 2017.

Kindness costs nothing

EmPower HR was honored and proud to partner with Renaissance Social Services, Inc (RSSI), who serves Chicago’s homeless community, at their annual fundraiser, Roaring to end Homelessness. The roaring 20s theme was to celebrate their 20 years of service to Chicago’s homeless residents.

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EmPower HR spends the evening with SHARP Literacy and Randall Cobb

Representatives from EmPower HR spent the evening at the Pfister Hotel with our friends SHARP Literacy for A Novel Event, where Randall Cobb of the Green Bay Packers gave a wonderfully motivating speech.

Racing for the Cure!

Our awesome crew represented this morning at the Komen Southeast Wisconsin Race for the Cure hosted by Susan G. Komen Wisconsin. It's always a great opportunity to give back and support our clients.

Giving Back with Feed My Starving Children

Never under estimate the impact of what a small group of people can do in 2 hours! Our Milwaukee & Schaumburg team members packed 98 boxes for Nicaragua. These 98 boxes provide 21,168 meals that will feed 58 children for a year! #giveback

Smiling new faces!

This month we have the pleasure of welcoming in 3 wonderful ladies to our Milwaukee office: Renee Miller, Office Administrator; Danielle Mutchie, Associate HR Consultant; Jazmine Thornton, HR Generalist. On Renee’s bucket list is to go sky diving. Danielle is a total foodie and Jazmine loves to bake. We are so lucky to have these three talented ladies join our team. Jazmine, we look forward to all the goodies you might bake for us!

National Selfie Day!

Our awesome people really shined participating in #nationalselfieday. They really know how to live #1440 and #EnjoyIt!

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Carlos Cabral joins EmPower HR!

EmPower HR welcomes Carlos to our Milwaukee office as a Payroll Solutions Administrator. Carlos’s background in payroll with an emphasis on providing great customer service made him a great fit in one of our dedicated Service Teams. His great sense of humor is just an awesome added bonus! Welcome Carlos!

Giving Back!

EmPower HR recently held a personal hygiene collection drive for Milwaukee's Hope House. We collected over 200 items and dropped them off today!

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EmPower HR welcomes Bridget Melloy

Bridget Melloy joins our Milwaukee office as an HR Generalist! Bridget joins us after graduating from the University of Iowa where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Relations. Her passion for HR and recruiting makes her a great fit in her HR Generalist role within one of our dedicated Service Teams. On Bridget's bucket list is to travel to Ireland. Welcome Bridget!

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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