HR Sushi Bar

I created this blog and called it “HR Sushi Bar” with several things in mind:

  • Human Resources has many different and diverse components, much like a sushi bar.
  • I don’t tend to be very verbose, but prefer to pose short questions and provide short observations to generate thought (bite sized pieces).
  • Much like a sushi bar, you’ll hopefully be able to sample a variety of topics and issues, some you may like, some you may not. (I’ll try to avoid posting any “gas station sushi!”)
  • If you are coming here looking for in-depth, analytical, scholarly human resources insights…you’ve probably come to the wrong place!
  • As a human resources professional of Asian-American decent and sushi lover, this seemed like a logical confluence of interests.

The Author – Jeff Palkowski


Although my undergraduate major was mass communication / journalism, you will quickly discover that I am clearly not a professional writer / journalist. I like to offer ideas, perspectives and experiences in an easy-to-understand manner and hopefully relate to the majority of the readers with some real-life examples and often, unanswered questions.

Some fast facts about me:

  • I was ‘Made in Japan” and imported to the U.S. at three-months old
  • My early years were in a military family as the son of a US Marine (Semper Fi)
  • I grew up and spent most of my life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • I have a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication/Journalism and a Master’s in Human Resource Management
  • I have work experience at many levels and in many industries which include:
    • Financial Services – Investment Services Agent | Call Center Supervisor | Project Manager | Vice President of Investor Services | IT Relationship Manager | Methodology Process Manager
    • Staffing – Integrity Interviewer| Professional/Technical Recruiter | Outsourced Remote and Corporate Recruiter
    • State Government – Legislative Assistant | Policy Advisor | Deputy Chief of Staff
    • Unemployment Insurance – Unemployment Claims Adjudicator
    • Public Sector Human Resources – Human Resources Specialist | Human Resources Manager | Assistant Director of Human Resources | Title & Compensation Analyst | Senior Human Resources Specialist | Workforce Relations Specialist
  • I have the following human resources certifications and professional memberships
    • Professional in Human Resources (PHR)
    • Society of Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)
    • Wisconsin SHRM State Council (WISHRM)
      • Board of Directors – Director of Communications and Social Media and District Director-Southwest
      • Past Board of Directors – Director of Governmental Affairs
    • Blackhawk Human Resources Association (BHRA)
      • Past Board of Directors – Legislative Director
    • Greater Madison Area Society of Human Resource Management (GMA SHRM)
      • Past Board of Directors – Director of Government Affairs
    • Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM)
      • Advocacy Captain for Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District
      • SHRM Government Affairs “Committee of 50”
      • SHRM Foundation Leadership Circle Member
      • SHRM Certification Ambassador
      • SHRM 19 Blogger Team Member
      • SHRM 21 Influencer
      • SHRM 22 Influencer
    • College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR)
  • I currently live in South Central Wisconsin and work for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. #OnWisconsin


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Jeff Palkowski SHRM-CP