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    • 16 May 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Kitchi Gammi Club - Duluth, MN
    • 95

    Plan on spending your May 16th workday with NHRA at the Kitchi Gammi Club. We are bringing you a day of professional development, invaluable networking and of course, lunch and happy hour! 

    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) continues to knock at the front door of our businesses today. But what does this really mean and how do we gain and put our knowledge into action?

    You'll hear from four great speakers throughout the day that will help us gain an understanding of what it means to be intentional with our DEI efforts in the workplace.

    Teron Buford - Director of DEIB at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota will bring us through an interactive session on "Standing Up for Others"

    Patricia Jesperson - Chief Curiosity Officer at Employee EXP will go in depth on "Leading DEI: Building the Foundation for Inclusive Excellence"

    Elena Foshay - Director of the City of Duluth's Workforce Development Department will lead a conversational Q&A with Bree Maddox, providing local insight on DEI, resources available to employers and individuals in the community, and how we can enhance our DEI initiatives by working together.

    Bree Maddox - DEI thought leader and HR Manager at Blue Horizon Energy in Minnetonka is here to chat with us about how she turned her expertise and advocacy for DEI has improved her company's culture through "Creating Space for Diverse Talent." Bree is also the DEI Director on the Minnesota SHRM State Council.

    Ephraim Nikoi - Professor of Communication at UW-Superior and advocate for attracting and retaining BIPOC professionals in the Twin Ports, will draw on personal experiences and research for "Creating an Inclusive Environment for BIPOC and Business to Thrive Together."

    Attending the entire day of sessions is approved for 4 SHRM Recertification PDCs.

    Thank you to our sponsors who have helped make this event possible and who fully support DEI initiatives in our community. 

    If you or your company would like to sponsor part of this event, please contact us at boardnhra@gmail.com.

    • 08 Aug 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Holiday Inn - Downtown Duluth - Lyric Conference Center **Free Parking**

    Conflict can be more than something we tolerate or mitigate; it is the gateway to amazing ideas and the relationships that make those ideas possible. A mindset shift about conflict is crucial in our always-changing workplaces. Approaching conflict with a vision for what's possible, a strategy about how to approach it, and skills to approach it with confidence are essential for growing in leadership. 

    Presentation starts at 3pm!  

    This course is approved for SHRM and PHR recertification credits. 1 PDC.

    About our Presenter:

    Anna Nielsen

    Anna's unique approach helps people see conflict as a tool for connection, innovation, and better productivity. For many years, she served as executive leader for mission-driven organizations that were stifled by conflict. She's on a mission to help people level up from conflict management to conflict capabilities with her experience and expertise in civil mediation, civil mediation training, conflict resolution consulting, and facilitated dialogues. 

    • 12 Sep 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Holiday Inn Conference Center - Downtown Duluth **Free Parking**

    Individuals can experience anxiety/stress/disappointment/fear/mental health challenges and in the absence of effective coping skills and or supports, they may escalate into a crisis behavior, which can happen quickly.  Crisis behaviors present at many different levels, and using the proper intervention to match that level of behavior is key in helping, de-escalating, and supporting individuals.  Learn how to respond to various levels of crisis behavior, build confidence and maximize safety for everyone.  

    Presentation starts at 3pm!  

    This course is approved for SHRM and PHR recertification credits. 1 PDC.

    About our Presenter:

    Michelle Nelson

    Michelle has over 25 years of experience leading, managing and training professionals in the human service industry. In addition to her leadership skills, she is well versed in team, program, and organizational development to include strategic planning.  She is a certified trainer for the Crisis Prevention Institute, The National Council for Behavioral Health, Motivational Interviewing, Thera International Rising (Drama Free Workplace) and Adverse Childhood Experiences.  She has delivered numerous trainings at local, state and national conferences.  Michelle also provides consultation services for several private and public businesses. Michelle’s education includes a Masters in Management, Bachelors in Criminology/Sociology and certificate in Leadership and Change. 

    • 14 Oct 2024
    • 8:00 AM
    • 15 Oct 2024
    • 12:30 PM
    • Mystic Lake, Prior Lake MN

    Join us for our annual State Conference on October 14-15 at the Mystic Lake Center in Prior Lake, MN.

    The MNSHRM State Conference is presented annually by the Minnesota SHRM State Council, a state affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). 

    This is one of the largest HR conferences in the region attracting over 700 human resources professionals and vendors.


    Governor Tim Pawlenty

    Optimism During Times of Challenge

    Monday Dinner Keynote 

    Patty Wetterling

    The Power of Hope

    Tuesday Closing Keynote

    Registration information: MNSHRM State Council - MNSHRM 2024 State Conference - Attendee Registration

    • 14 Nov 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting

    Ghosting is an issue that has plagued employers for years, but recently, this phenomenon has seen the disapparation of more applicants than ever before, almost reaching a new high of 28% in some industries. While many employers are blaming the rising generation, laziness, lack of respect or professionalism, etc., what if part of the problem was the employer’s fault?

    In this session we will cover how to become an HR ghostbuster by looking at three specific areas where ghosting occurs the most. Understanding why it occurs is the only way to potentially mitigate the issue and give your organization the opportunity to attract applicants, while keeping them interested and engaged to avoid losing them along the way. 

    Finally, you will learn a bit more about quiet quitting, and how ghosting is related to this underlying issue. 

    What would you do if you learned that quiet quitting is sometimes a call for help? 

    Come learn to be an HR Ghostbuster, and you will have applicants and employees alike answering the question: 

    Who you gonna call? 

    Why, HR of course! 

    Core Learning Objectives:

    • Understand how the application process can cause ghosting and three immediate practices that can be implemented to mitigate ghosting at this stage of the process.
    • Define the job seeker persona to help avoid the common mistakes that lead to ghosting and understand how the job ad has a direct impact on the likelihood of ghosting from the application stage to the interview process.
    • Gain a sound understanding of how manager engagement during the interview process can help stop ghosting and learn the three core elements needed to help managers better prepare for the interview.

    About our Presenter:

    Steven J. Smith

    Steve will be the first to tell you that recruiting is marketing. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance at Brigham Young University and started his career in recruiting in Feb 2005. In 2008, he took a risk during a recession to help start a new company with Ryan Kohler, called ApplicantPro, an applicant tracking software platform for small to mid-sized businesses. With 11,000 clients and close to 300 employees, ApplicantPro has made the Inc 5000 list 11 years in a row, a feat accomplished by very few organizations in the country. ApplicantPro was also named an Indeed Platinum Partner in 2023, one of only four companies in the country to receive this designation. Steve is SHRM-CP and PHR certified, and currently volunteers as the Utah SHRM State Director. His book, The Hiring Tree: Laws of Applicant Attraction, was released in early 2023, and has helped thousands of organizations across the country rethink the way they approach hiring. If you need help understanding the principles and role of SEO and marketing when it comes to attracting job seekers, Steve provides a solid framework for hiring.

Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend an event for which you are registered, please email boardnhra@gmail.com to request your registration be applied to a future event. 

Due to costs associated with venue, food planning, and other expenses, cancellations will not be refunded. 

To review your registration details, go to your registration details page.

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