Workshop: A New Approach to the Labor Shortage, a Cooperative Workshop

  • 07/26/2022
  • 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Hilton Garden Inn Sioux Falls South (5300 S Grand Cir)
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Join us for this special event - a strategic initiative session - to address our current labor shortage in a cooperative hands-on workshop approach, hosted by Sioux Empire SHRM! 

This event is offered in-person only - come prepared to work with co-attendees to identify, address and join in a collaborative approach to our community's labor shortage! Due to the working purpose of this meeting, attendees are limited to 75. We will maintain a wait list in case of any cancellations!

Presenter, Steve Schad

Presenter, Don CuperusModerator, Christina Cota

Businesses are confronting unprecedented labor shortages that only dramatic shifts in either demographic trends or immigration policies will change. Because the current generation of business leaders has only operated in a context of a surplus labor market, they are ill equipped to deal with the new labor market and over rely on price-driven strategies on wages and benefits that will force small, shallow pocketed business to sell or fail. Surviving and thriving will require businesses to innovate internally to reduce the need for permanent headcount and externally to find new sources of labor that are not fully participating in the economy. Both of these are difficult for single businesses, but when businesses shift their paradigm from competition to cooperation through a community-wide effort to address the labor shortage, new success can be realized. Success that positively impacts businesses, workers and the health and vitality of the local community and economy.

    Participants at this SESHRM event will learn and work together to discuss:

    • How a community approach to addressing labor issues on both the supply and demand side of a local economy can provide a solution that benefits employers, workers, community and economic health
    • Practical, collaborative methods that can be considered and implemented within our South Dakota communities, if we work together.  We will brainstorm how to work differently within our organizations and be change agents in our community
    • Workshop 1:30-4:00pm (no cost)
    • Social 4:00-5:00pm (cash bar)

    Steve Schad has been helping businesses with talent strategies that grow results and profits for more than 25 years. His firm, Optima Advisory, LLC, partners with small and mid-sized businesses to attract, retain, grow, and engage the best people so their clients can compete and win. Over his career, he has worked across industries and sectors to develop and deploy proven organization and HR best practices, both internally as an HR executive in manufacturing, and externally as an advisor and outsourced HR provider.

    Don Cuperus and his team at South Dakota Manufacturing & Technology Solutions is dedicated to helping manufacturers increase productivity by implementing Lean, continuous improvement practices and workforce development. Nurturing your workforce and creating a culture of inclusion has never been more important. The MTS team will help examine your organization through a different lens to help you identify problems and implement real, practical solutions.

    Christina Cota, SHRM SCP/SPHR has spent her career transitioning the perception of HR from police to strategic partner. She has 20+ years of experience in Human Resources strategy development and execution; starting with Talent Acquisition (before we even called it that) and Branding, to Employee Relations and Leadership Development, as well as Compensation and Benefits. As the Founder and Principal of Cota Coaching & Consulting, she works with small to medium sized manufacturing, technology, engineering, construction and non-profit organizations in and out of South Dakota. Christina also has a passion for helping elevate the human resource skills and competencies for through facilitation of HR Peer Groups and serving on the SESHRM board.

    This event is approved for 2.5 continuing educational credits from SHRM and HRCI (Business)!!


    Sioux Empire SHRM is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP professional development credits (PDCs). This program has been pre-approved for 2.5 PDC. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit 

    The use of this official seal confirms that this Activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®)  criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

    Sioux Empire SHRM is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. | PO Box 1302 | Sioux Falls, SD 57101 | Chapter #217

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