• 05/08/2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • 05/10/2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Aberdeen, SD

    Experience the largest talent conference in the state. As a conference attendee you will benefit from the insight and knowledge shared by breakout speakers while having several opportunities to network and interact with colleagues, exhibitors, and sponsors. Join us to hear from speakers, talk with vendors, and network with fellow talent professionals from across the state. 

    • 05/14/2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Summit Events Hall (315 N Summit Ave)

    DISRUPT is an information exchange designed to energize, inform and empower. Seating is limited so purchase your tickets before they are gone!

    • 05/21/2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Ramada Sioux Falls Airport Hotel & Suites (1301 W Russell St)
    • 38

    Jean Bender, attorney with Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, and Chris Prendergast, Partner and Chief Strategy Officer at Click Rain will present:

    “Technology, Culture & the Law: Recruitment and Retention in the Modern Era”

    This presentation will provide a closer look at online hiring platforms and advertising used used by many to recruit employees, and their potential legal pitfalls, along with the ways Click Rain has surveyed and adapted the culture in their workplace to create a positive environment that aids recruitment and retention.

    Jean is active assisting clients with employee benefits issues and all areas of employment law. Jean counsels clients on issues involving sexual harassment, race, sex, age, national origin and disability discrimination, wrongful termination, wage and hour issues arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and leave issues under the Family and Medical Leave Act.  Jean proactively counsels clients on issues such as hiring and firing, drug testing, harassment and discrimination investiga­tions, employment policies, and company handbooks.  Jean also drafts corporate documents related to employment such as contracts, non-compete agreements, and severance agreements and releases. Jean also consults with clients on ERISA and other legal compliance issues for employee benefit plans ranging from qualified retirement plans to flexible benefit plans. Jean has assisted a number of clients in correcting plan errors through IRS and DOL voluntary compliance programs such as EPCRS and DFVCP.  She also negotiates service contracts with third party providers.

    As head of client strategy, Chris advises and oversees Click Rain’s service lines, ensuring that each client has the right team and best solutions working toward their goals. Click Rain, a marketing technology agency located in downtown Sioux Falls, is an award-winning agency working with more than a hundred clients across the country, using the latest marketing technologies and tactics to help them drive results more effectively, efficiently, and measurably.  Every strategy has its own measures of success, and Chris helps clients define what those should be. He works with a range of industries, from financial services to higher education, and provides analytical insight based on the specific needs of each. As one of only 52 Certified Web Analysts in the country, he uncovers the factors that contribute to clients’ digital efforts, and builds strategies to help them improve. 

    The session is free for members and $20 for non-members (includes lunch). This event is under review for 1.0 hour of general HRCI and SHRM continuing education credit.


    Leave Survey Results are in! Back in November, we asked for your participation in an absence and disability management survey in partnership with Howalt+McDowell Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan agency. We had great participation and are excited to report out on this Regional survey sharing insights on various types of paid an unpaid leave and time off, what others are doing and what is trending.

    Stick around for an additional 30 minutes as Howalt+McDowell's Abbey Vanderwerf presents the results. She will share highlights of the overall survey and provide more in-depth findings to all attendees. Don’t miss this great bonus session!

    • 06/18/2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Ramada Sioux Falls Airport Hotel & Suites (1301 W Russell St)
    • 135

    Melanie Carpenter and Jeff Shultz, attorneys with Woods, Fuller, Shultz and Smith P.C. will provide our annual Legal Update...with a dose of Work Comp updates as well! 

    Additional details coming soon!!!

    • 06/23/2019
    • 06/26/2019
    • Las Vegas, NV

    World Renowned HR Event

    There is no better place for HR professional development than SHRM’s Annual Conference & Exposition. By attending, you’ll gain the tools and resources you need to implement successful HR practices – which help your company succeed. 

    Fresh Perspectives 

    Internationally-renowned speakers that offer fresh points of view and inspiring stories will help shift your perspectives and deepen your understanding of a broad range of HR topics and workplace issues.

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    Comprehensive Learning 

    Over 200 concurrent sessions provide a complete education for HR professionals at every stage of their career, based on the SHRM Competency Model. You’ll be able to choose from a broad range of topics so you can customize the learning you need. Concentrate on solutions designed to help your organization become more compliant; delve into the cutting-edge trends that will impact your workplace in the next few years; build a strategic talent management plan to increase engagement and retention. 

    Extraordinary Networking 

    From our vast Exposition to our session-based networking, to the hallways of the convention center, there is ample opportunity for you to meet HR professionals who share your goals and your challenges. Plus, you can take advantage of online networking! Attendees get access to our Conference Community site where you can chat with other attendees and arrange topic-based meetups. We also recommend that you join the conversation on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.  

    Endless Solutions

    The world’s largest HR marketplace, the SHRM Exposition, gives you access to thousands of solutions-providers in every industry. Interested in becoming a sponsor or exhibitor? Visit for more information.

    Still not convinced that you need to be here? See more in our Why Attend page.

    • 07/16/2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Ramada Sioux Falls Airport Hotel & Suites (1301 W Russell St)
    • 150

    Tamien Dysart, co-founder at Think 3D Solutions will present on The Power of Culture:

    • Beginning to define healthy vs toxic workplace culture - given that far too many have a vague sense of what it is and adopt a "I'll know it when I see it" perspective
    • We discuss the importance of getting a "You are here marker" from a personal and organizations standpoint in measuring where you are today in your culture
    • We begin to bring to the forefront the reality of obstacles that often prevent people from truly engaging the process of change that is necessary to genuinely make a lasting difference
    • We tie all of this into going beneath the surface of how work impacts our lives and truly get to the heart of why the success of workplace culture is critical to EVERYONE's life in having a chance at your best life. 
    • We round all of this out with getting people to a place of thinking about all the benefits that weigh on why now is the time to take action towards improvement, even when it may be incrementally given limited time, money and resources. 

    The session is free for members and $20 for non-members (includes lunch). This event is under review for 1.0 hour of general HRCI and SHRM continuing education credit.

    • 08/20/2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Ramada Sioux Falls Airport Hotel & Suites (1301 W Russell St)
    • 145

    Cheri Raymond, Attorney with Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, P.C. will present on  Workplace Investigations - Why and When, Internal or External.

    Cheri’s litigation practice includes employment law, professional liability litigation, and commercial litigation.  Cheri assists clients with employment issues such as non-compete agreements, severance agreements, discrimination claims, and workplace investigations.  She has represented clients on discrimination claims at both the administrative level and in subsequent litigation. She also conducts independent workplace investigations for employers, providing an unbiased investigation into allegations of discrimination, harassment, and other employment issues.  These investigations occur prior to litigation with the goal of resolving the issue short of litigation.

    A native of South Dakota, Cheri graduated with Highest Distinction from the University of Nebraska and received her J.D. with High Distinction from the Nebraska College of Law.  She then returned to South Dakota to clerk for the Second Judicial Circuit in Sioux Falls before going into private practice.

    Cheri serves on the Board for the Helpline Center, and has a personal goal to help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health.  She and her husband have two children, and they enjoy playing sports, traveling, and cheering on the Huskers.

    The session is free for members and $20 for non-members (includes lunch). This event is under review for 1.0 hour of general HRCI and SHRM continuing education credit.

    • 08/22/2019
    • 10:45 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Sioux Falls Convention Center

    Want to WIN in Workforce? We can't say we blame you! Workforce is one of those continual hot-button topics and always seems to be top-of-mind of almost every employer. Join us in Sioux Falls where we will help guide your workforce efforts forward!

    Registration opening soon!

    • 09/17/2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Ramada Sioux Falls Airport Hotel & Suites (1301 W Russell St)
    • 158

    Jenn Rahe, CPC, ELI-MP is a certified corporate life coach and owner of Jenn Rahe Coaching.  Join us for her presentation:  Optimizing our Energy!

    Attendees will learn the following:

    • Understanding Energy Management
      • What it is.
      • Why it matters (personal and professional benefits).
    • Introduction of 5 Basic Energy Levels
      • Describing the thoughts, emotions and behaviors of each energy level.
      • Understanding the pros and cons of each in company culture.
    • The Powerful Impact of Energy Management for HR Professionals
      • Leading the charge.
        • The benefits to HR departments that embrace this concept.
      • Benefits of Energy Management in Corporate Culture.
      • HR – the power source of employee energy.

    The session is free for members and $20 for non-members (includes lunch). This event is under review for 1.0 hour of general HRCI and SHRM continuing education credit.

    • 10/02/2019
    • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Sioux Falls Convention Center

    Don't miss this year's conference! Visit the link for more information and to register!

    • 11/19/2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Ramada Sioux Falls Airport Hotel & Suites (1301 W Russell St)
    • 156

    Taneeza Islam, Executive Director at South Dakota Voices for Peace and South Dakota Voices for Justice will present on Implicit Bias in the Recruitment Process. Taneeza has worked at the grassroots level empowering communities to know and assert their rights in various nonprofit legal and non legal settings since 2001.

    Bring a tablet or laptop with you to this session - Taneeza will administer a web-based survey during her presentation and works best on these devices!

    She has designed and conducted Diversity Trainings on Religious Accommodations, Unconscious Bias, and Intercultural Communication for employers such as the Mayo Clinic, Walmart, Macy's, Metropolitan Airports Commission, Saint Paul Children's Hospital and the University of Minnesota Police Department; programs such as Minnesota CLE, EMBE Women's Leadership Program, DMC (Disproportionate Minority Contacts) Sioux Falls Conference, Lutheran Social Services Closer Connections Conference, Sioux Falls Diversity Council, Compassionate Sioux Falls and Abu Bakr As Saddique Islamic Center and Convention.

    The session is free for members and $20 for non-members (includes lunch). This event is under review for 1.0 hour of general HRCI and SHRM continuing education credit.

Past events

04/16/2019 Interacting with Individuals with Disabilities in the Workplace (And Other Emerging Employment Issues)
03/26/2019 Applying Emotional Intelligence for Career Success
02/19/2019 Top 10 Tips for Combatting FMLA Fraud & Abuse
02/05/2019 SoDak SHRM Legislative Day 2019
01/15/2019 Pursuit of Leadership Greatness/Leading Through Change
12/11/2018 2018 Holiday Social
11/13/2018 Dialed In: What Employers need to know about Telecommuters and Remote Working Arrangements
11/07/2018 Fusion 2.0 Conference
10/23/2018 2018 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) Event
10/03/2018 2018 SD Safety & Health Conference
09/24/2018 The Write Stuff: Resume Writing Tips for HR Professionals
09/20/2018 2018 SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Certification Preparation Course
09/12/2018 2018 South Dakota Manufacturers’ Day Summit
09/11/2018 Panel - Worksite Wellness (sponsored by N2Institute)
08/23/2018 WIN in Workforce Summit 2018
08/21/2018 SHRM Workforce Readiness CLA Webcast
08/21/2018 SilverStone Group Strategy Series - FMLA: To Leave or Not To Leave?
08/14/2018 Get Rich Through Relationships
07/10/2018 Workplace Bullying
06/17/2018 2018 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition
06/12/2018 2018 Legislative Updates: Impacts on Your Business
05/09/2018 2018 SoDak SHRM State Conference
05/08/2018 Best Practices - Form I-9, Immigration, Anti-Discrimination and Employment & Hiring
04/10/2018 Managing What Happens After a Work-Related Injury
03/27/2018 HR Leadership Lessons from H-O-L-L-Y-W-O-O-D & Strategic HR Leadership in the New Economy
02/22/2018 SoDak SHRM Legislative Day 2018
02/13/2018 Documentation – An Employer’s Best Friend
01/09/2018 Higher Trust and Healthy Conflict: The Foundation for Cultural Transformation and Organizational Success
12/12/2017 2017 Holiday Social
11/14/2017 OSHA Activity in South Dakota - Trends and Updates
10/04/2017 2017 SD Safety & Health Conference
09/12/2017 Employer Branding & Recruiting on Social Media
08/08/2017 Evolving HR from Tactical to Strategic Contribution
07/11/2017 Relationship University for Businesses
06/18/2017 2017 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition
06/13/2017 Conflict Resolution in the Workplace: Training for the HR Professional
05/09/2017 Creating a Mentoring Culture
05/03/2017 2017 SoDak SHRM State Conference
04/11/2017 Workplace Law Under President Donald Trump: What to Expect
03/28/2017 Solving the People Puzzle: Leadership, Personalities, and High Performance Teams
02/14/2017 Building a Skilled Workforce Through Internships
01/10/2017 Value-Added HR: A Strategic Approach
12/13/2016 2016 Holiday Social
11/08/2016 The Future of HR: Promoting Business Success in a Changing Global Workplace
10/12/2016 Understanding Millennials: Technology & Collaboration Requirements from an HR Perspective
10/06/2016 2016 SD Safety & Health Conference
09/13/2016 U.S. Department of Labor law update - FLSA Exemption Status and DOL Updates
08/09/2016 Sioux Falls Thrive
07/12/2016 Generational Differences in the Workplace
06/19/2016 2016 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition
06/14/2016 Leadership for the Next Decade
05/10/2016 Legal Landscape 2016: What Employers Need to Know
04/13/2016 2016 SoDak SHRM State Conference
04/12/2016 Does Your Audio Match Your Video? Matching Strategy and Organizational Values
03/29/2016 A Realistic Succession Strategy - Do You Have a Plan? & Long-Term Strategic Solutions for Recruiting and Hiring
02/09/2016 Employee Recruiting and Retention – How Do Your Strategies Stack Up?
01/12/2016 Build Trust, Credibility, and Respect / Team Member Engagement
12/08/2015 2015 Holiday Social
11/10/2015 The What, Why, and How of EAP
10/14/2015 2015 SD Safety & Health Conference
09/29/2015 2015 Workforce Development Conference
09/08/2015 The Longevity Revolution: Challenges and Potential of an Aging Society
08/11/2015 Affordable Care Act: Am I Missing Something?
07/14/2015 2015 Employment Law Updates for the HR Professional
06/28/2015 2015 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition
06/09/2015 Tackling the Talent Shortage with Behavioral Assessment Data
05/12/2015 Immigration Audit/Compliance
04/29/2015 2015 SoDak SHRM State Conference
04/14/2015 Functional Job Descriptions
03/24/2015 Onboarding: The Vital Gap Between Hiring & Productivity
02/10/2015 FLSA: 541 Exemption Changes & DOL Updates
01/13/2015 The Energy Bus: 80/20 Rule, The Cloud's Business Impact on HR

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