Below you will find updates regarding awards, offerings, news, and more. We encourage you to visit this page frequently for recent announcements, current initiatives, and the most up to date information regarding SESHRM.

Workplace Excellence Awards

The prestigious SESHRM Workplace Excellence Award is to acknowledge those companies that have made significant strides in employee practices to establish a highly desirable work environment and to recognize them for their leadership, culture and best practices. These companies are family-friendly with a dedicated workforce consistently portraying a strong culture of empowerment and growth. The award is presented every year at the SD Safety and Health Conference in October to selected employers displaying the following qualities:

  • Friendly culture
  • Great work/life balance
  • Innovative communication techniques
  • Consistently recognizes those who go “above and beyond”
  • Empowers team members with personal and professional development skills

If you have any questions please contact our Awards & Recognition Director on our Contact page. Congratulations to our most recent recipients below!

Small Company ( < 100 employees)

Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith

Medium Company (101-500 employees)

Weisser Distributing

Large Company ( > 500 employees)


Previous Recipients (Small Company):

Previous Recipients (Medium Company):

Previous Recipients (Large Company):

Survey Opportunity - Local Absence and Disability Management

Are you wondering what other employers are offering for paid time off, holidays or maybe even parental leave? Have you given much thought to how to craft an effective and attractive strategy for time off? Howalt+McDowell Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency, is excited to partner with SESHRM in an effort to bring some local market insight and benchmarking in the areas of absence and disability management. Although some of this data is available on a larger, national scale, we are finding more of a need to help employers understand what other businesses are doing locally in the areas of paid time off, FMLA administration, disability coverage, sick time, parental leave and other time-off benefits. The goal of this information is to help employers find efficiencies and best practices in the area of absence management.

The survey will take place in November and results and information will be shared in both print format and publicly at an SESHRM meeting in 2019. There is no cost to obtain the results, but we are asking for everyone’s help to make this survey a success. The greater the response, the more accurate the data. All survey responses will be kept confidential to the analytics team compiling the results and data will only be published in aggregate.

Look for more information in the coming months and please consider taking the time to make this opportunity a success for our community!

SESHRM Scholarship Program

In recognition of the need for skilled Human Resources professionals to support the workforce within the region of Sioux Falls, the Sioux Empire Society for Human Resource Management (SESHRM) will award one (1) $1,000 scholarship per academic year to an eligible undergraduate student recipient meeting the following eligibility requirements. Should no eligible applicants apply in a year, the award will not be given.


  • Current SHRM national student member (which includes membership to student SESHRM #5496) or have submitted application at the time of this scholarship application with proof of membership prior to awarding of scholarship
  • Enrolled in an accredited degree-seeking undergraduate program
  • Degree program is HR-related (i.e., Business, Psychology, Human Resources, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Organizational Development, etc.)
  • Cumulative GPA is 3.0 or above
  • Applicant may only be awarded the scholarship once per lifetime


Submit a written application to the current SESHRM Student Chapter Board Liaison at Application format should be a Word document or PDF. Please email application materials addressed to the Student Chapter Board Liaison, who will confirm receipt of your application.

Application should include the following:

  • Your contact information (full name, address, email)
  • 500-word personal essay articulating your interest in HR, financial need, and career goals
  • Current Resume
  • One professional letter of reference addressed to ‘SESHRM Scholarship Review Committee’ containing information about applicant’s character, ethics, values and experiences. Letter may not come from a family member of applicant and should state context of relationship to applicant (supervisor, professor, mentor, coach, etc.).
  • Copy or screen shot of current academic transcript that will show applicant’s name, the name of the institution of higher learning, courses you’ve taken, and grades for each.

Submit application materials by March 1 for the following academic year, defined as August through July. Scholarship recipient will be notified of award status by May. Checks will be sent to the student’s account at their academic institution of higher learning and made payable to that institution on behalf of the student.


All application materials, including your letter(s) of recommendation and personal essay will be reviewed, to assess the following points:

  • 30% Commitment to/passion for HR profession
  • 25% Career goals and commitment to the state of South Dakota, including applicant’s local chapter
  • 25% Academic Achievement
  • 20% Financial Need

SoDak SHRM looking for leaders to join 2019 state council

Would you like to be a part of the South Dakota SHRM State Council? SoDak SHRM is looking for passionate leaders to join them in 2019! The following positions are now open:

  • Director-Elect (2 year term, followed by Director 2 year term)
  • College Relations Director (2 year term)
  • Foundation Director (2 year term)
  • Marketing Director (2 year term)
  • Professional Development Director (2 year term)

Position descriptions will be available shortly on their website HERE. Interested applicants may forward a resume to State Council Director Mary Drumm. Questions may be directed to Cal McKeownMary Drumm, or State Council Director-Elect Sheila Mennenga.

HR Professionals of the Year

SESHRM recognizes local HR professionals annually who have made significant contributions to the field of Human Resource Management and represent "the best" in the Human Resources profession. They are strategic business partners, individuals, businesses or organizations who serve as role models for the profession, who are leaders rather than followers, who set standards for others and the profession, and who apply their professional expertise outside of their organizations. Congratulations to our most recent recipients below!

Distinguished HR Professional of the Year

Garrett Wilson, Reliamax

Emerging HR Professional of the Year

Kelsey Hillburg, Sanford Health

Previous Distinguished Recipients:

Previous Emerging Recipients:

SESHRM Salary Survey

If you would like to purchase a copy of our most recent survey results please click HERE. Thank you to all of our sponsors for making this survey possible!

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors
Bronze Sponsors

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

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