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    • September 21, 2021
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Virtual via Zoom
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    All humans habitually categorize and group others who are “different” from “us,” which often lends to black and white thinking, as in “good” versus “bad” or “native” versus “immigrant” and a host of other isolating labels.

    With this presentation, Ellen (Ellie) Krug offers a toolset—Gray Area Thinking™—for interacting with diverse humans in a mindful and compassionate way.

    Attendees will appreciate and value how it’s necessary to consciously work to “Think Gray!”™ Gray Area Thinking™ is a simple three-part toolset for interacting with diverse humans:

    1. Awareness of another human’s vulnerability or suffering;
    2. Risk-taking to alleviate or lesson that vulnerability or suffering; and
    3. Compassion and kindness for both self and others.

    At the age of fifty-two, Ellen (Ellie) Krug (pronounced “Kroog”) transitioned from male to female while living in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Although not at all easy, transitioning genders gave Ellie the opportunity for a “do-over” in life, which has included working to make the world fairer and more inclusive for all humans, particularly those considered “Other.”

    With over 100 civil trials to her credit, Ellie was the first Iowa lawyer to ever transition genders and one of the few attorneys nationally to try jury cases in separate genders. She later relocated to the Twin Cities where she served as the founding executive director of a legal nonprofit that was conferred an American Bar Association award for innovatively increasing legal access.

    The author of Getting to Ellen: A Memoir about Love, Honesty and Gender Change (2013), Ellie has presented on diversity and inclusion to governmental entities, court systems, Fortune 100 companies, law firms, nonprofits, and colleges/universities on 800+ occasions. A hopeless idealist, Ellie has presented her human inclusivity training, “Gray Area Thinking® across North America.

    In 2016, Advocate Magazine named Ellie one of “25 Legal Advocates Fighting for Trans Rights.” She is a monthly columnist for Lavender Magazine and Minnesota Womens Press, and pens a widely-circulated monthly e-newsletter, The Ripple, that reaches 9000 readers. Ellie views herself as an “Inclusionist” and founded an inclusion-oriented consulting and training company, Human Inspiration Works, LLC, in 2016.

    In 2019, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal conferred its 2019 Business of Pride Career Achievement Award to Ellie and her company, Human Inspiration Works, LLC. In that same year, OutFront Minnesota, the state’s largest LGBTQ advocacy organization, conferred Ellie its 2019 Legacy Award.

    Ellie is also a weekly radio and podcast host; her show, Ellie 2.0 Radio,” on AM950 in the Twin Cities, with nearly 200 episodes, highlights idealism and how each of us can play a role in fostering positive change in the world.

    2021/22 Event Schedule
    4:30 - 5:00 p.m.   Networking
    5:00 - 6:00 p.m.   Program

    Cancellation Policy
    We understand that sometimes you are not able to attend an event that you have paid for. All attendees have been factored into our costs and therefore, we are not able to offer refunds, but would be happy to move your registration to the next event for you. Please contact our office for additional details.

    Photography/Video Policy
    The Human Resources Executive Forum (HREF) reserves the right to use any photograph or video taken at any event sponsored by HREF, without the expressed written permission of those in the photograph or video.

    The September Program is proudly sponsored by:


    • October 13, 2021
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Virtual via Zoom
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    In this session, Tina DeSalvo will discuss how seeing your organization through a systems thinking perspective gives us more ability to choose our responses and function more proactively and effectively. As the pace of change, ambiguity and uncertainty increases, using a systems lens to make decisions allows you to mindfully listen to the emerging future vs. getting trapped into using old patterns and data to make future changes. The more we understand systemic behavior, the more we can anticipate that behavior and not be in a perpetual state of reaction.

    The session will not only give you an overview of what systems thinking is, but will give you models in which you can use to see your team, department or function differently. We get what we look for. Systems thinking gives us tools to see our structures and organizations differently as they can get to the heart and psyche of a team or organization and identify why repeated patterns, resistance, or clogs are at play.

    Tina is an organizational development consultant with a background in dialogue, collective intelligence, systems thinking, emotional intelligence and Jungian typology. She works with leaders and teams in systems large and small to uncover what's dying to happen in an organization and bring forth its potential in a safe and expedient way. From Fortune 25 companies to B Corps and Non-Profits, Tina is known for her accessibility, dialogue, design, and safe space making, and a non-jargoned, non-judgmental, way of working. For more information on Tina and her work you can visit www.thesoulpurpose.com or www.linkedin.com/in/tinadesalvo


    2021/22 Event Schedule
    4:30 - 5:00 p.m.   Networking
    5:00 - 6:00 p.m.   Program

    Cancellation Policy
    We understand that sometimes you are not able to attend an event that you have paid for. All attendees have been factored into our costs and therefore, we are not able to offer refunds, but would be happy to move your registration to the next event for you. Please contact our office for additional details.

    Photography/Video Policy
    The Human Resources Executive Forum (HREF) reserves the right to use any photograph or video taken at any event sponsored by HREF, without the expressed written permission of those in the photograph or video.

    The October program is sponsored by:

        

    • November 18, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 6:15 PM
    • Metropolitan Ballroom and Club Room 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, MN 55416
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    You've been hearing about agile methodologies and organizational agility for years now. Heck, you know this is something your tech group is big on, and you've experimented with some practices in HR as well.  However, as the c-team focuses on culture, being more responsive to market, and employee acquisition and retention, it's hard to fathom how agile really takes us where we need to go.

    In this talk, Anne Steiner, Vice President of Product and Technology at Cprime, demystifies the value of agile. We'll let all that boring process stuff go and focus on the following:

    • What is agile beyond IT? Why should we care? What will it bring across the enterprise?
    • Transitioning our thinking from projects to thinking in products
    • The cultural implications of this way of working

    In the end, you'll have a better understanding of how to help your organization have more agility and how to enable that from your seat atop the HR organization.

    Speaker Information:
    Anne Steiner is the Vice President of Product and Technology at Cprime. In her role, she leads Cprime's consulting practices that guides clients in defining, designing, building, and supporting digital products. Anne and her team help companies of all shapes and sizes transform from traditional, project-thinking to being product-driven organizations that emphasize technical agility and continuous learning. 

    Anne has more than 20 years’ experience in tech, working as a developer, product manager, coach, and executive. She excels at helping people in product and delivery roles act as a single team, working together for the benefit of the customer. 

    Anne also actively promotes building communities of practitioners in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and frequently speaks at national and regional events.


    2021/22 Event Schedule
    4:00 - 4:45 p.m.   Networking
    4:45 - 6:15 p.m.   Program

    Cancellation Policy
    We understand that sometimes you are not able to attend an event that you have paid for. All attendees are factored into our venue/food/beverage costs and therefore, we are not able to offer refunds, but would be happy to move your registration to the next event for you. Please contact our office for additional details.

    Photography/Video Policy
    The Human Resources Executive Forum (HREF) reserves the right to use any photograph or video taken at any event sponsored by HREF, without the expressed written permission of those in the photograph or video.

    • January 18, 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 6:15 PM
    • Metropolitan Ballroom and Club Room 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, MN 55416
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    The pandemic and social justice movements in 2020 have changed how many workplaces think and act about race, diversity, and inclusion. Join us for an engaging discussion on these topics and take away some tips you can apply in your workplace.


    2021/22 Event Schedule
    4:00 - 4:45 p.m.   Networking
    4:45 - 6:15 p.m.   Program

    Cancellation Policy
    We understand that sometimes you are not able to attend an event that you have paid for. All attendees are factored into our venue/food/beverage costs and therefore, we are not able to offer refunds, but would be happy to move your registration to the next event for you. Please contact our office for additional details.

    Photography/Video Policy
    The Human Resources Executive Forum (HREF) reserves the right to use any photograph or video taken at any event sponsored by HREF, without the expressed written permission of those in the photograph or video.

    • March 16, 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 6:15 PM
    • Metropolitan Ballroom and Club Room 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, MN 55416
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    How are you identifying talent with the skills to lead in the hybrid world?

    Join us to hear from a panel of speakers talking about the importance of workforce planning and succession planning at all levels in your organization.

    2021/22 Event Schedule

    4:00 - 4:45 p.m.   Networking
    4:45 - 6:15 p.m.   Program

    Cancellation Policy
    We understand that sometimes you are not able to attend an event that you have paid for. All attendees are factored into our venue/food/beverage costs and therefore, we are not able to offer refunds, but would be happy to move your registration to the next event for you. Please contact our office for additional details.

    Photography/Video Policy
    The Human Resources Executive Forum (HREF) reserves the right to use any photograph or video taken at any event sponsored by HREF, without the expressed written permission of those in the photograph or video.

    • May 18, 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 6:15 PM
    • Metropolitan Ballroom and Club Room 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, MN 55416
    Register

    Peter Bailey is the President of the Prouty Project who specializes in helping leaders and teams through transformational experiences.  Join HREF’s May program to learn how you can help your leaders change their mindset and skillset when facing a challenge and see how reframing our experiences can help us embrace our stories and our journey.

    2021/22 Event Schedule
    4:00 - 4:45 p.m.   Networking
    4:45 - 6:15 p.m.   Program

    Cancellation Policy
    We understand that sometimes you are not able to attend an event that you have paid for. All attendees are factored into our venue/food/beverage costs and therefore, we are not able to offer refunds, but would be happy to move your registration to the next event for you. Please contact our office for additional details.

    Photography/Video Policy
    The Human Resources Executive Forum (HREF) reserves the right to use any photograph or video taken at any event sponsored by HREF, without the expressed written permission of those in the photograph or video.

Past Programs

August 25, 2021 Back to the Future: Planning our Return to the Office
May 13, 2021 Short Talks on Big Ideas in HR - The Next Evolution for People, Profit and our Planet
March 17, 2021 People and Profit: The Critical Partnership between Finance, Business, and HR Leadership
January 19, 2021 Addressing Racial and Health Equity in Healthcare at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
November 19, 2020 Don’t Be a Zooming Zombie: Bring Life to Your Virtual World
October 29, 2020 The Global Influence on Our Local Organizations
September 22, 2020 A Futurist’s Predictions on the Triple Bottom Line
August 04, 2020 HR and Humans in the Workplace – Adjusting to a Plateful of New Normal
May 14, 2020 Virtual Event: Insights on Diversity and Inclusion featuring Leonard Posey, Senior Associate, Inclusive Leadership Practice, Lee Hecht Harrison
April 23, 2020 Live Virtual Event: Leading Through Challenging Times
March 25, 2020 Setting Your Sights On Purposefully Aligning Your Strategy And Culture featuring Michael Stewart - SOLD OUT
January 21, 2020 Gaining a New Perspective: Human-Centered Design for HR Featuring Jackie Colburn of SPRINT! - SOLD OUT
November 21, 2019 Focusing on Internal and External Customer Experience Featuring Samantha Hanson, Karl Thomas and Trudy Marshall - SOLD OUT
October 23, 2019 Communicating So You are Heard and Seen Featuring Rena Sarigianopoulos and Jana Shortal from KARE 11 - SOLD OUT
September 10, 2019 September Program - GROW Your View of Coaching Featuring Alan Fine - SOLD OUT
May 16, 2019 Shifting from Careers to Employee Experiences - SOLD OUT
March 20, 2019 New Rewards: Personalized, Agile and Holistic - SOLD OUT
January 22, 2019 The Symphonic C-Suite - SOLD OUT
November 29, 2018 Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World - SOLD OUT
October 24, 2018 AI and Robotics - Featuring Speaker Shandon Fowler: Founder and principal of Four8 Insights
September 25, 2018 Deloitte Human Capital Trends - Featuring Speaker Dr. Gary Gerstner
May 15, 2018 Bruce DeWitt, CEO and Lorri Anderson, Head of HR for Logic PD
March 20, 2018 OWN IT! Own Your Brilliance | Own Your Future
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