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  • July 22, 2022 12:30 PM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    Note: After exploring several venues and options regarding a summer social we determined it best to focus on our 2022-23 programming year.

    “Growing the Whole Person to Grow the Leader”

    • When: September 20, 2022, 4:00 p.m.-6:15 p.m.
    • Where: Metropolitan Ballroom and Club, Room 5418, Wayzata Blvd., Minneapolis, MN 55416
    • Cost: HREF members are free. Non-members: $85

    Register today to hold your spot!

  • June 10, 2022 6:34 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    In May, HREF, along with program sponsors Career Partners International Twin Cities and Vantage Executive Services, presented “Applying the Heroic Journey to Today’s Workforce: Helping People Make Sense of Life’s Transitions on the Job.” 

    Prouty Project President Peter Bailey was the guest speaker and covered the relevant topic of helping wounded people at work. Whether adjusting to ever-changing global circumstance such as the COVID-19 pandemic, or to the personal impacts of sick or elderly family members, moving, and other life transitions, workers need a “roadmap to manage these issues” so we can “embrace our stories and our journeys”—and it’s our job as leaders to provide that.

    For more programs like this, please consider signing up for our September program.

  • March 17, 2022 6:56 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    Today’s human resource (HR) and organization development (OD) executives are grappling with a new realization — “wounded people” are coming to work. From receptionists to CEOs, employees are struggling with both personal and professional challenges in their lives. The issues range from a myriad of situations such as the impacts of COVID-19, working from home, remote classrooms, sick children, elderly parents, returning to work after cancer treatment, a death in the family, or promotions that require cross-country moves.

    Without a perspective framework or roadmap to manage these issues, productivity can be lost, morale can be impacted and focus on the business at hand hard to sustain. Too often good people are lost in the process.  Please 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.

    As president of the Prouty Project, Peter Bailey develops transformational experience that improve collaboration by helping people expand their life skills, belief systems and communication processes. He also designs and facilitates cross-cultural strategic planning and innovation programs for companies eager to help their people become more effective global team members.  Having traveled, lived, and worked in 50 countries on four continents, there’s no one better suited to the work than Peter.

    Click here for more information.

  • February 16, 2022 3:23 PM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    The HR Executive Forum is BACK IN PERSON for our March 16 event! We will be discussing “Planning the Workforce of the Future” with a panel of executive HR leaders.

    Can’t remember how to #network in person? We’ll be sharing a nine-part series of tips for navigating #networking events over the next few weeks.

    We can’t wait to see you at the Metropolitan Ballroom! Register today!

    #hrexecutive #hrevents #hrevent #developyourself #buildyourcareer

  • January 21, 2022 11:02 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    HREF is soliciting nominations for board positions for a two-year term. Seated board members may be elected for up to 2 additional terms.

    To be eligible for a board position you must be a member of the HREF in good standing and willing to serve on one or more board committees (nominating, programming, membership, sponsorship, and marketing and communications).

    If you are interested in sharing your ideas and insights to help create engaging and thought-provoking programs, and to build and support our membership through education and networking, please consider applying for a board position. The application deadline is Friday, February 11, 2022.

  • January 19, 2022 6:08 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    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.

    This program is proudly sponsored by:

    Click here for more information.

  • November 19, 2021 6:05 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    Kick-off 2022 with our return to in-person programs

    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.

    Click here for details.

  • October 14, 2021 6:34 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    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.

    Click here for details.

  • September 22, 2021 5:39 PM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    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 or

    Register today

  • July 14, 2021 4:46 PM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    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.

    For additional details and registration information, click here.

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