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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 www.thesoulpurpose.com or www.linkedin.com/in/tinadesalvo

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  • 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.

  • March 18, 2021 5:51 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    This session we will be trying a new format that will allow us to have several leaders share ideas on how they have challenged HR norms to come up with breakthrough results for people, profit, and the planet.  Join us to learn new ideas from our panelist and your peers – and share yours with us as well!

    Register today!

  • January 19, 2021 7:07 PM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    People are most organizations’ number one investment. Ensuring employee and organizational success requires a strong HR and Finance business partnership. How you invest in your people, especially in light of today’s more diverse workforce and seemingly endless opportunities for disruption e.g. a world-wide pandemic, requires thoughtful and strategic planning in areas such as reward strategy, HR technology, workforce, community investment and more.

    In this session you will explore HR’s role as a business partner to finance and collaborative business driver—as leaders of an organization’s people function, HR is an equal partner in sustained organizational growth.

    For additional event and registration information, visit our Upcoming Programs page.

  • November 20, 2020 5:10 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    As we start out the New Year, we optimistically see light at the end of the tunnel with the pandemic. As HR Leaders, many of us will focus on lessons learned from experiences in 2020, including vulnerabilities exposed in the US healthcare system.

    It has been known for years that healthcare crises disproportionately affect the poor, sick, and those most marginalized in our society – and the current pandemic continues to impact people of color the most. In the upcoming January HREF session, you will have the opportunity to hear from three senior executives leading Minnesota’s largest health plan and the work they are doing to address healthcare inequities.

    The January 19th panel is one you won’t want to miss, featuring: BlueCross and BlueShield of MN CEO and President, Dr. Craig Samitt, SVP and President of Health Services, Dana Erickson, and SVP/CHRO Ruth Hafoka. In this panel discussion, you will hear about work underway to reinvent the healthcare system, healthcare inequities which exist and what is being done to address them, and hear about BCBS of MN diversity, equity and inclusion strategy. As a HR leader, this discussion will give you insight into how you can also help influence your organization’s policies and workplace to tackle this important issue.

  • October 30, 2020 7:09 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    2020 has been like looking both ways to cross and getting hit by an airplane. We have led our organizations through a pandemic, racial justice issues and survived a political season, all through a screen! We As we closeout 2020, HREF invites to you join a stress-free zoom for laughs and connection with your HREF colleagues!

    Howie Milstein will wax both eloquently and inelegantly on the realities and myths of our new virtual realities, and propose some ways to break out of the "ho humness" of interacting with people who are poorly lit and sometimes even sleeping.. Hopefully useful and definitely annoying, Howie will struggle and sweat through an experience that could provoke some new thinking. Or not.

    For additional program details, click here.

  • September 22, 2020 5:24 PM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    Featuring speaker Mark Ritchie, President – Global Minnesota

    In this session we leverage the virtual format to engage several leaders ready to share ideas as to how they have challenged HR norms to come up with breakthrough results for people, profit, and the planet.

    Join us to gain new insights, share your own ideas, and further the conversation of HR evolution in the new “normal” as well as the future of being human in the workplace.

    Click here for more event and registration information.

  • August 31, 2020 2:30 PM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    It's not too late to save $$$ while learning continuously...Now you can save $50 when you join or renew your HREF individual membership by September 22.

    Our upcoming program year promises to provide insights amid unprecedented times, connect you with other HR Leaders and provide ideas that are actionable during the "new normal."


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