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2022 State Conference
October 10-11 at Mystic Lake Center

News You Need To Know

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

    Enhance and advance your career with a SHRM Certification. An HR credential from SHRM not only enhances your skill set but also makes you more valuable and ultimately more sought after—which leads to a higher salary and added benefits. In fact, SHRM-certified, early-career professionals make 22% higher salaries than their uncertified counterparts, and 76% of HR hiring managers agree that SHRM certifications increase the likelihood of obtaining a promotion.

    Increase your chances of passing your exam by attending an upcoming certification prep course near you. An expert, SHRM-certified instructor will be on hand to answer your questions, guide you through interactive discussions, review sample test questions and provide exclusive test-taking tips.

    Click here for more information.

  • 28 Aug 2021 3:34 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    After months of hard work and planning, the 2021 MN SHRM Conference is just weeks away and we couldn’t be more excited!   

    The MN SHRM leadership team is closely monitoring developments with the COVID-19 pandemic. We will follow any guidance provided by the Center of Disease Control, Minnesota Department of Health and our event host Mystic Lake Casino and Event Center. Some of the safety protocols we are considering include required face coverings and completion of health screening. Attendees who are experiencing any signs of illness are required not to attend and adjustments will be made to registration information to transition from in-person to the virtual experience up to 24 hours from the event. 

    There are many reasons Mystic Lake was selected as our event venue but what is proving to be one of the best benefits is all the space that will be accessible to us. The venue is built to host significantly more than our attendees which means we have the ability to maximize social distancing throughout the conference.  If you are planning to attend and just haven’t gotten around to registering yet, don’t wait as this next few week will go by too fast. A new registration option is being offered to register for the lunch only keynote speaker, Elizabeth Smart. Yes, the one and only Elizabeth Smart!  Elizabeth joins an incredible line up of keynote and breakout speakers that you will not want to miss. 

    The conference committee along with the support of our sponsors, exhibitors and all of our MN SHRM Chapters can’t wait to safely welcome everyone to Mystic Lake Casino and Event Center on Monday, October 11 and Tuesday, October 12. Click here for more information and to register.

    We look forward to seeing you in October!

    Carrie Patton
    2021 Conference Director

  • 17 May 2021 10:07 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    The MNSHRM State Conference is back and your business needs to be here! Don’t miss this opportunity to grow your business and network with HR professionals throughout MN. We are now offering early registration discounts for exhibitors and sponsors now through June 15. We look forward to seeing you on Oct 11 – Oct 12 at the Mystic Lake Event Center in Prior Lake, MN.

  • 31 Mar 2021 7:19 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    It’s hard to believe that a year ago, we made the difficult decision to cancel our MNSHRM State Conference.  It was the right decision at the time and one that we hope to never have to make again.  Over a year into the pandemic, there’s been time to learn, adapt and develop better strategies for producing a safe conference experience.  We are excited to share with you that we will be hosting the MNSHRM State Conference Monday, October 11 and Tuesday, October 12 at Mystic Lake Event Center!

    The Conference Committee is hard at work planning the event along with our partners at Mystic Lake.   We have the utmost confidence in our ability and Mystic Lake’s ability to safely host an in person conferences.   There will be adequate meeting space to accommodate the number of attendees while safely meeting the standard for social distancing. 

    We realize that for many reasons including months of working from home and social distancing, many people will be hesitant to jump into crowds of any size.  For that reason we are researching the ability to offer a virtual component to the Conference and will communicate more on this in the coming weeks. 

    The MN SHRM State Council is thrilled to be a part of a bridge to return to what is considered normal.  We are prepared to react quickly and remain flexible to pivot again if it becomes mandatory to do so.  We will be paying close attention to safety trends and guidelines as they are being constantly updated as we plan for a safe experience.  We can’t wait to safely welcome our HR community back to the conference

    Save the dates October 11 and October 12 now with registration including early-bird registration discounts coming soon.    The conference will have a new look and feel this year. Our plan is to make this event safe, streamlined and sensational!  Two days of amazing keynote speakers and high quality break-out speakers with opportunities to celebrate our successes and build our HR network.   If you are interested in volunteering to  help plan or with day of logistics, please email me at cpatton@winthrop.com.

    In your service,
    Carrie Patton
    MNSHRM Director-elect
    2021 State Conference Director

  • 26 Aug 2020 6:59 PM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    “Same old, same old?” No Way!
    Because a trio of crises – health, economic, and social justice– aren’t the same old, same old. Travel to HR forums in Minneapolis, Chicago, Broadway/NYC, Atlanta, the Grand Canyon, the West Coast, and across the pond to London without getting on a plane! Sample 6 keynotes. Then talk with a police chief, take a trip to campus, and witness conversations between aspiring HR leaders and their mentors and parents. That’s just the start of a SHRM 17 PDC experience (plus applying for 17 HRCI credits, including 12 business credits)!

    Your time is precious.
    Take an active, participatory role still knowing that you can come and go as needed, because all the resources and programming remain available on-demand (at no additional charge).

    Follow this link to experience a unique platform for HR leaders and those aspiring to leadership. https://www.strategichrus.com/conference/strategic-hr/

  • 13 Jul 2020 11:40 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    To see where in Minnesota we have upcoming certification classes, click here. We have our first virtual classes advertised now!

  • 1 Jul 2020 2:47 PM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    This weekend, SHRM leadership met and emerged with a powerful vision for how we can lead forward on equity in the workplace and mitigating racism, particularly among Black Americans and other communities of color. It’s important to me that we share our thinking in response to your inquiries and interest on this important topic.

    SHRM will be announcing a definitive and significant course of action: to convene the best minds to drive actions and solutions around equity in the workplace for the Black community. Our working title for this is “Together Forward @Work” with an initial focus on addressing racism in the workplace. Over the coming weeks you will hear more about this initiative and how we will further demonstrate our commitment.

    Our first action is to establish a Blue Ribbon Commission that brings together the collective voices of those who can lead the way toward action, accountability and ownership. It’s clear, that after decades of actions, we need to find new and innovative ways to create the inclusive, diverse and safe world our members and their companies are desperately seeking, which is why this Commission is so critical. They will include contributors in positions of power and with critical expertise within SHRM and beyond. We will look to the Blue Ribbon Commission to strategize and co-create a robust set of actions that will also drive a longer-range agenda on diversity and bias.

    The convening of this Blue Ribbon Commission is a significant and meaningful first step for our organization. We believe this is the right way for us to begin to contribute resources and create impact. The power of our 300,000 members to directly impact the lives of people where they often spend a majority of their days – at work – is enormous. And it comes with a significant responsibility to be substantive in how we serve. We are confident this will live up to that responsibility.

    Finally, I recognize you are the front-line leaders to help your organizations manage through these extraordinary times of health, social and racial injustice. I am enormously proud of the power and positivity HR professionals bring to the table right now for business and society. We all know better workplaces = a better world and if all people are equitably represented in the workforce, everyone will achieve “better” even faster. While the Blue Ribbon Commission is busy at work, we encourage you to visit our Workplace Bias web page as a resource to support you today.

    We look forward to the progress we can make together and will share more in the coming weeks. 


    Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP 
    SHRM President & CEO 
  • 8 Jun 2020 10:03 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    Dear MNSHRM Community,

    Last Thursday we watched as George Floyd’s family and friends mourned his untimely death. He was a son, a brother, a father, a friend to many, and a fellow Minnesotan. His life was unjustly taken. 

    Inequality, racism, and discrimination are issues in our country, communities, and in our organizations. This thread in the fabric of our society adversely impacts people of color, and black men in particular when we look at our criminal justice system.

    As Human Resources professionals we have a responsibility to lead the way and show our colleagues, employees, and communities that everyone deserves fair and equal treatment. With the presence of racism happening in our communities now is the time for HR to lead, listen, understand and take real action to make our world at work and beyond a place with equality for all people.

    We understand the events surrounding the murder of George Floyd have led to the unrest we are experiencing on our city streets and across the country. We further understand our voices and our actions will make a difference, and as MNSHRM, we further understand our voices and our actions make a difference, and we are committed to listen, learn and lead.

    Yours in service,

    MNSHRM State Council

  • 1 Jun 2020 4:14 PM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    After this weekend's protests over the death of George Floyd—plus the stress of the coronavirus pandemic—people will be coming to work with a lot on their minds. How can you support employees who are worried, angry or scared? How can you work to eliminate racism from your workplace?

    SHRM Online has gathered resources to help HR professionals and people managers create safe spaces for difficult conversations, support employees who are facing discrimination, and create more open and inclusive workplaces. Read more.

  • 18 May 2020 7:05 AM | Christine Strak (Administrator)

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released guidance on reopening schools, restaurants and other institutions locked down during the pandemic. The Federal Emergency Management Agency also released an Exercise Starter Kit to help companies discuss and work through how to safely reopen after weeks of coronavirus-related closures. Read more.

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