2021 State Conference | October 11-12, Mystic Lake Center
Information and Registration

Steve Pemberton

Opening Keynote
Monday, October 11

Considered one of America’s most inspiring business and HR leaders, Steve Pemberton’s triumphant life story is about defying seemingly insurmountable beginnings as a child orphaned into foster care. Born to a mother who was in the middle of a losing battle with alcoholism, it was said about Steve that “this little boy doesn’t have a chance in the world.” His inherited circumstances, handed down from one generation to the next, was not the fault of Steve, but he still looked at it as his responsibility. That determination to better his life was met
by the kindness of everyday citizens who affirmed that fight. As told in the major motion picture and acclaimed, best-selling memoir, A Chance in the World, adversity only fueled his desire to become a man of resilience, determination and vision. Steve went on to find success as a corporate executive, innovative diversity and inclusion thought leader, visionary youth advocate and acclaimed speaker devoted to inspiring and helping others. Steve’s keynotes, like his life story, amplify his highly motivational messages: Believe in your dreams, rise above obstacles, create opportunities for others, and most of all, persevere.

Steve is the chief people officer of Workhuman. He champions and promotes
the Workhuman movement to inspire HR leaders to embrace more humanity and foster a sense of purpose in the workplace. Steve is f
ocused on building upon Workhuman’s award-winning culture, which has set a new industry standard through its own power usage of recognition and positivity. Before joining Workhuman, Steve served as the chief diversity officer for Walgreens Boots Alliance and Monster.com. A frequent presenter on Capitol Hill, in 2015, he was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez to serve on the Advisory Committee for the Competitive Integrated Employment of People with Disabilities.

Kay Frances

Closing Keynote
Tuesday, October 12

Known as “America’s Funniest Stressbuster,” Kay Frances has shared her message to “lighten up, stress less and take care of ourselves” in 38 states and Canada for over 25 years.
She holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration, a degree in Physical Education and a 4th degree black belt in karate. She was also a family caregiver for 7 years.

Kay is the author of The Funny Thing about Stress; A Seriously Humorous Guide to a Happier Life.

When it comes to humor, Kay is the "real deal" having performed as a professional standup comedian for many years and appearing on a number of national television and radio programs including Lifetime Cable’s Girls Night Out and NBC’s America’s Funniest People. She also lived and performed in New York City where she appeared at the nation’s top comedy clubs such as “The Improvisation” and “Catch a Rising Star.”

When it comes to managing stress, Kay learned the hard way by engaging in every unhealthy habit known to man before making her way back to good health and sanity. It was a long, winding, hilarious road!

Attendee Information

Registration Includes

  • Internationally recognized Keynote Speakers Steve Pemberton and Kay Frances
  • Meals
    • Monday - Lunch and Dinner
    • Tuesday - Breakfast and Lunch
  • Exhibit Hall 
  • Our conference app, Whova
  • Over 30 speaker sessions

Conference Agenda

Download the current agenda

Conference Rates

Early Bird Rate 
Register before 5/31/21
    Regular Rate     Register between 6/1/21 - 9/17/21     Late Rate     Register after 9/18/21
Non-SHRM Member with Hotel* $400 $500 N/A
Non-SHRM Member without Hotel $300 $400 $450
Non-SHRM Member Virtual Access Only $200 $300 $250
SHRM Member with Hotel*   $300 $400 N/A
SHRM Member without Hotel $200 $300 $350
SHRM Member Virtual Access Only $100 $150 $200
Student with Hotel* $150 $250 N/A
Student without Hotel   $50 $100 $125
Student Virtual Access Only   $35 $75 $100
*Room will be reserved at Mystic Lake. The hotel confirmation will be emailed separately from the conference registration.


Here are just a few comments from attendees of the 2019 State Conference:

  • Great job! Very well planned and and organized. Had a great experience. – Susan W.
  • The conference team always does such an AMAZING job! Once again it was well worth every cent and minute! – Jody K.
  • I have been to most MNSHRM conferences for the past 10 years or so and this was by far one of my top 3! Fun theme, great networking, variety of speakers and venue was good. Keep up the great work! – Amy R.
Group Rate Information
2-3 attendees from the same organization - 5% discount*
4+ attendees from the same organization - 10% discount*
*All registrations must take place at the same time. Please register your group and send Christine your paid invoice to receive a refund to your credit card.

National SHRM Membership - Save $50 
Current SHRM members save $45 on registration! If you would like to become a National SHRM member NOW and save $50 on your conference registration fee, click here .

Group rate accommodation information is available here.

SHRM Foundation Donation
Multiple options are available to make a donation to the SHRM Foundation. Click here for additional information.

Cancellations and Refunds
Refunds will be honored only if notification is received by September 15th. There are no refunds to registrants who do not cancel. Notification of cancellation must be sent to our office by the deadline. Registrations cancelled after September 15th will be rolled over to the following year conference. Rollovers must be used within two calendar years.

Image Permissions

The Minnesota State SHRM Council (MNSHRM) reserves the right to use any photograph or video taken at any event sponsored by Minnesota State SHRM Council (MNSHRM), without the expressed written permission of those in the photograph or video.

Printed Materials and Conference Bags
MNSHRM is committed to keeping our conference as green as possible and will not be providing conference bags. We will also be limiting use of excessive paper by offering electronic conference materials such as the conference schedule, speaker information, accommodation and travel information and other resources on our conference app, Whova. Please consider accessing information electronically before printing. We appreciate your efforts towards keeping the conference green as well!


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