State SHRM Conference

Below you will find the conference registration information for this year’s SD State SHRM conference hosted by SESD SHRM, in Yankton.  There is a great line-up of speakers and activities for everyone and are looking forward to seeing all of you.   

Conference Registration:  

Vendor Registration:    


Leadercast exists to positively change the way the world thinks about leadership. This year’s theme - The Brave Ones - challenges leaders to focus on the courage necessary to lead. Experience Leadercast Live on May 8, 2015 and discover what it means to be a leader worth following.

Location: The District
Registration: 7:00 a.m.
Simulcast: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Social Hour: 4:00 p.m.

More information and tickets can be found at: or by contacting Wendy Alexander.



Full-day Forum: Workplace Violence Prevention Strategies

As a follow-up to our recent webinar on violence prevention in the workplace, we're offering a full-day forum on Workplace Violence Prevention Strategies on May 20, in partnership with Sioux Steel and Raven Industries. Hear from local experts and employers about best practices to reduce the likelihood of violent threats and acts through prevention, recognition and appropriate response, as well as lessons learned by Sioux Steel in the wake of their recent tragedy.

Tentative Schedule

  • Threat Assessment and Physical Security
  • Policy Best Practices
  • Behavioral Tools and Resources
  • Post-Incident Preparation


Look for additional information and a final schedule in early April. 

June SESHRM Chapter Meeting

Tackling the Talent Shortage with Behavioral Assessment Data

Presented by Gayle Ver Hey

Strategic Workforce planning is a powerful opportunity to help identify the critical talent and leadership needs for a company.  This session will provide an overview of a data-driven strategic workforce planning process.  Gayle will highlight the role behavioral analytics can play at key phases of the process, and offer suggestions that will help HR and business leaders successfully co-develop a winning workforce plan.  It can sometimes be hard to find the time to conduct proper planning, but it is essential to both short and long term success.

Gayle Ver Hey has over 25 years of experience in HR, Operations, and working with executive management teams on strategic planning and talent management.  In 2014, Gayle joined the PI Midwest team after working with PI as a client for 20 years. Gayle gained business experience at MCT working with premier customers like 3M, Target, Kraft, and Hormel on quality, customer satisfaction, and safety programs.  She also managed the staffing, benefit and insurance programs for the Independent Contractors leased to MCT.  After working in the trucking industry, she shifted into the workers’ compensation industry as Sr. VP Strategy & Planning.  Gayle now represents PI, providing training and counseling in the MN, SD, and IA tri-state area.  She is active in SESHRM as a past President and board member, and has served on numerous committees.

Teaching Opportunity 

The University of South Dakota has teaching opportunities in the following areas:  

  • Intro to HR Management -- Fall 2015 at the University Center in Sioux Falls.
  • Business 101 (a very broad introduction to all business disciplines) -- Fall 2015.  This one could be taught face-to-face in Sioux Falls or possibly online.
  • Compensation -- Spring 2016 in Vermillion.  This could be taught in 1 or 2 meetings a week to limit commuting.

Instructional experience and expertise in HR are the two competencies preferred in this role. Income is around $3000.00 to $3200.00 per class.

Contact Damian Lonsdale at if interested. 


Did you know that SESHRM is on LinkedIn?

We encourage all members to join this group for updates, news and information!!

Join the SESHRM page here


SDSHRM Council

The SDSHRM Council unifies 7 individual SD SHRM affiliated chapters to advance the HR profession. They partner with over 400 volunteers in South Dakota to represent our state at a regional and national level.

We welcome you to utilize the SDSHRM site as a resource, and encourage you to check back frequently for updated information.  Click on the “Who We Are” page to get to know your council leaders from around the state! 

To be the premier organization in South Dakota for the professional development and advancement of Human Resources.

SDSHRM Mission
Lead Human Resources in South Dakota through:

  • Human Resource expertise
  • Advocacy
  • Professional support
  • Educational Opportunities
  • Networking


Learn about the new
SHRM Certification here:

Upcoming events

Tue, May 12, 2015 11:30 AM • CJ Callaways
Tue, June 09, 2015 11:30 AM • CJ Callaways
Tue, July 14, 2015 11:30 AM • CJ Callaways
Tue, August 11, 2015 11:30 AM • CJ Callaways

HR Opportunities

Wed, May 20, 2015 8:00 AM • Anonymous
Fri, May 08, 2015 8:00 AM • Anonymous
Wed, April 15, 2015 8:00 AM • Anonymous








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