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  • 05/17/2024 3:01 PM | Andrew Erkonen (Administrator)

    Congratulations SESHRM!! We have been awarded the 2023 Gold Excel Award! This award recognizes a chapter's outstanding achievements in providing meaningful programs and services to our members. Additionally, it is recognition of our continued growth and development as a business leader that is capable of developing strategies that lead to business success!

    I, and several SESHRM members, had the pleasure to attend the SoDak State SHRM Conference held in Pierre, SD last month. There were some great sessions put on and the featured speakers were motivating. Thank you to the Pierre SHRM chapter and the SoDak State SHRM Board for hosting and being so hospitable. The 2025 SoDak State SHRM conference will be held in the Black Hills, April 30th, 2025- May 2nd, 2025. Mark your calendars for 2025 and hope to see everyone in the Black Hills!

    Speaking of our May meeting, Trudy Billion will be joining us for a valuable session on BASK in your HR Expertise!  She will present items on taking your career to the next level by career mapping, how to leverage the BASK to be a strategic HR partner for the organization and components of the SHRM Bask.

    Please always feel free to reach out to myself, or any SESHRM Board member with comments, questions, concerns or ideas! Also, a desire to volunteer on a committee, or serve on the SESHRM Board of Directors can be directed towards any board member!

    The following positions will be open for 2025: President Elect, Secretary, Membership Director, Marketing Director, Treasurer, Conference Chair & Communications Director.

    Have a great May!!

    Monique Vanden Heuvel

  • 04/12/2024 3:37 PM | Andrew Erkonen (Administrator)

    Spring has sprung (finally)! What a treat!

    A BIG Thank You to our Spring Planning Committee for all their work on putting together such an engaging and thought-provoking Spring Conference. Mother Nature threw us wild ball; however, this committee was able to pivot on a moment’s notice and still bring us an impactful conference. What an eye-opening session on elevating our confidence to the next level. I know that I will be implementing some of the tricks and tips that Treva presented to our group. Hopefully you all enjoyed!

    Thank you as well to our SESHRM Spring Conference Sponsors, Sanford Health Plans, UKG, Think 3D, Well365, Woods Fuller, Time Management Systems, University of Sioux Falls, Paychex, Workforce, and Short Staffed, Inc. The generosity of our sponsors is a huge help in bringing in top notch speakers.

    Congrats to Kristen Steen, winner of the SDSHRM State Conference Registration (Megan Petermann is the alternate), and Ashley Anderson, winner of the one-hour session with Treva!

    Congratulations to our Conference Scholarship winner, Stephanie Clenney. She will be attending the SHRM Talent Conference & Expo taking place this month. We look forward to hearing all about it!

    Our April meeting will be held on 04/16 and we will be welcoming Jackie Payne. Jackie will provide an overview of the FranklinCovey approach to coaching effectively and will provide a set of mindsets, toolsets, and skillsets that – when implemented intentionally- will unleash greater potential in others.

    There is still time to register for the State SHRM Conference, April 30th – May 2nd in Pierre. Diverse breakout topics will include Culture, Legislative Updates, Employee Relations, Talent Acquisition, AI and more. I look forward to seeing you there!

    I wanted to remind our group that the May Monthly Meeting will be held on May 20th (Monday), rather than the typical Tuesday.

    Have a great April.

    Monique Vanden Heuvel


  • 03/14/2024 1:04 PM | Andrew Erkonen (Administrator)

    We can all agree that spring is in the air and many of us are counting the days to more sunshine, warmer temperatures, and grass and flowers growing. Speaking of spring, the “Spring” conference is right around the corner. If you haven’t registered to attend “Mastering Confidence: Science-Backed Strategies for Success – presented by Treva Grave”, you still have time. Register today through the SESHRM website! The first 100 onsite attendees will receive Treava’s latest book, Self-Doubt Detox. Those in attendance will have an opportunity to win a FREE State Conference registration.

    The SESHRM Board is excited to announce our 2024 Strategic Initiatives! This year, the Board of Directors, committee members, and many volunteers, will be focusing on three important initiatives / projects. These include community involvement, chapter experience and increasing membership in our local and national chapter.

    Early bird registration pricing for the SoDak SHRM state conference in Pierre is ending on March 31st. To register, or for more information: 2024 SoDak SHRM State Conference | South Dakota SHRM State Council

    Another way to grow yourself this month is to submit your application for the National SHRM Conference Scholarship! We are giving away two conference scholarships this year. The deadline is March 22nd, so don’t delay!

    Please always feel free to reach out to myself, or any SESHRM Board member with comments, questions, concerns or ideas! Also, a desire to volunteer on a committee, or serve on the SESHRM Board of Directors can be directed towards any board member! The following positions will be open for 2025: President Elect, Secretary, Membership Director, Marketing Director, Treasurer, Conference Chair & Communications Director.

    Thank you for all you do!!

  • 02/08/2024 8:28 AM | Andrew Erkonen (Administrator)

    I am so thankful that we made it through our cold January, and according to Punxsutawney Phil spring is on its way! I would like to extend a big thank you to the Programs Co-Directors and committee for our January speaker, Chris Czarnik. I am confident that we all took something new away from his presentation. What a great way to reset for 2024!

    Our February session will be on Leveraging the Power of Emotional Intelligence. Julie Younkin will be teaching us on how to leverage emotional intelligence by defining and decoding what EQ is and the four skills of EQ.

    Please be sure to complete the surveys each month after each event. Our vision is “To create a learning and networking environment that will inspire and develop Human Resources Professionals”. Your feedback helps us in aspiring to meet that vision.

    Just a reminder that our spring conference will be on March 26th, registration is now open. Treva Grave will be presenting on Mastering Confidence: Science-Baked Strategies for success.

    Please be watching for upcoming registration information for the State conference taking place in Pierre on April 30th.

    Thanks for all you do and have a great month!

    Monique Vanden Heuvel


  • 01/11/2024 8:27 AM | Andrew Erkonen (Administrator)

    Happy New Year! We hope you all had a joyful holiday season with family and friends! The SESHRM board will meet on 01/10/2024 for our Annual Strategic Meeting to determine our initiatives for 2024. We want to continue to focus on increased member engagement both in person and virtually, diversifying development opportunities being offered, working on creating a volunteer base, along with expanding our communication and outreach as our local member numbers continue to steadily raise. SHRM will also be showcasing some new initiatives, along with a new and improved website. Watch for more details soon!

    On January 16th, we will be holding our January half-day session with Chris Czarnik. He will be helping us start off the year right by presenting new ideas on recruitment, engagement, retaining & developing talent inside our organizations, along with giving us tools to take back to our organization to help implement some of these great ideas. Be sure to register today!

    We would like to remind you to follow us on all of our social media channels: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Slack. Slack is a great opportunity to network and start conversations with other HR professionals on topics or questions that are on your mind.

    Lastly, we would like to extend a special Thank You to our outgoing SESHRM Board Members; Christina Cota, Krysta Wildman and Sarah Hanson and extend a warm welcome to Lucinda Noronha, Denise Guzzetta and Tara Cox as our newest Board Members.

    Thank you for the opportunity to lead our wonderful SESHRM organization this year!  I’m looking forward to a fantastic year!

    Monique Vanden Heuvel

  • 12/08/2023 3:57 PM | Andrew Erkonen (Administrator)

    Just like that…it’s December! Where did the year go?!

    A sincere “Thank You” for the opportunity to serve as the 2023 SESHRM Chapter President. I am grateful for the many connections I have made this year and enjoyed working alongside such competent professionals to advance the SESHRM Chapter. It has been such a rewarding experience, personally and professionally!

    Sarah Hanson (Past President), Christina Cota (Programs Co-Director), and Krysta Widman (Certification Director), a BIG shout out to you all, as you move on from the board. You all have made a significant impact and your dedication and contributions are much appreciated!

    We are also very excited to be welcoming our new board members in January! Lucinda Noronha (President-Elect), Denise Guzzetta (Programs Co-Director), and Tara Cox (Certification Director). Can’t wait to work with you!

    We look forward to seeing you all at the social on December 12th at 3:00 p.m. Please remember to bring your donations for Dress for Success along with your holiday cheer. We will have games, appetizers and will be raffling off various baskets. All proceeds raised will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House. PREMIER will be graciously matching all funds raised at the event!

    Thank you again for this opportunity!

    Julia

  • 11/09/2023 6:07 PM | Andrew Erkonen (Administrator)

    Hello SESHRM Members -

    Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, and we want to give thanks to each one of you! Thank YOU for being YOU!

    As a reminder, we will be adding an additional SESHRM chapter meeting on November 14th where Gallegher will provide insight on the salary survey findings. If you did not participate but would like to purchase a survey, the link is: SESHRM - Online store product. This is invaluable data to ensure we are staying competitive in today’s market. We will host our monthly meeting on November 21st as planned and then wrap up the year with our Holiday Social on December 12th from 3pm to 6pm.

    At the Holiday Social, we will be announcing the winners of the HR Professional Awards and the Workplace Excellence Awards. We are seeking donations of baskets for our Charity Fundraiser and sponsors for the event. All proceeds generated from the basket raffle will be raising funds for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

    If you’re interested in providing a basket for the raffle or sponsoring the event, please reach out to Monique Vanden Heuvel.

    Enjoy the rest of your week!

    Julia Disburg
    SESHRM Chapter President


  • 10/11/2023 12:14 PM | Anonymous member

    Hello SESHRM Members -

    Hope you all have enjoyed the beautiful weather and last quarter planning is going smoothly.

    Although it’s a busy time for most, please consider nominating a peer for the HR Professional of the Year awards and/or an organization that has taken an intentional approach to encourage diversity, community involvement or their culture for the Workplace Excellence awards. This is a great way to celebrate the hard work of a colleague and/or your company! Deadline is October 20th.

    If you are interested in one of the SESHRM Board vacancies for next year, President-Elect, Programs Co-Director and Certification Director, please reach out to me or Monique Vanden Huevel for additional information. This is a phenomenal opportunity for self-development and networking.

    Lastly, October kicks off our membership renewal season!  Renew your membership by 12/31/2023 to be eligible to attend the January Half Day Workshop for FREE!

    Be sure to watch for additional announcements regarding the December SESHRM Social Event!

    Enjoy your week!

    Julia Disburg

    SESHRM President

  • 09/14/2023 11:51 PM | Anonymous member

    Hello SESHRM Members -

    Fall is upon us which means pumpkin spice lattes, football, crockpot recipes and lots of SESHRM happenings! We encourage you to participate in one or several of the upcoming events.

    ·        Salary Survey – Thank you for those that participated! There were 79 surveys completed by HR professionals in various industries. This is an excellent tool to ensure your organization is staying competitive in todays market. If you did not participate but would like to purchase a survey, the link is: SESHRM - Online store product

    ·        The board is working with Gallagher to provide a virtual training session to walk through the findings of the survey. More to come!

    ·        Board Elections - SESHRM will have four upcoming vacancies this year on our board, President-Elect, Programs Co-Director, Marketing Director and Certification Director. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact me or Monique Vanden Huevel for additional information. This is a phenomenal opportunity for self-development and networking.

    ·        Mentorship Program – The SESHRM Board is re-igniting this program as it has had significant success in the past and we know what value it can provide our members. If you are interested in being a mentee or a mentor, please reach out to Alyssa Bainbridge by October 31st. This is such a phenomenal opportunity to grow personally and professionally!

    ·        Student Chapter Meetings – If you have a passion for mentoring upcoming HR professionals, please reach out to Alyssa Bainbridge. This is an excellent opportunity for members to share their professional experiences and skill sets by presenting at a Student Chapter Meeting or mentoring a student member.

    ·        Do you know a standout HR professional that has made significant contributions to the HR profession AND/OR do you know an organization that has made intentional efforts to provide a desirable work environment? We are now accepting nominations for the Workplace Excellence of the Year and HR Professional of the Year Awards.

    ·        In addition to the monthly September meeting, SESHRM will be hosting a workshop on September 25th. This workshop will focus on practical tips and ideas on how to create an inclusive workplace for all employees. Such an important topic! See you there!

    A sincere ‘Thank You’ to the 191 of you that participated in the Chapter Survey and for the constructive feedback. 93% of members are satisfied with their SESHRM experience. There are some opportunities with the website and communication. We appreciate the feedback and will work to improve.

    Make it a great September!

    Julia Disburg

    SESHRM President


  • 08/09/2023 8:17 PM | Anonymous member

    Hello!

    SESHRM is excited to announce Julie Ohlsen, Talent Manager at First Bank & Trust and Trish Heng with the South Dakota Air National Guard as the scholarship recipients for the SHRM certification and prep course. Kudos to the both of you for investing in your career development. We look forward to celebrating your accomplishment. Happy Studying!

    We are looking for your participation!

    1. The SESHRM Board is eager to hear how we can improve your chapter experience. A survey will be emailed to you next week requesting your thoughts and opinions on various topics. We encourage you to complete the survey and to provide honest thoughtful feedback as we want to do better! Your responses will remain anonymous and as an incentive to participate, once you complete the survey you will be eligible to enter in a drawing for one of three $50 gift cards.
    2. SESHRM will have three upcoming vacancies this year on our board, President-Elect, Programs Co-Director and Certification Director. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact me or Monique Vanden Huevel for additional information. This is a phenomenal opportunity for self-development and networking.

    Mark your calendars! SESHRM and Pathways to Inclusive and Equitable Workplaces are excited to partner and present a two (2) part workshop on September 19th from 11:30am-1:30pm and September 25th from 8:30am-10:00am.

    The regular monthly meeting on September 19th will be extended by an extra half hour to start the important discussion on inclusivity and belonging in the workplace.  This session will include a brief overview of the topic and an interactive panel discussion comprised of several Human Resources professionals from various industries.  Our goal is to provide real life examples of how we can best support our employees in the workplace and offer some little changes that can create big results within your organizations.

    Enjoy the rest of your summer!

    Julia Disburg

    SESHRM President

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