President's Blog

  • 04/13/2023 4:40 PM | Anonymous member

    Spring has sprung (finally)! What a treat!

    A BIG Thank You to the Planning Committee for all their work on putting together such an engaging and thought-provoking Spring Conference. What a great reminder of how impactful authenticity and vulnerability can be in and out of the workplace. Hopefully you all enjoyed!

    Congratulations to our 2023 National SHRM Conference Scholarship Winners, Jennifer Weber and Jessica Ashton. Kudos to the both of you for continuing to educate yourself and elevating the HR profession. We look forward to hearing all about it!

    If you plan to attend the national conference, please reach out to a SESHRM board member to let them know. SESHRM has created a private Slack channel to assist you in networking with other local members who are also attending the national conference. I had the opportunity to attend this conference the last two years and through this event, had the privilege of meeting some phenomenal leaders within SESHRM. Excited for all who are attending, such an invaluable experience.

    There is still time to register for the State SHRM Conference, May 3rd to May 5th in Yankton. Diverse breakout topics which include Culture, Legislative Updates, Employee Relations, Talent Acquisition, Benefit Strategic, Emotional Intelligence and MORE. 11.25 SHRM and HRCI credits pending. I look forward to seeing you there!

    Enjoy your week,

    Julia Disburg, SHRM-CP, PHR

  • 03/17/2023 4:01 PM | Anonymous member

    I am encouraged by the recent couple of (semi) warm days that Spring is on its way. What a welcomed change that will be! Similar to the changes in seasons, the needs of our employees and ourselves change too. In an effort to support you in these changes, James Robilotta will be presenting Leading Imperfectly: Learning to Take Care of Yourself So You Can Take of Others at the Spring Conference on March 28th. Anna Woodford will also be a guest speaker at this event. She will discuss the reasons behind losing our why and refocusing & energizing our minds & spirit to work to take care of ourselves so that we can begin to live our best lives.

    This conference is sure to provide relatable content that will leave us feeling recharged and ready to get out of our own way! Register Today! Those in attendance will have an opportunity to win a FREE State Conference registration.

    Yankton is hosting this year’s SoDak SHRM State Conference, May 3rd – 5th. Sessions to include topics regarding Talent Acquisition, Legislative/Regulatory Changes, Benefit Strategy, Employee Relations Best Practices, and MORE.

    I look forward to seeing you at the Spring Conference on March 28th and the State Conference in May!

    Julia Disburg, SHRM-CP, PHR

  • 02/08/2023 7:13 PM | Anonymous member


    A big THANK YOU to the Programs Co-Directors and Committee for our January speaker, Larry Young. What a great way to start the week learning how we can be a valued strategic partner by enhancing our influencing skills. We appreciate the grace as we experienced a couple of “hiccups” that day. As leaders in your organizations, you know, it wouldn’t be a Monday or a conference without ‘em!

    On January 24th, the SESHRM Board held their Annual Strategic Meeting to identify 2023 initiatives. Based on feedback from chapter members coupled with our vision for the year, we have committed to the following initiatives:

    • SESHRM Membership Experience – We would like to enhance programing opportunities/content for our chapter members both, virtually and in-person. The Student Chapter is also an area of focus for the year as they are an invaluable group of upcoming HR professionals. We look forward to having more intentional meetings with the Student Chapter to help encourage development and involvement in SESHRM and the HR field.
    • Membership Growth - This initiative will be centered around recruiting and retaining SESHRM members. We will continue to be proactive in providing relevant programming content and marketing the chapter by informing area businesses on the value of being a SESHRM member.
    • Community Involvement – There are so many phenomenal resources and organizations, outside of SESHRM, that are working on HR related initiatives (IE, Pathways, Legislature, Sioux52, Child Care Collaborative, etc). Our goal is to partner with one or two of these organizations to learn their perspective and to become a trusted partner in these larger scale HR related issues.
    Lastly, we look forward to seeing you at our February Chapter Meeting: Embracing Differences in the Workplace with Mike Henke!

    See you soon,

    Julia Disburg, SHRM-CP, PHR

  • 01/11/2023 9:31 PM | Anonymous member

    Happy New Year! Hope you all had a warm and peaceful holiday season with family and friends! 

    On January 16th, we will be holding our January half-day session. Larry Young, owner of Boiling Frog Development, will lead us in developing actions plans and strategies to enhance our influencing skills. Be sure to register today!

    The Board will be getting together to hold their annual Strategic Planning Session on January 24th to determine the initiatives for this year. More to come in next month’s newsletter!

    Thank you for the opportunity to lead such an impressive group of professionals.

    Looking forward to another successful year,

    Julia Disburg, SHRM-CP, PHR

    SESHRM President

  • 11/30/2022 9:35 PM | Anonymous member

    This year has certainly gone by quickly! It’s hard to believe it’s December and this is my final month of SESHRM Chapter President. Thank you so much for the opportunity to serve you all. I have gained so much from the experience – personal and professional growth, grew my network, and got outside of my comfort zone. I truly do recommend joining the board in some capacity to everyone.

    Speaking of the board, we are getting ready to say our “Thank you for serving” to Mary Jo Vance (Past President), Kristina Meulebroeck (Treasurer), Ona Reker (Programs Co-Director), and Kassie Van Wyk (Student Chapter Director). They’ve all made large impacts on the chapter during their time. We sincerely appreciate all they have done!

    We are also very excited to be welcoming our new board members in January! Monique Vanden Heuvel (President-Elect), Marisa Draper (Treasurer), Hannah Johnson (Programs Co-Director), and Alyssa Bainbridge (Student Chapter Director). In addition, Maggie Garry will continue her work as Legislative Director and Kerry Bamsey will continue to be our Workforce Readiness & Diversity Director.

    I can’t wait to celebrate a wonderful year with you all on December 6th! Thank you again for the opportunity to serve as your President!


  • 11/03/2022 6:05 PM | Anonymous member

    November is officially upon us, and we are so thankful for each and every one of you! The year is quickly coming to a close, but we still have lots of exciting things coming up. Please be sure to vote in our upcoming Board Elections. We have one last chapter meeting in November and then our Holiday Social in December. At the Holiday Social we will be announcing the winners of the HR Professional Awards and the Workplace Excellence Awards.

    The December Holiday Social will be held on Tuesday, December 6th from 3pm -6pm. We are seeking donations of baskets for our Charity Fundraiser and sponsors for the event. If you’re interested in either opportunity, reach out to Julia Disburg.

    Thank you so much to everyone who helped us select the charity we will be raising funds for at our December Holiday Social. We are excited to announce that we will be raising funds for the Ronald McDonald House Charities – South Dakota!

    Be on the lookout for additional exciting announcements about the Holiday Social coming soon!


  • 10/05/2022 7:35 PM | Anonymous member

    Hello Members!

    Can you believe it’s October already? All things pumpkin, football, and Halloween are in full swing. October also means a kickoff to open enrollment, budget planning, and year-end processes for most of the members of our chapter. 

    For SESHRM, October is bringing opportunities for you to recognize your fellow HR peers for the HR Professional of the Year awards. It’s also time to nominate your employers for a Workplace Excellence Award! We are also winding down to the last few days to reach out to Julia Disburg to place your name on the ballot for one of our board positions! Lastly, October kicks off our membership renewal season!  Be sure to renew your membership by 12/31/2022 to be able to attend the January Half Day Workshop for FREE!

    Be sure to watch for more announcements coming soon for our upcoming Board Elections and our December Social Event! The December Social will be held on December 6th from 3pm-5pm!


  • 09/14/2022 10:10 PM | Anonymous member

    Hello SESHRM Members!

    While there may be mixed feelings out there, pumpkin spice is here, fall décor is popping up, football games have kicked off, and our mornings are starting out a bit cooler! With fall comes lots of exciting things for our chapter! Coming this fall, we will have Board Elections, membership renewals, nominations for Workplace Excellence of the Year and HR Professional of the Year Awards, our Student Chapter will begin meeting again, and USF will be hosting another SHRM Certification Prep Course!

    We are so grateful for our members and the talents each and everyone of you have. Please consider getting involved where you have a passion. Watch out for exciting announcements regarding our HR Professional of the Year and Workplace Excellence Awards – then consider who you could nominate in the respective categories. Nominating takes a little thought, but not a lot of time and the value of that recognition pays dividends to that HR Professional or that employer.

    If you have a passion for getting involved in the next generation of HR Professionals, reach out to Kassie Van Wyk and ask how you could give a presentation at a Student Chapter Meeting, provide an internship or job shadow opportunity for a student, or consider mentoring!

    Lastly, please be sure to refer to the Sept 9th email regarding the membership renewals for 2023. Renewals will open October 1st. Our Membership Rates are increasing for the first time since 2013. We are looking forward to a busy fall within the chapter. Don’t forget in December we will come together to celebrate each other and another amazing year!


  • 08/11/2022 9:02 PM | Anonymous member

    Hello All!

    August is here! Summer is winding down, kids are getting ready to go back to school, and cooler mornings are becoming more often. While very few are wishing summer away, fall is quickly approaching. That means lots of exciting things coming up for SESHRM!

    We have some great programs coming up this fall with monthly sponsors as well.  Thank you to the Sioux Falls Development Foundation and WIN Summit teams in sponsoring our August meeting! If your company is interested in sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to me with questions.

    This fall will also be our SESHRM Board Elections. We are looking for volunteers for our President-Elect, Programs Co-Chair Director, Legislative Director, Student Chapter Director, and Workforce/Diversity Director roles. If you are interested, please reach out to Julia Disburg!

    Also, this fall, we will have our Workplace Excellence and HR Professional of the Year awards. We are planning to switch these up a bit this year, so watch for more information coming out soon!


  • 07/13/2022 9:54 PM | Anonymous member

    Happy July!

    How is it that we are already over halfway through 2022 and stores are stocking school supplies already?! I hope everyone is getting opportunities for rest and relaxation this summer and remembering to take time for yourself. So many people depend on us both at work and at home, taking the time for self-care, rest, and relaxation is very important.

    We are excited for two great events this month focused on hiring great talent! One of those events is the hands-on workshop on July 26th. Spots were limited to maintain the ability to have that workshop approach. If you’re unable to attend, please notify us so those on the waitlist may be able to participate in your place. We hope that there will be great value found for all participants and that we will be able to offer more experiences like this in the future.

    Soon you’ll start to see communications from the board on Workplace Excellence Awards, HR Professional of the year, and Board Elections. Please start thinking about nominating your company and who you want to recognize for HR Professional this year. These are amazing recognition opportunities. Joining the board is a phenomenal opportunity for development and networking. Please reach out to Julie Disburg with questions on board elections!        


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