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    Keep Calm and Let HR Navigate

    The forecast for business is constantly changing. Some employers are reporting sunny skies and fair weather while others are feeling the front roll in. Some organizations are already knee deep in the storm surge. How does HR navigate under these conditions? Join your peers and learn how to keep calm and navigate in a changing environment.

    NEW THIS YEAR: Mix and Mingle from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

    Sad the conference is over? Don’t leave! Keep the conversation going while enjoying a cocktail, snacks and trying your hand at corn hole! Network with your peers and share your conference takeaways on our Wall of Great Ideas!

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    Date Location Event Type Calendar Invite
    Thursday, September 19, 2019 Minneapolis, MN In-Person Add to Calendar
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  • Agenda


    Schedule Keep Calm and Let HR Navigate
    7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Registration / Continental Breakfast
    8:00 a.m. – 8:05 a.m. Welcome
    8:05 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Opening Session: Navigating the Journey Ahead: Achieving Greater Success at Work – Matt Jones, Motivational Leadership Speaker
    9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Session 2: Winds of Change: Hiring the Untraditional Candidate
    10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Session 3: Sunny Days Ahead: Transform Your Managers
    10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Session 4: United Front: Connect Your Customer and Employee Experiences
    11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Session 5: Sunny or Partly Cloudy? Your jobs are dynamic. Your job postings are boring
    11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch
    12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Session 6: Does it Spark Joy? Developing an Employer Brand that Shines Through the Clutter
    1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Session 7: Calming the Storms! Creating Connection in the Age of Isolation
    2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Session 8: Fair Weather or Perfect Storm? Scanning the Business Horizon
    3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Mix and Mingle networking
  • Sessions


    Opening Session:

    8:05 to 9:30 a.m.
    Navigating the Journey Ahead: Achieving Greater Success at Work
    Matt Jones, Motivational Leadership Speaker

    How do you stay motivated when faced with adversity in the workplace? What happens when change, burnout, or stress threatens your team’s continual growth? What daily actions help to increase workplace productivity and perseverance? These are important questions for leaders of successful organizations. Join Matt Jones in this inspiring talk, to glean practical ideas and solutions for your work journey, based on his experience of conquering cancer three times, surviving a bone marrow transplant, and completing seven marathons on seven continents.

    9:30 to 10:00 a.m., Session 2
    Winds of Change: Hiring the Untraditional Candidate
    Beth Mathison, Director, Employment Services, MRA – The Management Association

    Companies are looking to get creatively identify talent with the learning aptitude and culture fit for their organization. More and more companies are looking at training new hires vs. expecting them to come in with all the skills on day one. But where do you start? How do you market to a different candidate pool and achieve success? What is the impact on your current workforce? Beth will discuss 5 untraditional groups and a few tips for connecting with each.

    • Veterans
    • Individuals with disabilities
    • Former convicts
    • Interns
    • Retirees

    10:15 to 10:45 a.m., Session 3
    Sunny Days Ahead: Transform Your Managers
    Cheryl Lucas-DeBerry, Learning & Development Manager, MRA – The Management Association

    Companies are revolutionizing how people work but what about the managers? Organizations now need to transform their managers to become leaders. Learn the difference and skills needed to move from being a manager to being a leader. Traditional ways of managing will not be as effective in the 21st century organization. Leaders should be empowered and possess a more inclusive style in order to have followers. Cheryl will discuss key transformational skills needed for today’s leaders including strategy, people-centric, decision making, emotional intelligence and coaching.

    10:45 to 11:15 a.m., Session 4
    United Front: Connect Your Customer and Employee Experiences
    Jenny Mangone, Director, Talent Management, MRA – The Management Association

    Strong client relationships are built on trusted partnerships reinforced with memorable experiences that delight your customers. The new business paradigm connects the customer experience and the employee experience for greater organizational success. Enhance your competitive edge by creating extraordinary united front. Takeaways include:

    • Learn why successful customer experiences depend upon putting your employees first
    • Everybody matters – identify key steps to aligning the customer and employee experience
    • Explore how an active HR management approach to employee experience helps bring a company’s brand to life

    11:15 to 11:45 a.m., Session 5
    Partly Sunny or Partly Cloudy? Your jobs are dynamic.Your job postings are boring.
    Elena Valentine, CEO, Skill Scout; Abby Cheesman, COO, Skill Scout

    The future of hiring is creating an experience that immerses candidates in what the job is like. Interactive video and behind-the-scenes media are the tools to make this happen. Only 1% of job descriptions have visuals, yet video is slated to become the largest driver of internet traffic by 2020. How can HR use this trend to its advantage? In this interaction session, we will provide tangible tips that you can integrate tomorrow to refresh current job posts and attract more candidates. We will dive into what it takes to develop a compelling video content strategy driven by those that matter most - your employees.

    12:45 to 1:45 p.m., Session 6
    Does it Spark Joy? Developing an Employer Brand that Shines Through the Clutter
    Autumn Anderson, Senior Marketing Manager, Talent Acquisition, Sodexo

    Whether you jumped on the decluttering movement this year or not, the concept of tidying up and focusing only on what makes you happy is applicable to more than just the clothes in your closet. When the job market is hot and candidates get to chose what they want (and don’t want) in an employer, helping them visualize their life at your company can make all the difference. In this session, you will learn the foundations of creating an Employer Brand that resonates with your ideal candidates, explore examples of Autumn’s EB work at Sodexo and leave with your own list of ideas for attracting talent to your company in a way that works for YOU.

    1:45 to 2:15 p.m., Session 7
    Calming the Storms! Creating Connection in the Age of Isolation
    Keith Peterson, Vice President – Learning & Development, MRA – The Management Association

    Today’s workplace is full of constant change, pressure to perform and workplace practices that either build or tear down engagement. With an ever increasing number of employees working remotely or with teams across the country, there’s a new feeling of isolation. This session will explore best practices and lessons learned for leading teams in the "Age of Isolation." Keith will explore the importance of building trust, setting input and feedback rhythms, making technology an asset, building rapport through new "watercooler" conversations, learning to treat employees equally but not the same, and the importance of asking the right questions. This presentation will share lessons learned and practical tips for success.

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    2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Session 8
    Fair Weather or Perfect Storm? Scanning the Business Horizon
    Jim Morgan, Vice President - Member Experience, MRA – The Management Association

    Jim will identify the top 5 challenges employers are facing and provide practical and relevant solutions to tackle each challenge, including trends such as:

    • Recruitment – is anyone out there?
    • Aging Workforce – how do you navigate with dignity?
    • Technology – will robots take our jobs?
    • Diverse Workforce – why is inclusion important?
    • Wellness – is your program sinking or providing ROI?

    3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Mix and Mingle

    Sad the conference is over? Don’t leave! Keep the conversation going while enjoying a cocktail, snacks and trying your hand at corn hole! Network with your peers and share your conference takeaways on our Wall of Great Ideas!

  • Speakers


    Matt Jones

    Matt Jones

    Matt Jones is known as the "Seven Continent Marathon Man." He went from being a three-time cancer conqueror to relearning how to walk, to going through a bone marrow transplant, to completing seven marathons on seven continents and yes that includes Antarctica. Matt was diagnosed with cancer on September 11, 2002. After spreading to the fluid in his brain doctors did not think he would live. After victoriously conquering cancer he was told that there has never been anybody go through what he went through and be alive one year later. Baseball Hall of Famer George Brett said, "Matt is a true champion and his story inspires others to be a true champion." Matt is the author of numerous books and travels around the world sharing his inspiring story and message. For more information about Matt please visit MatthewDJones.com.

    Beth Mathison

    Beth Mathison, Director, Employment Services, MRA – The Management Association

    As the world of business changes at a fast pace, Beth enjoys identifying improvements and new opportunities to help industry colleagues be successful in the primary areas of recruiting and retention. In order to be a strong HR Business partner, Beth believes in listening and asking thoughtful questions. Organizations and colleagues who have worked with her in the past agree that this strength is one of their favorite things about partnering with her. As a Director of Employment Services, she looks to connect the talent strategy with the organization’s business strategy. Beth’s primary area of expertise is partnering with C-Suite and Senior Leadership to identify and implement actionable changes to advance the talent life cycle. She enjoys partnering with leaders to build the business case for desired talent strategies and help companies ensure the best return on investment for their talent acquisition and offboarding strategies.

    Lucas Deberry Cheryl

    Cheryl Lucas-DeBerry, Learning & Development Manager, MRA – The Management Association

    A vibrant presence--that’s Cheryl Lucas-DeBerry. And that’s what Cheryl brings to every training experience. Participants report that her programs are interactive and involving, yet comfortable and fun. With her casual, inclusive style, she has a reputation for excellence among participants who routinely refer coworkers and colleagues. Cheryl’s more than 18 years of experience includes the development programs in human resources, leadership, customer service, and diversity. Her career has also included management of training department operations and supervision of a basic education program for adult learners in the nonprofit arena. During years as an independent consultant, she advised and trained numerous managers in effective communication techniques and leadership skills.

    Mangone Jennifer

    Jenny Mangone, Director, Talent Management, MRA – The Management Association

    Jenny strives to help others be at their best every day, sharing her wealth of knowledge to help individuals be successful and achieve results. Regarded as a consummate professional by those who know her, she employs her positive attitude and energy to find innovative solutions to business challenges and initiatives. Trustworthy, adaptable, and open-minded, Jenny values what creative activist Barbara Januszkiewicz has said, "Creative thinking inspires ideas. Ideas inspire change." Certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and as a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), Jenny is an accomplished human resource professional with nearly 20 years of comprehensive human resource and management experience in dynamic environments.

    Elena Valentine

    Elena Valentine, CEO, Skill Scout

    Workplace Filmmaker and Design Researcher, Elena spends her days leading the team at Skill Scout to bring jobs and company culture to life on video. Every workplace has a story to tell about the team, skills, environment, and output. Elena helps tell those stories to attract the right candidates for the job and keep existing employees happily where they are. As CEO, Elena wears many hats, but really geeks out on: new media (360, VR, POV videos, silent storytelling), and building Skill Scout’s diverse workforce! She was recently named "HR Superhero of the Year" by the DisruptHR Chicago community. She’s also the founder of Mezcla Media Collective, an organization that provides opportunities for female filmmakers of color to connect, partner, and build their skill sets as leaders and storytellers.

    Autumn Anderson

    Autumn Anderson, Sr. Marketing Manager of Talent Acquisition at Sodexo

    Autumn is responsible for the company’s employment brand strategy in the U.S. She and her team of Employment Brand Managers work together to develop candidate-focused content for social media, email campaigns, a careers blog and the company website. Additionally, her team also oversees the strategy for several HR technology platforms, including those focused on text communication, employee advocacy, the candidate journey and more. Autumn’s past experience includes recruiting, job optimization and recruitment marketing at Careerbuilder, as well as managing a social media strategy for Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.


    Keith Peterson, Vice President – Learning & Development, MRA – The Management Association

    Keith loves to tell stories, motivate teams, and help people find their personal gifts. He’s passionate about mentoring others and helping organizations build and lead effective teams. He leads MRA’s Learning & Development division, with responsibilities to expand leadership and HR training programs and educational offerings, including scheduled/public programs, tailored onsite training, and virtual e-learning throughout MRA’s four-state Midwest footprint. Keith is a marketing leader, trainer and educator, and keynote speaker. He’s a highly influential and collaborative executive best known for creating motivated, high-performing teams. As an HR industry veteran, Keith brings to MRA considerable knowledge and expertise from his 25-year HR industry career. Most recently he served as the vice president of marketing at Ceridian, a global human capital management software company.

    Morgan Jim

    Jim Morgan, Vice President, MRA – The Management Association

    Talent attraction is like the weather...everyone is talking about it but no can do anything about it...or can they? All over the upper Midwest, employers and human resources professionals are grappling with attracting, developing, and retaining talent. Jim has been working on that issue for 30 years. He helps employers understand that demographics are driving their troubles and provides solutions for talent acquisition based on best practices. Jim has facilitated strategic planning sessions for businesses, chambers of commerce, and economic development groups, primarily around developing a talent pipeline for employers. He has provided keynote presentations for groups from 50 to over 1000 CEOs, policymakers, educators, and students have enjoyed his mix of data, experiences, research, stories, and humor.

  • Register


    Registration Fees:

    • $250 Member Early-bird
    • $300 Member
    • $375 Nonmember

    Cancellation and Refund Policy:
    Attendee substitutions may be made at any time and are encouraged when the original registrant cannot attend. If you must cancel or reschedule, please notify us at least three (3) business days prior to the program to receive a refund of the program price, minus a $50 processing fee. Cancellations or date changes made less than three (3) days prior to the program will incur the full registration cost.

  • Sponsorship


    Sponsoring MRA events is a tremendous opportunity to bring your message of business value to our growing membership of organizations HR professionals and business leaders. Our members represent all industries including manufacturing, service, distribution, finance and health care! 80% of event attendees are new at each event offering you the opportunity to network with new contacts. We are very excited about the event this year and hope you can join us!

    For more information on sponsorship and exhibit booths, call Katie Chapman at 262.696.3365 or katie.chapman@mranet.org.

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  • Facility


    Minnesota In-Person:
    Minneapolis Marriott West
    9960 Wayzata Boulevard
    Minneapolis, MN 55426


  • Accommodations and Special Requests

    Accommodations and Special Requests

    Please contact us at 800.488.4845 or registrations@mranet.org in advance for any accommodations, special requests, or dietary needs. Nursing mothers, please ask the MRA representative at the front desk or the program instructor to show you our private area. Food and beverages provided at conferences, programs, and Roundtables will vary. If you have any special dietary needs (gluten-free, vegetarian, allergies, etc.), please contact the MRA location in advance, so we can provide an appropriate meal.

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