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  • 31 May 2019 3:33 PM | Sarah Crowell (Administrator)


    NHRA Awarded For Elevating Human Resources, Improving Workplaces 

    SHRM (the Society for Human Resource Management) recently awarded the Northland Human Resource Association (NHRA) its prestigious EXCEL Platinum Award for the NHRA’s accomplishments in 2018.

    The EXCEL award aligns individual chapters’ and state councils’ activities with SHRM’s aspirations for the HR profession. The award recognizes major accomplishments, strategic activities, and tactical initiatives that elevate the profession of human resources.  

    “So much of SHRM’s success in shaping better workplaces—where employers and employees can thrive together— is owed to the hard work of our chapters and state councils such as NHRA. Through their courage and leadership, NHRA is driving true, measurable progress toward the healthy, productive, and dynamic workplaces of tomorrow,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, president and chief executive officer of SHRM. “Awarding this Platinum EXCEL Award is just one small way for SHRM to recognize and celebrate the big steps this chapter has taken this past year.”

    The EXCEL Award can be earned at four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Each level has a prescribed set of requirements and accomplishments that must be met. NHRA will receive recognition in SHRM publications and at conferences, a logo to display on its website, and information to share with its members about the significance of this award.

  • 15 May 2019 1:45 PM | Sarah Crowell (Administrator)

    SHRM Learning System Study Group

    Take the Lead. Become SHRM-Certified!

    Earn the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®) and prove your knowledge, competency and value to colleagues and to employers looking for a competitive edge in today’s global economy.

    Join our study group! Northland Human Resource Association is planning to offer a SHRM Learning System study group to expand your HR knowledge and competencies to prepare you for SHRM certification exams. This study group is designed for individuals interested in preparing for the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP exam, achieving professional advancement and building confidence for addressing today’s HR challenges.

    Cost: There is no cost to attend the study group! You will be able to purchase the SHRM Learning System materials needed for the study group, directly from the Northland HRA for a greatly reduced price of $495.00 + a minimal shipping cost. If you would like to attend the study group and you are using SHRM scholarships funds to purchase your materials directly from SHRM, please indicate in the survey that you are using scholarship funds to buy/or have already purchased the current SHRM Learning System directly from SHRM.

    Study Group Tools: 2019 SHRM Learning System

    This study group is based on the SHRM Learning System which uses a proven approach for teaching adult learners. The personalized SmartPath™ experience is designed to dynamically adjust based on the user’s progress and proficiency. Real-life situations are infused into the study process for better understanding, application and engagement with HR competencies. It is the most comprehensive, effective way to prepare for success on the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP exam. Whether you are a SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP candidate or a manager seeking training for your staff, our study group can help you accomplish your certification and professional development goals. 

    Let us know you're interested!

    If you are interested, please fill out this survey by June 30, 2019. 

    • Please note this survey is to gauge interest. Dates, times and locations will be provided at a later time and will be sent to the email indicated on the survey.
    • If you are unable to access the survey please email boardnhra@gmail.com 

  • 16 Apr 2019 9:30 PM | Sarah Crowell (Administrator)

    You are invited to attend the 14th Annual Arrowhead Human Resources Association (AHRA) All Day Conference:

    A Whole New World…for HR, Managers & Supervisors

    Mesabi Range College in Virginia, MN

    Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

    AHRA is excited to have two nationally recognized keynote speakers, Ellie Krug and Kate Bishoff. They will each be doing a keynote presentation and a breakout session in the afternoon “Transgender 101” and Employment Law Update.” Justin Terch of Terch & Associates Consulting will also be presenting “Generations in the Workplace.” 

    See attached brochure for more details: 2019 Brochure.pdf.

    Register Here 

    Note: NHRA members will receive the AHRA member rate.

    Also, if your organization is interested in being a Vendor to reach 75+ organizations, you can also register online at the link below or contact Mary Ciriacy at mary.ciriacy@outlook.com.


    Ellie Krug,  “Gray Area Thinking”

    Have you walked away from unconscious bias trainings thinking, “Thanks but what can I really do about bias?” If so, Gray Area Thinking™ offers a new way of addressing the ways that humans label, sort and group other humans and otherwise engage in tribalism—the preference for others who look or act like us. Most importantly, Gray Area Thinking™ teaches a toolset (awareness, risk-taking, compassion) that’s easy to grasp and easy to use. 

    In 2009, while an Iowa civil trial attorney with 100+ trials, Ellen (Ellie) Krug (pronounced “Kroog”), transitioned from male to female. She later became one of the few attorneys nationally to try jury cases in separate genders. From 2011 to 2016, she served as the executive director of Call for Justice, LLC, a Minneapolis legal nonprofit that was conferred an American Bar Association award for innovatively increasing legal access.  The author of Getting to Ellen: A Memoir about Love, Honesty and Gender Change (2013), Ellie has presented on diversity and inclusion to governmental entities, court systems, Fortune 100 companies, law firms, nonprofits, and colleges/universities on nearly 800 occasions. A hopeless idealist, Ellie has presented her human inclusivity training, “Gray Area Thinking®” across North America.  In 2016, Advocate Magazine named Ellie one of “25 Legal Advocates Fighting for Trans Rights.” She is a monthly columnist for Lavender Magazine and pens a widely-circulated monthly e-newsletter, The Ripple, that reaches 6000 people. Ellie views herself as an “Inclusionist” and founded an inclusion-oriented consulting and training company, Human Inspiration Works, LLC, in late 2016.  Ellis is also a weekly radio host; her show, “Ellie 2.0 Radio,” on AM950 in the Twin Cities highlights idealism and how each of us can play a role in fostering positive change in the world. Ellie’s remaining life mission is to work for a more inclusive society for all humans, regardless of how many are considered “Other.”http://humaninspirationworks.com/



    Kate Bishoff, “#MeToo Two Years Later”

    Harassment has dominated the news and social media for the last year, fanning fears that all the money we have invested in harassment training has been for naught. So what should we do? This session covers the various movements and the potential for backlash. 

    Kate Bischoff is an overly enthusiastic, sarcastic, and opinionated management-side employment attorney and SHRM-SCP-certified HR pro.  She works closely with management, HR folk, and technology companies to improve organizations and make it easier to recruit and retain talent through having easy-to-understand policies, easy-to-use technology, and easy-to-explain compliance initiatives. Kate has been recognized by The New York Times, CNN.com, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, National Public Radio, and other journalistic sources as a leading authority on harassment, technology in the workplace, and employment law. https://thrivelawconsulting.com/

  • 29 Mar 2019 10:19 AM | Sarah Crowell (Administrator)

    Join the 10th Annual Northland Career Fair!

    Wednesday, April 24, 2019
    Duluth Entertainment Convention Center

    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Pioneer Hall
    350 Harbor Drive
    Duluth, MN 55802

    Register now to exhibit!

    To be included in the exhibitor directory, you must register by Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

  • 18 Mar 2019 10:28 AM | Sarah Crowell (Administrator)

    As a Human Resources professional, could you use practice-based training or a refresher on compliance topics and employment law?

    Are you looking for an opportunity for continuing education credits?

    Are you an emerging leader or looking to grow in your HR career?

    If so, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, a nationally-recognized ABA-approved law school, would like to offer you the opportunity to earn a Human Resources Compliance Certificate.

    As a participant in the 12-week program, you will receive practice-based training and review compliance topics to help you understand employment law, government compliance requirements, and risk-management issues. Most participants are emerging leaders, HR and Compliance professionals, business owners, or attorneys. A legal background is not needed to be successful in this program.

    The HR Compliance Certificate is fully online and asynchronous. Participants typically spend approximately 3-4 hours/week in the courses. You will have the opportunity to interact with classmates and faculty through online discussions and practical, hands-on exercises.

    More detailed information is available on their website

    Mitchell Hamiline would love to have NHRA members join their next class on April 3rd. As a non-profit organization, they are committed to making the program affordable. Interest-free payment plans are available. Please inquire about scholarship discounts. If your employer offers professional development or tuition reimbursement benefits, they can directly bill your employer.

    Reserve your place in the program with the online registration form and a $250 tuition deposit.

    Please contact Amy (below) for more information. She is happy to help and she is am available to set up a time to discuss this further, if preferred. 

    Contact Information:

    Amy Leistner  |  Senior Enrollment Counselor
    Professional Legal Education
    Office: 651-695-7651

    Fax: 651-290-6414


    Mitchell Hamline School of Law
    875 Summit Ave. | St. Paul, MN 55105

    Great in theory. Even better in practice.

    “I am in a new HR Compliance role and this program has helped me boost my confidence in this role tremendously. I know that I’ll be able to do a good job for my company around HR Compliance. Thank you, Mitchell Hamline School of Law!" K. Dalyrimple

    “Great material, knowledgeable instructors, and just the right amount of coursework.” G. Cozzone

  • 14 Mar 2019 2:05 PM | Sarah Crowell (Administrator)

    What does this mean for our members?  It means that you are Chamber members as well under the NHRA umbrella. Learn more Chamber Member Benefits.

    There are many networking and educational events that you are able to attend at minimal or no cost for being a member. See their list of upcoming events.

    Important Note: when you register for an event, you will need to use NHRA as the organization name and then your name and address.

  • 04 Mar 2019 3:07 PM | Sarah Crowell (Administrator)

    Calling all Speakers and Sponsors!

    The MN SHRM State Conference seeks speakers and sponsors for the conference on October 13 - 15th in Rochester, MN. Join over 500 HR professionals at this annual event!

    Breakout Session Speakers

    Exhibit and Sponsor Opportunities

    Attendee Registration

  • 28 Jan 2019 4:39 PM | Wanda L Grew-Jasken

    The Minnesota Business Tax Education Partnership, in co-sponsorship with the UMD Center for Economic Development, is holding a seminar in Duluth, Minnesota for employers and their representatives who are interested in information on state employment taxes and other employer responsibilities. These seminars will be presented by experts from the Minnesota Department of Revenue and the Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Program.

    February 26th (8:30a.m. – 12:00p.m.) seminar content will include information on:

    • Worker status (independent contractor vs employee)
    • Employment tax basics (withholding, depositing and reporting)
    • Unemployment Insurance (tax rates, wage reporting, benefit account issues)

    Seminar Date and Location:

    Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019

    Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    Location: UMD Center for Economic Development

    11 East Superior St. Suite 210

    Duluth, MN 55802

    Fee: No fee

    Register: Advanced registration is required.


    Visit our website:


    The UI Program is proud to offer the following pre-approved continuing education credits:

    Society of Human Resources Management Professional Development Credits (PDCs)

    American Payroll Association Recertification Credit Hours (RCHs)

    HR Certification Institute (HRCI) Recertification Credits

  • 16 Jan 2019 3:02 PM | Sarah Crowell (Administrator)

    Exciting News!

    NHRA is now a SHRM Foundation Chapter Champion. We received this honor through our donations to the SHRM Foundation from chapter funds, hosting a fundraising event to benefit the SHRM Foundation, and conducting a leadership campaign. 

    Every gift SHRM receives, including donations from NHRA, will be used to deliver 300+ scholarships in 2018 and continue SHRM's work to engage and integrate military veterans in the workplace. Additionally, our contributions supported the launch of SHRM's Veterans at Work Certificate, a program developed for HR professionals to help them better understand the value veterans bring to the workplace and how to engage and integrate veterans in their organization.

    This is one more example of how NHRA seeks to make a difference. Thank you for you continued support and participation!

  • 17 Sep 2018 6:49 PM | Wanda L Grew-Jasken

    For: People with disabilities, advocates, or family members.

    Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    Location: Lake Superior College, S Building Room S-1981

    2101 Trinity Road, Duluth MN 55811

    Cost: No cost. A light lunch will be provided.

    Register: Email pre-registration required!

    Space strictly limited to 30 people – register early before it's filled.

    Email: duluthcod@gmail.com with your full name and contact information.

    Include details of accommodation needs or dietary requirements.

    Three of the state's leading advocacy organizations have joined forces with Duluth agencies who work with people with disabilities, to offer a hands-on workshop providing guidance and a greater understanding of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The workshop will help participants develop effective ways to address building access and compliance issues.

    The workshop will include:

    • Civic Engagement: how to get involved in your community and communicate effectively with agencies and businesses.
    • Understanding Your Rights Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title III and barrier removal law.
    • Understanding Minnesota Building Codes: including technical requirements and hands-on training with measuring tools.

    Produced by: ADA Minnesota, the Minnesota Council on Disability (MCD) and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. Local co-sponsors include the Duluth Commission on Disabilities, AccessNorth, Lake County DAC, and Lake Superior College Disability Services.

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