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  • 29 Aug 2019 12:25 PM | Anonymous

    See this great ATD development opportunity. Note that NHRA members can attend for the ATD member price!

    Register Here

    (NHRA Members register with code "NHRA")

    Legacy of Leadership

    A panel of four leadership experts share their experiences, knowledge and strategies in a speaker showcase format.

    Enhance your leadership skills, increase your confidence and build your influence at this fun and fast-paced session. Mingle, network with colleagues and enjoy appetizers and a cash bar prior to the session at historic Fitger’s, on the shores of beautiful Lake Superior.

    Leadership Showcase Speakers and Topics:

    Kathlynn McConnell, Chief Refueling Officer

    "What's A Trailer Full of Mis-Matched Socks Got to Do With Visionary Leadership??"
    Learning Objective: Discover three tools that will help you create a strong vision - built with innovative ideas that inspire others to follow.

    Stacy Johnston, HR Solutions

    Mindful Leadership
    Learning Objective: Three simple tools to increase your leadership capacity, based on real life experiences and the latest in neuroscience research.

    Pam Solberg-Tapper, Executive Coach, Speaker, Adventure Marathoner
    Don’t Let the Pressure Derail You!
    Learning Objective: Learn actionable tools that tomorrows leaders need to know today to perform well under pressure.

    Rob Stenberg, President
    Influential Leaders Tell Great Stories! 
    Learning Objective: Learn the importance of finding, creating and sharing great stories. 



    uesday, September 24th

      Fitger's Spirit of the North Theater
      600 E. Superior Street


    Networking, Appetizers and Cash Bar 5:00 - 5:30 pm
    Program 5:30 - 6:30 pm


    • $20.00 for Members   
    • $30.00 for Non-members    
    • $10.00 for Students
    • $20.00 for NHRA Members

    Speaker Bios:

    Kathlynn McConnell. Kathlynn holds a B.A.S. Degree from the University of MN Duluth, is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP), Chief Refueling Officer (CRO)/president /owner of Lifestyle Consulting Services, and full time Director of Learning and Development for Members Cooperative Credit Union.

    Focusing on the “human side of business”, Kathlynn works with her MCCU team members and partners with businesses and organizations of all sizes, giving them tools to inspire and engage their team so that they can provide exceptional customer service, communicate well and play nicely with each other in the sandbox (which we call the workplace).

    Pam Solberg-Tapper. Pam is the, owner of Coach for Success specializes in leadership development training and coaching. She holds an MBA Degree, serves as an Executive Coach with Ken Blanchard Companies and Tony Robbins International and is Faculty with The Coaches Training Institute. Pam is a co-founder of Aim High Network, a regional women’s leadership organization. She also is a contributing leadership writer to the Duluth News Tribune and holds a monthly professional development segment on ABC TV’s Good Morning Northland program. She is a member of the National Speaker’s Association, Association for Talent Development and Northland Human Resources Association.

    Stacy Johnston. HR thought leader, Stacy Johnston, provides innovative HR solutions with a mission to support organizations in understanding and engaging their biggest competitive advantage… their employees. Johnston is a licensed attorney and holds the SHRM-CP and PHR credentials. In addition to being the founder of HR Learning Lab and Audacity HR, she is an instructor at the Labovitz School of Business and Economics at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), where she teaches in the Human Resource Management Department.  As a certified yoga instructor (RYT 200), Stacy brings a unique perspective and passion for integrated workplace health and wellbeing as an essential component to strong HR practices.  

    Stacy is on the Board at the Lake Superior Chapter ATD (Association for Talent Development), is a member of NHRA (Northland Human Resource Association), SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) and NSA (National Speakers Association).

    Rob Stenberg. Rob is Founder and President of Stenberg & Associates - Sales & Leadership Academy. He has been in the sales training and enablement profession for many years and is a Mike Bosworth Leadership Affiliate and teaches storytelling as an influence strategy to leaders and sales professionals. He is also a John Maxwell Leadership Certified Speaker, Trainer and Coach. 

  • 24 Jul 2019 8:50 AM | Anonymous

    Current members of the Northland Human Resources Association are invited to participate in a research study that is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Duluth. The purpose of this research is to examine how to make the hiring process more effective.

    If you agree to participate, you will be asked to review a job application and answer a short series of questions about the job applicant and about yourself. This will take about 45 minutes and can be completed at your convenience from any computer with an internet connection. As part of this study, you will be asked to complete a short personality survey. At the end of the study, you will be provided with feedback on your personality scores. 

    To participate in this study, you must be a human resources professional who is at least 18 years old. If you meet these inclusion criteria, complete at least 95% of the study, and provide your email address, you will be entered into a drawing for one of twenty (20) $50 Amazon.com gift cards.

    If you’d like to participate, please follow this link: https://umn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bf7g2QgpOonn4JD
    This study will close on August 9, 2019.

    Questions? Please contact Dr. Mallory McCord at mccordm@d.umn.edu.

  • 17 Jul 2019 8:31 PM | Anonymous

    NHRA donated $1,425.00 to the Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss at their Annual Golf Fundraiser on July 15, 2019. NHRA is pleased to support the Lighthouse as they celebrate 100 years of helping individuals with vision loss in our community!

    Thanks to everyone who helped to make this event a success! 

    Pictured from left to right:

    • James Kelm, Brail Embossing Specialist at Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss
    • Casper, Standard Poodle Guide Dog
    • Chad Roberg, NHRA Golf Fundraiser Coordinator
    • Mary Junnila, Executive Director, Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss
    • Patricia Stolee, NHRA Chapter President
    • Tim Sherman, Sales Director with NVA

  • 03 Jul 2019 10:03 AM | Anonymous

    You asked. We listened.

    UW-Superior’s Center for Continuing Education is excited to announce the launch of the new Advanced HR Management Certificate, beginning in October 2019! This certificate is designed for those in leadership positions, with experience in the HR field or who have taken the HR Management Certificate. To register or for more information on this new and advanced certificate, click here.

    While you’re on our website, be sure to check out our long-standing HR Management Certificate for some exciting new workshop topics. If you’ve already completed this certificate, feel free to register for individual workshop topics as they interest you! 

    We offer CEUs upon request, and are applying to offer SHRM and HRCI recertification credits. Feel free to give us a call at 715-394-8469 with any questions.

    Advance HR Postcard 2019 (1).pdf

  • 21 Jun 2019 3:29 PM | Anonymous

    Human Resources Compliance Audit

    The National Rural Health Resource Center (The Center) seeks a sub-contractor to perform a comprehensive Human Resource (HR) Compliance Audit. Work on the project will begin by July 1, 2019 and complete September 30, 2019.  

    This RFP has been extended.  Proposals are now due on June 26, 2019.


  • 13 Jun 2019 11:02 AM | Anonymous

    Legislation was passed in May 2019 that will invest $3.1 million in new funding over the next two years in the Department of Labor and Industry’s enforcement of the state’s wage and hour laws. The new Minnesota Wage Theft law will create additional protections for workers, including adding criminal penalties for employers who commit wage theft.

    View a PDF of law changes that will go into effect July 1, 2019The provisions providing for criminal wage theft and sanctions go into effect Aug. 1, 2019.

    See MN Department of Labor and Industry Summary Here

    In one of the most significant pieces of legislation affecting employers in many years, the Minnesota Legislature passed, and Governor Walz signed, the Jobs and Economic Development Omnibus bill that includes new wage theft protections for employees and new requirements for employers.

    The wage theft bill is one of the few pieces of bipartisan employment legislation that survived the 2019 legislative session. The law constitutes a very significant change in wage payment requirements and enforcement. It includes increased civil enforcement and recordkeeping requirements for employers, as well as new criminal penalties for intentional wage theft. These changes will go into effect on July 1, 2019.

    Read More Here

    Littler discusses more about Wage Theft, civil enforcement of this new law, HR regulations and record keeping requirements, criminal penalties, and recommendation for employers. 

    Additional Article Here

    James Olney provides his overview of the law and what employers need to know.

  • 31 May 2019 3:33 PM | Anonymous


    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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.

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