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Congrats to the U of M Student SHRM Chapter!

Posted By TCSHRM , Friday, January 19, 2018

The University of Minnesota Student Chapter is now recertified with SHRM and has become an official chapter again! This move strengthens the U of M chapter’s commitment and alignment to national SHRM and TCSHRM, providing them additional resources and notoriety.  The U of M students provided documentation to national SHRM showing that they meet the requirements of an active chapter, which includes having at least 8 national SHRM student members and creating by-laws, as well as proving that they are active on campus and meeting regularly. TCSHRM College Relations attended their Chapter Affiliation Ceremony to congratulate them on this achievement. We are excited to continue our support for them in the future!



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TCHRA Announces Rebranding - Becomes TCSHRM!

Posted By Carrie Patton, TCSHRM President, Tuesday, June 13, 2017


Twin Cities Human Resources Association Announces Rebranding

 Becomes Twin Cities Society for Human Resource Management


Minneapolis, Minn. (June 14, 2017) – Twin Cities Human Resources Association, one of the nation’s leading non-profit organizations supporting Human Resources professionals, announced today a new name and new look.  The association’s new brand – Twin Cities Society for Human Resource Management (TCSHRM) – enhances its commitment to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest HR professional society. 


“As one of the largest chapters of SHRM, we’ve always maintained an incredibly positive and collaborative relationship with the national SHRM organization,” says Carrie Patton, President of TCSHRM. “We’re thrilled for our new brand, our new look and renewed commitment to our members and the industry about which we’re so passionate.”


Established in 1951, TCSHRM serves more than 900 HR professionals in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan area.  The organization champions the HR field on a local and national level, servicing members in dozens of fields throughout the area, as well as representing the industry’s interests and educating legislators and government officials. 


“Refreshing the TCSHRM name and logo sends a very clear message to our current and future members that our benefits, industry expertise and resources are unparalleled,” explains Patton.  “We share SHRM’s vision and values, and are excited and optimistic for what the future holds for our over 900 members.”



Twin Cities Society for Human Resource Management (TCSHRM), is one of the largest Human Resources-focused non-profits in the United States, servicing over 900 professionals in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan area.  The organization is committed to promoting the highest standards within the field, continued personal and professional development among its members and educating all stakeholders, including students, the public and legislators on human resources issues.  Visit to learn more.



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Shaker Recruitment Marketing

(708) 358-0342


Tags:  rebranding  TCSHRM  Twin Cities SHRM 

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TCSHRM President's Corner - July/August

Posted By Carrie Patton, Thursday, July 28, 2016

Dear TCSHRM Members,

It is hard to believe that summer is half over which also means that 2016 is half over.  I would like to start these next few sentences by telling TCSHRM members how this time each year I take a step back and assess where I am toward the progress of my annual goals.  Sadly, that is so very far from the truth.  It is this time of year that I am figuring out how many weekends are left of the summer and how much fun can I have.  How many more Twins games can I get in?  How many more summer BBQ’s?  Can we sneak in another weekend away somewhere before the kids go back to school?  Are you with me?!  
In all seriousness, as we enter the second half of the year, it’s time to do a mid-year review and check in.   Many of us don’t do this because it feels daunting and formal and I am all about simplicity and informality.  Let’s commit to do this together and take a few minutes to write down a few notes.  I propose three questions:  1) What has gone well this year?  2) What could have gone better?   Once you answer those two questions than the big question starts….3) what am I going to do about it? The answer is simple, know your resources and tap into them.  Are you with me now?! 

Maximize that membership and let TCSHRM be your go-to resource for your professional development.  Check out for upcoming programs including our not to miss July 19 Chapter Meeting and the August 15 Member Networking Event.  TCSHRM is also hosting two incredible webinars this summer on Leadership and Negotiation Tips for the Workplace and Mastering the 20-Minute Networking Meeting.  Registration is now open for our Fall Cornerstone Event:  Finance for the Non-Finance HR Professional.  

TCSHRM puts the “resources” in human resources and we couldn’t do it without our valuable members and our volunteers.  For that, I am truly grateful.

Yours in Service, 
Carrie Patton, SHRM-SCP
TCSHRM President



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You win some, you lose some

Posted By Melanie Olsen, Monday, November 30, 2015
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You win some, you lose some. In this case I lost.

Every year hundreds of volunteer leaders from SHRM chapters across the country travel to Washington DC the week before Thanksgiving to connect with the SHRM national/global organization, share notes from the previous year’s successes as well as attend development sessions. This was my second year attending on behalf of the TCSHRM (your Twin Cities’ SHRM chapter) as well as my second year running into the Milwaukee chapter’s president, Andy Gallion. Both last year and this year the much anticipated Minnesota Vikings vs Green Bay Packers game lay just ahead on the horizon. Last year we talked about a bet and this was the year we finalized that bet and officially shook on it.

The bet was if the Vikes beat the Packers, the Milwaukee chapter would put a congratulations banner on their website and if the Packers beat the Vikes we would in turn congratulate them. As I shook his hand I thought we had this one “in-the-bag”, but alas, the Vikings were not able to beat the Packers and here I sit publically congratulating them on our TCSHRM website.

So, join me in congratulating not just the Packers, but our chapter neighbors to the east.

There’s always next time.

Yours in Service,

Melanie Olsen
TCSHRM President

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TCSHRM 2015 Student Conference #IfIWere22

Posted By Autumn Mayer, Friday, November 6, 2015

With a record-breaking number of participants in attendance, the TCSHRM 2015 Student Conference “#IfIWere22” was a success. New this year, students engaged throughout the conference by tweeting their favorite moments throughout the conference.

The morning started out with keynote speaker, Sarah Blomquist, who delivered a witty presentation filled with sound advice. Sarah’s messages of “Fit in, be yourself” and “Apologize more, say sorry less” struck a chord with many students on Twitter.

Following the keynote presentation, Sara Doerfler and Nancy Evans provided students with an opportunity to learn about coactive coaching and powerful questions in the skills development session. Students used these powerful questions to reflect on their values and build their professional brand.

The next session, TCHRA Talks (our version of TED Talks) was particularly popular with participants. These ten minute presentations were short, impactful and very quotable. Twitter was buzzing with quotes from each presenter. Josh Ligon stressed that “success is defined by you.” Rick Rittmaster talked about the struggles that he went through early on in his career, and reminded students to “be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle”. Mark Sauerbrey shared insight into his own personal journey into HR. Eric Zakovich provided some assuring words to students, telling them to “surround yourself with people who would die to teach you, support you and motivate you.” Following these talks, students were provided with the opportunity to ask questions of this panel of speakers.

The conference concluded with our most popular session of the afternoon: networking. Over 30 HR professionals came out to network with students and answer questions. Students and professionals both enjoyed the opportunity to grow their networks and build relationships within the HR field.

On behalf of the TCSHRM College & University Relations Committee, I would like to thank all of the speakers, volunteers and networkers who made this event possible. Below you’ll find a few photos from the event.

Autumn Mayer
TCSHRM Board of Directors
VP, College & University Relations

Students were active on Twitter throughout the conference, using the hashtag #IfIWere22.

Rick Rittmaster delivering an engaging TCHRA Talks presentation.

Many of the presenters even cracked a few jokes!

Students and presenters networked over the lunch hour.

Students were also given the opportunity to network with each other.

Presenter Eric Zakovich networking with a master’s student at St. Thomas.

Keynote speaker Sarah Blomquist networking with students.

The conference was a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and colleagues.

Congratulations to our Apple Watch winner, Keying Que!

Thank you to our incredible speakers and volunteers!

Tags:  #IfIWere22  Student Conference  students  TCHRA Talks  TCSHRM 

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TCSHRM’s 2015 Fall Cornerstone a huge success

Posted By Steve Jewell, Thursday, September 10, 2015

Thank you to everyone who made TCSHRM’s 2015 Fall Cornerstone a huge success! Special thanks to the Timberwolves, Lynx, and Mayo Clinic Court for hosting us, to Cheryl Reeve for joining us as an energizing keynote presenter, to Kathleen Wood for facilitating an engaging panel discussion, and to our amazing panelists Stacey Swanson, Mike Scott, and Whitney Giga! Thank you also to our Premier Cornerstone Sponsor, Robert Half!

Below are just a few snapshots of this incredible event. Check out our Events Page and register now for one of our next events. You don’t want to miss them!

Fall Cornerstone 2015

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Fall Cornerstone 2015


Tags:  basketball  Cheryl Reeve  Fall Cornerstone  Lynx  Mayo Clinic Court  panel  TCSHRM  winning teams 

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So you think you can fly?

Posted By Steve Jewell, Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Everybody flies these days. Some fly for work. Some fly for leisure. Some fly just to get away or escape. But few people really know how to “fly”.

pilot cabinI recently took a flight to/from Michigan on a smaller carrier of Delta. While departing the plane, I got permission to take this pilot cabin photo. Just look at all the knobs, pulleys, buttons, lights, instruments and complexity! Do the pilots really know what each is for and when to use them?

Back in the mid 1990’s I had the opportunity to interview junior-level commercial pilot candidates for the upstart “Compass Airlines” ( a division of NWA). As a panelist along with retired and active pilots, we did face to face interviews, reviewed flight log books and asked “what if” scenarios to get a grasp on their technical knowledge and flight experience. Back then, for commercial consideration, pilots needed to have logged a certain number of flight hours to be considered as a co-pilots and significantly more flight hours as minimum for the Captain’s chair. They also tested in a 747 flight simulator. I also got three attempts to simulate landing a 747 plane… needless-to-say, today, I am not a pilot, (so stop calling me “Shirley”…the Airplane movie reference).

Flight simulation hours and games have replaced or at least supplemented actual flight hours. The demand for pilots has, by necessity, lowered experience requirements. Supply and demand is pushing younger pilots with fewer logged air hours into full time duty. As a result, take-offs and landings are less manual and more software-driven or “auto-pilot”. This is certainly true for flight operations above 10,000 feet.

So what does flying and “auto-piloting” have to do with HR? Technology and self-serve software increasingly replaces the need for many manual, traditional HR practices (paper-based benefits enrollment, record updates on HRIS, performance review management tracking, etc.). Perhaps automation and improvements in self--service functions can relieve HR from the mundane and compliance activities of the past to create time for more relevant issues like employee engagement, involvement and skill development.

As in the air traffic business, HR must be willing to ask, “When is it ok to let go and leave the flying to technology?”

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TCSHRM is named 2014 SHRM Foundation Champion

Posted By Melanie Olsen, TCSHRM President, Wednesday, July 29, 2015

We are honored to announce that the Twin Cities Society for Human Resource Management is a 2014 SHRM Foundation Champion! While there are several ways to become a Foundation Champion, TCSHRM received this honor by donating a larger contribution to the SHRM Foundation in 2014 than in 2013. Thanks to the hard work of all the 2014 Foundation Champions, the SHRM Foundation was able to award more than 100 scholarships to HR students and professionals, fund more than $4 million in HR research since 2007, publish complimentary educational resources, and advance thought leadership. The Foundation Champions’ dedication is shaping the future of HR.

As a SHRM Foundation Champion, we are proud to have received the official 2014 Champion logo.

2014 Champion logo

We will be adding this logo to our website soon! In addition, the TCSHRM will be named in the SHRM Foundation’s annual Impact Report. If you have any questions about what it means to be a Foundation Champion, please contact TCSHRM’s Chapter Management Professional, Becca Rogers, at

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TCSHRM Receives Prestigious SHRM Award for Advancing the HR Profession

Posted By Melanie Olsen, TCSHRM President, Thursday, April 9, 2015


 TCSHRM Receives Prestigious SHRM Award

for Advancing the HR Profession

Twin Cities, Minnesota, April 3, 2015 — The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently awarded the Twin Cities Society for Human Resource Management (TCSHRM) its prestigious EXCEL Silver Award for the TCSHRM’s accomplishments in 2014.

The award is part of the SHRM Affiliate Program for Excellence, which aligns individual chapters and councils with SHRM’s goals. The award recognizes accomplishments and strategic activities and initiatives that enhance the human resources profession.

“At SHRM, advancing the human resources profession is our mission. The work of our chapters and councils are central to accomplishing that,” said Henry G. (Hank) Jackson, president and CEO of SHRM. “Receiving this award is testament to the TCSHRM’s commitment to advancing the HR profession through local networking and professional development activities.”

The EXCEL award can be earned at four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum, and each level has a prescribed set of requirements and accomplishments that have to be met. TCSHRM will receive recognition in SHRM publications and conferences, a certificate of recognition, and special signage to display at its meetings and events.

The TCSHRM dedicates itself to not just better the HR profession, but also the Twin Cities community. This was accomplished in 2014 through partnerships with local organizations dedicated to workforce readiness, empowering and supporting students through scholarships and a student conference, and providing excellent professional development and networking opportunities for all its 1,000 strong members. The TCSHRM also revised its bylaws in 2014 to better align with SHRM and the calendar year.

For more information on the award visit

Media: For more information, contact Becca Rogers, Chapter Management Professional of TCSHRM at 651.290.7461 and

About the Society for Human Resource Management
Founded in 1948, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR membership organization devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 275,000 members in over 160 countries, the Society is the leading provider of resources to serve the needs of HR professionals and advance the professional practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter @SHRMPress.

Melanie Olsen
TCSHRM President

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President's Corner

Posted By Melanie Olsen, TCSHRM President, Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Dear TCSHRM Members,

Aloha friends and colleagues, we’re so close to spring! I hope you and yours were able to escape to some sunshine sometime over the past couple of months and if not, I hope you have plans to soon. My family and I were fortunate enough to sneak away to Hawaii and I was grateful for the time with them as well as the opportunity to come back to work fresh and ready for new adventures.

There are so many opportunities for you to learn, network and experience new adventures with the TCSHRM in 2015. I’m so proud of what we have already planned for our calendar and I am also prepared to give you a sneak peek for the items not yet advertised. My top 5 ways you should use your TCSHRM membership are below in no particular order….

#1 The SHRM Certification course starts March 28th! It’s new for you and new for us, but our instructors are seasoned certification instructors now trained and ready to get you prepped for the SHRM Certification exam.

If you currently have PHR or SPHR certification you can now go through the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP tutorial to obtain one of the new additional SHRM certifications. This is a FREE opportunity only available through December 31, 2015. You do not need to be a SHRM member to take advantage of this limited time offer to add this certification to your credentials.

To access the tutorial, review the SHRM competency model (SHRM BoCK) and see sample questions for the exam use this link:

#2 The TCSHRM Spring Conference “HR Game Changers” is May 14th! Not only do we have an outstanding speaker line-up starring Ross Bernstein and Joe Schmit, we’ll be premiering a general session called “TCHRA talks” starring 5 power hitting executives from local large companies sharing what they believe their companies are doing best when it comes to HR. These short, 12 minute TEDtalk style presentations will be a unique learning and benchmarking experience different from any conference you’ve been to in the past.

#3 Our fall and winter cornerstone events! In the fall we’re partnering with the Lynx and Timberwolves to host a great event at the Target Center on September 9th starring Lynx coach Cheryl Reeves on the topic of “Building Winning Teams: The right people in the right places...getting the right results.”

Follow that up with our winter cornerstone where we have an amazing diversity and inclusion speaker, Laraine Kaminsky (, coming to educate, inform and entertain on December 11th. This will also feature a great panel with local leaders talking about the local market and how we can work together to support a more diverse and inclusive metro area and state. Mark your calendar – both events should post to the website soon!

#4 Member Orientation on March 24th at Innovative Office Solutions in Burnsville! Believe me, it’s not just for new members. Never been to an orientation? Please join us to network and learn about all the benefits that your membership includes. Not only will we have great appetizers and beverages, there will be a formal presentation as well as FUN, NEW, TCSHRM SWAG GIFTS for all attendees. Added bonus: it’s FREE!

#5 Monthly programming in March, April, June, July and August! Between the cornerstones and webinars (don’t miss the FREE March webinar hosted by our partner philanthropic organization STEP-UP! an organization that prepares diverse, motivated Minneapolis youth and places them with paid professional internships at over 150 local companies and organizations), member orientations, certifications and more, we still have our amazing monthly regularly scheduled programming. March and April events are already available on the website, but June, July and August are coming soon.

Check back regularly on our website, or read our weekly email to stay informed, register and be part of the largest and best HR network in the Twin Cities.

I look forward to seeing you at a future event! Want to see a specific speaker or topic covered? Please let us know by emailing us at

Yours in Service,

Melanie Olsen
TCSHRM President

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10 ways you will benefit from attending our March 12th program: the “Happy Hour Effect”

Posted By Sue Kruse, Monday, March 2, 2015

Work life balance continues to be a concern for the HR Professional as we continue to do more with less and continue to strive to be a stronger business partner.  But how do we spin stress into success? Join us at the Metropolitan Ballroom for our March 12th Program, the Happy Hour Effect: How to Prevent Stress, Burnout, and Leverage Your Goals to learn how. 

10 ways you will benefit from attending our March 12th program: the “Happy Hour Effect”

  1. Improve communication with co-workers and clients.
  2. Reduce sick days & healthcare costs.
  3. Boost productivity & engagement.
  4. Enhance leadership & career potential.
  5. Feel happier & less stressed.
  6. Think of more creative & innovative ideas.
  7. Reach personal & professional goals faster.
  8. Embrace change & accountability.
  9. Perform with initiative & energy.

Kristen will help your audience embrace the Happy Hour Effect culture at work with low-stress, high-success ideas for professional & personal GROWTH that will directly impact the bottom line by boosting productivity, happiness, creativity and profits!

Here are a just a few of Kristen’s great tips:

5 Happy Moments for a Stressful Day

6 Lessons to Maximize Your Time

3 Ways to get Unstuck Fast


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2015 January/February President’s Corner

Posted By Melanie Olsen,TCSHRM President, Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Happy New Year TCSHRM Members,

This is always one of my favorite times of year both professionally and personally. With a new year comes a clean slate, goals, fresh objectives and priorities. That being said, the board at the TCSHRM is dedicated to help you reach your HR development goals, expand your network and set yourself up for success in 2015.

Looking back at 2014 we have much to be grateful for. In addition to being grateful for our members (YOU!), we delivered some pretty amazing programming under the leadership of Sue Kruse, VP of Programming. Sue and her team work tirelessly to secure venues, speakers, webinars and certification credits 12 months a year. On top of our monthly programming, our Professional Development team successfully led our 2014 spring conference in May with 400+ registrants and our 2015 spring conference is already off and running (hope you plan on attending!!). On top of that, Katie Farley and team delivered quarterly member orientations that were well attended and set new members off on the right foot. This is just a sample of the great work and member benefits you have as a TCSHRM member.

The thing I feel most fortunate for are the countless volunteers that make everything the TCSHRM does possible. From the events to the social media activity to the editing of the weekly email and bi-monthly newsletter, it is the volunteers that make everything possible. They are the foundation to this successful organization you can proudly say you are part of! It always amazes me to talk to local HR professionals that have not just been members, but have also volunteered with us for one, two, sometime five, seven plus years.

For our February cornerstone we will be hosting a member-only, volunteer-only event to recognize these important people. I look forward to celebrating them, the time they give as well as their professional status in our small Twin Cities HR community. Please join me in thanking them the next time you attend an event and see a nametag that identifies a TCSHRM volunteer. If you, yourself, are interested in volunteering, please complete the Volunteer Intake Form available on

Happiest of new years to you and yours.
Yours in Service,

Melanie Olsen
TCSHRM President

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