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General Mills to lengthen paid leaves for U.S. employees

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, September 4, 2018

General Mills Inc. will significantly expand its employee benefits next year,

including longer paid maternal and paternal leaves

Published: August 28, 2018 in Minneapolis/St.Paul Business Journal


More than one in three U.S. employers offers paid maternity leave beyond the amount required by law, up from one in six earlier this decade, according to recent study from the Society for Human Resource Management. The New York Times recently reported that all 20 of the biggest companies in the U.S. now offer paid maternity leave to at least some of their workers.


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2018 Gala

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Twin Cities SHRM Presents a New Event: The SHRM Foundation Gala

Twin Cities SHRM is pleased to announce its first annual gala with all proceeds benefiting the SHRM Foundation. We invite all Twin Cities or greater MN champions of HR to join us in supporting the advancement of our profession and future generations of HR practitioners.

What does the SHRM Foundation do?

  • Funds HR research for challenging inclusion issues facing employers and employees
  • Provides scholarships to educate and develop HR professionals and students to make change happen
  • Gives opportunities for HR professionals to make a difference in their local communities

The Gala will feature a silent auction, cocktail hour, dinner and entertainment at the beautiful St. Paul Athletic Club in downtown St. Paul, MN on Friday, November 30th. SHRM Foundation scholarship recipient, veteran, HR professional and all-around inspiration, Cecelia Clark, will provide the keynote address.

The evening’s agenda of events:

6:00 PM Cocktail Hour & Hors d’oeuvres 

7:10 PM Presentation & Keynote

7:40 PM Dinner

8:30 PM Silent Auction Closes

8:45 PM Entertainment & Dancing


Event parking will be complimentary and there is a block of discounted rooms available for those that wish to stay at the on-site hotel, Hotel 340. The discount code for reservations is Twin Cities SHRM.


How you can support The Gala:

  1. Attend! Register today to support the advancement of HR, network with local HR leaders and enjoy a night out on the town.
  2. Donate a good or service to the silent auction. Contact Kirsten Halen ( to make a donation.
  3. Sponsor the event! Activate your brand power by becoming a sponsor.


If you have additional questions regarding The Gala, please contact Melanie Olsen (

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Spring Conference: THRIVE!

Posted By TCSHRM Newsletter, Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Updated: Monday, May 14, 2018

It’s time to THRIVE! 

Join us at the 2018 Spring Conference!

 After a prolonged Winter, Spring is FINALLY here (we hope to stay this time) and we are putting the final touches on our biggest Spring Conference to date! Join us for THRIVE on May 22nd at the Radisson Blu at Mall of America!

The 2018 conference will blend more traditional education tracks with a hands-on workshop opportunity to help you take what you’ve learned and apply it back at your organization. This key programming upgrade is a fantastic way to bring learning to life! In addition to the new workshop programs, we will offer learning sessions in four key tracks that have been updated for 2018: Career and Professional Development, Change Management, Organizational Culture, Conflict Management, and new for 2018, Legal and Compliance! These education tracks will tackle a variety of topics including building conflict competency, creating alignment during organizational change, and evaluating workplace flexibility options for your organization among others.

In addition to updated education tracks and the new workshop session, we have three keynote sessions. We are excited to feature Amy Dee, Steve Brown, and Deirdre Maloney who will share with us why Human Resources is such a critical function and we can impact our organizations in tangible ways as well as reminding us all the infinite power of choice!

To get us all up and going, we have three outstanding keynote speakers joining us, including Amy Dee, Deirdre Maloney, and Steve Browne.

Amy Dee has a unique way of connecting with her audience by finding common ground and delivering her message with comedy. Her stories are not only impactful, but memorable! Amy’s presentation is all about reminding us of the immense power each of us have – the power to choose our attitude. We’re accountable for our choices. Engagement is our responsibility, and kindness always matters! You will leave her session ready to THRIVE! 

Deirdre is a published author, national speaker, and proud president of Momentum LLC. Her number one value is authenticity, which means she gives it to you straight – with bold statements, relatable stories and an engaging style. Audience members often refer to Deirdre’s sessions as “refreshingly direct” and walk away from her presentations thinking differently about their world, what they can achieve in it and how – exactly – they can get started.

Steve Browne brings a great perspective to our conference as he is an HR Professional with 30 years of experience! In addition to his exceptional experience, he is a published author, writes a nationally recognized HR blog, Everyday People (sbrownehr. com), facilitates a monthly HR Roundtable as well as an HR internet forum called the HR Net which reaches over 9,400 people globally each week, and is a current member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Board of Directors.

In his keynote, he will share with us why HR is such a critical function in any organization and tangible ways we as HR professionals can own our role in our company, effective ways to integrate across departments, and how to build and sustain the human factor in the workplace. Steve will share with us how we can more purposeful, break out from the stigma of a support function and truly be a leadership and development arm of our organization.

As always, we have applied for HRCI and SHRM recertification credits to make our Conference a ‘win-win.’ Check out the Spring Conference website to learn more and register today!

We look forward to THRIVE-ing with you on May 22nd!

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President's Corner

Posted By TCSHRM Newsletter, Friday, May 11, 2018

President's Corner 


Ten years ago, while a co-worker and I were talking in our office, she casually mentioned “You should join TCSHRM”. I had never even heard of TCSHRM…but I quickly viewed the website and within five minutes I had joined Twin Cities SHRM! From there, I rapidly became more and more involved in our great organization - I started volunteering on the mentoring team shortly after I joined, and within three years I was serving on the board of directors. That brief conversation with my coworker launched my trajectory towards tremendous professional growth and countless development opportunities.

The urging of my friend for me to join was life changing for me – even though I had never heard of TCSHRM, the suggestion to “check it out” was all it took to get me started.

So- my challenge to you now: What friends, co-workers or associates do you know who could benefit from membership with Twin Cities SHRM? Make the suggesting a little bit sweeter with our new membership promotion that we launched at our March Chapter Meeting: When you “Refer a Friend” to TCSHRM, they will receive $20 off of their membership, and we’ll thank you for the referral with a $20 Amazon Gift Card!

At TCSHRM, we recognize that many of you work within larger HR teams – and we appreciate the value added when the entire team can grow together. We want to facilitate this effort with our new corporate discount program: TCSHRM now offers discounted membership rates when five or more members from the same company join collectively. Now your HR department can learn, network, and take advantage of the many TCSHRM membership benefits as a team!

We want to get the word out about the many incentives to join TCSHRM! We are moving HR forward in the Twin Cities - networking opportunities are embedded within all of our events and programming, and the ability to grow and develop outside of the office is priceless.

Your call to action is to spread the word and tell your colleagues and friends about all the wonderful things TCSHRM has to offer. Sometimes a casual conversation and a click of the mouse can make all of the difference. It did for me and it can for you and your team!


We are moving HR forward - come with us!


Yours in Service,

Sue Kruse, SHRM-SCP

TCSHRM President

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Kipsu HR Spotlight

Posted By TCSHRM Newsletter, Wednesday, April 25, 2018


Kipsu - HR Spotlight 


Imagine spending a nice afternoon at the Mall of America shopping with your family. Now, imagine turning around to check on your child and they’re gone! This is every parent’s nightmare. You quickly look around and panic starts to set in. Now what? You need help and you need it fast, but you are in one of the largest malls in the world….What do you do? Luckily the MOA partners with Kipsu, a digital and text messaging platform that is changing how businesses interact with, and help their customers. The scenario I described at MOA actually happened, and Kipsu allowed this frantic parent to send a text message with details and a picture to the MOA team and the child was found shortly after. This Minnesota based startup is changing the way companies interact with their customers.


I had the privilege of sitting down with Victoria Schanen, Kipsu’s VP of Talent to learn how she is leading the culture at this fast growing tech startup. Victoria joined Kipsu in May 2017. Prior to joining Kipsu, Victoria helped repeatedly double the headcount at the early stage tech company, Leadpages, contributing mightily to the policies, processes, and culture along the way. Outside of Kipsu, she sits on a small foundation board that helps develop social justice leaders. She has been in the HR Profession for over 12 years, spending about half of that as an Agency Recruiter. 



Q: Why did you join Kipsu?

Victoria: I actually had no plans of leaving my current role. Having a recruiting background, I naturally offer help whenever I can. When I heard Kipsu was looking for someone to lead HR, I reached out to offer my support. After learning more about the company and the role I became very interested and ultimately took the position myself.


Q: How has the workforce changed since you joined?

Victoria: Over the last 18 months, our workforce has doubled in size from 25 to 50 employees. Turnover has been extremely low (Only about 5 people have left since the company started), so all of my hiring has been for new positions. 


Q: Being a startup, it’s often hard to be competitive with compensation. How are you finding talented individuals to join the team?

Victoria: The people that join Kipsu are interested in the startup culture and experience. We like to hire right out of college and empower them through responsibility and give them an opportunity to truly impact the business. We have an Anti-Silicon valley ethos and try to stay out of the “Benefits Arms Race”. We truly are about the long term gain, not short term. As far as specific sources, we work through college Job Fairs and Coding BootCamps.


Q: As the company grows, how do you continue to improve culture?

Victoria: That is definitely a question that “Keeps me up at night”. Transparency is super important to us, every week we have a companywide meeting to walk through financials. Every employee knows how we are doing and understands the impact they are making. Traditions like this are one way to keep the culture consistent and engaged. Accessibility to our Executive Team is also extremely important. Every new hire has lunch with the CEO, and the entire leadership team is extremely approachable. I think the most important thing with culture is that it is organic, not forced. We use Slack internally as our social platform and we have an open DJ policy. Anybody can Bluetooth to our stereo system and play whatever they want. It’s fun to see the employees commenting on music selection and gives the culture a more diverse feel. Culture is something that we have to be proactive with. A big focus of mine is on organizational development and preparing employees to step into bigger roles as we grow.


Q: What technology do you have in place to help manage your HR tasks and responsibilities?

Victoria: Being a startup and operating on a tight budget, I manage OK with spreadsheets. I did recently implement an Applicant Tracking System which has helped. It has helped me stay organized, but more importantly it has streamlined our hiring process. Being able to interact with candidates quickly is so important in today’s labor market. As growth creates additional pain points, we will look to add other systems, but thankfully because of our low turnover, administration is not a huge burden. 


Q: What do you like/dislike about being an HR of One?

Victoria: I like being in control. The pressure of knowing success or failure falls solely on me is exciting! It would be nice to have a colleague to bounce ideas off of so that would be one downfall, but I lean on my network for that. Payroll would be one dislike, but at a startup we all need to take on some things we don’t feel comfortable with, so I am happy to help with it.


Q: What’s next for Kipsu?

Victoria: For starters, we just moved into a new office in the North Loop to accommodate our growth. We'll be settling in and getting to know the neighborhood in the coming weeks. Looking ahead, we are both deepening our reach in the markets where we're excelling - hospitality, retail, and airports - while also investing in R&D with newer markets for us like transit and facilities management. When it comes to businesses using text to connect with and provide real-time customer service, the potential is vast. We're excited for another busy year of growth!


Fun Facts about Victoria

• Favorite Movie: Napoleon Dynamite

• Favorite Food: “I’ve never met an olive I didn't like”

• Favorite Book: The Beautiful and the Damned

• Current Book: Get Better by Todd Davis - CHRO of Franklin Covey

• Blogs: First Round: LinkedIn talent: Evil HR Lady

• Podcasts: Hiring on all cylinders, Freakonomics, Mortified, The Moth

• Favorite Celebrity: Prince

• Most impactful person in her life: Mom


About Kipsu:

Year Founded: 2010

CEO: Chris Smith

Headquarters: Minneapolis, MN

Employees: 50

Currently serving clients in all 50 states and 30 countries around the world.



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March Chapter Meeting Highlights

Posted By TCSHRM Newsletter, Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, April 18, 2018

In Case You Missed It

March Chapter Meeting Highlights


On Thursday, March 8, over 85 new and current members attended the TCSHRM Spring Chapter Meeting at the Golden Valley Country Club.  If you weren’t able to attend, here’s what you missed:  


Becky Hass, V.P. of Membership, kicked off the Chapter Meeting with warm welcomes and a brief New Member Orientation.  Becky reminded us that TCSHRM is entirely made up of volunteers (the sole exception is Becca Rogers, TCSHRM’s Executive Director) – so the more you put into your membership, the more you will get out of it!  TCSHRM offers multiple ways for its members to engage and connect with other members and further develop as HR professionals:

  • All programming within TCSHRM is created with three components: professional development, communication exchange, and networking. 
  • TCSHRM’s website is loaded with member resources, program information, recertification credits, and more!  Be sure to spend some time on the website to familiarize yourself with this valuable resource.
  • It’s important for all TCSHRM members to keep their profiles on the website up-to date.  Your contact information within your profile is how TCSHRM communicates with you – keep this information current so you don’t miss out on what TCSHRM has to offer!


Next, Sue Kruse, the President of TCSHRM, shared her TCSHRM engagement “story”:  Sue became a member of TCSHRM after a coworker recommended that she join.  Likewise, as members we can directly support the growth and development of our organization by simply asking our friends and colleagues to join TCSHRM.  To help us do just that, TCSHRM recently launched our new “Refer a Friend” promotion:  When you refer someone to become a member of TCSHRM, your friend will receive $20 off their membership, and you earn a $20 Amazon gift card.   


Sue reminded us that when our members bring their time, treasures, and talents, we will all benefit as our great organization continues to grow.  And you can continue your professional development at the upcoming TCSHRM Spring Conference on May 22, 2018 at the Radisson Blu Mall of America.  Registration for this exciting conference is still open at – and if you renew your membership when you register, TCSHRM is offering a “bundle discount” - be sure to take advantage of this deal! 


After a lunch break that included socializing, networking, and great food, we heard from guest speaker Nancy Fisher, owner of The Good Life Revolution.  Nancy, a coach and development professional, spoke on “Exploring Our Strengths”.  Nancy introduced the StrengthsFinder tool, sharing valuable information on strengths and their respective leadership categories.  She then  lead us through several StrengthsFinder exercises and explained in detail how we can utilize our strengths to become better leaders and/or individual contributors within our individual organizations.  Nancy’s energy and real-life, relatable examples kept the audience engaged and full of laughter!  Learn more about Nancy Fisher via her website:


As you can see, it was a fabulous meeting – you won’t want to miss another!  On behalf of all of the attendees, we wish to extend our sincerest gratitude to ADP, MRA, North Memorial Health, Structural and  for sponsoring and supporting the TCSHRM March Chapter Meeting.  


Gregory De Keuster 

President NPF Benefits 

TCSHRM Member Since 2016


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President's Corner

Posted By TCSHRM Newsletter, Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Happy Spring TCSHRM!


Spring is such an exciting time of the year. Just as professional baseball teams prepare for their upcoming season by focusing on Spring Training, we as Human Resource professionals need to prepare our organizations, our teams, and ourselves for the season ahead. Your TCSHRM has been hard at work designing programming, socials, chapter meetings, and events to help you do just that!    


We invite you to capitalize on the true value of your TCSHRM membership by making us part of your personal “Spring Training” development plan. Your TCSHRM membership offers ways for you to improve your effectiveness as a HR professional (and increase your value to your organization!) by keeping you informed about HR “Hot Topics” and by providing networking opportunities.  


Kick off your Spring Training with us in April by joining us at 3M’s Innovation Center for our program on HR Analytics and Reporting. We’ll review the systems, processes, and team structure necessary to help you extend HR analytics beyond headcount and turnover to support and build your organization’s business objectives.  


Next, use your “member only” access to attend one of TCSHRM’s archived webinars – or attend one LIVE! The focus of April’s live webinar will be SHRM’s Body of Competency and Knowledge (BoCK) skill of Consulting. During this session, we’ll discuss how we can improve our ability to make effective business-aligned decisions, comprehensively evaluate business challenges, and proactively collaborate with other company leaders to positively impact change.  


Third, add a key component to your personal “Spring Training” development plan by getting involved in our TCSHRM Mentoring program. Never been a mentor before? Don’t worry - training will be provided. We’ll kick off the program with a networking event where mentors and mentees will be matched and assigned. There are countless TCSHRM member mentoring success stories already – share your experience and expertise through our TCSHRM mentoring program and be part of the ongoing success!  


Finally, be sure to make our annual TCSHRM Spring Conference the cornerstone of your “Spring Training” development plan. Attending our TCSHRM conferences exposes you to educational opportunities that help you manage your career and personal growth – you’ll discover new ways to be even more effective in your current role while developing a more robust professional network. As HR professionals, it is time for us not to just survive - we need to THRIVE! And THRIVE! is the theme of this year’s conference, which features 3 amazing key note speakers and 15 breakout sessions, many led by business leaders from our local community. Plus, there will be ample opportunity to network with your peers. We’ve applied for 6.5 SHRM and 6.5 HRCI continuing education credits for this conference, as well, so round out your “Spring Training” by joining us at the Radisson Blu at the Mall of America on May 22nd for a day of learning and fun to renew your excitement for the work we all do in HR!  


We are moving HR forward - come with us!


Yours in Service,

Sue Kruse,SHRM-SCP

TCSHRM President

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Spring Conference: THRIVE!

Posted By TCSHRM Newsletter, Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Updated: Monday, April 9, 2018

You better hop to it – Spring Conference is coming soon!

Spring is a wonderful time of year; it’s when the quietness of the winter is interrupted by the welcome chirps of birds and tulips popping through the earth. It’s when Mother Nature starts to come alive! This year, Spring isn’t just Mother Nature’s time to thrive, it’s yours! THRIVE, the 2018 Spring Conference, is on Tuesday, May 22nd at the Radisson Blu in Bloomington!


The Spring 2018 Conference is quickly becoming a premier networking and professional development opportunity for Twin Cities Human Resources professionals. The full day program features a hands-on workshop that provides attendees with tools and ideas on how to apply their new-found knowledge back at their organizations. Additionally, we will have five learning sessions to choose from. This year’s learning session tracks include Career and Professional Development, Change Management, Organizational Culture, Conflict Management, and new for 2018, Legal and Compliance! As always, TCSHRM has applied for recertification credits through SHRM and HRCI!


To put the exclamation point on our day, we are thrilled to feature three keynote speakers, including Steve Browne. Steve brings a great perspective to our conference as he is an HR Professional with 30 years of experience! In addition to his exceptional experience, he is a published author, writes a nationally recognized HR blog, Everyday People (, facilitates a monthly HR Roundtable as well as an HR internet forum called the HR Net which reaches over 9,400 people globally each week, and is a current member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Board of Directors.


In his keynote, Steve will remind us why HR is such a critical function in any organization. He will teach us tangible ways we as HR professionals can own our role in our company by sharing effective ways to integrate across departments and teaching us how to build and sustain the human factor in the workplace. Steve will share with us how we can more purposefully break out from the stigma of a support function and truly be a leadership and development arm of our organization.


Get ready to THRIVE! and save money by taking advantage of the early bird discount when you register by March 15th! We look forward to seeing you at the Radisson Blu – Bloomington on May 22nd! 

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Are you ready to THRIVE?

Posted By TCSHRM Newsletter, Monday, February 12, 2018

Are you ready to THRIVE? Join us at the Spring 2018 Conference

Happy New Year!

We’ve all heard the saying “New Year, New You,” but this year, it’s all about THRIVING!

Mark your calendars today for the 2018 Spring Conference, THRIVE, on Tuesday, May 22nd at the Radisson Blu in Bloomington!

Your 2018 Spring Conference Team has been hard at work to ensure each Conference experience is better than the last. One of our biggest additions to the conference last year was a hands-on workshop in which our attendees not only got to learn but had the opportunity to experience how to apply their new-found knowledge back at their organizations. We are excited to provide this feature again in 2018 along with altering our keynote offerings and expanding the learning session educational tracks.

With the change in our keynote presentations, we are able to bring Amy Dee to TCSHRM’s Spring Conference! Amy Dee has a unique way of connecting with her audience by finding common ground and delivering her message with comedy. Her stories are not only impactful, but memorable! Amy’s presentation is all about reminding us of the immense power each of us have – the power to choose our attitude. We’re accountable for our choices.Engagement is our responsibility, and kindness always matters! You will leave her session ready to thrive!
In addition to our top-notch keynotes and extended workshop series, we will have five learning sessions to choose from. This year’s learning session tracks include Career and Professional Development, Change Management, Organizational Culture, Conflict Management, and new for 2018, Legal and Compliance! As always, TCSHRM has applied for recertification credits through SHRM and HRCI!


Get ready to Thrive and save money by taking advantage of the early bird discount when you register by March 15th! We look forward to seeing you at the Radisson Blu – Bloomington!

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Congratulations to our Volunteer Star - College & University Relations Team!

Posted By TCSHRM Newsletter, Friday, February 9, 2018

Volunteer Star Spotlight


TCSHRM is pleased to recognize our College and University Relations team as our Volunteer Stars! Krysta Kaner, Meghan MacKenzie, Burgandy Mallinger, and Angela Palma planned and organized the annual TCSHRM student conference in November. Their hard work, dedication, outreach, and engagement of student members made this a well-attended and successful event.

The theme of this year’s student conference was, “Connecting at All Levels” and included an engaging keynote speaker, interactive session, panel, and networking session. Additionally, each student had the opportunity to have a complimentary professional headshot taken. One lucky student even won an Apple Watch as part of our prize drawing!

Emily Savaria, TCSHRM’s VP of College and University Relations noted, “I am so impressed by our high-performing team. Thank you for all of your hard work to provide a valuable conference to our student members. I’m especially proud of the extensive student and professor outreach and engagement – connecting with students all over the state and region (Minnesota, Wisconsin, and South Dakota) and on multiple social media networks. As a result of their hard work, we had a record number of students in attendance at this year’s conference!”

Thank you, again, to the College and University Relations team for their excellent work in leading this year’s student conference. As an entirely volunteer-run organization, it is individual volunteers, and teams such as this one, that allow us to provide quality programming, networking, and information exchange opportunities for the HR community. In addition to their TCSHRM volunteer roles, the College and University Relations team work full-time at the following organizations:

• Krysta Kaner, Talent Management Analyst, Orbital ATK

• Meghan MacKenzie, Recruiter, Park Nicollet Health Services

• Burgandy Mallinger, Talent Acquisition Coordinator, Polaris

• Angela Palma, Human Resources Associate, Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance

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2018 January/February President’s Corner

Posted By TCSHRM Newsletter, Monday, February 5, 2018

Happy New Year Twin Cities SHRM!

Seven years ago, as a new member of TCSHRM, I was energized with the drive to give back to our profession while networking with other Human Resources professionals in the Twin Cities. I challenged myself to raise my hand to volunteer and get more involved in TCSHRM. When I read a TCSHRM e-blast seeking volunteers for the Mentoring Team, I realized I had found my opportunity. I did just that, and changed my life - and so can you!

Being an active member at TCSHRM has developed me into a stronger Human Resources and business professional. I’ve built a strong network and created new relationships that have proven to be invaluable to me both personally and professionally. As your TCSHRM president, I will be committed to your growth and development by offering high-quality conferences, programs, and events
as well as creating continual opportunities for you to network and exchange information with other professionals in the Twin Cities.


As we all step into 2018 together as an organization, YOUR TCSHRM is committed to moving Human Resources forward. We challenge you to get more involved and move

with us! Whether you are a new or returning member, an active or inactive member, or a current or potential future volunteer, there are many ways to become more active in Twin Cities SHRM and your professional development. Not sure where to start? My Top Ten List on how is outlined below:

Sue’s Top 10 List of ways to get involved in TCSHRM in 2018
We’re moving HR Forward – Come with Us!

  1. Plan your HR calendar: Post the 2018 TCSHRM programs and events magnet that you received in December. Plan out which programs and events you would like to attend in the year ahead - and don’t forget to invite a friend
  2. Plan to attend our Spring Conference at the Radison Blu on May 22, 2018. (Registration will be opening soon – stay tuned for further details!)
  3. Volunteer on one of our TCSHRM Volunteer Leader Teams. Commitments range from big to small, from in-person to virtual, and from short to longer-term assignments. There are so many ways to be involved, and no commitment is too small. Just raise your hand - we will take it from there!
  4. Attend one of our Chapter Meetings. You’ll network with other HR professionals and stay current with what is happening with Human Resources, both locally at TCSHRM and SHRM national.
  5. Assist our TCSHRM Young Professionals initiative. Become a mentor - or a mentee!
  6. Prepare for SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP Certification: attend our SHRM Certification Prep Course to help you prepare for your SHRM certification exam.
  7. Earn some continuing education credits. Members can view archived TCSHRM webinars through the Members-Only section of TCSHRM’s website. Log on and get learning!
  8. Follow us on our TCSHRM social platforms (Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn) to stay up-to-date with what is happening at TCSHRM.
  9. Take control of your career! Visit the Career Center to see new Human Resources positions open in the Twin Cities, and upload your resume there for hiring managers to view.
  10. Attend a member social event to meet other members while finding out more about TCSHRM.


With great pride and preparation, I have raised my hand to hold the torch in leading our organization in the years ahead. Thank you to those of your who helped me kick off the year at our January Member's Social at Psycho Suzi's. Please help me continue our 2018 efforts by joining us at our March Chapter Meeting. We are moving HR forward in 2018 at TCSHRM - come with us!

Yours in Service,

Sue Kruse, SHRM-SCP
TCSHRM President

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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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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!

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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!

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Fall Cornerstone 2015


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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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