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Save the date for TCSHRM's first annual Gala supporting the SHRM Foundation!

When: Friday, November 30th, 2018
6:00 PM
Where: St. Paul Athletic Club
340 Cedar St.
St. Paul, Minnesota  55101
United States

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Twin Cities SHRM: 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 the future generations of HR practitioners.

The Gala will feature a silent auction, cocktail hour, dinner and entertainment. SHRM Foundation scholarship recipient, veteran, HR professional and all-around inspiration, Cecelia Clark, will provide the keynote address. The dress code is cocktail attire.


Date:           Friday, November 30th


Schedule:   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


Location:    The St. Paul Athletic Club

                     340 Cedar St, St Paul, MN 55101


Tickets:      $50 for an individual, $90 for a pair




The Capital City Plaza Ramp is located around the corner from the Saint Paul Athletic Club (the ramp is located at 50 E. 4th Street, St. Paul, MN 55101).

Click here for directions and more info to the Capital City Plaza ramp.



Parking during the event is complimentary – upon arrival at the event registration table you will receive a ticket to provide the cashier at the ramp when you leave.


Overnight guests receive a discount rate of $17/night.

SHRM Foundation

The SHRM Foundation is a values-based charity organization whose mission is to champion workforce and workplace transformation by providing research-based HR solutions for challenging inclusion issues facing current and potential employees, scholarships to educate and develop HR professionals to make change happen and opportunities for HR professionals to make a difference in their local communities. The SHRM Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizational affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management.


To sponsor this event please click here.

To donate an item or service to the silent auction contact Kirsten Halen (


Keynote Speaker

John Lassetter

Cecilia A. Clark (Cici)  

Cecilia is a business-oriented talent management leader with almost a decade of experience in human resources management, with experience in talent acquisition, retention, workforce performance, employee relations, and employee engagement.

To Cecilia, every employee has the potential to overcome challenges and become an ideal employee, and she is driven to create strategic solutions to help current and potential employees thrive while meeting corporate goals. Cecilia thrives by developing key relationships with senior leaders to provide innovative HR solutions including coaching and mentoring programs, affinity groups, apprenticeship programs and ATS implementation to drive talent acquisition, employee engagement, retention, employee relations and leadership training.  She is also known by employees at her plant as a very passionate lady who drives everyone towards achieving Schwan’s desired state.  She has led many New Employee Onboarding classes and has taught over 150 new employees what it means to be an impactful and productive employee.

Currently, Cecilia is a Sr. HR Generalist for Schwan’s.  She is working at one of their food manufacturing companies supporting two plants in Houston, TX. In addition, Cecilia has held several HR positions including Talent Acquisition Manager with NextOp, Inc., Talent Acquisition Consultant with Voyig, LCC and Human Resources Manager with the US Army.

Cecilia is a native Galvestonian and proud Texan with a strong military background.  She enlisted in the United States Army in April 2005 and served multiple enlistments with both active and reserve components, including a year-long deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During her time in the service, Cecilia worked as a Bell 407 helicopter mechanic before transitioning to a role in human resources. After serving more than 10 years and earning the rank of Staff Sergeant, Cecilia left active-duty in 2015. 

As an enthusiastic member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Cecilia volunteers her time with her local HR Houston chapter where she currently serves as a member of  the Conference Symposium Committee and the Veteran HR Affinity group. Recently, Cecilia was a guest panelist for Source Houston, a local conference focusing on the best sourcing techniques and made guest appearances at HR focused podcasts like CAVNESSHR. In addition, Cecilia was a 2017 SHRM Foundation scholarship winner to attend SHRM’s Annual Conference & Exposition in June 2017, where she spoke during the Foundation’s luncheon about her service and passion for veteran hiring. She was also chosen to join the SHRM blogger team for the SHRM18 conference. Her latest speaking engagement was during a veteran program hosted by the Louisville SHRM chapter.

Cecilia is a strong advocate, mentor, and supporter of transitioning service members and veterans. She has mentored more than 340 veterans to help each find their passion and pursue the right careers based on their military and civilian background. As a volunteer, Cecilia has served on many committees and groups focused on veteran hiring and empowerment, including:  the Women Veterans Empowerment Expo, U.S. Congressman Brian Babin’s Advisory Council, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, Lone Star Veterans Association, Greater Houston Partnership Upskill Houston, and Hiring Red, White, and You.

Cecilia has a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources Management and Business Development from the University of Houston-Downtown and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting, from the University of Phoenix.   

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