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How Senior Leaders Impact and Build Successful Cultures: Transform Attitudes and Actions

When: Thursday, November 8th, 2018
2:15 - 5:00 pm
Where: Northland Center
3600 American Blvd W
Concourse Level
Bloomington, Minnesota  55431
United States

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November Program & Panel: HR Hot Topics & Trends 



2:15-2:45 p.m.    Registration and networking

2:45-4:00 p.m.    Workshop

4:00-4:15 p.m.    Break

4:15-5:00 p.m.    Panel and Q&A



How Senior Leaders Impact and Build Successful Cultures: Transform Attitudes and Actions


As an HR leader, corporate culture just may be the most important item on your agenda, but it’s not likely to be a line item on your budget. It is frequently addressed in meetings, but the least acted upon. Culture is the thing that you do when you have the time or a little extra budget. However, we all know that the right corporate culture provides the foundation for sustainable growth and profit. Successful corporate culture is not a mission statement on the wall or merely defined by the work environment you create. Fads like installing a ping pong table, open creative space, or free craft beer is not what makes a great corporate culture.

Today, leaders need to provide so much more to create a culture that engages their workforce – they need to have the right attitudes and do the right things to ensure their culture is the right one for the given business environment. Driving a culture that engages employees is a critical element for success and the fundamental responsibility of leaders. Join thought leaders at Dale Carnegie who will help you discover ways to create a culture that engages employees and uncover the attitudes and behaviors that can set your organization apart.


This interactive workshop will provide easy-to-understand insights:

  • Discover the findings from a study recently conducted by Dale Carnegie to better understand senior leaders’ perceptions about corporate culture.
  • Learn steps that leaders at every level can take to create, maintain and execute a culture that engages employees.
  • Analyze the right attitudes and strategies to ensure your culture fits your business environment.
  • Explore what actions other leaders are taking to drive an engaged culture and what you can do to enhance your own culture.


Sarah Olson, Vice President of Human Resources

Walker Methodist


Sarah Olson is the Vice President of Human Resources at Walker Methodist and has been part of the team since April 2015. As Vice President of Human Resources, Sarah leads her team in supporting Walker Methodist through a consultative, innovative, and adaptable approach to ensure solutions are in alignment with Walker Methodist’s Mission, Vision, and Values.


Sarah is known for building solid business relationships throughout the organization from the Board, to Leadership team, and front-line employees. Prior to her time at Walker Methodist, Sarah worked at Affinity Plus Credit Union, Science Museum of Minnesota, and C.H. Robinson. Sarah has a Bachelor of Science from University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire and a Masters of Arts from Ottawa University, Kansas.


Joy Linsday, VP of Human Resources

Liberty Diversified International (LDI)

Joy Linsday is a member of the LDI executive management team and oversees human resource functions for all LDI businesses. She leads talent acquisition and development, total rewards and employee communications as part of her human resources duties.

Linsday joined LDI from Carlson Companies, where she was Vice President of Human Resources for their Global Hotels business unit. Prior to that, she held executive positions with Creative Memories, Deephaven Capital Management, Ameriprise Financial and UnitedHealth Group.

Linsday’s Bachelor’s degree is from the University of South Florida and her Master of Business Administration degree is from the University of Tampa’s John H. Sykes College of Business. She has a Senior Professional of Human Resource (SPHR) designation from the HR Certification Institute and serves as a board member for Coffeehouse Press, a local book publisher and is a member of the board of directors of Junior Achievement Upper Midwest.


Jackie Aho, Director of Employment & Talent Development

Perkins & Marie Callender’s

An experienced HR and business professional, Jackie’s specialties include Employee Relations, Recruiting, Training, Unemployment Compensation, Worker's Compensation, Diversity, Payroll, Organizational Development, Talent & Leadership Development, Onboarding, Employee Engagement & Culture. This year marks her 22nd year with Perkins & Marie Callender’s in roles of increasing responsibility. Prior to her current role, she has both HR and operational experience through her roles as a Workforce Manager at Frontier Communications and General Manager at Perkins Restaurants.

Jackie is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management. 


Kristen Miller, Senior Director Human Resources


Kristen Miller is Senior Director of Human Resources at Bio-Techne, leading the Global HR team for the Protein Sciences Segment.  With 6 acquisitions since she joined Bio-Techne in June of 2016, Kristen is focused on integrations of people, processes and culture. Kristen is a collaborative leader and is instrumental in building networks across the organization. Prior to joining Bio-Techne, Kristen was with Pentair and Honeywell holding leadership roles in Talent Management, OD and Labor Relations. Kristen has a BS in Psychology from St. Cloud State University and an MBA-HRM from University of Phoenix.

Event Fees

Student Member $25

Member $50

Non-member $75


Location Directions

The Northland Center is located off of 494 and France Ave at 3600 American Boulevard.  There are 2 identical buildings the 3500 & 3600 building so make sure you are entering the 3600.  The meeting will be held in the concourse level of the 3600 building in the Team & Excellence conference rooms. When you arrive take the stairs/elevators to the concourse level and the rooms are visible upon entry.



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