TCSHRM 2020 Strengths Conference
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 Export to Your Calendar 11/12/2020
When: Thursday, November 12th, 2020
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Where: Live Virtual Experience
United States

Online registration is available until: 11/8/2020
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  Thursday, November 12th, 2020

LIVE Virtual Conference Experience!


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Have you taken your Gallup Strengths Assessment, read the StrengthsFinder 2.0 book and would like to learn more about how to use it in your daily life? If this made you think more about what makes you strong, and you are seeking a conference based on positivity and personal growth, then join us for our inaugural Twin Cities SHRM Strengths Conference!At this conference you will learn how to leverage your strengths for both personal and professional success and be provided with strengths networking opportunities.

At Twin Cities SHRM we pride ourselves on being a “Strengths-Based Organization.” We want to continue to provide the HR community in the Twin Cities with the conferences, programs, and tools that will help you live a “strong life” as you grow in your career as business professionals. We are thrilled to be partnering with the Gallup organization to bring this Strengths Conference to our local HR Community. In developing their book StrengthsFinder 2.0 and through their groundbreaking research, the scientists at Gallup have studied people in all cultures in all parts of the world. They found that we can improve results and help people grow if we focus on what was right about them i.e. what makes us strong.

We are also thrilled to be bringing you Maika Leibbrandt - Gallup Senior Workplace Consultant and co-host of Gallup’s weekly Podcast “Theme Thursday.” Theme Thursday is a Gallup podcast series that dives deep into each of Clifton’s 34 strengths one strength at a time. Click on this link to hear Maika talk about the Clifton strength of Achiever, which is the most common strength identified in people that have taken the assessment and hear her talk about strengths.


Maika also partners with leaders to improve the lives of their teams and customers. She brings experience in positive culture change to her work in supporting leaders through coaching, and her keynote presentations. Maika is a certified Gallup CliftonStrengths coach with more than 10 years of experience. She has also worked as a selection analyst in talent-based hiring and is an award-winning journalist working in both radio and television. 

Another great feature of this Strengths Conference will be our Strengths Domain networking Table Talks and TCSHRM Strengths Talks. So join us for this positive, uplifting educational and networking conference that will focus on what makes you strong!  

If you haven’t completed the Top 5 CliftonStrengths assessment, you can complete it here for $19.99 plus tax.

Registration Rates:


 Conference Rates Only
TCSHRM Member Conference Rate $119

Non-Member Conference Rate


Student  $49
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Discounted TCSHRM Membership (New or Renewal) + Member Conference Rate


Women's Conference and Strengths Conference Bundle

$359 (Non-Member)

$289 (Member)

$79 (St u dent) 


Note: Full payment must accompany order to reserve your space.


Conference Schedule: 



8:00 a.m.

Registration, Breakfast and Networking  

9:00 a.m.  TCSHRM Opening with Strengths History - Sue Kruse TCSHRM Past President    
9:30 a.m. Opening Keynote: Your Best Life is Within You Already - Maika Leibbrandt, Gallup Senior Workplace Consultant

10:30 a.m.

Sponsor Exhibitor Networking Break  


11:00 a.m. Strengths Super Power Domain Talks (Influencing/Nancy Fisher - Relationship Building/Betsy Saumur - Strategic Thinking/Jeri Schulze and Executing) 
12:35 p.m. Sponsor Exhibitor Networking Break   
1:00 p.m. Strengths Super Power Leadership Domain Table Talks - Speed Learning Exercise    
2:10 p.m. Closing Keynote: Leveraging your Strengths at Work or in your Job Search - Brigette Marty, Sr. Associate Director and Career Coach  
2:30 p.m. TCSHRM Close, Networking & Happy Hour   

Keynote Speakers:

Maika Leibbrandt

Senior Workplace Consultant, Gallup

Strategic | Positivity | Woo | Communication | Ideation

Maika Leibbrandt, Senior Workplace Consultant

Topic: Your Best Life is Within You Already


Research suggests you do something better than 10,000 other people. It might not be a visible skill that wins you competitions or signs record deals. But your natural patterns of how you think, feel, and behave are powerful and unique enough to lead to world-class levels of performance. You just need to understand your best way of operating, and invest there. Join this powerful keynote discussion to learn more about you CliftonStrengths themes of talent, your best potential for excellence. Start by exploring the philosophy of CliftonStrengths, learn a framework for developing talent in yourself and others, and stop looking for the secrets to success as written by someone else. The world doesn’t need another duplicate. The world, the workplace, and your community—they all need you at your very best, most unique and talented self. This keynote kicks off a full day of learning and a lifetime of discovery.


Maika Leibbrandt, Senior Workplace Consultant, partners with leaders to improve the lives of their followers and customers worldwide. She brings experience in positive culture change to her work with schools, universities and organizations, supporting leaders through coaching, classroom instruction and facilitated strategic conversations. She is most at home interacting with people in a lively educational setting.

Maika is the face of Theme Thursday, Gallup’s popular weekly podcast designed to educate coaches and individuals about each of the CliftonStrengths themes.  In addition to hosting and co-producing the show, she serves as editorial director of Gallup’s written blog for CliftonStrengths enthusiasts, The Strengths Coaches Playbook. 

Maika is a certified CliftonStrengths coach with more than 10 years of experience. She has also worked as a selection analyst in talent-based hiring, providing insight into candidates’ unique abilities. An award-winning journalist who has worked in both radio and television, Maika is at heart a storyteller.Prior to joining Gallup, Maika worked for the Nebraska Human Resources Institute, a mentoring program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She specialized in strengths-based development for students aged 4 to 24, advised undergraduate mentors and developed curriculum.

Maika earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism with emphases in history, English and Spanish from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She earned a master’s degree in education with a specialization in adult learning from Regis University.


Brigette Marty

Carlson School of Management, U of M

Communication | Activator | Adaptability | Relator | Strategic


Brigette Marty, Sr. Associate Director and Career Coach

Topic: Leveraging your Strengths at Work or in your Job Search


Story Time! Have you struggled to tell your story in a way that is compelling and authentic? Whether that be advocating for what gives you energy in the workplace to making a positive impression in a networking coffee chat or job interview, highlighting our 'strengths truth' can be challenging. This closing session will focus on simple strategies for building your strengths story in your current role or your future role and strategies for developing or maintaining a strengths-focused personal brand.


Brigette is a career and leadership development specialist with almost 20 years of experience in higher education.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and a master’s degree in Counseling and Student Development from Minnesota State University Mankato.  She served as a student leadership development advisor and adjunct instructor at St. Catherine University before becoming a career coach at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

As a senior career coach at Carlson, she provides support to graduate business students on career exploration and clarification, networking strategy, high-impact resume and cover letter review, interviewing skills, LinkedIn profile reviews and offer negotiation services.

When not sharing her time with students she volunteers with MN Spay and Neuter Assistance Program (MNSNAP) and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet St. Joseph Worker program.

Strengths Super Power Domain Talks Speakers:


Nancy Fisher

Coach, Consultant, Owner of The Good Life Revolution 

Empathy | Positivity | Woo | Developer | Includer


Nancy Fisher - Influencing Domain

Nancy is a coach and development professional who offers coaching and consulting to individuals, teams and organizations who value personal development and self-awareness.  Focusing on individual strengths and authenticity, she helps people, teams and leaders embrace their talents and shine.

Nancy has a passion for people, personal awareness and growth, and most importantly, she has a passion for fully living life.  She believes in people, and aspires to help them be the best version of themselves.  After spending 20 years in the corporate world, Nancy understands the complexity and challenges of development at all levels.  She also knows what it’s like to attempt to be something you’re not!  After spending years pretending to be the leader (and person) she thought she should be, she was able identify what sh e really wanted from life and designed a life and career that aligns with her strengths and values.  She leads by example by living a fun and wholehearted life every day.  When she’s not coaching, you can find her enjoying road trips, concerts, sunny patios, vacations and Minnesota Twins games. 

Jeri Schulze

HR Pro

Futuristic | Strategic | Maximizer | Belief |Empathy

Jeri Schulze - Strategic Thinking Domain

J eri is a lo ng-time Strengths nerd and Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach committed to the continuous journey of self-awareness and growth for herself and those she is honored to serve.  Proud, yet somewhat obsessed, Maximizer who is still learning to appreciate the 4th draft as much as the 14th . She is a creative visionary and inspirer of dreams who is also quite happy to spend time in the clouds of ‘what could be’ (won’t you join her in “Futuristic Land”?).  Jeri is a twenty-year HR pro who is fortunate enough to lead the way in transforming her company into a Strengths-Based organization and coaching people to tap into their best version of themselves for the ultimate win-win.







Betsy Saumur

Human Resources, Sales, and Coaching Professional

Harmony | Empathy | Restorative | Positivity | Connectedness


Betsy Saumur - Relationship Building Domain

Betsy Saumur is a seasoned Human Resources, Sales, and Coaching professional with a proven track record in leadership, business development, talent optimization, employee engagement, and HR strategy. She has over a decade of experience building and leading teams, managing VP and C level relationships, and mentoring others. Betsy is driven by the belief that making the workplace more inclusive and engaged improves company performance, employees’ lives and ultimately makes the world better. She has worked as an Account Manager and National Account Director for a large staffing agency and most recently worked as a Director of Employee Engagement and Human Resources. She is a certified Strengths Communicator and Predictive Index Practitioner. Her expertise in the Strengths helps her to coach others through a positive and growth-based mindset.


Simon Hurry

Chief Inspiration Officer

Strategic | Competition | Ideation | Learner | Woo

 Simon Hurry Saumur - Executing Building Domain

“Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.” – Theodore Roosevelt

I am a Champion for everything that is great about humanity. I simply desire to see the unique potential of each person fulfilled. I believe the world will be a better place if people can discover how they can translate their unique talent into something economically viable and remarkable.

I am a scientist, researcher, teacher, advisor and catalyst, drawn to understanding the finer nuances of human behaviour, sociology and the factors that drive individual and collective success. I want to show people how to be confident and capable; how to make a significant, constructive difference in their respective worlds.

To achieve this, I am continuously developing critical insight, models and methods that really do work in the tough, demanding world in which we live. I am a pragmatist and relentless about functionality and applicability. You can be assured that everything I create is innovative, cutting edge and ridiculously useful.

Simon lives in South Africa in a beautiful little town called Hoedspruit, very close to the World famous Kruger National Park. He is Founder and Chief Inspiration Officer of PlayNIcely, a consulting company specialising in the cohesiveness of teams. He has worked with some of the best Companies in South Africa, Southern Africa and the UK as well as in Professional Rugby. He did some work with the USA Rugby team leading up to the recent World Cup. Simon has been working with CliftonStrengths for 12 years and has introduced close to 24 000 people to their Top 5 themes.



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