6th Human Resource Conference for Local Governments

Registration is now open for the 6th Annual Human Resource Conference for Local Governments. The conference will be held on April 21 and 22 at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck (800 South 3rd Street). It is being offered by the Human Resources Collaborative.  The partnering agencies involved in this Collaborative are the ND Association of Counties, ND League of Cities, ND School Boards Association, ND Parks and Recreation Association and the ND Insurance Reserve Fund.

The conference will begin with a motivational session offered by Dawn Kaiser called Navigating Season of change in Life: Let your Joy be Bigger than your Fear. Dawn is one of the conference’s favorite presenters because her energy, common sense and practical ideas. This session will invite participants to consider how they navigate change.

The second plenary session will focus on how to structure Human Resource management. This session will be a panel discussion with an elected official, an executive leader, an HR profession and an organizational resource. The group will discuss the unique challenges from very small units of government to the largest. Specifically, there will be discussion on roles and responsibilities and boundary issues with time for questions and answers.

A new three session track on HR Basics will be led in the afternoon by Tanya Weiler and Chuck Horter, using the recently revised HR Reference Guide. In addition, 15 breakout sessions will be offered to address key emerging HR issues and sessions on improving work place culture and leadership.

Finally, The Keeping it Legal presentation will be presented by a panel including Troy Siebel, Brian Schmidt and Amy De Kok discussion emerging issues and changes in laws related to Human Resources. A tentative agenda for the day can be found at

Registration and conference information can be accessed on the HR Collaborative website at The registration fee is $200. I encourage all business managers to attend this informative event. North Dakota School Business Manager Certification Program (NDSBMCP) students can receive up to 1 1/2 affiliate credits for attending the conference. Please remember to complete the affiliate credit form and submit it to Patty or me. Affiliate credit forms should not be signed by instructors/event staff until the end of the conference. Contact the NDSBA office at 1-800-932-8791 if you have questions.

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