1~Workforce and HR Conference
Culture + Connections: 2016 Governor's Workforce and Human Resources Conference. September 20-22 in Bismarck
Final Countdown to the Conference
Just a few things to get you ready for the conference! Remember to bring your smartphone or tablet, business cards, and something to take notes with - because you'll want to!

Download the App

Whether you do it today, or the day of the Conference, you can download the app to your smartphone or tablet. Available for both Android or Apple users, search “2017 Gov Workforce HR Conference.” You’ll know you have the right one when you recognize the “ingenuity@work” icon. Tap to install the free conference app. If you want it sent right to your phone, enter your mobile number here!

You’ll use the app for details on the speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, presentations, credit info, and conference notifications. We encourage you to get social while the conference is going on – the app will help you do this!


Registration will open on Wednesday, September 20, at 8:00 AM. Continental breakfast will be available before the 10:00 AM Welcome Address. Review the app or the website for conference details, including agenda. You will be able to access a majority of the presentations and handouts on the app and website. Feel free to print presentations prior to the conference; we will not provide printed copies. If a presentation is not available, it is because either the speaker has not provided the information or the speaker does not have a presentation.

*A nursing room will be available for mothers. For more information or access, please visit with the registration table.

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Check out what Talent Anarchy has to say... they remember coming to our conference years ago and are excited to be back.

TAheadshot2.jpgThe Path to Innovation Runs through HR/Workforce Development
Innovation! This word has certainly taken on buzzword status, and you can find it splashed across billboards, worshipped in business magazines, and likely bouncing off the walls of your boardroom. We may not agree on much these days, but seem to have settled on the general agreement that innovation matters. We must innovate in order to respond to changing customer needs, disruptive technology, and upstart competitors.
Innovate or die. 
A question for you as you nod your head up and down. If innovation is so critical to our business, why are most of us so bad at it? For all the talk of innovation, the examples of organizations who are doing it really well seem to be few and far between. 
It’s not from a lack of effort or desire. Depending on the size of your organization, you may have people on the payroll who have “innovation” in their title. You may have committees dedicated to it. We read about, get trained on it, and yet, true innovation seems elusive. 
Some of this is due to our commonly held beliefs about what innovation is, and how it happens. But much of it can be traced back to our dependence on the practice of management. Traditional management practice is extremely effective for driving efficiency and throughput. It favors consistency, reliability and homogeny.  Management has been very good to us over the years, but there’s a problem. 
The practice of management is, in many ways, inherently anti-innovation.
Innovation depends on the very things that management is designed to reduce and eliminate.  Innovation requires the messiness of exploration, trial and error, and the serendipity that is only possible when we have time to connect with our peers without agenda.   
Our organizations will continue to struggle with innovation until we begin to take active measures to counter-balance our reliance upon management by shaping a culture designed to fuel innovation. 
And, while not too many leaders are hunting for the answer to their innovation problems within the HR department, they should be. Culture is our business in HR/Workforce Development
We are excited about this conversation and about what the future holds for HR/Workforce Development. We are also excited to be returning to Fargo, please join us on Sept 20th and 21st at the ND State Governor’s Workforce and HR Conference to dive deeper into the what, why and how of innovation, the elements that fuel a culture of innovation, and the approaches that can be applied to start the transition within your organization.  

For questions prior to the conference, feel free to contact Wayde Sick or Amber Unser.

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