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C-Suite and Legislative Track

Governor's Workforce and HR Conference
C-Suite & Legislative Track
September 20
Bismarck Event Center

Governor Doug Burgum is hosting an exclusive, invite-only meeting the final day of the 2018 Governor's Workforce & HR Conference on Thursday, September 20, at the Bismarck Event Center in Bismarck. Attendees will be legislators or C-Suite leadership in their company/industry. Registration is limited. 

The morning will have a set of sessions held during the conference specific toward retaining and retracting company leadership. In the conference closing, Governor Burgum will share thoughts and ideas for the challenges facing ND's workforce. Following the close of the WFHR Conference, the C-Suite and Legislative track will convene for lunch and discussion surrounding the 2019 legislative session. Attendees that are invited can come to the pieces of the conference that pertain to their interests - we welcome participation at all levels.

Last year’s C-Suite session shed light on issues our business community is facing. This year we will move toward solutions. Workforce is one of the three key pillars of the Main Street Initiative. We need a workforce with 21st century skills to help expand our economy – no matter the industry – so our state can reach its fullest potential. 

This C-suite level event is by invitation with limited seating. Last year, the event did sell out. If you are unable to attend and would like to send someone in your place, please contact Amanda Remynse at the North Dakota Department of Commerce to confirm this arrangement. 

Agenda Available to C-Suite and Legislative Track Attendees

8:00 – 10:15
8:00 – 9:15
Grab-N-Go Breakfast
8:30 – 9:45  Concurrent Session for Conference, Open to Track Attendees
  • Wearing the C: Leadership Lessons from the Greatest Captains and Coaches in Sports
    Keynote Speaker: Ross Bernstein, Ross Bernstein Speaking

    Ross Bernstein will lead into his closing keynote, “The Champion’s Code,” by diving deep into the world of leadership. Ross has written many biographies with coaches over the years and wrote a best-selling book about captains entitled “Wearing the C.” In this session, Ross will focus on dozens of amazing coaches and captains, and explain how they are able to create “buy-in” through some very unorthodox methods. In the world of HR it’s all about communication and relationships, and it’s no different in sports. Coaches must motivate their players in order to not only win, but to keep their jobs — so they utilize different tools in their toolboxes. Learn from some of the best on innovative approaches to connect with millennials, boomers, and difficult co-workers. Ross has learned that there is no right way to lead and will share several different philosophies that can be used to create buy-in and develop stronger relationships in the workplace.
  • Storytelling for Learning and Leading
    Amy Jokinen, Eide Bailly
    ATD Track
    Stories can teach lessons and inspire teams in ways that even the most perfectly crafted Infographic or PowerPoint cannot. While a picture may be worth a thousand words, a good story is worth more than 10,000 slides. In this session, we’ll discuss what makes a story good and identify best practices for crafting and delivering them for maximum inspiration and retention. We'll also take time to workshop your ideas in small groups, so bring a training topic or presentation idea to start developing your own stories.
  • The Truth About Engaging our Young Workforce
    Heather Ostrowski, Performance Employment Solutions
    Recruiting Track

    Everyone is sick of the term youth engagement - have you ever wondered if we are going about engaging our young workforce all wrong? In this session, learn the truth about what our young employees are seeking in their careers and their community. You will gain new knowledge and action steps to foster the engagement you need to move the needle for your company. We will hear a new perspective first hand by Ethan Ostrowski, a representative from our next generation, Generation Z.
  • Practical Application of Succession Planning and Talent Development
    Bruce Miles, Big River Group
    Most businesses and business owners pay little, if any, attention to succession planning.  Current reasons (or excuses) include: we are just too busy, we are not sure how to do it, we have never done it before. Participants in this session will be guided through a quick and consistent set of steps that reduce time needed, allows for more reliable diagnosis of current employees' skills and possible future, allow for more accurate selection of succession candidates, and promote a better environment that will cause future leaders to become engaged in the process.  Sample protocol & worksheets will be handed out to participants. 
  • Legal Compliance and Risk Management for Supervisors
    Sarah Andrews Herman, Dorsey and Whitney
    Legal Track

    Supervisors are the front-line of risk prevention or risk creation depending on their training for all HR compliance issues. This topic covers the gamut: FMLA, ADA, Wage and Hour, discrimination, harassment, and more --all things supervisors must understand well. Training supervisors well is essential to workforce success!
9:45 – 10:15 

Sponsored by Altru Health System
10:15 – 11:30

Conference Closing Keynote

The Champions Code: Building Relationships Through Life Lessons of Integrity and Accountability from the Sports World to the Business World
Ross Bernstein, Ross Bernstein Speaking 

Ross's signature keynote, "The Champion's Code,” is all about the DNA of what makes champions in sports so unique and how that relates to business. His PowerPoint is full of amazing photos about inspirational sports stories and about successful teams that tie into ethics and accountability, and about doing things the right way — with respect.
There are reasons certain teams win consistently, whereas others don't – and he explains why. It's based largely on the "Good to Great" concept of how the best companies can separate themselves from the rest of the pack through dynamic leadership, by creating a culture of excellence, by developing deeper relationships, and by giving extraordinary customer service. Ross weaves sports stories, about the DNA of champions, along with stories of companies who he has worked with — and shares best practice ideas on ways for HR professionals to think differently about hiring the right people while ultimately building stronger relationships.
Sponsored by Bank of North Dakota
21st Century Workforce Address, Governor Doug Burgum

C-Suite and Legislative Track Luncheon
Sponsored by Greater North Dakota Chamber
1:00 - 2:30 C-Suite and Legislative Track Discussion and Listening Session

To learn more about the other state and national presenters who will be presenting at the 2018 Governor’s Workforce and HR Conference, visit www.NDWorkforceandHR.com
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