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Strategic HR and HR-ROI Luncheon and Afternoon Workshop

  • April 02, 2013
  • 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Ramada Plaza Suites & Conference Center, Fargo ND


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:

Registration is closed

Luncheon & Monthly Membership Meeting 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Luncheon Keynote 12:00-1:00 p.m.

     Strategic HR: A Results-Driven Perspective

Optional Afternoon Workshop  1:00-5:00 p.m.

     HR-ROI: A New Approach for the New Economy

Presented by Sara Christiansen, Ideation Consulting

Program Summary

For decades countless Human Resource Professionals have been coveting a seat at the Strategic Table within their organizations.  With the economic downturn of 2008 business leaders found themselves in a fiscal crisis beyond their foresight.  Many HR practitioners were finally called upon to take their seat at the table and implement complex reduction in workforce initiatives.  With the current fears of a “double dip” recession, many businesses are again looking to their HR departments to guide them through these uncertain times.  However, most of us are already operating on a “bare bones” talent roster and cannot justify deeper staffing cuts. 


It is critical at this time for HR to step back and develop a strategy that validates our seat at the table.  We must speak the language of the business leaders who are depending on us.  We must quantify our efforts.  And, we must evolve beyond our identity as “a cost center”. 


Performing due diligence and developing a ROI is long-standing business best practice, however, rarely considered as a function of HR.  However, if you review most organizational budgets, labor (human capital assets) is usually one of the largest line items.  If we can develop/utilize HR metrics that are aligned with and actually drive the business objectives, we will elevate our role as a strategic business partner.


Our afternoon workshop will provide you with the recipe to better quantify your organization’s human capital assets and explore methodologies in which HR can be instrumental in driving bottom line results. 


Luncheon/Keynote: Free for FMHRA members & students, $20 for non-members & guests


Afternoon Workshop: $49 for FMHRA members, $99 for non-members


Speaker Biography

During her 20 year career as a Social Scientist, Sara Christiansen has had the privilege to work with very diverse companies in many varying industries in the private and public sectors- such as Manufacturing, Marketing, Renewable Energy, Agri-Business, Printing, Healthcare, Engineering, Hospitality, Retail, and Social Services.


As the VP of Client Services at Ideation Consulting, Sara is responsible for providing customized business performance services that drive “true” business results.  She has developed organizational development, talent development, and human resource solutions that have improved employee engagement and performance in many organizations.



Re-certification Credit:

This lunch session is pending approval for 1.0 Specified - Business Management and Strategy credit hours toward PHR/SPHR re-certification through the HR Certification Institute. 

The afternoon workshop is pending approval for 4.0 Specified - Business Management and Strategy credit hours toward PHR/SPHR re-certification through the HR Certification Institute.

PLEASE NOTE:  Registration closes the Tuesday before the monthly meeting. Guests must also register and submit payment by the Tuesday prior to the meeting.


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