Training & Development

2015 BHR Manager's Conference

Dates:   September 29-30, 2015  
Times:   Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  
    Wednesday: 8 a.m. - 12 noon  
Location:   Ramkota RiverCentre  
    920 West Sioux Avenue  
    Pierre, SD 57501  


Register:   BHR Training Registration  

Ty Bennet, CMI Speaker Management
“The Power of Influence & Storytelling:  The Art of Influential Communication”

Learn more about Ty Bennet
Ty Bennett
will kick things off with his unique and effective message about the art of storytelling. Want to learn how to get your point across with an interesting story? Ty’s book “The Power of Storytelling: The Art of Influential Communication” reveals the newest techniques in the age old practice of storytelling and is valuable for anyone involved in speaking, selling, leading or writing. As Ty breaks down the mindset, the skillset and the toolset of storytelling -- you will learn both the science and the art of how to create, craft and deliver the stories that will engage, persuade and move your audience or employees to take action.

Click here to watch as leadership expert Ty Bennett shares one of the keys to building influence, improving your leadership and connecting with people - focus on being interested, not interesting.



Meredith Weber, Certified Emotional Intelligence Practitioner, BHR Training Program
Emotional Intelligence – Why it matters.

Meredith WeberHave you ever wanted more work/life balance? Have you ever worked with or for someone that just could not communicate? Have you wondered why having success at work didn't necessarily make you happy? If you answered yes to any... or all of these, learning how to develop your own emotional intelligence and those of your team members may be the answer!

Emotional Intelligence – You’ve seen the words, you may have read articles or even picked up a book on the subject, but is Emotional Intelligence anything more than the current buzzword? In this presentation, we will talk about Emotional Intelligence, what it is and why Emotional Intelligence is key to success – whether that be as a manager, as a team, or as an organization. 

You will also learn about the EQi 2.0 and EQ360 assessments that can help you to understand and develop your own emotional intelligence. The EQi 2.0 is one of the most scientifically validated Emotional Intelligence Instruments available. As a result of completing the EQi 2.0, a person receives specific, measurable results that allow him or her to identify and leverage strengths and to put containment on any out-of-balance areas.
EQ-i2.0 Certified EQ 360 Certified


Matthew Guthmiller, Entrepreneur and World Record Holding Pilot
“Limitless Horizons: Challenge. Believe. Succeed.”

Learn more about Matthew Guthmiller.
Have you ever truly felt “the sky is the limit”? Presenter, Matt Guthmiller from Aberdeen, SD, has! At an age when most kids are just learning to drive a car, Matt was learning how to fly. Now he's a world record holder. At 19, Guthmiller became the youngest pilot ever to circumnavigate the globe, and he did it alone. The South Dakota teenager, who flew 30,000 miles, making 23 stops in 15 countries on five continents, got both praise and his fair share of criticism for embarking on the journey.

But the young pilot didn't let skeptics get to him. " I hope that what I did, and the message I share, inspires other people to go out and do big things," Guthmiller says.

The Huffington Post Canada — Read about the youngest pilot to fly around the world solo.


Jennifer Frank, Attorney
EEOC complaints, responses and investigations
Jennifer Frank
Jennifer Frank is an experienced employment lawyer who has handled hundreds of responses to the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) in defense of charges of discrimination brought against her employer clients.
In this session, she will share the ways that employees and former employees make complaints to agencies, look at some recent trends and “popular” claims, how to best investigate these complaints, and the best way to respond to the charges and requests for information. This will be an interactive session, so please bring questions!



Sid Goss, Professor Emeritus at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
“South Dakota’s Workforce Demographics: Planning Future Workforce Development”

Sid Goss
South Dakota’s population continues to change! The conference will close with Dr. Sid Goss updating us on South Dakota's Workforce Demographics. Dr. Goss originally presented SD demographic statistics in 2009. With new information from the most recent census, Dr. Goss will review the current demographics of South Dakota and the region, including migration, youth and aged populations, workforce participation, rural and urban populations, race and ethnicity factors, educational attainment and population projections. This information will be invaluable for managers who face workforce challenges today, and as they plan for future workforce development. With his educated insight and sprinklings of personal humor, Sid will look at how these changes affect all of us and what we can do to face these inevitable challenges.



Registration and Contact Information

Registrations will be taken on a first come/first served basis. Please register in accordance with your agency registration procedures via e-mail to BHR Training Registration. Include your name, employee ID number, and the course name.

If you require special accommodations or have questions about the program, contact Laura Mehlhaff at BHR Training, 773.4328.



Latitude Wellness Program

This training is worth 25 Latitude Wellness Program points. To earn your 25 Latitude Wellness Program points, you must submit proof of completion on the Latitude Wellness portal. Proof of completion includes registration confirmation, letter of participation from organizer, or completion certificate.

Submit Your Proof of Completion
•Go to and choose Latitude Wellness Portal
•Enter your username and password
•Select Choose a Latitude Wellness Program
•Choose the green View Participatory List button
•Choose Other wellness related activities that are not listed
•Follow the instructions shown in the portal to successfully submit your proof of completion

**AFE number for DOT Employees is 75E9.**