Training & Development

2014 Manager's Conference

Dates:   November 4 - 5, 2014    
Times:   4th: 8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.  
    5th: 8:00 a.m.–12:00 noon  
Location:   Ramkota RiverCentre  
    920 West Sioux Avenue  
    Pierre, SD 57501  


Register:   BHR Training

Tuesday, November 4


8:30 a.m. - 12 noon

Leading with LevityJuli Burney
Juli Burney
Leading is not dependent on a title or position. Leading is more often shown by example. Understanding the joy of your journey allows you to go the extra mile to take ownership of your life so that you can reach your maximum potential and be a natural leader. A former Adjunct Professor at Doane College in Lincoln, Nebraska,  Juli has been honored by her state as Artist of the Year because of her ability to improve people’s lives through humor and an effective use of communication tools. Juli will help you learn to apply your leadership skills with key ingredients of integrity and levity.

Fraud and Conflicts of Interests In the Workplace

Debra Owen, Bureau of Human Resources
All organizations are vulnerable to workplace fraud.  Fraud can take many forms including: embezzlement, forgery, theft of inventory and other assets, and computer crime, and can continue unchecked for years. BHR attorney, Debra Owen says the most effective way to stop employee fraud is to prevent it. She will present the rules and statutes that govern state employee conduct and will explain how fraud can occur. In addition, Owen will share a few famous cases of fraud in the workplace and some ethical dilemmas for you to ponder.

1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Never Give Up!: Six Words to Following the PathHolly Hoffman
Holly Hoffman – Survivor Alumni
Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. Holly will relate her “Survivor” experience to surviving in the real world. Her message will dwell on six words that have grown in significance as her life events unfold. She has learned that framing her outcomes with attitude, determination, confidence, desire, faith and perseverance is critical in her development both professionally and personally.

We are all on a path to live life to the fullest. Movement on the path is driven by six words and those six words also guide our leadership qualities. Good leaders are defined by their willingness and ability to influence and help others become successful. Leadership has nothing to do with a title, nothing to do with a diploma or a label. Leadership is how you have chosen to live your life,  how you act, how you treat others, the tone in your voice and how you talk. Here is what is really interesting about leadership - "Leadership means that you understand you are influencing someone every time you are in the presence of another human being."

South Dakota Tourism Marketing –
Promoting the Great Faces and Great Places of Our State

Jim Hagen, Wanda Goodman, Kirk Hulstein, and Natasha Bothun
Learn how the Department of Tourism capitalizes on tourism assets around the state to promote South Dakota to the world. You will learn how the department uses the latest in travel research, marketing strategies, and technology to get  the right message in front of the right audience. The South Dakota Tourism team will share how they market the state, where they market the state and why, and what platforms they utilize to reach potential visitors. 125Get a sneak peak at the latest TV and print ads,as well as a look at some of the features of the new tourism website that will launch in early December. 

South Dakota: Not Just a Fly-Over State

Jay Vogt
South Dakota’s culture and history are shaped by its people. As part of the American heartland, South Dakota and its people are more than one of those square states out west. Our historical significance is both ordinary and extraordinary. Our attachment to the nation and the world around us, especially our cultural history, keeps us grounded. For those who fly over South Dakota and see only vast open spaces, that massive rural grid, they miss the stories of a remarkable  people with amazing stories to tell. Jay’s message will motivate us with stories of exemplary lives and caution us with tales of human folly or wickedness. 


Wednesday, November 5
8:00 a.m. - 12 noon

Youth with Disabilities
Bernie Grimme, Department of Human Services
The South Dakota Department of Human Services has a unique work experience program available for high school students with disabilities. Project Skills gives high school students with disabilities opportunities to experience real work situations which can be instrumental in choosing their future careers. This presentation will provide an overview of Project Skills and how this initiative can be a valuable resource to state government.

Current Trends in Disability Employment
Rachael Stafford, Rocky Mountain ADA Center, a project of Meeting the Challenge, Inc.
State and local governments, also known as public entities, are covered by Title II of the ADA. Title II prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities and requires public entities to provide access for individuals with disabilities to programs, services, and activities. What organizations are considered public entities under Title II of the ADA? What departments have responsibilities under the ADA? What activities are covered? What paperwork should state and local government agencies have on file? What steps should Title II entities take to ensure compliance with the ADA? The speaker will address these and other questions important to all state government managers.

Vision ~ Mindset ~ Grit
Scott Burrows
Scott BurrowsThe true measure of success is how well you adapt to change, doubt, uncertainty and fear – and the belief system you employ must be powerful enough to conquer those obstacles. Using his physical paralysis as a visual metaphor, Scott reveals how to drive personal and business results using the same mental focus that helped him rebuild his life. The dynamic principles of Vision Mindset Grit inspire people to unprecedented levels of empowerment and self-confidence, setting the stage for developing cutting edge ideas and leadership strategies that will benefit your entire department.



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, telephone number and the course name, date and location of the training.

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

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