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    • Wednesday, April 17, 2024
    • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Oasis Convention Center

    • Tuesday, April 23, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Springfield Greene County Library Center; 4653 S Campbell Ave

    • Friday, May 10, 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Branson Convention Center

    • Tuesday, May 14, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Springfield, MO

    Cost: $300*

    *SAHRA affiliate discount of 25% when registered before April 17th – Note (SAHRA) along with your company’s name during registration.

    Location: Springfield, MO

    Presenter: Randal Weidenaar

    Register your interest and course details at:


    • Thursday, May 16, 2024
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • OTC's Plaster Manufacturing Center (PMC Building)

    Join us for our May Monthly Meeting!

    Topic: Emotional Intelligence and Empathy in the Workplace

    Brief Synopsis of Program: "Unlocking the Power of Emotional Intelligence and Empathy in the Workplace" is a dynamic training program designed to equip participants with essential skills for fostering positive relationships, enhancing teamwork, and driving organizational success. In this interactive workshop, participants will explore the principles of emotional intelligence and empathy, learning how to recognize, understand, and manage their own emotions effectively while empathizing with the experiences and perspectives of others.

    Learning Objectives: The learning objectives for the training on Emotional Intelligence and Empathy in the Workplace include:

    ● Understanding Emotional Intelligence (EI): Participants will gain an understanding of the concept of emotional intelligence, including its components such as self-awareness, self- regulation, social awareness, and relationship management.

    ● Developing Self-Awareness: Participants will learn techniques for recognizing and understanding their own emotions, triggers, and behavioral patterns, enabling them to manage their emotions effectively and make informed decisions.

    ● Enhancing Empathy: Participants will explore the importance of empathy in building strong interpersonal relationships and fostering a positive work environment. They will develop skills for empathizing with others' perspectives, emotions, and experiences.

    ● Improving Relationship Management: Participants will develop strategies for building trust, communicating effectively, and resolving conflicts collaboratively. They will learn how to leverage emotional intelligence and empathy to strengthen relationships with colleagues, clients, and stakeholders.

    ● Cultivating a Culture of Empathy: Participants will explore ways to promote empathy and emotional intelligence within their teams and organizations, fostering a culture of inclusivity, respect, and collaboration.

    ● Applying Emotional Intelligence in Leadership: Participants in leadership roles will learn how to leverage emotional intelligence and empathy to inspire and motivate their teams, lead with authenticity and integrity, and drive organizational success.

    By achieving these learning objectives, participants will develop essential skills and competencies for enhancing their emotional intelligence and empathy in the workplace, leading to improved communication, stronger relationships, and greater effectiveness as leaders and team members.

    Speaker: Anita King, HR Advantage

    Anita King is a Human Resources professional and long-time resident of Springfield, MO. Anita has been in the HR field for the past 22 years, after graduating with her master’s degree in Human Resources Development from Webster University in St. Louis. She has worked in several industries providing HR guidance and support. While she has held several different titles, Anita says her favorite aspect of HR is being able to help people navigate their personal career journey. Her areas of expertise are creating and presenting Diversity training, leadership development training and conducting employment investigations.

    Anita has presented to her HR peers at multiple national HR conferences and was a SHRM Lobbyist for ACA Definition of Full- Time Employee, Employment Verification for Employers & HR Professionals, Fair Labor Standards Act Overtime Regulations and National Labor Relations Board’s ‘Ambush’ Election Rule on Capital Hill in 2015. She currently is the Training & Development Advisor for HR Advantage in Springfield, MO where she has the opportunity to create and present dynamic trainings in the community.

    • Thursday, June 20, 2024
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Doubletree

    Join us for our June Monthly Meeting!

    Topic: Connection Through Conversation 

    Speaker: Dr. Kathy Nordyke, Fuse

    • Thursday, July 18, 2024
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • TBD

    Join us for our July Monthly Meeting!

    Presentation Title: Responding to and Supporting Bereaved Employees

    Topic: Examining Bereavement Leave Policies and Response Practices for Employees Grieving the Death of a Loved One

    Brief Synopsis of Program: There is no national bereavement leave policy, and only five U.S. states have enacted statewide policies. This leads to many inconsistencies for each workplace, and often a lack of standards for providing employees with needed support after the loss of a close loved one. Certified grief recovery specialist and author on the topic of grief response, Michelle Cramer will provide guidance for creating an appropriate and effective bereavement leave policy and response system.

    Learning Objectives:

     Examining the importance of a written, concise and effective bereavement leave policy.

     Responding appropriately to a bereaved employee, so as not to make the weight of their grief worse.

     Setting appropriate expectations for a bereaved employee’s return to work.

     Communicating those expectations and utilizing appropriate workplace boundaries to support a bereaved employee.

    Meet Our Speaker:

    Michelle L. Cramer founded On Angels' Wings in 2013 after seeing a need to serve families in the community; OAW provides free ongoing support and grief recovery services for families with a medically-fragile child or who lose a child at birth, starting with free therapeutic photography. Since inception, the organization has provided over 1800 photo sessions to over 1500 families, serving the state of Missouri and beyond, with over 100 active volunteer photographers. In 2020, Michelle became an Advanced Certified Grief Recovery Method Specialist in order to better serve the families the organization encounters. In June 2022, Michelle wrote and published “Unshattered Grief: Helping others through loss without breaking them... again.” She desires to change the way society handles someone grieving, allowing them the space to do so without limitations or expectations. This passion led her to start providing training and consulting on handling bereaved employees, including evaluation of HR bereavement leave policies, and aiding managerial staff on appropriate response strategies. She is currently advocating to state officials the need for a state-wide bereavement leave policy.

    • Tuesday, October 15, 2024
    • 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Oasis Convention Center, 2546 N Glenstone Ave
    • 86

    You Don't Want to Miss Our 2024 Fall Professional Development Seminar!

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