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LEHRN January 2018 Event

When: Friday, January 19, 2018
8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Microsoft
3601 76th Street West
Suite 600 (6th floor) - Lake of the Woods Conf Rooms Centennial Lakes Plaza
Edina, Minnesota  55435
United States
Contact: Megan Tanner

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 19th, 2018

PROGRAM OVERVIEW (updated again 1/15/18):

1. LEHRN Update:                       Bd President - Steve Lewis, HnH

2. About Microsoft                    Tim Floyd, MTC Manager
    Technology Center:

3. Bytes1:                                   Adestinn - Vacation Savings Plan!
                                             -  HR Tech Trends 2018

4. Bytes2:                                   2018 HR Tech Prognostications
                                                     John NIelson,

5. IncSpot:                                  Lori Eschelman,  Degreed (LMS)

6.Solutions Showcase:           Microsoft's new focus on HCM
     "Improve Employee Engagement to Win the War for Talent"

                                Priya Priyadarshini,  Sr. Director WW
                                                      Microsoft Academy of College Hires,
      "Can Large and Deep Rooted Companies Change Course?  How to Evolve  Culture and Embrace Digital Transformation: The Microsoft Experience"

7. Lunch & Workshop                 Second registration requested:

"Microsoft   Productivity Workshop for HR Professionals and  HR Teams

Friday, January  19, 2018
8:00        Breakfast
8:30        Meeting kickoff
9:00        Program Presentations
10:15      Networking coffee break
11:00      Keynote
12:00      Lunch for registrants in Microsoft Productivity Workshop
12:30      HR Productivity Workshop
2:00        Close

Detailed Prelim Agenda HERE


Microsoft Technology Center
Centennial Lakes Plaza

Suite 600 (6th Floor)
Lake of the Woods Conf Room

3601 76th St W  (France Ave & 76th St.)
Edina  MN  55435

Driving Map Here

Thank you to

for providing the LEHRN meeting venue,
for sponsoring breakfast,
and for the productivity workshop


LEHRN Morning Conference 1/19/18 Registration
Early Registration Appreciated
Walk-ins Welcome
Invite a Friend or Associate


Conference Room Seating Capacity:                  100
Current Registrations:                                            78


  •  Members  &  Sponsors:                            $0
  •  Nonmembers & Guests:                           $75
  •  HR Professionals "in transition"            $32.50
           use promo code:    transition 
  • 1st time guests to a LEHRN Meeting       $0
           use promo code:    freefirsttime
  • Students:                                                        $0
           use promo code:    StudentGuest


Microsoft Professional Productivity Workshop for LEHRN
Please Register

Conference Room Seating Capacity:              50
Current Registrations:                                        39

Cost:  Free - please register
Box lunch provided for registrants
Thank you Microsoft!


Questions?  Registration Problems?
Email Megan at


Presenters on January 19th


Scott Berg, Managing Director, Equity Research - Enterprise/Application Software, Needham & Company, New York, NY

Scott will provide an update of HCM marketplace activities on M&A, IPOs, venture capital activity, start-ups, and other business news in the HR software industry. Scott may appear via video on January 19th.

MEMBER FIELD REPORT - Moved to 2/23 mtg


Monte Amundson has forged partnerships with marketing and HRIS throughout his HR career.

Hear Monte's Report-from-the-field:
- How to put your organization  the leading edge of the confluence of recruiting, marketing and technology
- Five key strategies in partner relationships
- Five top technologies for bolstering recruitment results
- Three lessons learned to optimize recruitment marketing technology
Monte Amundson, most recently Director of Talent Management at Midwest Dental, is a founding member of LEHRN, current board member with MNTRN, and has worked in talent acquisition leadership capacities at Mortenson, Toro and Cray.



Douglas Cameron, Senior Vice President at Adestinn, LLC, presents the business value of their HR startup concept and the technology behind the app.  Concept is simple:  it's a 401(k)-type match program that employers offer to employees to promote engagement and productivity and better employee health.   Employer cost is low.  Employees get 2x their investment and get hundreds of vacation choices.  See how everybody wins.   Read more at:


John Nielson, Managing Partner at leads a discussion on his and your prognostications for the new year:

"2017 HR Tech Trends Recap &  Key Issues and 2018 Opportunities to Accelerate HR Tech Change"


HCM Analyst Scott Berg recommended that LEHRN hear from Degreed.   Lori Eshelman, Director Enterprise Business Development at Degreed tells us about how the Degreed vision and technology differentiates it from the other vendor approaches to LMS.  Degreed's tagline is:  The Lifelong Learning Platform.  Degreed knows their IncSpot role for the LEHRN audience:  Tell us why we should care about their product and services!
Read  more at:


The Microsoft Technology Center Manager tells LEHRN how to use and benefit from the Microsoft Technology Center in Edina. 

Microsoft Solutions Showcase


Manish Wardekar – Director, Workplace Analytics
Jim Westerman – Solution Specialist Business Applications
Dan Burke – Technical Solution Specialist Business Applications

   "Improve Employee Engagement to Win the War for Talent"

  • Improve employee engagement
  • Win the war for talent
  • Attract and hire the most qualified people for your organization
  • Improve individual productivity

Learn where Microsoft is investing to deliver on these HR objectives. On the analytics side, see how Microsoft discovered actionable insights from understanding how people spend their time and who they spend it with.  On the applications side, learn how Microsoft acquisition and integration of LinkedIn is transforming workplace analytics, creating hiring efficiencies, and delivering onboarding improvements.


Priya Priyadarshini,  Sr. Director
WW Microsoft Academy of College Hires

Keynote Title:
"Can Large and Deep Rooted Companies Change Course?
  How to evolve the culture and embrace digital transformation - the Microsoft experience


How do you retool a 40-year corporate culture, while honoring the past?  How do you engage 120,000 employees across 190 countries to embrace that evolution/revolution? Learn how to transform your organization's culture to optimize for a knowledge-based economy and to prepare for the digital shift of the 4th industrial revolution. Learn how your company can adopt a Growth Mindset, re-think recruiting, redefine leadership principles, and implement new ways of talent development to drive positive change across a diverse, multi-generational workforce. Stories from the Microsoft culture shift initiatives that apply to your business strategy and HCM objectives.

What you will learn:

  • How organizations of any size can transform their culture from the ground up
  • How transformation can be measured and what Microsoft has learned in the process
  • Solution roadmaps & how-to tips to increase your productivity



Productivity Workshop for HR Professionals and HR Teams

(First-come-first-served for 50 lunch spots and 50 registrations for the Productivity Workshop.)

Presenter:   Nick Stillings, Customer Success Manager Modern Workplace

A workshop designed for LEHRN HR professionals.  Do you use the Microsoft Office suite of apps and tools every day - all day? How much of functionality that is available are you using?  Learn some great tips on overlooked and new features that could improve your individual and team productivity using the Microsoft solutions you leverage every day.

What you will learn:

  •     How to make meetings matter
  •     Collaborative Document editing
  •     Staying organized and best practices with email & Outlook
  •     Discover the work people are doing around you
  •     How to access free online training resources

A highly interactive workshop.  Informative updates followed by your Q&A about:

  • Microsoft Office 365
    - OneDrive
    - Outlook
    - Excel
    - Word
    - PowerPoint
    - Skype for Business
    - OneNote
  • Yammer
  • Microsoft Teams

A workshop to build your poweruser muscles!


Please register

 LEHRN MEETING January 19, 2018
Microsoft Technology Center, Edina
And a nice breakfast too.


Lunch and Productivity Workshop

Registration questions or problems?
 Please email

LEHRN or general LEHRN questions:
Executive Director
Matthew Peterson

HR Tech Expo questions:
LEHRN HR Tech Expo Administrator
Megan Tanner


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