2023 University of Minnesota Human Resources Summit

Reconnect, Reflect, Renew

Three images of people interacting in the workplace.


Tuesday, October 17, 2023


Huntington Bank Stadium
420 23rd Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455


8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Join us for an in-person event full of discussion, development, and connection with fellow HR professionals

Event Details

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Schedule of Events





8:00 - 9:00 a.m. 

Networking Breakfast - Arrive anytime within the hour

9:00 - 9:30 a.m. 

Welcome Remarks

9:45 - 10:45 a.m. 

Roxane Battle, Keynote Speaker

11:00 a.m.  - 12:00 p.m.

Session 1 

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Catered Lunch 

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Session 2

2:00 - 2:15 p.m.


2:15 -  3:15 p.m.

Session 3

3:15 - 3:30 p.m. 

Closing Remarks

Speakers and Topics


Roxane Battle

Pockets of Joy: Further, Faster, Together
Psychological Safety/Organizational Leadership and Development Leadership

Roxane shares the most updated research on work trends such as building trust, belonging and inclusion, and practical mental health tools. Through her natural and engaging storytelling, she offers key transformative coping strategies, which will position your team to do their best work and leave them feeling more joyful, less anxious and stressed.


Attendees will select one session to attend for each of the three rounds of speakers.

Session 111:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  
Flourish: Evidence-Based Strategies for Improving Your Work and LifeTheresa Glomb, Toro Company-David M. Lilly Chair in the Carlson School of ManagementClub Cambria - 3rd FloorUniversity of Minnesota Professor Theresa Glomb will present the science and practice of small, practical micro-interventions or “work hacks” designed to create more fulfilling, productive, and satisfying work lives. The session is a unique and engaging blend of research highlights, personal stories, and practical disciplines, woven together with rich examples from employees, executives, and her own efforts at crafting a meaningful and wholehearted work life. Ultimately, Professor Glomb is trying to make work great (or at least a little better).
Upended: Challenges and Possibilities in a Changing World of Work Phyllis Moen, Professor Emerita, Sociology Indoor Club Room- 6th FloorThe pace of technological change, magnified during the COVID-19 lockdown, is upending taken-for-granted assumptions and routines around where, when, and how work is accomplished. Under what conditions do these transformations produce greater stress or conversely, a sense of work-life fit? What constitutes sustainability for both employers and employees? Can we learn to live -- and work-- under the uncertainties of both planned and unanticipated changes in the social organization of work?
(Re) Connect to Your WhyJeff Stafford, Owner + Founder of Orange Slice Training + CoachingM Club Room - 1st FloorDoes it seem like your world of work is forever putting out fires? Are you trying to help leaders who are beyond burned out, while feeling the strain and overwhelm of the last couple years yourself? This session provides you a few simple tools (and the time!) so that you can reconnect to the "WHY" that allows you to model a way of being that sparks effort and energy in others.


Session 21:00 to 2:00 p.m.  
Harvesting The Collective Wisdom – Leading Transformational ChangeMercedes Ramirez Fernandez, UMN's Vice President for Equity and Diversity Club Cambria - 3rd FloorThis presentation will explore models anchored in the ethics of diversity, equity, justice and inclusion (DIJE) and how to weave these ideals into the strategy and operations of institutions of higher education.  
Good Mental Health in the WorkplaceKay King, NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance of Mental Illness) Indoor Club Room- 6th FloorLearn the five things you can do to create a workplace that values good mental health. Attendees will learn how to promote good mental health, the common symptoms of a mental illness, how attitudes and language impact people with mental illnesses, and accommodations for mental illness. 
Helping the Helpers: Combating Compassion Fatigue Lyra, the University's Employee Assistance Program partnerM Club Room - 1st FloorPeople in job roles that support the well-being of others are providing a noble service, but that
service can take a toll. This workshop will explain what compassion fatigue is, how it develops,
and most importantly, how to combat it via practical, evidence-based strategies that encourage
resilience, boundaries, and prioritizing your mental and physical health.


Session 32:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.  
Conscious Leadership in Higher Education: What's Your Genius?Rebecca Ropers, Professor & Senior Adviser for Academic Leadership and Conflict ResolutionIndoor Club Room- 6th FloorThis interactive session will consider how Conscious Leadership approaches can enable all of us to bring our full, authentic selves to work in order to more powerfully enact our purposes. After a brief introduction to the concept of "Conscious Leadership," participants will focus on how to identify and spend more time in our areas of genius to enrich our wellbeing, deepen our impact, and strengthen our organizations.
Insights from Psychological Research on Counterproductive Behavior at WorkPaul Sackett, Beverly and Richard Fink Distinguished Professor of PsychologyClub Cambria - 3rd FloorThis presentation will take a wide-ranging look at various forms of wrongdoing at work, from theft to sexual harassment. Issues covered include who engages in these behaviors and why, and insights into potential strategies for reducing these behaviors.
Nine Steps to Networking ExcellenceMarcia Ballinger, Partner at Ballinger|LeafbladM Club Room - 1st FloorNetworking is a key to career growth and development. In this session, attendees explore common misconceptions about networking and create a model for positive interactions. Discussions include how to network with ease, building long-term professional relationships that are part of a successful work-life.


Parking and Transportation

By Car

Maroon Lot (Google Maps)
2010 6th St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Credit only upon exit

$6 a day
400+ parking spaces

By Bus

The following routes have stops near Huntington Bank Stadium

  • The Campus Connector (Route 121)
  • East Bank Circulator (Route 124)
  • 4th Street Circulator (Route 123)

By Metro Green Line

University Ave SE & 23rd Ave (Huron)
Stop Number: 16569


Graduate Minneapolis
615 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Rates (plus tax)
Normal Contract Rate: $169 standard king, QQ or DD
$50 upgrade to suites based on availability. Last Room Availability guaranteed on contract rates.
Book online.

Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown
1500 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612-333-4646 or 877-699-3216

Rates 2022 (plus tax)
Standard Guestroom with 2 queens or 1 king: $149<
Last Room Availability is guaranteed on contract rates.
Book online. Online Code: UOFM

Residence Inn Minneapolis Downtown at The Depot
425 South Second Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401
612-340-1300 or 866-211-4612

To make a reservation at Residence Inn Minneapolis Downtown at The Depot on certain dates, please call 612-340-1300 or 866-211-4612 and request reservations for the University of Minnesota (UON rate code) or use the link below to make an online reservation. Book your corporate rate for University of Minnesota

Day of the Event

Huntington Bank Stadium is located at 420 23rd Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

Attendees will enter through the Benton County entrance (map)

Huntington Bank Stadium provides the following amenities for attendees:

  • Lactation room and refrigerator
  • Gender-neutral bathrooms
  • Escalators and elevators to all floors
  • Wifi

Contact Sara Danzinger with any questions.


Professional Headshots

Need an updated headshot? 

Patrick O'Leary, a professional photographer, will be at the event from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to take free headshots for interested attendees. Photos will be shared with the attendee a few weeks after the event.

Photographs will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Spotify Playlist

Thanks to everyone who submitted a song for the "Feel Good" playlist. The playlist is public so you can listen and share the list.

QR code to playlist

Book/Podcast/TV/Movie Recommendation List

The list of recommendations sent in by attendees is available for review.