• Onboarding Effectiveness - Mini-Conference (Bismarck)

Onboarding Effectiveness - Mini-Conference (Bismarck)

  • Wednesday, October 23, 2019
  • 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Ramada Bismarck Hotel, 1400 E. Interchange Ave., Bismarck, ND 58501
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OnboardingOnboarding new employees is crucial to organizational success. New employees who experience an effective onboarding process can increase engagement and reduce turnover immediately. They are also more likely to be successful in their roles, have higher job satisfaction, and be more committed to your organization.

This mini-conference will bring in speakers focusing on different facets of the onboarding process from recruiting to the first performance review. Come learn tips and strategies directly from the experts to create or improve an effective onboarding process in your organization.

What to expect:

  • Speakers focused on different facets of the onboarding process.
  • Networking social hour (5-6pm).

Topics included: 

SESSION ONE: The Importance of Pre-Boarding: What Happens Before Day One
When we think about onboarding, we generally jump to day one of employment. But the days before an employee first walks through the doors are just as important. This intentional practice of "pre-boarding" plays an important part in retention and engagement. Learn some top tips and best practices to get an employee ready before they arrive. 

SESSION TWO: Orientation and Training Effectiveness 
HR orientation and new employee training are both an important part of onboarding. From the first impression to the policies, dress code and paperwork all the way through learning about key products, processes, systems and tools. How can you ensure you are doing all you can to set an employee up for success? 

SESSION THREE: Integrating Employees from a Manager Perspective
Too often onboarding is thought of as solely an HR function. But, the truth is employee success is also highly dependent on the role of their manager. The first 90 days are critical to each employee gaining needed experience and skills. Hear from a leader who resides outside of HR to learn about how the manager can ensure clear expectations, shared understanding, and results that will have any employee contributing to the bottom line at an accelerated pace.


Kurtis Karn
Manager, Talent Acquisition
Discovery Benefits, a WEX company

Kurtis Karn, PHR, SHRM-CP, is an experienced head of human resources with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software and insurance industries. He has done just about everything within the human resources realm but thrives in finding and growing great talent and helping companies to develop and maintain the right corporate culture. Kurtis graduated from Jamestown College with a bachelor's degree and a double major in business administration and communications and a minor in IT. He received his MBA from the University of Mary in human resources management and is certified with his SHRM-CP and PHR. When he is not working he enjoys making music, running and thinking about his next tattoo.

Tanya Kessel
Customer Care Manager
Capturis, an NISC Company

Tanya Kessel has dedicated the last 15 years to growing as a professional at National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC). She cherishes her time spent at an organization that has taught her the importance of an established career, the significance of possessing strong values, and the enjoyment out of forming meaningful relationships with people. Tanya is a nerd at heart and takes great satisfaction when her day gets lost by writing formulas and combing through data in a spreadsheet. She graduated from the University of North Dakota with a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems.

Sarah West
Light Consulting & Coaching, LLC

Sarah West, CMA, SPHR, CEC has worked in the accounting and finance sector for over 15 years at various levels of leadership. She earned her undergraduate degree at Minnesota State University Moorhead and her MBA from North Dakota State University. Sarah started Light Consulting & Coaching in June 2019. Light delivers three service lines including financial business consulting, executive coaching and the Leadership Journey. 

**Registration Cancellation and Refund Policy: Cancellations will be accepted and refunds issued up to 14 days prior to the event. We are unable to issue refunds any later than that date. If you are unable to attend, you may send someone in your place. Please email northdakotaatd@gmail.com with the name and email address of your substitution. Substitution names received later than 24 hours prior to the event may not be listed on the registration list. No shows will be billed. 

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