The 28th annual 2017 KS SHRM State Conference is ready to Play Ball with HR in Overland Park September 20-22, 2017. Register today to join the fun!
This is your last chance to enjoy a registration discount.
Register by 5PM on Friday, June 16th at early bird rates.
SHRM Member $385  
Non-SHRM Member $435

Regular rates:
SHRM Student $175
Single-day rates available, too! 

Additional Event Fees (optional with registration):
Pre-Conference Workshop $60
Topgolf Networking Party $30 

A Message from your
2017 KS SHRM State Director

Shelbye Smith

Hello, Kansas SHRM!

It's hard to believe, but the 2017 KS SHRM State Conference is just a few short months away! Our Conference Chair, Tami Seaman, and the conference planning committee have been busy planning what is sure to be an amazing annual conference! This year's theme is "Play Ball with HR" and we hope you will join in on all the wonderful activities happening at the conference. Please visit our conference website for more information:

As we approach our upcoming conference, I can't help but think of all the changes that have already occurred this year. Nationally, we have a new President. With a new administration, it brings a lot of questions about what is going to happen in the business world and the United States as a whole. What is the future of healthcare? What about the overtime rule we heard so much about and spent so much time preparing for? What is going to happen with paid leave? While it may take some time for all of these things to be answered, they are questions many of us face on a regular basis. Locally, our state government just ended the second longest legislative session in history as they worked through challenges with the budget, taxes and school funding, which is sure to impact us and our businesses moving forward.

As HR professionals, we must be ready to "get in the game." One way to do that is to stay on top of what is happening in our national, state and local governments, as well as keep up-to-date on best practices in the human resource world. I hope that you will let us help with that by joining us in September for the 2017 KS SHRM State Conference. Over the course of the three days, you will hear from amazing keynote speakers including Mitch Holthus, Morag Barrett, Dayton Moore, and Pete Smith. Follow one of our four tracks for breakout sessions, or mix and match to get exposure to the topics that are most meaningful to you! Altogether, you can earn up to 11 hours of recertification credit for HRCI and SHRM.

If you want more educational and recertification opportunities, we have that for you! Please join us for our preconference workshop on "Effectively Managing Change and Conflict in the Workplace" with Amy Leslie. This workshop will earn you another 3 hours of recertification credit and includes lunch and an assessment.

We also have more social connection events than ever at this year's conference. We are all in this game together, so come build your team and meet other HR professionals at Wednesday's Tailgate Party in the Exhibit Hall. Finally, it is the Kansas SHRM social event of the year on Thursday evening at Topgolf! Join us for some food, drinks, and games while you connect with your HR friends from around the state!

I look forward to seeing you at the 2017 KS SHRM State Conference on September 20-22 in Overland Park.

Thank you for your support of Kansas SHRM!

Shelbye Smith, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
KS SHRM Director
Conference Keynote
Pete Smith 
Founder and President, SmithImpact

Pete Smith is the best-selling author of Dare to Matter, and has been called "one of America's leading personal and professional development coaches." He is a sought-after international speaker and trainer in the fields of leadership, management, personal growth and development. His energetic, edgy, and interactive style is complimented by his ability to provide practical takeaways that actually work, while having a little fun in the process.

In January 2017, his book, Dare to Matter, was listed as the #2 Amazon Best Seller in the Business Motivation and Self-Improvement category.
Is your organization searching for an opportunity to showcase your business and gain the attention of so many in the HR profession? There are multiple sponsorship levels to meet your needs - and we're ready to help your organization play like a champion with more than 400 of our favorite fans! Don't miss out on this winning combination of promoting your organization, reinforcing your brand, introducing new products and services and interacting with decision makers representing companies throughout Kansas. View the 2017 KS SHRM State Conference business partner brochure  here .
Pre-Conference Workshop
Effectively Managing Change & Conflict in the Workplace - Amy Leslie, Perspective Consulting, Inc.
Leading people through change and managing (or better yet, preventing) conflict in the workplace, are some of the most important skills we can master. This workshop will give leaders insight into their own behavioral drives and personality. They will learn how their own personalities influence which leadership tactics they lean into when managing and influencing others. Participants will learn steps to effective change management, while considering how different personalities view and approach change, and what they need to feel comfortable with the process. Participants will also learn situational leadership tactics for managing various types of conflicts, while not forgetting about the "human element" of the parties involved. Ideally, participants will learn how to create an objective language and culture of understanding throughout their organization that lends itself to fewer conflicts. Learn how to prevent some conflict that bubbles up because of misunderstandings or personality differences.

This workshop is an interactive, hands-on workshop, which combines presentations, group discussions, activities and case studies, and includes a personalized assessment. To be a part of this 3-hour pre-conference workshop, simply add it to your conference registration (additional $60 charge will be applied to your conference fee). Lunch and assessment included in fee.
Breakout Session Tracks & Speakers
The keynote speakers are ready to take the field and we've working hard to scout out the best speakers for our breakout tracks. There are four tracks available in our breakout session lineup:
  1. Get the Best Players on the Field (People)
  2. Players Win Games, Teams Win Championships (Organization)
  3. If You Build It, They Will Come (Workplace)
  4. Win the Game Before it's Played (Strategy)
To review the lineup of session speakers/presentations in each track, see the KS SHRM Conference and Exposition Schedule on the Conference home page.
You're invited to a TAILGATE PARTY!
No parking fees necessary at this stadium but all KS SHRM fans are welcome! Join us for a Tailgate Party in the Exhibit Hall the first evening of the Conference. Mitch Holthus will be available for a meet & greet, as well as photo opportunities. Enjoy some food, fun, games and goodies. This will be your first chance to win in the Game Plan conference app game, so visit our amazing team of sponsors and exhibitors and support our MVPs. Best of all, kick back and show your spirit by sporting your favorite team's jersey. Are you ready to celebrate?

It takes teamwork to provide a great conference and we're looking for the best players to join us! Volunteer to be a part of the event through the SignUp button below. Team players have an opportunity to receive an official KS SHRM uniform jersey and be entered into a gift card drawing. It's a WIN-WIN!
Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on
Don't forget to make your hotel reservation. Click here to book your room.

Sheraton Overland Park Hotel
at the Convention Center
6100 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS 66211
Topgolf Networking Party
Need to stretch your legs a bit after all of the great keynotes and breakouts? Interested in networking with HR professionals from around the state? Enjoy a good party? No need to yell "Fore" at our Thursday night outing to Topgolf! Plan to join us for this fun-filled evening of golf, games, goodies and grub (but you can always skip the golf). Simply add it to your registration when you register for the conference (additional $30 charge will be applied to your conference fee). For more information on the amazing experience a night at Topgolf will provide, click here or view our flyer here.
The Trombold Achievement and Kansas HR Professional of the Year Award was established in 1992 to recognize our state's Human Resources Professionals who excel within their field and as volunteer leaders with SHRM and their community. Nominate a deserving Kansas HR Professional for the 2017 Award by July 1st here. All nominees will be recognized and the 2017 Tombold Award recipient will be announced at the 2017 KS SHRM State Conference.
The Kansas State Council of SHRM will recognize a Kansas SHRM Chapter member's organization (not an individual) of those that are members of Kansas SHRM chapters that model, encourage and promote diversity and inclusion in the community and/or the workplace. KS State Council of SHRM Diversity Director Ryann Waller encourages individuals to take the opportunity to nominate their most commendable diversity and inclusion champions for this award. The deadline is Thursday, August 3, 2017 by 5:00 pm. Additional details, along with the nomination form, can be found by clicking here.
Who doesn't love a good signing BONUS?
The KS SHRM Gives Back Program is our way of rewarding Kansas SHRM chapters at the state conference. Each SHRM chapter in Kansas has a chance to receive a minimum of $250 for registering a target percentage of their chapter membership. All you have to do is note your chapter membership during registration. If your chapter hits the attendance target, it's BONUS time!
Better than BOBBLEHEADS!
Support the SHRM Foundation raffle at conference and take home some real prizes. Be sure to browse the Exhibit Hall and purchase your raffle tickets for all kinds of great items ranging from gift baskets and gift cards to events and services, and so much more!

The SHRM Foundation is a values-based charity organization whose mission is to champion workforce and workplace transformation by providing 
  • research-based HR solutions for challenging inclusion issues facing current and potential employees, 
  • scholarships to educate and develop HR professionals to make change happen, and 
  • opportunities for HR professionals to make a difference in their local communities.

Leave the gear at home but be sure to wear your c olors! Conference attire will be jerseys and jeans this year as we Play Ball with HR. Wear your favorite jerseys or sports shirts and your toughest denim. After all, it's hard to play ball in business attire!
Bronze Sponsors
Sapphire Sponsors
Questions? Contact the Kansas SHRM office at or 888-332-6248.

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