Equity and Strategic Total Rewards

  • January 18, 2023
  • 4:00 PM - 6:15 PM
  • Metropolitan Ballroom and Club Room 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416


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Building on a successful and interactive session in November, we shift from the importance of Inclusion in recruiting and retaining talent to the increasingly complicated world of Total Rewards. There is significant opportunity for organizations to take intentional action to integrate and align DEI with Total Rewards.

Attendees will have the opportunity to both learn from a panel of practitioners facing the challenges associated with the changing Total Rewards landscape, as well as from their peers in the room. Join us for what is sure to be a lively and enlightening conversation.

Conversation Facilitator
Patricia M. Jesperson, MBA
Chief Curiosity Officer

Patricia Jesperson is Chief Curiosity Officer, EmployeeEXP, co-Author of, Reversing the Ostrich Approach to Diversity: Pulling your head out of the sand, and international speaker on the value of integrating the tenets of DEI with key organizational functions. 

As the curious type, she has spent the majority of her career exploring how to maximize the talent experience. Her drive for exploring “what if’s” enables her to create innovative new learning solutions related to talent attraction, development, and engagement--she particularly values the opportunity to partner with her clients to imagine and explore the possibilities when organizations embrace inclusive practices.

Her virtual and in-person presentations include integrating DEI with Leadership practices, Total Rewards, Safety, Project Management and more. She pursues her passion for life-long learning through her faculty position in Augsburg University’s MBA program—a point of personal achievement is receiving the 2022 Distinguished Contribution to Teaching Award in this role.

Practitioner Panel
Sarah Waite
Chief People Officer
Second Harvest Heartland

Sarah Waite is the Chief People Officer for Second Harvest Heartland. Sarah’s 25+-year career as a talent and human resources leader is defined by a singular dedication to trust-building and an understanding that best practices in people management are only “best” when they uplift an organization’s unique culture, mission and strategy.

With deep experience supporting professionals across the Twin Cities and around the globe, Sarah’s work is imbued with her passion for building inclusive teams. During her respective tenures with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, ABRA Auto Body, Target and Medtronic, Sarah drove robust business results and created strong cultures through a steadfast commitment to bringing diverse voices to the table.

Sarah authors the blog the Business of Talent and has a daily blog LeadHRShip.  Sarah is the current HREF President and long time member.

Sherrie Kronforst, M.A., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Director, Strategic HR Partnering

As the Leader of HR for Thrivent’s Commercial Division, Sherrie is responsible for a large workforce across the U.S. footprint.  Strategic accountabilities include directing the organizational design, talent, and change management plans to align with an enterprise-wide transformation and growth strategy.  In addition to leading an HRBP Team, Sherrie serves as consultative partner to the Chief Commercial Officer and the Senior Leadership Team.

Sherrie’s portfolio in human resources runs broad and deep including leadership development, organizational health & culture change, talent management, performance consulting, and employee and labor relations in service-related industries.   Sherrie has held HR leadership roles at the University of Minnesota, Comcast/NBC Universal, and SUPERVALU.  No matter what the role, her core passion is for optimizing cultures where leaders and employees are enabled and inspired to do their best work.

When not working, Sherrie enjoys spending time with her family and is a fan of all things water related – including boats, paddle boards and jet skis along with snowmobiling and winter sports.

Heidi Grange
SVP/Human Resources Officer

Heidi is the SVP/Human Resources Officer for NorthMarq and is a member of the company’s senior leadership team. Heidi joined NorthMarq in 2020 and is responsible for all aspects of the HR function, including talent acquisition and management, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategy, and the overall employee experience.  

Heidi has over 20 years of human resources experience, including various business partner and HR leadership roles in large and smaller organizations. Prior to joining NorthMarq, she spent most of her career at Thomson Reuters. While at Thomson Reuters, was a HR leader involved in M&A activity, change and transformation initiatives, talent and succession planning and DEI. Most recently, Heidi was the SVP of HR at an engineering and manufacturing firm in the medical device industry located in the Minneapolis area. 

Heidi is an active member of the local MSP HR community, serving on the Board of HR Executive Forum (HREF) and involved in various HR professional groups. She has a BA in Psychology and MS in Human Resources Development and Training.

Event Schedule
4:00 - 4:45 p.m.   Networking
4:45 - 6:15 p.m.   Program

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