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SME is an active and vibrant organization. Check back here often for the latest meetings, gatherings, events and fun activities. We’ll see you there.

SME Membership Meeting – Speaker: Neil Ihde @ The Country Club of Sioux Falls
Oct 27 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

What’s Your Life IQ? – Secrets on how to work, relate, play…and live intelligently!
Life is about choices and in this day and age we have more choices than ever.  In fact, we can get overwhelmed and paralyzed by all of the options. Instead of feeling confident about moving forward, we feel anxious about the paths we didn’t follow.  But there are steps we can take to aid us in making our decisions and increasing our Life IQ. Life IQ is about figuring out who you are, what kind of life you want to lead, and making the choices to achieve it.  Simple tools such as self-awareness, personal values, time/life investment, and personal and career goals will bring much needed clarity for the huge questions (marriage, kids, career) and the everyday questions (What should I have for lunch?).

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Neil Ihde is a speaker, lecturer, consultant and founder of Life IQ where he motivates groups and individuals to work, play, relate and live intelligently. He has worked with numerous managers, directors, corporate leaders, and teams to improve their personal and professional effectiveness. Neil has worked with over 25 Fortune 500 companies including AT&T, Discover Card, Domino’s, Transamerica, GE among others. Neil has also consulted internationally with clients from a dozen countries. He is a TEDx speaker and his Life IQ YouTube channel recently eclipsed a half-million views. Neil’s academic background includes a B.A. in Psychology, a B.A. in Sociology, and a MA in Counseling.  Neil and his wife Deb have two children and live in Appleton, Wisconsin.

SME Membership Meeting – Speaker: Michael Angelo Caruso @ The Country Club of Sioux Falls
Nov 10 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Everything is a Presentation: Use Speaking to Help People and Build Your Brand

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Michael Angelo Caruso teaches people how to be better speakers. He is a valued communication consultant to companies and organizations all over the world. Michael has delivered thousands of paid presentations and keynote speeches on the subjects of leadership, selling, customer service and presentation skills. He has spoken in Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, South America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and 49 of the 50 states.

Mr. Caruso is founder and President of Edison House, an international consulting firm specializing in corporate, and personal improvement. Edison House clients include Bank of America, Citgo, Rayovac, Hallmark, The National Institutes of Health, Verizon Wireless, the United States Navy, and Nissan. Michael also blogs for DBusiness magazine recently voted the best business magazine in America.

Michael educates and entertains, drawing on a previous career in the telecommunications industry and a decade as a professional musician. Mr. Caruso gives back to the community through his membership in Rotary. He was President of his club in Troy, Michigan, 2012-13 and served as District Governor for Rotary District 6380 in SE Michigan and Ontario, Canada in 2016-17.

SME Holiday Party @ The Country Club of Sioux Falls
Dec 15 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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SME Membership Meeting – Speaker: Dr. Leah Georges @ The Country Club of Sioux Falls
Jan 26 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

The Power of Followership
As a culture, we have been often told to “lead and not follow.” In fact, much time, attention, and money is spent training leaders to most effectively mentor and guide their organizations. However, there is another important side of the leadership story—followership! Why do I care to be a good follower and how does that transform and train me to become an effective leader? Attendees will learn how followership creates leadership, leadership informs followership, and hear a fresh perspective about their powerful role as a follower and leader in a new and empowering way.

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Leah Georges, Ph.D., M.L.S., approaches most questions as if they are 50 percent math problem and 50 percent art project. Her Ted talk about how generational stereotypes hold us back at work has been viewed nearly 2.5 million times from folks all over the world. Leah’s training at the intersection of social psychology and law taught her that facts are rarely altogether factual, answers are seldom black and white, and the most fascinating explanations happen in that gray area in between. It’s a mess in there, but it’s worth it.

Leah is an assistant professor in Creighton University’s doctoral program in interdisciplinary leadership, where she challenges herself and her students to explore complex, real-world problems and create data-driven and interesting solutions. As a leadership and research methods professor, Leah has been recognized as an award-winning educator and advisor by her students and peers.

Leah is also actively involved in the Omaha, NE community through several nonprofit organizations, including as President of the Nebraska Innocence Project, an organization dedicated to improving the criminal justice system through education and reform.

SME Membership Meeting – Speaker: Melissa Johnson @ The Country Club of Sioux Falls
Feb 23 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Nimble. Staying Positive while Navigating Change.

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Melissa Johnson is a writer who travels and a traveler who writes. Fueled by a desire to spread the message of empowerment through positive choices and attitudes, Melissa Johnson travels  regionally and nationally delivering keynotes and trainings to corporations, school districts, nonprofits, and civic organizations. She appears on panels presenting on the topics of entrepreneurship, positive leadership, and dream building. Melissa is a mother of four, and finds her best self when hiking and connecting with nature in the wild outdoors. The founder and owner of Oh My Cupcakes! in Sioux Falls, Melissa is also a writer and a speaker with the Jon Gordon Companies. Her book Fingers in the Frosting; God’s Hands on the Creation of Oh My Cupcakes! is available where books are sold. Melissa considers determination, a relentless desire to serve others, and unshakable optimism among her greatest gifts.

SME Membership Meeting – Speaker: Patrick Metzger @ The Country Club of Sioux Falls
Mar 23 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Keys & Habits for Higher Performance
Taking a walk-through of the five areas and habits to improve upon and form within your life to become a higher performer, Patrick ties into this talk some of the highest performers in the world and their rituals and habits, as well as their upbringing and journey to the top. Prepare to take a good amount of notes, as the second half of this presentation is filled with concrete takeaways and items to immediately begin implementing to start climbing the ladder personally and professionally.

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At heart and by profession, Patrick Metzger has always been a teacher and coach, as he spent over a decade as a public school teacher and athletic coach in helping others reach goals and in building high-achieving teams.

After 11 years, he decided to embark on the entrepreneurial journey as an online coach in partnering with and supporting businesses and individuals in discovering and igniting their ultimate potential and highest performance. Within two years, Patrick had built his business from the ground up and was working with clients across North America, as well as performing keynote talks and professional trainings.

Now, as one of just over 350 Professional EOS Implementers in the world, Patrick helps owners of small to medium size businesses get the most out of their organizations by helping get everyone on the same page and executing the company vision, as well as by creating healthier, more cohesive and higher functioning leadership teams.

SME Membership Meeting – Speaker Shawn Moon, FranklinCovey @ The Country Club of Sioux Falls
Apr 20 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Building Your Business through the Power of Loyalty
What is brand loyalty? Who’s most responsible for creating it? And, does it really matter anyway? Join us for a thought-provoking discussion with Wall Street Journal bestselling writer Shawn Moon, co-author of “Leading Loyalty: Cracking the Code to Customer Devotion.” You’ll discover how to systematically create loyalty among your employees and customers, how to implement and sustain loyalty within your organization, and how to increase loyalty with your multiple stakeholders.  You’ll also learn how to guide leaders at all levels of your organization on how to improve their Net Promoter Score and you’ll see how even small investments in building loyalty could mean a big boost to your bottom line.

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Shawn Moon is an experienced executive and author with expertise in sales and marketing. He inspires others to become leaders through personal effectiveness and execution. Shawn served as FranklinCovey’s Executive Vice President, where he had responsibility for all of FranklinCovey’s director operations, including the company’s North American operations, UK, Japan, Australia offices, as well as the U.S. Government Services group. He also led the company’s Execution, Speed of Trust, Customer Loyalty, and Sales Performance Practices. He is the author or co-author of several books, including The Ultimate Competitive Advantage, Talent Unleashed, and Leading Loyalty.

SME Membership Meeting – Speaker: Stephanie Herseth Sandlin @ The Country Club of Sioux Falls
May 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Leadership During Crisis – Every Crisis Is An Opportunity
Discussion around the pivot(s) we’ve made as a University due to COVID, but also the opportunities that have been afforded to us.

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Stephanie Herseth Sandlin grew up on her family’s farm near Houghton, South Dakota. She attended college in Washington, D.C., earning undergraduate, graduate and law degrees from Georgetown University. During this time, she was a teaching fellow for university students and an instructor on the faculty of the law school.

In 2002, she became the first executive director of the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation where she worked to strengthen cooperative education and enhance rural economic development.

In 2004, she became the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from South Dakota as well as the youngest woman serving in the House during that time. While in Congress, she specialized in developing policy important to South Dakota, including agriculture, renewable energy, veterans’ education and tribal affairs.

She earned a number of national distinctions while serving in Congress, including being named among the Ten Outstanding Young Americans in 2006 by the U.S. Junior Chamber. She was also included on TIME magazine’s 40 Under 40 list of “New Civic Leaders.”

After leaving Congress in 2011, she became a partner in a Washington, D.C., law firm, building a public policy practice centered on bioenergy, food safety and nutrition. In 2012, she joined Raven Industries in Sioux Falls as its first general counsel and vice president of corporate development. As an executive officer for Raven, she was actively involved in strategic planning, governance, enterprise risk management and oversight of financial performance.

She was inaugurated as Augustana’s 24th president on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.

Herseth Sandlin and her husband, Max Sandlin, are parents to Zachary. They live in Sioux Falls and enjoy all things baseball and bluegrass. They also have four older children — Hillary, Trey, Emily and Christian — and three granddaughters, all of whom currently reside in Texas.

Sioux Falls Leadership Summit featuring John Maxwell @ Sioux Falls Convention Center
Jun 1 @ 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
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