Monthly Meetings and Calendar

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SME Membership Meeting – Speaker Faith Minnich Kjesbo @ The Country Club of Sioux Falls
Mar 28 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
The Stories We Tell: How Who We Are Shapes Our Narratives
Our brains are hard-wired for story. But what other factors influence how we view, experience, and share the world around us? This session will explore some of the hidden factors that shape our internal and external narratives, including culture, power, privilege, and bias.
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About Faith Minnich Kjesbo

Faith Minnich Kjesbo joined Avera in 2019 and currently serves as Manager of Formation and Cultural Competence with Avera Health, leading and promoting a culture of learning, development and belonging that is founded in and reflective of Avera’s Catholic identity, mission and values.
Prior to moving to South Dakota from Pennsylvania in January 2019, Faith spent 17 years as a diversity educator and administrator at a faith-based university of liberal arts and applied sciences, where she provided leadership to International Student Programs, Multicultural Programs, and Off-Campus Programs. She has traveled to over 20 countries and has also had the privilege of teaching a variety of courses, including a three-week cross-cultural course to rural Zambia titled Healthcare in the Developing World.
Faith is a trained systems therapist who is passionate about holistic organizational, team, and individual growth and development, focused on creating safe and brave spaces and opportunities for learning and transformation. Faith is certified in Cultural Intelligence (CQ®), as well as Everything DiSC Workplace® and serves on the Education Committee of Pathways to Inclusive & Equitable Workplaces. She and her partner, Jordan, and their children Hazel and Henry, live in Sioux Falls, SD.


SME Small Group Event
Apr 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
SME Membership Meeting – Speaker Andy Cindrich @ The Country Club of Sioux Falls
Apr 25 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Change Happens – Might as Well Get Good at It!
Every organization goes through seasons of change. Great leaders help their organizations thrive during periods of transition by helping team members understand the process of change, as well as how to navigate uncharted territory effectively. In doing so, these leaders position their organization’s vision for what lies ahead. While it may often feel chaotic, change actually follows a very predictable, learnable pattern. With the right playbook, managers and executives can successfully lead through change by preparing their teams for transition and by developing forward-motion plans that fully engage employees and increase cross-functional alignment — even during the most challenging phases of change.
Join us to learn about the pattern all change follows, and to gain the mindset, skillset, and tool set required to effectively guide your team or organization through change.
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About Andy Cindrich
Andy Cindrich began his work with FranklinCovey in 1999. He loves his job because the work FranklinCovey does aligns with his personal mission statement to help teams and individuals win. Andy’s experience owning and operating a successful business allows him to customize each client intervention. He has worked with clients to drive results in every imaginable area from safety, to improved sales, to unprecedented improvements in employee engagement, to dramatic decreases in cycle time, to 9-figure cost savings in as little as 5 months. Andy has worked with a variety of industries including software, insurance, hospitality, banking, construction, healthcare, chemical, automobile, mortgage, technology, telecom, energy, and pharmaceutical industries, among others. He has also worked with several US government departments and agencies. He has a master’s in educational leadership, a B.S. in teaching both psychology and history, and a minor in coaching.



SME Membership Mixer
May 11 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
SME Membership Meeting – Speaker Natalie Eisenberg @ The Country Club of Sioux Falls
May 16 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Simplifying Digital: Breaking Down Today’s Most Advanced Practices
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About Natalie Eisenberg
Natalie Eisenberg has spent her career building brands across the region. Since first finding a passion for marketing at the University of South Dakota, Natalie has held a variety of roles, all with a strong focus on helping people and businesses find their strength zone to stand out in a sea of sameness.
Today as CEO of Click Rain + Lemonly, Natalie is the chief driver of the organization’s vision to be difference-makers for their employees, clients, and community. Natalie loves contributing to causes in her hometown of Sioux Falls and spending time in the great outdoors with her husband and two children.

SME Small Group Event
Jun 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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