GRHRA News - July 26, 2018

Thanks to all who attended our July 24th networking event; it was a huge success! At the event, we also announced the winners for our "Why I Love HR!" contest after receiving 13 Team Empower donations. Thanks to those who donated and congratulations to the winners!


Winners Prize Awarded
Stacey Cary $15 to Target
Melissa Pajunen $25 Creative Designs (Men's cut, style & facial trim)
Matt Rednour $30 Panera Gift Card
Mary Staver 4 River Bandit Tickets
Theresa Felger $35 Creative Designs (Women's cut, style & wax)
Lena Holland 1-Month Membership to the Two Rivers YMCA
Hilary Spengler $50 to Central Store
Morgan Dunn $100 to Shangri-La Salon & Day Spa
Meg Hoskins $15 to Target
Tracy Schwind $15 to Target


No need to worry if you missed our last event. There are plenty of upcoming events in which you can participate. We also have a new opportunity for local employers as well as information on the 2018 Future Ready Iowa Summits. Take a look through the newsletter to gain all the details! 

 News at a Glance


  • Sign up for our August 21st lunch meeting event with Abby Cheesman, Your Jobs are Dynamic, Your Postings are Lame. See below for details on how to RSVP and purchase tickets.
  • Calling all local employers! St. Ambrose Career Center is in need of your expertise for their upcoming Career Boot Camp on September 5, 2018. See details below.
  • The 2018 Future Ready Iowa Regional Summit dates have been announced. See below on how to register for the event.
  • Don't forget to sign-up for the Iowa SHRM State Conference, HR Charting the Course, that will be in held in Coralville from September 26-28. The early bird pricing ends August 1st!

Lunch Event

Your Jobs are Dynamic, Your Postings are Lame

11:00AM - 1:00PM Tuesday, August 21, 2018  
Abby Cheesman will share ideas on how to create visual job descriptions, how to incorporate media into recruiting to attract talent, and how to use storytelling as a way to engage your workforce, share company culture and attract talent.


Opportunity for Local Employers


Career Boot Camp - St. Ambrose Career Center (September 5, 2018)

One of the most significant services the St. Ambrose Career Center offers our students is the opportunity to participate in Career Boot Camp.  We invite local employers to conduct mock interviews and review resumes and LinkedIn profiles. Student surveys repeatedly indicate how helpful this experience is in preparing them for their internship or job search.  We are fortunate so many of our local and regional area professionals support this initiative benefiting so many students. 

This fall we will once again be conducting speed mock interviews where you will have eight minutes to ask a student interview questions and give them immediate feedback regarding how/if they can improve their responses, dress, or non-verbal communication. You will ask the same questions to three different students during each 30-minute session. We will also be offering employer feedback during 15-minute resume and LinkedIn profile reviews. Finally, we will also have a networking lunch. This year we will be focusing on how students can maximize their experience at fall ProFair.  

We would like to invite you to participate in the Boot Camp activities scheduled for Wednesday, September 5th, 2018.  The event will last from 9 AM – 4:00 PM, but you can choose when you are available to assist by filling out the following Google Form:

We would encourage you to bring information on your company/organization to the event to hand out to students.  It is a great opportunity for you to market your company /organization to the talent here at SAU.

For further information on this event, please email Kimberly Matteson.  



2018 Future Ready Iowa Regional Summits


Registration for Future Ready Iowa Regional Summits is now open. Summit attendees will collaborate with local partners on workforce solutions.

The day-long summits are scheduled for late September and early October in nine different Iowa communities: Atlantic, Burlington, Davenport, Denison, Fort Dodge, Muscatine, Pella, Sheffield and Spencer. The events will bring together key partners in education, business, economic development and community to create local strategies that ensure all Iowans are future ready.

“Future Ready Iowa was created to connect more Iowans with rewarding careers and good-paying jobs with Iowa employers,” Gov. Reynolds said of the initiative, which has a goal of 70 percent of Iowa’s workforce having education or training beyond high school by 2025. “The Future Ready Iowa Regional Summits will provide an opportunity for local and regional partners to come together and discuss potential solutions based on their area’s workforce needs and challenges.”

The summits will provide a platform for strategies outlined in the Future Ready Iowa Act, which was passed with unanimous, bipartisan support by the Iowa legislature earlier this year. Each summit will provide tailored discussions on how to find, use and talk about a community’s occupation, income, education and demographic data. Partners will also discuss underrepresented populations, business/education partnerships and preparation for the changing workforce.

“There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to addressing challenges of our state’s workforce,” Iowa Workforce Development Director Beth Townsend said. “Local stakeholders must be the ones to identify the specific challenges of employers in their area as well as develop solutions through collaboration.”

Planning for the regional summits is reflective of the recommendations proposed by the Future Ready Iowa Alliance, a cross-sector collaboration of 58 leaders across the state. Engaging business, community and other regional partners in a grassroots strategy is an action item suggested by the Alliance in October.

“These will be working summits and highly interactive,” Future Ready Iowa Policy Adviser Kathy Leggett said. “Participants will gain an understanding of our goal, how it relates to their role in the community and take away a toolkit of next steps.”

The summits are being organized by statewide partners in workforce, business and education.

Future Ready Iowa’s goal is for 70 percent of the state’s workforce to have education or training beyond high school by 2025. Its vision is for an Iowa where every job is filled and every worker is fulfilled. Learn more at and register to attend a summit at



Upcoming Meetings & Important Dates


August 21, GRHRA Lunch Meeting, Rhythm City - Speaker: Abby Cheesman, Attracting Talent. Your Jobs are Dynamic, Your Postings are Lame. RSVP and buy tickets now!

Septehr-chartingthecourselogomber 26-28, Iowa SHRM State Conference, Marriott, Coralville, HR Charting the Course  Register Here! Early bird pricing ends August 1st!

 September 21 - October 3, 2018 Future Ready Regional Summits held at different locations across Iowa. Register Here!

October 4, Networking, Membership & Student event, Augustana College - Speaker: Roxanne Steffens, Business Etiquette. 5:00 - 6:30 PM

October 16, GRHRA Lunch Meeting, Rhythm City - Speaker: Monica Smith, VP of Diversity & Inclusion, Augustana

November 13, GRHRA Half Day Legislative Event, Rhythm City - Speakers TBD.


Job Board Opportunities


Human Resource Generalist, posted 07/07/2018

McCarthy-Bush Companies, Davenport, IA


Assistant Director, Internships, posted 6/25/18

Augustana College, Rock Island, IL


Assistant Director, Employer Relations, posted 6/25/18

Augustana College, Rock Island, IL

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