MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, U.S. – Registration is now open for the 2018 GEAPS Leadership, Education and Networking Workshop. The two-day event will focus on human resources topics, and is an opportunity for all level of grain industry professionals to build leadership skills while expanding their professional networks. All registration will take place online.

 The workshop will take place at the Saint Paul Hotel, July 17-18. It features four expert speakers addressing: change management, hiring and motivating talent, and succession planning. The event is free for GEAPS members and $249 for non-members. Last year 100 grain professionals attended.

GEAPS International President Barb Kraft, Landus Cooperative, will attend the event and deliver the welcome address.

“Events like this workshop are a great opportunity for future leaders,” Kraft said. “Attendees gain exposure to some of the important human resources issues facing the industry, and meet other current and future grain industry leaders. We encourage companies to send multiple employees to grow in this forum.”

The workshop speakers include:

• Jill Berg, president/owner, Spherion Staffing

• Kelsey Schalkle, speaker, coach, consultant, Good Leadership Enterprises

• Paul Batz, CEO and founder of Good Leadership Enterprises

New this year is a closing session. Workshop speakers, along with industry experts, will participate in a discussion panel. Attendees will ask questions and use cell phone polling technology. The panel will allow participants to process conference information in a broader sense and apply it directly to their company.

The workshop also features a networking reception on July 17 and networking breaks throughout the day on July 18. For many attendees, the networking is one of the most valuable aspects of the event.

“It’s tough to beat an opportunity to spend time networking with decision makers outside of a facility setting,” said Mike Stratis, Cleveland Vibrator Company, after attending the event last year. “Events like this give you an opportunity to learn more about the person, and not just the contact at that company.”

For more information, contact Whitney Bey with GEAPS at whitney@geaps.com or 763.999.4300.