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5/2/2018 to 5/3/2018
When: May 2 - 3, 2018
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Where: Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center
2100 Arrowwood Lane NW
Alexandria, Minnesota  56308
United States

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Office Support Professionals Conference

May 2-3, 2018 (Wed. 10:00-4:00, Thu 8:00-11:30)
Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center, Alexandria, MN

May 1, 2018 (Tue. 1-4:30pm) Communicating with Your Teammates


Office Support Professionals--Administrative Assistants, Receptionists, Customer Service Representatives, Accounting Clerks, Operations Assistants and anyone who manages projects of any size.

Wednesday, May 2
9:30    Registration & Continental Breakfast

10:00  Ready or Not, Here Comes Generation Z, Josh Miller, XYZ University
Gen Z (born 1996-2009) is about to step into the limelight and they are nothing like their Millennial elders. The first generation of the 21st Century came of age during the most disruptive decade of the last century and their arrival marks the end of clearly defined roles, traditions and experiences. Learn how these shifts are likely to impact your future and what organizations will need to do to prepare for Z and engage them as employees and members.

11:45  Lunch

12:45  Defining and Dealing with Sexual Harassment - Discussion, Debra Englund, HRExpertiseBP

What is considered sexual harassment at work? It's a form of discrimination that includes any uninvited comments, conduct, or behavior regarding sex, gender, or sexual orientation. In this interactive session, we'll discuss what qualifies as sexual harassment and how to deal with it. 

2:15    Break

 2:30   Co-op Innovation: Lake Region's New Natural Gas Venture - Tim Thompson, CEO Lake Region Electric Cooperative
And you thought electric co-ops only sold electricity! Learn about Lake Region Electric Cooperative's new venture into the natural gas business to meet member demand.

 3:45   Offsite Activity: Carlos Creek Winery Tour
We'll hop a bus and travel just a few miles up the road to Carlos Creek Winery for a little touring, tasting (keep the glass), camaraderie - and even cheese and crackers.

 6:00   Group Dinner (optional and cost is on your own)

Thursday, May 3
 7:15   Full breakfast

 8:00   Time Management - R.I.P. Factor, Kathlynn McConnell, Lifestyle Consulting Services

Have you ever traveled out of state? Ever been to this state — the state of frustration and exhaustion? Been there, done that, got the souvenirs: headaches, irritation, ulcers, depression, sleeplessness, anger, stress... Are those the kind of souvenirs you want to collect from your journey through life? This session will help you discover how you can detour around that “state” of mind to the “state of well-being” and Rest In Peace BEFORE you are six feet under!

  9:45  Break

10:00  What is the Electrical Power Grid, Anyway? Darrick Moe, President & CEO, MREA
Do you know your own job really well, but don't fully understand the big picture? Maybe you've been at your job for several years and now you're too embarrassed to ask about how it really all works. Darrick explains the electrical power grid on a level we can all understand - and there are no dumb questions! 

11:00  Minnesota's Big Push into Community Solar, Darrick Moe, President & CEO, MREA
Learn more about Minnesota's big push into community solar, the benefits, who's doing it and why.


Noon  Adjourn

 1:00   Tastefully Simple tour - They only offer one 45-minute tour per week, every Thursday at 1:00 for 10 people.  So just for fun, we've reserved those 10 (free) spots and we'll have a drawing for 10 people who want to stay in the area for the tour after OSP adjourns. 


Education Program Members $339
Non-Education Program Members $439


Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center
2100 Arrowwood Ln, Alexandria, MN
Ask for the MREA group rate of $119/night.

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