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Dear SAME-MSP Members and Friends,


Following the CDC's advice on social distancing and safety concerns for our members with the spread of COVID-19, we are changing our monthly meeting format to webinars. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact MSP Post President Jane Flewellen. In the meantime, please stay healthy and wash your hands!

-The SAME-MSP Post Leadership

APRIL MEETING:  A Discussion on COVID-19 and Impacts to the A/E Industry

Please join us by accepting this appointment request and calling in for this interactive webinar!

Date: Wednesday April 8, 2020

Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm CDT

Location: WebEx Meeting (details below)

COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on our daily lives as we adjust to the new realities of facing a pandemic. The health of our loved ones and vulnerable populations continues to be of paramount importance and is weighing on all of us. We hope that everyone who is receiving this appointment request is safe and well. As you are aware, our last monthly lunch meeting at Grumpy’s was cancelled due to recommendations on social distancing. We are uncertain at this time when we will resume our in-person meetings. Given our desire to continue fulfilling our post’s purpose and a desire for continuing our social interactions within our post, the SAME board thought it would be valuable to schedule a webinar. It represents not only a chance to get together, but gives us a chance to help collaborate on this new situation.

One of our Post’s focus areas is resilience; we felt the COVID-19 situation and impacts to our industry were a perfect fit for the topic of resilience. This webinar will have a few “speakers,” but the intent is for this meeting to be relatively informal and interactive. We are hoping this webinar serves as an opportunity to ask questions, provide ideas, and compare experiences.

Our agenda for the webinar will be as follows:

  1. Lt. Col. Pat Sullivan will discuss how a distributed work force has changed how our leaders lead, and how we interact with others in our workplace and industry.  He will share some lessons learned and provide thoughts on how we are improving our approach to communication when everyone is now teleworking instead of being in the office.  
  2. Kevin Wilson will provide an overview of what the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is doing to support the State of Minnesota and help avoid hospital bed shortages during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
  3. Catherine Lang (Chief Counsel for HDR’s Water Business Group) will discuss implications of COVID-19 on legal contracts and cover topics such as Force Majeure and contract clauses related to pandemics will be discussed.
  4. Lastly, the important topic of safety will be discussed. Matt Redington will provide some examples of safety measures being taken to protect our own workforce, clients, and their constituents. Others can weigh in on measures being taken at their workplace, or can share how COVID-19 is impacting interactions with clients or their constituents.

If you have a topic that you would like to add (and for which you’d like to lead discussion) please let Matt Redington know and he can include a spot for you on the agenda.

We are looking forward to this webinar, and hope you can join us.  Stay safe out there!

No need to register for this webinar, please use the information below at 12pm CDT on April 8, 2020:

 ​Meeting Number/Access Code: ​963 259 407

 ​Meeting Password: 1234​

Any questions or issues, please email Matthew Redington at matthew.redington@hdrinc.com.

Thank you!

Thank you to Ms. Melissa Meisgeier and Mr. Paul Schulz and those who attended our February meeting on Managing an Inter-Generational Workforce! For more information, please join our LinkedIn Group to access the presentation slides.

Member Notices

Hanson Professional Services Inc. is seeking a Proposal/Pursuit Specialist, located in one of our Midwest offices, to support the Federal and Government Business Unit. This full-time position includes an excellent benefits, salary package and advancement opportunities for the right candidate. For more information and to apply, go to www.hanson-inc.com

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District is seeking a Senior Structural engineer to resolve complicated engineering problems and make decisions on the design, analysis, and evaluation of project features. These projects support inland navigation, flood risk management, environmental restoration, and emergency response to disasters. For more information and to apply, go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/547524600. Please contact Mike Dahlquist with any questions at michael.s.dahlquist@usace.army.mil or at (651) 290-5571.

SAME-MSP Monthly Meeting: Leading an Inter-Generational Workforce
Start Date/Time:
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 11:30 AM
End Date/Time:
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 1:00 PM
Recurring Event:
One time event
Normal Priority
Post Events

Leading an Inter-Generational Workforce

Event Location: Black Dog Cafe | 308 East Prince Street, Saint Paul, MN 55101

Event Date/Time: February 26, 2020 | 11:30am Optional Networking and Lunch, 12:30pm Presentation

For more details or to register, visithttps://www.same.org/Get-Connected/Find-a-Post/MPLS-STPL/News-Updates/Monthly-Meeting

Event Description:  The world we live in today is changing quicker than ever before. Industry 4.0 and the connected world are among us. In addition to the large industrial revolution, our workforce population is also in the middle of a large transition. The workforce is evolving to where Millennials are becoming the largest workforce population. Millennials are stepping into leadership roles and are required to influence a multi-generational workforce amidst this technological revolution. Existing leaders are also adjusting to leading Millennials whose expectations are different than their own. All parties involved must understand how generational differences will affect their ability to advance their business or organization. Beliefs, leadership systems, knowledge processes, promotions, and technology to name a few are areas that are often underestimated as a company is going through this change.

Speaker Biographies:  
Melissa Meisgeier is an Area Operations Manager at Flint Hills Resources’ Pine Bend Refinery, where she manages operations for one-third of the facility that primarily produces gasoline range products, butane, and propane, as well as the steam generation and wastewater treatment facilities. Melissa graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Spanish. Melissa started her career as an operations engineer supporting the Alkylation, Dimersol, Polymerization and Caustic Regeneration units. Her career in operations leadership since then has given her the opportunity to lead and influence a diverse workforce including on-shift field operators, on-shift board operators and now frontline supervisors.

Paul Schulz is a Maintenance Superintendent at Flint Hills Resources’ Pine Bend Refinery, where he oversees and leads the Refineries Instrumentation, Electrical, Analyzer, and LDAR execution teams. Paul graduated from University of Wisconsin – Stout with a master’s degree in Risk Control after obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Communication. Throughout his career Paul has successfully led diverse teams ranging from new college graduates to forty-year veterans, across many disciplines including engineering, reliability craftsman and front-line leaders.

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