Upcoming Events

(Luncheon price will be $15.00 for everyone)

In an effort to ensure we can accommodate all attendees at our Luncheons, the final day to register for an event will be 2 days prior to the luncheon.  In addition, we will not be able to process any refunds after 2 days prior to the event.

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2024 Calendar

Upcoming Events↓


July 11th from 11:45 AM- 1:00 PM

Cache Valley Events Center- 490 S 500 W, Logan, UT 84321


Past Events


April 17th at 5:30 PM

HR Networking Event

USU Skyroom (TSC floor 4)

Our complimentary networking event will give you the opportunity to discover what we have to offer in the HR support community. No matter if you work for a large HR department or alone, this is an excellent opportunity to meet other HR professionals.

Refreshments will be served*

How to register? RSVP by 04/12 to by Friday  04/12

Parking? All USU staff parking lots are free after 5 pm.  This includes all colored lots on the linked map.  The closest parking spots to the Skyroom are the Big Blue Terrace and TSC Visitor Lot (map linked here:

Agenda? We’ll start with a welcome and refreshments, then brief introductions of the hosts (our SHRM board and USU MHR faculty representatives), and then introductions of the attendees. We would like to ask everyone to share two things: A few HR areas they are experienced with, and a few HR areas they have questions about. We hope that this will help everyone connect with relevant resources based on their needs & experience level.  After this, we can split up into smaller groups to discuss more, exchange contact info, and schedule follow-up discussions/meetings if needed.

April 11th @ 11:45 AM- 1:00 PM

Cache Valley Events Center- 490 S 500 W, Logan, UT 84321

Speaker: Lisa Leishman & Angie Clayson

Title: "Aggies Thrive initiative"


The challenges brought by COVID-19 were undoubtedly daunting, yet they provided valuable lessons. One such lesson was the realization that remote work can be highly effective for many individuals. Additionally, the pandemic underscored the importance of prioritizing mental health as an integral aspect of employee well-being. As employers, it is imperative that we seek ways to enhance mental health support within our organizations.

USU had already been laying the groundwork for a mental health initiative when the pandemic struck, allowing them to launch the Aggies Thrive initiative in August 2020, fittingly timed to address emerging needs. USU’s goals encompassed destigmatizing mental health, fostering a supportive Aggie culture, delivering mental health education, disseminating information about related events, and providing access to relevant resources.

This presentation will delve into USU’s Aggies Thrive initiative, its objectives, communication strategies, and areas where they aim to further enhance efforts.

Angie's Bio: Angeline Clayson began her career in Human Resources back in 2000, not long after she graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Social Work. While looking for work in her field, she discovered the pay was not what she had hoped, so she broadened her interest in positions and found a job at Sinclair Oil Corporation (now HF Sinclair Corporation) in their Human Resources department. It didn’t take long for Angie to determine that HR was a career path she had an interest in. After nearly 10 years as a recruiter at Sinclair, she left to gain experience administering employee benefits for Savage. Eventually, Angie was provided with an opportunity to move back to the Sinclair Oil Corporation in their hospitality division at Grand America Hotels and Resorts as their Benefits Manager. Then in 2017, Angie decided it was time to move back to her hometown of Cache Valley and accepted the position of Benefits Supervisor in the Office of Human Resources at Utah State University. She was ecstatic when she got the job, and it was the best move she could have ever made because she absolutely loves the USU HR team!

Angie has one beautiful teenage daughter who brings her immense joy. They enjoy road trips and traveling together with their extended family and friends.

Lisa's Bio:  Lisa Leishman currently the Associate Director of Benefits at Utah State University.  Lisa is a graduate of USU, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and a Master of Science in Human Resources. After graduation, Lisa worked for Logan City then she was hired by USU in Parking and Transportation where she ultimately became the Direct

or of that department for 12 years. She later became the Program Administrator for the MHR Program at USU then worked in the private sector at ELITechGroup for 7 years as the HR Manager of 180 employees in 17 states. In 2019 she returned to USU, where she truly feels at home. She feels honored to hold the position she has and enjoys working with the most amazing team. HR is her passion and she has taught several HR courses at USU.

Lisa has four children and one beautiful granddaughter.


March 14th @ 11:45 AM- 1:00 PM

Cache Valley Events Center- 490 S 500 W, Logan, UT 84321

Speaker: Amy Anderson

Title: "A Bolder Way Forward (BWF)"


National and statewide studies continue to show that women and girls in Utah are not thriving in critical areas. Year after year, Utah continues to have high levels of domestic violence, sexual assault, child sexual abuse, and gender-based

discrimination, while also ranking as the worst state for women’s equality and having low

 levels of women’s leadership representation in nearly all domains, including politics and business. It is time for Utah to embrace A Bolder Way Forward (BWF).

BWF seeks to encourage the organizational-level strategies, initiatives, and programs that organizations use, i

ncluding family-friendly practices and policies, that support all employees. Areas of focus include increasing the percentage of women in senior leadership positions, increasing the retention rate of women at all levels of an organization, increasing the number of women on an organization’s board of directors, monitoring pay by gender and race to identify and close gaps, and establishi

ng or enhancing leadership development and other types of inclusive programs.

When we lift Utah girls and women, we lift all Utahns!

Bio: Amy Z. Anderson is the Regional Outreach Coordinator for A Bolder Way Forward, focused on five counties in

Northern Utah. With a background in hospital administration, her career includes work with Advocate Health Systems and the American Hospital Association's Institute for Diversity. She has resided in Logan since 2004, serving on multiple non-profit boards and community councils including Cache Community Connections, the Cache Interagency Council, Women in Business, Loaves and Fishes Community Meal, Logan High Community Council and others. Amy was hired at Sunshine Terrace Foundation as Director of Outreach in 2013 and continues to work as a Spiritual Counselor for Sunshine Hospice.

Amy was elected as a Logan City Council member in 2017 and reelected in 2021.


February 8th @ 11:45 AM- 1:00 PM 

Cache Valley Events Center- 490 S 500 W, Logan, UT 84321

Speaker: Paul Smith

Title: "Conflict Resolution"


As in other areas of life, conflict in the workplace is unavoidable. Workplace conflict can lead to attrition, damage to culture and morale, and legal liability. In this presentation, Paul will discuss how conflicts in the workplace commonly arises and how liability related to conflict can mitigated or avoided altogether. Paul will provide real-world examples and concrete takeaways to assist business owners and HR managers in managing workplace conflict.

Bio: Paul is a management-side employment attorney and shareholder at Parsons Behle & Latimer. Paul works with companies to ensure they have appropriate terms, conditions, and policies governing their employees. This often takes the form of reviewing, drafting, and revising employee handbooks and employment agreements, including non-solicitation and non-compete agreements. Paul also frequently provides trainings for HR managers, supervisors—and employees at every level—on various topics, including harassment, workplace civility, and conflicts of interest.