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Join other MWL members who are solo and small firm practitioners to discuss issues of common interest. All MWL members are welcome to attend. Meetings are typically held on the first Friday of each month.

When: Friday, May 5, 2017
9:45 A.M.- 11:15 A.M.
Where: 8120 Penn Ave South
Bloomington, Minnesota  55431
United States

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Join other MWL members who are solo and small firm practitioners to discuss issues of common interest. All MWL members are welcome to attend. Meetings are typically held on the first Friday of each month.

RSVP: Mary Szondy - (PLEASE RSVP!!)

The MWL Solo and Small Firm Practitioner Group is pleased to welcome guest speaker Patricia Darke.

Patricia Darke founded Darke & Associates LLC in 2005 with a plan to help small to midsize organizations with talent strategy needs. Patty is committed to serving as a thought partner with business leaders to help them identify and remove barriers that get in the way of unlocking potential and achieving goals. She focuses in four areas: talent assessment and onboarding, management and leadership development, talent retention/ engagement, sales improvement (individual and team), communication and conflict. Patty also has specific expertise in strategic planning, business development, change management, workforce selection, management and leadership development and succession planning.

Prior to founding Darke & Associates LLC, Patty led several organizations where her responsibilities included change management, business process redesign, sales management, reorganization and rebranding.

Patty is an authorized partner and trained facilitator for PXT Select™, Everything DiSC®, The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ , Profiles International®  and is certified in all of the tools represented under the brands. She attended the College of St. Benedict and the University of Minnesota with a major in Psychology. She has additional certifications in Mindshop® and Predictive Index®.

She is a frequently requested speaker and coach to Chambers, Rotary, Associations, CIO, CEO Groups, HR, Medical, Legal and Professional Organizations. In addition, Patty is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Twin Cities Human Resource Association (TCHRA) and American Society for Training and Development (ATD) Minnesota Chapter. She enjoys donating time each year to coaching youth and young professionals.

Topic:  "Hiring Smart"


Make hiring and developing the right people in your organization a lot simpler with this new all-inclusive solution. Patricia Darke will help you unlock the value of the all-inclusive approach to the ProfileXT®.


Identify if a candidate is the right fit for a job based on their behaviors and characteristics, as well as cognitive abilities, with the ProfileXT®


Need to screen job applicants and select the best candidates? The ProfileXT® is an assessment tool for pre-employment screening and job applicant selection. It helps you choose the best candidates to fill your job openings. Our flagship solution helps you identify if a person CAN do a job, if they WILL do a job, and if they WILL BE HAPPY doing so.


This tool will help you measure job fit for applicants, and assist with the new hire onboarding process. You can also use report data to help in training and succession planning.


The ProfileXT® helps you:


o    Save time during the hiring process


o    Create an efficient and effective hiring process


o    Select the right fit for a job


o    Avoid costly hiring mistakes


o    Increase employee satisfaction


o    Improve the new employee onboarding experience


In the MAIN FLOOR conference room of the office building located at 8120 Penn Avenue South, Bloomington, Minnesota 55431

Take the Penn Avenue exit from 494. Go South (away from the Best Buy headquarters). Pass Target and the Jeep dealership. Go to the white 5 story office building on the right side of Penn Avenue. This is where Cortney Whitehouse and Ashley Bloch office, but THE CONFERENCE ROOM IS ON THE MAIN FLOOR, just inside the SOUTH entrance to your left. If you come in on the North side of the building, go straight until you almost exit through the South door and the conference room will be on your right.

We will be going to lunch afterwards, so let me know if you care to join us for that as well! We have been going to Q.Cumbers (it's just easy - I can just call ahead with a number and you can leave as soon as you need to without waiting for your bill!) Here is a link: If you can't join us for the meeting, join us for lunch! We generally arrive between 11:45-noon.

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