SkyWater Summit
October 9, 2019, 3:00PM - 7:00PM
Minnetonka, MN

Event Details

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What attracts an individual to your company? What drives employee motivation? What causes an employee to want to stay? Attracting, developing and retaining employees can be one of the most important (and most challenging) tasks required of management. Join SkyWater Search Partners for an exciting two-hour panel event to discuss these topics.

At the conclusion of this event, participants will have earned 2.0 CPE credits in the personnel/ human resources field of study and be able to:

  • Recognize the importance of a company’s culture
  • Identify the impacts of the changing workforce demographic
  • Identify tools to attract, develop and retain employees

Additional Information

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Who should attend: Finance and Accounting Leaders looking to attract, develop and retain talent.
  • Advanced Preparation: None
  • Program Level: Basic
  • Delivery Method: Group Live

In order to be awarded the full credit hours, you must be present and have registered your attendance on the attendance sheets at the registration desk.

This event will be held at the Minnetonka Community Center located at 14600 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka, MN 55345.

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Event Speakers

Tricia Dirks
Tricia Dirks
Chief Human Resources Officer

Sleep Number Corporation

Kristin Schulte
Kristin Schulte

Metropolitan Mechanical Contractors

Greg Steiner
Greg Steiner

Grant Thornton Audit Partner

Lindsay Dubbeldee

SkyWater Search Partners


2:30PM - 3:00PM: Registration

3:00PM - 5:00PM: Panel Discussion

5:00PM - 7:00 PM: Happy Hour

Learning Objectives & Format

Tricia Dirks

Patricia A. Dirks (Tricia) serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Sleep Number® and leads all human resources functions. Prior to joining Sleep Number in April 2014, Ms. Dirks served as Senior Vice President Organizational Effectiveness for Target Corporation. From 2004 to 2009, Ms. Dirks was Vice President of Headquarters Human Resources for Target Corporation. Prior to 2004, Ms. Dirks was Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Marshall Field's Department Stores of Target Corporation. Her Sleep Number setting is 25.

Kristin Schulte
Kristin Schultes is the president at Metropolitan Mechanical Contractors, Inc. (MMC). As a company president with CFO experience and an entrepreneurial mindset, she provides strategic leadership for all areas of the business. Kristin is passionate about process improvement through creative problem solving and teamwork. She loves how the numbers tell a story about the financial results as well as trends in the business.
Greg Steiner
Greg Steiner recently retired as an audit partner at Grant Thornton LLP.  His career included 10 years as the Minneapolis and Midwest region audit practice leader. Greg strongly believes that people are our most valuable asset and that building the appropriate culture for our people serves to increase the value of that asset.  
As a Director at SkyWater Search Partners, Lindsay currently leads the Human Resources practice.  She has spent over 10 years in Executive Search, both in Corporate Finance/Accounting and HR, and has a firm belief that culture trumps strategy any day of the week!  Lindsay is passionate about people and feels strongly about creating and maintaining a culture where people feel trusted, appreciated, and are able to grow.

Network and socialize with other event participants.  Drinks and appetizers are on us!



  • Claire Rabon
    The speakers have a unique mix of leadership experience in the financial and accounting space that will only be found at the SkyWater Summit. This will truly be a valuable conference.
    Claire Rabon
    Associate, SkyWater
  • adam hoffarber
    As the leading executive recruiting firm in Minnesota, with 20% of our clients in the financial and accounting fields, we have the unique ability to call upon our network and organize an event such as this. Our goal is to bring professionals together for a one-of-a-kind discussion where participants come away with more than just the continuing education credits they need, but also an expanded toolbox in the soft-skills arena.
    Adam Hoffarber
    Partner, SkyWater

Event Registration

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For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaints and refunds, please contact Claire Rabon at 952-767-9025.

SkyWater Search Partners is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.  State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: