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Upcoming Conferences
2023 SDHEA Fall Conference
Get ready for an exciting journey toward the future of South Dakota higher education! Join us and help construct the great things ahead for the industry and the innovative ways we can work together to achieve them. Don't miss this opportunity to be a part of the work already in progress!
Sep 26, 9:00 AM CDT – Sep 27, 1:00 PM CDT
Dakota Wesleyan University,
1200 W University Ave, Mitchell, SD 57301, USA

Our Fall 2023 Keynote Speaker


We are excited to announce that this years keynote speaker will be Candy Whirley!


Candy brings ‘real world’ experience from many industries including training, retail, customer service (certified by International Customer Service Association – ICSA), restaurant, entertainment, management, youth ministry, and business ownership. Candy has been speaking for over 30 years and has owned SBG Services, LLC since 2001. She has spoken nationally and internationally, some clients include Million Dollar Round Table, Society of Human Resources Associations, International Society of Association Executives, GE, Hallmark Cards, Inc., WalMart, AgStar Financial, and Johns Hopkins Medical Center.



Candy is involved with the National Speakers Association (NSA)...she is currently on the NSA Chapter Leadership Committee and the National Educational Committee to choose all presenters for the NSA Conferences and Annual Convention.  She has also served on the Board of Directors and was the 2007-08 President of the NSA Kansas City Chapter. 



Graduated Cum Laude from Missouri Western State University with a B.S. Degree in Speech Communications, and Human Relations Emphasis, and has earned her Master’s in Management at the University of Phoenix.



You may recognize Candy, she is a former Kansas City Chiefs Chiefette, performed at Starlight Theater in Kansas City, and modeled for the Kansas City Star Magazine. With Candy’s entertainment background, her keynotes and general sessions are more of an interactive and engaging EXPERIENCE than a presentation.



Candy’s hard copy and digital products include Top selling book, It Takes 4 To Tango, DVDs: It Takes 4 To Tango, Bridging the Gap and Emotional Intelligence, Creativity Boot Camp Instructions, and Game Bag.

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Call for Proposals

We are now accepting proposals for the 2023 Fall Conference in Mitchell on the Dakota Wesleyan University campus!


Please submit a brief description and outline of your presentation either in the text box provided or by submitting a document.

Submitted proposals will be reviewed in late June.


*Once you click 'submit' you will see a 'thank you' message under the submit button and that means it was successful!


Please select Graduate Student if you are a full-time student (9 credit hours or more)

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Proposals will be reviewed in late June.

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