From the President’s Desk

Sharyn Mantel

Director, Human Resources, Absence Management, and Employee Health
Fairview Health Services

View the full list of chapter board members.

Welcome to the DMEC Minnesota chapter. Founded in 2003, we continue to be energized by an engaged group of board members and chapter participants. Our chapter seeks to provide, through our carefully designed seminars and conferences, education and networking in the areas of disability, absence, health, and productivity.

We are actively seeking meeting partners to support our chapter at a grassroots level. If your company is interested in becoming a meeting partner, please contact us at to discuss further.

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If you’d like to receive email invitations for upcoming chapter meetings, please contact us at and request to be added to the chapter mailing list.

If you don’t see an upcoming event listed, please check back. Meetings are added throughout the year.


The Minnesota chapter was founded in 2003 thanks to several interested employers and our founding partners: The Hartford, Sedgwick CMS, and Unum.

We hold four meetings each year consisting of three half-day sessions and one full-day conference. We build our education programs to address the needs of meeting attendees. Topics vary widely from local and national legislation updates, chronic pain, behavioral health, employee assistance, rehabilitation strategies, stay-at-work/return-to-work programs, health and wellness initiatives, accommodation issues, supplier services and collaboration, motivational interviewing, and conflict resolution.

We attract a diverse group of employers, benefit managers, rehabilitation professionals, attorneys, physicians, and suppliers (all of whom are willing and eager to share experiences and expertise).


All DMEC chapter meetings qualify for CPDM CEUs. Pick up a CPDM CEU reporting form at the close of each meeting. Any other CEUs provided for the meeting will be listed on the event details page.

Meeting Location

To benefit professionals throughout the region, we hold events at a variety of venues. Check the event details page for location information.


Meeting fees include a meal and vary for our full-day or special events. Registration fees for our half-day meetings are typically:

  • DMEC members*: $30
  • Nonmembers: $50

*All employees of a DMEC member organization enjoy a variety of benefits, including reduced chapter fees.

Please register online for each event. You can pay by credit card or select the “Pay by Check Onsite” option. If paying by check, please bring a check (or cash) to the meeting for the full registration fee. Checks can be made payable to DMEC.

Substitutions and Cancellations

Substitutions are accepted; however, these must be made by the RSVP date indicated on the event details page. To make a substitution, contact or 800.789.3632, ext. 101.

Cancellation for a refund is required by the RSVP date indicated on the event details page. To request a refund, contact or 800.789.3632, ext. 101.


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Upon request, a receipt is provided at the meeting. Members can download a receipt by logging into their DMEC Account. Select “My Account”, then “Orders”. Select the specific order and print.