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March 2013 MVHRA Connections Volume 2, Edition 3


Newsletter - March 2013

Presidential Ponderings Volume 2, Edition 3

March 2013

Take care of yourself HR pro!

Erin Henry, MSA, PHR
Servant Leader MVHRA 2012-2013

More often than not, the practicing HR professional is one who finds him/herself being reactive in serving the needs of the business and its people.  Because of this, and the demands that are placed upon us, it’s easy to get caught up in ‘taking care of’ everything else and forgetting to take care of ourselves.  Last year in the March issue of the Presidential Ponderings, I wrote about the “Power of Thought”.  I asked what you think about.  How often is it that we are dealing with employee relation issues or the nuances of the affordable health care act and understanding what it will mean to the bottom line of the organization?  What about the challenges of an outdated compensation model that is preventing us from recruiting top talent?  These types of demands can consume our thoughts and lead us to a path that is otherwise, unhealthy.  I’ve found we don’t take the time to reflect on the positive things that are happening in our daily lives. 

Last May, our State Director, Steve Browne, encouraged the State Council participants to reflect daily and journal three great things about the day.  That evening, one of the participants tweeted six others from the meeting one great thing about her day.  All six of us, that evening, followed her lead and tweeted one great thing about our day.  Ten months later, it is a rare occasion that any of this group (referred to as the “#Gr8t2day” group) miss an opportunity at the end of the day to reflect and tweet one great thing about our day.  Not only did it teach me about the power of social media and the ability to connect with others (along with jumping boldly into the land of Twitter), it has been transformative to take the time to intentionally think about the day’s events.  My Dad once described a bad day as, “Some days you eat the bear and some days the bear eats you”.  Even when it’s been a day that the bear has eaten me (which I’ve found in the last ten months is a rare occasion), I am still able to find a positive nugget to ‘tweet about’.  Doing this has helped me ‘take care of’ myself so that I can take better care of business and people.  Don’t underestimate the power of thought or the ability to take care of yourself so that you can take care of business and people!

Next Chapter Luncheon - March 12, 2013



Understanding Engagement in the Human Age 

Speaker: Shelly Funderburg, Ph.D

Event Registration: Click HERE for more information and to register online for this event.

Mark Your Calendars for March and April HR Events

There are several upcoming events that are either hosted by MVHRA or we have partnered with local resources to host. Please mark your calendars for these exciting events:

    • Tuesday, March 12: MVHRA Luncheon “Understanding Engagement in The Human Age.” Register
    • Tuesday, March 19: HR X-change. Register at
    • Thursday, March 21: MVHRA Social Event at The Wine Loft. Register at
    • Thursday, April 4: OELS Workshop: “Positive Leadership Development – Organizational Effectiveness Panel.” Register at (MVHRA members can receive a discount by using promo code “OELS_MEMBER” when registering)
    • Tuesday, April 9: MVHRA Luncheon “Different Approaches to Wellness.” Register at
    • Tuesday, April 16: HR X-change. Register at
    • Wednesday, April 24: HR Collaborative “Navigating the Course: Waves of Change, Oceans of Opportunity.” Register at
  • Be sure to check the MVHRA website at to learn more about upcoming events and to register online.

Learn more by clicking HERE

Announcing The Organizational Effectiveness Lecture Series.

How to create effective leadership development programs

April 4, 2013 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Berry Room/Wright State University Nutter Center, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy


Click HERE for flyer. The program has been pre-approved for 1.5 GENERAL credits. Use the following link to register:

MySpace or MyEmployer’s Space?

Protecting Ownership of Employees’ Corporate Social Media Activity

Social media offers a great way for employers to connect with important business relationships—particularly through social media accounts, like Facebook, Myspace, and Linkedin.  Indeed, these platforms can cultivate vital links to customers, suppliers, and even potential employees. To administer these relationships effectively, however, you need good people with an active social media presence.  So you hire an employee, or several employees, and they help you manage these accounts.  But what happens when these employees leave? Can they take the accounts with them? Can you lock them out? The answer, of course, depends on who owns the account. But unfortunately that answer isn’t always clear, especially if the employee operates the account under his or her own name or a user name that he or she created, rather than the company's name. <More>

Save the Date: April 24, 2013!

The HR Collaborative is pleased to announce:

Navigating the Course: Waves of Change, Oceans of Opportunity

Mark your calendar and don't miss this special local one-day HR Conference! Cost is $129.00.

For more information - visit the HR Collaborative website at

Diversity Committee Update

The Diversity Committee welcomes Andrea Coaker formerly Sr. Recruiter with Corbus,LLC. Although Andrea is in transition from Corbus, she attended the February Professional Development Workshop and Luncheon meeting and was able to network with two potential prospect employers. Best wishes to you Andrea in your search for a new career opportunity!

SHRM Foundation News

If you are like most HR professionals, you probably lack the time to keep up with the latest research findings in human resource management. Yet knowing which HR practices have been shown by research to be effective can help you in your role as an HR professional. The SHRM Foundation’s Effective Practice Guidelines are a series of reports that distill the latest research findings and expert opinions into specific advice on how to conduct effective HR practice. They are written in a concise, easy-to-read style to provide practical information to help you do your job better. <More>

When Work Works...

Does Your Business Capitalize on Workplace Flexibility? Learn more by clicking HERE.

Workforce Readiness

Workforce Readiness will sponsor Transition Assistance Workshops for Veterans  in 2013

The Workforce Readiness Committee will sponsor Transition Assistance Workshops for Veterans again this year. Our first program will be March 20 and 21st. We need volunteers to attend portions of the workshopto answer questions and to assist with mock interviews. If your organization is committed to hiring veterans we would love to hear from you. Themock interview portion of the workshopwould give you a chance to check out the talent and at the same time would providevaluable feedback to the men and women who have served our country.

We are very excited about the difference we can make by sharing our knowledge and expertise with the veterans. We'd love your help to make this a successful program!

Ifyou would like to learn more about the Transition Assistance Workshops please contact Robin Brun at 937-229-5358 or email


HR xChange – April 16, 2013 -

“Where’s the HUMAN part of HUMAN RESOURCES?”

Meeting are the third Tuesday of each month. <More>

More about HR-Xchange

What: HR xChange – This is an opportunity for HR professionals to get together for 1 hour, once a month, to discuss hot topics/issues in the HR industry. 
Why: This group meets to stay abreast of HR topics/issues that may impact day to day and strategic operations in HR in their companies.
Where: The Job Center, Room C2/C3, 1111 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd., Dayton, Ohio. Enter at the South Entrance which is located behind the building.
Date: 3rd Tuesday of each Month: February 19, March 19, April 16, May 21, June 18, July 16, August No Program, September 17, October 15, November 19, December 17, 2013
Time: 7:45-8:00 am Networking, 8:00 – 9:00 am Program
Who: Anyone is welcome to attend!!!!

Questions: Contact Linda Gillis:

Health Care Reform

Health Care Reform seems to be top of mind for most benefits professionals. It is confusing, the stakes are high, and many of the details are just now becoming final. Plus, where clarifications have been made, some rules can still seem unclear. <More>

Find Out more about The Little Clinic from Kroger. ClickHERE for more information!

Membership Report

Please welcome these new members to MVHRA.

Name Company
Jennifer Bates  Standard Register
Kristine Cantrell Student
Cathy DeMarco In-transition
Jason Hess Lastar, Inc.
Yashica Lowe DuPont
Stacy Mitchell In-transition
Derek Pryer Student
Shana Ruffin The Kroger Company
Selina Snell Student
Melinda White Montgomery County
Rachel White Student
Thomas Howitt eHealth Data Solutions, LLC

 Job Opportunities and Resumes Committee

Employment Corner!!


Check out this exciting Human Resources job opportunity:

  • Director of Human Resources - Elizabeth New Life Centers


To see full job descriptions and/or apply for this employment opportunity, please visit the MVHRA website and click Job Opportunities

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