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April 2013 MVHRA Connections Volume 2, Edition 4


Newsletter - April 2013

Presidential Ponderings Volume 2, Edition 4

April 2013

Leaders are Good!  (So said the 6 year old)

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

This month’s topic was inspired by my daughter, Olivia. After sharing with her some of the topics I’ve written about she said, “Write about ‘Leaders are Good’.” I was intrigued by her “matter of fact” profound wisdom which lead me to asking her more questions like, “Why are Leaders Good?” Her response: “Because they help people Mom.” I thought about that for quite some time. I thought more about her skills relative to leadership. As an example, we recently went to the park with the 11 year old neighbor boy, Grant, and I watched them playing together. Mostly, she was “bossing” him around the playground. Interestingly enough, she leads, he follows, and they help one another. This led me to the age old question, “Are leaders born or made?” As evidenced by my observation, her ‘bossing’ is a form of ‘an unrefined leadership’ competency. His ‘followership’, often includes ‘upward managing’ and building to improve her ideas and it is certainly better than reality television!

Perhaps all leaders are not good, but the good ones are those that lead from the heart; not for themselves, but for the sake of others, the cause, or the mission. Leadership is not age, experience, or title dependent. The leaders that are ‘good’ are in fact the very ones that ‘help people’. The good leaders are the ones that walk the talk, inspire a vision, seek growth and change, and empower others. A great book that explains “The 5 practices and 10 commitments of leadership” is The Leadership Challenge by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner.

“Good Leadership” lies within all of us. The question is, “Are you willing to choose being a good leader?” Good leadership isn’t always about changing the world; it can be about influencing just one human’s understanding of it that can make it a better place to live! Olivia’s been doing that to me since the day I found out she was coming. Also, since the time of this writing, she keeps asking me what advice I need. Here’s to LOL (Lillian ‘Olivia’ Lowe), my most significant Research & Development project.

Next Chapter Luncheon - April 12, 2013



Different Approaches to Wellness 

- Jim Vose, The Dupps Company
- Laurie Jakoplic, Kettering Health Network
- Michael Burns, WellVibe

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

Mark Your Calendars for 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:


Be sure to check the MVHRA website at to learn more about upcoming events and to register online.

    • Tuesday, April 16: HR X-change. Register at
    • Thursday, April 18: Join us for our monthly MVHRA WINE & SOCIAL EVENT. Register at
    • Wednesday, April 24: HR Collaborative “Navigating the Course: Waves of Change, Oceans of Opportunity.”
      • Register at has approved the HR Collaborative conference for 5 hours and attendees can receive up to 4 hours of strategic credit.

Help some employees move up and others move on.

Learn more by clicking HERE

Ohio Court Orders Repayment of Workers’ Compensation Premiums to Certain Non-Group Rated Employers

Many Ohio employers may be entitled to a refund of certain workers’ compensation premiums, according to a recent Ohio trial-court decision. <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

SHRM Foundation News

Effective Practice Guidelines

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 opinion 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>

Workforce Readiness

Workforce Readiness sponsored another successful Transition Assistance Workshop for Veterans in March!

The Workforce Readiness Committee sponsored the first of four Transition Assistance Workshops for Veterans March 20th and 21st. We had over 25 veterans attend and six local employers to assist with mock interviews. Many thanks to our members and the community who support this on-going initiative to serve the veterans in transition!

We still need more MVHRA Member volunteers to attend portions of the workshops and assist in answering questions, reviewing resumes and participating in mock interviews. Especially if your organization is committed to hiring veterans we would love to hear from you! (The mock interview portion of the workshop gives your organization a chance to check out the talent, and at the same time to provide valuable feedback to the men and women who have served our country!)

We could also use your help to get the word out to others that may have an interest in this program. Do you know of a veteran who is looking for transition assistance? Please share information with them about this program by clicking this link: The workshop dates for the remainder of this year are: May 15-16 July 17-18 Sept. 18-19 Oct. 30-31

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!

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

Free Veterans Employment & Training Seminars Offered Again for 2013

February 21, 2013 Dayton, OH – Due to the demand for and success of several free, two-day Veterans Employment & Training Seminars offered in 2012, two Dayton organizations will be offering them again in 2013. Miami Valley Human Resource Association and CareSource are again partnering to provide veterans assistance in their job searches. <More>


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:

Affordable Health Care Act Update:


The ever-expanding laundry list of employer to-do’s under the Patient Protection and Affordable Act (PPACA) can, at times, seem daunting. <More>

Membership Report

Please welcome these new members to MVHRA.

Name: Company:
Brian House Student
Wendy Green Crane Pumps & Systems
Michelle Hayre Student
Terry Black In-Transition
Stefanie Nemitz The Children’s Medical Center of Dayton
Diedra Marshall Middletown Hotel Management
Lisa deGuzman Miami Township
Brian Jacob Brady Ware
Kevin Tyler US Air Force, Retired



For more information about ESAssist - Click HERE.

Employment Corner!!

Check out this exciting Human Resources job opportunity:

  • Internship/Co-Op – Employee Management Services (EMS)


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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