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July 2013 MVHRA Connections


Newsletter - July 2013

Presidential Ponderings Volume 2, Edition 7

July 2013

“Geeked!!”  An article written by a guest Ponderer…Steve Browne

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

This month, I’m privileged to reprint an article from a colleague that many of you know, Steve Browne.  Steve is not only a servant leader, Ohio State SHRM Director, but also an avid writer/blogger of many things HR.  This article inspired me to ponder life, the whole self, and how we can influence others around us.

If you know me at all, you’ve heard the word “geeked” !!  My wife would even say that I use the word a little too much.  I can’t help it though.

Recently, I was fortunate enough to be the opening keynote at the SCIHRA Conference.  We had a great time, and a true highlight for me was when an attendee came up to me after the presentation and said, “Wow, it was great to hear HR in a positive and fun way !!”  I thanked her, but then thought that it was telling if someone had to come to an event to get HR pros geeked about what we do.

I couldn’t let this pass so I asked her how she saw HR. (Get ready . . .)

“Well, most everyone we read or hear from is either negative, snarky or sarcastic.  It’s hard to be motivated when so few are encouraging.  You took the things we do everyday and brought passion and humor.  It was great to laugh !! “  Ouch !!!  I thanked her again and it made me think.

GeekedYou see, being geeked to me isn’t just being “positive.”  It’s really a choice of how to approach life – not just HR.

Trust me, I know what it’s like to be in a blue funk, have a frustrating day, or be negative.  To take a different approach to life takes a ton of effort and a commitment to being intentional.

Being geeked isn’t always taken very well by others either.  Unfortunately, most people start every day with a heavy sigh and a negative thought about what’s not done.  Then, it usually gets darker from there.

I’m sure there will be folks who read this and think that being geeked is some “act” or just being naive and a utopian.  Someone who’s dodging reality.  Not true in the least.

People relish the chance to have someone with them who’s excited about who they are, what they do and what’s happening in their lives. It’s an incredible feeling to see folks come to life when you get them all geeked up !!

You see, there are tons of blogs, books and articles on people bringing their “whole self” to work.  I get that, but few practice it.  If you try this approach, you might get to see your whole self emerge.  That would be awesome !!

So, this week pick something and go for it.  Get geeked and tell others about it.  Post it on Twitter or Facebook.  Send it in an e-mail.  Take a picture.  Whatever works for you, do it.  Trust me, you’ll love your day just a bit more when you do !!

I’ll be looking for the great things you’re doing.  Need to go now and see the next new thing.  You know I’ll probably be . . .

Read more of Steve’s thoughts at: or follow him on twitter: @sbrownehr and mark your calendar to attend MVHRA’s October 8th’s Professional Development Workshop that Steve will facilitate on “Conflict Resolution”!!

Learn more by clicking HERE

Upcoming Chapter Events

Note: No Chapter Meeting In July

Veterans Employment & Training Seminars - Free/2 day seminar

Thursday, July 18, 2013 through Friday, July 19, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

All Seminars Are Held 9:00 am – 3:30 pm. For more information and to register - click HERE.

MVHRA Social Event - July 18, 2013

Thursday, July 18, 2013 from 05:30 PM to 08:00 PM

JOIN US FOR OUR MONTHLY MVHRA WINE & SOCIAL EVENT. For more information and to register - click HERE.

August MVHRA Chapter Luncheon

Save the Date - August 13, 2013

"Social Media" presented by Scott Ferrin, SHRM

FREE registration to the 2013 Ohio Human Resource Conference

Click HERE for more information.

Supreme Court Limits Definition of “Supervisor” Under Title VII

Jeffrey A. Mullins, Esq.
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
40 North Main Street, Suite 1700, Dayton, Ohio 45423
Telephone: (937) 641-1725

On June 24, the United States Supreme Court held in a 5-4 decision that an employee is a “supervisor” for liability purposes under Title VII only if the employee has the power to take “tangible employment actions” against the alleged victim, such as hiring, firing, failing to promote, reassignment with significantly different responsibilities, or a decision causing a significant change in benefits. Vance v. Ball State University, et al., No. 11-556 (2013).  <MORE>

Members on the Move!

Congratulations to our MVHRA members on the move!

On behalf of Project C.U.R.E.’s Board of Directors, we are pleased to announce the appointment ofVirgil F. McDaniel to the position of Executive Director/CEO of Project C.U.R.E., Inc., effective May 20, 2013.

"Looking for a few good men and women to help local veterans with their job search"

We are having our two day Veterans Transition Assistance Workshop on July 18th and 19th from 9:00 - 3:30. We need your expertise to answer questions or to help with mock interviews. Don't think you need to spend all day - one or two hours is all that we need.

Even if you aren't able to attend please let us know if your organization is hiring and is looking to hire veterans. That would be a great help as well.

If you'd like to say thank you to the men and women who've sacrificed so much for us please call Robin Brun at 937-229-5358.

SHRM Foundation News: Student Scholarships

The SHRM Foundation supports the next generation of HR leaders through a variety of awards programs for students andeducators.

Each year, the SHRM Foundation awards $50,000 in scholarships to SHRM student members. In addition to education scholarships, this year the Foundation will offer scholarships of $200 each for students taking the new Assurance of Learning Assessment.

The SHRM Foundation recognizes the important work of SHRM student chapter advisors by supporting the annual Advisor of the Year Award.

In addition, the SHRM Foundation partners with the HR Division of the Academy of Management to present four $5,000 awards to promising doctoral dissertation students.

These are just a few ways theSHRM Foundation is investing in the future. And it's all made possible with your generous donations. For more information on SHRM Foundation awards please and select "Scholarships and Awards."

Membership Report

Please welcome these new members to MVHRA.







Senior Associate




HR Leader

Payless Shoe Source



Force Development Deputy

Air Force Material Command



Sr Human Resource Generalist

Emerson Climate Technologies



Human Resource Dev Strategic Advisor

United States Air Force



Claims Analyst





HR Generalist




Benefits Manager

Dayton Progress

Total active MVHRA membership is 263

224 Professionals
20 Vendors
19 Students

Employment Corner!!

Check out this exciting Human Resources job opportunity:

    • Manager of Compensation and Payroll – CareSource
    • Human Resources Generalist – EDAptive Computing, Inc.
    • Safety Supervisor - DMAX, Ltd.
    • Director, Human Resources – Esko
    • Recruiting Manager-Sales Division – The Berry Company
    • Recruiter-Sales – The Berry Company

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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