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September 2015 - MVHRA Connections


September 2015 Connections Newsletter

Presidential Ponderings Volume 4, Edition 9


Back to school

Kelly O’Connor, PHR, GBA
President/Servant Leader

Between the school supplies lining store aisles and the yellow buses on the roads again, school is in the air. I’ve always had a weakness for back to school sales. Perhaps it’s because I was once going to be an elementary school teacher. Or maybe it’s because I will always be a scholar.

This year was different though. I had the pleasure of experiencing school through my daughter’s eyes as she started kindergarten. And it made me realize that at some point in our lives, all of us had excitement and joy and the thought of going to school. We were sponges that wanted to learn and couldn’t wait to get to our seats with our new No. 2 pencils to learn something new.

When does that enthusiasm burn out? I’m watching our profession continue to advance and grow, yet when I talk to other HR professionals, the theme seems to be burn out, doing more with less and struggling to find time to learn new things.

So let’s go back to being enthusiastic sponges with our No. 2 pencils. Make learning a priority. A favorite quote of mine has always been: “Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching.”

Hope to see you at our September workshop and luncheon with your sharpened No. 2 pencil!


College Relations Corner - Interviewers Wanted!

Wright State University’s HR Senior Seminar Class, is partnering for the second year with MVHRA’s College Relations Committee. We are holding a mock interviewing “round robin” with these students on Monday, November 16th, 2015 from 6:15pm-8:00pm and we need volunteers to help interview! This is a great opportunity for you to help a group of graduating seniors brush up on their interviewing skills, and a chance for you to meet talented students that could possibly join your organization upon graduation. 

If you are interested in volunteering for this event please email Kelli Cowgill at for additional details.

Millennials Have a Different Definition of Diversity and Inclusion

 By Lydia Dishman

 When it comes to defining diversity and inclusion at work, the generation gap between boomers, gen-Xers, and millennials is more like a growing trench, according to a new study from Deloitte and the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative (BJKLI).

The report shows that overall; millennials see the two concepts through a completely different lens. It analyzed the responses of 3,726 individuals from a variety of backgrounds, with representation across gender, race/ethnicity, generation, sexual orientation, national status, veteran status, disabilities, level within an organization, and tenure with an organization. They were asked 62 questions about diversity and inclusion that offered up a snapshot of shifting generational mindsets.

The Millennial Definition of Diversity & Inclusion

Millennials view diversity as the blending of different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives within a team, which is known as cognitive diversity.

They also use the word to describe the combination of these unique traits to overcome challenges and achieve business goals. Millennials view cognitive diversity as a necessary element for innovation, and are 71% more likely to focus on teamwork.

For millennials, inclusion is the support for a collaborative environment that values open participation from individuals with different ideas and perspectives that has a positive impact on business. Leadership at such an organization is transparent, communicative, and engaging.

You can read the remainder of Lydia Dishman’s article online at

Committee Spotlight: Networking/Community Relations

For this month’s committee spotlight article, we’d like to focus on the Networking/Community Relations Committee.

Our networking/community relations committee is led by Amanda Burke and Esther Moss. They partner together to line up our meeting sponsors, facilitate our community media relationships and offer networking opportunities (such as our socials, networking games at our meetings, etc.).

This committee plays a key role as we continue to grow our awareness of MVHRA throughout the community, and build upon the networks within our membership.

A tremendous thank you to our Networking/Community Relations Committee for all their hard work!

Employment Corner!!


Check out these exciting Human Resources job opportunities:

·         Recruiter – PSA Airlines

·         Recruiter/Sourcer – TriVista Professional Placement Services.

·         HR Business Partner – PSA Airlines

·         Recruiter – PSA Airlines

·         HR Assistant – PSA Airlines

·         Corporate Recruiter – (Undisclosed)

·         HR Generalist – ADESA Auto Auction

·         Manager of Employment Services – University of Dayton



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

MVHRA Membership & Engagement

Membership is a vital role in any organization. Mvhra has a great membership team and the need to expand on the team was a necessity. So the board decided a membership engagement committee was needed. The goal of the membership engagement committee is to partner with the Membership Committee and all committees within MVHRA to provide  new members and  existing members the support they need to make their experience with MVHRA a memorable one.

Our team consist of the following:

Cindy Fisher-Committee Chair
Barb Phillips-Committee Member
Phil Hoffheimer-Committee Member

We are looking for an Assistant Chair and Committee Member, if interested contact Barb Phillips at to join our committee.

Barb currently works on our volunteer opportunities for all our committees. Phil creates our badges for our new members for our events. Our team is very excited to work with the MVHRA Board, our current members and future members!

Speakers Wanted for College Relations SHRM Chapters

Are you a good speaker that has recent information to share with students on an HR topic? Then have we got a job for you! The College Relations Committee is seeking speakers for the October and November Wright State University SHRM Student Chapter meetings of the Human Resources/Management Club. This is a great way to keep in touch with students and provide real world experience.

Speakers can choose their topic on a relevant HR change or news item that has happened over the last two years with students to help bolster their academic learnings. If you’re interested and willing to offer your time and expertise, contact Betsy Brown, College Relations Chair, at or (937)429-9225 to learn more.


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