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MVHRA Connections - October 2020




Check out these exciting Human Resources job opportunities:

  •  HR Manager – Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions
  • Senior Compensation Analyst – Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions
  • EEO & Inclusion Specialist – Wright State University
  • HR Business Partner – Montgomery County
  • HR Director – Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services
  • HR Training & Compliance Business Partner – Montgomery County

Details regarding employment opportunities can be found on the MVHRA website.











By Matt Bakota

This month, I just want to provide a few quick updates to our members. Here are some things to keep in mind in the coming weeks:

  • We are in need of a new chair of the Certification committee. This is the committee responsible for making sure that our events are accredited through SHRM and HRCI. The time commitment typically is a few hours per month, with the primary tasks being performed remotely, mostly via email. All committee chairpersons, including this one, become members of the MVHRA board of directors. Serving on the board is a great networking, learning, and professional opportunity. The main qualifications for this position are being a current member of both MVHRA and SHRM. If you are interested in hearing more about it, please contact me as soon as possible.
  • We have some great programming coming up in November 2020. On November 10, we have a virtual professional development workshop featuring a nationally-renowned speaker, Kwame Christian, Esq., M.A., Director of the American Negotiation Institute. The topic of the workshop is “How to Find Confidence in Conflict and Negotiate Effectively.” Then, for the lunchtime webinar, we have a great panel discussion put together by our Member Engagement committee chair, Steve Black, called “Building Your 2021 HR Playbook.” The panel will feature many current MVHRA members and a wide-ranging discussion. For more information on these events, please visit the registration page at
  • Big news for December 2020. We are – as of now – planning to offer an in-person member appreciation luncheon on December 8 at Sinclair. It will be in the main hall to provide plenty of space for attendees. For those preferring to attend virtually, however, the event also will be streamed as a webinar. A small committee of very creative MVHRA board members, led by VP-Programming Darla Cade, is working on holiday-themed HR content that will be educational yet also provide some much-needed comedic relief. We hope you will join us in whatever way you are most comfortable with for this event.
  • Last, many of you have contacted me with questions or ideas this year, so I wanted to let you know that my contact information has changed. My new email address is, and my new telephone number is 937-586-2629. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions, concerns, or ideas as we finish out 2020 and look forward to 2021.

Thanks for your continued membership and interest in MVHRA. We truly appreciate it!

Virtual HR event – College Relations Committee

A virtual event titled “Recruiting and Interviewing during COVID” was held for Wright State undergraduate students as part of their staffing course on October 1st.  The members of MVHRA’s College Relations Committee (CRC), worked in collaboration with the WSU faculty advisor, Dr. Kim Lukaszewski to make this event a true success.

The virtual event provided the students an opportunity to find out how several local companies in the Dayton area, were responding to the challenges around recruiting and interviewing during a pandemic.

There were 3 panelists and 1 moderator along with 100 students in the virtual event. The HR professionals represented various companies which included: Kelly Cowgill from Cintas, Carrie Brunello from 11th Hour Staffing and Lauren Hemm from McGohan Brabender.

The feedback received from both the HR professionals and students was very positive.  The students felt very comfortable asking questions in the virtual session and we believe it was a valuable topic and timely for those seniors getting ready to start looking for positions in the near future.

A very special thank you to all who participated. It would not have been possible without your support.

Membership Renewal Reminder

Members, it’s is hard to believe that we are preparing for membership renewal in December! 

Don’t forget to renew your membership in December.  All memberships expire on 12/31/2020.  Renewing your membership before it expires will save you time.  Your application information will be pre-filled and you’ll simply need to proof your information and submit.

Benefits of MVHRA Membership

  1. Reduced rates for monthly membership meetings with guest speakers and professional workshops
  1. Monthly newsletters
  1. Monthly legislative updates
  1. Earn professional HR credits, including strategic, for both HRCI and SHRM certification designations.
  1. Certification Scholarships
  1. Free job postings & resume posting on MVHRA website
  1. Membership directory and numerous networking opportunities
  1. Free outplacement service for members in transition
  1. HR Tribes - Small professional networks of HR professionals who can provide guidance, support, and feedback as needs arise.
  1. Legal Services Plan
  1. Annual member appreciation event
  1. Annual Dayton Dragon's outing
  1. Networking events
  1. Advertising and sponsorship opportunities
  1. Volunteer opportunities
  1. Virtual webinars

If you have any questions about membership, please reach out to Joanie Krein, Membership Chair, at

SHRM + Local Chapter Membership

Being a SHRM member + a local chapter member provides you with exclusive resources you can rely on to advance your career.

Join or renew today and experience the best of both worlds! Go to  To receive your free SHRM tote and Digital HR Book, be sure to use promo code: DigitalHR

Reminder:  MVHRA Legal Services Plan Available

MVHRA has an agreement with local attorneys to provide a legal services plan for MVHRA members (the “Plan”).  The Plan is available again for 2020 and is included as part of your current membership at no additional charge.  Further details available at

Note:  You must be a MVHRA member AND logged into to access this service within the "MY MVHRA" link at the top of the page.

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MVHRA members, do you have something to submit to the MVHRA Newsletter?  Please send it to Amy Mitchell, Newsletter Committee Chair, via email at


November 10, 2020

Workshop Webinar: How to Find Confidence in Conflict and Negotiate Effectively

 Speaker: Kwame Christian 

Time: 8:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Credits: This program is being submitted for approval of recertification credits by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) and for SHRM Professional Development Credit (PDC).


Lunchtime Webinar:  Building Your 2021 HR Playbook

Time: 12: 00 PM - 1:00 PM

Opening Speaker/Welcome: Matt Bakota

Moderator: Steve Black

Panelists and Topics: Coretta Tengesdahl (Caresource), Tina Lastkowski (HR Elements), Amy Hamilton (Montgomery County ADAMHS Board), Joanie Krein (Manpower), Jackie Smith (Reflections on Learning)

2020 continues to shake organizations, teams, and individuals to their cores. Racial injustices forced businesses to reevaluate how they recruit, develop, and promote people. COVID-19 pushed businesses to rethink how and where their employees work. New laws sought to keep people employed and businesses opened. Every aspect of life has been altered ranging from schooling to dining out. As 2020 draws to a close, HR professional must build plans to address future challenges. 2021 will present ongoing challenges but there are many opportunities for HR professionals to have a lasting impact upon their organizations. Join us for an exciting panel discussion focusing upon “Building Your 2021 HR Playbook.” We have an all-star team to help us think through where we are and where we are headed.

Topics include:

  • The current state of diversity and inclusion and its impact on people strategies
  • Helping team-members integrate work and home life with flexibility and fairness
  • Dealing with the current and upcoming mental health needs of our team-members
  • How to better utilize Employee Assistance Plans (EAPs)
  • Recruiting and retention needs organizations need to understand
  • The future of training and development

You will receive Zoom login information prior to the event through your email.

Credits: This program is being submitted for approval of recertification credits by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) and for SHRM Professional Development Credit (PDC).


December 8, 2020

Member Appreciation Day

Time: 11: 15 AM - 1:00 PM

Credits: This program is being submitted for approval of recertification credits by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) and for SHRM Professional Development Credit (PDC).


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