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October 2014 - MVHRA Connections


MVHRA Connections Newsletter

October 2014 Edition

Presidential Ponderings Volume 3, Edition 10

Are You Being Strategic?

Kelly O’Connor, PHR, GBA

President/Servant Leader

As you tackle your day-to-day challenges (both professionally and personally), do you find yourself being proactive or reactive? Are you planning ahead or are you just trying to keep ahead of the obstacles of the day?

With today’s hectic schedules and overwhelming tasks, it’s important that we stop for a moment to remember the strategic business leaders are within all of us. That’s why I look forward to our October workshop about “Moving HR from Transactional to Strategic.” I enjoy learning new tips and finding inspiration to stay in the mind frame of thought leadership versus slipping into reactive actions.

Our October luncheon will be focused on “Developing and Implementing Reality Based Rules for the Workforce” and the speaker is our very own State Director, Bob Bethel. If you went to the HR Conference in Sandusky then hopefully you had a chance to meet and mingle with Bob.

I know this time of year always seem exceptionally busy for all HR professionals. And perhaps you’re feeling inundated with your to do list. But I hope you take a moment to join us for our October events. We want to see you and connect with you.

We look forward to seeing you. Happy October!

RTA Raffle

Congratulations to Virgil McDaniel of Project C.U.R.E. for guessing almost exactly the number of Smarties Candies in the jar for RTA's Smart Choice sponsorship table at the September chapter luncheon.  Virgil guessed there were 99 -- there were actually 100 in the jar.  Almost winners include Hasani Hayden (Project C.U.R.E. - 97), Linda Wells (Wright Patt Credit Union - 103) and Amanda Burke (Aerotek - 97).

Virgil wins a $25 gift certificate to Macy's.  Thanks to everyone who played the game -- and remember your Greater Dayton RTA when considering ways to get your employees to work.

SHRM Foundation Annual Cork Pull Fundraiser

It's back, and this year's Cork Pull is better than ever!   The Fundraiser will commence at the October luncheon and continue through November and December luncheons. Several corked bottles will be raffled off at each of the three luncheons.

We need you to help make it a success!  Please bring your business cards and cash to each luncheon to participate.  Each cork will be sold for $5 or five corks can be entered for $20.  Several corks will be drawn at the conclusion of each luncheon, and the winners will walk away with a corked bottle to enjoy!  

All proceeds of the Cork Pull Fundraiser go to the SHRM Foundation; a catalyst for thought leadership. They offer unmatched workforce knowledge for progressive leaders, with a total focus on studying and reporting the management practices that work

Veteran's Employement Workshop

The Miami Valley Human Resources Association (MVHRA) is holding another Veteran's Employment Preparation Workshop on October 10 from 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Clark State Community College on Pentagon Boulevard in Beavercreek.  We would greatly appreciate it if you would please help us promote this free workshop we offer to our veterans interested in learning about the job search process.

As you probably know, we have offered this workshop for the last 3 years with some success.  For our last workshop held in April 2014, we expanded our marketing efforts and revamped the program to ensure we were delivering the best possible program for our veteran community.  As a result of our efforts, we increased our attendance rate by over 100%!  Additionally, we received nearly perfect scores from our veterans on our program evaluation.  One attendee had this to say, "This was probably the best career seminar I have attended, from networking to information, all beneficial."  Mission accomplished! 

Individuals can register online at and scrolling down to Veterans Employment & Training, or visit: . 

For those of you that use social media, we appreciate you posting this to your network/status:  @MiamiValleyHRA offers #Veterans a FREE 1 day #employment preparation workshop to assist in the #job search process October 10 7:45-5:00 info> 

We thank you, once again, for helping to spread the word regarding this important initiative.  Please let me know if you have any questions or require clarification.  We greatly appreciate your support!

HRCI Recertification

Let the countdown begin – Preparing for the launch of the new SHRM Certifications

by Brandon Bernzott, Right Management

After an abrupt launch that left many folks with more questions than answers, SHRM has finally released enough details to warrant dedicating an entire newsletter article to the new certifications that will be available beginning in 2015.

The Certifications

By now, most of you probably know the two designations that SHRM will be offering, but just in case, here they are:

I still wish they would have considered HR Ninja Warrior and HR Samurai Master designations, but I guess those didn’t go over as well in the focus groups. For the record, the Six Sigma folks have Black Belts, Green Belts, etc.,  but I digress.

The Competency Model

The new certifications will be based on the comprehensive SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (BoCK), which in turn, is based on the HR Competency Model developed by SHRM in 2012. Below is the full list of competencies included in the model with a brief definition for each.  

Competency Definition



Ethical Practice


The ability to integrate core values, integrity, and accountability throughout all organizational and business practices.

Leadership & Navigation

The ability to understand and apply information with which to contribute to the organization’s strategic plan.

Business Acumen


The ability to direct and contribute to initiatives and processes within the organization.

Relationship Management

The ability to manage interactions to provide service and to support the organization.


The ability to effectively exchange information with stakeholders.



The ability to provide guidance to organizational stakeholders.


Critical Evaluation


The ability to interpret information with which to make business decisions and recommendations.

Global & Cultural Effectiveness

The ability to value and consider the perspectives and backgrounds of all parties.

HR Expertise (HR knowledge)


The knowledge of principles, practices, and functions of effective human resource management.


Eligibility Requirements

Like the HRCI certification program, the new SHRM certifications will require applicants to do more than just pass an exam in order to earn their credentials. The table below outlines the full requirements for each certification.  


Less than a

Bachelor’s Degree

Bachelor’s Degree

Graduate Degree














3 years in HR role

4 years in HR role

1 year

 in HR role

2 years in HR role

Currently in HR role

1 year

 in HR role


6 years in HR role

7 years in HR role

4 years in HR role

5 years in HR role

3 years in HR role

4 years in HR role

Applicants will be eligible to sit for the SHRM-SCP exam after one SHRM-CP recertification cycle.

Pathway to SHRM Certifications (for those with HRCI credentials)

From January 5, 2015, to December 31, 2015, holders of valid (active, current, etc. ) PHR and SPHR certifications will be eligible to obtain the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP via the three-step pathway process outlined below:

  1. Agree to abide by the SHRM Code of Ethics;
  2. Affirm that you hold a valid HR credential; and
  3. Complete the online tutorial on HR competencies.

Two important notes to keep in mind:

  1. HRCI credentials must be held/earned by January 31, 2015, in order to be eligible for the three-step pathway process.
  2. SHRM certifications earned through the three-step pathway process will NOT replace the HRCI certifications.

Pathway to SHRM Certifications (for those without HRCI credentials)

SHRM will offer the first testing window for the new certifications from May-July, 2015. The SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams will include a combination of competency-based and knowledge-oriented questions. The exam will be 130-150 questions and will take approximately 3 hours to complete. SHRM will utilize situational judgment items (or questions) to assess competencies. These items will describe a scenario and provide a variety of behavioral-based approaches to resolving the issues portrayed in the scenario; examinees will then be asked to select the most appropriate approach.


HR professionals who earn the new SHRM credentials will be required to recertify every three years by completing 60 Professional Development Credits.  Credits will be awarded for continuing education and job-related experiences in three areas: Advance Your Education, Advance Your Organization, and

Advance Your Profession. At present, SHRM does not intend to distinguish between different types of credits (General, Strategic, Business, etc.). And, SHRM will award a Preferred Provider status to state councils, chapters, and other educational partners in good standing in an effort to streamline the approval process for educational programming. 

Useful Links

In August, SHRM released a Certification Toolkit with several resources, including an updated presentation, a video overview and a full self-guided tour. Below is a link to the toolkit.

Final Thoughts

Regardless of your feelings about the recent actions of HRCI and SHRM, if you plan to work in the HR field for several more years and you think that the credentials may be beneficial to you, it’s worth investing the time and effort to earn your HRCI certification before January 31, 2015 (if you don’t already have it). Doing so will then allow you to earn your SHRM certification through the three-step pathway process.  And, if all else fails, think about how much more prepared you’ll be when they finally do release the HR Ninja Warrior certification.

Welcome New MVRHA Members!






Director of HR and OE


ShawnTech Communications






HR Manager


Lowe’s Home Centers, Inc.






Director of Staffing Services


Cedarville University






HR Manager


Cornerstone Project






HR Director


Haven Behavioral Health Senior Care





Area Manager


Employment Plus






HR Generalist


Emerson Climate Technologies






HR Director


HCRManorcare Heartland of Beavercreek






HR Generalist


Manheim Cincinnati Auto Auction






Corporate Recruiter


The Berry Company






Firm Administrator


Stevens and Showalter LLP






HR Manager


Lion Apparel, Inc.






Interim HR Director


Greater Dayton RTA


College Relations Corner - Upcoming Events for Interaction

As the leaves start turning, it’s time to focus on reminding our members of all the great volunteer opportunities there are to link with students in our collegiate SHRM chapters and within MVHRA. We provide a variety of venues to meet the needs of both our MVHRA members and those attending college. Don’t have a lot of time? You can donate as little or as much time as you wish and any schedule can be accommodated. Here’s what’s planned for the next few months:

Every month – Volunteer to sponsor a student at the monthly MVHRA luncheon for our Networking Program for only $12. It’s networking in action as you share your knowledge then introduce them to other members. On top of it all, the student hears a great speaker.

Mock Interview Event November 10 – at Wright State University as part of the School of Business’ HR senior seminar class. We’d like to build this as a flagship program for HR majors as they get close to finishing their degree.

MVHRA Job Shadow Event – Our big kickoff is just around the corner. We’ll soon begin to seek volunteer companies and organizations for half and full-day commitments for our Job Shadowing event the second week of February, 2015. Look for more details to come in early November.

We want you! For more program info, contact the following: Networking - Betsy Brown, College Relations Chair,; Mock Interviews - Kelli Cowgill,; Job Shadowing - Linda Dean,

Employment Corner

Check out these exciting Human Resources job opportunities:

 ·         HR Manager (PT) – Shiver Security Systems, Inc. dba Sonitrol of SW OH

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

Volunteer Opportunities

There are numerous volunteer opportunities available now and for the coming year 2015!

There will be a complete listing in October and we will highlight them in the November MVHRA Connections Newsletter.  In the meantime you can contact Stan Abrams to discuss the type of activities you have interest in! He can be reached at  


October 2014 Professional Development Workshop - Tuesday, October 14th from 7:45 AM to 11:15 AM 

Moving HR from Transactional to Strategic: Becoming an Effective HR Business Leader 
Speaker: AJ Casey, CFRE, LSC,Consultant/Trainer; AJCasey Companies 

Register Here: 

and Chapter Luncheon - Tuesday, October 14th from 11:15 AM to 1:00 PM

Developing and Implementing Reality Based Rules for the Workforce 
Robert Bethel, SPHR; Ohio SHRM State Council Director 

Register Here: 

Partner with MVHRA!

Are you looking to connect with key human resource representatives from several different industries and companies in the Dayton area? Are you interested in learning more about human resources and how it effects the success of an organization? Now is the time to pair up with MVHRA and become a sponsor for one of our monthly events!

Partnering with MVHRA can increase your company’s visibility with potential business partners, customers and other individuals who can help your business thrive! By sponsoring a MVHRA event you get brand exposure as well as networking opportunities with key company influencers!

We also offer a variety of advertising opportunities on our website ( and in our monthly e-newsletter!


Sponsorship opportunities fill up fast so contact us now for our 2015 events!

~Contact Amanda Burke @ or call 937-401-5579 for more information on sponsorship and advertising benefits today!


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