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February 2015 - MVHRA Connections



MVHRA February 2015 Connections Newlsetter


Presidential Ponderings Volume 4, Edition 2


Presidential Ponderings 
Volume 4, Edition 3

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

The Human Resources profession is astounding. Not only does it entail resilience, but it’s one of the only corporate roles where you are an advocate for the employee and the business.

We help build and drive business goals and strategies. We (hopefully) see the business cases behind our company’s decisions and initiatives. But we are also the go-to team/person for employees. Questions, concerns, grievances… they usually come through the HR office. As thrilling or painful as that may be for some, it gives us a pulse of what employees need/want. It also happens to be a great source of stories. I have yet to meet an HR professional who doesn’t have a funny story, heart-breaking story, crazy story and/or momentous story in their artillery.

It’s an incredible profession and it requires a special person (YOU!) to meet the ever-changing needs of the workforce. That’s why it’s even more important that you have a support system along the way. Other HR professions that you can go to for input, advice, sharing of stories, etc. A network of HR cheerleaders... one that can empathize and provide encouragement along the way.

Our network of HR cheerleaders may look different to each of us. For some it may be a group of HR professionals you’ve met along your career path. Or your current HR team with varying degrees of experience and opinions.

For me, it’s MVHRA. A group filled with different industries, unique experiences and an assortment of stories along the way. It’s a network of “phone-a-friend”s right there to answer questions, provide insight or give an “atta girl” when it is most needed.

Do you have a network of HR cheerleaders? I certainly hope so. But I hope you know MVHRA is also here for you along the way. We want to meet you.

Stop by our February professional development or luncheon meetings… I’ll be handing out “I heart HR” stickers J

P.S.: Visit our website often. Our amazing team of committee chairs has been working hard to put together the 2015 calendar of events and it is going to be an awesome year

College Relations Corner – Speakers Wanted

   Are you a great speaker on an HR topic? Then have we got a job for you!

   The College Relations Committee is often asked to provide speakers on a variety of different HR topics for our local student SHRM chapters. We keep an active roster of individuals on which we can call when an opportunity arises. So send us an email if you’re interested and willing to offer your time and expertise. Include your topic of interest and contact information and we’ll be in touch. Send to Any questions can be directed to the same email or you can call her at (937)429-9225.

Employment Corner!!

Check out these exciting Human Resources job opportunities:

  • HR Generalist – Support Financial Resources
  • Manager, Compensation – CareSource
  • HR Recruiter – Wright-Patt Credit Union
  • Sr. HR Generalist – ATS Automation
  • HR Administrative Assistant – DRT Holdings, Inc.
  • HR Recruitment Administrator – Great Dayton RTA

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

Welcome New MVHRA Members!

Julie     Ferguson Professional-in-Transition  
Mandi   White HR Representative Dysinger, Inc.
Michelle    Lewis Talent Specialist Wright-Patt Credit Union
Dean Scott HR Specialist Corbus LLC
Missy Herrmann HR Manager Barrett Paving Materials, Inc.
Tara  Jenson CEO Eldora Plastics, Inc.
Jasmine Spirk HR Business Partner  Ball Aerospace
Katy  Cecil HR Associate St. Leonard
Paulette Duerson  Professional-in-Transition  
Steven  Ferguson VP, Benefits Consultant USI Midwest
Misty    Bruns HR Leader Payless ShoeSource
Chad  Dresnick HR Manager Shiver Security Systems. Inc.
Thomas    White Operations Manager The Deters Law Group
Melissa Gruys Professor Wright State University
Jayne Knoop  Professional-in-Transition  

Quit Sabotaging Your Company

“Where is your focus now?”

by Carrie Van Daele, CEO/President, MSM, Author, Van Daele & Associates,

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On a list of executive-related business issues, your biggest company concern for 2015 will be filling the skills-gap by leveraging talent [, Feb.11, 2014]. 

Your inability to fill the skills gap will choke your supply chain and your pace for talent success.

You will learn:

  • How to shrink the widening skills gap.
  • How to leverage talent.
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