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May2015 - MVHRA Connections


MVHRA May 2015 Connections Newsletter

Presidential Ponderings Volume 4, Edition 

Kelly O’Connor, PHR, GBA 

Your feedback matters 


A few weeks ago we asked that you participate in our annual membership survey. The survey helps us better understand how we can meet your needs.  

We heard from over 60 members and wanted to let you know what we’re doing with your feedback. 

  1. We asked what day of the week worked best for our MVHRA meetings – the responses were close between Tuesday and Wednesday. As a result, we’ve been doing on-the-spot surveys to learn more about what would be convenient for you and your schedule. Over the next few months, we will let you know what we learn and if we decide to make any changes for 2016. 
  1. Most of you felt the greatest benefit of your MVHRA membership was networking with other HR professionals. Last year’s survey revealed the greatest benefit being to broaden your industry knowledge. We will continue to provide networking opportunities in addition to our programs. We’re also looking into new/additional ways to grow and foster our local HR community. We hope you will join us and participate in all the networking opportunities available. 
  1. When asked about improving your experience as an MVHRA member, we received a variety of responses. The prevalent response was to add more variety to the topics of our programming. We will keep this feedback in the forefront as we plan our programming for 2016 – which is already in the works! But if you have any topics you really want to see or know of any talented speakers, please let us know. We want to make sure you get the most out of our programs. 
  1. We also asked about the time allotted for meetings. The responses were resounding that the current time allotted was plenty. We understand you have work and family and other demands that you have to get back to. That’s why we are conscious about making sure our meetings end on time and we get you back to your day. We will continue to do so. 

In addition to all of the feedback above, we’re also working hard to fill all of our open volunteer positions on the board. We’ve created a new committee – Membership Engagement – and they will help match volunteers with the roles available. We are very excited about this initiative and hope you will consider joining our board.   

We genuinely thank you for taking the time to complete the annual survey. Your feedback is always wanted – not just once a year through our survey. If you have suggestions, concerns, or if you just want to tell us about your MVHRA experience, please feel free to reach out to any of the board members. We like hearing from you!  

If you are an MVHRA member but you rarely have the opportunity to attend an MVHRA meeting, please take a brief moment to let a board member know why. We are anxious to learn more about why you are unable to attend. We like meeting and getting to know all the HR professionals in our community and we’d love to get to know you better! 

SHRM Foundation Scholarships

The SHRM Foundation will award more than $25,000 in scholarships to SHRM student members this year. Applicants must be SHRM student members with an active membership as of November 1 and a valid SHRM ID number.

Application deadline: November 1, 2015. Apply online and see more at:

Individual SHRM members may apply for this $750 award to support their pursuit of professional SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification.

Funds may be used for any combination of test preparation-such as SHRM Certification Preparation tools and exam fees. In addition, SHRM chapters and state councils may apply for an award to support their SHRM certification preparation programs. Each scholarship is a one-time award; however previous applicants and past scholarship recipients are eligible to re-apply. Certification scholarships are awarded annually.

See more at:

Committee Spotlight: College Relations

We’re starting something new – every month we will feature a committee and their initiatives for the year!

For this inaugural committee spotlight article, we’re going to focus on the College Relations Committee. This amazing committee is led by Betsy Brown and Bill Waxman.

Some of the initiatives they’ve already accomplished in 2015:

  • Student sponsorship program – where you can sponsor a student to attend an MVHRA luncheon meeting. The students are very appreciative of this program and it encourages them to practice their networking skills.
  • Job shadow program – earlier this year we connected HR students with you to job shadow your HR job. This was a very successful program and we plan to submit the results to SHRM for a potential award.
  • SHRM Student Case Summit – we were able to sponsor sending some HR students to observe the competing student groups at the summit.
  • Assistance with special projects – the HR student groups at Wright State University and Edison Community College have assisted MVHRA with several special projects… from helping build and gather results from the membership survey to assisting in our mailing to local SHRM members.

Our College Relations Committee is full of talent and amazing energy. They are truly connecting the local HR students with you – HR professionals! Kudos to the committee and great appreciation for all their hard work. Thank you College Relations! 

Welcome New Members!



Dir. Of Career Services

ITT Technical Institute



Group HR Manager

Norcold, Inc.



HR Generalist/Recruiter




HR Assistant

Ferguson Construction Company



HR Manager

Edict Systems, Inc.



Dir. OD and HR

Globe Food Equipment



Bus. Development Rep.

AM PM Employment



Executive Director

Clothes That Work



Admin. Asst. to Township Administrator

Sugarcreek Township




AM Leonard



Asst. Recruiter/Training Coordinator

Ryan Consulting Group



Education Consultant

Morris Furniture Company, Inc.



New Business Development Rep.


Check out these exciting Human Resources job opportunities:

  • Corporate Recruiter – MacAulay-Brown, Inc.
  • Director of Human Resources– DRS Technologies
  • Human Resources Generalist – Undisclosed (Centerville, OH)
  • Human Resources Assistant – Projects Unlimited, Inc.
  • Benefits Administrative Secretary II – Springfield City School District

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


Winner of the "2015 Annual Survey" Drawing is........

 Terry Black!  

The winning name was pulled by our President, Kelly O’Connor during our April board meeting for participating in the 2015 MVHRA Annual Survey.  Please join me in congratulating Terry for being the recipient of the contest.  He will receive a free 2015 lunch of his choice.  The survey was available in early March and thanks to all those that participated.  To be considered you had to complete the survey and self-identify to provide a means for us to contact you.  Thanks again – your feedback is appreciated.   

Winner of the "Renew Early and Win" is........

Tonya Todd!

If you renewed your 2015 MVHRA membership by January 31, 2015 you were automatically entered to win a free registration to the OH SHRM State Conference.  Tonya Todd’s name was selected by our March speaker and will receive a gift value of $300 for admission to the conference in September 2015 compliments of Miami Valley Human Resource Association.  Thanks to everyone for renewing your membership!  We value your membership and look forward to serving your professional needs.  

New Committee – Member Engagement

After a review of our current onboarding practices and a desire to more fully engage new MVHRA members from the onset, the board has created a new committee, Member Engagement.  As a spin-off of the Membership Committee, Member Engagement will focus on connecting with new members, as well as long- standing members, to inform them on current volunteer opportunities within the organization. 

            Volunteers Needed!

We have recently completed a volunteer needs assessment and have several roles for which we need assistance.  If you indicated volunteer interest on your membership renewal, we may have already connected, and I will be following up with you this month.  If you are interested in learning about volunteer opportunities and we haven’t spoken, please be sure to contact  It’s an exciting time to get involved!  

By: Barb Phillips, PHR, Volunteer Advocate, Member Engagement Committee 

Miami Valley Human Resource Association Receives Distinguished Award

For the 2nd time in MVHRA’s history, the Society for Human Resource Management has awarded us, the EXCEL Platinum Award for 2014!  This is the highest award level offered by SHRM.

About the Award:  The SHRM Affiliate Program for Excellence (SHAPE) has been designed to ensure a strong connection between SHRM and its affiliated chapters from a business perspective.  In addition to clearly outlining the requirements to measure state alignment and engagement with SHRM’s overall objectives, SHAPE focuses on activities and initiatives which are more strategic in nature.  These efforts allow each affiliated state council to increase its viability and effectiveness, as well as promote the HR profession at the local level.  Additionally, this program was designed to enhance the business acumen of local volunteer leaders! This program raises the bar of excellence for affiliates and introduces the EXCEL Awards – a tiered recognition and awards system.

This recognition is a distinct indication of MVHRA’s successful partnership with SHRM to serve the networking and professional development needs of human resource professionals and to the advancement of the human resources profession.

There were several areas and initiatives that our Chapter completed to receive this distinguished award.  Highlights of those initiatives include:

Membership-Increasing membership; College Relations-Creating networking opportunities, job shadowing, job preparedness and intership/special projects; Government Affairs/Advocacy-Hosting workshops for members that were focused on various government affairs topics; Diversity & Inclusion-Offering programs and resources promoting diversity; Workforce Readiness-Connecting Veteran’s with job search strategies to enable them to find meaningful employment in the community; Certifcation-Promote the importance of certification/recertification and provide members with opportunities to prepare for certification exams; SHRM Foundation-Raise awareness and funds that support ongoing research in the HR profession.

Many thanks to MVHRA’s Volunteer Leaders and their committees in each one of these areas that give of their time and talents to assist in continuing to advance our profession!

As a result of these initiatives, MVHRA will receive a Certificate of Recognition, a specialized banner to display at its meetings and events, and is being recognized in SHRM’s publications and at its conferences.

Hooray for our Chapter!!

Article Submitted by: Erin Henry, Committee Chair and Virgil F. McDaniel, Assistant Committee Chair

They compete. We win!

There has been a lot of negative talk since SHRM’s move to create their own HR certifications last year. “Having two different certifying bodies is confusing.”

“They’re calling into the question the validity of all of the certifications.”

“The split between HRCI and SHRM is the result of greed.”

Et cetera. Et cetera. Et cetera.

While I don’t want to comment on any of these or other concerns, I would like to offer one positive angle… a silver lining of sorts. With both organizations now competing for mindshare and walletshare, they’re both being pushed to raise their game.  They compete. We win!

Customer Service

Both HRCI and SHRM have been criticized in the past for being difficult to work with, allowing long cycle times and so forth. In recent months, both organizations have been ramping up their support staff and shoring up their service models… a potentially big win for all of us.

Resources & Communication

Both HRCI and SHRM are also stepping up the level and quality of the resources they provide to members. In the case of SHRM, the focus is on helping HR professional take advantage of the pathway process.  This means keeping things clear and simple. For HRCI, the efforts appear to be more aimed at demonstrating and promoting thought leadership as evidenced by their renewed attention on their Certified eMagazine and the release of their 570+ page collection of articles entitled The Rise of HR: Wisdom from 73 Thought Leaders.  Again, this is a win for us.

Branding & Awareness

Both SHRM and HRCI have made significant investments in upgrading their websites - creating videos, promoting blogs, and even offering digital badges (HRCI only). All of these are aimed at building their respective brands. The upside for all of us is that increased awareness around the HRCI and SHRM certifications will spill over to certificants. As their brand cache increases, so does ours. If you have not visited the websites for HRCI and SHRM in recent months, I would encourage you to do so and check out some of the new things both organizations are offering.

Useful Links

SHRM Pathway -

HRCI Certification Flipbook -

HRCI Rise of HR Book –

One Final Note

A reminder to all of you who already have your PHR, SPHR or other HRCI credentials… you have until the end of 2015 to earn your SHRM-CP or -SCP certification by completing the SHRM pathway process. After that, you’ll have to take the test. Carve out an hour and knock it out now, while you’re thinking about it. 

by Brandon Bernzott, Human Capital Institute

2015 Ohio SHRM Employment Law + Legislative Conference - Register Today!

You spoke.  We listened.  We've revised this year's conference with all of the feedback you provided last year.  Highlights for this year's legislative conference include:

  • Speakers from Colorado, Washington and national presenters at SHRM's annual legislative conference in Washington, D.C.
  • All 132 members of the 131st General Assembly will be invited to speak in a small group setting with attendees during breakfast - Don't miss your opportunity for this informal legislative meet and greet with Ohio House and Senate members!
  • What to expect from Congress and the President in 2015 from National SHRM Director of Congressional Affairs, Lisa Horn
  • NLRB: Ambush Elections and Challenges on the Horizon - Hear from Roger King, Senior Labor + Employment Counsel for the HR Policy Association
  • Hazed and Confused: The Impact of Marijuana Legalization - Hear from a panel of legal experts in Colorado and Washington as well as Ohio's proposed ballot initiatives
  • POTUS v. Congress: How will immigration reform affect your workplace and the top 5 things HR managers should know
  • The Top 5 Public Policy Issues Affecting HR in the 131st General Assembly and Gov. Kasich's Second Term of Office
  • We also will be announcing the Keynote speaker in the weeks leading up to the conference! 

Join us at the Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square for the annual Ohio SHRM Employment Law + Legislative Conference on June 3, 2015!  

All registration information can be found here: 
REGISTER today at the rate of $125.00.

Full Day Registration:    $125
Legislative Breakfast Only:    $25
Student Rate: (Before May 15, 2015)    $25
Student Rate: (After May 15, 2015)    $50


This conference is pending approval of the following recertification credits:

·         SHRM - between 6 - 8.5 credits

·         HCRI - between 6 - 8.5 credits

·         Ohio CLE - 6 credits

Please e-mail all other questions to Ohio SHRM's Director, Governmental Affairs, regarding this event.



When: May 19, 2015 

Time: 7 PM

You can register and purchase your tickets on our website at:


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