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The Mobile SHRM Chapter Newsletter
  • Employment law-focused mini-conference: In response to our new ‘Suggest a Program’ feature on the chapter website, this year’s half-day mini-conference will focus on employment law. The not-to-be-missed June program features four attorneys and Eddie (Eddi) Mary Daniel Abdulhaqq from the EEOC. Learn more at Early-bird pricing will end May 1, so register early!
  • Big changes for annual conference: Plans are underway for the 2016 Gulf Coast Human Resource Conference, with a new location, a new date and an exciting slate of programs already starting to shape up. “Save the Date” information is in this newsletter edition and more details will be provided soon!
  • New look: Watch for a new, modernized MSHRM logo to be revealed soon!
  • Expanded social media presence: Mobile SHRM has had a Facebook page for some time, and this year we’ve expanded to Twitter and LinkedIn as well. Follow us and join the conversation! #MSHRM. Links on sidebar of newsletter!

These are just a few of the exciting developments! If you would like to suggest additional ways MSHRM can add value, I’d love to hear your ideas. You can reach me at


Mary White, M.A., SHRM-SCP, SPH

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Suggest a Programidea

Do you have an idea for a program topic or do you want to be considered as a presenter for one of our events?

We want to hear from you! We are always looking for great speakers and topics of interest to HR professionals. See the Suggest a Program page on our website for information on how to submit your suggestions.

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Mentor Opportunity for Your Communication/Marketing Team

Stacy Wellborn with the Mobile chapter of the Public Relations Council of Alabama (PRCA) is recruiting professionals and students to participate in (whole or half) one-day internship program. 

Professionals within these fields will host a student “tag-a-long” to get a first-hand look into the actual work day of that professional. (A professional does not have to be a member of any club to volunteer; they just need to work in the related field.)

Students from local colleges and universities are invited to shadow a professional for the day, on March 31st.

Students will be matched with professionals based on their top choice: advertising, public relations, media or graphic design.

The day will culminate in a student/professional networking event at 5pm at Moe’s Barbeque in downtown Mobile.

Sign-up today to host a student or to Take a TEST DRIVE! -

FYI - You can sign-up for a full or half day OR attend the networking event only.

For additional information, contact Stacy Wellborn at or see the

Facebook event page:
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Meeting Schedule and RSVP Deadlines

Mobile SHRM chapter meetings are the second Friday of each month. Advance reservations are always required and are due by 5 pm on the Monday of meeting week.

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Whats Happening

You can find details about upcoming SHRM events at Upcoming events include:

  • Alabama State SHRM Conference (May, Birmingham)
  • Mississippi State SHRM Conference (May, Biloxi)
  • Greater Pensacola SHRM Legal Conference (May, Biloxi)
  • Mobile SHRM Mini-Conference (June, Mobile)
  • The SHRM National Conference & Expo (June, Washington DC)
  • HR Florida State Conference (August, Orlando)
  • Gulf Coast Human Resource Conference (November, Mobile)


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Diversity Spotlight

The Power of Women in the Workplace
By Karla Rodgers, MBA, SHRM-CP, PHR

Historical Perspective
The need to employ women in jobs typically categorized as “men’s work” came to fruition during WWI. Jobs that were divested from men as they went off to war were now occupied by their female counterparts. During WWII, women’s employment increased from about 5.1 million in 1939 to 7.25 million by 1943 (, leading to a movement for key legislation to bridge the gap in gender compensation, promotion and development.

The Equal Pay Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, The Pregnancy Discrimination Act, Meritor Savings Bank vs Vinson and, more recently, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act were all key aspects of creating equality in the workplace. Despite these vigorous undertakings, statistics show that women still lag behind their male counterparts in these areas.

Where’s the Gap?
The 2016 International Women’s Day (IWD) theme, Pledge for Parity, cites that the World Economic forum predicted in 2015 that it would take until the year 2133 to achieve global gender parity.
Human Resources (HR) in the U.S. is a field dominated by women.

Almost 80% of HR managers and 49% of HR officers at the top 100 U.S corporations are women, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, male HR managers still earn about 40 percent more than their female counterparts (Schramm 2015). In addition, only about 25 percent of executives and senior-level managers in S&P 500 companies are women, according to
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has raised issues around women in the workforce in its regular reviews of the economics of Japan, Italy, Germany and other nations. We are still seeking parity in the workplace in the U.S and abroad.

The Bottom Line
Chad Steinberg, Senior Economist for IMF, affirms that putting more women in jobs will be more beneficial for the world economy. Research predicts a permanent rise in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), from 4 percent in France and Germany to 34 percent in Egypt, once the employment gap between males and females closes in those countries.

Gender parity is also predicted to increase GDP by 12 percent among all Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) countries.

Studies by D.C.-based Peterson Institute for International Economics revealed that going from no women represented in corporate leadership - CEO, board or other C-suite roles – to a 30 percent share of women in leadership, was associated with a 15 percent increase in profitability for the average enterprise.

Women occupying leadership roles within an organization mean increased profits, making an overall positive impact on any organization’s revenue and position within the market place.

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1,000 Books in 100 Days

Chile readingWe are well on the way to reaching our book drive goal! Several brought donations to the March meeting, even during the torrential downpour!

Nichelle Evans, Mobile SHRM’s workforce readiness director, pointed out that many students attending schools in underserved areas are unable to complete their summer reading lists because they cannot get to the library or are not financially able to purchase the books. We contacted one of the city's "failing" elementary schools and the principal was delighted to send us the school's summer reading.

The list is now posted on our website ( as an option for members who would like to make donations from the list (though, of course, all new or very gently used books appropriate for K-3 students are welcome!)

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Save the Date! 2016 Gulf Coast Human Resource Conference


Earlier date: November 4, 2016
Awesome theme: Super Human Resources – Building a Stronger Workforce
New location: Holiday Inn Downtown Historic District (301 Government Street)

Watch for registration details (including early bird discounts and sponsorship opportunities) coming soon on!

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Student Involvement

Mobile SHRM is taking involvement with the University of South Alabama’s student SHRM chapter to a new level! Student representatives are now participating in MSRHM Board/Leadership meetings and a new student-focused column will be added to the newsletter next month. The student group is also looking for experienced HR pros to speak at their meetings – if you’d like to volunteer, email

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Door Prizes Sponsors Bronze Award

Donating door prizes for chapter meetings is a great way to get your name in front of Mobile SHRM members! Chapter meeting door prizes are always welcome! You don’t have to get approval in advance – just bring a door prize and leave it with Jane Bahr at the check-in desk! All door prize donors will be announced when their gift is given away and recognized in the monthly newsletter. For more information, contact Jane at


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Sponsorship Opportunities

Mobile SHRM chapter meeting sponsorships are now available for 2016. For just $400, get an exclusive opportunity to promote your company to HR decision makers!

  • See the Meeting Sponsors Page on the Mobile SHRM website for details.
  • Only one sponsor per meeting is accepted, and the 2016 meetings are going fast. The sooner you confirm your month, the better!

Reserve your meeting today!

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Need Extra Pair of Hands?
Maybe what you really need is an intern! Please contact Marjorie Icenogle at if you’re interested in hosting a student intern at your company!

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Upcoming Event

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The Mobile, Alabama chapter of SHRM exists to promote quality human resource practice among local industries, businesses, educational institutions, and government agencies. We bring together leading practitioners to provide education, networking and discussion of various human resource topics and to identify the best practices for all aspects of human resource and industrial relations work.

6300 Grelot Rd., Suite G 102, Mobile, AL 36609