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President's Letter

hands joiningNow that we’re into the second half of 2016, it’s time to start putting succession plans in place for the 2017 chapter leadership team! If you are interested in engaging with Mobile SHRM as part of the leadership team or if you just want to learn more about what’s involved, please let me know.  

Becoming part of the chapter’s leadership team is a very rewarding experience that will help you strengthen your network, develop new skills and help shape the chapter’s direction. There are opportunities to participate as a member of the Board of Directors, in a Core Leadership role or as a Coordinator.

Positions will be slated over the next few months for fall elections and January induction. Interested? Please contact me at



Mary White, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Chapter President

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Conference Corner

HR Super ResourcesSuper Human Resources – Building a Stronger Workforce

Holiday Inn Downtown Historic District Mobile
301 Government Street, Mobile, AL  36602

Friday, November 4, 2016  8:00am to 4:30pm

Registration & Breakfast

6:45 am – 7:45 am

Opening Keynote Speaker

8:00 am – 9:00 am


9:20 am – 11:40 am;
12:50 pm – 4:20 pm


BOOK EARLY AND SAVE!  Early-Bird Rate Ends September 30, 2016!

Register Today!!! - Here

Participant Registration Fees
Registration fees include all sessions, admission to the silent auction, continental breakfast, and lunch.

Registration closes on 10/21/2016. Walk-ins not accepted.

Mobile SHRM Members:

$99 through Sept.30th
$129 Oct. 1st to October 21st

Non-Mobile SHRM Members:

$109 through to Sept. 30th
$139 Oct. 1st to Oct. 21st

$375 through September 30, 2016                    
$450 October 1, 2016 to October 21, 2016 

Vendor Signup Here

All fees must be paid in full by the last day of the specific fee level to receive that rate.


Don’t miss your chance to promote your business to a captive audience of local HR professionals!

Platinum: $1,500 - $2,000            Gold: $1,000 - $1,499        Silver: $500 - $999

All sponsorships must be paid in full by September 30, 2016

To reserve your vendor space or sponsorship, contact Susie Jones at
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SHRM-CP/SCP Certification Prep Class

We are planning to hold a SHRM-CP/SCP certification prep class in 2017. As in past years, classes will start in mid-January and meet for 13 Monday evenings at MTI Business Solutions’ training center, with breaks for Mardi Gras and Mobile & Baldwin County spring break weeks.

Pricing is not yet available, as we are waiting for verification from SHRM on the cost for the 2017 learning system. As soon as SHRM confirms that information, we will finalize details and open registration. If you would like to be placed on a list to be notified when registration opens, please email your request to class instructor Mary White at
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Meeting Sponsorship Filling Fast!Fast

Monthly meeting sponsorships are filling us fast. Don't miss this opportunity to promote your products and services to a captive audience of HR decision makers in 2016!

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

Contact Susie Jones at to reserve your sponsorship today!

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Governmental Affairs

Paid Parental Leave Status
Legislative discussions continue to churn opinions on Paid Parental Leave.

Earlier this year, President Obama signed a memorandum that will allow federal workers 6 weeks of paid leave, and New York's mayor followed suit for city employees. It is important to note that California, New Jersey, and Rhode Island offer paid family leave as well. Although this bonding time will certainly strengthen familial bonds, employers will be faced with the unintended consequences created by staffing challenges compounded with funding the paid leave.

It is uncertain as to if, or when, this benefit will expand to Alabama. However, as HR leaders, we can strengthen our partnership and value to our organizations by socializing topics such as this that keep leaders aware and informed of the ever-changing HR climate.
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Book Drive

bookThe 1,000 books in 100 days workforce readiness initiative is drawing to a close! This program has been incredibly successful – it looks like we’ll end up with more than 5,000 books statewide. What a great way for SHRM chapter members to make a huge impact on workforce readiness in the local community!

Books will continue to be accepted through the August chapter meeting! Please bring your contributions to the August 12 chapter meeting, drop them off at AIM Mail Center (6300 Grelot Road) or contact Carol Statter ( to make other arrangements.

Contact Nichelle Evans ( or Carol Statter ( to arrange to have them picked up.

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Whats Happening

In addition to great local events and the Alabama State HR Conference, there are plenty of other great educational opportunities throughout the region. You can find details about upcoming SHRM events at, including:

  • HR Florida State Conference (August, Orlando)
  • Cullman SHRM Human Resources & Management Team Workshop (October, Cullman)
  • Northshore SHRM HR Symposium (October, Mandeville)
  • NOLA SHRM Annual HR Conference (October, New Orleans
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Diversity Spotlight

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

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SHRM Foundation Capital CampaignSMRM Fund

Our capital campaign for the SHRM Foundation is underway! There are three ways to participate.

  • Bring your donation to the August chapter meeting!
    (Those who donate $20 or more will receive a SHRM logo travel tumbler as a thank-you!)
  • Participate in the Coach bag raffle.
  • Make a donation to the Silent Auction, which will be held at the November conference.

Contact Shelly Mathis at for information.  


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Door Prize Sponsors

Thank you


Thanks so much for providing door prizes for the July meeting!

Door Prize Request

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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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