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The Mobile SHRM Chapter Newsletter
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Welcome to the 2016 Mobile SHRM Leadership Team

It’s a new year, so we have a new list of officers, directors and coordinators! Your volunteer leadership team for 2016 is:




Mary White, MTI Business Solutions

Past President

Carol Statter, Infirmary Health Systems

Vice President, Programs

Jeanine Wilson

Vice President, Membership

Marjorie Icenogle, University of South Alabama College of Business


Mary Caron Downing, Continental Motors


Linda Ramsay, Clark, Personnel





Lisa Nelson, AltaPointe Health Systems

SHRM Foundation

Shelly Mathis, Infirmary Health Systems


Karla Rodgers, Infirmary Health Systems

Workforce Readiness

Nichelle Evans, Hampton Inn Mobile I-10 West

College Relations

Treena Finney, University of South Alabama College of Business

Conference Chair

Shelley Stephens, University of South Alabama Continuing Education




Conference Co-Chair

Mary Benjamin, Long’s Human Resource Services

Sponsorship Coordinator

Susie Jones, Sirius Technical Services

A/V Coordinator

Emily Miller, AltaPointe Health Systems

Door Prize Coordinator

Jane Bahr, Employment Screening Services (ESS) 

Publicity Coordinator

Vacant (email if interested)

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Suggest a Program for 2016idea

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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2016 SHRM-CP/SCP Prep Class – Nearly Full

Mobile SHRM’s annual SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Certification prep class will begin on Monday, January 25. As of January 18, there are two seats remaining in the class. See ( for details. If you would like to register, contact Mary White at

  • Classes will meet on Monday evenings from January 25 through May 16 at the MTI Business Solutions Training Center (1110 Montlimar Drive, Suite 570) in Mobile.
  • There will be four "off" nights during the session (Mardi Gras and spring break for Mobile and Baldwin counties) for a total of 13 class sessions.
  • Enrollment will be limited to 13 participants.
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Diversity Spotlight
The Role of Diversity and Inclusion: Brand Management

By Karla Rodgers PHR, SHRM-CP, Mobile SHRM Diversity Coordinator

Diversity is an integral component of brand management, especially if we want to attract and retain top talent.  As HR professional’s we understand the importance of Title VII and being an equal opportunity employer.  But diversity isn’t just about complying with the law; it’s about fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion and demonstrating that culture through a diverse workforce.

What Is Diversity?
SHRM defines diversity as “the collective mixture of differences and similarities that include, for example, gender, physical abilities, individual and organizational characteristics, values, beliefs, experiences, backgrounds, preferences, and behaviors.”  These similarities and differences can be traits that are visible or invisible.

What Is Inclusion?
SHRM defines inclusion as “the achievement of a work environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully, have equal access to opportunities and resources, and can contribute fully to an organizations success”.

Understanding the Importance
Diversity and inclusion are what make us uniquely different and are monumental in the success of any organization. Top talent seeks employment where they are able to interact with diverse people in a setting where they can maximize their unique qualities.

Potential employees want to know that their culture and background will be seen with value in moving the organization forward.  These potential employees want to be in an atmosphere where differences will be viewed as inimitable element and that they will not be treated differently because of them. 

“Diversity has also been shown to increase positive community and consumer perceptions. Communities and consumers want to engage with and do business with organizations that reflect themselves and the current population” (Lieber, 2012).

How Does Your Company Measure Up?
What are potential employees saying about your organization? Diversity isn’t just those visible or invisible traits outlined in Title VII. It is seeing the value in a diverse, inclusive environment where people of all backgrounds, cultures and races are truly able to say my uniqueness matters!

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Thank You

Door Prizes Sponsors

Employment Screening Services (ESS)

Hargrove Engineers+Constructors

MTI Business Solutions


We appreciate your support of our chapter and our mission!
** All Door Prize Donors will be recognized in our Monthly Newsletter **

For more info contact Jane Bahr


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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! Click here ( for details. Only one sponsor per meeting is accepted. Reserve your meeting today!

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Need an Intern?
Looking for a way to help advance the profession and your organization? Offer an internship! Please contact Marjorie Icenogle at if you’re interested in participating as an internship site!

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Non-Solicitation Policy
Mobile SHRM’s non-solicitation policy has been published on the website. Please review the policy 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