Vol 18 Issue 7 July 2011

Monthly Meeting

July Chapter Meeting - Lunch
Meeting Time: Fri, 07/08/2011 - 11:15am - 1:00pm

Speaker: Brandon Barnhill, Chapter Legislative Affairs Director
Topic: Legislative Update
Sponsor: Volunteers of America Southeast
Fee: $15 for MSHRM members, $17 for guests
Location: Heron Lakes Country Club, 3851 Government Boulevard, Mobile, AL 36693
Register online (below) to pay with a credit card or RSVP to secretary@mobileshrm.org to pay at the door.

Register Online

President's Desk

It’s hard to believe that it’s July already. I hope you’ve found your Mobile SHRM membership to be beneficial to you throughout the first half of the year and that it continues to be rewarding to you for the rest of the year and beyond.

Even though the year is halfway over, there are still plenty of exciting ways to get involved with your chapter. Here are a few things to consider:
Conference Committee: Plans are underway for the 2011 conference, and extra hands are always needed. If you’d like to get more involved with the chapter while having an opportunity to get to know other members better, consider volunteering to work on the committee. There are plenty of opportunities, ranging from helping secure donations for the silent auction to reaching out to vendors about the benefits of exhibiting at the event. Contact Candice Swiger at conference@mobileshrm.org to find out how you can get involved.

Board and Coordinator Opportunities: It’s getting close to the time to start preparing the slate of board members, officers and coordinators for next year. If you’re interested in getting involved with the chapter at this level, let me know. Send an email to president@mobileshrm.org to express your interest.

Annual Charity Nominations: In just a few months, it’ll be time to start considering local charities as potential recipients for the chapter’s annual holiday donation. Start thinking about what organizations you’d like to nominate to receive recognition – and a cash donation – at the December meeting. The nomination deadline will be provided in a future newsletter, but it’s never too early to start thinking about what nonprofit organization you’d like to nominate.

These are just a few of the many ways to get more involved with the chapter in the second half of the year. Of course, the most immediate thing you can do is RSVP for the July meeting! I hope that you’re looking forward to the legislative update program as much as I am.


Mary White, Chapter President

In This Issue


Our Newest Members!

June Members

Kelly Berner
The Country Club of Mobile
Human Resources Coordinator

Cory Griffin
Virginia College at Mobile
Career Services Associate

John Nix
John R. Nix, LLC

Sherice Rada
Jack B. Kelley, Inc.
HR Generalist

Heather Fell
Volunteers of America Southeast, Inc.
Human Resource Generalist

ATTENTION New Members:
Everyone please update your on-line membership profile on the web-site (www.mobileshrm.org). After logging-in on the "CLUB LOGIN" go to "My Profile" and update your information. There is log-in assistance if you can't remember your log-in or password. Of particular importance is your e-mail address. This is the groups preferred manner of communications and is extremely important. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the treasurer, at treasurer@mobileshrm.org.


2011 Gulf Coast Mobile SHRM Conference - Friday, November 18, 2011

The event is scheduled for Friday, November 18, 2011 at the Mobile Convention Center, located in Mobile, AL from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (check-in begins at 7:30 am

Conference Registration Fees for Mobile SHRM Members:

  • $99.00 through September 1
  • $109.00 after September 1

Conference Registration Fees for Non-Mobile SHRM Members:

  • $109.00 through September 1
  • $119.00 after September 1

Registration fee includes all includes all sessions, admission to the trade show, continental breakfast, and lunch.

Registration Information:
To register and pay by check, please download the attached conference registration form, complete, and submit per instructions. If you'd like to pay with a credit card, please register online (below). Please note that a 6% convenience fee is added for online payments.
For More Information please contact Candice Swiger at conference@mobileshrm.org or Scott Dwelle at conferencecochair@mobileshrm.org.

The Mobile SHRM – 2011 Annual Conference is now on Facebook!  Just search for “Mobile SHRM – Annual Conference” when using Facebook.  Be sure to “like” the page.  This will be a great way to keep up with what’s going on in regards to the 2011 Annual Conference.

Mobile SHRM Newsletter Sponsor

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2011 Meeting Sponsorships!

Would you like to have an opportunity to market your company’s products or services to a captive audience of HR professionals?

Sponsor a Mobile Society for Human Resource Management chapter meeting and you’ll have an exclusive opportunity to do just that! For only $400, sponsors may have an exhibit near the check-in table, place literature on each table, and have an opportunity to speak briefly about their companies during the meeting agenda. What could be better than that?

Limited opportunities are available, as there can be only one sponsor for each regular meeting.
Contact Tom Woodford at pres-elect@mshrm.org or 251-378-2211 to reserve your month!

Wanted - HR Internships and Co-op experiences

Students majoring in HR would like to complete internships this summer and fall. Students must work approximately 150 hours for course credit. Fewer hours are possible without course credit. IRS regulations discourage the use of unpaid internships.
Pay ranges from minimum wage to $10 per hour. If your company needs an intern, please contact Dr. Marjorie Icenogle, micenogle@usouthal.edu (251-508-6491)

Mobile SHRM Thanks!

Thank You

"Thank you for all of the door prizes donated at the June meeting".

Employment Screening Services
Elwood Staffing
Managed Healthcare

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 Becky Lovgren at becky.lovgren@expresspros.com
(Door prizes are needed for future meetings)

Diversity Organizations

Fortune 500 Companies Lead with Diversity, Happiness

by Catherine Skrzypinski


Fortune 500 companies, such as Boeing Co., Coca-Cola Co., IBM, Lockheed Martin Corp., Procter & Gamble Co. and Verizon, Inc., continue to pave the way for engaging women and minority employees.
Chicago-based aerospace company Boeing was recognized by a series of diversity awards in 2011, including the Diversity Council Honors Award, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Best Places to Work distinction and by readers of Minority Engineer magazine.

“Boeing’s commitment to diversity means providing a work environment that’s welcoming, respectful and engaging, where every individual sees the opportunity to contribute to his or her fullest potential,” said Joyce Tucker, Boeing’s vice president of Global Diversity and Employee Rights.
Other aerospace and defense companies that place high on minorities’ lists as best places to work and have received several diversity awards in 2011 include:

  • Lockheed Martin
  • Honeywell International Inc.
  • Northrop Grumman Corp.

“At Lockheed Martin, we recognize that diversity is not just a short-term trend. It is a business imperative,” Bob Stevens, chairman and CEO, said on Lockheed Martin’s website. “We take our commitment to diversity and inclusion seriously. We don’t just state our commitment, we live it. We are dedicated to a process that listens to the voices of our employees and partners to help shape our course.”

Influential Women

Meanwhile, women in senior positions at soft drink conglomerate Coca-Cola, products giant Procter & Gamble and Kraft Foods, Inc. are transforming boardrooms.
“We are at a critical point in corporate history regarding diversity in the boardroom,” Susan Stautberg, co-founder and co-chair of WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD) and president of PartnerCom Corp., said in a statement. “Directors must not only develop a company’s global strategy but also be vigilant watchdogs who understand the hidden challenges of working around the world.”
The aforementioned companies have been named as winners of WCD Awards, presented at a New York event in May 2011:

  • WCD Visionary Award for Leadership and Governance—Procter & Gamble: acknowledges female leaders who serve as a role model in corporate leadership and best governance practices.
  • WCD Visionary Award for Strategic Leadership—Irene Rosenfeld, chairman and CEO of Kraft Foods: recognizes outstanding leadership by a female board chair or CEO, exhibiting courage in making leadership decisions.
  • WCD Visionary Award for Innovation in Shared Value—Coca-Cola: awards companies with successful corporate citizen programs.

“Companies with more women directors are outperforming their peers, connecting their strategies to their communities and innovating with the ideas and leadership of women in the boardroom,” Henrietta Holsman Fore, co-chair of WCD and director of biopharmaceutical company Theravance, Inc., said in a statement.

Pursuit of Happiness

Since many Fortune 500 companies stress the importance of diversity and inclusion, it is no surprise many employees are content working for such firms.
As recruitment and retention of talented workers becomes more important, an organization that puts people first—regardless of their background or physical disability—has an advantage over the other players.

CareerBliss, an online career resource, looked at what drives employee satisfaction and determined how the factors below impact employee happiness:

  • Senior management opportunities.
  • Awards and compensation programs.
  • Workplace flexibility.
  • Communication structure.

CareerBliss’ 50 Happiest Companies in America include Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Verizon.
“It is imperative to look at the structure and culture of large corporate America,” Heidi Golledge, co-founder and CEO of CareerBliss, said in a statement. “Many of these companies employ thousands of American workers, and it’s useful information for both managers and employees to see what types of programs work and create productive, happy workers.”

Moreover, companies that have employees with a mix of languages, backgrounds, cultures, religions and genders might be in a better position to understand the demographics of the customers they wish to serve.

Catherine Skrzypinski is an online writer/editor for SHRM.


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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.

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