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 firstname.lastname@example.org to pay at the door.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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
Mary White, Chapter President
The Country Club of Mobile
Human Resources Coordinator
Virginia College at Mobile
Career Services Associate
John R. Nix, LLC
Jack B. Kelley, Inc.
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
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or
Scott Dwelle at email@example.com.
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.
Fortune 500 Companies Lead with Diversity, Happiness
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.
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
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 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.
an online career resource, looked at what drives employee satisfaction
and determined how the factors below impact employee happiness:
- 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.”
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.
Skrzypinski is an online writer/editor for SHRM.