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Call For Volunteers

volunteersThe Gulf Coast Human Resource Conference committee is missing one very important thing: you! There are several great opportunities to help with the conference this year, and you help is really needed!

The conference co-chair position is open, and members are also needed to help with the silent auction, exhibitors/sponsors, registration and more! Please contact Susie Jones at to discuss how you can get involved!

Your commitment can help make the conference a huge success, and getting involved is a great way to enhance your MSHRM membership, build your professional network and enhance your skills!
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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 Rates Ends September 30, 2016!

Register Today!!! - Here

Participant Registration Fees
Registration fees includes 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

2016 Conference: post the flyer and sponsor and vendor registration is open now so contact Susie. Attendee registration is open at our website. Early bird through Sept. 30th!

Follow us on social media for up to date information on Mobile SHRM!
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The Conference Committee Needs You!

The Gulf Coast Human Resource Conference committee is being finalized, and it’s missing one very important thing: you! There are several great opportunities to help with the conference this year, and you help is really needed!
There are opportunities to work with the silent auction, vendors, sponsors, registration and more! Please contact Susie Jones at to discuss how you can get involved!

Your commitment can help make the conference a huge success, and getting involved is a great way to enhance your MSHRM membership, build your professional network and enhance your skills!
  • Sponsor/Exhibitor Chair & Coordinator
  • Conference Co-Chair

Interested in learning more or signing up? Email today!

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Meeting Sponsorship Filling Fast!

Monthly meeting sponsorships are filling us fast. Don't miss this opportunity to promote your products and services to a captive Fastaudience 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 the 2016 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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Govermental Affairs

At the June Mini-Conference, Eddi Abdulhaqq with the EEOC advised us on providing clear/consistent procedures for addressing accommodation requests. Eddi recommended the (JAN) Job Accommodations Network website as a tool that provides free guidance and support on this topic. There are FAQ’s available, as well as phone and email access to a JAN representative. Check out the website at to take advantage of these free resources.

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Book Drive

The 1,000 books in 100 days workforce readiness initiative has taken on a life of its own across the state. We are really excited to announce that both our chapter goal and the statewide goal have been exceeded! With so many children in need of assistance, though, we are going to keep on going!!! Books will continue to bebooks accepted through the August 12 chapter meeting.

Please consider purchasing a book from the Summer Reading List found on the Mobile SHRM website. The school we are helping has more than 300 students in kindergarten through the 3rd grade. Many of these students do not have the resources to purchase or borrow these books to complete their reading assignments.

Help us help them be successful and improve the pipeline of future employees for us! It’s easy to donate! Just:

  • Bring your donations to the July or August chapter meeting
  • Drop your donations off at AIM Mail Service (6300 Grelot Rd in the Winn-Dixie shopping center)
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)
    • Northshore SHRM HR Symposium (October, Mandeville)
    • NOLA SHRM Annual HR Conference (October, New Orlean
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Diversity Spotlight

LGBT- Diversity in the Workforce

By Karla Rodgers  

Flag MulticoloredAs HR professionals we are at a unique position in today’s human capital age. We have so many diversity dimensions to consider in our day to day operations, not only to ensure compliance with the law but also to ensure that as an organization we are creating an environment of inclusion.

June is LGBT Pride Month and with the recent attack on the LGBT community in Orlando, we as HR professionals are in the position where we have to consider our many differences in the workforce.

What is LGBT?
LGBT is not just an acronym. Behind every letter there is a person.
Lesbian - A term given to females who are attracted sexually and emotionally to some other females.
Gay- A term typically given to males who are attracted sexually and emotionally to some other males.
Bisexual- A term given to people who are attracted sexually and emotionally to some males and some females.
Transgender- An umbrella term describing the state of a person’s gender identity which does not necessarily match the gender they were assigned at birth. Transgender people may or may not decide to alter their bodies hormonally and/or surgically.

The Statistics.
The state of Alabama has 103,533 adult residents who identify as LGBT. That’s 2.8 % of the state’s total population. According to the Human Rights Campaign, 38% cite that they experience harassment at work and roughly 25% experience employment discrimination.

The Law.
Executive Order 13672 signed in July 2014 prohibited discrimination in the civilian federal workforce on the basis of gender identity and in hiring by federal contractors on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces Title VII of The Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits sex discrimination (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation).

In addition to these federal laws, there is currently a case in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals that is a sex discrimination claim on the basis of gender identity.

What’s Next?
It’s not just about training that focuses on compliance. We have to move our organizations forward on the diversity development continuum.

The training we provide to our employees shouldn’t just educate them on LGBT or any other dimensions of diversity.  We have to create training that will give our employees the skills to apply what was taught. It has to be customized to their business units and go beyond the basics.

Remember: Education changes mindsets, but training changes skills. (Dr. Milton Bennet).
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SHRM Foundation Capital Campaign

With your support, the SHRM Foundation:

  • Funds $170,000 in education and certification scholarships to future business leaders each year.
  • Produces educational resources to help us shape our future

To donate, visit We’ll also have a number of chapter fundraisers in the coming months, including chapter meeting activities and the annual silent auction at the conference!

HR Foundation

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Door Prize Sponsors

Thank you

MTI Business Solutions

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

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