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The Mobile SHRM Chapter Newsletter

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Annual Gulf Coast Human Resources Conference

Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center
One South Water Street
Mobile, AL 36602
Friday, November 13, 2015 from 8:00am to 4:30pm

Registration & Breakfast
6:45 am – 7:45 am

Opening Keynote Speaker
8:00 am – 9:00 am

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


Early Bird Registration Begins July 1, 2015
Participant Registration Fees:

Registration Date Mobile SHRM Members Non-Members
July 1st to September 30th $99 $109
October 1st to October 31st $129 $139
November 1st to November 6th $149 $159

$375 July 1, 2015 to September 30, 2015
$450 October 1, 2015 to October 31, 2015
$525 November 1, 2015 to November 6, 2015
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 August 31, 2015

For more information email:
Conference Chair: Kasie Irby at
Conference Co-Chair: Marcia Washam at

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It’s Not Just a Pedometer: Wearable Fitness Trackers
By Megan Sumners Wellness Chair East Alabama Chapter

Wearable fitness trackers---everyone is wearing them.  However, what are they?  And how do they affect wellness? 
Within the past year there has been a surge in technology and popularity of wearable fitness trackers. You may have seen your friends and colleagues sporting what looks like a rubber bracelet on their wrist.  What they are actually wearing are highly effective fitness tracking devices.  These devices not only track your fitness and sleep patterns but also serve as a motivational tool.  In addition these gadgets have become increasingly sophisticated in the information and insights that they provide users on their journey toward establishing healthier habits.

One of the primary fitness information features that they provide is the amount of steps you take in a day.  Why is this important?  A 2010 study of 123,216 people, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that the more leisure time spent sitting, the higher the risk of premature death: Women who sat for more than six hours a day were 37 percent more likely to die prematurely than those who sat for less than three hours, no matter how much other physical activity they got.  Wearables may uncover how much or in most cases, how little, you move around during the day.  The average U.S. adult walks about 5,900 steps daily while the Center for Disease Control recommends about 7,000 to 8,000 steps per day.
So, how can you use wearables to stay on track?  Have a plan in place:

  • Set goals. One of the top benefits of wearables is that they streamline your ability to set goals and keep records.  You don’t have to set an initial goal of 20,000 steps per day. The Mayo Clinic recommends setting short attainable goals.  It isn’t convenient to write things down in a notebook and carry it with you.  Wearables give you up-to-the-minute stats on your daily fitness level and compare it to historical data.
  • Utilize social functions.  Use wearables to connect with friends and other users who have similar goals.  Turn daily activity into a fun competition.  Many of the wearables have apps that you can download to your smartphone to see your friend’s daily fitness levels and how you compare.
  • Stay committed.  Even if you had a bad day when you never left your desk don’t let that get you down.  Start over fresh the next day and see if you can exceed your daily step goal!

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About the SHRM Foundation

The SHRM Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The Foundation is a legally separate organization, and is not funded by SHRM membership dues.
The SHRM Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors from the HR profession, including academics, practitioners and representatives from SHRM.

SHRM Foundation Vision
The SHRM Foundation is the globally recognized catalyst for shaping human resource thought leadership and research.

SHRM Foundation Mission
The SHRM Foundation advances global human capital knowledge and practice by providing thought leadership and educational support, and sponsoring, funding and driving the adoption of cutting-edge, actionable, evidence-based research.

The SHRM Foundation's work includes:

  • Strategic thought leadership initiative. The SHRM Foundation is conducting a multi-phase program to identify and analyze critical trends likely to impact the workplace in 5-10 years. More information.
  • Innovative academic research grants. The SHRM Foundation is a leading funder of HR research. Over the past three years, the SHRM Foundation has awarded more than $1.8 million in grants to fund rigorous, original academic research with practical implications for HR management practice.
  • Scholarships. The SHRM Foundation awards $170,000 annually in education and certification scholarships to professional and student SHRM members, and doctoral students.
  • Educational resources. The SHRM Foundation's Effective Practice Guidelines series makes research findings easily accessible to HR practitioners. The Foundation has also created a series of educational DVDs for SHRM chapter programming, staff trainings, and executive education sessions.

The SHRM Foundation is grateful for the generous support of its major donors, including the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

To fund its programs, the SHRM Foundation conducts an annual fundraising campaign. The Foundation recognizes the generous support of the SHRM chapters and state councils, individuals, corporations and others who make its work possible.
Your financial support is vital to ensure that the SHRM Foundation can continue this important work.  We will have our Football Fanatic at the next meeting. Donate today!

Please help support your local SHRM Foundation by donating money to your favorite College Football Team. So far the JAGS are winning! Go Jags!! Don’t forget your pocket change, bills, OR checkbook.

Remember pennies will deduct points, coins are face value;
bills and checks are double.

Come prepared to help support your local SHRM Foundation.

****Bring a guest with you this month so they can learn the benefits of being a member of SHRM!****

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Thank You

Door Prizes Sponsors

Employment Screening Services

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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2015 Meeting Sponsorships

Mobile SHRM has sponsorships available for our monthly meetings. The $400 sponsorship includes lunch for two representatives, a display table near the entry door and five minutes to present information about your product or services to our members and guests. Promotional items may also be placed on each luncheon table. We would be happy to display your banner or sign near the speaker’s podium and, upon receipt of the sponsorship payment, sponsors will recognize the sponsor on the Mobile SHRM website and in that month’s newsletter.

Sponsorships allow us to keep our luncheon costs at a reasonable rate for our members and guests. If you are interested in sponsorship of a meeting, please contact Lana Mosley at at your earliest convenience to secure your preferred month.

Bring a guest with you this month so they can learn the benefits of being a member of SHRM!

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New MBA Program in the Mitchell College of Business
30 semester hours
MBA Open House
June 24 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Mobile Chamber of Commerce
451 Government Street
for information call Alex Sharland 460-6418


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