Vol 19 Issue 3   March 2012

Monthly Meeting

Chapter Meeting - March 2012

Meeting Time:
Fri, 03/09/2012 - 11:15am - 1:00pm
Speaker: Greg Carpenter, J.D., Employee Fiduciary and Thomas J. Woodford, J.D., The Kullman Firm
Topic: Legal Update: 401(k) Regulation Changes and Alabama Immigration Update/Best Practices For Conducting An I-9 Self Audit
Sponsor: Administration Partners

Admin Partners

Fee: $15 for MSHRM members, $17 for guests
Location: Heron Lakes Country Club, 3851 Government Boulevard, Mobile, AL 36693

Register online - Deadline is Thursday 3:00pm

Register Online


President's Desk

Even though the Gulf Cost Human Resources Conference isn’t until November, plans for the event are in full-swing! It’s time for those who are interested in exhibitor booths and sponsorships to start signing up to participate. Contact Scott Dwelle or Leilani Reed-Logan at conference@mobileshrm.org to learn more! The slate of speakers is just about finalized, so watch for details about the event will be posted to the MSHRM website soon!

Other Upcoming SHRM Activities

Of course, there are a number of professional development opportunities going on in and around the SHRM community. A few events that you may be interested in include:

  • State SHRM Conference: The Alabama SHRM State conference is slated for May 15 and 16 at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center in Birmingham. See www.SHRMAlabama.org to learn more.
  • The SHRM 2012 Annual Conference and Exposition will be held June 24 – June 27 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Georgia World Congress Center. To learn more, see http://annual.shrm.org/

Isn’t it great to have so many opportunities to grow as an HR professional through your association with SHRM at the national, chapter and state council level? I hope to see you at one or more of these informative events!

Thomas J. Woodford
Chapter President

In This Issue


Our Newest Members!

March Members

Adrian Gerard
Training Manager
Alabama State Port Authority

Dominyque Cook
University of Mobile

Katrina Imsand
Training Coordinator
Daily Access corporation

Chuck Fisk
Regional Sales Director
Gorrie Regan

Kurt Koehler, SPHR
Training Manager
World Omni Financial

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.


2012 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 Kay Watson at pres-elect@mshrm.org to reserve your month!


How Many Companies Have a Chief Diversity Officer?

Luke Visconti’s Ask the White Guy column is a top draw on DiversityInc.com. Visconti, the founder and CEO of DiversityInc, is a nationally recognized leader in diversity management. In his popular column, readers who ask Visconti tough questions about race/culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability and age can expect smart, direct and disarmingly frank answers:

Question: How many companies now have CDOs?

Of the companies that participate in the Diversity Inc Top 50 competition, the percentage of companies that have a “chief diversity officer” (that specific title) has risen from 12 percent five years ago to 30 percent today. However, 96 percent of the 2011 Diversity Inc Top 50 have a dedicated executive leading diversity efforts, versus 46 percent of the Diversity Inc Top 50 companies five years ago. Further, 86 percent of the 2011 Diversity Inc Top 50 have diversity leaders with titles at director or above and including “diversity” in their title.

The numbers reflect a trend of increasing corporate interest in diversity management. In 2005, we only had 201 companies participate in the Diversity Inc Top 50 process. Last year we had 535 companies participate. We define a participant as a company that asks for and receives a survey; not all of them can fill out the entire survey, but participation has risen an average of 17 percent year-on-year since 2004. To qualify to compete in the Diversity Inc Top 50, the only qualification is that your organization has at least 1,000 employees. There are roughly 12,500 for-profit and nonprofit organizations with more than 1,000 employees in the United States.

Another way of measuring corporate interest is by data mining. We use a contact-management system that has a product to allow us to search a pool of contacts. This year, we pulled a list of 1,800 companies that have more than 1,000 employees and that also have a person who is responsible for diversity.

In conclusion, the trend over the last five years, despite the economic crisis, has been a dramatic increase in the interest of organizations to purposefully manage diversity.

Featured Articles on DiversityInc website

Posted in: Ask the White Guy

SARPC Job Fair Set for April 19

The South Alabama Regional Planning Commission’s 14th Annual Business Expo/Jobs Fair will take place atthe Mobile Civic Center Expo Hall on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

Mobile SHRM Thanks!

Thank you

Employment Screening Service
Express Personnel
Managed Health Care

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)

Human Resource Internships

Students majoring in HR at University of South Alabama 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 (251-751-3133)

The University of South Alabama Student SHRM chapter would like to invite members of the Mobile SHRM Chapter to their first ever!

Movie Night Mixer”
March 8 at 7:30 PM
Mitchell College of Business, Room 265

Pizza, popcorn, snacks, and soft drinks will be served. The movie showing is “The Last Castle” starring Robert Redford.  Please RSVP on our Facebook page USA Society for Human Resource Management.

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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