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The Mobile SHRM Chapter Newsletter
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Holiday InnSave the Date

Friday, November 3, 2017
8:00am – 4:30pm

Annual Gulf Coast Human Resource Conference
301 Government Street
Mobile, AL 36602

Watch for registration details (including early bird discounts and sponsorship opportunities) coming soon on!

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Need a Intern

Looking for a way to help advance the profession and your organization? Offer an internship! We have eager students looking to get involved with HR, help further the field, and gain valuable experience in the HR community. Please contact Mobile SHRM’s College Relations Director Tiphanie Evans at if you’re interested in participating as an internship site!

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SHRM Primary Chapter Designation

If you are a national SHRM member, please visit the SHRM website and designate Mobile SHRM as your primary chapter.


The primary chapter designation is important to Mobile SHRM for two reasons:

  • To remain affiliated with SHRM, at least 30% of our members must also be SHRM members.
  • SHRM reimburses chapters $10 per year per SHRM member, which helps keep our program costs low.


To designate Mobile SHRM as your primary chapter, please follow these steps: (You are not required to log in to complete this process.)

  • Click on “Communities”
  • Click on “Volunteer Leader Resource Center”
  • Click on “Resources”
  • Click on “Forms”
  • Click on “CDF-Primary Chapter Designation Form”
  • Chapter #: 176
  • Chapter Name: Mobile SHRM
  • Complete the remaining information and click “Submit.”
  • Chapter Name: Mobile SHRM
  • Complete the remaining information and click “Submit.”

We appreciate you taking the time to designate Mobile SHRM as your primary chapter!

Members may belong to more than one chapter, but may only designate one chapter as their primary chapter. The designation can be changed at any time.
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Governmental Affairs

If you watch the news, then you know that the political climate continues to fluctuate daily. It is important to stay connected to topics that may impact HR practices or the businesses that we support.  To remain current on legislative discussions, we recommend that you utilize the HR News hub on (Note:  If you are a member of national SHRM, you can subscribe to receive a weekly email summary of current events.)

Go to: Today/News/HR News or just click on the link below:

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Diversity Spotlight

In honor of National Women’s History Month:

"We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily difference we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee."
-Marian Wright Edelman, Activist

"If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place."
-Margaret Mead, Cultural Anthropologist

Important Diversity Observance Dates:

March 8th – International Women’s Day – Celebration of the economic, political  and social achievements of women worldwide.

March 21st - (UN) International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination - The day aims to remind people of racial discrimination’s negative consequences. It also encourages people to remember their obligation and determination to combat racial discrimination.
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Workforce Readiness Initiative for 2017

readingThe literacy battle continues with data indicating approximately 66% of fourth graders in public schools nationwide are reading below proficient levels. If we do not ensure all children gain the appropriate reading skills to be successful, their future economic prospects will be dim and our economy will lag.

Mobile SHRM would like to continue the fight for reading proficiency through our 2017 Workforce Readiness Initiative. We are kicking off the initiative in March in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday and will continue through the end of the school year in May. We are asking members to volunteer to read to a class or group students for at least one hour during that time.

Our focus will be on students in K-3 classes attending public schools – particularly in underserved areas of our community. We will be happy to coordinate the scheduling for you or, if you prefer, you may schedule directly with a school of your choice. You may want to consider making this a company-wide initiative! Please report your hours to Mobile SHRM. We want to keep a record of our efforts.

For questions or more information, please contact Maria Harkins, Workforce Readiness Director at Let’s all work toward building a strong future workforce for Mobile!
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Door Prize Sponsors

Thank you

Thanks to the companies that provided door prizes for our chapter meeting!!

ESS (Employment Screening Services)


Door Prize Request

Members love door prizes! We’d love it if you’d bring a door prize to share at an upcoming meeting! No prior arrangements are necessary – just drop off your door prize at the check-in table. You’ll be recognized at the meeting and in the newsletter.


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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