Vol 19 Issue 5   May 2012

Monthly Meeting

Chapter Meeting - May 2012

Meeting Time:
Fri, 05/11/2012 - 11:15am - 1:00pm
Speaker: Randy Stembridge, Director/Employee Relations, Infirmary Health System
Topic: Union Avoidance
Sponsor: AHI Corporate Housing-Mobile/Biloxi

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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

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President's Desk

At May’s monthly meeting, we will welcome Randy Stembridge, Director of Employee Relations for the Infirmary Health System in Mobile, Alabama. Randy will talk to us about union avoidance strategies. As you know, this is a very timely topic, as the National Labor Relation Board’s new regulations that significantly shorten the time period for union elections from several months to two weeks went into effect April 30, 2012. Also, the NLRB poster, as I am sure many of your have heard, is on hold for the moment, at least until October or November of 2012 when the DC Circuit Court of Appeals decides whether the NLRB overstepped its authority in requiring employers to post the notice.

We have recently added an exciting lineup of topics for the July 13 mini-seminar.  Jack Smalley, SPHR, will be speaking on
"Leading Organizational Excellence by Avoiding the Top 10 Leadership Mistakes" (3.5 strategic HRCI recertification credits for the morning sessions) and "Your Endangered Business:  Top Five Dangerous Threats facing Business Today" (1 general HRCI recertification credit for lunch).  Go to  http://mobileshrm.org/content/mini-seminar-and-chapter-meeting-july-2012 for more details.

I am sad to report that Leilani Reed-Logan with World Omni Financial has resigned from the Board of Directors as Co-Conference Chair. Leilani has been promoted and is moving to Deerfield Beach, Florida. We wish her the very best and know that she will succeed in her new position. If anyone is interested in assisting with the Gulf Coast Conference November, please contact me immediately at tjw@kullmanlaw.com.

Thomas J. Woodford
Chapter President

In This Issue


Our Newest Members!

May Members

Tenaysha Carroll
Human Resources and Marketing
The Patterson Group

Matthew Myrick
The Kullman Firm

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!

HRCI Credits

For more Information contact

linda@clarkpersonnel.com or 251-625-0790


This Woman Is CEO: The 3 Skills Women Need to Reach Top Management

Is there a glass ceiling?
What does it take for a woman to become CEO of a major corporation? Beth Mooney, chairman, president and CEO of KeyCorp, revealed at our DiversityInc Top 50 event the three necessary skills women need: a strong sense of self, a sense of humor and a sense of team.
It’s these “sensibilities” that helped Mooney become the first female CEO of a top 20 U.S. bank in May 2011 and rank No. 1 in American Banker’s 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking. KeyCorp is one of DiversityInc’s 25 Noteworthy Companies

1. Sense of Self 
Mooney learned an important lesson when she took her first job with a bank training program: Sometimes a strong sense of self is the only thing that’ll get your foot in the door. She knew she wanted to be in banking, a male-dominated field. After being turned down by several banks, she wasn’t going to take “no” for an answer. It took Mooney three hours to wear down the hiring manager at her next interview. She got the job.
“The man who had hired me was just reflective of the times. Women were tellers, not executives or having executive potential … They simply didn’t hire women into training. The bank did not believe women were a good fit for a managerial training program,” said Mooney. “But I was tenacious, so I was given the chance.”

2. Sense of Humor 
But “getting into banking wasn’t the same as getting ahead in banking,” said Mooney. She still had to deal with being one of her company’s only female employees, as well as to earn respect from her male clients. 
By using humor to re-characterize herself, she was able to save a commercial real-estate account in the mid-1980s. “[The clients] felt they could take advantage of me. They were anxious to discount me. I had to fix that fast to do my job,” recalled Mooney.
Humor creates balance and perspective for the environment around you. It helps manage the external realities in your career, which are not always easy or friendly, even harsh, Mooney said.

3. Sense of Team 
There has been tremendous progress among women in business: In 2011, the global percentage of women leaders hit an all-time high with a female director at 1 in 10 companies. “Part of the difference is that we led not with differences but by trying to be a part of the team. Diversity has found its way to the C-suite by doing so,” said Mooney. However, there is still a long way to go, as less than 4 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are women (18 total).
“The way to succeed in any career is be part of the solution,” said Mooney. Being a team player also helps you to better understand the business and how it works. “Behind every successful woman and man is a pit crew,” she said.

A Future of Women Leaders? 
Mooney knows that it is still “something of an event” to have a “woman or a diverse” candidate leading a company today. But she believes that in the future it will be different.  She attributes that more diverse future to the evolution of leadership and the considerable diversity and inclusion efforts of diverse leaders.

“Part of difference is we led not with our differences but by trying to be a part of the team,” she said. “Diversity has found its way to the C-suite by doing so.”
She continued, “I have a theory for those who succeed in business dominated by white males. We came in and acted like we belonged. Guess what? Now we do.”
Posted in: Diversity Events, Diversity Leadership

Taken from: www.diversityinc.com

Mobile SHRM Thanks!

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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.

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