Vol 19 Issue 10 October 2012

Monthly Meeting

Welcome Reception – Networking Event – Meet the Speakers
IMPORTANT! The Welcome Reception has been Cancelled

2012 Gulf Coast Mobile SHRM Conference

The Annual HR Conference is scheduled for Friday, November 9, 2012 at the Mobile Convention Center, located in Mobile, AL from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm (check-in begins at 6:45 am), with a Welcome Reception the evening before at the Hampton Inn & Suites – Downtown Mobile.

meganBe sure to mark your calendar!  This year we have Meagan Johnson as our Keynote Speaker.  Megan is known as the Generational Humorist as she puts a hilarious spin on how to attract, train, market, manage, and retain people from every generation – and not strangle someone in the process.  You are guaranteed to laugh while acquiring tools you can use immediately to improve your multi-generational relationship with clients, customers and co-workers.

Visit www.mobileshrm.org for more information!
Registration & Breakfast:        
6:45 am – 7:45 am

Opening-Keynote Speaker:      Meagan Johnson, Topic: Zap the Gap
8:00 am to 9:00 am                      (www.meaganjohnson.com)

**Book signing at the America’s First Federal Credit Union
booth during lunch.  First 100 books are free!

General Sessions:                      
9:30 am to 10:30 am
Tom & Kelly Woodford, Topic: Legal Update

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Mary White, Leadership Essentials – What Separates Leaders         
from Managers

Concurrent Sessions:                
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Robert Holmes, Topic: Ethics & HR

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Salome Barrientos, Topic:  eVerify & I-9 Audits
Jeremy York, Topic:  Performance Management
Greg Dillion, Topic:  Strengthening the Link between HR,
Safety & Risk Management

Mini Session:                             
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Mary White, Topic: PHR/SPHR Certification Class Review – is  the certification class for you?

Welcome Reception – Networking Event – Meet the Speakers
IMPORTANT! The Welcome Reception has been Cancelled

If you have any questions, please contact Scott Dwelle at conference@mobileshrm.org .

Conference Registration Fees for Mobile SHRM Members:

  • $129 after October 1, 2012

Conference Registration Fees for Non-Mobile SHRM Members:

  • $139 after October 1, 2012

Registration fee includes all includes all sessions, admission to the trade show, continental breakfast and lunch.
To register and pay by check, please download the Participant Registration form from www.mobileshrm.org or email conference@mobileshrm.org. You must complete and submit the form and payment per instructions on the form. If you'd like to pay with a credit card, please do so at www.mobileshrm.org. Please note that a 6% convenience fee is added for online payments.

Hampton Inn & Suites – Downtown Mobile (Sponsor Hotel)
62 South Royal Street
Mobile, AL 36602

Discount is available for conference participants ($99 + $9 for parking).  Use discount code “BU9” when booking your room online at www.hampton.com or by calling the hotel directly at 251-436-8787. The hotel is within walking distance of the Mobile Convention Center (approx. one block).tor and

Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities

Don't miss your chance to promote your business to a captive audience of HR professionals!
Early bird exhibitor registration begins July 1, 2012; register early and save!  Also, the first 25 vendors to register and pay-in-full will be included on the Grand Prize “punch card.”
Exhibitor registrations with payments received by September 30, 2012 are only $375. Reserve your space today and save!
 Exhibitor Fees:

  • $500 if paid October 1-31, 2012

Download the Exhibitor Registration form from www.mobileshrm.org or email conference@mobileshrm.org  and mail in the completed form with your payment. Exhibitor payments are available via the website; however there is an additional 6% non-refundable processing fee that is added for all credit card payments. Exhibitors may pay online at www.mobileshrm.org.If you are an exhibitor and would like to pay with a credit card and split your payment up, contact the conference chair at conference@mobileshrm.org.

Need More Information?
Contact the Conference Chair, Scott Dwelle, at conference@mobileshrm.org for questions about being an exhibitor and to find out about available sponsorship opportunitie

In This Issue


Our Newest Members!

October Members

Chyna McCreary
Staffing Specialist

Beth King
HR Supervisor
Amvac Chemical Corporation

Jean Broach
Asst., VP Mission Services
Goodwill Easter Seals

Jillian Swope
Human Resources Coordinator
City of Prichard

Lorinda Davis
Team Member Relations Specialist
Thyssenkrupp Steel USA

Lillian Stanley
Account Manager
Advantage Staffing


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.


From the Desk of the President

Now that fall is here, it’s time to get focused on two of the best and most important annual projects undertaken by the Mobile SHRM chapter.

First, of course, is the annual conference – an event that’s scheduled for November 9 at the Mobile Convention Center.  We have yet another exciting array of speakers who will provide advice and news regarding the latest HR topics.  AND, it is all approved for HRCI credit!!  Visit the MSHRM website http://mobileshrm.org to register today if you’ve not already reserved your spot.  There’s still space left for conference vendors/exhibitors as well.

The second important project that it’s time for members to think about is the chapter’s annual charity nomination. As many of you know, the chapter makes a financial donation to support the work of a local chapter each December. Charities are entered for consideration by member nominations and nominated charities are voted on by members.

If you’d like to nominate a local nonprofit organization to receive this year’s give, please do! Simply email your nominations to president@mobileshrm.org by November 1 with the phrase “charity nomination” in the email subject line. The nominated charities will be compiled onto a ballot and voting will take place at the conference.

Additionally, this year we are instituting a Community Service Award that goes to a Mobile SHRM member who demonstrates a commitment during the year to HR-related projects in the Mobile and surrounding communities, but which are not Mobile SHRM managed projects.  If you have that special person in mind, please email me at president@mobileshrm.org with your nomination.  The Board will vote at its November meeting on the recipient of this inaugural year’s award.  In the future, recipients will be selected at a to-be-determined monthly meeting.

Thanks so much for your support of and participation in both the annual conference and the charity nomination and voting process.

See you at the Conference!!!
Tom Woodford, Chapter President

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.


classThe dates have been set for Mobile SHRM’s next exam training preparation course for the Human Resource Certification Institute’s PHR and SPHR certification exams. 

Classes will begin on January 28th, meeting on Monday evenings from 5:30 until 8:45 pm. 

The final class will be held on May 13th with no classes on February 11 (Mardi Gras), March 25 (Baldwin County Public Schools Spring Break) or April 22 (Mobile County Public Schools Spring Break).

For more information, please follow this link http://www.mobileshrm.org/story/2013-sphr-phr-certification-class

Diversity Organizations

diversCross-Culture Mentoring: How IBM, E&Y and Kraft Increase Diversity in Management

What’s the key to achieving better engagement and promotion among Blacks, Latinos, Asians and women? Provide them the career support they need early on with cross-cultural mentoring.
Research, including studies from Catalyst, shows that women and people from other traditionally underrepresented groups do better than the general population—in terms of engagement, retention and promotions—when they have mentors. Studies also find that formal mentoring programs are one of the most critical ways of retaining women, Blacks and Latinos and helping them develop in leadership roles.

Cross-cultural mentoring not only ensures that high-potential people get the right tools and support they need to advance their careers; it also provides key benefits to a company’s talent pipeline.

Build Your Talent Pipeline

DiversityInc convened a panel of chief diversity officers from AT&T, Ernst & Young, Merck & Co.Wells Fargo and Northrop Grumman with the highest scores in talent-development initiatives and results.
They discussed the benefits and best practices of mentoring programs and how best to form these cross-cultural pairings.

For example, Ernst & Young formalized “a Career Watch program that watches careers and helps people get to partners,” said Beth Brooke, global vice chair of public policy, sustainability and stakeholder engagement. “We also have something called EYU, which is Ernst & Young and You. There are three components. One is the traditional, the learning, but the other is making sure they’re experiencing very different things in an inclusive way. Then the third element is coaching, which is mentoring.”

Improve Diversity in Promotions

As more companies formalize their mentoring, the importance of cross-cultural pairings increases, as diversity leaders from Sodexo, Deloitte, IBM and WellPoint explained at one roundtable. These four companies are successful at mentoring their employees at all levels—and utilizing cutting-edge strategies to make sure their workforce develops equitably.

Increase Retention & Satisfaction
One way to ensure your employees are primed for success is to have mentors to teach them the nuances of corporate culture, which can be hard to navigate for both long-term employees and new hires.

To assist in this, Kraft Foods offers an on-boarding program for all of its new hires to teach them about the “unwritten rules” that often cause people—especially those from underrepresented groups—to leave. The program started nine years ago but has been strongly emphasized in the last two years, and a noticeable improvement in retention of new hires from these groups has occurred.

Posted by http://www.diversityinc.com


Mobile SHRM Thanks!

Thank You

Express Personnel
Employment Screening Service
Managed Health Care
America’s First Credit Union
AHI Corporate Housing
Daily Access

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 at bahr@es2.com
(Door prizes are needed for future meetings)

Baldwin County SHRM Meeting

The  next meeting for Baldwin County SHRM is October 25th from 11:30a-1:00p on FLSA provided by Chuck Fisk, Gorrie Regan - Approved for 1.0 hr general HRCI credit.

Homewood Suites Hilton
Mobile East Bay/Daphne
29474 North Main Street
Daphne, AL 36526
(On service road parallel to I-10 next to Hilton Garden Inn and Comfort Suites; behind Jubilee Shopping Center)

Lunch provided by their on-site chef to include "chef choice" meals each meeting at a cost per attendee of $15.00 (includes tax, gratuity and beverage). Please bring exact cash or a check made payable to "Baldwin Co. SHRM". 



2012 Gulf Coast Conf

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