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The Mobile SHRM Chapter Newsletter
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Charity Nomination Deadline: October 15

Each year, Mobile SHRM members select a deserving local charity to receive a donation at our annual holiday luncheon. Charities are selected based on member nominations and voting. Nominations are now being accepted, and you can suggest a charity any time between now and October 15.

If you’d like to nominate a charity for consideration, please email me ( with the following information:

  • Name of the charity
  • Contact person at the charity (name, phone number and email address)
  • A brief description (less than 100 words) of what the charity does (this will be placed on the ballot)

Nominations will be compiled on a ballot and voting will take place at the Gulf Coast Human Resource Conference on November 4.

Thank you in advance for your participation!


Mary White, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Chapter President

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Early Bird Ends 9/30 2016: 2016 Gulf Coast Human Resource Conference

HR Super ResourcesSuper Human Resources – Building a Stronger Workforce

Holiday Inn Downtown Historic District Mobile
301 Government Street, Mobile, AL  36602

Friday, November 4, 2016  8:00am to 4:30pm



    For general questions please contact Susie Jones at


    BOOK EARLY AND SAVE!  Early-Bird Rate Ends September 30, 2016!

    Register Today!!! - Here

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SHRM-CP/SCP Certification Prep Class

Is 2017 your year to become SHRM-certified? Mobile SHRM and MTI Business Solutions are joining forces to offer a 12-week certification prep course on Monday evenings, beginning January 23.

The course fee is $945 and includes the 2017 SHRM Learning System and live classroom instruction from a professional trainer.

Enrollment is limited to the first 13 participants. See the Mobile SHRM website ( for the complete schedule and details, including a link to where you can review exam eligibility requirements. 
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Meeting Sponsorship Filling Fast!Fast

Monthly meeting sponsorships are filling up fast. Don't miss this opportunity to promote your products and services to a captive audience of HR decision makers in 2016!

  • See the Meeting Sponsors Page on the Mobile SHRM website for details.
  • Only one sponsor per meeting is accepted, and upcoming meetings are going fast. The sooner you confirm your month, the better!

Contact Susie Jones at to reserve your sponsorship today!

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Governmental Affairs

Update from Kay Watson, Governmental Affairs Director

During my Hill Visit last week, SHRM's list of topics to discuss only contained ONE item: the FLSA Overtime Exemption Rule. We met with members of Congress and Senators (AL), and
learned that calls and letters from Alabama constituents have been flooding in! Many companies as well as employees are dismayed by this ruling. Yet, the date of the increase (Dec 1st) is fast approaching! SHRM agrees that the threshold should be raised, but a 100% increase on Dec 1st is too much too fast.

Let Your Voice Be Heard! 

Do you have a story? How will this rule impact you or your company? As your Advocate, I would like to collect specific examples from our area, and submit them to our AL Politicians. Please email your information to me at no later than October 21.
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Workforce Development Initiative

Mobile LibraryEmpower Teens

The Mobile Public Library in partnership with EYAPSE is hosting a Teen Job and Career Summit at the Mobile Public Library. We are targeting four different high schools in the area, and are planning for a total of two hundred participants over the course of the event. 
The teens will visit the booths, participate in speed interviews, and be provided with feedback from the companies/businesses. The goal of the program is to familiarize teens with the interview process for job and college entry.

The event will be held November 2nd from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Ben May Main Library. Local businesses who are interested in participating are invited to reserve one of our fifteen available booths between now and September 30th. Please contact Lucy Coleman at
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Is a Leadership Role Right for You?

Mobile SHRM’s leadership team is working on slating Officer, Director and Coordinator positions for 2017, and we need YOU!!! Please let Mary White ( know if you’re interested in becoming part of the chapter leadership team.

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Diversity Spotlight

Mobile SHRM Diversity and Inclusion Survey Results:

June 1, 2016 we sent out a D & I Climate Analysis survey to 141 members, 32 members responded. The Diversity Climate Analysis has a sample size of 22.69% of Mobile SHRM members. The complete results can be viewed here:
Based on the results these are recommendations for the fiscal year 2017 forward:

  • Offer chapter meetings and events outside normal business hours
  • Hold a Diversity mini conference in partnership with the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Offer a training topic on Understanding and Dealing with Biases
  • Conduct annual diversity and inclusion events for chapter members
    • Conduct chapter meetings on diversity specific to industries
  • Create a retirement/mentor membership
  • Integration program for new members
  • Continued partnership with the University of South Alabama School of Business Student SHRM Chapter
  • Build partnerships with other local colleges and universities

Thanks to everyone who participated in the survey. We look forward to continuing the growth and development of the HR Profession!

Karla Rodgers, SHRM-CP, PHR, CDP
Diversity Chair

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SHRM Foundation Silent Auction – We Need You!

The silent auction held at the Gulf Coast Human Resource Conference is Mobile SHRM’s primary SHRM Foundation fundraiser. We are in need of items to include in the auction. If you or your company would like to donate an item, or if you would like to refer one of your contacts as a possible donor, please contact Shelly Mathis at


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Door Prize Sponsors

Thank you


Clark Personnal

S.M.A.R.T. Performance Solutions

Thanks so much for providing door prizes for the June meeting!

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