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August News - A Message From Our President-Elect

    July 27, 2017

    Dear Members and Friends,

    Summertime Greetings from your President-Elect!  I hope you are enjoying the long days of summer and staying out of the heat!  We had a very successful double-feature in July with Matt Martinez of Jackson Lewis, presenting on the Trump Administration, Immigration, and the new I-9 and Keri Stewart, CEO of Results 4 Business motivated us all to find the "Balance Between Yes and No" in our lives.  Our attendance was up significantly for a summer meeting!

    We are gearing up for our 33rd annual Employment Law Update!  Our committee is in full swing, preparing for “Navigating HR Through Changing Waters” themed conference coming up Friday September 29th at the Hotel Encanto. Join now as a member and save BIG on the registration cost! Click here to register now. If your company is interested in sponsorship or exhibiting at our conference, it is an excellent opportunity to get your company’s name and products/services out to a targeted audience of around 200 HR professionals and small business owners!  Visit our website today to register for the conference and to sponsor / exhibit!!

    I recently had the privilege of attending the SHRM Annual Conference in New Orleans in June.  WOW!  Over 18,000 HR professionals from around the world attended!  The keynote speakers each day were phenomenal, inspiring, and got everyone pumped up!  The EXPO hall has hundreds of vendors ready to address whatever your HR needs might be, HRIS systems, benefits, recognition and rewards programs, background check companies, drug testing products and promotional products just to name a few! There were hundreds of concurrent sessions to choose from that cater to the beginning HR professional all the way to the Executive CHRO’s.  Topics on employment laws, recognition and wellness programs, conducting investigations, and recruiting, retaining and rewarding great employees!   The Tuesday night concert – Harry Connick Jr. – FABULOUS!  He spoke to the crowd as if we were in a small bar in New Orleans, and his entire brass band trumpeted around the hall playing When the Saints Go Marching In.

    Action Plan: If you’ve never budgeted to attend a SHRM Conference, I encourage you to for next year – it will be hosted in Chicago, Illinois.   You can also save on registration before July 31st, cost is $1,095.

    In closing - now that summer is quickly coming to a close, it’s time once you get the family back to school, to come BACK TO SNMSHRM!  It’s time to put your professional development at the forefront!!! If you are not a member – join our chapter now!  And everyone please register for our August meeting – Mental Illness in the Workplace August 10th presented by Linda Strauss, HR Consultant, SPHR, SHRM-SCP. 

    Please let any board member know how we can make SNMSHRM your “go-to” place for networking, professional development and most of all, FUN!

    Best regards,

    Vicki Lusk