District 3 includes Ocala Human Resource Management Association (OHRMA), North Central Florida SHRM (NCF-SHRM), and SHRM Jacksonville. All three Chapters are 2018 Excel Award Winners: OHRMA was awarded Gold, and NCF- SHRM and SHRM Jacksonville were both awarded Platinum. SHRM Jacksonville had two of their student chapters receive the Student Chapter Merit Award from SHRM – Florida State College at Jacksonville and Valdosta State University.
OHRMA has been busy with monthly chapter meetings. One of the highlights was Attorney Todd Aidman who kicked the year off with a legal review of 2018 and what to expect in 2019. OHRMA will be participating in the College of Central Florida’s “Stay Local” event on October 2nd. The focus will be on business careers in the local community and keeping talent in the community. OHRMA members will take part in workshops on topics such as HR, Marketing, Insurance, Sales & Service and Entrepreneurship. Visit www.memberplanet.com to learn more about the chapter.
NCF-SHRM has been focusing on member education and engagement this year. So far, they have had six months of great speakers in 2019 at their monthly meetings on topics such as Legal Updates, Leave Management, Fraud in Worker’s Compensation, and Cyber Security. They have increased their in-person social presence with a USI Employee Benefits Seminar at Exatech Arena in January, a Pinspiration networking event in April and Disrupt HR at First Magnitude Brewery in May.
September 12th is their annual HR Conference titled “Wellness for You and Your Workplace.” They are teaming up with CareerSource and the Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce to include the whole community in this event. See https://ncfshrm.org for additional information.
SHRM Jacksonville has had a busy start to the year. To date, they have held six Chapter Meetings totally 8 HRCI and SHRM recertification credits including 4 business (strategic) credit topics. Each chapter meeting, SHRM Jacksonville provides a Non-Profit Spotlight to feature a non-profit that supports the mission of their chapter, such as NAMI Jacksonville and ASFP.
In April, their 11th Annual Conference included a Pre-Conference (6 sessions), 2 Keynote Speakers, 28 Breakout sessions, an Expo Hall and Silent Auction to benefit the SHRM Foundation. To date, SHRM Jacksonville has raised $5,100 to benefit the SHRM Foundation and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). The conference also included a Non-Profit Spotlight, A Humble Beginning Restoral Project, whose focus is to assist formerly incarcerated women with employment opportunities and support. This non-profit is an example of SHRM’s initiative, Getting Talent Back to Work and SHRM Jacksonville provided a generous donation to this cause.
Photo taken during the July Mid-Year Legal Update: Amanda Simpson, Esq. (HR FL Legislative Affiars – State), Natasha Slaughter, President, SHRM Jacksonville, Chad Sorenson, President-Elect, HR Florida and Leigh Mills, HR FL District Director, District 5.
SHRM Jacksonville has hosted the following events throughout the year: Quarterly New Member Orientation Networking Event; Ask HR – an event with CareerSource of Northeast Florida; Employer Site Tour for HR Students; Mock Interviews in partnership with Junior Achievement; JAX Chamber Trade Show Event; #MeToo – A Year Later hosted by the College Relations and Emerging Professionals with proceeds benefiting the SHRM Foundation; participated in First Coast Worksite Wellness Coalition Conference; Emerging Professionals held “Networking with a BANG”; the USS Paul Ignatius was welcomed to Mayport in June and they attended the commissioning in July; Business Partner Committee held a Business Partner Appreciation Event to thank Business Partners for their continued support of SHRM Jacksonville; Emerging Professionals participated in ImpactJAX/Young Professionals Event to promote SHRM Jacksonville.
Photo taken at the #MeToo: A Year Later event: Rebeca Flores, College Relations volunteer on right coordinated the event.
Photo: SHRM Jacksonville welcomes the USS Paul Ignatius to Mayport!
Photo taken at the Business Partner Appreciation Event: Shawna Grant, Social Media Chair and Veronica “Ronnie” Tutt (ESGR).
SHRM Jacksonville will round out the year with five additional chapter meetings, Painting with a Twist party for board members and their significant others, a December legal update to include a minimum of three recertification credits, Member Appreciation Event “A Night with the Jags” where attendees will enjoy a networking reception and ticket to a pre-season game – proceeds benefit the SHRM Foundation, 7th Annual Supervisor Training, both SHRM (UNF) and HRCI (FSCJ) certification prep courses start in September, Fall Festival for its membership, Emerging Professionals Fall Networking, and they will partner with HR Florida on a pilot program for Mental Health First Aid Training. For more information or to register for events go to shrmjax.org.
District 3 is certainly making their mark in 2019. I consider it an honor and a privilege to represent these three chapters as their District Director.
– Traci Hall, SHRM-SCP, SPHR