August 16th 2017 

The Official Magazine of
The HR Florida State Council.
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2017 HR Florida Conference & Expo

We are very excited to bring you another outstanding conference in Orlando, Florida on August 28-30, 2017. Here are some of the exciting things to look forward to! For more info visit our website at

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS - There is still time to register for one of the 6 pre-conference sessions being held this year. Click here to review these sessions. To add on to an existing registration, please email

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES - 3 dynamic keynote speakers and concurrent sessions that run throughout the day with the opportunity to earn 17 general recertification credits.

EXPO HALL GRAND OPENING RECEPTION – Take advantage of the Expo Hall Grand Opening Reception on Monday from 5:30–7:00 pm.  Find a great assortment of vendors offering the latest HR products and services and network with your HR colleagues from across the state.

MONDAY NIGHT - We begin rockin’ on Monday night with the live 80s band American Hot Rods (, which will be sponsored by, Corporate Synergies and LAMCO Advisory Services. You can have some great fun'draising, too, with carnival games such as Plinko, duck pluck and balloon pop to benefit the SHRM Foundation and an opportunity to win TWO 2018 HR Florida conference registrations. Bring your money for tickets and a cash bar, and join us at the Bonnet Creek Pavilion Monday, August 28, 8-11 pm.

TUESDAY NIGHT–“We're rockin' around the clock through the fabulous 1950s in The Grease Experience – the entertainment theme of the 2017 HR Florida Conference. Special events culminate in Tuesday night's Sock Hop featuring the band Chrome 57, vignettes from the movie, costume contests, dance-offs and carnival games – all around an old-fashioned soda fountain. So ladies, get your poodle skirts and pink lady jackets, and men, slick back that hair, and don leather jackets and rolled-up jeans for another memory-making extravaganza.


Grease is the Word!
Entertainment Chair J. Lenora Bresler advises you to expect spontaneous shenanigans and frivolity erupting in the conference corridors as she brings us impromptu trivia games and photo ops. Just Costumes will be on-site Monday and Tuesday for you to rent your costumes for the Tuesday Night Sock Hop.
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At the Carnival
Don’t forget to bring cash to the Monday night social so you can play games and win prizes! Tickets will be sold for $5 for two chances or $10 for five chances, and proceeds will benefit the SHRM Foundation.

Enter to Win!
Stop by the SHRM Foundation table and purchase your tickets to win great prizes donated by our generous Florida chapters. Prizes include lottery tickets, designer purses, gift baskets, wine, gift cards, adult beverages, beach day set, Thirty-one thermal set and many other great prizes. Tickets are $3 for one, $5 for two, $10 for five, $20 for 12, and $25 for 15 tickets.

Remember the commercials that asked, “Got milk?” Well, HR Florida is asking “Got sixty?”

If you took the SHRM pathway in 2015 to obtain your new SHRM certification, your recertification date is in 2018. However, if you have your required 60 PCDs already, early recertification will put needed money into the coffers of both your chapter and state council.
SHRM will give $20 to the member's chapter and $10 to the member's state council for each member who recertifies in 2017. It's free money SHRM is giving to support your local and state SHRM!

This incentive program not only benefits local and state SHRM entities, but also helps you because your new certification date will still remain 2021, and if it turns out any of your submitted activities were not credited, you have all of 2018 to resubmit.

If you are eligible for early recertification, we ask that you do so. You are eligible to recertify early if you have acquired 60 PDCs and are at least one year into your recertification cycle. Monies attributable to at-large members’ early recertification benefit their state councils.

So who’s “Got sixty???”

Certified Programs YOU Can Facilitate!
There is a series of free, competency-based, multi-media presentations available for use by chapters and state councils. Everything you need is included -- from the detailed facilitator's guide to an attendee evaluation. These programs are pre-approved for 1.5 PDCs, so access this phenomenal new resource today!

Sept. 9 Deadline for Pinnacle Award Submissions
The SHRM Pinnacle Awards Program is an annual recognition program honoring the highest achievement in affiliation development and contributions that serve HR professionals, advance the HR profession and enhance the SHRM community.

NAMI Event Educates Businesses
NAMI Florida's 2017 Annual Meeting & Conference is offering a day of presentations geared specifically toward businesses – the impact of mental illness in the workplace, how to provide accommodations for employees with mental illness, how corporations are responding, and hiring incentives for veterans.

Join the Campaign!
HR Florida and NAMI Florida have partnered together for Stigma Free Florida. Learn how your business can join the Stigma Free Florida campaign! For more information, contact Eve Sweeting, HR Florida diversity director, at

Reimbursement Available for Businesses: An Internship Opportunity for Floridians With Disabilities!
Florida is home to a large, untapped workforce population that employers are overlooking. Did you know that in 2014, more than 700,000 people with disabilities were not in Florida’s workforce?

SHRM Foundation Deadline Approach
In 2017, the SHRM Foundation will award almost $500,000 in support to students seeking undergraduate, graduate, certification and professional development opportunities. Click the “Read More” button to see the award deadlines that have not passed yet.

Palm Beach Award Program - Sept. 15 Deadline
The HRPBC Annual Awards were developed to celebrate the human resources industry and to recognize those in the HR profession who exemplify outstanding achievement within our local human resources community. This year, the awards banquet will be held on Thursday, October 19 at the Embassy Suites in West Palm Beach.

Take the Pledge
HR Florida continues its partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Florida to promote stigma free workplaces. Your organization can promote mental health by joining the Stigma Free Florida movement and signing the Stigma Free pledge.

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