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President's Message



It was an honor and privilege to represent CHRA at the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition: Expand Your World in Chicago in June! I love our HR profession and when you get 20,000 of us together from over 80 countries under one roof for 4 days we truly are a force to be reckoned with.

Four keynote presenters, 200+ concurrent sessions, 6000+ vendors and Pentatonix as the Tuesday night entertainment, it was simply an amazing conference. SHRM truly knows how to sponsor an event. I want to provide you a summary of my experience, so you can benefit as well.

Keynote Presenters:

  • Jeb Bush: Leading In An Environment of Disruptive Change
     - Immigration reform is critical
     - Education reform is critical, we need to all be lifelong learners 
     - The US needs to be a Second Chance country (people with a record need a second chance)
  • Oscar Munoz CEO United Airlines: Listening, Learning, Leading How to Build A United Team
     - Don’t let rules prevent you from doing what is right
     - Listen to your employees
     - Your culture is dictated by 10% of your workforce
     - People matter as much as profits
  • Adam Grant Organization psychologist and professor at The Wharton School of Business University of Pennsylvania: Givers Take All Creating A Culture Of Productive Generosity
     - Don’t let your organization become a cultural museum
     - Stop emphasizing cultural fit and start valuing cultural contribution
     - Build an upward challenge network
     - Avoid organizational uniqueness bias
     - Create new channels for knowledge sharing
  • Sheryl Sandberg COO Facebook: A Conversation on Resilience, Equality and Leadership
     - We need to be aware of our biases
     - HR can systematically help eliminate the biases around pay and position disparity
     - Practice ruthless prioritization
     - Offer enhanced parental, family and bereavement leave

Conference Tips:

  1.  Plan and prepare what concurrent sessions you want to attend
  2.  Stay at a conference hotel with access to the free shuttle buses, walking results in large blisters
  3. Sight see and have fun
  4. Don’t eat lunch and dinner alone, network and meet new people
  5. Be kind to yourself and others
  6. Leave the heels at home and wear your tennis shoes (15,000+ steps each day)
  7. Scope out the shortest Starbucks line and get there early
  8. The convention center rooms are cold so bring a jacket/sweater
  9. Bring an extra bag/suitcase to carry home all the vendor giveaways
  10. Get to your favorite concurrent session early they fill up fast
  11. Pace yourself
  12. Complete a feedback form for each concurrent presenter

Conference Takeaways:

  •  ”If your dream doesn’t scare you it is too small” SHRM CEO Johnny C Taylor Jr.
  •  Elevate, Innovate and Dial Up HR SHRM CEO Johnny C Taylor JR.
  • Infobesity- we read about 100,000 words each day, story telling is a great way to move people to action
  • By 2020 corporate America will have spent $500 billion on the opioid epidemic. We should provide training on identification of opioid use and abuse, have appropriate workplace polices and follow the DOT regulation regardless if your organization is required to do so
  • Asking for help can be difficult so we should:
    -Be explicit about needing help
    -Approach individuals not groups when asking for help
    -Ask for help in person not phone or email
    -Communicate the impact of the help to the person willing to help
  • If you aren’t at the CEO’s table then you are on the menu
  • Adapt an inner circle mindset (from reactive to proactive)
  • Become a solution machine (listen for the true problem, re-frame problems as opportunities, generate 3 potential solutions, quantify the impact)
  • Use the language of success (own the effectiveness of your message)
  • Develop a coaching culture (leads to increased self-efficacy, candid conversations and trust and decreased micromanagement)
  • Start with us/HR – be chronically curious, ask more than tell
  • Develop managers to coach regularly
  • Develop team members to give and receive feedback
  • Kechi Okwuchi Nigerian singer and motivational speaker, one of the two survivors in the Sosoliso Airlines Flight 1145 crash on December 10, 2005 and a finalist at the twelfth season of America's Got Talent in 2017 sang a few songs at the conference and was very inspirational please click here to hear her song “I Am a Conqueror”.

I encourage you to register for the following conferences:
1. MD SHRM Annual Conference October 7-9 2018
2. CHRA Fall Conference November 7, 2018
3. CHRA Spring Conference April 11, 2019 - Save the Date
4. SHRM 2019 Annual Conference & Exposition June 23-26, 2019 Las Vegas - Save the Date

Your President,

Lori Raggio, PHR, SHRM-CP






Let's give a warm welcome to our NEW & RETURNING members…


Amy Andraos - Student SHRM Member
Sharon Kersey -
Student SHRM Member
Jaymie Litsey
Kiana Newman,
Human Resources Specialist - FILA USA, Inc.
Channon Olivo,
Medical Assistant - Health Care For the Homeless
Brian Roche,
Royal Farms
Rob Sharpe,
Director Enterprise L&D - The Hershey Company
Sharlane Williams,
Benefits Specialist - MICA

Referrals Recognized


We appreciate ALL of our members, but especially those who refer us to new members! This section is reserved for recognition to those who refer new members to CHRA. 

A special thank you to:

  • Tosha Hershey
  • Nancy Zimmerman


 ...for referring new members in the month of June! Thank you for your continued support of CHRA by referring new members.



CHRA Summer BOGO Membership Promo
Buy One CHRA Membership, Get One CHRA Membership FREE

*Promotion Ends July 31


Anyone who joins CHRA at the prorated amount, will receive a discount code to pass on to a friend/colleague for a FREE CHRA Membership for the remainder of 2018! Please allow three business days to receive the emailed discount code, or contact us right after you join and we can give you one over the phone!


CHRA's Executive HR Roundtable


The CHRA Board of Directors is pleased to present the Executive HR Roundtable! Comprised of CHROs, Vice Presidents, and Executive HR Practitioners, the Round Table is a new value-added program designed to bring C-Suite HR Professionals together for thought leadership dialogue, collaboration, knowledge sharing, and networking. We’ve been successfully piloting the program for several months, and are now ready to officially present this exciting new program to our members.

The HR Executive Roundtable currently has 35 senior HR Executives representing Maryland employers from a variety of industries. Led by our Governing Committee (Brian Lynch, Jason Nemoy, Lori Raggio, Gina Resch), the group meets approximately six times per year. If you are interested in being considered as a participant of the Roundtable and meet the criteria listed below, please reach out to me at or 410-440-5160.

The criteria for joining CHRA’s Executive Roundtable:

  1. 10+ years of relevant HR senior-level/Executive experience in multiple HR disciplines
  2. Key decision maker in HR at their organization
  3. Ability to Inspire at strategic level
  4. Demonstrated experience setting org-wide strategy and driving for results
  5. Working in Baltimore-metro Region / Local leader for HR
  6. Willingness to contribute, share and engage with the group/network, including “best practices”, innovative ideas, and challenges
  7. Current member of CHRA

Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you.



CHRA Workforce Readiness & Career Center


The CHRA Career Center features local HR job openings and a useful section consisting of transition and employment resources. Be sure to check our Job Board daily or set your email preferences (inside of your member portal) to email you anytime a new job is posted. Also, keep an eye out for our Bi-weekly members-only 'Jobs Flash' email highlighting current listings on the CHRA Job Board. Positions posted now include:

  Do not miss out on your potential career opportunities and keep an eye on our Career CenterTo post a Job onto our website, please click here.

 Interested in attending a local job fair? Follow this link to view upcoming local job fairs in Maryland!


Workforce Readiness Networking Pilot Program


We’ve heard very clearly from our members that you value the networking opportunities provided by CHRA. In order to make networking easier, we are piloting a color coded dot system.

As you arrive at an event and get your name badge, if you are an employer with a current HR opening, please add a red dot to your name badge. If you are exploring new HR opportunities, please add a green dot to your name badge. We strongly encourage you to engage each other in dialogue to learn about the room full of potential new hires and employers.


*The Workforce Readiness section of the CHRA website will soon be under construction in order to better serve you. We will let you know when the pages are re-launched.


Join the Chesapeake Human Resources Association at the Orioles Ball Game!



Friday, July 13th at 7:05 p.m. vs. Texas Rangers

Bring your family and friends out for a fun evening!!!


Friday Fireworks (Postgame, All Fans)

Lower Box Sections 6-14, 60-64: $41*

*There is an additional 10% service charge per ticket.

For any questions or accessible seating, please call 888.848.BIRD (2473) and ask for the Ticket Services team.


1. Click on the link below
2. Select a quantity of tickets
3. Create a Baltimore Orioles ticket account
4. Purchase and print your tickets

Tickets posted for re-sale are subject to cancellation. Offer is NOT valid at the Box Office.



CHRA Calendar of Events 


July 9, 2018 - Member Transition Connections Club - Conference Call 
10:00-11:00 a.m. - Conference Call


July 10, 2018 - Member Transition Connections Club - Conference Call
7:00-8:00 p.m. - Conference Call


July 13, 2018 - CHRA Orioles vs. Texas Rangers Game
7:00 p.m. - Oriole Park at Camden Yards


July 23, 2018 - Member Transition Connections Club - Conference Call
10:00-11:00 a.m. - Conference Call

July 24, 2018 - Member Transition Connections Club - Conference Call
7:00-8:00 p.m. - Conference Call


August 9, 2018 - Members Only Crab Feast Networking Event
5:30-8:30 p.m. - Conrads Seafood Restaurant, Perry Hall, MD


September 12, 2018 - Monthly Education Program "Me Too? How to Prevent and Respond to Sexual Harassment in the Workplace"
5:30-8:00 p.m. - PSA Financial Learning Center, Hunt Valley, MD 


October 17, 2018 - Monthly Education Program "GEN Z Leadership - Meet Your New Workforce!"
8:30-11:00 a.m. - CCBC Owings Mills, MD - Save the Date


November 7, 2018 - 13th Annual Fall Employment Law Conference
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Martins West, Baltimore, MD


Don't forget to keep up with Non-CHRA events at our Industry events page! Click here for more details regarding Non-CHRA programs, events, and more!


Workforce Readiness Committee Piloting Transition Webinars

Thank you to everyone that supported the Workforce Readiness Committee’s first webinar, 'Developing and Leveraging Relationships' on June 14. Special thanks to Gina Resch, Lindsey Carter, Trina Peters, Rachael Fox, Lori Raggio, Mark Hornberger and Tricia Clarke for facilitating and creating content. We had 50 participants and offered HRCI/SHRM credits. The committee is considering topics for a future WRC webinar.


Click here access a recording of this webinar.

MEMBER-BENEFIT: The WRC will be piloting a ‘Transition Connections Club’ in July. This is a conference call for members-only that are ‘in search of’ their next opportunity. These FREE calls will be facilitated by Workforce Readiness Committee members: Lindsey Carter, Rachael Fox and Sharon Scibek. It’s a way to support and connect those in the search process. Participate in as many calls as you wish. All members are welcome!

  • Monday, July 9, 10-11 am
  • Tuesday, July 10, 7 – 8 pm
  • Monday, July 23, 10-11 am
  • Tuesday, July 24, 7-8 pm

Click here to register for an upcoming call

CHRA’s Corporate Membership Options


DID YOU KNOW? CHRA offers corporate based memberships to offer a great value and substantial savings for members who are in organizations that have multiple employees who would like to be part of CHRA. The Corporate Complete Membership allows up to 5 individuals from your organization to benefit from four monthly meetings and one of our semi-annual conferences each year…all at a small investment of $1,000. This is an annual savings of over $875! For larger organizations, the Corporate Elite Membership offers 20 or more employees from your organization a 50% discount on all CHRA events. Come join your corporate peers such as LifeBridge Health, SECU, Baltimore County Public Schools and Catholic Charities by investing in the professional development of your HR teams! For more information, visit us here.




Junior Achievement Volunteer Opportunities


Her Path to Promise

CHRA Volunteer Opportunity July 26 & July 27 at Towson University. CHRA and CHRF are key sponsors of the Junior Achievement Her Path to Promise program for a second year in a row. JA Her Path to Promise is an intensive summer program at Towson University that creates pathways for young women by providing exposure to female mentors, college campuses, workplaces, hands-on activities, and other experiences to begin the process of preparing for a successful life after graduation from high school. These girls come from at-risk communities throughout greater Baltimore. This year the number of participants in the program will be tripled. We are looking for CHRA members who would like to volunteer to support this program per the schedule listed below. If you are interested in this opportunity please respond by Friday 6-8-18 to 

Mock Interviews- July 26th from 9:30-12 (12-1 a networking lunch) 4 Spots Left - RSVP ASAP
Career Fair CHRA Booth- July 27th from 12:00 - 3:00pm (set up will start 12:00)


Junior Achievement Inspire Event


Our newest capstone event is kicking off in Fall 2018 (October 18th at the Timonium Fair Grounds) – the highlight of JA Inspire will be the Career Exploration fair which will feature an interactive, hands-on showcase of careers with Maryland businesses, not-for-profit organizations, government agencies, and secondary and post-secondary institutions. Exhibitors will share their career opportunities, career advice, and will engage 3,000 students with equipment and technology, giving students the chance to “step into the shoes” of employees. This is going to be a great opportunity for the students to have real life discussions with professionals in the various careers. Please check out the video below to see what JA Inspire is all about!


CHRA Board Locks in the Secret to Key Leadership Bonding!


 The CHRA Board put their problem solving skills (or “crime committing” skills, as the storyline would suggest!) to the test at their June 13 Board outing at Lock N’ Key Escape Room in Baltimore. It was a great team building opportunity, and it was entertaining to see all of the different personalities come out when they were given just one hour to solve a series of puzzles in order to be able to escape the room. They were sure to take a picture as photographic evidence that they escaped the room with a full seven minutes to spare – well done! If you haven’t already experienced it, we highly recommend checking out Lock N’ Key on Light Street in Baltimore.


CHRA Awarded the 2017 SHRM Bronze Excel Award!
We are excited to announce that CHRA has been awarded the 2017 SHRM Bronze Excel Award! This award recognizes outstanding achievements in our chapter operations and a commitment to providing meaningful programs and services to our members. It also is recognition of CHRA's continued growth and development as a business leader, capable of developing strategies that lead to business success - which goes hand in hand with CHRA's mission: To provide best in class resources to empower the human resources community in their effort to drive business success. We are very proud of the organization and this recognition, and thank you for your continued membership in CHRA!



CHRA Student Section  

CHRA Student Members, please contact us if you need assistance with the following:

  • Resume reviews
  • Interview preparation
  • Linking you with prospective employers for internships and regular positions
  • Providing information about a variety of careers within the Human Resources profession

Committee members find it very rewarding working with future HR professionals. To prepare students for positions in the Human Resources field, we need committee members who are available to support outreach to our partner colleges. If you are interested in joining the College Relations Committee, please contact Jean Turner at


CHRF Fellows – Recognizing the Best in the HR Profession


Founded in 2010, the Chesapeake Human Resources Foundation Fellows program honors high-achieving HR professionals. CHRF Fellows are nominated and chosen based on outstanding dedication and contribution to maintaining the honor and integrity of the human resources profession as well as service to the Chesapeake Human Resources Association and the greater Baltimore region. With 22 current members, the program is capped at a percentage of CHRA membership, accentuating the honor. Beyond the recognition, CHRF Fellows gather to exchange ideas and are able to attend “by invitation only” events.

Nominations for a new induction class will be happening soon, and more details are to come. Please consider nominating an esteemed colleague for the honor of becoming a CHRF Fellow.


SHRM Updates


Member Advocacy

SHRM’s A-Team Program Reaches Exciting Milestone, Showcases Growth and Strength. On March 21, SHRM’s Advocacy Team reached unprecedented strength with its 10,000th new member. Created in 2010, SHRM’s HR advocacy army has grown year after year, adding HR volunteers from all 50 states and every congressional district across the country to SHRM’s advocacy efforts. Special thanks are extended to the HR professionals and SHRM state councils and chapters who value HR advocacy and care enough to step up and take action, individually and as a team! This network of volunteers has moved the needle on critical policy issues and legislation, such as advocating in support of SHRM’s workplace flexibility legislation, employer-provided benefits in the context of the recently completed tax debate. Through SHRM’s HR Policy Action Center, A-Team members have engaged on social media and by meeting in-person with lawmakers throughout the year—most recently during SHRM’s Employment Law & Legislative Conference. To read more about the SHRM A-Team program and efforts—and to join the HR advocacy army—explore our A-Team resources.


SHRM Retired Membership Rates


Did you know there are discounted SHRM membership rates for retired members?

There are two options that SHRM offers retired individuals:


  • There’s a retired annual membership for $55 each year and is available to any professional SHRM member who has retired from active full-time employment. These members do not have voting rights and may not hold office in the Society, but do have access to all other SHRM member benefits, discounts and offerings.
  • There’s also a retired life membership with a one-time rate of $480 available for SHRM members who had a professional membership for at least 10 years are now retired from active full-time employment. They get all the benefits of SHRM membership.

Both retired membership options can be activated by calling SHRM’s Member Care center at +1.800.283.7476, option 3 (US Only).

 Recent Member News

Are you a CHRA member who has recently received the SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, PHR or SPHR designation or who recently took on a new position and would like to announce it to the membership? If so, please let us know. To share news with other members in an upcoming newsletter, please email us at


 CHRA Listed in Top 25 Associations in Baltimore Business Journal


We are excited to announce that CHRA was listed on the BBJ’s Top 25 List of Associations!

Click here to view the full list of Associations recognized


We are proud to be recognized along side of National Organizations! Thank you to our members and friends who make this possible. 


Sponsorship Opportunity: CHRA Monthly Email Blasts

If you have a special event or product that you would like CHRA to feature to our 3,300+ HR members and associates, this opportunity will be of interest to you. Details:

  • CHRA will send up to one exclusive sponsored email blast per month; sold on a first-come, first-serve basis, for a total of 12 email blasts the entire year.
  • Sponsors will send the email ready details to CHRA. CHRA will simply take those details and put into our email blast software to send out. CHRA will not provide any graphics work. Details can be sent in a flyer format (jpeg) or simply with wording and logos you would like to have included.
  • CHRA reserves the right to decline the promotion of any event that it deems to be a direct conflict with CHRA's mission, or its own events and/or products.
  • Cost: Just $400 per email blast.

Contact CHRA at 443-966-3870,, to reserve your space or for more information.

CHRA's Mission and Goals

The CHRA Board of Directors is excited to share with you the new mission statement for the organization, as well as the four overarching goals of the organization for at least the next three years. It is our promise, as your elected board of directors, to continuously strive to achieve these goals and work toward this mission so that you, as members, receive the best possible return on investment for your CHRA membership!


Interested in Sponsoring a CHRA Event? Think of CHRA for Upcoming Marketing Budgets!


Consider sponsorship to many of CHRA’s great events! Whether you are an Affiliate Member or a professional HR member whose Company provides services to the HR community – see the opportunities available to promote yourself to our ever growing membership! Click on this link --> SPONSORSHIP! and call Kristen Phillips at 443-966-3870 ext. 148 or Jennifer Downs at 410-878-7965 to discuss how we can help you grow your business!

 We Want YOUR Suggestions!

CHRA is always looking for suggestions from members and this time we would like to know any fun locations for our next Networking Event!

If you have any fun location suggestions for future Networking Events, please let us know at

 Did you know… 


CHRA has an online Member Directory and you have complete control over the visibility of your contact information?


· CHRA never gives out our members emails or phone numbers.

· CHRA members can connect with each other through the members-only CHRA online directory; a member benefit to help connect like-minded professionals.

· You have FULL CONTROL over the privacy settings in your CHRA online member profile!

Don’t want certain information public in your profile?
Click here for easy instructions to make it private

  New from When Work Works – FREE Workflex Assessment 


Ever wonder how your workplace flexibility strategies stack up against other organizations in your industry across the U.S.? Now you can find out by completing the free Workflex Assessment courtesy of When Work Works. The survey takes roughly 15 minutes to complete and once finished you’ll be provided feedback on what your organization is doing well and about opportunities for improving your flexible workplace policies. 


 SHRM Designation and Certification Credentials

For more information on the SHRM designation, please see the linked article below.


PHR/SPHR/GPHR and SHRM-CP/SHRM SCP Certification Credentials - BREAKDOWN 


 Submitting Professional Development Credits (PDC’s) for your SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Certifications

Denise Smoot, MD SHRM Certification Director has created an easy to follow tutorial document on how to submit chapter Professional Development Credits to SHRM. 

Click here to view the tutorial. What a great resource! Additional information can be obtained by visiting  


  Get Involved CHRA Style! 


CHRA offers many ways to get involved in our organization. For members, we have numerous committees that are always looking for new volunteers. And by volunteering on a committee, you can earn up to three (3) HRCI recertification credits per year! Companies that are interested in getting involved and reaching out to HR professionals can sponsor CHRA events, or advertise through our website and mailings to over 880 members, and thousands of HR professionals in the area! 

Click here to see our full list of Committees


 Did you know that you can contribute to the Chesapeake Human Resource Foundation (CHRF) simply by designating #8595 during your United Way giving?

CHRF is the fundraising arm of the Chesapeake Human Resources Association (CHRA). Our vision is to develop and provide the funding necessary to run and expand programs in connecting people to work. We are dedicated to supporting community outreach in the form of successful CHRA facilitated programs. Recent Funding includes the Junior Achievement “Her Path To Promise” initiative. All participants are from at-risk backgrounds in Baltimore City and transitioning from the foster care system.

Please consider giving back to the community through these noteworthy efforts that engage the expertise of human resource professionals and make a difference.

For more detailed information, please visit the CHRA website and click on the CHRA section.
CHRF Webpage Link

Anyone donating to the United Way campaign can designate their funds to the CHRF! Just indicate the following:

Agency Donation number: 8595

Chesapeake HR Foundation

9 Newport Drive, Suite 200
Forest Hill, MD 21050

Thanks for the support! We appreciate it.

  Need Information on Advertising and Sponsoring with CHRA?


Need access to 1,000+ Association members, as well as hundreds of additional HR practitioners? CHRA offers several cost-effective opportunities to sponsor, advertise, and even post jobs. If interested, please download this helpful brochure.


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