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President's Message



Can you believe it is already June? Wow this year is zooming by. June is the last month of the first half of the year, it is the end of Q2 and a great time for us to review our accomplishments and goals, both personal and professional, and to of course correct as needed and make sure we are taking time to celebrate our successes.

June includes many key dates:

  • 6/14 Flag Day
  • 6/14 CHRA Webinar: Developing and Leveraging Professional Relationships
  • 6/17 Father’s Day
  • 6/17 – 6-20 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition in Chicago
  • 6/20 CHRA Monthly Education Session: Benefits Hot Topics
  • 6/21 First day of Summer

June is a great time to review and evaluate where you are with respect to your life, purpose and professional development plan. What is your Life Purpose? Do you have a core purpose statement? Below are some questions to answer to assist you in developing and/or tweaking your core purpose statement.

  1. What would I really like to be and do in my life?
  2. What are my greatest strengths?
  3. How do I want to be remembered?
  4. Who is the one person who has made the greatest positive impact in my life?
  5. What have been my happiest moments in life?
  6. If I had unlimited time and resources what would I do?
  7. What are the three or four most important things to me?
  8. How can I best contribute to the world?
  9. What am I passionate about?
  10. What inspires me?

My core purpose statement is: I am powered by purpose and driven by insatiable curiosity to connect people and be connected to people in order to inspire greatness and harmony.
Please feel free to share your core purpose statement with your HR colleagues on the CHRA LinkedIn page.

One you have designed your core purpose statement ask yourself, Is my current work aligned with my life purpose? If you answered yes then wonderful and if you answered no then what changes do you want to make to be in better alignment?

What is included in your Professional Development Plan? How can CHRA support you?

  1.  Are you working toward your SHRM certification or are you preparing for re-certification?
  2. Do you need additional CCEUs?
  3. Have you read an inspiring book recently?
  4. Are you looking to mentor someone or be mentored?
  5. Have you attended a webinar or seminar on a hot HR topic and then shared it with your colleagues?
  6. Are you looking to network and enhance your professional relationships?
  7. Do you have expertise in an area you want to share with other HR professionals via a speaking engagement like the CHRA Fall/Spring Conferences?
  8. Do you want to give back to the HR community by volunteering on a CHRA committee?
  9. Would you like to volunteer at the upcoming Junior Achievement Her Path To Promise event on 7-26 and 7-27 for mock interviews and/or to man the CHRA booth?

If you would like to share your professional development plan with your HR colleagues please feel free to do so via this link.

Thank you for your support of our HR profession. I would like to leave you with a quote:
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it”. Steve Jobs

Your President,

Lori Raggio, PHR, SHRM-CP






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


Adebayo Ajakaiye - United Bank for Africa (UBA)
Laura Cristofaro - Howard Bank
Amber Crowley - Breakthru Beverage Group
Ian Dowling - Stanley Black & Decker
Tracy Gore - Loyola University Maryland
Rachel Helton - Accurate Infrastructure Data, Inc.
Heather Holdaway - Booz Allen Hamilton
Christina Hughes - Greater Baltimore Medical Ctr.
Heather Miller - Mechanical Engineering & Construction Corporation
Afifa Pervez
Bettina Straight - Mercy Medical Center
Kimberly Taylor - AAWDC

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:

  • Colette Colclough
  • Renee McNally
  • John Michel
  • Anna-Maria Palmer
  • Nancy Zimmerman


 ...for referring new members in the month of May! 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 


June 14, 2018 - Webinar: Developing and Leveraging Professional Relationships

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. - Online Webinar


June 20, 2018 - Monthly Education Program

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. - PSA Financial Learning Center, Hunt Valley, MD


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


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!


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.




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


      CHRA Diversity & Inclusion Corner

2018 CHRA Annual Diversity Award 

In 1996, the James W. Rouse ‘Excellence in Diversity’ Award was established by the CHRA Board of Directors to recognize Baltimore area businesses and organizations that demonstrate commitment to a diverse and inclusive workplace through their human resources efforts and initiatives.

The Chesapeake Human Resources Association and its Diversity & Inclusion Committee were excited and honored to announce the winner for this year’s James W. Rouse Excellence in Diversity Award in the following categories to…

Greater Baltimore Medical Center - Large Employer
Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) Health Care System Diversity & Inclusion Celebration and Education Initiative. The Diversity and Inclusion mission of the GBMC HealthCare System is “to create a more diverse workforce and foster an inclusive workplace to provide culturally competent care and services of the highest quality to every patient, every time, leading to better health and better care with the least waste of time, money and effort and with more joy for those providing the care.” GBMC supports the level of importance that diversity and inclusion should hold at GBMC and has supported various initiatives that tie together their comprehensive approach to this critical topic including: monthly cultural celebrations; a calendar of celebrations and events; annual Corporate Competency; Orientation presentations; Diversity & Inclusion Council professional development; Greater Pride Affinity Work Group; Transgender Day of Remembrances; Inclusivity Learning Forums; Diversity, Dine and Dialogue: A Space for Real Conversations: Inclusion at GBMC Workshop; and the Diversity & Inclusion Talk Line.


SECU - Midsize Employer

SECU, like many organizations, is focused on an increased effort and commitment to diversity and inclusion initiatives. “For us, our diversity and inclusion strategy centers around our people-centric culture that is focused on dignity, value and respect, both for our employees and those in our local communities.” SECU efforts includes making employees awareness of the differences in personal values and life experiences, and the importance of embracing these differences to build a greater sense of unity to deliver SECU’s value proposition. SECU’s belief is that diversity and inclusion should be a quest to ensure a connection to and passion for their mission. That mission begins with talent sourcing and recruitment strategies and this connection is to be sustained throughout the journey of their employees.





Anne Arundel County Public Schools - Education Institution K-12

AACPS has developed several diversity initiatives to assist with the recruitment and retention of employees from underrepresented groups. Initiatives include our Workforce monitoring Team, Diversity Recruitment Weekend, Bilingual Teacher Hiring Events, and Networking and Professional Development sessions for diverse employees. They continue to seek diversity initiatives through their system.



Please join us in congratulating and celebrating the success of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, SECU and Anne Arundel County Public Schools as recipients of the 2018 James W. Rouse ‘Excellence in Diversity’ Awards! We hope that you will consider similar programs for your own organization, and we look forward to receiving your nominations in 2019.









New Maryland Law Makes Construction GC’s Liable for Subcontractors’ Violations of Wage and Hour Laws

Submitted by Donna M. Glover, Esq. - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC


Under Maryland wage laws, if an employer fails to properly pay its employees it may be liable for up to three times the wages owed to the employee, plus attorneys fees and costs. Employees may file a lawsuit against their employer within three years after a violation occurs. Generally, unless a construction general contractor (“GC”) and its subcontractor are found to be joint employers, that GC would not be liable for a subcontractor’s violation of Maryland wage laws. Well, that is no more . . .

Effective October 1, 2018, under the “General Contractor Liability for Unpaid Wages Act (“the Act”), a general contractor will now be jointly and severally liable for its subcontractors’ failure to pay employees in accordance with Maryland wage laws. The Act applies to subcontractors of the subcontractor, and so on – i.e., those not in a direct contract with the general contractor. That means that a GC will now be liable for wage violations at any tier on a project.

The Act provides that a subcontractor must indemnify a general contractor for "any wages, damages, interest, penalties, or attorney's fees owed as a result of the subcontractor's violation," unless indemnification is provided for in a contract between the GC and the subcontractor, or if the subcontractor was unable to pay its employees because the GC failed to pay the subcontractor pursuant to the terms of their contract.

This mandatory indemnification provision may be worth nothing if a subcontractor does not have the financial capacity to pay these damages and costs. Further, the Act gives employees the opportunity to sue both the GC and their direct employer.

GC’s should review their contract provisions, consider requiring subcontractors to obtain a bond or insurance to protect against wage claims by a subcontractor’s employees, and consider adding contract provisions to allow for review of their subcontractors’ pay practices, pay records, and history of wage claims and lawsuits. 


CHRA June 14 Webinar

Mastering Work Relationships for HR Professionals: Developing and Leveraging Professional Relationships

Thursday, June 14, 2018
12:00 – 1:30 pm

Presented by:
Lindsey Carter, MA, NBC-HWC
Mark Hornberger
Trina Peters, PHR, SHRM-CP
Regina M. Resch, SPHR, SHRM-SCP


About the Webinar:
Join us for an informative webinar about building relationship skills for those in search of their next HR opportunity or wanting to learn best practices and the importance of relationship building for organizational success.

Webinar Topics:

  • Share best practices
  • Leading reduction in force efforts in the organization
  • Identify impacted employees developmental opportunities as they prepare for search process
  • Creates internal education opportunities for those impacted
  • Internal organizational outcomes
  • Retention
  • Workforce development
  • Career pathing/promotional opportunities
  • Increased Engagement

Click here to view the event page and register


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)
• Career Fair CHRA Booth- July 27th from 12:00 - 3:00pm (set up will start 12:00)




JA Bowl-a-Thon season: The JA Bowl-a-Thon is the largest fundraiser of the year, with the involvement of over 1,500 participants and 70 companies in a series of spring events across Central Maryland. The Bowl-a-Thon is a great networking and team-building event for participating companies, and a fun and easy way to support quality programing for the young people served by JA in the region.  This is a great way to have an after-hours team building and networking event.  This will be in May-June.

Sponsorship- For $1,000 per lane, organizations will receive branding and recognition throughout our dozens of events through May and June, logo and branding on all signage and impact report.  Each lane consists of six individuals and the sponsorship covers the shoe rental, two hours of bowling, as well as the fundraising.  A sponsorship flier is also attached.

Dates of the JA Bowl-a-Thon
June 6th at the Brunswick in Columbia 3-5 and 6-8
June 7th at the AMF in Timonium (1 ten pin the rest duck pin left) 6-8
June 21st at the AMF in Timonium 6-8
June 28th at the AMF in Timonium 6-8

Additional Workforce Development Opportunity through Junior Achievement


On October 18, we will be piloting a program called JA Inspire. 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 (STEM and many others). Please click here to see what JA Inspire is all about! Feel free to reach out to Lene McCollum; or Mandy Snyder; directly with any questions.


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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