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January 2020

President's Message

John Ruyter, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

CHRA President


Getting Better with Age


Happy New Year Members -


Welcome to a new decade and to CHRA’s 90th year serving the greater Baltimore human resources community! It is an exciting time and I’d like to start the year by thanking our immediate Past President Jason Nemoy, and the 2019 Board of Directors and volunteers.


As we begin 2020, our Association is poised for a great decade ahead and before we know it, turning 100! In 2019, we saw record attendance at our conferences, a record number of memberships, the expansion of our Roundtables, and a SHRM Pinnacle Award.


To start 2020, we welcome a few new Board members, and a new Board position dedicated to volunteer engagement. As a Board, we will strive to continue these success stories by keeping our mission at the forefront: Providing best-in-class resources to empower the human resources community in their efforts to drive business success.


CHRA volunteers and members come together to participate and work in concert with each other to achieve our goals. For this to occur with consistent growing success over the last 90 years is an accomplishment that many organizations cannot match. Call me biased, but I think this is because human resources professionals understand better than most the benefits of working interdependently. With this idea in mind, I encourage each of you to take advantage of what CHRA has to offer, and together we can elevate our community of professionals to even greater heights.


Happy New Year!







Call for Sponsors - Spring Conference



Save the Date! CHRA will once again host its Annual Spring Conference on April 16, 2020 at Martin's West in Baltimore.


Showcase your company at the largest human resources conference in Maryland by becoming a Spring Conference Sponsor or Exhibitor.


The event will feature a dynamic keynote presentation, an educational program focused on the latest trends in human resources and over 450 attendees.


Want to learn more about the CHRA Spring Conference? View the video of last year's Spring Conference here!


The Fall Conference was a sell-out, so reserve your sponsorship or exhibit table for Spring early! The deadline to be listed as a sponsor on the Spring Conference printed brochure is January 14, 2020.


Sponsors receive prime placement in the General Session area, early connection with attendees using the pre-conference attendee list, access to CHRA members following the conference and many more valuable benefits. Space will be limited so reserve your sponsorship or exhibit space today. 


To reserve your sponsorship or exhibit space, download the sponsor and exhibitor form here and email the completed form back to



January Monthly Education Program


"Pre-Employment Interviewing-Professional Perspectives From Both Sides of the Desk"


January 15, 2020

January Monthly Education Program "Pre-Employment Interviewing: Professional Perspectives From Both Sides of the Desk"


CCBC Owings Mills


Join dynamic presenter Elliot Lasson, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP as he explores questions that can be effectively utilized by interviewers. Objective scoring guides that will help quantify and rank candidates will be presented. The program offers 2 hours of General Credit by HRCI and 2 SHRM PDC's.


CHRA Monthly Education Programs offer a great opportunity to meet and develop a network with other HR professionals.


Start off 2020 by connecting with other CHRA members. Register by clicking here.




Upcoming Events Calendar


January 15, 2020

January Monthly Education Program - "Pre-Employment Interviewing"


CCBC Owings Mills, MD


January 15, 2020

Maryland State SHRM Advocacy Day in Annapolis


February 3, 2020

Webinar: Stopping the Fake Work



February 5, 2020

HR Department of One Forum


Beatty Development Group LLC, Baltimore, MD


February 19, 2020

February Monthly Education Program-"Respect and Appreciation for Differences in The Workplace"


PSA Financial Learning Center, Hunt Valley, MD



Click here to view the Full Calendar of Events and to register online.



Welcome New CHRA Members from December

A warm welcome to our NEW members who joined in December.


Erica Askamit, Johns Hopkins University

Joseph Atkinson, First Financial Federal Credit Union

Rachel Brown

Maggie Cardano, Capitol Concierge, Inc.

Katherine Coburn

LaTanya Gaither, McCormick & Company, Inc.

Heather Greenfield, Space Telescope Science Institute

Grace Hochheimer, Nonprofit HR Solutions

Reba Letsa, Baker Donelson

James Phillips, The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region

Denise Powell, impactHR LLC

Vanesa Tillman, Johns Hopkins University

Leslie Walko, Gilbane Building Company


Do you have a colleague who is not a CHRA member and would benefit from membership? Invite them to join CHRA! 



Thank You For Renewing Your Membership!



Thank you to those CHRA members who have renewed their membership for 2020. This year, CHRA offered a membership renewal incentive program called "Renewal Roulette" where members who renewed for 2020 starting in October were entered into a drawing for prizes. The earlier a member renewed, the greater their chances to win some great prizes!


We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Renewal Roulette prizes!


$100 Amazon Gift Card - Alice Essien, Kleins Shoprite of Maryland


$100 Massage Envy Gift Card - Clare Berrang, Newmark Knight & Frank


$100 Starbucks Gift Card - Cynthia Fuller, Murphy, Falcon & Murphy


One Free CHRA Spring or Fall Conference Registration ($185 value!) - Thomas Watkins, CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield



Thank you to our Renewal Roulette Sponsors

Underwritten by Lori Raggio, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CHRA Immediate Past President



It is not too late to renew your CHRA membership for 2020! Renew your membership here today to continue to receive all of the benefits of CHRA membership.



Consider a CHRA Corporate Membership for 2020



Do you have multiple individuals from your organization who are members of CHRA? Consider a Corporate Membership for 2020.


CHRA offers two types of Corporate Membership - Corporate Complete and Corporate Elite. Both options offer multiple benefits and savings for your organization.

Corporate Complete - $1,000 per year
What a great employee benefit to provide to your HR team in 2020! 
Includes one year of CHRA membership for five (5) individuals from your organization - PLUS - four (4) free monthly education events registrations and one (1) free full-day conference registration (Spring or Fall Conference).

Corporate Elite

Save 50% off membership dues!
For twenty (20) or more members from one organization, CHRA offers 50 percent off annual membership dues (based on SHRM-membership status). 


Thank you to following organizations that have already renewed their Corporate Memberships for 2020! 


Corporate Elite Members

Baltimore County Public Schools

LifeBridge Health

Maryland State Highway Administration


Corporate Complete Members

The Associated, Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, Inc.

Catholic Charities of Baltimore

City of Baltimore Department of Public Works

Enoch Pratt Free Library

Howard County Government Office of Human Resources

Mariner Finance

Maryland Department of Transportation

Maryland Public Television



Stifel Financial Corporation

Tower Federal Credit Union


Provide your HR team with the networking, resources and education offered through CHRA membership!


To set up your organization's Corporate Membership for 2020, please contact



Shape Workplace Public Policy: Join the SHRM "A-Team"


The SHRM Advocacy Team/"A-Team" has been developed by SHRM Government Affairs as a way to assist HR professionals in making their voices heard on public policy issues impacting the workplace. The SHRM Advocacy Team is a crucial component of SHRM’s advocacy efforts, and works to advance the interests of the HR profession at both the federal and state levels.


The Team had a tremendous impact in 2019, and we encourage you to join the team in 2020 to make our voice even stronger.



Elevate the voice of HR in 2020!


  • Join SHRM and become part of the community that is shaping workplace policy. Use the promotional code START2020 to save $25 on your SHRM membership.
  • Attend the SHRM Advocacy@Work Event March 15-17, 2020 in Washington, DC where you will engage with policymakers at the highest levels, gain policy knowledge and messaging skills and advance your professional development. SHRM members receive exclusive member rates. For information and to register, click here
  • Follow the "A-Team" on Twitter at @SHRMAdvocacy for the latest developments
  • Join the SHRM A-Team here and become part of the nationwide HR movement 

If you have questions or would like additional information regarding the A-Team, or the Advocacy@Work program, please contact Bailey Yeager at



Junior Achievement-"Leading Ladies"



The Junior Achievement "Leading Ladies" program connects businesswomen and outstanding female high school students in the Baltimore area to celebrate successes, develop talents, capture new opportunities and inspire the next generation of women leaders. 


On March 18, 2020, Junior Achievement will present "JA Leading Ladies" Redefining Career Pathways for Women."


The program will feature presentations, discussions and interactive activities to provide participants with increased knowledge and confidence to further their career goals and network building.


For more information on the program and on Junior Achievement, please click here.



HR Department of One Forum - You Are Not Alone!


February 5, 2020

HR Department of One Forum


Beatty Development Group, LLC, Baltimore, MD


Flying solo as the only HR practitioner in your organization? Make connections and share best practices with others who manage all HR functions for their organization by joining the (fast-growing!) CHRA HR Department of One Forum. 


Recently recognized for a SHRM Pinnacle Award, the Forum is a valuable resource for solo HR practitioners. 


Registration is FREE for CHRA members. 


Please click here for more information and to register for the next meeting of the Forum.



Executive HR Roundtable

Comprised of CHROs, Vice Presidents, and Executive HR Practitioners, the CHRA Executive HR Roundtable is a program designed to bring C-Suite HR Professionals together for thought leadership dialogue, collaboration, knowledge sharing, and networking.

The Executive HR Roundtable currently has 35 senior HR Executives representing Maryland employers from a variety of industries.


The CHRA Executive HR Roundtable was recently recognized for excellence with a SHRM Pinnacle Award.

To be considered for the Executive HR Roundtable, please contact with information on how you meet the eligibility criteria and we will be pleased to share your information with Governing Committee.



Maryland Family Network's LOCATE Child Care


Maryland Family Network's LOCATE is a free and confidential service available for any parent searching for regulated child care. For information please contact LOCATE: Child Care at 877-261-0060 or visit We encourage you to share this information within your organization.


For more information click here.



Resources For Those In Career Transition

Currently in a career transition? Looking for support and a place to connect?

The CHRA Workforce Readiness Committee is dedicated to assisting CHRA members and HR professionals who are in transition or are seeking new employment.

Review our Transition Resources

Visit the CHRA homepage here for information on all of the transition resources offered through CHRA.

Expand your network and join the Member Transitions Connections Club!

Plan to join the Member Transitions Connections Club conference calls. 2020 dates and times will be announced.

Registration is free!



Career Center & Job Listings


Looking for a new career opportunity - or have a job opening to share?

The CHRA Career Center features local HR job openings and a section listing transition and employment resources. Be sure to visit our Job Board daily or set your email preferences (inside of your member portal) to email you anytime a new job is posted.

If you are an employer seeking a qualified HR professional, visit the Career Center on to post an open position.



Stay Connected - Follow CHRA on Social Media

For the latest CHRA updates, remember to "follow" the CHRA Company page on LinkedIn.

"Like" and share updates with your network!


CHRA Has Moved!

Please Note Our NEW Mailing Address

Chesapeake Human Resources Association

2331 Rock Spring Road Forest Hill, Maryland 21050 

443-966-3870 (same phone number) (same e-mail address)

In This Issue

President's Message
Call for Sponsors Spring Conference
January Monthly Education Program
Upcoming Events Calendar
Welcome New CHRA Members
2020 Renewal Roulette Winners!
Consider Corporate Membership for 2020
Join the SHRM Advocacy Team
Junior Achievement-Leading Ladies
HR Department of One Forum
Executive HR Roundtable
Maryland Family Network's LOCATE Child Care
Career Transition Resources
Career & Job Center Listings
Connect with CHRA on Social Media

Helpful Links
CHRA's Mission & Goals
CHRA Sponsorship Opportunities
Details on the HRCI certification program
Details on the SHRM certification program
Donate to CHRFoundation
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