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September 2019

President's Message

CHRA President, Jason Nemoy


Building our Bench!


Dear CHRA colleagues,

We hope this message finds you well and that you continue to seek out the value that the association has to offer. By the way, is anyone excited about Fall weather? It will be here before you know it.


Our Board of Directors is experiencing a pivotal transformation at this time and we will be on the hunt for volunteers to fill the following five open Board seats. This is a great leadership opportunity that offers some very nice perks.  


Open Board Seats - Currently Recruiting


  • President-Elect
  • Director, Affiliate Involvement
  • Director, College Relations
  • Director, Professional Development
  • Director, Workforce Readiness

Interested members may start by reviewing the role descriptions here. There will also be a Call for Nominations sent to the full membership.

If you would like to talk about any of these opportunities, don't hesitate to contact me directly at and I will steer you in the right direction (and yes, I still use Hotmail).

Best regards to everyone,

Jason Nemoy

September Quarterly Networking Event


September 12, 2019

Quarterly Networking Event


Star Academy

Timonium, MD

Join us on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at Star Academy for our September Quarterly Networking Event!

The event will feature interactive STEM activities such as robot soccer, drone racing and virtual reality (VR) games. Enjoy exciting prize drawings, great food and the opportunity to make connections with other CHRA members.

Registration is $10.00. The event is for CHRA members only. If you are a CHRA member and would like to bring a non-member guest who is an HR professional, please contact, or invite your guest to join CHRA here.

Sponsors are welcome! If your company would like to sponsor this event, please contact

September Monthly Education Program

 "Leveraging Complexity for Rapid Change"

September 18, 2019

September Monthly Education Event


Sponsored by Paylocity

Rolling Road Golf Club

Catonsville, MD

Join us for our September Monthly Education Program, "Leveraging Complexity for Rapid Change", featuring Dr. Deat LaCour, leading industrial/organizational psychologist, lecturer, researcher and author.




The session will help you to:


  • Learn new thinking on change that is more aligned with today’s realities in organizational environments.
  • Increase the probability of seeing your HRM related change plans cross the finish line.
  • Build insight into “change saturation” pressures producing stress and productivity hurdles in HRM.
  • Expand the HR practitioners understanding of patterns in behavior and attitude as points of leverage for change.
  • Develop the ability to see and influence attitudinal and behavioral patterns in complex change efforts.
  • Build an appreciation of tools that support self-organization in response to “wicked problems.”

CHRA Monthly Education Programs provide a great opportunity to obtain HR certification credit and to make connections with other HR professionals! 
Register here today.


Thank you to our September Education Program Sponsor:


With CHRA,You Are Not Alone!

Join The HR Department of One Forum


September 11, 2019


HR Department of One Forum

Daft-McCune Walker, Inc.

Towson, MD

Are you the solo HR practitioner in your organization?

Would you like to have a network of HR pros with whom you can share ideas and best practices?

Join CHRA's vibrant HR Department of One Forum! It's like having your own HR consulting team right at your fingertips.


“The new HR DOO forum is a great network for solo HR practitioners. Our first meeting in July was very productive, as we brainstormed about topics for future discussion and how often we plan to meet (it will be every other month). It’s nice to connect with others in a similar boat who can relate to the same kinds of challenges and I’m really looking forward to having this group as a resource for ideas, suggestions, guidance and moral support!”


Kate Davis
Human Resources Manager
Stringfellow Management Group, Inc.

Registration is free! Click here to register today.

If you have questions, or would like additional information on the Forum, please contact CHRA at


CHRA Keeps You Informed on the latest HR Employment Law & Legislative Issues


Join Us For CHRA's 14th Annual Fall Human Resources Employment Law/Legislative Conference

Online Registration is Now Open!



November 6, 2019

Annual Fall HR Employment Law/Legislative Conference


Martin's West, Baltimore, MD

Offering 5.25 hours of re-certification credit, the 14th Annual Fall Human Resources Conference focusing on Employment Law and Legislative Updates will take place Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Martin's West in Baltimore.

The conference will feature a dynamic educational program, exhibitors showcasing the latest products and technologies, outstanding networking opportunities and exciting door prizes and raffles. One of the largest HR conferences in the region, the CHRA Fall Conference will sell-out quickly, so register early! 


CHRA Conferences bring together a community of HR professionals. Click this video to see what's its like to attend a CHRA Conference.

REGISTER HERE by 10/23/19 to save $25 per registration.

Thank You To Our Fall Conference Sponsors

Distinguished Sponsors









Break Sponsors

McDaniel College

UMBC Universities at Shady Grove

The Nanny Network LLC


Trion Group, a Marsh & McClennan Agency

Sponsorships are still available!

Position your your company in front of over 450 HR professionals across the region by becoming a Fall Conference Sponsor or Exhibitor. Sponsorship benefits have been expanded to include complimentary CHRA memberships and an opportunity to address conference attendees.


For information, click here or contact to reserve your sponsorship.

Fall Conference Speaker Highlight

Keynote Presentation

"Workplace Violence: A Personal Experience"

Kathleen McComber, SHRM-SCP

Kathleen will share her personal experience with workplace violence and the lessons she learned as a human resources professional.

This session will examine workplace violence statistics and provide useful tools to implement a workplace violence policy and plan and valuable tips for identifying signs of potential trouble.

Attendees will learn how to train employees on early warning signs related to workplace violence; tips to lower the risk of negligent hiring; risk and threat assessment information; Employee Assistance Programs and what they provide; and how to handle terminations in a manner to reduce the threat of violence.


Don't miss this very important and timely presentation.


Register for the Fall Conference by clicking here.

Annual Diversity Celebration and Education Program


October 16, 2019

CHRA Annual Diversity Celebration & Education Program


Sponsored by Kennedy Krieger Institute and Paylocity

CCBC Campus - Owings Mills, MD

Join CHRA, your HR colleagues and special guests as we celebrate the strides being made in the pursuit of workplace diversity and inclusion by local businesses in the Baltimore area.

The Annual Diversity Celebration and Awards Presentation will feature the presentation of the 2019 James W. Rouse Diversity Award. This award is presented annually to a local organization that best exemplifies culture of diversity and inclusion.

Following the award presentation, we will learn how to “use our tools” with an honest dialogue about the opportunities and challenges of building and sustaining diversity and inclusion efforts across our organizations.



Dr. Jennifer Jimenez Marana, one of the foremost authorities on diversity, equity and inclusion, will unload the toolkit of options for organizations that desire to, but have not yet implemented diversity efforts as well as options for organizations whose efforts need refreshing.


Thank you to our Diversity Event Sponsors!



Key Dates & Deadlines

Mark your calendar for these important dates and deadlines!

September 30, 2019

SHRM Prep Course - Early Registration Deadline - Save $50 and register by September 30

October 23, 2019

Early Registration Deadline- 14th Annual Fall HR Conference

Upcoming Events Calendar

September 11, 2019

HR Department of One Forum


Daft-McCune Walker, Inc.

Towson, MD

September 12, 2019

September Quarterly Networking Event


Star Academy, Timonium, MD

September 18, 2019

September Monthly Education Program-"Leveraging Complexity for Rapid Change"

Sponsored by Paylocity


Rolling Road Golf Club

Catonsville, MD

October 16, 2019

October Monthly Education Program & Diversity Awards Presentation

Sponsored by Kennedy Krieger Institute and Paylocity


CCBC Campus, Owings Mills, MD

November 6, 2019

14th Annual Fall HR Conference (Employment Law & Legislative Updates)


Martins West, Baltimore, MD

November 22, 2019

December 5& December 12, 2019

SHRM Certification Preparation Course

PSA Insurance & Financial Services, Hunt Valley, MD

Click here to view the full 2019 Calendar of Events and to register online!

Welcome New Members from August!

A warm CHRA welcome to our NEW members who joined in August.


Kevin Bradley, Towson University

Latiesha Bush, American Office Equipment

Annie Eddy, Curry Printing and Copy Shop

Roseann Glover, Human Capital Advisory, LLC

Carrie Golden, Comcast

Monica Herbert, Anne Arundel Community College

Kursten Jackson

Veronica Jones, City of Baltimore, Office of the Labor Commissioner

Craig Kile, Clearview Group

Brian Sigwart, Cummins & Associates Financial Group

Jessica Stacharowski, Management Consultant

Trudinique Munroe, Towson University/Univ. of Baltimore Student

Karen Taylor, City of Baltimore, Office of Information & Technology

Debra Temple, GP Strategies Corporation

Join our renew your CHRA membership now and receive pro-rated membership dues through December 31, 2019 - AND - save $85 on your Fall Conference registration fee.

Do you have a colleague who is not a member and would benefit from membership in CHRA? Invite them to join here (and attend our Upcoming Events!).

Save $20 on your SHRM Membership

Are you a SHRM member, or considering joining SHRM?

Click here to go to the SHRM membership website and use the promotional code STATE20 when renewing or joining SHRM to save $20 through December 31, 2019.

Exciting Sponsorship Opportunity!

Sponsor CHRA's "Renewal Roulette"

Sponsorship Opportunity - Only $250!

Get your company's brand in front of over 1,000 HR professionals from September through January!

Sponsorships are now available for CHRA's 2020 "Membership Renewal Roulette."

CHRA's "Renewal Roulette" is a membership renewal promotion that will take place September, 2018 - January, 2019. Members who renew their CHRA membership for 2020 will be entered into a drawing for prizes based on the month that they renew.

Sponsorship of this program is being offered for only $250!

Sponsorship includes-

  • Your company logo on all CHRA membership renewal mailings (mailed to over 1,000 CHRA members)
  • Your company logo on all membership renewal email blasts - sent regularly to over 1,000 HR contacts from September, 2018 through January, 2019.


Sponsorship is a great way to stand out from your competition AND get your company's brand in front of your target market.

To sponsor "Renewal Roulette", contact by September 13, 2019.



CHRA Offering 3-Day SHRM Certification Prep Course

Register by September 30 - Save $50

3-Day SHRM Certification Preparation Course

  • November 22, 201
  • December 5, 2019
  • December 12, 2019


PSA Insurance & Financial Services



Instructor Amanda Haddaway, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

"One of the best SHRM instructors I have had!”

“Amanda Haddaway is a fantastic instructor with great experience.”

“After taking this course, my score on the pre-test went up 16 points!”


CHRA is offering a three-day intensive SHRM Certification Preparation Course.

Led by a highly qualified and certified HR instructor, Amanda Haddaway, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, our intensive SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP preparation seminars, combined with the SHRM Learning System, present a comprehensive and detailed review of the current SHRM Body of Competency & Knowledge™ (SHRM BoCK™). By attending, you will be able to identify areas of strength and build on them. You will also see where you need further concentrated study in preparation for either exam.

During your prep course, your SHRM-certified instructor will build upon the foundation you've already established through your studies of the SHRM Learning System, guiding you through interactive discussions, and sample test questions.

While this preparation course should not be considered your only preparation for certification, it will serve as a very valuable component to help you focus your study efforts and maximize your results.

For more information, please click here.

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. Led by our Governing Committee of Brian Lynch, Jason Nemoy, Lori Raggio and Gina Resch, the group meets approximately six times per year.

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.


Junior Achievement

Volunteer Opportunity-JA BizTown


JA BizTown helps students develop a stronger link between what they learn in school and the realities of how our economy works (click this video to view BizTown in action!). After a few weeks of in-classroom curriculum, students are selected for a job and spend a day at the JA facility taking on the role of a real-world professional. When students take on a different role in this "micro-economy," they witness how their decisions affect each other and gain a better understanding of the demands of today's workplace. The fun, immersive atmosphere inspires teamwork, critical thinking, and decision-making skills for each student.

Junior Achievement is seeking volunteers to help operate Biztown through the end of the school year. To select a date and time to volunteer, please visit the Junior Achievement volunteer hub by clicking here. For more information, please contact Lene McCollum at

On November 13 & 14th, 2019 Junior Achievement will host its "Inspire" event that will give middle school students access to area employers, post-secondary educational opportunities and interactive career activities.

Sponsorships are available.

For more information on this event, or how you may become involved in Junior Achievement, click here or contact Mandy Snyder at 410-753-3294 or

Resources For Those In 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.

Join the Member Transitions Connections Club!

Connect with others in transition at these upcoming events. You can join by emailing CHRA at

Registration is free!

Career Center & Job Listings

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

The CHRA Career Center features local HR job openings and a section listing 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.

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



Leadership Essentials - Loyola University


Explore your leadership skills with Leadership Essentials. This program is designed for emerging leaders with increasing leadership responsibilities and combines skill-building and personal coaching. Information sessions will take place September 12, 2019 and September 24, 2019. For information, please click here.


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!

In This Issue

President's Message
September Quarterly Networking Event
September Monthly Education Program
HR Department of One Forum
Fall Conference
Diversity Awards & Event
Key Dates and Deadlines
Upcoming Events Calendar
Welcome to New Members
Sponsorship Opportunity-Renewal Roulette
Save $20 on Your SHRM Membership
CHRA Offering 3-Day SHRM Certification Prep Course
Executive HR Roundtable
Junior Achievement
Career Transition Resources
Career Center & Job Listings

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