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President's Message


"No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Labor Day, Monday 9/3/18 was a day dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It is a national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country. In the United States the first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country. Oregon was the first state to make it a holiday on February 21, 1887. By the time it became a federal holiday in 1894 when Grover Cleveland signed the act thirty states officially celebrated Labor Day.

How did you celebrate Labor Day? What contributions have your workers made to the well-being of America? Please post your comments on the CHRA LinkedIn page.

John McCain's final letter is very moving and if you haven't read it I would recommend you do. Some of his comments are very fitting for Labor Day "Do not despair of our present difficulties but believe always in the promise and greatness of America because nothing is inevitable here, the country will get through these challenging times. Americans never quit, we never surrender, we never hide from history. We make history."

How are we as HR Professionals making history and building and supporting our communities?
September means many things to many people; the end of summer and beginning of school, shorter days, sunrise is later, air is crisper, less humidity and leaves are beginning to turn. Fall is around the corner, football is in high gear, we are ending quarter 3 and gearing up for the last quarter of the year.

Please join your CHRA community for our monthly education session "Me Too? How to Prevent and Respond to Sexual Harassment in the Workplace" on 9-12-18 from 5:30 - 8:00 at PSA Financial. Registration information can be found on the CHRA website.

I would like to leave you with a quote to ponder, “A hundred times every day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same  measure as I have received and am still receiving.” – Albert Einstein



Welcome CHRA's New Members from August


  - Enoch Attenoukon, Client Service & Implementation Manager, Cypress Benefits Group, Inc.
  - John Chisolm, Account Manager, Integrity Staffing Solutions
  - Janenne Corcoran, Graduate Recruitment Coordinator, Towson University - Graduate School
  - Cynthia Fuller, Director of Human Resources and Operations, Murphy Falcon & Murphy
  - Elizabeth Gillespie, Job Searching
  - Samantha Harris, LifeBridge Health
  - Aeman Khan, Human Resource Manager, Cole Roofing
  - Andrew Klick
  - Chunta Rivers, Towson Univ Center for Professional Studies
  - Carlos Rodriguez, Assistant Director - Summer Programs, Johns Hopkins University
  - Franklin Sablan, Director of Human Resources, Healthcare Access
  - Sheila Smith, President & CSO, HR STRATEGIES LLC
  - Christina Trenton, Chief Operating Officer, Wells House
  - Jill Verdi
  - Alyssa Waldron, Human Resources Assistant, RK&K
  - Allison Wimms, LifeBridge Health



Upcoming Events


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

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

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


SHRM Certification Preparation Course (3 Full Days)
11/30/18,  12/7/18,  12/13/18

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - PSA Financial Learning Center, Hunt Valley, MD



CHRA Call for Leadership - Serve on the CHRA Board in 2019


CHRA is now accepting nominations for Board of Director positions for the 2019 calendar year. If you would like to nominate yourself for a position on the board, you must complete and return the attached Nomination Packet to CHRA no later than Friday, September 21, 2018.

CHRA Volunteer Leader Position Descriptions for open board positions are listed below, and attached here are the Board Welcome Packet and Nominations Packet, which should both be helpful in understanding the commitment of serving on the CHRA board.


Serving on the CHRA Board of Directors is a great way to:

  • Give back to the Greater Baltimore HR community.
  • Have a direct impact on the education, events, products and services being provided to HR Professionals.
  • Build a larger network of professional connections in the HR industry.
  • Earn re-certification credits.
  • Build your professional resume.
  • Show Pride in your profession.

Open Positions on the CHRA Board of Directors (click to view):
Director, Community & Foundation Involvement

Again, all nominations packets must be completed in full and returned to CHRA ( no later than Friday, September 21, 2018. If you have any questions about the positions, nominations process, or CHRA in general, please contact Nominations Chair and current President-Elect: Jason Nemoy.



13th Annual Fall Employment Law Conference


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Martin's West, Baltimore, MD


Offering 5.25 hours (1 hour business) of Re-certification Credit, CHRA’s Annual Fall Conference focuses solely on legislation and employment law updates that are an integral part of day to day operations for HR practitioners in Maryland. This conference continues to grow in attendance, popularity, and knowledge sharing! There will also be exhibitors featuring the latest products and services of interest to HR professionals as well as door prizes and raffle opportunities. Registration for regular attendees is now open, click here for details


Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting? Simply download this form and email or fax to CHRA at or fax: 443-640-1031.



CHRA's SHRM Certification Preparation Course


A 3-day in-person program 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. Click here to view more information about the course offering and to register



Career Center & Job Listings


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:


Junior Achievement Volunteer Opportunities


JA Office Warriors
Junior Achievement of Central Maryland is hosting its third annual Office Warriors on Thursday, October 25th, 2018 at the Merritt Clubs Downtown. Corporate sponsor teams will go head-to-head in a series of wacky, silly, and ridiculous games to see who has what it takes to bring home the coveted Golden Shredder and earn bragging rights for the entire year. JA invites you to come on out and see, what we guarantee to be, one of the most fun and unique networking events and team-building opportunity that you’ve ever seen. JA is seeking volunteers to ensure a smooth run-of-show to assist with components, such as: check-in and registration, event referee, score keeper, and rotational guide. A volunteer will be approximately from 3-8 pm on October 25th at the downtown Merritt.

JA BizTown (5th grade)

Volunteers serve as a mentor/coach to a small group of 6-8 students as they operate a real business for the day, encouraging students to communicate and collaborate with one another, while thinking critically and getting creative. Volunteers provide those "ah ha" moments daily as they help students discover the value of themselves, their education, and their future beyond the classroom. Through the experience, volunteers will develop their own communication skills and learning how to effectively manage a team. Take a look at this video to see this booming town in action! We have opportunities throughout the school year.

JA Career Success (high school)

The program equips students with the knowledge required to get and keep a job in high-growth industries. Students will explore the crucial workplace skills employers seek but often find lacking in young employees. Volunteers can work with students on many different topics including resumes, cover letters, interviewing techniques, etc. Individual volunteers work with JA staff to find the right school fit. The time commitment is typically from 1-2 hours.

JA Inspire

This program is an interactive experience that will introduce 8th grade students to the vast variety of local career opportunities. This job awareness fair will enable students to interact with business representatives and see displays from companies in our region. Volunteers will assist in the logistics for the day. We have many varying types of opportunities for volunteer opportunities - from greeting schools upon arrival to helping students/educators with questions and anything in between. October 18 from approximately 7:30am-3pm at the Timonium Fairgrounds.



Maryland Society for Human Resources Management State Council (MDSHRM)

Friday, October 5th, 2018
Montgomery College Rockville Campus, Building #-TBD
$15/Students $40/Registrants

Click here to register

Join us for a ½ Day Conference for emerging students and professionals interested in careers in Human Resources Management! Featuring a Panel of Human Resources Professionals ready to answer your questions on how to get to their level! Participate in Breakout sessions, Learn about SHRM Certifications, HR Jeopardy Games, Leadership, and Networking!

By the end of the conference, you will be inspired to begin your career in Human Resources and have the tools to get you to the next step!

Light Refreshments will be served! Sponsorship is available! Click here to download the flyer.
#MDSHRMEmerge18 #SHRM #HRRocks #CollegeRelations #SecondCareers #HRCerts #WorkforceDevelopment



MDSHRM Annual Conference "Meet New Faces in New Places"

October 7th-9th, 2018
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center - Rockville, MD

Join Maryland SHRM’s 2018 State Conference for our largest HR event in Maryland! We’ll be "Meeting New Faces in New Places," over three exciting days filled with dynamic speakers, relevant breakout sessions, Happy Hours, fantastic sponsors and professional networking with hundreds of HR’s top Professionals! Don’t forget you earn your SHRM and HRCI Credits for attending! You can’t afford to miss out on this fun and exciting event!


Keynote Speakers:

  • Daniel Pink- Daniel H. Pink is the author of six provocative books — including his newest, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. His other books include the long-running New York Times bestseller A Whole New Mind and the #1 New York Times bestsellers Drive and To Sell is Human. His books have won multiple awards and have been translated into 37 languages. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and their three children.
  • Cindy Christensen- Employee Engagement Expert, Best-Selling Author, International Keynote Speaker and Top 100 Global Employee Engagement Influencer of 2017
  • Jody Urquhart- A highly sought- after motivational speaker, Jody is passionate about spreading the message of the importance of fun and meaningful work. A motivational speaker for over 16 years, Jody speaks at over 60 organizations and associations every year and is a top keynote speaker with humorous speeches.


This linked conference website will have detailed information on the schedule of events, program descriptions, & registration.



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