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November 2019

President's Message

CHRA President, Jason Nemoy


"The Home Stretch!"


Dear Colleagues -


On behalf of our Board of Directors and Committee Volunteers, we hope this newsletter finds all of you doing well and enjoying the colors of Fall. Let's touch briefly about next week's 14th Annual Fall HR Conference.


I joined CHRA back in 2003, and I was one of three members of the Fall Conference Committee. We worked hard and had fun planning the event, and we would be lucky to break 100+ attendees.


It is a different ballgame now. The value presented in the conference offerings has grown, and with a Volunteer Committee of 10+, we are expecting attendance over 500 next week. So, a big "shout out" please to our Fall Conference Committee Chair, Kerstin Miller, and her dedicated team of volunteers who have put in a tremendous amount of energy and effort in planning another successful event. Thank you as well to our conference sponsors and exhibitors for their generous support.


We thank you for your continued support of CHRA, and we look forward to continuing to grow with you in 2020.







CHRA Fall Conference November 6, 2019



See You At CHRA's 14th Annual Fall Human Resources Employment Law/Legislative Conference


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.

Thank You To Our Fall Conference Platinum and Gold Sponsors







For a full list of our sponsors, click here.



Annual Diversity Awards Presented 




On October 16, 2019, two Baltimore area companies were presented with the James W. Rouse Excellence In Diversity Award.


The 2019 awards were presented to Stanley Black and Decker and Royal Sonesta Hotel Baltimore.


This award recognizes organizations who provide a world-class diversity program; provide information in the area of Diversity; promote an awareness of Diversity; communicate the CHRA Diversity and Inclusion Mission and Goals; and assist in maintaining a diverse membership for CHRA. 


Following the awards presentation, attendees learned how to build and sustain diversity and inclusion efforts in their own organizations from leading diversity, equity and inclusion expert, Dr. Jennifer Jimenez Marana.


Thank you to our Diversity and Inclusion Committee members and to our Diversity Event Sponsors!





CHRA Wins 2019 SHRM Pinnacle Award


CHRA has been selected as a 2019 SHRM Pinnacle Award recipient for our initiative "A More Focused Approach...with Roundtables." CHRA received the award for our Executive HR Roundtable and HR Department of One Forum.


This SHRM award recognizes the highest achievements in affiliate development and contributions that serve HR professionals, advance the HR profession and enhance the SHRM community.


There were 75 entries for this prestigious award, with 12 winners submitting innovative projects created and implemented by their SHRM chapter or state council.


As CHRA continues to grow, it has become apparent that its members are asking for more specific and focused content, and the inaugural HR Executive Roundtable was created and launched. Comprised of CHROs and Executive HR Practitioners the Roundtable is designed to bring C-Suite HR Professionals together for thought leadership dialogue, knowledge sharing, and networking. The program has been so successful that CHRA recently launched its HR Department of One Roundtable. This Roundtable offers HR professionals who are the sole HR representatives in their organizations a place to learn and support one another in their unique roles. It has been a goal of CHRA’s for many years to have specialized programming for its members to build long-lasting professional networks.


CHRA will be recognized at the 2019 SHRM Volunteer Leader Business Meeting in Washington, DC November 14-16, 2019.


For more information on the CHRA Executive HR Roundtable, please click here


For information on the HR Department of One Forum please click here.



Upcoming Events



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


December 4, 2019

HR Department of One Forum


Lighting Environments, Baltimore, MD

Click here to view the full 2019-2020 Calendar of Events and to register online



Welcome New Members from October!

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


Cheryl Fried Abrams, RCM&D

Lee Andrese, Akathame LLC

Stephanie Bosse

Charles Boughan, David S. Brown Enterprises

Cierra David, Space Telescope Science Institute

Julie Develin, Kronos

Cleveland Henry, US Army Veteran

Hillary Herlehy

Audra Hurd, UMUC

Alan Jones, Notre Dame of Maryland University

Caitlin Lynch, Pivot Health Solutions

Susan Menefee, WSSC Water

Sarah Reed, Ecotone, Inc.

Nina Sagan, Point Breeze Credit Union

Mary Kathleen Sanders, GBMC

Marina Sevdalis, Roland Park Place

Danielle Tellish, Bullis School

Zachary Valliant, ADP

Dana Weisgerber, Johns Hopkins

Melissa Weyant, Renegade Communications


Get 14 Months of Membership For the Price of 12


Join CHRA now and receive 14 months of membership (November 2019 - December 31,2020) for the price of 12 - 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.



Renew Your 2020 Membership Now Win Some Great Prizes!

Play Renewal Roulette


Current 2019 CHRA memberships expire at the end of our program year on December 31, 2019. 


RENEW your CHRA membership for 2020 now and be entered in a drawing for some great prizes including:


$100 Amazon Gift Card

$100 Massage Envy Gift Card

$100 Starbucks Gift Card

One Free CHRA Spring or Fall Conference Registration ($185 value!)


The earlier you renew, the more chances you have to win!

Renew your membership in November and you are entered 2 times

Renew your membership in December and you are entered 1 time

(Members who select the Auto-Renewal membership option are automatically entered 3 times)


Show your commitment to CHRA - Renew your 2020 CHRA Membership at the Fall Conference and receive a special "I Renewed!" badge sticker. 

Thank you our Renewal Roulette Sponsors


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




Consider a 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.

Corporate Complete - $1,000 per year
Includes CHRA membership for five (5) individuals.
Includes four (4) complimentary education events registrations and one (1) complimentary full-day conference registration (Spring or Fall Conference).

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

Join now, and receive 14 months of membership for the price of 12! To reserve your organization's Corporate Membership, please contact



CHRA Offering 3-Day SHRM Certification Prep Course

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



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 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 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!

In This Issue

President's Message
14th Annual Fall HR Conference
Annual Diversity Awards Presentation 
CHRA Wins SHRM Pinnacle Award
Upcoming Events Calendar
Welcome New Members from October
Save $20 on your SHRM Membership
CHRA Membership Renewal Roulette
Consider a Corporate Membership
CHRA Offering SHRM Certification Prep Course
Executive HR Roundtable
Junior Achievement
Maryland Family Network Childcare
Transition Resources
Career Center & Job Listings 
CHRA 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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