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February 2020

President's Message

John Ruyter, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

CHRA President


Dear Winter...


Colleagues -


Is it just me, or is everyone ready to say goodbye to Winter for another year?  One great thing about the end of Winter is that CHRA’s Annual Spring Conference is getting closer!


The 2020 Annual Spring Conference will take place on Thursday, April 16th at Martin's West in Baltimore.  I hope that you plan to join us.  We anticipate another sellout crowd with over 500 HR practitioners and vendors as we discuss "A New Decade, A New Future for HR”. Registration is now open here so please register early!


If you have never been to our Spring Conference, or have not attended recently, take a look at this video to see what you have been missing! This is the largest HR event in the area, packed with valuable content and networking opportunities.  Our Spring Conference Committee Chair, Amanda Russo, and her team are working hard to put the final touches on what will be another successful and fun event.


I look forward to seeing you there… and to the warmer weather!






CHRA Annual Spring Conference - April 16, 2020


April 16, 2020

Annual Spring Conference - "A New Decade, A New Future for HR"


Martin's West, Baltimore, MD


CHRA’s Annual Spring Conference is shaping up to be an exciting and informative conference for all HR professionals.  We are working with our vendor partners to bring you the information and support that you need to be successful in your roles.


We are to proud to kick-off the conference with a morning Keynote Address by Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, President & CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).  Mr. Taylor will discuss historic commitments to criminal justice reform, particularly with the recent passage of the First Step Act that offers the business community an opportunity to help people re-enter the workforce through the Getting Talent Back To Work movement. 


The closing program will feature Karen Hurt, founder of Let's Grow Leaders, an internationally recognized leadership expert and award-winning author. Ms. Hurt's work is grounded in her two decades of experience as a Verizon executive with a record of turnaround successes across multiple disciplines including sales, customer service, and human resources.  She will provide the tools to help your organization blend the bottom line with the human spirit and to sustain excellent performance over time through energized, motivated people working together.


Again this year, CHRA will be giving back to the community by supporting Junior Achievement of Central Maryland.  Junior Achievement is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to providing young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make informed academic and economic choices. Opportunities to donate to Junior Achievement and sign-up to volunteer will be available at the conference.


Thank you to our Premier/Silver Sponsors:



Exhibit Space and Sponsorships Are Still Available!


The CHRA Spring Conference offers a prime opportunity to showcase your company at the largest human resources conference in Maryland. Exhibit space and conference sponsorships are still available. 


The Conference is expected to sell-out, and space is limited, so reserve your sponsorship or exhibit table early! 


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.


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



February Monthly Education Program


"Respect and Appreciation for Differences in the Workplace"


February 19, 2020

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


PSA Financial Learning Center, Hunt Valley, MD


Join dynamic presenter Val Boston, III to learn how to help your leaders capitalize on the distinctive characteristics of every employee to keep them fully engaged and contributing to your organization. Learn how to link diversity and inclusion initiatives to business imperatives. Gain a strategic approach to engage your organization's leadership on the topics of diversity and inclusion. This program offers 2 hours of General Credit by HRCI and 2 SHRM PDC's.


CHRA Monthly Education Programs offer a great opportunity to make in-person connections and expand your network of HR professionals.


Register today by clicking 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? You are not alone! 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.



Upcoming Events Calendar


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 January

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


Christine Donovan, Mission BBQ Management

Madison Dronen, Baltimore Aircoil Company

Melissa Greeson, Bolton Partners, Inc.

Belinda Harris, Impact Search Solutions

Heather Hulson

Andre Jones, BII2

Christiana Jones

Jennifer Lackmann, Facet Wealth

Andrew Likoudis

Deborah Morris, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

Julie Newman, Blackwater Environmental Group

Alexandra O'Brien

Kristen Owings, Ayers Saint Gross

John Rast, PSA Insurance & Financial Services

Jim Russell, North American Millwright

Katherine Scheckells, Kennedy Krieger Institute

Janell Scille

Margot Simmons, Tenth Power HR Solutions

Ethenita Smith, CareFirst, Inc.

Stephanie Taylor, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab

Joseph Topolski, Fraser Financial Partners

Brent Trotta, Oxford Risk Management Group

Claudia Weis, Corporate Office Properties Trust

Allison Wright, GAF


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



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 annual membership dues
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 annual membership for 20 or more

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


Join these leading organizations who have already renewed their CHRA Corporate Membership for 2020!


CHRA 2020 Corporate Elite Members

Baltimore County Public Schools

LifeBridge Health

Maryland State Highway Administration


CHRA 2020 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

Erickson Living/Oak Crest Village

Howard Bank

Howard County Government Office of Human Resources

LifeBridge Health

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 Attend SHRM's

"Advocacy@Work" Conference March 15-17,2020



March 15-17,2020

Washington, DC


Bringing together like-minded individuals with the goal of elevating HR around all things work, SHRM’s newest event, Advocacy@Work, will give you the opportunity to have your voice heard. This is a “roll-up your sleeves” experience. You’ll engage and interact with subject matter experts, Capitol Hill veterans and other attendees. You’ll leave feeling empowered and confident that you can advocate effectively not only for yourself and your organization but also on the national, state, and local levels—impacting and elevating the voice of HR for future generations of workers to come.  

For more information, and to register, click here.



Junior Achievement - Volunteer with "BizTown"


The Junior Achievement "BizTown" is a 10,000 square foot simulated city where fourth through sixth grade students experience hands-on workplace, business and personal finance challenges. After a few weeks of in-classroom curriculum, students are selected for a job and spend a day at the Junior Achievement facility taking on the role of a real-world professional. This fun, immersive atmosphere inspires teamwork, critical thinking and decision-making skills for each student.


Each day a team of volunteers helps students have a meaningful experience. We invite you to get involved as a JA BizTown volunteer! For more information, please click the attached link.


Sign up to volunteer here - and support Junior Achievement during the CHRA Annual Spring Conference on April 16, 2020.



Donate to CHRF Through Amazon Smile


We invite you to support the Chesapeake Human Resources Foundation (CHRF) by setting up your Amazon Smile account so that 0.5% of your eligible purchases go directly to the Chesapeake Human Resources Foundation (CHRF).


CHRF funds are used for partnerships with amazing organizations like Junior Achievement of Central Maryland



Executive HR Roundtable


Designed for C-Suite HR professionals, CHROs, Vice-Presdients and experienced,executive-level HR practitioners, the Executive HR Roundtable offers opportunities for thought leadership dialogue, collaboration, knowledge-sharing and networking.

The 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.


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


Student Scholarships Available

Apply By March 31, 2020


CHRA is offering two (2) $1,000 student scholarships in 2020 (one for an undergraduate student, one for a graduate student). The scholarships are awarded to students who:


  • Demonstrate a commitment to the field of Human Resources
  • Exhibit proven leadership ability
  • Are actively involved in CHRA or other HR related organizations

Scholarships will be presented at the Annual Spring Conference on April 16, 2020.


For information on the Qualifications For Entry, and to apply, please click here.


Applications are due by March 31, 2020!



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!



Post & View Open Positions on the CHRA Job Board


Looking for a new career opportunity - or - looking for talented candidates?

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



CHRA Board Member Goes "The Extra Mile"


CHRA's Director of Volunteer Engagement, Karen Satchell, MS, MBA, SPHR, SCP is an inspiration to all as she trains to run a marathon.


Read her story here!


Looking to get involved as CHRA Volunteer? Contact Karen Satchell at, or sign-up to volunteer here.




CHRA Director of Meetings Earns CMP Certification


Congratulations to Tricia Clarke, CMP, CHRA's Director of Meetings, who recently earned the prestigious Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation from the Events Industry Council. This designation is earned by meeting planners who represent the highest standards of excellence in the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry.







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
Annual Spring Conference - April 16, 2020
February Monthly Education Program & Networking Opportunity
HR Department of One Forum February Meeting
Upcoming Events Calendar
Welcome New Members from January
Consider a Corporate Membership for 2020
SHRM "Advocacy@Work" Conference
Junior Achievement-"BizTown"
Donate to CHRF Through Amazon Smile
Executive HR Roundtable
Scholarships Available
Maryland Family Network's LOCATE Child Care
Career Transition Resources
Career & Job Center Listings
Get Inspired By A Board Member's Marathon
CHRA Director of Meetings Earns CMP Certification
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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