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August 2020


John Ruyter, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

CHRA President


Dear Colleagues and Friends-


We hope that you and your family and colleagues remain safe and healthy and are finding (new!) ways to enjoy summer.


We are pleased to share that because of your continued membership and support, CHRA was once again recognized in the Baltimore Business Journal on "The List - Largest Associations In Greater Baltimore."  


CHRA and its leadership are working to support SHRM's initiative, "Together Forward @Work" to address equity, bias and racism in the workplace. We will share additional information as it becomes available, and we encourage you to visit CHRA's resources on workplace diversity and inclusion here.


To recognize and celebrate Baltimore-area organizations that are committed to workplace diversity and inclusion, CHRA is now accepting nominations for the 2020 James W. Rouse Excellence in Diversity Award. Nominations will be accepted through August 28th, 2020 and the awards will be presented at the Annual Diversity Event that will take place October 14, 2020. 


Looking ahead, the Professional Development Committee led by CHRA's Director of Professional Development, Monica Meneses will be presenting an outstanding line-up of online educational programming to start in September. The CHRA Fall Conference Committee, led by Darcy Boegner, Director, Fall Conference is working hard behind the scenes to create an innovative and engaging virtual Fall Conference.


As we continue to navigate these challenging times, we are extremely grateful for the support and friendship of our HR colleagues in CHRA. Stay safe, and "see" you soon!









SHRM recently announced an initiative "Together Forward @Work" with an initial focus of addressing racism in the workplace. SHRM has established a Blue Ribbon Commission to bring together those who can lead the way toward action and accountability.


CHRA and its members are committed to social and racial justice in the workplace and beyond. We encourage you to view our diversity and inclusion resources, and to get involved as a volunteer with the CHRA Diversity & Inclusion committee here.


The CHRA Diversity & Inclusion Committee recognizes Baltimore-area organizations that demonstrate a commitment to workplace diversity and inclusion through the presentation of the Annual James W. Rouse Excellence in Diversity Award program. 

If know an organization deserving of recognition for their workplace diversity and inclusion programs, we encourage you to submit a nomination.


Nominations are due by August 28th, 2020. The Award will be presented at the Annual Diversity Education Program and Awards Ceremony on October 14, 2020.


Sponsorships for the Annual Diversity Event are available -  please click here for more information.







2020 Fall Conference LIVE!

November 4th & 5th 2020

Online Registration Will Open Soon!


CHRA’s 2020 Annual Fall Conference LIVE! will be a cutting-edge conference that brings together HR professionals of all levels and prestigious area employers who want to learn about the latest developments in employment law and legislation.


This year we are going fully virtual! We will bring the same great content, the same opportunities for professional development and the same energy directly to you in a professionally-produced, highly engaging online format.

Sponsor and Exhibit at Fall Conference LIVE!

Take advantage of a prime opportunity to promote your company's products and services directly to a targeted HR audience by becoming a Fall Conference Sponsor or Exhibitor. 


The Elite Sponsorship offers multiple promotional opportunities including a 2-minute video to be played at the beginning of a conference session, an opportunity to direct chat with attendees via the conference app, your company logo and links on all meeting promotions now through November, a sponsor virtual landing page, two free conference registrations and more! Only four (4!) Elite Sponsorships remain available!


Virtual Exhibitor Partners will receive an interactive virtual exhibit/landing page to promote their company's products and services and obtain direct sales leads.


For a sample virtual exhibit page, click here.  


For more details on the Fall Conference Sponsorship & Exhibitor offerings, please download the Sponsor/Exhibitor Agreement here.


Secure your sponsorship early and benefit from continued promotion between now and the conference dates!


Thank You To Our Current Fall Conference Sponsors 


Elite Sponsor


Networking Sponsor



Webinars & Monthly Education Programs Coming Soon!

The CHRA Professional Development Committee will be presenting an outstanding line-up of educational webinars and monthly educational programs to start in September and run through June, 2021.  


The programs will include valuable educational content for HR professionals and opportunities to obtain recertification credits.


Watch your CHRA Weekly Resource email for updates on upcoming educational programs!

CHRA Webinars Available On-Demand

If you missed any of CHRA's recent Webinar Series, visit our Online Webinar Library to download the programs. Free for CHRA members!

Sponsor a Webinar or Monthly Education Program

Promote your product, service or technology directly to HR professionals by sponsoring a CHRA Webinar or Monthly Education Program. For information on sponsorship opportunities, click here.

SHRM Certification Prep Course

November 6, 2020

November 13, 2020

November 20, 2020


Virtual Course


Join us for an intensive, 3-day online course to prepare for your SHRM Certification exam. This course will help you to identify your areas of strength and the areas where you need concentrated study to successfully complete the exam. Led by recognized SHRM instructor, Amanda Haddaway, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, the sessions will be engaging and interactive and will include opportunities for you to make connections with other HR professionals. For more information and to register, please click here.





August 5, 2020

Virtual Meeting



Featuring-Guest Presenter, Jennifer Currence


"Learn More About the SHRM HR Department of One Specialty Credential"


In these challenging times, CHRA offers solo HR practitioners support, information and connections. If you are the sole HR practitioner in your organization - you are not alone! - we invite you to participate in the HR Department of One Forum. 


The August meeting of the HR Department of One Forum will feature nationally-recognized HR expert and published author, Jennifer Currence, MBA,SPHR, SHRM-SCP, ACC, who will share information on the SHRM HR Department of One Specialty Credential. Click here for more information and to register (registration is free!).




Are you interested in obtaining the SHRM HR Department of One Specialty Credential? CHRA is offering a scholarship to support a member in obtaining the credential in 2020. Click here for more information on the scholarship. Deadline to apply is October 31!


If you would like to receive regular updates on the CHRA HR Department of One Forum please contact us at to be added to the email list (information is also included on the CHRA website and on your CHRA Weekly Resource email).






September 24, 2020

Virtual Meeting



Designed for C-Suite HR professionals, CHROs, Vice Presidents, and experienced executive-level HR practitioners, the Executive HR Roundtable offers opportunities for thought leadership dialogue, collaboration, knowledge sharing, and networking. Participation in the Roundtable is by invitation only. If you are interested in being considered as a participant for the Executive HR Roundtable, please contact CHRA at with information on how you meet the criteria for participation. A member of the Governing Committee will contact you with further details.




Mid-Year Member Survey Results - Listening To Our CHRA Members

CHRA's Membership Services Committee recently conducted a Mid-Year Member Survey. The survey provided an opportunity for members to let us know if CHRA is providing the value they expect from their membership investment.


Survey participants shared that these are their key priorities now- 


  • Addressing COVID-19, especially as related to workplaces re-opening
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • The need for ongoing, frequent educational programs to provide recertification credits
  • Networking  

The CHRA Board will meet in August to review the survey results and develop an action plan to provide the programs and support our members need most.


If at any time you have ideas on how CHRA can better serve you, please share them with the Member Services Committee and the CHRA Board of Directors by contacting  


Welcome New CHRA Members Who Joined In July


 Husain Bashir, Student

Jacqueline Brennan, Student

Charity Courter, Student

Tovah Donovan, MedStar Health

Cynthia Hamlet, Grace Fellowship

David Hockenberry, Republic Services

Juliana Howard

Melanie Owens, Student

Elaine Stottmeister, HR Professional

Tracy Walker, Faculty Physicians, Inc.

Anne Timmons, HR Professional

Melissa Westwood, DLA Piper LLP (US)

Catherine Xanthakos, Balance Point Wellness, LLC

Lety Zamorano, Student


Do you have colleague who would benefit from membership in CHRA? Encourage them to join or renew their membership here

Corporate Membership

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 members receive FREE registration for the CHRA Fall Conference 2020 LIVE!


Corporate Complete Membership - A great employee benefit to provide to your HR team in 2020!  Includes CHRA membership for five (5) individuals from your organization - PLUS - free education events/webinar registrations and one (1) free conference registration. A $2,000 value! Corporate Membership is now significantly discounted for membership from now through December 31, 2020. Please contact us at for more information.


Corporate Elite Membership - Save 50% off annual membership dues for twenty (20) or more members from one organization (based on the members' SHRM-membership status). For twenty (20) members, your company would save a minimum of $750!


Thank you to these leading organizations who are CHRA Corporate Members 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

Kennedy Krieger Institute

Mariner Finance

Maryland Department of Transportation

Maryland Public Television

Maryland Institute College of Art

PSA Insurance & Financial Services



Stifel Financial Corporation

Tower Federal Credit Union


Give your HR team access to all of the resources, connections and professional development offered through CHRA membership. 


To set up your Corporate membership, please contact CHRA at




Special Thank You To CHRA Volunteers


The CHRA Volunteer Engagement Committee would like to thank our hard-working  volunteers for their continued participation during these challenging times.


"It is a busy time for HR. Agility is critical to adjust to the fast changing needs of our profession. Our volunteers have shown exceptional ease in adjusting to the technology demands and need for increased communication in order to continue to provide real-time support for our members. Thank you for all that you do!" - Karen Satchell, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CHRA Director of Volunteer Engagement.


These CHRA members recently signed up as members of the Volunteer Engagement Committee and have shared great ideas for recognizing CHRA volunteers.  


Renee McNally, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, GSE Systems

Donna White, PHR, SHRM-CP, Pinnacle Care

Jennifer Groves, PHR, KatzAbosch

Rachel Fink, Sontiq, Inc.

Aisha Scott, MECU Credit Union

Roseann Glover, Human Capital Advisory LLC  


If you would like to make new contacts, support CHRA programs (and have fun with your HR colleagues!) - sign up for a CHRA volunteer committee on our Volunteer Page here.


All CHRA volunteer committee meetings are currently being conducted in a virtual format.




Career Search Support Resource - Here To Lend a Hand When You Need it Most


With the COVID-19 outbreak, these are unprecedented and challenging times. Many HR professionals have found themselves in unexpected career transitions. To provide support and connection, CHRA has developed a Career Search Support Resource (CSSR) program. In a collaborative environment, the CSSR group meets virtually to share career search best practices, provide connection, community, information, job leads and support for those in a career transition.


The program is facilitated by experienced career management professionals and CHRA Board Members, Lori Raggio and Jason Nemoy.


Lori Raggio, PHR, SHRM-SCP, is a CHRA Past President and currently serves as CHRA's Director of Foundation & Community Involvement and Facilitator of the HR Department of One Forum. She is President & CEO of Inspire Greatness Coaching & Consulting. Ms. Raggio is a Certified Conversational Intelligence Coach and leadership and executive coach.


Jason Nemoy is the CHRA Immediate Past President and currently serves as CHRA's Director, Member Services and facilitator of the Executive HR Roundtable. Mr. Nemoy is Practice Director, HR Recruiting and Outplacement with Chesapeake Search Partners.


The program is open to all CHRA members.


If because of the current circumstances you have been unable to join CHRA or renew your membership, and you wish to participate in the Career Search Support Resource program, please contact us at for additional information and options.


Plan to join the Career Search Support Resource at their upcoming meetings. Registration is free!


Monday, August 10, 2020

Career Search Support Resource Meeting



Monday, August 24, 2020

Career Search Support Resource Meeting




CHRA Career Center - Find a Job/Post a Job

If you are seeking a new HR career opportunity - or - if you are seeking talented candidates for an open position in your organization, visit the CHRA Career Center.


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, and to receive our Bi-Weekly Jobs Flash that lists all open positions.


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




New Scholarship Opportunity

The Howard County HR Society is offering the Tina L. Pavlish Memorial Scholarship, a $2,500 undergraduate student scholarship for students pursuing an undergraduate degree in human resources, business, psychology or related fields at an accredited Maryland college or university.


The application deadline is August 14th. For more information and to receive the scholarship application, please click here. If you have questions, please contact the Howard County HR Society at

Resources for Diverse Students

The CHRA Diversity and Inclusion page includes new information on college resources for diverse and multicultural students, financial aid and scholarships, and grants and loans for minority students. For more information, please click here.





Stay Connected to CHRA on social media!




For the latest CHRA updates, "follow" the CHRA Company page on LinkedIn. "Like" and share updates with your network!




New CHRA Website - Coming Soon!

The CHRA Director of Marketing, Warren White, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CPRW, and President-Elect, Debra Temple, PHR, GPHR, SHRM-SCP are pleased to announce that CHRA has launched a website redesign project.


The website redesign team anticipates that the new design will make it even easier for our members, sponsors, vendors, speakers and visitors to quickly learn about CHRA and find the information and resources they need. Project work is ongoing on and on-track despite the challenges with COVID-19, and the goal is to launch the website this fall.


Stay tuned for more information as the work is completed and the launch date approaches!





Gain direct access to HR professionals who are the key decision-makers in purchasing products and services in support of the human resources functions within their organizations. Become a CHRA advertiser, sponsor or exhibitor!


As an advertiser, sponsor or exhibitor, your company's products, services and brand will be promoted to our over 24,000 annual website users, 1,000+ members and over 3,300 email contacts; along with the hundreds of HR practitioners who participate in our webinars, education programs, events and conferences each year. Click here for more information on CHRA member demographics.

Sponsor & Exhibit at the 2020 CHRA Fall Conference LIVE!

Reach a targeted audience of HR professionals by becoming a sponsor or exhibitor at the CHRA 2020 virtual Fall Conference LIVE that will take place November 4th & 5th, 2020.


This virutal event will provide multiple opportunities to promote your business, network directly with attendees and generate new business leads. A limited number of sponsorships are available, each offering multiple promotional opportunities. For more information, and to reserve your sponsorship or exhibit space, click here

Multiple Promotional Opportunities Offered Through CHRA


CHRA offers multiple advertising, sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities to promote your business to our HR community including -


  • Conference sponsorships - Fall and Spring Conference
  • Webinar sponsorships
  • Monthly Education Program sponsorships
  • Annual Diversity Event sponsorships
  • Website Advertising
  • Direct e-mail marketing


For a full listing of the advertising, sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities offered through CHRA, click here or contact us at for more information.




Chesapeake Human Resources Foundation (CHRF) 

CHRF is the fundraising arm of the Chesapeake Human Resources Association (CHRA).CHRF provides funding and support for CHRA's community outreach programs. For more information on CHRF, and to donate or get involved, please click here.

Support 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 CHRF. CHRF funds are used to support key partnerships with community organizations like Junior Achievement of Central Maryland.

Junior Achievement    

CHRA is proud to partner with Junior Achievement of Central Maryland. For information on upcoming virtual and in-person Junior Achievement programs and events, and how you can support Junior Achievement, please click here.





SHRM Resources for COVID-19


As we continue to adapt to the changes in our workplaces caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, SHRM offers valuable information on the potential long-term effects on the conduct of business and the practice of HR moving forward. Please click here for the most updated information and resources from SHRM.


Earn SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Recertification PDCs for your COVID-19 Work


SHRM is aware of the great amount of work you are doing to support your organization's and/or community's COVID-19 needs and has created a new opportunity for you to be recognized for your work. If you have participated in any SHRM Chapter (like CHRA) or State Council COVID-19 specific programs or activities (or plan to), that activity, alongside a summary of your other COVID-19 work, can now earn you 60 SHRM recertification PDCs . Click here for more information on how  you can earn 60 SHRM PDCs. 


SHRM Resources On Overcoming Workplace Bias


All workers have the right to equal opportunity in employment, free from discrimination, prejudice and bias. Encompassing more than legal compliance, HR’s role in equal opportunity at work has the capacity to change lives and society. For more information, please click here


SHRM Specialty Credentials & CHRA Scholarship


SHRM offers several Specialty Credentials for HR practitioners. In 2020, CHRA's HR Department of One Forum is pleased to offer one $1,305 scholarship towards earning the SHRM HR Department of One Specialty Credential! For information on the SHRM HR Department of One Specialty Credential, the CHRA Scholarship and how you can get involved in the CHRA HR Department of One Forum, click the link below.





COVID-19 Resources Page

CHRA offers a page with the latest information, links and critical updates to assist you in managing the ongoing workplace impacts of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. The page is updated regularly as additional information becomes available.If you have information related to COVID-19 that you would like to share with our HR community, please forward information to us at

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

Maryland Census 

Although some of the activities of the US Census Bureau have been adjusted or delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the self-response to the 2020 Census continues. Please click here for important updates on Census operational adjustments due to COVID-19.


Maryland’s business community relies on census data for important decisions such as location, workforce, and opportunities for growth. Maryland needs your help to get everyone counted in 2020. As HR professionals, your relationships with employees, customers, and vendors are essential tools in Maryland’s efforts to obtain a complete count. Visit the Maryland 2020 Census page to find ways that your company can participate.




Your CHRA Headquarters Staff is ready to assist you at any time to ensure that you receive all of the benefits of your CHRA membership. If you need assistance renewing your membership, registering for an event, logging on to your member profile, joining a volunteer committee, obtaining your professional certification, posting a job, or securing a sponsorship, advertisement or exhibit, please contact us!


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In This Issue
President's Message
Professional Development
HR Department of One Forum
Executive HR Roundtable
Career Support
Student Resources
Marketing & Social Media
Promote Your Business Through CHRA
Community Involvement
SHRM Resources & Initiatives
Other Resources & Information

Helpful Links
COVID-19 Resources Page
CHRA's Mission & Goals
Get Involved as a Volunteer
Advertise or Sponsor
HR Certification Information
Wage & Benefit Survey
Find a Job/Post a Job
Join Our LinkedIn Group


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