New Membership Option in 2016

The proposed changes to the chapter’s bylaws were approved in the December vote.  Members now have a choice:  You can either be a dual member of both SHRM and Richmond SHRM or be a local Richmond SHRM member only. 

Why was this change made?

An increasing number of individuals (over 1000) stayed involved with Richmond SHRM but did not join because their company would not pay for a SHRM membership and other reasons.  We learned from many HR Directors and VPs that they would be willing to pay a lower fee for their direct reports to join Richmond SHRM.  A task force analyzed various membership options over the course of 24 months by conducting member surveys, focus groups, and individual polling.  The results were clear:  In order to best meet the
needs of the Greater Richmond HR and business community, we needed to offer a new membership option. 

There will be no changes in dues for those members who are also members of SHRM.  Dues for Local Members will be $99. 

Questions: or any member of the Board.

New Year's Resolution: Update my Richmond SHRM Profile

Please take a moment this week to log into your Richmond SHRM profile, updating it with current information.  It's important that you do this so that we know basic matters such as your current employer, addresses, and certifications such as HRCI and SHRM.  That way,  we can be sure to keep you abreast of information, pertinent to you.  Don't forget to add your photo!

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Is Bad Behavior Creating Harmful Conflict in your Workplace?

Presenter:  Terry Hogan, Hogan & Associates

New Year; New Venue!

Join us for our first event of 2016 in the newly renovated Marriott Hotel Short Pump!                  
Thursday, January 21, 2016

7:15 - 8:00 am:  Networking breakfast
8:00 - 9:15 am:  Program

Marriott Hotel Short Pump
4240 Dominion Blvd
Glen Allen, Virginia  23060

How do you respond to conflict?

The traditional approach is to develop and disseminate written directions on how people are to respond to incidents and on setting up systems for alarm, notification and evacuation.

This session will demonstrate best practices, identifying behaviors that might escalate to conflict or violence, improve interventions and minimize harm if crisis occurs.


  • Understand the full continuum of problematic workplace behaviors
  • Identify the foundational concepts of effective workplace conflict prevention training
  • Shift from responding to conflict/violence to preventing conflict by managing behavior risks
  • Review best practice components of workplace conflict/violence prevention plans
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 Why Veterans Make Good Employees

Employers and companies can benefit from hiring Veterans. Military personnel are often cross-trained in multiple skills and have experience in varied tasks and responsibilities. Many Veterans have learned what it means to put in a hard day's work. They have also come to appreciate the challenges and satisfaction of a job well done. Much of this experience can translate to their participation in the workforce making the Veteran an asset on the job.

Strengths the Veteran can bring to the workplace include:

  • Working well in a team. Teamwork is considered an essential part of daily life and is the foundation on which safe military operations are built.
  • Having a sense of duty. Responsibility for job performance and accountability for completing missions are something in which they take pride.
  • Experiencing self-confidence. Holding a realistic estimation of self and ability based on experiences is expected of each Service Member.
  • Being organized and disciplined.
  • Possessing a strong work ethic. In the military, the mission always comes first.
  • Having the ability to follow through on assignments, even under difficult or stressful circumstances.
  • Possessing a variety of cross-functional skills, such as extensive training on computer programs and systems, interacting with various people with different skills to accomplish a task, and coordinating and troubleshooting problems in novel and known conditions.
  • Being able to problem solve quickly and creatively.
  • Being able to adapt to changing situations.
  • Being able to follow rules and schedules.

Hiring a Veteran can result in the hiring of a dedicated employee who has developed valuable teamwork, leadership, and job skills. Access the Veterans Employment Toolkit here.

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Meet Your New Board

The electronic votes for the 2016 Richmond SHRM Board of Directors Proposed Slate have been tabulated and the slate of officers has been approved!

Use this link to learn more about your new Board and come to the January 21st Monthly Meeting to meet them in person:

President: Tammy Cummings, Royall & Company
President Elect:
Julie Callender, Altria
Past President:
Jack Harsh, Lynack Success
Partners, Inc.

Director-Communications-Secretary: Marisa Keegan, Voltage Leadership
Director-Finance: Brett Sinsabaugh, Keiter
VP-Member Engagement:
Suzanne Etherington, CCWA
Director-Member Experience (+social media):
Jessica Powell, Sheltering Arms
Director-Member Interests:
Betsy Kersey, Partner MD
VP-Professional Advancement:
Gretchen Flynn Morris, University of Richmond
Director-Professional Development & Certification:
Christy Pratt, Powell Orthotics & Prosthetics
Director-Monthly Learning Events (+e-Learning):
Eva Hartmann, Trellis, LLC
VP-Community Leadership:
Ken Robertson, Virginia Retirement System
Director-Strategic Alliances:
Dee Esser, Assura Consulting
VP-Business Development:
Pam Cavedo, Long & Foster
Director-Business Partnerships:
Kyle Wiggins, Aerotek
VP-Diversity & Inclusion
Director-Inclusion Heather Schofield, Chesterfield Government
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LEGAL UPDATE:  Agenda is Out and Registration is Open

Join us for one of Richmond SHRM's best-attended annual meetings: the Legal Update.  As in past years, we have an all-star line-up, with speakers' topics ranging from Religion to Unions to Mental Illness in the Workplace.  Click on this link for the complete schedule.

Thursday, February 18, 2016
From 7:30 am until 2:45 pm

7:30 - 8:00 am:  Networking breakfast
8:00 - 2:45 pm:  Program (lunch provided)

Four Points by Sheraton Richmond
9901 Midlothian Turnpike
Richmond, VA  23235

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Calling Volunteers: Mock Interviews
Help prepare students for career and post secondary opportunities

Choose a Date:February 8, 9, 10 or 11

Join your colleagues at the Richmond Technical Center to help prepare students for career and post secondary opportunities.

Click here to view the informational brochure.

Contact Charles Watson to sign up or for more information.

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Upcoming Events

Jan 21
Feb 4
Feb 18

Is Bad Behavior Creating Harmful Conflict in your Workplace?

Marriott Hotel Short Pump



Legal Update

Four Points by Sheraton-Richmond

7:15 am - 9:15 am
8:00 am - 10:00 am
  7:30 am - 2:00 pm
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