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HR Strategists of the Year
And the winners are...

(Pictured: Dena Wengert and Laura Schwertz)

Titan Group, a division of Gallagher Benefits Services and Richmond SHRM are excited to announce the winners of this year’s Human Resource Strategist of the Year Award. This award recognizes outstanding Human Resource practitioners for their strategic accomplishments within an organization and includes a $2,500 educational grant for continuing education in the Human Resource profession.


Large category

Laura Schwertz, SVP, Human Resources, McKesson Medical Surgical

In 2013, McKesson Medical Surgical acquired its largest competitor and for 36 months Laura Schwertz led a comprehensive merger and integration plan that has included every aspect of the business. Long range strategic thinking, industry knowledge and her strong partnerships have made her this year’s winner in our large category.

Medium category

Dena Wengert, Director of Human Resources, Williams Mullen

Dena Wengert has been busy creating a first-ever Employee Engagement Committee at Williams Mullen designed to help communicate the tenets of the firm’s new strategic plan, build culture and increase diversity of thought and connect all these elements to performance and rewards for the organization.

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Reminder: Brain Fitness Nov 18
This Program is pre-approved for 1.25 credits by HRCI (General) toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR and by SHRM (SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP) for recertification.

Claire Herring

When: Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Where: Willow Oaks County Club
6228 Forest Hill Ave.
Richmond, VA  23225

Register now

Join us for Brain Fitness in the Workplace next week to learn tips needed to develop into productive problem-solvers:

  • Ask better questions, avoid major cognitive biases and emerge as a capable strategic thinker.
  • Learn new techniques to enhance human capital performance through neuroleadership, cognitive training exercises and visual thinking.
  • Learn how to elevate employee discretionary effort through exercises and challenges designed to improve information processing and strategic thinking.
  • Outline the use of gamification in the workplace and its optimal application to improve productivity, engagement and performance.


November is National Diabetes Month

November is American Diabetes Month, a time to communicate the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of diabetes prevention and control.  The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has used this month for years as an opportunity to raise awareness of the disease and its serious complications.

The theme of the 2015 American Diabetes Month is Eat Well, America!. As the American Diabetes Association (ADA) celebrates its 75th anniversary, it is emphasizing that eating well is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and enjoying delicious, healthy foods helps with diabetes management.

Each week, the ADA will share nutritious recipes selected by noted chefs and cookbook authors for every meal of the day, including snacks and treats. They will provide tip sheets and shopping lists to make healthy eating a fun and easy part of daily life.

American Diabetes Month Facts

  • People with diabetes are nearly twice as likely to be hospitalized for a heart attack or stroke.
  • Diabetes is the Number One cause of blindness.
  • Diabetes causes nearly 50% of all cases of kidney failure.
  • Every 17 seconds someone is diagnosed with diabetes.
  • More than half of all amputations in adults occur in people with diabetes.
  • More than half a million American adults have advanced diabetic retinopathy, greatly increasing their risk for severe vision loss.
  • About 60-70 percent of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve damage that could result in pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion, sexual dysfunction and other nerve problems.

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For more information about American Diabetes Month visit or call 1-800-DIABETES or 804-225-8038 ext. 3255

RSHRM Launches COIN (Collaborative Innovation Network)

Maybe you’ve heard the term “swarming”  a concept introduced in the innovation space a few years ago.  That’s the idea behind Richmond SHRM’s latest initiative. The swarming label is borrowed from the activities of bees.  “With no central direction, bees self-organize to build nests, feed and nurture offspring, gather food and even decide on their next queen. Similarly, groups of humans swarming together for a common purpose can constitute a powerful collective mindset that unleashes tremendous creativity, spurring exciting and valuable innovations.” (MIT Sloan.Management Review.)

Last week, 20 members gathered at Capital Ale House for the first in a series of RSHRM COIN events in which the group tackles an issue by brainstorming and interacting with other HR professionals.  The topic last week, “Death of the Performance Review” was one that fueled enthusiastic dialogue facilitated by Board Member, Eva Hartmann. Watch your e-blasts for announcement of our next COIN event.

"Throughout history, many valuable innovations have come not from a sole inventor tinkering away in his garage or laboratory but from the collective efforts of a team of people.” MIT Sloan Management Review (4/07).

VA Economic Summit, December 4, Williamsburg Lodge
Early bird price ends Friday, November 13
Senator Tim Kaine
Featured Speaker

Don't miss the inaugural "State of the Commonwealth" report  which analyzes the Virginia economy and assesses its future progress.  The report includes chapters that focus on economic headwinds for Virginia, defense spending, Virginia's airports, small businesses, finding efficiencies in city and county services, and trends in migration. Other speakers include:

  • Steve Voorhees, the CEO of WestRock Company will speak about how corporations like WestRock are positioning themselves for success in the new economy and discuss strategies for strengthening Virginia's competitiveness. Voorhees was CEO of RockTenn prior to its merger with MeadWestvaco.
  • Shawn Boyer, the founder of Snagajob, will  share his insights on workforce trends and aligning strategy, leaders and people to drive growth.
  • A policy briefing on the federal 2015 Jobs, Growth, and Opportunity Agenda from Dr. J.D. Foster, Deputy Chief Economist at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

For more information and to register, click here.

Upcoming Events

Nov 18, 2015
Dec 2015
Jan 21, 2016

 Brain Fitness in the Workplace

Willow Oaks Country Club

Holiday Social with the Chamber of Commerce


First chapter meeting of the year!


 7:15 am - 9:15 am
 7:15 am - 9:15 am

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