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Newsletter Archive [eSource May 2011] [05/01/11]
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Upcoming Events

Community Calendar

Don't forget to check out our community calendar for all of the latest events happening across the state of Florida!  Click here for more info.

Call for Articles

HR  Florida Review

HR Florida is currently looking for articles and/or professionals who might have an interest in contributing articles focused on any and all aspects of the HR profession for our quarterly HR Florida Review magazine. Please contact Lynnette Holsinger, Editor at for all of the details.

Call to Action

ATTENTION CHAPTER PRESIDENTS! We need your assistance in ensuring the HR Florida Review is reaching all SHRM affiliated HR professionals throughout the state of Florida  Please send a complete mailing list from your chapter to Lynnette Holsinger at by May 15, 2011.

HR Florida Review

We are very excited to announce the launch of the HR Florida Review magazine online edition!  Each quarter we offer two ways to get the HR Florida Review - online and print.  Check out our brand new website at

HR Connections

The HR Florida State Council and career transition specialist Right Management are proud to be partners in offering HR CONNECTIONS. Are you a HR professional who wants to stay ahead of the rest? Are you an HR pro in career transition and ready to start your next adventure? Do you have an HR position vacancy that you’d like to post to attract your fellow HR colleagues to your organization? Then HR CONNECTIONS is for you.

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After an extensive RFP process, HR Florida is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Kansas-based CompData Surveys Corporation to offer comprehensive pay and benefits data to our members.  HR professionals across the state can get discounted access to data from eight major industries, more than 350 cross-industry job titles, pay data including base rates, percentiles, ranges, etc, pay practices, and breakout data by FTE, revenue, profit status, industry, region, and local area.

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President's Message

Heather Vogel, MHR, SPHR
Shaping energetic, educated and engaged HR business professionals who have an influence on our field and the organizations we serve.

Heather Vogel

Did we have a fantastic council meeting last month in Tampa! At our pre-council dinner on Thursday evening on strategic communication, I learned that I’m a “Feeler,” able to read what’s happening in terms of people’s energy. Well, let me tell you – at our council meeting I didn’t need to be a Feeler to gauge all the energy, engagement and excitement in the room! Just some of the key things we discussed and decisions made during the meeting:

  • Career in Transition Support
  • Salary Survey Data
  • Chapter Coverage Area Review Taskforce
  • Chapter Special Interest Group Taskforce

Other topics discussed included a partnership with the Florida Workers Compensation Institute to sponsor an HR Track at their upcoming national conference in Orlando. We also talked about putting together a summit for our senior HR executives in 2012. These projects are in the early stages and more about them will be shared soon.

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Treasurer's Report

Shannon Lands, SPHR

To review the most recent Council Financial Summary, please click here and enter the "Council Member's Only" password. A more detailed analysis will be provided at our next regularly scheduled council meeting. Please direct any questions to Shannon Lands, Treasurer at

2012 HR Florida Leadership Conference

Joyce Chastain, SPHR - President-Elect

SAVE THE DATE!  Annually, the HR Florida State Council presents a free conference for its chapter leadership.  The 2012 conference, "Bringing out the Leader in You! will be held at the beautiful Renaissance at International Plaza in Tampa, FL. on January 7, 2012.

Plan and budget now to send your full leadership to this one-day event.  The topics covered will provide inspiration to expand your chapter's effectiveness.  More details will be announced in the coming months.

Annual Conference Update

Ray Dile - Conference Marketing Chair

HR Florida Conference & Expo

Your 2011 conference team continues to work very hard in preparing for this year's event.  There are many items that will be announced very soon including pre-conference sessions and general sessions.  In the mean time we have two important announcements related to the conference for this month's eSource:

  • The 2011 HR Florida Conference & Expo has been approved for 14.00 HR Certification Institute recertification credits (14 for strategic and 7 for global).
  • The discounted registration rate of $520.00 has been extended until May 15, 2011. Register Now!

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You have heard me say that one of SHRM's highest priorities for 2011 focuses on technology. Essentially, we are pledging that the technological connection between SHRM and its members will be second to none. And, members will be able to communicate with us by whatever means they prefer.

We take this commitment seriously and I'm pleased to tell you that the first step of many in that initiative has been taken.

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Families & Work Institute Partnership 

SHRM and the Families and Work Institute (FWI) have joined in a major multiyear partnership called Moving Work Forward. A key aim: to transform the way organizations view and adopt workplace flexibility, helping them to become more competitive. The partnership will build on FWI’s When Work Works, a nationwide initiative designed to share research on workplace effectiveness and flexibility, and SHRM’s We Know Next campaign, which aims to highlight the value of HR in business success. 

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SHRM Chapter Study

SHRM has initiated a new study of chapters across the country.  The purpose of the study is to determine the proper engagement strategy for our members who wish to volunteer for SHRM or otherwise give-back to the HR Community.  Please share with your chapter members and get involved in this project.  A robust communication plan has been developed to launch this project.

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SHRM Scholarship Program

The application deadline for the SHRM Sons and Daughters Scholarsihp Program is approaching very quickly - May 15, 2011.  Applicants must be children of national SHRM members.  Applicants may either be highschool seniors, highscholl graduates, or first-year college undergraduates enrolled or planning to enroll in a full-time course of study at an accredity four-year college or university.

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Executive Committee

Heather Vogel | President 
Joyce Chastain | President-Elect 
Carol McDaniel | Vice President 
Shannon Lands | Treasurer
Marty Bryson | Secretary
Dana Chatelain | Conference Director
Kitty Fields | Immediate Past-President

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HR Florida State Conference & Expo

Awards & Recognition

The HR Florida ATP/STP awards are now honoring the work you do as a chapter with the introduction of The Chapter Excellence Awards. The Chapter Excellence Awards will focus on the demonstrated achievements and execution of one or more of our core leadership areas.  A total of five awards will be presented at the August Council meeting.

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We have two goals set for the Diversity core leadership area:  To increase the diversity of council membership by one (1) percent  and to create a climate of inclusion for all of our chapters.  More information related to how we will fulfill these goals is forthcoming.  If your chapter has plans and or ideas related to diversity, please share them - email Inass Riyad at

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HR Technology

Last month, we conducted a study to find out what was happening at the chapter level in the area of HR Technology. I’m happy to say that we received a substantial response from you, and appreciate the time you took to provide some much needed information.

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SHRM Foundation

The Foundation is off and running with plans to promote the Silent Auction and the Sweet Suite deal at the Conference. We are reaching out to our chapter presidents and foundation chairs to promote the various and extensive resources that SHRM members may benefit from. Vendors attending the conference are beginning to get excited about ideas of some really great items that will be offered at the Silent Auction.

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