NHRC Chapter News Update 5-31-19

NHRC Chapter News Update

To:  NHRC Members and Non-Members

From:  Philomena (Phil) Perez-Vaughan Chapter President

I am very excited to announce that NHRC is moving to a Blog communications format.  This move will allow for more regular and timely communications from me and our board members.

Allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Philomena Perez-Vaughan and I go by Phil and I am your Chapter President for the next two years.  I have been an Human Resources Professional for the past 25 years.  I joined NHRC in 2011 for the same reasons that many of you joined our chapter.  The opportunity to keep abreast of what is happening in the HR space, meet new HR colleagues, network and earn those continuing education credits.  I have served as a board member since 2012 and I was one of the Co-Director’s on the Professional Development committee for two years and then a Co-Director on the Community Relations Committee.

I look forwarding to meeting all of our members and serving the needs of our membership.  Without you, NHRC would not exist.  As many of you are aware, we celebrated our 60 years as a SHRM Chapter last September.  Let’s keep this momentum moving forward!

Exciting news about NHRC
I am pleased to share with you that NHRC has been awarded the 2018 Platinum Excel Award.  This award recognizes outstanding achievement in Chapter operations and a commitment to providing meaningful programs and services to NHRC members.  It also recognizes continual growth and development as a business leader.

And, on April 18, 2019, we launched our Young Professional Group spearheaded by our Membership Directors, Paul Bartman and Drew Perrino.  We are excited to offer this new program: a complimentary networking group for young professionals and new HR team members.
 The young professionals networking group will be held at 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, at the Schaumburg Starbucks located in the Streets of Woodfield. Our next event is scheduled for June 19th!  Discussions will be casual, and we encourage attendees to bring their questions and experiences to share with other young professionals. We are asking interested professionals to RSVP for the event, so we can ensure we have appropriate space. Please RSVP or direct any questions you may have to Renee Mullaney or Paul Bartman.

In addition, I want to give a shout out to Debbie Diaz, our Professional Development Director, who leads our Mentor and College Relations Programs and worked diligently with Elmhurst College during the last two years in assisting them with reactivating their Student SHRM chapter.  Plus, we are thrilled to have Era Gjika who will be a Senior at Elmhurst College this fall and who’s majoring in Human Resources as an intern on our Social Media/Communications committee.

New Board Members:
I am pleased to welcome and introduce two new NHRC Board members, Paul Bartman who joins the Membership committee and Dan Wolowicz who joins the Community Relations committee.

Upcoming Events:
•    June 5th NHRC Employee Relations Roundtable that will be held at blueStone Staffing in Palatine.  The topic is Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) and will be facilitated by Tom Kennedy, President, MadsenArcher Consulting.  Our Roundtables are free to members and prospective members to attend.

•    June 13th is our next PDE and the topic is:  The Skills Shortage, Myth or Fact? Our speaker is Dr. Maria Coons, Vice President & Chief of Staff at Harper College.  This PDE will be held at Chandler’s @ the Schaumburg Golf Course in Schaumburg.  More details...

•    June 19th Young Professional networking group meets at Starbucks in Streets of Woodfield.

To sign up for these events and to get additional information, please click here...

In closing, I want to say a BIG thank you to Rachel Solarz-Mortellaro for her leadership and service to NHRC as our past Chapter President.


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