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May 2015

President's Letter
Happy May!  It is finally starting to feel like Spring and hopefully the warm weather is here to stay.   

Our 9th Annual NHRC Forum was held on April 30th at Harper College with almost 100 attendees.  It was a great event that I hope everyone found to be both inspiring and educational.  There are many people to thank for the success of this event; our vendors, sponsors and committee volunteers.  It was your contributions that made this event possible.    

The Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) recently awarded NHRC its prestigious Silver Award for our accomplishments in 2014.  The award is part of the SHRM Affiliate Program for Excellence, which aligns individual chapters and councils with SHRM’s goals. The award recognizes accomplishments and strategic activities and initiatives that enhance the human resources profession.  We are very proud of this achievement and thank you to the Board and Committee members that made this possible.

I look forward to seeing you at our Professional Development Event on June 11th.  Until then, get out and enjoy the warm weather!

Laura Mack, SPHR
NHRC President

Chapter Updates

Certification...Remember, keeping up or attaining your certification is a valuable asset to your career.
SHRM just introduced their certification programs on January 1, 2015. Since then, they have certified over 30,000 Human Resource professionals and those numbers are growing every day.

Please visit the NHRC website – under the “Certification” tab for more details about the certification program.

Legislative...Be sure and check our website for the most up to date information on legislative issues happening in Springfield that will have an impact on Human Resources.

Scholarship...Don’t wait until the last minute to complete your scholarship application.  This Certification Scholarship is a means to supplement your investment in obtaining your PHR, SPHR, GPHR or SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP certification or re-certification.

We will offer $100 for reimbursement to professionals who are re-certifying or taking the exam (PHR, SPHR, GPHR or SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP) for the first time. The number of the available scholarships will depend upon how much money can be raised to support this program through contributions from NHRC, and fundraising events.  Scholarships will be awarded during the June annual meeting. Please review the Certification Scholarship Application for eligibility and submission details posted on the website.

Professional Development...SHRM volunteers from around Illinois gathered on January 26 for the ILSHRM Volunteer Leadership Conference held in Tinley Park. The event kicked off with a brief board meeting during which we learned  that of the 60,000 Human Resources professionals in Illinois, only 14% belong to local chapters. So what does this mean to Human Resources in Illinois? Steve Browne touched on this in his keynote presentation on “Why It Matters.”

Not your typical conference speaker, Steve took a lighthearted, energetic and passionate approach to the topics of volunteerism, Human Resources, and the work that we all do. He encouraged us all to grow in our own professions, our own organizations, and in our local chapters, because we all have the capability to engage others by our actions and our attitudes. Positivity can have a snowballing effect which can be passed on to others, so let’s get excited for our chapter meetings and get involved with reaching out to other HR professionals within and outside our chapters. If we all helped grow other people we would feel more fulfilled ourselves, and networking provides the gateway. Sometimes it only takes small changes to keep things fresh and make a difference. Whether it’s in your daily work with employees or working with a committee in your council, getting people excited about meetings or the work that they do can be as simple as involving them and meeting them where their capacity lies.
For your next meeting, training, or staff function, plan to get your participants excited. Make sure you’re offering information or an agenda that would provide value to them, and that you’d want to do yourself. Pay attention to the people attending, not just the agenda, and be positive and engaging about why you’re all there, and maybe you can turn a solo dance into a dance party.


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