Northwest Human Resources Council

 Our Mission is to Provide Resources and Opportunities

That Engage, Develop and Inspire Human Resource Professionals

April 2016

NHRC PresidentHappy Spring!  Although I have lived in Chicago my entire life I still have not gotten used to the winter (even relatively mild ones) and anxiously await the warmer and longer days.  Spring is often seen as a time of renewal.  The upcoming NHRC Forum is a perfect opportunity for you to spend a day to renew your commitment to your own professional development.  If you haven't already registered for the NHRC Annual Forum on May 5th, I encourage you to check out the lineup of fantastic speakers including key notes featuring Human Resources executives from the Chicago Cubs and Tribune Publishing along with dynamic and engaging session speakers.  We are looking forward to another great Forum and I hope to see you there.  

The Society of Human Resources Management recently awarded the NHRC its prestigious Silver Award for our accomplishments in 2015.  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.  

Best wishes for a wonderful spring.  

Laura Mack



NHRC Forum

Save the Date The NHRC Forum

Our Forum, Blueprint for Success: Enhancing Your Talent, will be held at Harper College's Wojcik Center on May 5. There will be enlightening keynotes by HR leaders at the Chicago Cubs and Tribune Publishing, powerful workshops conducted by Hornell Partners and Pinion Solutions Group, our popular Legal Update by Greg Andrews of Jackson Lewis, fantastic exhibitors and sponsors, many opportunities to network with other HR professionals, and raffle prizes. Don't miss this opportunity for 4.25 business credits, 5.5 total credits in all, attainable at a very affordable cost. You can register through May 4 on our website. We hope to see you there!

Get Certified


As SHRM states "Because the HR profession is constantly changing and evolving, it is important for certified professionals to continually update their HR competencies and knowledge".  They further state "Recertifying demonstrates your commitment to the profession, to your organization, and to yourself through lifelong education and professional development".

Once certified, attending monthly NHRC meetings, the annual forum meeting, Illinois SHRM, and National SHRM, etc. give certification credits.  Check out SHRM's website for approved providers for credits.

For more information on SHRM certification, you may visit SHRM  For HRCI certification information,

Or you may contact NHRC Certification Director, Denise Wydra, 847-227-6682.


 NHRC WebinarsPrograms

Were excited about the prospect of offering our members a webinar later this summer.  A first for NHRC!  Discussions are underway so stay tuned!


Do you have a colleague, acquaintance or friend who isn't a current member of NHRC?  Have you talked to them about the great benefits that are available as a member of NHRC?  If so, referrals are a great source for us to build up our membership.  As a thank you for your referral, you will receive a $25 Amazon gift card if they apply for membership by May 31, 2016.

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The March NHRC professional development event provided insight into how to maximize your productivity by prioritizing tasks and working early in the day. Keeping a visual reminder of what you're doing directly in front of you so you can quickly return back to it if you get interrupted. Assign a specific block of time for routine tasks such as emails, but only after you've completed the higher priority tasks. Finally, remove all external distractions or move to a different location prior to starting work, and clear your mind before beginning your work to help reduce the risk of internal distractions.

Continual learning is significant for our professional development.  Plan on attending future professional development events for social engagement, improving knowledge and skills through exposure to new ideas and bringing back valuable information to apply at your workplace.

Not following us on social media? You can find the NHRC on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, or visit us online!

Workforce Readiness & Community Relations

For 2016 and going forward, the Community Relations/Workforce Readiness committee made it our goal to position NHRC as a positive and good citizen in the community that serves our members.  We have identified WINGS - Women In Need Growing Stronger -- as our community organization to sponsor.  We would like to invite you to the inaugural event where you have your choice of days and times.

When: May 17 beginning at 9:00am, May 18 beginning at 9:00am and May 19 beginning at 1:00pm
Shifts can be either 2, 3 or 4 hour increments

Where: WINGS Logistics Center
1265 Oakton Street
Elk Grove Village, IL
847-519-7820 x354

If you would like to volunteer, please email the information below to Phil Perez-Vaughan or Karen Silverberg no later than May 11, 2016.  If your co-workers would like to join in, please include their information as well.

How many hours

This is a great way to give back to community and an opportunity to meet and network with other NHRC members.  The volunteer work is sorting new and used clothes/items to be sold at the WINGS store.  All proceeds are used to support WINGS shelters, counseling and other services.

We will sponsor another volunteer day this Fall 2016.

Northwest Human Resources Council
PO Box 321    Cary    Illinois    60013