August 2017

Attending HR Florida Conference & Expo?

A special thank-you to our sponsor,


Special end of the year offer for HR Tampa members: Save $15 on a new or renewal SHRM membership by 8/31 with promo code CH17A and get access to the HR tools and resources to help you be confident, compliant and current on all things HR. To renew your SHRM membership go to


The Board Members of HR Tampa invite you to participate in a very special event. Our Chapter will be holding a silent auction to benefit the SHRM Foundation on Friday, October 20th in conjunction with our annual Conference and Expo.

This past year, HR Tampa ranked among the top 25 chapters in the country for SHRM Foundation donations! We ask for your help to make this a continued success.

The SHRM Foundation is a non-profit organization that operates as the research arm of the HR Profession. The Foundation advances the profession and enhances the knowledge and competency of HR professionals, like you, through its funding of research, publications and educational programs. The work of the SHRM Foundation is supported by tax deductible contributions made by individuals, companies, and organizations.

Here’s how you may help:

  1. Please consider contributing an item for the silent auction. The item can be donated by you, your employer, or both.
  2. Please mark your calendar now and plan to attend the silent auction on October 20th at USF Marshal Student Center. We encourage you to invite friends and colleagues to the Expo and to remember to bring your wallet to spend money for a great cause!

If you are able to make a donation, please email Melissa Robinson making sure to include the specifics (donated items, value, contact info) at by October 6th. Thank you in advance for your continued support. Together, we ALL make a difference in the community.


Prepare for the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams! Led by qualified and certified HR instructors, our SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP training course, combined with the SHRM Learning System presents a comprehensive and detailed review of the current SHRM body of Competency & Knowledge (SHRM BoCK). By attending, you will be able to identify areas of strength and build on them. You will also see where you need additional study so you are fully prepared to take either exam.

Course includes the SHRM Learning System, including over 1500 practice questions, videos, flashcards, e-reader learning modules and more.

Course dates:  Mid-October to Mid-November at South University.



How do leaders continually raise their bar of excellence? How do they stay pumped up while consistently inspiring their team? On September 20th find out the answers while being thoroughly entertained. Our speaker will be Doug Van Dyke, CEO of Leadership Simplified. He is a Certified Speaking Professional and leadership development expert. During his talk he will share how leaders impact culture, negotiate effectively, rise to the occasion, lead in absence, and possess the power to overcome adversity. Doug has crafted this keynote especially for HR Tampa. If you want to learn and laugh, and grow in the process, this program is for you!


Thank you  for sponsoring this month.


 Register Here


Do you have a desire to get involved with HR Tampa? HR Tampa's membership has grown so much that we are finding we need additional help on some of our committees in order to meet our goals this year. If you are interested in participating on a committee with HR Tampa, then we want you.  We have great opportunities to participate in Social Media, the Expo, and Membership just to name a few. 
Get will not regret it!! If interested please send an email with your name and contact information to


“Have you or another HR Tampa member done something bragworthy within the Diversity & Inclusion space? If so, let us know!

As a chapter, we are asking our members to share successful programs, initiatives and general best practices related to D&I to our members. We also want to deservingly highlight the professionals who are moving this much needed focus forward in our community.

Together, we can work together to share our successes (and failures) to assist other professionals in Tampa elevate and understand that every bit of effort in this area counts. Please share this information with us at and include your name, company, and a description of the program, initiative or best practice.”


Morning Keynote:

Jane Castor

Chief of Police (Retired), City of Tampa, Castor Consulting LLC

"Leading in Difficult Situations"


Afternoon Keynote:

Dennis Davis, Ph.D.

National Director of Client Training, Ogletree Deakins

"Managing Behavioral Risks -- Identifying the Warning Signs of Potential Violence"

Breakout Sessions:

William E. Grob, Esq.

Partner, Ogletree Deakins - Tampa

"Employment Law Update"

Dr. Sarah Spradlin

Founder & CEO, Vitruvian Advantage Consulting

"Grow an Emotionally Intelligent Workforce - Establish Organizational Resilience"

Valerie M. Grubb

President, Val Grubb & Associates, Ltd.

"Applying Project Management Skills While Leading Company-Wide Initiatives"

Patricia M. Fuller, Ph.D.

Director, Wellness Engineering, Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners, LLC

"Creating a Wellness Culture"

Dr. Sheldon J. Goode

Executive Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)

"Mega Trends Shaping the Future of Work"

Shelley D. Smith

Owner, Premier Rapport, Inc.

"Culture is Everything"

 Darren Richards
 Chief Operating Officer, Tucker/Hall
 "Crisis Communications: What To Do When You're the Headline"

Ellen Nastir, M.Ed., PCC

Owner, Innovative Team Solutions

"Positive Communication Skills (and more!) for Busy Professionals"

Wendy Harkness, Esq

Chief People Officer & Founder, CPO for Hire, LLC

"Pitch Perfect - How to Get the C-Suite to Yes!"

Darlene Mack, MA, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

CEO & Managing Partner, HR Partners International, Inc.

"How to Create Highly Effective Job Descriptions and How to Use Them to Increase Your Company ROI-P (Return on Investment in People)"

Kandice Zeman, GPHR, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Director of Human Resources,, Inc.

"Artificial Intelligence in the Real World: AI & HR"

Andy Williams

Director of Recruiting, Dr Pepper Snapple Group

"Moving Recruiting Forward Through the Use of Data, Technology and Common Sense"

Timothy M. May

Managing Partner, Armada Performance Advisors, LLC

"HR - The Canary in the Coal Mine"

 Carolina Howard
 President-Owner, Innova4change
 "The Missing Link: Frontline Managers Training"

Kevin Hettinger, Jr. SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Director-Human Resources, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

"Be More Than Just a Firefighter, Be a Fire Marshall"

Register Now! Register HERE!


The Tampa Bay area’s premier SHRM chapter, HR Tampa, provides opportunities to be involved and take advantage of many services/programs including:    Regular monthly breakfast and dinner meetings featuring expert speakers on current pertinent human resource topics (most meetings qualify for HRCI credits).

  • Keep current with HR developments, trends, position website. 
  • Networking with over 600 local HR Tampa members – Excellent platform for members in transition!!!
  • Monthly electronic newsletter featuring legislative updates, local HR news and events.
  • Association with professional HR industry focused vendors.
  • Assistance in HR internship programs and finding candidates.
  • Professional mentor programs for college students.
  • Advertising opportunities - advertise open HR positions on our Job Board for FREE or at a discounted rate (Please see web page for non-members cost).
  • Volunteer opportunities in the community in your profession.
  • Special Events, Conferences, and Expos to earn continuing education credits.


We are excited about our 2017 event calendar and we have sponsorship opportunities available. If you know of anyone who might be interested in sponsoring a monthly meeting, networking event, participating in our Conference & Expo or advertising on our website or in this newsletter, please contact our Sponsorship Chairs, Doug Walters and Debby Erdahl, SHRM-CP, PHR at


HR Tampa is dedicated to help members get the most out of their membership. Here are some ways to jump start your next opportunity:

  • Check out our job boards for the latest HR jobs available in this market
  • Bring your resume and personal business cards to the monthly chapter meetings and NETWORK
  • LinkedIn with other HR Tampa members

If you are in transition and haven’t renewed your membership with HR Tampa due to financial restrictions, HR Tampa provides prior-year active members who are unemployed at the time of the membership renewal, a one-time opportunity to rejoin as a Basic member for up to one year!

For complete details, click HERE


Local Opportunities
Check out the job board and find your new career!

Visit our Career Center apply!

Like Us, Join Us, Follow Us!

This email may contain advertisements.

HR TAMPA is the premier professional association for human resource professionals in Tampa Bay and one of Florida's largest and most active chapters. We are a vibrant group of over 600 HR professionals who are seeking to promote greater understanding of the human resource function through group interaction and the presentation of various related topics at our monthly meetings, network happy hours, new member orientations, and educational expos. Visit HR TAMPA Online at

This communication is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information with regard to the subject matter covered; and it is sent with the understanding that the sender is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional services. If legal advice or other expert assistance is required, the services of a competent professional person should be sought.

HR TAMPA | P.O. Box 26554, Tampa, Florida 33623-6554 USA

©2015 HR TAMPA. All rights reserved.