December 2017

Thank you for connecting with HR Tampa in 2017!  We look forward to seeing you in 2018.

HR Tampa 2018 Professional Development!  Enhancing YOUR Professional Brand
Patricia A. Sullivan, PhD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP (2018 Director Of Certification)

As members of the HR Tampa Association, there are exceptional opportunities that support ongoing professional development whether you are seeking some competency awareness, skill development, or strategic practices meant to design culture and empower employees.  From monthly speakers who provide legal, tactical, and business discussions, to the one-day powerhouse HR Tampa Conference & Expo, to the camaraderie of meeting with peers and learning at the HR Florida Conference.  As SHRM members, committed to developing exceptional business skills, HR Tampa provides the environment to develop talent, network with HR professionals, and even meet exceptional vendors/resources who become long-term business partners.  The opportunities are exceptional for those who take advantage.

For this upcoming year, Certification is offering new programs for all levels of experience.  There is a program available for all!  In January, a final plan will be designed and communicated.  For now, here are some highlights.

First, we are looking for facilitators and administrators to help plan, market, facilitate, create online materials…. Be Active, Be Engaged, Share the Knowledge.  Second, we are looking for learners who want to enhance their own skills, talents, competencies!!

4 Seasons, 4 Certification Options:

SHRM-SCP/CP Prep Course (Winter, February start) – Using the SHRM Learning System, this 10-week certification prep course will be offered in the evenings as well, with one Saturday Crash Course.  This program is perfect for the experienced HR professional who wants to apply HR competency concepts to business planning.  It is also appropriate for those seeking the SCP or CP certification from SHRM.

SHRM Essentials (Spring, May start) – For the newer HR professional, for college students seeking an understanding of HR principles, and for all supervisors and managers who could benefit from understanding and applying HR practices (hiring, interviewing, training and development, employment law, and more).  Offer this program to leaders who are expected to engage, inspire and motivate, and who understand the importance of their role in these outcomes.  This five-week program will meet one evening a week (2.5 hrs/night).  Attendees who successfully complete this program will receive a SHRM HR Essentials certification.

HR Coaching for Excellence (Summer/Fall; May start) – This six-month program brings coaching skills to supervisors and HR professionals.  Meeting one Saturday morning every month, participants will learn coaching skills and will then apply these talents over the month with the goal of enhancing employee relations, productivity, self-awareness, and business results while building trust through relationship development.  This program is designed for any professional who is seeking to understand human motivation and enhance interpersonal, intrapersonal, team and organizational relationships.

PHR/SPHR Prep Course (Fall; September start) - Using the All in One PHR/SPHR HR Certification Exam Guide, this 10-week certification prep course will be offered in the evenings as well, with one Saturday Crash Course offered at the end to recap the materials.  This program is perfect for the experienced HR professional who wants to earn PHR/SPHR certification, and for those seeking a deeper understand of the knowledge needed to excel in HR roles.

More Options:

Seeking to move your credibility from tactical to strategic?  We have an option for you!!!  HR Strategy Roundtable – Meeting each quarter, roundtable participants will share and learn best practices through peer discussions, while being introduced to research relating to exceptional HR practices, competencies, and strategies.  Limited seats available; meeting one evening/quarter.   This program is recommended for experienced practitioners who strive to enhance business acumen with organizational development, human behavior, and culture design strategies. 


HR Tampa's Student Chapter held their holiday party at T. Pepin Hospitality Centre on Tuesday, December 19.  We're excited for the opportunities ahead for our students.


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.”


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 2018 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 Chair, 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


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