June 2018

Mid Year Check Point

It is hard to believe that we are half way through 2018!

HR Tampa continues to make excellent progress against the goals and priorities we established for the year!

All of our success is thanks to our members, Board Members and our many invested partners.

I’m encouraged by the work I see HR Tampa accomplishing to ensure that we continue to be one of the most engaged and notable chapters in Florida.  And I’m optimistic as the year progresses, that we continue to evolve and undergo changes as well, yet we remain focused on our deliverables for 2018 in order to continue important progress toward our chapter-wide strategies.

Each member, committee and initiative contributes to our overall strategy and what we do impacts our membership, as well as our community partners across the Tampa Bay area.

Our Board of Directors are directly responsible for key components of our 2018 strategies.  But we know that each and everyone of you, does ultimately impact our chapter, which means we can all contribute and take pride in HR Tampa’s successes!

So far this year we’ve made great progress… stay tuned, there are more good things to come!

HR Tampa Receives Prestigious SHRM Award for Advancing the HR Profession

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently awarded HR Tampa the prestigious EXCEL Platinum Award for the HR Tampa’s accomplishments in 2017.

The award aligns individual chapters’ and state councils’ activities with SHRM’s aspirations for the HR profession. The award recognizes accomplishments and strategic activities and initiatives that enhance the human resource profession.

“SHRM exists because of our great chapters like HR Tampa which work tirelessly to help advance the important mission of the HR profession through initiatives that support our future, build inclusive organizations and focus on workplace readiness,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.,president and chief executive officer of SHRM. “Recognizing you as a recipient of this prestigious award is just one way to show that SHRM supports you and that we are by your side step by step as we move Together Forward.”

The EXCEL Award can be earned at four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Each level has a prescribed set of requirements and accomplishments that must be met. HR Tampa will receive recognition in SHRM publications and at conferences for receiving the Excel Platinum Award.

HR Florida's HR Professional of the Year nominations are due by midnight, June 30th! 

Please be sure to submit your nomination TODAY!

Please share this exciting opportunity with other Chapter members and those in your professional network.

Nominating a deserving HR Professional is easy - just follow this link!  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7KK2QTX

HR Tampa has selected Eckerd Connects – Raising Hope for 2018 Expo Charity      

In April, HR Tampa kicked off our fundraising efforts for Eckerd Connects - Rooms for Hope. We are selling Blue Pinwheels at Chapter meetings for $5.00/each “in memory of” and “in honor of” which will be on display at our annual conference and expo on October 12th.  HR Tampa is also selling T-shirts for $10.00/each. All monies collected will be donated to the charity.

Why Blue Pinwheels?

In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention through Pinwheels for Prevention®. What our research showed, and what our experiences since then have borne out, is that people respond to the pinwheel. By its very nature, the pinwheel connotes whimsy and childlike notions. In essence, it has come to serve as the physical embodiment, or reminder, of the great childhoods we want for all children.

Online donations may be made via our conference website, click here.

HR Tampa Discount SHRM Code

HR Tampa has a special SHRM membership offer for our members:  Save $15 on a new or renewal SHRM membership by June 30th with the promo code State18Q and get access to the HR tools and resources to help you be confident, compliant and current on all things HR.  https://membership.shrm.org/?PRODUCT_DISCOUNT_ID=STATE18Q&utm_campaign=membership_Ret.

HR Tampa Members are Always Learning
Marian Morlock, MBA, SHRM-SCP

If you were able to join us for our May Chapter Meeting, you had an opportunity to learn why it’s important to hire current and former members of the military.  Did you know, however, that with your national SHRM Membership you have access to additional materials explaining how to hire, on-board and retain service members? 

  • 12 Free online courses with your National SHRM membership
  • Three are eligible for SHRM & HRCI credit (general)
    • Strategies for Effective Veteran Hiring:  1 credit
    • Creating a Military Friendly Culture:  1.5 credits
    • Creating a Military Spouse Hiring Program:  1 credit
  • Take Classes: https://www.shrm.org/foundation/news/pages/shrm-foundation-and-psycharmor-employer-resources.aspx
  • Getting Started:  It’s recommended that you begin with the short (15 minute) overview.  15 Things Veterans Want You to Know:  This is the cornerstone course and was created to educate anyone who works with, lives with, or cares for our military Veterans.  PsychArmor asked hundreds of Veterans what they wanted civilians, employers, educators, healthcare providers and therapists to know about them.  These comments were used to create the topics of this course including 5 Questions You Should Always Ask Veterans, 1 Question You Should Never Ask Veterans, and 15 Facts that promote greater understanding of our Veterans. 

Call for Volunteers for the 2018 HR Tampa Conference and Expo
Christine Upp, SHRM-CP, PHR

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity with HR Tampa? Then, please consider volunteering for the annual HR Tampa Conference and Expo, Taking Care of Business! on October 12th  at USF Marshall Student Center. The conference is an all day event and we anticipate this Expo to be our largest. We need volunteers to assist in delivering outstanding service to our conference attendees throughout the day.

We need many volunteers so that we can rotate and provide time for each volunteer to attend sessions, walk through the Expo, and network. Each volunteer will be provided with a volunteer T-shirt which will need to be worn during your volunteer hours.  Volunteers will receive assigned responsibilities as well as a training conference call which is scheduled for October.

Eligibility requirements are:

1. Volunteer must be HR Tampa member.
2. Volunteers are required to attend the training conference call. 

We are excited about our Conference and Expo and we are looking  forward to meeting and working with our volunteers.

If interested in volunteering, please email Christine at: registration@hrtampa.org no later than September 27th

SUNCOAST HR and WorldatWork

HR Tampa is pleased to announce that Suncoast Human Resources Management Association is sponsoring two World at Work Certification courses this July and November. Both are requirements for the Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) certification.

The courses will be held at PSCU in Carillon Office Park (near Raymond James) in St. Petersburg.

Market Pricing: Conducting a Competitive Pay Analysis (C17/GR17)
Class dates are Monday and Tuesday July 16 and 17, 2018.
Learn to Conduct an Effective Compensation Analysis Methodology to Determine a Job’s Market Value 

Throughout the course, you’ll gain hands-on experience developing your data utilization skills and cover:

  • Common compensation strategies, base pay structure design and the establishment and use of a job-worth hierarchy.
  • Salary survey data sources and usage coupled with a case study to bring the principles to life.
  • The role of market pricing and salary/pay structure as it relates to your organization’s business strategy.

How to communicate market pricing to senior management and more broadly within your organization

This course is part of the CCP and GRP certifications. It is ideal for HR and compensation professionals responsible for salary benchmarking and compensation program development or who have an interest in learning more about this area.

Regulatory Environments for Compensation Programs (C1)
Class dates are Monday and Tuesday November 5 and 6, 2018.
Learn and Stay Current on the Must-Know U.S. Federal Human Resource Rules and Regulations

In the course, you will thoroughly cover the major federal statutes affecting compensation design and practice, including: 

  • Analyzing the labor regulations affecting employee compensation disputes.
  • Reviewing the major federal labor regulations impacting specific types of employers.
  • Examining myriad issues related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
  • Exploring discrimination legislation as it relates to compensation.
  • Three are eligible for SHRM & HRCI credit (general)

This course is part of the CCP certification.  It is a basic-level course on HR employment law. It will provide you with the knowledge you need to understand many of the major HR regulations as an HR professional.

Here is the registration link for either course: www.worldatwork.org/suncoast-hr

Note: Significant discounts are available to WorldatWork members.  See the WorldatWork registration link (above) page for details.


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, HR Tampa Conference & Expo, Workforce Readiness, and College Relations, just to name a few. 
Get Involved......you will not regret it!! If interested please send an email with your name and contact information to presidentelect@hrtampa.org.


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 Diversity@HRTampa.org 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.




The HR Tampa Conference & Expo is the largest event in the Tampa Bay area for human resources professionals and business leaders. This is a unique opportunity for you to showcase your brand, network with over 650 professionals, and establish relationships for present and future business.  Sponsorship starts at $1,000 for the Bronze sponsorship.  Early bird rates are valid through the end of June.

View this link for Conference & Expo Sponsorship:   https://www.hrtampaconference.org/sponsors

View this link for the Sponsorship Form:                  http://hrtampa.site-ym.com/?page=EXPOSponsorForm

We have prime sponsorship available including a new Happy Hour after the conference featuring the HR Bartender along with Gold, Silver and Bronze level sponsorship.

An increasingly popular sponsorship for the Conference & Expo is the WHOVA app.  Each sponsor is provided has a unique link that allows them to update their profile, add promotions, etc.  Here is one of our sponsors Ferman BMW’s unique ID to view: https://whova.com/xems/engage/exhibitor/htce_201710/uwkbgsrqsx12011/

To find out more about the Whova app and how it works, you can check out their website at https://whova.com/.  This is an outstanding sponsorship opportunity.  Your company can be highlighted as the App sponsor within the app and on our website and in our materials. 

Additional advertising opportunities and our monthly chapter meetings can be found at here.  We meet the 3rd Wednesday of every month and alternate between breakfast and dinner meetings at The Centre Club at the top of the Intercontinental Building with 150 - 180 professional members in attendance.

Please feel free to contact me at 813 294 0667 or email me at sponsors@hrtampa.org to discuss how your firm would like to become involved with sponsorship of one of our meetings and/or the 2018 HR Tampa Conference and Expo this year.



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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