January 2017



Welcome to 2017!

One of our most important strategic advantages of being a member of HR Tampa is the remarkably wide range of cultures, backgrounds and perspectives that come from over 600 members and the diverse organizations they represent. The chapters’ presence, perspective and diversity provide our members with a unique and powerful blend of insight, professionalism and local exposure.

In 2017, the HR Tampa Board of Directors embrace a clear measure of accountability. This starts with board members who have tirelessly worked and delivered results and this energy continues with new Board members who are eager to bring their creative ideas to fruition. I want to introduce you to the 2017 HR Tampa Board and invite you to connect with them both professionally and from a personal perspective:

  • Melissa Robinson is our immediate Past-President. Under her presidency, HR Tampa accomplished great and might feats, including increasing our chapter roster to a new high and a wildly successful HR Tampa Conference.
  • Celeste Adams will be the President-Elect. She previously served as our secretary and was on the HR Tampa Conference committee for several years including managing the Expo volunteers.
  • Carol Brnich will continue in her role as chapter Treasurer, as well as being instrumental in the success of the HR Tampa Conference.
  • Layla Bonis will serve as Secretary. Layla, who can be counted to consistently deliver, has served as membership director and technology director.
  • Rebecca Sosa will be our new Technology Director and has actively participated in numerous HR Tampa committees.
  • Amber Kukulya accepted the role of Diversity Director and has been a long time member of HR Tampa and proponent of the many aspects of diversity.
  • Joe Heinzman will be the College Relations Director and already has creative ideas how to best establish and grow a student chapter!
  • Bernie Currie will be the Workforce Readiness Director. He helped HR Tampa win an Chapter Excellence award focused on the veterans initiative.
  • Bill Grob returning Legislative Director, likes to remind us that he"had a real job as a retail supervisor" before he became an attorney.Bill keeps members updated on the current legislative landscape and is accessible and a champion of HR Tampa members.
  • Mary Cay Werner is well-suited as the Program Director and brings her Ohio SHRM chapter experience, perspective and contacts.
  • Zoraida Perez is returning as the Certification Director and is excited to add the SHRM certification to the existing HRCI certification.
  • Lori Golden contributed greatly in her prior Sponsor Director role and will now bring her enthusiasm to the Hospitality Director.
  • Ashlie Banks has a passion for HR Tampa membership and the members. She continues to be a liaison for SHRM providing the required information and updates.
  • Doug Walters will serve as the Sponsor Co-Director.Doug is enthusiastic about securing sponsors that are supportive of, and meaningful to, our members.
  • Deb Erdahl will also be the Sponsor Co-Director and has previously led the award-winning Workforce Readiness Prodigy group.

Please reach out to the 2017 HR Tampa Board members to ask about volunteering on a committee, provide your feedback or simply say “Thanks!” I am excited to be partnering with such an impressive board and am thrilled to see what the future will hold for HR Tampa’s membership. Stay tuned….more to come!

"Think Again: A Contrarian's View of Human Resources"

Human resources is filled with conventional wisdom about everything from recruiting to training to discipline, but are those tried-and-true strategies actually working?  New research reveals they are NOT!  The hottest books and speakers right now are the so-called “contrarians” – thinkers who urge us to look beyond the traditional and evaluate by the adage “the proof is in the pudding!”
So take a walk on the contrarian side of HR leadership with this exciting presentation by one of the human resource industry’s best received speakers, J. Lenora Bresler, J.D., SHRM-SCP, SPHR, ASC.  We’ll explore how some of HR’s most fundamental practices hurt us, how conventional wisdom in human resources isn’t working, how subtle changes can make huge impacts on culture, and how our own personal idiosyncrasies may be creating impressions in others that, if we knew, would shock us!  It’s an unusual and entertaining workshop that will surprise and challenge you into great self-awareness that will leave you with insights into being a better leader. 

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Harold P. Coxson,submitted by Bill Grob, Ogletree Deakins

On January 3, 2017, the 115th U.S. Congress opened with Republican majorities in both houses:

  • U.S. Senate: 52 Republicans and 46 Democrats and 2 Independents who Caucus with the Democrats
  • U.S. House of Representatives: 241 Republicans and 194 Democrats

On January 20, 2017, President-elect Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States, with an ambitious agenda set for the first 100 days, including the confirmation of his cabinet appointees and a yet-to-be-named Supreme Court nominee. Among his first acts, President-elect Trump is expected to undo many of the executive orders and "midnight regulations" of the Obama administration.

In the closing days of 2016, President Barack Obama adopted numerous federal regulations that may have served to advance and preserve his legacy. During his election campaign, Trump announced that, on his first day in office, his intention would be to roll back the executive orders adopted during the Obama administration and to seek repeal and replacement of other enactments such as the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare). Most final regulations, however, may not simply be overturned with the stroke of the president's pen, but must be undone by Congress, the courts, or reverse notice and comment rulemaking.

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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 sponsors@hrtampa.org.


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!

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