July 2017

Mid Year Letter from the President

We have closed up the first half of 2017 and we look forward to continuing many of the great efforts already underway and to bringing new initiatives to the chapter. As a review of the first six months, please note:

  • We welcomed 97 new SHRM members to the HR Tampa family.  
  • It was wonderful to see that the four monthly meetings in 2017 were completely sold out!  Let’s keep the momentum going!
  • We were once again in the Top 25 SHRM Foundation Fundraising Club and identified as a 2016 SHRM Foundation Chapter Champion!  Our chapter received this honor because we donated to the SHRM Foundation, conducted a leadership campaign and hosted a fundraising event to benefit the SHRM Foundation. To learn more go to shrmfoundation.org.
  • New members were invited to the New Members Orientation and Game Night sponsored by Ogletree Deakins and Armada Risk Partners, where our new members got to learn more about the chapter, interact with the HR Tampa Board members and network with one another.
  • We are planning the annual HR Tampa Conference & Expo scheduled for October 20th at the USF Marshall Student Center.  We are delighted to be offering nine (9) recertification credits for only $99.00* (*early bird rate ends July 30th).  Please note that there are Sponsorship spots still available, please contact Deb Erdahl, Co-Director of Sponsorship or Lori Golden, Director of Hospitality if you are interested.
  • Melissa Robinson is spearheading this year’s charity, Prayers From Maria, dedicated to raising money for the research and prevention of childhood cancer. Thank you for giving to this year’s charity.
  • We received the 2016 Platinum Excel Award from SHRM and celebrated during our June meeting. This award recognizes outstanding chapter achievements, meaningful member programs, continued growth and development.
  • We have several Board members actively involved with the HR Florida Council, branding and promoting HR Tampa.  

If you are one of the 600 plus members of HR Tampa, we look forward to continuing to serve you and welcome your comments, suggestions and ideas on how to continue to bring value to you, the profession and the community. I encourage you to reach out to me or any members of our Board to give us feedback and suggestions. The success of new initiatives with the Chapter are largely in part of one of our Board’s motto's: “Own It”. We encourage you to be engaged!  

Opportunity for HR Tampa Members to Win a SHRM Learning System!

HR Florida will be giving away five (5) SHRM Learning System individual participant kits to individuals who will be joining a study group this fall either with a Learning Partner (universities/colleges), SHRM Chapter study group, online study group, or self-studying.

A total of five (5) Participant Kits – includes learning modules and online learning center activities (value of $795 / $985) -- will be given away.

To be considered, the SHRM member needs to send in a response to the following question to
linda.willey@hrflorida (HR Florida Certification Director) by July 31, 2017: 

Question: How would you as an individual benefit from being given a SHRM Learning System Participant kit?

The winners will be announced in August!  Good luck!

Important note:   Please look for an upcoming communication announcing the HR Tampa SHRM study group this fall.

Winning Bid for the HR Florida Conference Registration

We are pleased to announce that HR Tampa member and committee volunteer, Robin Marrero, submitted the winning bid for the HR Florida Conference registration.  Robin shared that she was especially thrilled and excited to be attending the event, as this will be her first time to attend the HR Florida Conference!  Thank you to all the Chapters members who submitted bids  All funds collected will be donated on behalf of HR Tampa to the National SHRM Foundation! 



On November 8, 2016, Florida voters approved Amendment 2. The amendment expands the state’s limited medical marijuana program to allow the medical use of marijuana by individuals with specific debilitating conditions or those with conditions for which a physician believes that the benefits of marijuana would outweigh the potential risks. Considering the speed with which marijuana laws have swept the country, the fact that marijuana remains illegal under federal law, and plaintiffs’ attorneys recent efforts in this area of law, it is no surprise that employers are overwhelmed. This session will answer your questions about medical marijuana in the Sunshine State.


Thank you  for sponsoring this month.


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Kickoff of HR Tampa Student Chapter Held April 28

Ten students and eight members of the College Relations Committee attended the 2017 student chapter kickoff on Friday, April 28 at South University. The students came from several local colleges including South University, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg College, Nova Southeastern University, and the University of Tampa. Pizza and soft-drinks were served complements of South University.

Student Attendees

Committee Member Attendees

Chelsea Finch

Robin Marrero

Charin Campbell

Danielle McCool (Student)

Sandra Hall

Michelle Conley

Stephanie Plazas

Patricia Joseph

Nancy Akers

Sue Styx

Amanda Briggs

Kathryn Brungot

Caitlin Evans

Maribeth Byrd

Jennifer Walker

Joe Heinzman College Relations Director)

Charles Jones


Dr. Joe Heinzman started the meeting with an overview of SHRM, HR Florida, and HR Tampa. He was assisted by Sue Styx in explaining how SHRM is an umbrella organization with HR Florida under SHRM and HR Tampa as part of SHRM and HR Florida. Robin Marrero coordinated an ice breaker exercise with the students whereby the students paired up and introduced each other to the audience. Katheryn Brungot separated the students and committee members into 5 teams to discuss what the students look for in being members of the student chapter. Some of the comments were as follows:

  • Relationship building
  • Mentorship; learn to make better decisions
  • Paid Internships that have substantive work scope
  • Certification preparation

Robin Marrero spearheaded the student drawings for 4 each $5 Staples Gift Cards donated by South University, and a $15 and a 25$ Starbuck’s gift card donated by Joe Heinzman.

Danielle McCool lead a discussion of how to join SHRM and HR Tampa followed up by an email with screen shot instructions for both the SHRM and HR Tampa membership websites. Danielle also led the student discussion on when to hold the next chapter meeting. The first chapter meeting with Sandra Gault, Chapter Advisor, was held at South University on May 11.

We're excited to be partnered with this group of future HR professionals and look forward to much success!


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 Involved......you will not regret it!! If interested please send an email with your name and contact information to presidentelect@hrtampa.org.
I am looking forward to hearing from YOU!

Celeste K Adams
President Elect, HR Tampa


“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.”


Author: Rachel Morris, Ogletree Deakins

Submitted by: Bill Grob, HR Tampa Legislative Director, Ogletree Deakins

The City of St. Petersburg, Florida, recently amended its wage theft ordinance to require employers to provide pay notice to employees at the time of hire and to display “in a location accessible to all employees” a poster about wage theft. See St. Pete. Code, Chap. 15, Art. III, Sec. 15-40, et seq. These requirements are not yet in effect. As detailed below, the effective date is on hold pending the completion of a memorandum of understanding by the City, which is engaging a “community-based” organization to “implement the purposes of this article.”

The ordinance defines the term “employee” broadly to mean a “natural person who performs work within the geographic boundaries of the City while being employed by an employer . . .” including “a person who performs work that benefits an employer located within the City even though the employee may have performed work outside of the City.” The ordinance excludes “any bona fide independent contractor,” stating that the term “independent contractor” “shall have the same meaning as in the Internal Revenue Code, Fair Labor Standards Act, and implementing federal regulations, administrative interpretations and guidance” (though “independent contractor” is defined differently by the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Department of Labor).


On December 15, 2016, the St. Petersburg City Council passed several amendments to the City’s wage theft ordinance. Under Sec. 15-44, there are three new requirements for employers. Employers must provide a “written notice” to employees at time of hire, including a “template summary” summarizing the employee’s rights (available from the City), written notice of changes in pay, and a poster (available from the City). Sec. 15-44(a)-(d). There is also a $500.00 “per violation” penalty for an employer’s failure to adhere to any part of the ordinance. Sec. 15-44(e). The term “violation” is not defined.

Sec. 15-44(a)(1)-(7) provides:

(a) At the time of hiring, an employer shall provide to each employee a written notice, to be signed and dated by the employer and employee, containing the following information:

(1) The rate or rates of pay and basis thereof, whether paid by the hour, shift, day, week, salary, piece, commission, or otherwise, including any rates for overtime, as applicable;

(2) Allowances, if any, claimed as part of the minimum wage, including meal or lodging allowances;

(3) The regular payday designated by the employer;

(4) The name of the employer, including any “doing business as” names used by the employer;

(5) The physical address of the employer’s main office or principal place of business, and a mailing address, if different;

(6) The employer’s telephone number; and

(7) A template summary, available from the City, summarizing the protections and rights of employees pursuant to this article.

(Read more here...)


SAVE THE DATE: Friday, October 20, 2017 

HR Tampa presents E3:
Equip... Energize...Elevate

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

"Behavioral Risk Management"

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)

Shelley D. Smith

Owner, Premier Rapport, Inc.

"Culture is Everything"

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, Kore.ai, 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"

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!

Click HERE for 5 Reasons Why You Should Attend & 5 Steps to Convince Your Boss - #HRFL17 is the Place to Be.


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 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!

For complete details, click HERE


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