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2015 President's Message

Greetings from the HR Tampa President!

Where I come from, Labor Day marks the end of summer. School is back in session and the days get shorter and the nights get cooler. We prepare for the long winter that will inevitably come. Today, Labor Day has a different meaning for me. It means a time to reflect on the accomplishments of a GREAT summer and embrace the excitement of what is to come in the 4th quarter of 2015, at HR Tampa!

If you attended the 2015 HR Florida Conference this past week, I hope you seized the opportunity to build your network at the Sunday night social with our sister chapters,  Suncoast HR and SHRA.  This well-attended networking event would not have been possible without our generous Sponsor: Victoria Henrich of 5-Star Staffing and the donation of additional adult beverages from one of our Board members, Kelly Hooker and Republic National Distributing.   

“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to host the event Sunday night. I had a blast and hopefully made some great connections. I look forward to doing it again next year!”  – Victoria, President at 5-Star Staffing


With over 160 HR professionals from our chapter in attendance at #HRFL15, it was easy to find people you know. HR Tampa members were attendees, speakers, volunteers and sponsors - Thank you for helping us make such a powerful impact in Orlando! Of course the purple shirts helped. Thank you to our tee-shirt sponsors: AccuScreen, ADP, and USI for generously sponsoring the costs to print the shirts so that 100% of the profits could be donated to the Harbor House. Collectively, we raised $2,219.60 for this wonderful organization. It is amazing how powerful and giving our HR Tampa community is!


The most exciting part of the entire conference was seeing our very own Workforce Readiness committee, led by Debby Erdahl, receive the 2015 HR Florida Chapter Excellence Award.  Please see the award submission (here).  As part of the Chapter Excellence Award, HR Tampa received $1,000 which will be reinvested in the HR Prodigy program. If you see Debby or any of the committee members, please be sure to congratulate them for an outstanding achievement!

Finally, mark your calendars for the annual HR Tampa Expo event on October 21 at the USF Marshall Student Center, please register at  We are super excited about what is being planned for you!  Please see other HR Tampa opportunities, events and programs by clicking here to access our events page.

Being a part of HR Tampa, is more than just attending monthly chapter meetings. It is about being a part of a community. A community to expand your professional network, build lasting friendships, learn new ideas and exchange best practices, mentor, find your next opportunity, acquire new talent and so much more.

There are many ways to get involved, whether it’s writing letters to your representatives, volunteering in the community with other HR Tampa members, or being a part of a committee; we want to help you get the most of your membership. Please let us know how may we help you? Email us your contact information and comments/feedback at We want to hear you ROAR!

My best,

~Melissa Robinson, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

HR Tampa President

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