SHRM Jacksonville

2016 - Edition 1

President's Message

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Chad Sorenson, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

First time serving or repeat position: 2nd year of 2-year term, have served on board since 2011

What does your position entail? Overall responsibility for the vision and direction of the SHRM Jacksonville Chapter and Board; also serve on the HR Florida State Council

Why did you want to get involved with the SHRM board: I love to give back and serving on the board allows me to give back to my profession and community.

What do you think is the biggest value for members: SHRM Jacksonville offers members with the opportunity to become leaders in their profession, leaders in their organization and leaders in their community.

What are you looking forward to most this year for SHRM Jacksonville: I am looking forward to another great year of programs for our members, working with our volunteers and board members, our annual conference in April and seeing many members at the HR Florida conference in August.

Social Media Chair

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Chase Johnson

First time serving or repeat position: First time

What does your position entail: Utilizing social media to reach potential new members. It’s also a quick and convenient way to keep current members informed on relevant HR topics while promoting meetings & events, and representing the chapter.

Why did you want to get involved with the SHRM board: The board was an exciting opportunity to develop professionally while also supporting the chapter.

What do you think is the biggest value for members: You receive the total package as a SHRM member- engaging events with informative speakers and an opportunity to network with local HR and business professionals.

What are you looking forward to most this year for SHRM Jacksonville: I am really looking forward to being able to develop a well-known social media presence for SHRM Jacksonville and have it be a valuable resource to support the chapter.


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Leigh Nelson, PHR, SHRM-SCP

First time serving or repeat position: Repeat, Operations Director 2014-2015

What does your position entail: Recording the minutes by detailing the history and bi-laws in writing

Why did you want to get involved with the SHRM board: To give back to the community, to be a resource for my profession and to network with like-minded individuals.

What do you think is the biggest value for members: Wide-body of knowledge and skill within the North Florida community

What are you looking forward to most this year for SHRM Jacksonville: To engage with new members while enhancing my professional relationships with standing members.

College Relations Director

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Julie Fagan

First time serving or repeat position: First time serving

What does your position entail:

  • Working with sponsored student chapters at local learning institutions to encourage student activities and participation
  • Assisting student chapter advisors in getting students involved with professional chapter and HR professionals at the local level
  • Promoting communication between student and professional chapters
  • Encouraging chapter participation in the merit award program and develop opportunities for point collaboration

Why did you want to get involved with the SHRM board: I am interested in sharing my expertise and experience working with student chapters and advisors in previous positions I have held with other professional organizations. I feel I have a tremendous amount I can contribute and have a thorough understanding of the needs and wants that this position entails.

What do you think is the biggest value for members: Students are interested in staying connected with the Professional Chapter for various reasons. The networking and educational opportunities remain crucial for membership engagement.

What are you looking forward to most this year for SHRM Jacksonville: I have an active interest in the Human Resources profession and look forward to assisting in achieving the board’s goals for both the student chapter and the professional chapter at-large.

Legislative/Government Affairs

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Alice Velez, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

First time serving or repeat position: First time

What does your position entail: Monitor and evaluate pending legislative, regulatory and legal action at the federal, state, and local level that may have an impact on the management of human resources. Present a legislative report or update to the chapter president and fellow chapter members. Inform elected officials of SHRM's position on legislation affecting the human resources profession. Work in close cooperation with the State Public Affairs Director and the Senior Associate, State Affairs at SHRM headquarters in carrying out these responsibilities.

Why did you want to get involved with the SHRM board: I felt it was important to pay forward the benefits I have received through membership in local chapters by contributing to ongoing awareness of how we can influence public policy.

What do you think is the biggest value for members: For me personally, the value has been the friends and acquaintances I have made over the years through membership in local SHRM Chapters. Additionally, there is satisfaction from knowing you are advancing and maintaining the integrity of the HR profession.

What are you looking forward to most this year for SHRM Jacksonville: I am mostly looking forward to making an impact through the Day on The Hill in Tallahassee, FL as well as in Washington, D.C. This effort will help educate our representatives on how pending legislation affects the HR communities in Florida.

Marketing Chair

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Kerry Schicker

First time serving or repeat position: First time

What does your position entail: Marketing the chapter to our community and to our members

Why did you want to get involved with the SHRM board: To better connect HR professionals in our community with one another to network, learn and share knowledge.

What do you think is the biggest value for members: Networking

What are you looking forward to most this year for SHRM Jacksonville: Getting to know the members and making new friends

Certification Director

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Gloria Davis, EdD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

First time serving or repeat position: Repeat, have served various times in multiple roles.

What does your position entail: Educating members of the benefits of certification, keeping members informed of opportunities to prepare for testing, keeping members informed of changes to the certification process.

Why did you want to get involved with the SHRM board: Service to the HR community, remain knowledgeable of my profession.

What do you think is the biggest value for members: Networking opportunities, remaining relevant in your community and keeping up with changes in the profession.

What are you looking forward to most this year for SHRM Jacksonville: Assisting members in the certification process through study groups.


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Chase Foy

First time serving or repeat position: First time

What does your position entail: My job entails setting all the meeting locations and menu. I also set the sponsor presentation slides for meetings. Suggestions and ideas from members are appreciated!

Why did you want to get involved with the SHRM board: To better understand what HR professionals are concerned with so that I can continue to serve my clients in the best capacity.

What do you think is the biggest value for members: The ability to be with like-minded people and further their education while gaining unique perspectives on topics, questions, and ideas with other HR professionals.

What are you looking forward to most this year for SHRM Jacksonville: I am looking forward to continuing to build relationships with like-minded and fellow community leaders while working to bring strong content and speakers that our members find of value.

VP Programs

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Natasha Slaughter, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

First time serving or repeat position: First time in this role, 7th year as a volunteer and 5th year on the board

What does your position entail:

· Selection of topics and speakers for monthly program in order to provide in-depth and timely professional development opportunities for members.

· Contact potential speakers and make arrangements for selected meetings.

· Review program evaluations for feedback to be used in planning future events.

· Participation on the Annual Conference Committee

Why did you want to get involved with the SHRM board: I had recently relocated back to Jacksonville, from Atlanta, and wanted to network with the HR community. I also wanted to develop my leadership abilities outside of my current employment and have an opportunity to be a part of a non-profit organization that supported my goals.

What do you think is the biggest value for members: Professional development, networking opportunities and volunteer opportunities

What are you looking forward to most this year for SHRM Jacksonville: Growing our membership, providing valuable educational opportunities to our membership and networking with HR Professionals locally, state-wide and nationally

Chair, Business Partners

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Angie Tekin, PHR, SHRM-CP

First time serving or repeat position: repeat offender (Business Partners, Membership)

What does your position entail: Prospecting, qualifying and securing appropriate business partners/vendors who provide benefits or services to the HR community. We offer opportunities for these partners to brand themselves to our membership, present leading edge technology, discount and preferred pricing as well as defray some of the financial outlay for monthly meetings and conferences

Why did you want to get involved with the SHRM board: After being a member for several years, I saw an opportunity to lend my sales ability and drive to the benefit of the Chapter.

What do you think is the biggest value for members: The opportunity to network with peers for professional as well as personal connections; education and certification.

What are you looking forward to most this year for SHRM Jacksonville: The 7th Annual Conference as well as an increase in long term business partner relationships.

Stay tuned for the next edition of our newsletter for remaining board member profiles!

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What you missed at our last meeting and what’s next

We had a great turnout for our first meeting of the year titled, “This Would Be Funny if it Wasn’t Happening to Me! How to Embrace Change with Enthusiasm and Vigor.” If you were there you had a few laughs thanks to former stand-up comedian and motivational speaker Jody Urquhart who connected the audience through comedy and real-life stories.

A few other things she hit on during her motivational speech included the fact that change is not going to slow down. So, in her words, “get over it!” She also talked about technology being a game-changer. She said 25 years ago the average attention span was 20 minutes. Today, it’s nine seconds or less. Toward the end of her talk, she separated the room into four personalities: directors, socializers, steady relaters and cautious thinkers. What corner did you stand in? And do you now know how to deal better with the “others?” She said one in three people are experiencing burnout so remember that when you are trying to motivate people in the workplace. And don’t forget to have some fun! She said people who have fun at work are 40% more productive.

If you missed it, you can check out Jody at her website

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Not photographed: spelling our names out with our hips!


Thursday, Feb. 4th, 11:30am

7529 San Jose Boulevard

Jacksonville, FL

Are you a leader or a manager? How do you know the difference? Do you know the skills required to lead? Mark your calendars for Feb. 4 at 11:30 a.m. at San Jose Country Club to learn the differences between a manager and a leader, as well as the "RIGHTS" you have to give up in order to be a leader!

We are pleased to have Julie M. Kowalski of the Spizzerinctum Group joining us to present “Good Leaders Are Made Not Born.” Julie Kowalski is a seasoned thought leader, consultant, executive coach and facilitator. She’s also an energetic, and spirited professional trainer. Through her own working history, Julie has gained valuable insight and acumen into the science of what it takes to start and run successful businesses as well as the art of earning and retaining customer and employee loyalty. Julie maintains working relationships with a wide variety of business owners and executives from small family-owned businesses to Fortune 100 companies.

Register here. This program has been submitted for one (1) SHRM Professional Development Credit (PDC) towards SHRM-SCP and SHRM-CP re-certification. This program has been approved for one (1) HR Certification Institute HR Credit towards PHR, SPHR and GPHR re-certification.

Upcoming Chapter Meetings

  • March 3, 2016
  • April 7, 2016
  • April 28-29, 2016 – SHRM Jacksonville Annual Conference - UNF
  • June 2, 2016
  • June 19-22, 2016 – SHRM Annual Conference – Washington, D.C.
  • July 14, 2016
  • August 4, 2016
  • August 29-31, 2016 – HR Florida Annual Conference & Expo – Orlando, FL
  • September 8, 2016
  • October 6, 2016
  • November 3, 2016
  • December 1, 2016

A Message from your Chair, Business Partners

Welcome 2016! I’m excited to be starting the New Year as your Chair, Business Partners for a second time. We are looking forward to an exciting year with lots of opportunity for both members, current business partners and those potential business partners who don’t even know they are potentials yet.

I do need the assistance from our chapter members and here’s what I would like to have – contact information – that’s it. I know you all work with preferred vendors in your business for staffing, promotional items, background checks, drug testing, EAP’s, software, training and development, benefits, temporary housing, local attractions, banking, etc. These are all ‘potential’ Business Partners for our chapter and I’d like to give them an opportunity to market and brand themselves and their services. Why, you ask? Here are the advantages to SHRM Jacksonville Business Partner Program:

For the member:

  • Introduce new, leading edge and advantageous services and programs specifically for the HR community
  • Offer preferred group pricing and potential “revenue sharing” via affinity programs to return revenue to the Chapter
  • Develop yet another level of professionals who can help you achieve better results in your role as a Business Partner internally
  • Create an income stream on a regular basis which underwrites the costs of the monthly meetings (meals, space and speakers) as well as for our Annual Conference which also funds our Chapter throughout the year.

For the business partner:

  • Opportunity to brand yourself/product or service to nearly 700 HR Professionals in the First Coast Area
  • Powerful ROI with advertising/marketing dollars targeted to a desired group of decision makers
  • Great value for the financial investment … face time, advertising in our newsletter as well as our website, all for an incredibly low investment
  • The chance to peek inside the real ‘HR world” and learn about our role, our companies and our organization
  • Membership potential for those partners who can contribute on a regular basis by attending and understanding our role

Like I said, I do need your help. If you could provide me with a company name, product or service and a contact name, I’LL TAKE IT FROM THERE. You can remain anonymous of course, but I will be calling on behalf of SHRM to solicit their support. From a business perspective, your vendors (who provide you with a service or else they wouldn’t be quality) should welcome the opportunity to connect with our organization and I’ll make it happen for them. They will be treated with the respect and regard as a valued partner and that should shine nicely on you, the referring party. Any suggestion or information will be helpful, and I’m starting now to recruit for the 2016 monthly meetings as well as the upcoming HR Conference and Expo. Please help. You may contact me directly: or call 904-281-0220. Thanks so much!

- Angie Tekin, SHRM-CP, Chair, Business Partners

Join us for a Day on the Hill - Feb. 17 & 18

Please consider joining SHRM Jacksonville at this exciting and informative event on Feb. 17 beginning at 1:00 p.m. with a series of informative presentations. Following the presentations, there will be an attendee reception from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Hotel Duval. The event will continue all day on Thursday, Feb. 18 with breakfast at the Hotel Duval, followed by our visit to the Capitol. There, we will meet with legislators and/or their staff where we'll advocate on public policy issues of importance to the HR profession. During the presentations on Feb. 17, SHRM and HR Florida will prepare attendees for their meetings on the Hill and will provide assistance in setting up those meetings. After the visit to the Capitol, attendees will then reconvene for a debriefing at Hotel Duval to discuss the legislators' reaction to information provided by HR Florida, and how we may further advance our objectives.

Why should you attend?

We need your help introducing our legislators to HR Florida & SHRM Jacksonville by educating how we can be a valuable resource on legislation affecting the workplace and shaping legislation of concern to our profession.


There are no registration costs or fees for the Day on the Hill, including the reception and breakfast. Certification credit is expected for the event. Attendees will need to provide their own transportation and hotel fees. However, if enough participants join us, there may be an opportunity for car-pooling and room sharing, if interested.


Please contact Alice Velez, Legislative Affairs Director at for more information or visit the HR Florida website HERE to register and book your hotel.


Welcome to our newest members. We are sure glad you’re here!

  • Linda Strobel
  • Dana Sparks
  • Roberta Rayford
  • Heide Tabscott
  • Michael Sullivan
  • Alice Viego

Poll of the month

What is your favorite online source for HR research and other information? Tell us on our Twitter page for a chance to attend an upcoming chapter meeting for free.

Follow us today and help us get to 500 followers this year.

SHRM certification

If you are considering sitting for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP, the testing window dates and fees are listed below. Please visit the SHRM national website at: for details and resources regarding the application process, eligibility criteria, testing locations and more.

SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP TESTING WINDOW: 2016 Spring Window: May 1 - July 15, 2016

The testing windows are the dates during which the exams are administered. The regular application deadline dates are the dates during which candidates can register for the exam. For candidates who apply during the late application period a nonrefundable late fee will be incurred.

Please note: The exam application deadlines close on Mar. 25, Apr. 15, Oct. 21 and Nov. 11 at 11:59 PM, ET. Please visit the site for more details.

There is a prep course being offered at UNF from Jan. 26 through May 17 for the May 1 - July 15th exam window. The prep course is $975 and the exam is $300.

If you recently received your certification – we want to share the good news with our chapter. Please email and let us know what you received and when.

- Dr. Gloria Davis, SHRM-SCP

Introducing the SHRM Jacksonville HR Young Professionals (YP) Advisory Board!

The SHRM Jacksonville HR Young Professionals Advisory Board will consist of a diverse group of current SHRM Jacksonville volunteers to act as an advisory board to serve the interest of and represent the YP members of SHRM Jacksonville through directives that support the segment. They will provide feedback and suggestions on ways SHRM Jacksonville can recruit and engage our young professional membership. If you are interested in participating on the council, please email and place “YP Advisory Council” in the subject line. Deadline is Jan 31.

Upcoming Event(s):

  • 1/19/2016: "Professional Speaker Series," UNF SHRM Student Chapter
  • 1/25/2016: "Maximizing your LinkedIn Potential - Basics," Webster University SHRM Student Chapter
  • 2/12/2016: "Employer Site Tour for HR Students - Stein Mart," SHRM Jacksonville College Relations
  • 2/25/2016: "HR Panel Discussion," UNF SHRM Student Chapter

SHRM Foundation Scholarships

The SHRM Foundation is currently accepting applications for scholarships to attend the 2016 SHRM Talent Management Conference & Exposition. The conference will be held in Orlando beginning on April 18 and ending on April 20, 2016.

  • Certification Scholarships
  • Academic Scholarships
  • Conference Scholarships
  • FAQs
  • 2016 Scholarship Flyer-to print out and share
  • Scholarship Applications (members-only)

Scholarship recipients will receive:

  • Complimentary full-conference registration*
  • Up to three-night hotel stay in Orlando**
  • $500 travel stipend

Click here to see more.

*Pre-conference sessions, seminars and guest registration not included.

**Housing will be provided at a conference hotel of SHRM’s choice.

The deadline to apply is Jan. 19. For more information about the scholarship and to apply online please go to the Talent Management Scholarship page.

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UNF SHRM Student Chapter News

In November, the University of North Florida SHRM Student Chapter held a Professional Speaker Series event facilitated by Mark Addington of Addington Law entitled, “The Legal Implications of Social Media in the Workplace.” To find out more on this event, click here.

(L to R) Carol Spector, Mark Addington, Michael Burkhardt, Jesse Llano, Jeremy Marshall and Jessica Wilson.

Volunteers needed: HR Panel Members

Thursday, Feb. 25th, 6pm

This is an online event.

On Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. the UNF SHRM Student Chapter will host an HR Panel Discussion. If you are interested in being a panel member, please reach out Julie Fagan, the College Relations Director at Please place “HR Panel” in the subject line.


Monday, Jan. 25th, 5:30pm

10407 Centurion Parkway North

Jacksonville, FL

Webster University Jacksonville Metropolitan Campus SHRM Student Chapter presents, “Maximizing your LinkedIn Potential – Basics.

If you think LinkedIn is a new kind of yard fence then this seminar is a must for you! LinkedIn is the world's largest professional networking site and a must for any person who is in the job search mode, looking for the next great opportunity or wanting to stay up to date with the latest and greatest trends in their career field. We will discuss optimizing the different parts of your online profile, the importance of connecting and growing your network, participating in the right groups and following the company's you are targeting.

This is a FREE event. Space is limited. Register today.

Please view the “Community Calendar” at for upcoming events.

Employer Site Tour

Friday, Feb. 12th, 12pm

1200 Riverplace Boulevard

Jacksonville, FL

Click here to register for this event. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 10. Employer Site Tours are student member events. Registrants must be SHRM National Student Members and/or a member/representative of a local SHRM Student Chapter.