February 2017 Newsletter Print

President's Report

Kimberly Prescott, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
President, HoCo HRS

We have survived our first month of 2017, and I can’t believe it’s already February.  As I write this on a very cold but sunny day, I wonder how many of us have kept our new year’s resolutions?  There is something about a new year that helps us be more creative and get organized—we want to tidy up our offices, set our schedules to include more time to read, and to make time to get up and move throughout the day.  But, as time goes, our energy and excitement can start to fade.  So, I wonder how we can keep the fresh perspective alive and well for the entire year?

I believe HR professionals have many opportunities to keep ourselves and our organizations engaged and energetic by taking steps to consider the fresh perspectives that might be right in front of us. How many times do we take new employees through our typical onboarding process without much thought?  Have we asked how our recruitment, onboarding and initial training efforts work from the new-hire perspective?  Do we seek feedback and input from employees that are being promoted or moving to other companies?  There is a wealth of information available to us if we ask and listen. This isn’t to discredit established knowledge and practices within our organization, but to consider things from a new angle to start a trajectory toward a new initiative—such as a new training program.

And, speaking of training programs, HoCo HRS is poised to help you keep your perspective fresh.  In February, we are offering new ways to view and incorporate Veterans in your recruitment strategy.  I know you’ll find the content, speaker and attendees a source of inspiring ideas to keep trying new strategies.

I encourage you to tap into HoCo HRS and make new connections, attend monthly events, and get to know our sponsors and strategic partners.  By doing so, you will be able to maintain the excitement and energy of the new year well through December, when it’s time to start thinking about our goals for 2018!

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Calendar of Events


February 16, 2017
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Ecker Business Training Center
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia, MD 21045

Please join Anthony Cassino is President & CEO of Procinctu Group, Inc. as he gives employers a candid perspective on the challenges that veterans face when they hang up the uniform and don business casual.

Anthony Cassino has served as an active duty officer in the U.S. Navy, a former Prosecutor, the General Counsel & HR Director for a multi-million dollar security and defense contractor, and is presently the President & CEO of a professional security firm that exclusively employs military veterans. He has completed two deployments overseas and is a disabled combat vet. Anthony’s twenty years of experience in both the military and corporate arenas has given him a revealing and distinctive insight into the perpetual difficulties that veterans often encounter when transitioning from military service into the “civilian world.” 

About Anthony Cassino, President & CEO of Procinctu Group, Inc.

Anthony is a 1997 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and was a four-year member of the Navy pistol team, competing against other Branches of Service and the top shooting teams in the nation.

Anthony completed seven years of active duty service as a Surface Warfare Officer. His combat experience includes serving as the Lieutenant in charge of an 8-man non-compliant boarding assault team in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the Arabian Sea. Awards include recognition for leading the team that conducted the first Leadership Interdiction Operation of the Global War on Terror.

Anthony received his Juris Doctor cum laude in 2007 from Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, Rhode Island, where he was elected by his peers to serve as Chairman of the Ethics & Conduct Board. He is admitted to the Rhode Island and Massachusetts state bars. 

Anthony is an ASIS International-certified Physical Security Professional™ (PSP) and a Department of Defense-certified Master Training Specialist. He is a fanatical golfer, an avid distance runner, and a die-hard Yankees fan.

 Thank you to HR Strategy Group for sponsoring our February Meeting

HR Strategy Group provides fast, effective, and balanced solutions to solve tough human resources problems.  HR Strategy Group provides expert services and solutions to companies and organizations of all sizes. Our 4 practice areas include:  Executive Search, HR Advisory Services, HR Crisis Management, and HR Services for Federal Contractors.

This program is valid for 1.0 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please shrmcertification.org. Howard County Human Resources Society (HoCoHRS) is recognized by SHRM to offer professional development credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. 
This meeting has been approved by HRCI for 1.5 general credits.  The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.

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Updated Member Resources and Social Media

Member Resources

Please visit our new Member Resources page on the HoCo HRS website.  It contains information about job fairs, webinars and conferences, opportunities to obtain recertification credits and more. Please visit this page regularly and take advantage of this valuable resource.

Social Media

Announcing our debut on Facebook! Like our Howard County Human Resources Society-HocoHRS Facebook page!  We will be using this Facebook page as a way to interact with other HoCoHRS members, learn about our upcoming events, partnership activities, networking opportunities and more. We invite and encourage you to post to the page your pictures/videos from our events. Like our page here: https://www.facebook.com/HoCoHRS

Don’t forget to connect with us on our other Social Media Platforms! There will be more information posted and ways to connect with us soon!

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Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for a few good men and women for volunteer opportunities within HoCo HRS and in the community.

Board positions available:  

  • Communications Chair
  • Diversity Chair
  • Sponsorship Chair


Don't have time to commit to a board position?  We understand, but there are still ways you can get involved with the chapter. You can be on a committee.  Committee members work with the Board Chairs on smaller projects that don't require as much time commitment.  Interested in learning more, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@hoco-hrs.org.

Community Volunteer Opportunities

HoCo HRS has a partnership with the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS). For the last several years, we have participated in the Passport to the Future event.

Passport to the Future is a Howard County Public Schools workforce preparation program for students who are enrolled in Career Research and Development. Currently, approximately 150 students participate each year in the program.

On March 17th, more than 150 local high school students will need your help. On that day, students will be participating in practice job interviews. In addition to the Chamber volunteers, the HCPSS seeks local professionals to interview Passport students.

Date: Friday, March 17, 2017, 8:00am – 12:00pm
LocationHoward Community College, Rouse Foundation Building, #400, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044
Register online


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SHRM Foundation Update

Are you planning to attend a conference or sit for a certification exam this year? If so, take a moment to check out the SHRM Foundation's scholarships! The Foundation will award almost $500,000 in support to professionals seeking development opportunities. Click this link to learn more about these scholarships: https://www.shrm.org/foundation/about/Pages/all-deadlines.aspx

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Maryland SHRM State Conference


Navigating The Sea of HR Change: Surviving the Storm

October 15th-17th, 2017 
Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel in Ocean City, Maryland

More details to come, visit http://md.shrm.org/maryland-state-conference for updates.

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News from Maryland State Council

Upcoming Events

February, 9, 2017 – No Cost -  NITSIG Meeting focusing on Workplace Violence & Response to Active Shooter Events at Johns Hopkins University.   

The meeting will be held at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, located in Howard County, Maryland. There is NO COST to attend.

The mission of the NITSIG is to educate its members and others on identifying and mitigating risks from disgruntled employees, malicious employees or any employee that may put a company's assets at risk, to include the workforce. More information of the NITSIG and its membership base can be found in the attached documents.

The definition of an "Insider Threat" covers the following that should be of concern to any government agency or business:

  • Disgruntled Employees (Current Or Former Employee, Contractor, Or Other Business Partner)
  • Espionage (National Security, Economic, Industrial, Corporate)
  • Cyber Criminal-Insider Threat Collusion
  • Divided Loyalty Or Allegiance To U.S. / Terrorism
  • Financial Threat, Fraud, Bribery, Corruption, Physical Theft
  • Data Theft (IP, Trade Secrets, R&D, PII), Data Destruction, Source Code Theft, Network-Information Technology Sabotage, IT Privilege Account Abuse
  • Insiders Who Are: Unwitting, Ignorant, Negligent
  • Cyber Insider Threat (Malware Infections, Cyber Criminal Social Engineering / E-Mai Phishing)
  • Workplace Violence (To Include Active Shooter)


Are You Hiring?  Use MD SHRM’s job posting board to reach qualified candidates in and around Maryland!  Click here for more information and competitive rates.

Earn, Learn and Save! The Maryland State Council, Inc. continues to partner with SHRM‘s e-Learning program. In fact, we are the test case for this project. While earning recertification credits, obtaining at least 1 recertification hour for each course successfully completed, members enhance their skills through these expertly designed programs. ALL 60 recertification credits can be earned through this program. The courses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so it is very convenient for even the busiest person. Members are encouraged to register with code SHRMMDSC to take advantage of the SHRM e-Learning program. Fliers for this program are being distributed to the local chapter CLAs for their upcoming programs. 

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