May 2020 Newsletter Print

A Message from Our President

Dear Chapter Members and Friends:

I hope you are doing well. We miss seeing our chapter members and guests in person and are thinking of you.  The last two months has been busy for HoCoHRS as we moved quickly to disseminate pertinent information to our members and host virtual meetings starting in March. 

Our March and April topics, COVID-19: How to Manage and Lead during this Global Pandemic; and From Overwhelmed to Empowered: Building Resilience In the Midst of COVID-19 were very well received.  As we prepare for this week’s annual Legislative Update featuring employment law attorney, Cheryl Brown, we are very excited for now and the future to reposition ourselves virtually and continue to bring you All Things HR.

This global pandemic was unimaginable and has posed significant challenges to everyone. Many of the businesses you support as HR professionals have had to make devasting decisions in order to survive.  Many others have stepped up in the most admirable ways to help those in need. 

As we bear witness to this unprecedented time and begin to recover as a community, HoCoHRS sees it as an opportunity to take action and continue to follow through on our chapter’s mission: Advance the Profession, Serve the Professional.  This is also an opportunity to shift, refocus and provide you with the education, thought leadership, community, advocacy and support you want and need from your local, leading HR professional society. 

Join us for our virtual monthly programs and events.  We are continuing to provide time for networking, as well as SHRM and HRCI Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for our monthly educational programs.  Review our newly revamped website for resources including HR trends and news, COVID-19 updates, scholarship and professional development information, job opportunities and more.  Check out our program schedule for the remaining of 2020 - we have great speakers lined up who are excited to interact with our chapter! Continue to stay connected by following us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

We look forward to seeing you virtually, and serving you during this time.

Stay healthy,

Elicia Wood, Chapter President

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Upcoming Events

2020 Legislative Update

Join us this Thursday, May 21st, for our annual legislative update presented by Cheryl Brown. Cheryl is an Attorney with Davis, Agnor, Rapaport, and Skalny and will be sharing the latest developments from the Maryland legislative session and provide insight on other local jurisdictional laws. This interactive session will include networking and time for Q&A!

Click here for details and to register

Thank you to HR Strategy Group for sponsoring this month's webinar!

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 has been approved for recertification credits:

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News You Can Use

2020 Tina L. Pavlish Memorial Scholarship

It has been two years since we lost our beloved chapter leader Tina Pavlish, yet her spirit carries on.  We are honored to offer a $2,500 undergraduate scholarship in her name.  If you are, or know of a dynamic Maryland resident majoring in Human Resources, Business, Psychology, Organizational Development or related major at an accredited university in the state of Maryland, please click here for application details.

Applications will be accepted May 15th – August 14th.

For questions, please email [email protected].

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 has changed the way that we will be doing business and interacting with our community. Click here to check out various national, state, and local resources to help you navigate these uncertain times.

Our chapter is here to help you!

Connecting professionals, sharing job opportunities, providing relevant HR news and resources, and hosting educational programs - these are the areas where our chapter is currently serving members and the community. We would like to hear from you regarding your current needs and interests, and how we can better serve and support you as we navigate the "new normal". If you haven’t already, please complete our 2 minute survey today.

Howard County Releases Reopening Framework

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced the county's framework for reopening, titled HoCo RISE: Reopening Innovatively, Safely, and Effectively.

Based on HoCo RISE, Ball also released guidance to Howard County residents, businesses, and organizations on what will remain closed and what was allowed to reopen as of Friday, May 15th at 5 p.m. 

To view the complete HoCo RISE framework, please click here

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Career Corner

Check out these job opportunities!

Maryland SHRM State Council Job Resources

Impact Automation, Inc - Engineering positions

Dept. of Homeland Security - Lead Human Resources Specialist (Employee Benefits)

CISA - HR Internships

If you have any opportunities that you would like to have us include here, please email [email protected].

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Professional Development

Looking for virtual development opportunities?

HRCI is offering six new courses through their Learning Catalog via Fast Company:

Communicating with Flair

Personal Growth

Design Thinking

Creativity and Innovation Toolkit


Personal Branding

Courses are self-paced and accessible from anywhere. Each course is priced at $79 and accessible for 90-days. Courses can be purchased via the HRCI Learning Catalog. Each purchase includes a complimentary one-year subscription to Fast Company magazine.

For a limited time, take advantage of an additional 15% off the entire HRCI Learning Catalog. Apply discount code HRCI15 during checkout. Act now, this offer expires on May 31, 2020.

Congratulations to Nancy Abrams: 2019 Tina L. Pavlish Scholarship winner!

Nancy’s passion for education and education is a beautiful way to honor Tina’s memory.  Below is an excerpt from Nancy’s 2019 application.

“I became interested in the HR field after working in management positions and I found myself enjoying the time spent training my employees. I wanted to continue in the business world, but my goal was to help businesses realize the full potential of their greatest assets- their employees. As an HR professional, I know the importance of studying in the field to keep up with the changes that are happening all the time. My goal is to eventually head a Training and Development department for a large organization [and] it is only obtainable if I further my education.”

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Diversity and Inclusion

How Diversity Heads Are Steering Their Companies Through The COVID-19 Crisis

Ruth Umoh, Forbes Staff

The coronavirus pandemic has roiled the nation, leaving businesses with little choice but to adapt and adjust. As company leaders have pivoted to address the needs of their most important business asset—talent—one thing has become abundantly clear: those with strong diversity and inclusion initiatives already in place have had an easier time steering their companies through the pandemic’s choppy waters. 

But even for companies with a solid diversity and inclusion foundation, the novel virus has forced diversity heads to think creatively about how best to support their talent, while still making strides on representation and belonging in the midst of global hiring freezes and layoffs. 

While prioritizing the safety and well-being of their employees has, understandably, been placed at the top of their to-do list, continuing efforts to maintain inclusive work environments hasn't exactly dropped off.

Read the full article by clicking here.

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Welcome New Members!

This month's Member Spotlight features our Immediate Past President, Kimberly Prescott, President of Prescott HR. She was featured in the May 2020 edition of Columbia Lifestyle Magazine.

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Stay Connected With Us!

If we can't connect in person...let's connect online!


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