June 2020 Newsletter Print

A Message from Our President

Dear Chapter Members and Friends:

The Power of Voice

“I can’t breathe”. The last words of George Floyd has ignited deep emotion around the world.  It’s difficult to find the words to express the sadness, pain and frustration we are all feeling now as individuals, a community, a country and quite frankly that feeling of “here we go again”, “when does it stop”, “will it ever stop”.

Now, however, is not the time to be weary, complacent or indifferent. With our voices, we can affect change. As a professional society, we know we have a responsibility to use our platform for good.

Within HR and the Howard County Human Resources Society, diversity and inclusion are core values.  We know Black lives matter.  All lives matter.  We stand with those who are making their voices heard in peaceful protest.  We stand for equality and social justice.  We do not stand for police brutality, social injustice and hatred – these acts should have no place in our country, our world or the communities in which we live and work in, and no place in our hearts. 

In our daily habits as HR professionals, we are listeners, learners and problem solvers.  Now, more than ever, is a time to use those traits and skills as we do our part to help our communities and our country to create dialogue and change the narrative.

The recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor have left many hurting, outraged and searching for answers.  The energy created by these incidents can create renewed opportunity to move us forward, or revert us back to a severely divisive culture rooted in hatred and based on ignorance. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, we have been #AloneTogether.  Perhaps now we can #StandTogether - supporting our families, communities, coworkers, and neighbors across all races, ethnicities, genders, socio economic status, and backgrounds. I think we can.  With the power of voice, the power of one.  Every person is accountable, can respect one another and create a better world.  No matter how different people are, they still desire the same basic needs and wants: respect, belonging, and taking care of their families.  That alone is uniting.

HoCoHRS stands in solidarity with our members and communities. Check in with colleagues to listen and show support. Start an open dialogue with teammates. Be empathetic and consider that others’ experiences may be very different from your own. We must condemn discrimination in all its forms.

Committed and united, I stand with our HoCoHRS volunteer leaders to support each other and our members. We will continue to deliver the support and resources you need, and set an example for positive change.  Taking action for change doesn’t mean we all do the same activities.  The activities may be different, yet still moving constructively and purposefully towards the same common goal that binds us as human beings.

As HR professionals, stewards and leaders of our workplaces and its culture, we have a voice and can affect change. With commitment, we can continue our mission to make sure people of all races feel valued, respected and represented.

I am honored to be a part of a profession that fundamentally understands the value of all people, stands for what is right and continues the journey to get better together.


Elicia, Chapter President

Statement from Oprah Winfrey on social media during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Relevant and poignant as this crisis continues…

“I know that these are challenging times for everyone,” Oprah said. “What does this moment mean? In my life, I always ask, ‘When crisis shows up, no matter how large or small, what is this here to teach me?’ I think this is going to be a moment for all of us to rise in our humanity. The question is, how do we come out on the other side of this, stronger, better, for ourselves and for each other?”

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Upcoming Events

Howard County HR Society presents... All Things Maryland in the Summertime Virtual Happy Hour!

If you've been waiting for your chance to show off your Maryland pride, then you don't want to miss this event! Join us via Zoom on June 18th from 5-6pm and show your love for our great state through one of these ideas - or come up with your own!

  • Showcase your favorite Maryland Cuisine: Blue crabs, Crab cakes, Smith Island Cake, or other Maryland traditional cuisine
  • Wear a hat or clothing item of your favorite Maryland sport's team (local teams, state-wide teams for all sports)
  • Showcase your favorite Maryland adult beverage drinks, apparel and accessories:  Favorite Maryland Winery, Favorite Maryland Distillery, Favorite Maryland Brewery
  • Favorite apparel that represents your Maryland Town or City
  • Showcase your favorite virtual Zoom background


Our time together will include prize drawings, breakout rooms and more. 

Register today!

Thank you to Sunburst Support for sponsoring this month's happy hour!

Sunburst Support helps employers build a high performing team with Sales Consulting and Recruiting services. We specialize in filling all levels of positions in sales, human resources and operations.

EEOC Trends for 2020

Join us Thursday, July 16th, for our annual update presented by Mary Tiernan. Ms. Tiernan has been employed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission since 1991. Since September 2007, she has served as the Program Analyst for the EEOC's Philadelphia District Office and manages the Philadelphia District Office's outreach and public affairs program. This interactive session will include networking and time for Q&A!

Click here for details and to register

Thank you to Davis, Agnor, Rapaport & Skalny for sponsoring our July webinar!

As a leading law firm in the Baltimore-Washington region, Davis, Agnor, Rapaport & Skalny, LLC provides legal services and solutions designed for both businesses and organizations, as well as individuals and families.  We are a unique law firm; we provide a best of both worlds solution — big law firm expertise combined with smaller firm attention and caring. It’s a personalized approach to law that we believe works better.  Approachable and easy to work with, businesses and individuals rely on us with the things that matter most.  For more information, visit www.darslaw.com.

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News You Can Use

MD Dept. of Labor, Division of Labor & Industry, presents Webinar Wednesday

The Maryland Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Labor are offering a FREE webinar that is exclusive to members of a Maryland SHRM affiliated chapter. Their next session is on June 24th at 10am, and will cover recent changes in federal and state laws. The session is one hour long and includes an interactive Q and A. 

To register, click here!

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 are 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.

Howard County HR Society Awarded For Elevating Human Resources, Improving Workplaces

Columbia, MD; June 1, 2020 — SHRM (the Society for Human Resource Management) recently awarded Howard County HR Society its prestigious EXCEL Platinum Award for the Howard County HR Society’s accomplishments in 2019.   Howard County HR Society has been the proud recipient of this award for the past four years in a row. 

The EXCEL award is given to state councils and chapters to recognize major accomplishments, strategic activities, and tactical initiatives that elevate the profession of human resources.  

“So much of SHRM’s impact on the world of work can be traced back to the dedication and hard work of our chapters and state councils like Howard County HR Society. These leaders took the initiative and drove changes to make workplaces where employers and employees can thrive together,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, president and chief executive officer of SHRM. “The Platinum EXCEL Award is not only a celebration of the great work done by Howard County HR Society - it’s also a recognition of the grit it took to do it.”

The EXCEL Award can be earned at four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Each level has a prescribed set of requirements and accomplishments that must be met. Howard County HR Society will receive recognition in SHRM publications and at conferences, a logo to display on its website, and information to share with its members about the significance of this award.

From our Chapter President, Elicia Wood: “For almost 20 years, our chapter has continued its mission of advancing the HR profession and serving the HR professional. We strive to serve our members in various ways, whether it be in-person or virtually. Our growing membership base is attributed to our work and commitment of making our chapter a well-known and premier resource amongst our local HR and business professionals. We are proud to receive the Platinum EXCEL award from SHRM for 2019, and we look forward to achieving this accomplishment in 2020!”

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Workforce Readiness Update

Passport to the Future Virtual Interviews

HCPSS and HoCo HRS are proud to present a virtual mock interview event, which supports the Passport to the Future program! This program ensures that Howard County high school students are prepared for the workforce. If you are interested in participating as an interviewer on June 11th or 12th between 8:30 am-1:00 pm, please sign up using the link below.


Detailed information regarding directions and questions will be shared prior to interview. 

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Professional Development

Earn the Employing Abilities @ Work Certificate from the SHRM Foundation

This FREE, multi-faceted educational program will increase your knowledge and skills to hire, develop, advance and retain individuals with disabilities. This Certificate is an introduction to the benefits and implementation of disability inclusion in the workplace.

Learn more and register: https://lnkd.in/e6e29Ji

SHRM Certification Study Group: Call for Interest

Is 2020 your year to obtain that SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®) or SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) certification you have been thinking about? SHRM’s credentials offer growth, advancement and recognition. 

We are pleased to announce that HoCoHRS is planning to offer a SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP study group starting in September using the 2020 SHRM Learning System. Our program combines the leadership of an experienced facilitator with learning modules based on the SHRM BoCK and interactive study tools that test your knowledge and decision making skills for comprehensive and effective SHRM certification preparation.

This eight week virtual study group is designed for HR professionals interested in preparing for the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP exam, achieving professional advancement and building confidence for addressing today’s HR challenges.

To express interest in participating, please contact Rachel Carey at [email protected]

Starting your own small business? - Get personalized advice from business mentors

Small business owners are coming together, sharing ideas, and supporting each other’s recovery.

SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer expert business mentors, is offering live mentoring sessions (for free!) to small businesses. Bring your questions, get personalized advice and join a group discussion in any of their peer networking rooms. Sessions are available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 5 p.m. ET.


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Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity 2020 Reboot

SHRM has partnered with PowerToFly to support their first-ever virtual diversity summit, Diversity Reboot 2020. It's FREE too!! Sign-up today and join 200+ speakers and over 10,000 women to gather and discuss the rebuilding of our workforce post-COVID 19.

To register, visit: https://lnkd.in/eNXPjsf

June is National LGBT Month

The EEOC pays tribute to this month by celebrating the life of Aaron Copland. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Copland was the ultimate American composer, writing several popular masterpieces that are still being played by orchestras all over the world until this day. Copland was a member of the LGBT community, but did not particularly share this side of his life due to the fear of being mistreated. The EEOC encourages us to to protect the rights of employees to be judged by their talents and accomplishments alone. 

To read more, click on the link below:


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Career Corner

Check out these job opportunities!

Maryland SHRM State Council Job Resources

Interstate Moving Company Hiring Event - June 11, 2020

Impact Automation, Inc - Engineering positions

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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Stay Connected With Us!

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


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