July 2020 Newsletter Print

A Message from Our President

Summer is officially here.  Or is it? 

I polled a few people: “When you think of summer, what word comes to mind”?

Vacation, happiness, care-free, less stress, less problems, fun, sun, beach, outdoors, outdoor activity, ice cream, BBQ, boardwalk, popsicles…

It is suffice to say that 2020 has already positioned itself as a very memorable year, but not necessarily favorable.  For some, these traditional summertime associations are not happening this year. 

During an unprecedented time of crisis - a public health pandemic; unemployment and economic challenges; and civil and societal unrest based on recent incidents of injustice - people must make day to day decisions amidst uncertainty that affect themselves, their families, and life as we typically know it.

More and more employers are considering extending work-from-home (WFH) options for employees through the fall, the end of the year or longer, as coronavirus cases continue to surge in parts of the country.  For many, this causes frustration and disappointment, as the desire to get back to normal, connect with others and stabilize, and move business forward is very significant.

I’ve heard the saying “Today is a gift.  That’s why it is called the present”.  So, grab the summer since it is the present.  We have no control over yesterday or last season.  No guarantee of what’s to come.  Grab the fall when it comes and the next season and the next.  However, in this moment stay focused on the present.  Summer of 2020 looks and feels different than the past.   While balancing your responsibilities in your personal and professional lives, seize this moment.  Different does not necessarily mean miserable or unfavorable.  Create new summertime foodie or cocktail and mocktail recipes to share, enjoy an outdoor activity or have small group picnics and gatherings (with appropriate social distancing of course), take a webinar or virtual online classes, perhaps on your deck, porch or the comfort of inside your home, and enjoy simple pleasures. 

If we have learned nothing else during this pandemic, it is that challenges and crisis will always happen around us.  Positivity, resolve, focus, adjustment and determination are actions that can help us through uncertain times.  Be creative and intentional, making it a good summer on purpose.

Happy Summer 2020!

Elicia Wood, President

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Upcoming Events

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

The Howard County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Women's Leadership Conference on July 21st!

Please see below for details.

You can register at www.howardchamberwlc.com

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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Professional Development

Did you know the SHRM Foundation offers two FREE certificate programs on hiring individuals with disabilities and hiring veterans?  

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

The Diversity in You (DIY) Committee would like to highlight the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 (42 U.S.C. § 12101) as the HoCo HRS' educational content for our July 2020 newsletter. The ADA was passed on July 26, 1990 as a civil rights law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability. As we continue to shape our policies, practices and establish the reintegration process of personnel due to the challenges and uncertainties of COVID-19, we must also examine the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act (as appropriate) and other related federal anti-discrimination laws regarding organizational alignment, impacts, and or interference with CDC guidelines and health considerations. The state of Maryland has a population of 660,143 (ACS, 2017) individuals identified as having one or more disabilities. Understanding the complexities of all of our audiences within our state to include those underserved, underrepresented, socially disadvantaged, our clients, customers and workforce, creates an opportunity to streamline processes and design support mechanisms. HR Professionals are champions of equality; and like many of our diverse programs within our organizations, disAbility must remain at the forefront with effective accommodation assurances, united visions, identification and elimination of barriers to achieve inclusion.  

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Career Corner

Check out these job opportunities!

Maryland SHRM State Council Job Resources

HR Manager

Positions at Impact Automation, Inc

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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Welcome New Members!

We are excited to share that our very own Jay Polaki was featured alongside her colleagues on the Forbes Human Resources Council in an Forbes' article sharing tips for employers looking to hire fresh talent.

Check out the article at https://www-forbes-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.forbes.com/sites/forbeshumanresourcescouncil/2020/06/11/13-tips-for-employers-looking-to-hire-fresh-talent/amp/

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There is no better time to give back to your community!

Two of our Board members, Dawn Rhodes & Lee Eybel, lent a helping hand at the Howard County Community Garden, where the Howard County Food Bank has some plots.  They helped harvest lettuce, cabbage, greens, and cleared beds to ready them for tomato plants.

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Stay Connected With Us!

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


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