September 2020 Newsletter Print

A Message from Our President

“We are in this together”: 2020 has been an unprecedented year, and we have heard and used this statement frequently to unite our communities during a time where we have experienced the COVID-19 pandemic, social unrest and economic uncertainty. 

Thankfully, as individuals and collectively, we help, support and lift others up, especially when they are in need or feeling discouraged, weary, down or sad.  As we move into the autumn season, this is a great time to reflect and help others. Autumn represents change, balance, and preservation of life and basic necessities, as day and night are the same length during the autumnal equinox. 

Things we can do as the season changes:

  • Focus on health and fitness, mentally and physically. As summer morphs into autumn, we exercise self-protection by wearing layers and thicker fabrics. We should also focus or refocus on our health by boosting our immunity through good habits and nutrition.
  • Be the change you wish to see. Let your light shine. Others are inspired and motivated by you. Influence and focus on positive change for self and others.
  • Help others. When we support the needs of others, personally or professionally, it is very fulfilling and provides an opportunity for connection and humanity – no matter how big or small the gesture is. Helping others distracts us temporarily from our own day-to-day activity or troubles, while giving us a different perspective and allowing us to focus on others.
  • Volunteer with a non-profit organization. Share your skills and talent.  Our very own Howard County HR Society chapter always welcomes volunteers to engage our members, share ideas and create our various program offerings and community initiatives.  We work as a team to serve the needs of our members and community. 


For more information regarding volunteer opportunities feel free to visit our website under Get Involved:

Happy Autumn!

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Upcoming Events

Change Management In An Age Of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity And Ambiguity

Join us Thursday, September 17th as we welcome Joyel Crawford!


About Our Program:

How do you embrace change in your world and keep you and your team productive? In this age of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity (VUCA) how will you manage in times of change. Participants will learn why change is so challenging and ways to manage through the changes to increase productivity. 

This interactive session will include networking and time for Q&A!

Click here for details and to register

Thank you to Paylocity for sponsoring our September webinar!

In 1990, Paycor realized that leaders of medium & small businesses need a unique combination of HCM technology and expert HR advice to achieve their goals. Today, Paycor partners with more than 40,000 organizations nationwide, and that number keeps growing, because we’ve never lost sight of our original vision.


This Webinar Has Been Approved For Recertification Credits

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News You Can Use

HoCo HRS Sponsorship Opportunities are Available

Vendors - HR decision makers are looking for the products and services you provide, but they want to buy from people they know and trust. Increase your visibility and get connected to these HR decision makers by sponsoring one of our informative monthly meetings.

If now is not the right time to be a sponsor, is there a company whose services you use and love? Let us know about that vendor. We want to help your HR friends find the best of breed solutions and get them involved with our dynamic chapter by sponsoring events.

Please reach out to our Sponsorship Chair, Brian Barrett at 240-676-6162 or by email at [email protected] to learn more.

Register today to hear from 40+ speakers in 15+ sessions, virtually network with thousands of peers, and earn SHRM & HRCI credits.

Plus, it’s free! Register here!

As we approach Election Day, SHRM has created a new webpage designed to help keep members up to date on the latest election information and insights leading up to November 3rd.

SHRM’s new 2020 Election Resource Center includes tools and resources that will be updated regularly to help inform employers and employees alike about the candidate platforms, races, conventions, and debates of the 2020 election cycle including:

• Get Out the Vote resources to elevate the voter voice through the ballot box and information about how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting elections in your state and how you can vote safely.

• Overview of the presidential candidates and their platforms as it relates to workplace public policy.

• Insights into the 2020 congressional and state gubernatorial races.

Learn more by clicking HERE

CHRA Is hosting a virtual conference! Make sure to check it out!

It's time to register! CHRA is excited about this year's Fall Conference LIVE - an engaging virtual experience featuring keynote presentations from Johnny C. Taylor, CEO & President of SHRM and Anirban Basu, Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy group. Earn 6 HRCI/SHRM credits, including 2 Business credits!

Register: HERE

Welcome to the World's Largest Virtual HR Conference

Thursday, October 8th | 8am-3pm Pacific Time

Join Over 35,000 HR Professionals and Enjoy This Free Online Event

Join us for this webinar, as AHT partners with industry leader, designDATA, to provide you with core tenets of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework – Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond and Recover. In this non-technical webinar we will show you how to recover after a cybersecurity breach. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to hear from industry thought leaders. 

They will discuss:

  • Build Your Recovery Plan
  • Understand the Complexity of Cybersecurity Insurance
  • File a Cyber Insurance Claim
  • Practice for and Learn from a Cybersecurity Breach


Register Here

Attention Current and Prospective Election Judges!!!

If you are interested in working as an Election Judge for the 2020 Presidential General Election, please click on the following link. This is a PAID position with PAID training.

Leadership Essentials is a six month program designed for emerging leaders who have demonstrated leadership abilities and want to enhance their commitment to develop as a leader. This Program consists of three main components: leadership skill development sessions, individual coaching, and a community impact project. 

This year’s program begins in December and will run through early June 2021.

The energy generated this summer from the diverse candidates interested in LE 2021 is carrying over as we host the LE Happy Hour Information Session on September 10th. The October 12, 2020 application deadline is approaching, so don't miss this opportunity to learn more about LE!

RSVPs encouraged to Lori Fuchs at [email protected] 

Check out their website at for more information and to apply online: 

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Professional Development

Invest in Yourself with a SHRM Certification

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 mid to late September using the 2020 SHRM Learning System. In order to ensure we can offer this program, we have to have a commitment from 5 participants minimum in order to be able to launch this program. 

Our competitively-priced 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 twelve-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 in addressing today’s HR challenges.

Target Dates



Non-Member Price

Member Price

9/15/2020 - 12/1/2020

5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Live Zoom meetings

$820 (includes one year of membership with HoCo HRS)



For more information or to register, please click here. You can also contact our Professional Development Chair, Rachel Carey at [email protected] or visit the Professional Development page on our website.

For more information on SHRM's Certifications, visit

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

Learn more about Employing Abilities @ Work Certificate here:

Learn more about the Veterans at Work Certificate here:

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Diversity and Inclusion

Education Equity Amid COVID-19 and Virtual Learning

The subject of equity and diversity in education is no stranger to educators, policymakers, and parents; however, the COVID-19 world has unveiled itself in images that make all us think, what can be done. Many school districts all around the country are turning to 100% virtual learning amid the pandemic. While some school districts can provide laptops and other technical resources to its students, the WIFI technology needed to fully access virtual learning is absent in many homes where parents and other caretakers who cannot afford WIFI technology.  Parents and students are turning to public platforms that offer free access within proximity.

Equity education in the COVID world should make us all think of ways we can do better. This September, take a closer look at your corporate diversity and inclusion initiatives within your community and see where you can contribute to improving education equity.


For more information on educational equity during COVID 19, check out Distance Learning During COVID-19: 7 Equity Considerations for Schools and Districts by Titilayo Tinibu Ali and Mirel Herrera.

It's in our hands

It’s time for equality for all, across every area of society. That’s why SHRM has introduced Together Forward @Work, a call to action to bring racial equity to the workplace—the place we know best and have served the longest. And a place where we, our members, and our business community can bring our unique professional talents to stand together against all forms of social injustice.

 How will you help create racial equity in your workplace? By a show of hands, take the pledge. I am committed to listening, learning and taking action.  We all need to stand together against all forms of racial and social injustice.  #TogetherForwardAtWork. 

Get more information HERE

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Career Corner

Check out these job opportunities!

Maryland SHRM State Council Job Resources

HR Manager

Positions at Athelas Institute, Inc.

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!

Our very own Nicola Edwards just earned her SHRM-CP on August 31st.  Congrats Nicola!

If you are interested in becoming a SHRM Certified Professional, register to participate in our upcoming 12-week virtual SHRM Certification Prep Course.  

For more info click HERE

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Get Involved with HoCo HRS

Why Volunteer?

Gain New Experiences and Insights
Give Back and Help Others
Create Connections with People
An Overall Sense of Accomplishment


Our chapter is a great place to get more involved with the HR community in Howard County. We have several committees, listed below, who are seeking volunteers to assist with our various initiatives. Complete our Volunteer Application today or you can reach out to our Volunteer Chair, Michele Gipson, at [email protected]

  • College Relations  
  • Communications and Social Media  
  • Diversity and Inclusion  
  • Legislative Affairs  
  • Membership  
  • Professional Development  
  • Programs
  • Workforce Readiness

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Stay Connected With Us!

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


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