November 2020 Newsletter Print

A Message from Our President

"Honoring All Who Served"

 This month, we proudly salute our veterans and show gratitude for all we have.  In a world of war, lives are lost as countries fight for freedom, democracy, and basic human rights. According to Wikipedia, “Veterans Day is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans, that is, persons who have served in the United States Armed Forces.” 
On Veterans Day, we pay tribute to all soldiers who defend our nation in times of war, including those who have fallen and families affected.  These service members are our mothers and fathers, our brothers and sisters, our aunts and uncles, our children, coworkers, and our neighbors. Recognizing their service is one small way of repaying the debt we owe our veterans.  While thinking about the day and what it represents, I came across a few quotes that really struck me and wanted to share:

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." - John F. Kennedy

"Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul." - Michel de Montaigne

"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." - Joseph Campbell

"Honoring the sacrifices many have made for our country in the name of freedom and democracy is the very foundation of Veterans Day." - Charles B. Rangel

"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear." - Mark Twain

"How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes
and she-roes!" - Maya Angelou

Most of the men and women who serve our country seem to come home wearing more than medals; they proudly display the principles of honor, loyalty, commitment, and sacrifice for all to see.  Our veterans develop these attributes while serving in the military and defending our country, but they don’t leave them behind when they return from active duty.  These attributes become a way of life and as leaders of our families, communities and volunteer organizations, we aspire to live by and exhibit such attributes too. 
Take time to honor veterans this month and the ability to express gratitude.  November is also noted as National Gratitude Month.  Very fitting for a time of the year that celebrates veterans, Thanksgiving and reflection as yet another year draws to a close. Gratitude is more than simply saying “thank you”. The expression of gratitude is an overwhelming feeling and can shift us from focusing on the negative to appreciating what is positive in our lives.
I am grateful for those men and women who choose to serve and protect our freedom, as well as set an example for others of the meaning of service.  Caring for and celebrating others is a gift to be grateful for, and it fills the heart with such fulfillment. What or who will you choose to be grateful for?  With a sense of purpose, we need to ask ourselves: What are we willing to give to help ourselves and others?

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Upcoming Events

HoCoHRS Explores 2021 Recruiting Strategies With The Help Of The Kaiser Permanente Recruiting Team

Join us on Thursday, November 19th from 8:15-10:30am. Our very own Dawn Rhodes, Program Chair and Past President, will be moderating this virtual meeting.


About Our Program:

Hear from a panel of Kaiser Permanente Recruiting experts from across the country talk about how identifying strategic recruiting initiatives will impact organizations’ reach to the most sought after talent in 2021. 

Meet the Panel:

Liza Morales

Jennifer Marquez

Rhonda Joseph

Jesse Herrera

Take aways include:

  • Reviewing past practices for recruiting top talent and identifying impactful updates
  • Making virtual recruiting a preferred option for organizations
  • Providing opportunities in communities that traditionally face barriers to employment.

Click here for details and to register!

About Our Moderator:

A seasoned Human Resources professional, with a focus on Employee and Labor Relations, Dawn has been with Kaiser Permanente for 13 years.  She also has applied her HR expertise in manufacturing, transportation, education, and government organizations.  Dawn has been a Board Member with HoCoHRS for 7 years.

thank you to Captrust for sponsoring this month's webinar!

Our firm was built on the premise that investors are best served by advisors who are motivated to focus exclusively on the best interests of their clients.

This Webinar Has Been Approved For Recertification Credits

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News You Can Use

Totes are back!

And now for a limited time only, also get the free Digital HR eBook! Use promo code DIGITALHR when you join or renew as a professional member.

Being a SHRM member + a local chapter member, such as us (HoCoHRS) provides you with exclusive resources you can rely on to advance your career.

Join or renew today and experience the best of both worlds!

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Professional Development

SHRM People Manager Qualification (PMQ)

60% of workers leave their jobs because of their managers. Improve your workplace culture and reduce employee turnover by providing your people managers with the training they need. Build their management skills with the SHRM People Manager Qualification.

Take the first step today

Interested in a virtual speaking opportunity?

Share your knowledge & expertise with students at the University of Maryland.

The Management and Organization Society (MOS) seeks to introduce students to the management field and build better leaders by bringing together management professionals, faculty, and students. By connecting students to these resources, MOS aims to encourage the development of University of Maryland students into well-respected leaders in their respective careers.

Presentation topics must be related to leadership and management. 

If interested, contact our College Relations Committee for more details by emailing [email protected].

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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Prepare for Success: HoCo HRS’ First Non-Profit of the Quarter

You may have heard them speak during October's meeting, but we just love Prepare for Success so much we'll be talking about them all quarter! They've been supplying the school children of Howard County with the supplies they need to be successful since 2000, and they put together an all-time high of 3,800 kits for students so far this year. You can learn more about how they help the community and how you can help them on their website or their Facebook page

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Diversity and Inclusion


November is Native American Heritage Month, also commonly referred to as American Indian Heritage Month or American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. The month of November is used as a time to recognize and celebrate the diverse cultures, traditions, histories and contributions of the those who were the original inhabitants and settlers of the United States.
Native American Heritage Month was first recognized in 1986 when Congress, through law, designated the week of November 23 through November 30, 1986 as “American Indian Week.” Congress requested President Reagan issue a proclamation announcing the legal recognition.  In his proclamation, President Regan expressed some of  contributions of the American Indians and he gave thanks:
“Many of the foods we eat and the medicines and remedies we use were introduced by Indians, and more than one highway follows an Indian trail. Indians make contributions in every area of endeavor and American life, and our literature and all our arts draw upon Indian themes and wisdom. Countless American Indians have served in our Armed Forces and have fought valiantly for our country. All Americans are grateful for these lasting contributions.”
Similar to President Reagan’s proclamation of 1986, there have been additional proclamations issued by subsequent Presidents each year, and what started as a week has now turned into a month-long celebration of the American Indian history and culture.

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee invites you to set aside some time this month and learn a little more about American Indian culture. The Library of Congress, collaborating with additional institutions such as the Smithsonian, seeks to educate the general public and showcase how American Indians are embedded into the history, culture and identity of the United States by presenting American Indian images and stories in an online exhibit which can be viewed at  Online documentaries can also be located and viewed at or on demand.

SHRM, and its members, have an opportunity and an obligation to use our unique professional expertise in solving a significant equity crisis in America.
Learn more about Together Forward @ Work and read the full report at

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Career Corner

Check out these job opportunities!

Talent Acquisition Partner

HR Manager

Maryland SHRM State Council Job Resources

SHRM HR Job Board

Positions at Athelas Institute, Inc.

Positions at Impact Automation, Inc

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 would like to recognize and welcome all of our new members!!

Natasha Porcher

Sibel McGinnis

Medley DeLeonibus

Jacquetta Palmer

Qianyu Summers

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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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