March 2021 Newsletter Print

A Message from Our President

If quantitative data uses numbers to tell a story, qualitative data uses words to tell a story.

For example, data driven analysis of employee retention reveals a spike in turnover but only after conducting a round of interviews will you understand the reasons why and be able to respond accordingly.  Brainstorming, surveys and interviews help gather reliable qualitative data to formulate a strategy to address the turnover problem.

Without question, organizations have access to more data now than at any other time in history.  However, it is intimidating. What we collect, how we collect it and what we do with it once we collect it are all very important questions to answer before the collecting begins. Marc Goldberg, this month’s chapter meeting speaker and SHRM data guru, will help us sort this all out.

A few updates from our amazing committees:
Our Diversity Committee has been hard at work building a list of affinity groups to expand our current DIY resources (thank you Latoya). If you have groups that you want to ensure are included, please reach out to Latoya Hicks or our chapter email, [email protected]  Additionally, the committee would like to collect demographics of our chapter members to learn more about our levels of diversity from a 30,000 foot view. More on that to come.  

Our Membership Committee evaluated the data for our membership gains and losses, as well as meeting attendance, and realized that we needed to take a second look at our virtual meeting structure. Given that 2021 is still presenting us with an opportunity to remain virtual, our board has decided to make our monthly meetings free for chapter members until further notice.
Please take this opportunity to renew your membership or become a member.  We still provide monthly educational seminars focusing on a range of relevant topics, and they all include SHRM and HRCI recertification credits as well as virtual networking.

The College Relations Committee has been hard at work advertising the continuation of our Tina L. Pavlish Scholarship. If you know of a local undergraduate student studying HR or business, applications are being accepted through the end of March. Learn more by clicking here or send us an email at [email protected] Don’t hesitate! The end of March will be here before we know it.

Looking for a Professional Development opportunity? We are pleased to host our 2nd study group to help you prepare for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam. Registration closes at 4pm on March 21st – register today!
We are excited that spring has sprung and we look forward to continuing to connect with you.

“See” you soon!

Kind Regards,

Lee Eybel
President, HoCo HRS

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Upcoming Events

A Fireside Chat: HR Technology & Analytics With Marc Goldberg

Join us this Thursday, March 18th from 8:15-10:30am. 


Registration closes at 6am on Thursday morning.


About Our Program:

Marc will provide an overview of how HR professionals can capture and maintain "a seat at the table" by tying their activities to business strategy. This means creating a division/department/personal strategy that 1) is aligned with the organization, and 2) has measurable impact.

About Our Speaker:

As Chief Technology Officer, Marc is responsible for all technology supporting SHRM's commitment to its members and fulfillment of its mission worldwide. Marc is a technology executive and business partner with more than 20 years of experience in technology organizations. Prior to joining SHRM, Marc has led technology organizations at Namely, Inc., comiXology (acquired by Amazon), Epix, Next New Networks (acquired by YouTube/Google), TV Guide, and most recently at Beyond Finance, Inc. Earlier in his career, Marc spent more than 10 years at America Online, straddling its acquisition of Time Warner.

Additionally, he has run a successful consulting practice providing advice and mentoring to CEOs and CTOs at startups and established businesses performing organizational development; developing hiring plans; formulating board communication processes; and coaching for both leadership and management. Marc has facilitated organization and process changes to improve quality management, managed agile methodology transitions, provided agile coaching, executed technology organizational designs, and improved technical recruitment processes.

Marc also serves on the Board of Advisors for FUNDopolis, a startup aiming to empower individuals and communities to invest in and support the small businesses they love. Community business owners will use FUNDopolis to help fund their growth and manage the full funding lifecycle, all while cultivating deeper relationships with their customers. Marc holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from American Intercontinental and studied at The George Washington University. 

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. CAPTRUST's core values represent the firm's collective heartbeat and direct how we serve our clients, relate to our colleagues, interact with our vendors and partners, and address our communities.

This Webinar Has Been Approved For Recertification Credits

Post COVID Strategies For HR Leaders: What Have We Learned And What Should We Do Now?

Join us Thursday, April 15th from 8:15-10:30am.  
Pamela Green will talk about life one year after COVID began!
Click here to register


About Our Program:

We’ve been through a lot this past year and it’s not over yet. So, what should HR Leaders be thinking about and doing now for their teams and in their organizations? In this session, Pam will walk you through the three stages of leadership: Leading Self, Leading Others and Leading the Organization. Using this framework, she will help HR leaders examine behaviors and strategies needed to strengthen post-covid organizational cultures while enhancing employee engagement and productivity:

  • How to evaluate learning lessons with leaders.
  • Explore shifts in the execution of why, what, and how with leaders and staff.
  • Examine the elements of culture that cannot be overlooked to cement sustainable shifts.


About Our Speaker:

Pamela J. Green Solutions is a comprehensive consulting, training and executive leadership firm dedicated to providing top quality service to small- and medium-sized businesses, nonprofit organizations, and associations.  Our belief is that a truly great leader must understand the importance of learning how to best lead themselves, as well as lead others and an organization.

Pamela J. Green is a powerhouse when it comes to coaching, executive leadership, conflict resolution, and human resources. With more than 30 years of experience, you can be sure that she has seen it all, heard it all, and knows how to fix it.  Pam has held many leadership roles throughout her career, from supervisor to chief executive and board chair.

Now, as the President of Pamela J. Green Solutions, LLC, Pam is a highly respected business strategist, management consultant, and executive coach.  Check out her latest book:  Think Like A Brand: A 7-Step Strategic Brand Plan to Increase Your Career Satisfaction and Success.

Thank You To The Capital Group For Sponsoring This Month's Webinar!

At The Capital Group, we offer simple and dynamic business and personal financial solutions that help small and midsized businesses worry less and grow more. We specialize in Risk ManagementInvestmentsBenefitsRetirement, and HR Technology.

This Webinar Has Been Approved For Recertification Credits

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News You Can Use

SHRM Will Influence Global Policy for Women
in the Workforce in 2021

SHRM has been named a member of the B20 Special Initiative on Women's Empowerment and will be represented by Emily M. Dickens, chief of staff, head of government affairs and corporate secretary. The Special Initiative will collect input from all B20 Task Forces and Action Councils to foster the empowerment of women, and to encourage gender diversity in all economic and social sectors. The Special Initiative will elevate targeted recommendations and advocate them to the G20 Leaders and other public and private organizations, institutions, and groups of interest.

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Diversity and Inclusion

A Historical Review of Women’s Achievements in the Workforce

There are heightened expectations and pressures on companies to be more transparent and proactive about their diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the workforce. These pressures come from various sources, including federal, state, and local governance, shareholder inquiries, and social justice movements. There are even interested parties, such as JUST Capital and the NYC Comptroller, that have asked companies to commit to sharing their company profile (i.e., EEO-1 report) with the public. Furthermore, there is now a Glassdoor DEI initiative that launched in 2020 that allows employees and applicants to provide diversity and inclusion ratings on companies.
Given the increased awareness on DEI, what better way to celebrate Women’s History month than to recognize achievements of women in the workforce? To accomplish this review, data was used from the US Census Bureau website. Data was pulled from the EEO 2000 Tabulation, EEO 2006-2010 Tabulation, and EEO 2014-2018 Tabulation. The progression of women in top executive jobs increased over the identified time periods. Female representation increased almost 9% in top executive jobs. Specifically, it was 18.82% in 2000, 22.19% in 2006-2010, and 27.45% in 2014-2018. It is evident that women have made progress in breaking through glass-ceilings in the workforce. However, as previously mentioned, stakeholders continue to hold companies accountable to committing to and making progress towards a more diverse and equitable workforce.
Additionally, these are pre-pandemic representation figures which do not capture the impact this pandemic may have had on females in the workforce (e.g., loss of job, voluntary turnover). It is important to monitor impacts and put effort into retaining, or bringing back, this talent at all levels of the workforce. This will help to maintain the achievements made thus far. Finally, these statistics may not show parity at the top levels of the workplace, but they do allow for useful benchmarking. Companies can conduct comparisons between the benchmark and actual representation to identify where there is underrepresentation for females. This identification of female underrepresentation is just one means in establishing goals and opportunities to further increase DEI awareness and initiatives. Events to consider this month:

Written by:
Keli Wilson

DEI Conversations that Shape Culture

Kashonna Holland and Lynda Katz Wilner will be presenting and moderating an event on Tuesday, April 13th. This is a SHRM certified event and an opportunity to receive 2.0 PDCs!

An inclusive, safe, and diverse work culture requires open communication, up, down, and across our organizations. Lynda Katz Wilner and Kashonna Holland present strategies to develop effective communication in a diverse environment. They will moderate panel discussions with corporate professionals who share their experiences with workforce issues and economic development.

Register below for early bird pricing. 

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

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Professional Development

SHRM Certification Prep Course: The time is now to get certified!

Are you ready to elevate your professional impact? Obtaining your SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®️) or SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®️) certification in 2021 will help you hit that goal. If you are ready, we would love to invite you to join us for a virtual study group!

We are excited to build a community that is in this together. 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. 

Registration closes at 4pm on Sunday March 21, 2021. Space is limited. Questions? Contact our Professional Development Chair, Franca Monthe, at [email protected]

PS: Know someone that is a member of a different local SHRM chapter in Maryland that would be interested? Have them email Franca. We have a special deal for them too.  

For more information on SHRM's Certifications, visit

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 build better leaders by bringing together business owners, industry leaders, 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.  Take a look at their Facebook page:

The group meets VIRTUALLY every Monday from 6-7 pm.  There are multiple open slots for the Spring semester.

Suggested presentation topics:
Interviewing and networking during the pandemic
Challenges and opportunities of leading people during a pandemic
Lasting effects of COVID on the economy and the workplace
Personal branding and self-promotion
Effective time management strategies

Other topics related to entrepreneurship, leadership, organizational behavior, and technology are encouraged.

Would you or someone in your network would like to share knowledge & expertise with the students of MOS?

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

Did you know the SHRM Foundation offers a FREE certificate program on hiring veterans?  

Learn more about the Veterans at Work Certificate here:

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The Baltimore Hunger Project: HoCo HRS’ Non-Profit of the Quarter

We are so thankful for the work that The Baltimore Hunger Project has been doing for children in Baltimore area schools since 2014.

With the current pandemic ongoing, The Baltimore Hunger Project has increased distribution to include drive-up access at Baltimore County School locations.

Just a few dollars donated feeds one child over a weekend. For your $25 donation, you create food security for one child for a month. With a $100 donation, you can sponsor a student for a full semester’s worth of weekend food. Just $250 sponsors a student for the whole school year! Additional opportunities include:

  • CLICK HERE for volunteer opportunities
  • DIRECT DONATION - MONETARY:The Baltimore Hunger Project is a 501(c) nonprofit organization and relies on donations. Their Federal Tax ID# is 47-2281875. Click to donate, or mail your tax-deductible donation to Baltimore Hunger Project c/o Lynne B Kahn, 117 Old Padonia Road, Suite E, Cockeysville, MD 21030. 
  • AMAZON WISHLIST: Click to view a list of food items, updated regularly, which will be shipped directly to our warehouse.
    AMAZON SMILE: Click to support BHP when you shop on Amazon. A portion of your purchase is donated to Baltimore Hunger Project.

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Member Spotlight!

Welcome to our new members!

Yetunde Apanisile

Nikki McGuire

Shahanshah Manzoor

Lidia Hernandez

Ivy Sellers

Dawn Weglein

Kaleigh Williams


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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 us via email - [email protected]

College Relations

Communications and Social Media  

Diversity and Inclusion  

Legislative Affairs  


Professional Development  


Workforce Readiness

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