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  • 11/26/2017 8:00 AM | Katherine Locsin (Administrator)

    SPOT Award Winner for November

    The SPOT Award stands for Spontaneous Praise and Ongoing Thanks. We recognize a volunteer monthly that goes above and beyond in their dedication and support of the LSHRM Chapter.

    The LSHRM Board of Directors recognized Carla McKinney as our November SPOT Award winner. This year Carla stepped into the Best Places to Work Chair role. She also often assists at our chapter meetings by helping with whatever comes her way. She is a pleasure to work with.

    Thanks Carla for all you do for LSHRM!

  • 10/27/2017 8:00 AM | Katherine Locsin (Administrator)

    The Business Case for Diversity

    By: Joshua Williams

    Diversity is a term many are becoming familiar with. A growing buzzword in the business community, it hangs out in boardrooms, decorates mission statements and has increasingly taken center stage to the public eye. The term has conjured up images of monotone presentations about respecting coworker’s differences, mandatory events celebrating variety and (in the recent past) carried more of an association to a quota than a valuable asset. Simply put, diversity has become a popular topic only partially employed and still restrained to the confines of lip service in many organizations. However, progress is among us.

    Thanks to the efforts of numerous business leaders, scholars and community leaders, many are learning not only the moral benefits of properly executed diversity initiatives but also the strategic advantages they provide to business. Companies and organizations around the country have picked up on the importance of diversity as a strategic pillar and are reaping the rewards. Here are some reasons that many are not only embracing diversity efforts but converting them into a priority:

    • Innovation: According to a recent study conducted by Forbes, diversity is a substantial agent in the innovative process. It allows companies to tap into numerous perspectives that simultaneously generate new ideas while permitting a glance into the lives of all consumers they are serving.
    • Talent Attraction: Diversity is a must for companies looking to attract and retain top talent. Having a well-rounded leadership team will signal that your company is welcoming while allowing recruiters to tap into a more diverse talent pool. With the growing rise of minority populations, diversity will be a crucial component to talent attraction strategies.
    • Talent Retention: A diverse workforce helps not only in attracting employees but in keeping them as well. A diverse workforce promotes an accepting work culture that reduces prejudice and creates a hospitable environment to all. Furthermore, employees that have representation in leadership positions are more likely to stay as they see the true potential for growth as exemplified by current leaders that look alike or come from similar backgrounds.
    • Brand Improvement: Although beneficial to an employer brand, successful diversity campaigns bolster the consumer image as well. According to the 2015 Nielson Global Corporate Sustainability Report, 66% of global consumers are willing to pay more for sustainable brands—an increase from 55% in the previous year. The growing millennials are conscious about social impact and view that as a true value proposition when doing business.

    Although many are warming up to the important role that diversity plays in 21st century business, many struggle to start their own initiatives or improve what’s in place. To aid in such efforts, the Louisville Society for Human Resource Management (LSHRM) will be hosting Disrupting Diversity:  From the Transactional to the Transformational on November 14th at the UL Delphi Center.

    The keynote will feature Terrian Barnes, owner of Fe-smart, discussing the importance of diversity, current trends in the HR community and diversity’s future in the workplace. For more information or to register, please visit the link here.



  • 10/24/2017 1:07 PM | Katherine Locsin (Administrator)

    SPOT Award Winner for October

    The SPOT Award stands for Spontaneous Praise and Ongoing Thanks. We recognize a volunteer monthly that goes above and beyond in their dedication and support of the LSHRM Chapter.

    Our October SPOT Award winner is Dorothy Owens.  Dorothy has gone above and beyond in her role as Workforce Readiness Chair and continually steps up to the plate and delivers extremely high quality work. This past month, she developed and delivered a resume writing workshop for the LCCC, organized and coordinated a mock interview with JFCS and is now leading the charge on a brand new project working with felons reentering the workforce. Her work ethic is inspiring and her dedication to LSHRM is unwavering.

    Thanks Dorothy for all you do for LSHRM!

  • 10/14/2017 8:00 AM | Katherine Locsin (Administrator)

    Walk to End Lupus

    We have formed an LSHRM Team for the Walk to End Lupus Now event to be held on Saturday, November 4th, at Slugger Field. Registration and Check In starts at 8am but the Walk does not officially start until 10am. There is no charge to walk but donations are greatly appreciated.

    To register, go to: Louisville Walk to End Lupus Now 2017

    On the upper right hand side of the page, Click on the LSHRM Team link:

    Then on the upper right hand side of the page, Click on the Join Team purple button and Create your Login information.

    Although the walk is free for us to participate in, I think we should all try and solicit donations. Any questions, please contact Tiffany Cardwell at 502-767-5273.

    Donate or Register for our event today and get involved with your community.

  • 09/28/2017 8:00 AM | Katherine Locsin (Administrator)

    How important is Mental Health to your Workplace?

    By: Joshua Williams


    On the topic of improving the ‘bottom line’ there is a lot to discuss. Attracting the right talent, stellar sales and marketing strategies, more efficient operations; all of which can lead to a better performing business. Entire industries and firms exist solely to help companies obtain clarity on the challenges they face and the obstacles preventing optimal operation. And while there is merit to these prescriptions, a crucial component to increased employee performance is often absent from the conversation: mental health.

    As a culture that thrives off information, it might come as a surprise to many that 1 in 5 employees experience a mental health problem and that 1 in 6 Americans benefit from the use of psychiatric drugs. These staggering statistics translate into annual costs ranging from $79-$105 billion dollars for employers according to The Center for Prevention and Health. These costs stem from reduced employee engagement (resulting in underperformance), mounting healthcare costs, employee absence and more. Mental health, in addition to constructing barriers in individual’s lives, wreak havoc upon a tumultuous healthcare system and employers and employees alike often are left with the financial and emotional tab. With such intimidating prevalence into today’s hard-pressed culture, what can businesses do to support employees’ positive mental health? As it happens, companies can do a lot:

    1. Make mental health a priority in company culture
    This includes promoting a healthy work life balance, allowing for mental health days, and creating a positive environment that reduces work stress and anxiety among employees. Company culture starts from the top and having leadership bought into the health and wellbeing of its employees will go a long way to sculpting employee physical and mental health.
    2. Provide resources for employees
    This includes buying into health and wellness programs, allocating mental health PTO, and providing trainings to better educate employees on how to maintain good mental health. A lot of the work can be done at the individual level but the proper tools and encouragement are the key. 
    3. Become educated on mental health
    To best provide a solution, a thorough understanding of the problem is required. Thus, business leaders should strive to learn as much as possible about mental health, how it appears in the workplace and how best to support and help employees.

    To get started in learning more, the Louisville Society for Human Resource Management will be hosting “Fact or Fiction: Let’s Talk Mental Health and the ADA”—a workshop dedicated to educating employers on mental health facts and providing best practices on addressing mental health issues in the workplace. The presentation will occur on October 10th from 11:30-1:30 PM at the UofL Delphi Center and will feature Kelly Gannon, COO of Centerstone Kentucky and Arika Mack-Brown, Sr. Trial Attorney for the EEOC Indianapolis District Office.

    For those interested in learning more or registering for the event, information and details can be found at LSHRM’s website located here.

  • 09/05/2017 8:00 AM | Katherine Locsin (Administrator)


    As a 1st time attendee and volunteer for the 33rd Annual KYSHRM 2017 Conference, I was very impressed! Held at the Galt House Hotel from August 29th-August 31st, the conference brought together over 600 HR professionals from the Kentucky region, as well as speakers, sponsors and exhibitors from all over the United States to obtain and dish out the latest and greatest strategies, technology, products, and services to help HR professionals with professional development and succeed in meeting their respective company’s goals.

    Being one of the many volunteers representing the Louisville Society for Human Resource Management (LSHRM), the conference was a very busy and fun time!  A big Thank You to Caroline “CJ” Flinn, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce team and everyone who contributed for an outstanding and successful job in the coordination of the conference, volunteers and networking events. The volunteers were well taken care of and fully prepared to “man our assigned posts”!  As a business professional seeking to enter the HR profession, I was truly appreciative of the opportunity to obtain a huge amount of HR knowledge and connect with some of the greatest and highly knowledgeable HR professionals. 

    There are so many exciting events and happenings which took place, from the awesome sessions, the great food and snacks to the fun networking events and keynote speakers, that’s is difficult to write about them all. My conference highlights will include The Belle of Louisville Cruise and conference speakers.

    After a long, yet productive and effective 2nd day of the conference, attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors climbed aboard the Belle of Louisville for a two-hour cruise.  I chatted and networked with new faces while reconnecting with others whom I met previously.  The entertainment started with the KYSHRM volunteers singing a Karaoke-style tune to Michael Jackson’s Beat IT!  We had a blast and what a way for a fellow volunteer-Mike and myself to celebrate our birthdays!

                One of my main duties as a volunteer was to introduce the speaker for the assigned session.  I was fortunate to have the opportunity of introducting very lively and energic speakers who were at the top of their profession and with very interesting and educational topics.  The topics ranged from Identity Theft in the Workplace to Religious Freedom at Work.  All presenters did an exceptional job and kept the audience’s attention by having interactive and thought-provoking sessions.  However, there were two presentations which stood out for me:

    “Finding the Sweet Spot in Talent Acquisition and Branding”, presented by Lauren Rauch, CEO and Co-Founder with 5 Star Global Recruitment Partners discussed the issues and solutions for attracting the right talent.  There were a couple of great takeaways which resonated with me as the attendees completed the “fill in the blanks” worksheet during throughout the presentation:

    Differentiation & Understanding the Candidates Motivation:

    • “High caliber candidates do not seek Perfection; they seek Challenges.”

    Never Underestimate the power of Personal Touch:

    • “Listen, Anticipate and meet their (the candidate’s) needs.”
    • “If all we have to offer is more money, then we’re in trouble.”

    The second presenter, Brian Simmons-HR Advisor with CMI Consulting peaked his audience’s interest (and mine) with the title of his presentation, “Thank you for the eating the Cake: A Modern Day Lesson in Employee Recognition.”  

    Mr. Simmons explained the story of how his “Cake” title came about the pitfalls of employee engagement and recognition programs.  He went on to elaborate that an “eating the cake” culture would mean your employees appreciate the recognition received.  Some of the highlights of his presentation included:

    • The importance of clearly communicating employee recognition programs
    • The #1 of driver(s) of employee engagement are Appreciation for work done and Respect
    • When recognizing employee(s) formally or informally,
    • Choose the recognition (verbal, handwritten note, or company event)
    • Plan the details
    • Execute the recognition

     At the end of the presentation, he creatively gifted each attendee with a small gift box with a delicious cup “cake” inside

    His captivating presentation left one question in mind to share:

    Are your employees “eating the cake”?  

    I learned a great deal to progress further into my HR profession and met some great individuals far and near who willingly shared their HR knowledge and expertise.  The KYSHRM conference is a great place to be to Learn from and Connect with the Best in Human Resources.  And indeed I did!  I am grateful for the amazing experience and am looking forward to attending as a more seasoned HR Professional for the 34th year.  Hope to you see everyone back with a packed-house of 700+ attending!

  • 09/01/2017 8:00 AM | Katherine Locsin (Administrator)

    The Post-Secondary Pipeline

    By: Joshua Williams

    Just in case you missed headlines, the business community has a problem: a talent and skills gap. And, as our friends at LSHRM and SISHRM reminded us not too long ago, the draught isn’t going anywhere. In 2016, 82 percent of businesses in the Greater Louisville region reported that they anticipate moderate to high growth in the next to 3-5 years. At the same time, 86 percent claimed that recruiting qualified talent is difficult now . In other words, companies are planning to increase the level of hiring tomorrow but are having difficulty in filling their positions today.

    Add to the mix that 61% of employers are now looking for more educated employees and talent acquisition has quite the task: find highly skilled talent in a labor market with dwindling unemployment rates. The outcome is a frightening disparity between supply and demand strongly in favor of the job seeker and leaving our brave recruiters to play tug-of-war with a limited talent pool. Given the climate in talent acquisition, many are seeking alternative sources of talent pipelines as a magic bullet for their recruiting woes. What many are not aware of though is that they are drastically underutilizing some current channels—primarily their universities.

    Career Services departments’ exist to support their students, graduates and (sometimes) alumni. Whether this be through professional development (i.e. resume writing, interviews, etc.) or the coordination of career fairs, they work to connect students to employment opportunities benefitting from their education. What many don’t realize is that Career Services offices also exist to support the business community—and this assistance transcends the all-too familiar Career Fair events.

    More than ever, Colleges and Universities are looking for creative ways to engage with employers and ensure that both graduates and employers are benefiting from matches. Some methods currently underway include:

    • Internships/Externships: a training/trial period facilitating the transition from student to professional.
    • Advisory Boards: Universities now look to their employers to ensure curriculum is relevant.
    • Classroom Lectures: Professors are always looking for Subject Matter Experts to lead sessions on specialized topics and providing real-world application.

    Although not the only solution to the talent and skills gap, reinforcing relationships with higher education institutes have a myriad of benefits. Employers can cultivate talent pipelines, have a direct impact on curriculum and directly instruct the next generation’s workforce.

    Bridging the Talent Gap. (2016). Bridging the Talent Gap. (2016) Bridging the Talent Gap. (2016).

    Brooks, Chad. (2017). Hit the Books: Employers Increasing Educational Requirements. Business News Daily. Retrieved from

  • 08/23/2017 8:00 AM | Katherine Locsin (Administrator)

    Are you ready to join in the fun and make a splash!  LSHRM will be participating in the Louisville Dragon Boat Races.




    131 RIVER RD

    LOUISVILLE, KY 40202

    Sat, September 9, 2017

    Races begin at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. with an awards ceremony to follow

    Come Join the LSHRM Rowing Crew! Sign up for the Dragon Boat Races today. First 20 to sign up get to be part of this amazing experience!

    Join the Team

    - Once you click on the link, search for LSHRM Rowing Crew and use the password of lshrm2017.
  • 08/15/2017 8:00 AM | Katherine Locsin (Administrator)

    SPOT Award Winner for June

    The SPOT Award stands for Spontaneous Praise and Ongoing Thanks. We recognize a volunteer monthly that goes above and beyond in their dedication and support of the LSHRM Chapter.

    Our volunteers run our chapter - we couldn’t do it without you all! So I am here today to recognize one of our many outstanding volunteers. The SPOT Award stands for Spontaneous Praise and Ongoing Thanks.

    On behalf of the LSHRM Board of Directors, today we recognize Susan Huffmon, our VP of Chapter Administration. Susan puts in a lot of hours behind the scenes to keep our chapter organized and running, and does it all with a wonderful smile. Thanks Susan for all you do for LSHRM!

  • 07/25/2017 8:00 AM | Katherine Locsin (Administrator)

    JA and LSHRM Collaborate to Empower a Generation

    By: Jennifer Harris and Debra Hoffer

    Every day, there are millions of students in our schools who are bright and who have potential, but are brought down by their circumstances.  It is difficult to aspire to something greater when you have no point of reference in your day-to-day life.  For many disadvantaged young people, that is too big an obstacle to overcome.  What we know about self-motivation to rise above circumstances comes back to a belief in self. Self-belief can be promoted through gaining knowledge and influencing attitude, which is impacted, for better or for worse, by environment.  Positive influences in the environment can promote a positive change in behavior. The scientific term for this is self-efficacy.  Another way to say it is self-motivation. Junior Achievement (JA) programs empower a generation to transform “I can’t” into “I can” and believes that if we show children that we believe in them, they will believe in themselves.

    JA’s Purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. An organization that is almost 100 years old, JA uses experiential learning and volunteers to teach kids financial literacy, career readiness and entrepreneurship.  JA has great partnerships with schools and turn-key programs that help businesses engage with those schools. JA helps students realize the education they are getting today will help them to have a bright future tomorrow.  And they aren’t alone.

    Recently, JA of Kentuckiana and LSHRM launched a collaboration dedicated to promote work readiness in schools in the greater Louisville region. The idea is to thread together the programs, drive and mission Junior Achievement provides with the expertise and passion of the business community—specifically the HR profession. The outcome is a high-impact partnership that gives businesses and community leaders a seat in educating the next generation on work readiness.

    In the spirit of this partnership, LSHRM will be hosting Junior Achievement: Empowering a Generation presentation on Tuesday, August 8th at the UofL Delphi Center. Led by Debra Hoffer, JA’s President, attendees will learn how to get involved with JA in our region’s effort to nurture young people so that they have confidence that they will achieve their career goals and that they will embrace their jobs with integrity and initiative . . .to transform “I can’t” into “I can.”

    For event information and registration, click here or feel free to contact LSHRM here.

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