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  • 04/12/2017 8:00 AM | Deleted user

    SPOT Award Winner for April

    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.

     Jenna Wurtzbacher, Director of Programs

    Jenna graciously stepped into her role in late 2016, when it became vacant unexpectedly. Jenna has worked tirelessly to find engaging speakers on a variety of topics for our monthly chapter meetings.

    Jenna has filled a very important role and our meetings could not happen without her work. 

    Thank you Jenna!

  • 04/09/2017 8:00 AM | Deleted user

    Event Information

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    Did an innocent line in your job ad cause risk?

    Did you accidentally make a promise of employment in the interview?

    What risks vanish if you put the job offer in writing?

    Did you increase your liability by considering misdemeanors in your hire?

    Did you think you were getting a more thorough background check than you are?

    Approved for 2 hours HRCI/SHRM credit

    Contact Rachel McMahan at 502-498-1939 or email for more information or click here to register.

  • 03/31/2017 8:00 AM | Deleted user

    Recruiting the Next Workforce

    By: Joshua Williams

    Asking a recruiter about their job in the city of Louisville would likely result in a lamentation of challenges facing the profession. Talent, often lacking required skills for a variety of roles, is in short supply rendering entire industries incapacitated by a drought of an available workforce. In a 2016 study led by the Louisville and Southern Indiana Societies for Human Resource Management, 82% of companies participating in the survey are preparing for moderate to high growth and yet 86% can’t find the talent they need today (more information on the study here).

    Adding fuel to the fire, the US Census Bureau recently released population estimates revealing limited growth for the Louisville area. From 2010 to 2016, the city experienced approximately a 3.9% increase in total population compared to a 7.3% growth in Lexington, KY (data can be found here). With demand for a skilled workforce increasing and lagging population growth, an alarming question quickly emerges for those wearing the recruiter hat: where can companies look to find the talent that they need?

    One solution gaining solid footing is a focus on the workforce of tomorrow. With traditional talent pipelines drying up, efforts are underway to ensure that youth preparing to enter the workforce have the skills that they need to meet the demands of businesses in the area. These avenues provide unique opportunities for companies to actively participate in training the workforce of tomorrow while cultivating their talent pool for future demand. One such initiative is the Mayor SummerWorks Program.

    Launched in 2011 to combat increasing unemployment rates among youth, the Mayor SummerWorks program is an effort aimed at providing paid summer jobs for young professionals ages 16-21 years old. In addition to earning income, participants gain valuable professional skills, work history and lessons paving the way for a successful and fulfilling career—all while helping shape and develop the future workforce. Businesses that participate gain summer help while training young professionals in their industry and marketing themselves as a potential employer down the road.

    Businesses that are looking to augment their future talent pool, attract and train young professionals, and play a part in making Louisville a stronger community, are strongly encouraged to get involved. For information on the program, how to get started in hiring young professionals and more, please visit

  • 03/18/2017 8:00 AM | Deleted user

    SPOT Award Winner for March

    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.

    Patrick StoessSponsorship Chair

    Patrick works very hard to find many great sponsors so that we are able to host our monthly chapter meetings. Patrick has filled a very important role and our meetings may not happen without his efforts.

    Thank you, Patrick!

  • 03/09/2017 8:00 AM | Deleted user

    SPOT Award Winner for February

    The LSHRM 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.

    James Victery, Director of Communications & Marketing

    This month we want to recognize James Victery, our Director of Communications & Marketing. James stepped into this role last year when it became vacant.

    He has grown our Social Media presence exponentially. He has done a great job coordinating our communications and marketing efforts and has shared many innovative ideas.

    Today, and always, we thank you, James!

  • 03/01/2017 8:00 AM | Deleted user

    Summer Internships: Your Organizations Competitive Advantage

    By Robert Shindell, Ph.D

    Every summer hundreds of thousands of organizations around the country make the decision to host interns. This decision is not one to be taken lightly. The truth is not every organization is a good fit to be an effective host for an internship program. The good news is that every organization can create a positive environment for an intern. However, there are several factors that you and your organization need to consider before making this important commitment.

    As you start to assess whether your organization should host interns, the questions below may help you. Below you will find a list of questions that you and your organization should be able to answer before bringing on an intern for the summer. These questions need to be discussed with as many folks in your organization that you can, especially executive level leadership and the specific departments that may want to host an intern.

    The following organizational audit can be a very useful tool in focusing your conversations with key leaders in your organization:

    • How serious is my organization about hosting an internship program?
    • What can an intern do for us? What are our goals?
    • What human resources do we have to support an intern?
    • Does my organization have the time to support an intern?
    • What financial resources do we have?

    As you read over the questions above and you start to formulate answers, you will begin to gain consensus with key stakeholders on the structure that your organizations internship will take. It is also important for you and your key stakeholders to understand why other organizations host interns and why millions of college students each year take part in these critical experiential education activities.

    Remember, the experience that an intern has with your organization is totally up to you - the host organization. If you are going to host interns... make it AWESOME!

    On March 22nd and 23rd The Louisville SHRM, The University of Louisville College of Business and the University of Louisville Career Development Center will welcome Dr. Robert Shindell from Intern Bridge, the nation’s leading research & consulting firm to share a newfound approach to internships based on in-depth research and proven strategies. In this full-day, highly interactive and participatory workshop, participants will learn how to:

    • Effectively implement an impactful internship program;
    • Identify future hires through a no-strings-attached 12-week interview;
    • Create and maintain a pipeline of highly qualified and educated full-time job candidates;
    • Increase your organization's brand awareness on university and college campuses; and
    • Build long-lasting relationships with local colleges and universities.

    We invite you to join us on either the 22nd or 23rd for this day of professional development and training.

    Louisville Area Total Internship Management Workshop

    Wednesday March 22nd or Thursday March 23rd | 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

    The Delphi Center | 310 North Whittington Parkway | Louisville, KY

    For more information visit

  • 02/01/2017 5:13 PM | Deleted user

    There has been a lot of conversation regarding Louisville’s Compassionate City work. But…what does this really mean? This article shares insights on another compassion-based program being launched in Louisville, the Compassionate City Index, that is being developed to formulate metrics around this critical initiative for cities and provides an opportunity to learn how you can participate in Louisville’s Compassionate Index survey.

    The Compassionate Cities Index is a study by the U of L Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging in partnership with the International Center for Compassionate Cities led by Executive Director Corinne Witzel, Louisville’s Mayor’s Office, Compassionate Louisville, and the International Charter for Compassion. The Index will quantify Louisville’s area of compassionate-strength, as well as identify areas where the city can improve services to relieve suffering and promote the flourishing of its residents.

    While the study includes over 60 objective measures that look at everything from water pollution to education disparities, some of the most interesting results may come from a survey developed by Drs. Joe D’Ambrosio and Anna Faul that is designed to measure individual levels of compassion. Participation in the Compassionate Cities Index Survey takes about 10 minutes, provides feedback on the user’s compassion strengths and weakness, and guides participants on how to become more compassionate. In order to gain a solid representative sample, 67 survey responses are needed from each Louisville zip code.

    Participate in this important initiative by taking the Compassionate Cities Index Survey: You can find out more information including a list of objective measures, survey totals per zip code, ways to get involved, as well as contact information at

    As part of Louisville’s Compassionate City initiative, we are fortunate to have His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a world leader of the Buddhist faith, making a return visit to Louisville this April. He will appear during the 22nd annual Festival of Faiths titled “Compassion: Shining Like the Sun.” Be sure to mark your calendars!

    Article written by Tiffany Cardwell, LSHRM Director of Wellness & HR Consulting Principal with MCM CPAs & Advisors, and Lauren N. Humpert, Compassionate Cities Research Coordinator with the Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging University of Louisville. Contact Tiffany at or Lauren at if you are interested in more information.

  • 01/27/2017 5:43 AM | Anonymous

    LSHRM Sparks Statewide Movement

    By Joshua Williams

    Bridging the talent gap is a phrase that found a comfortable home in the year of 2016. In response to a devastating talent deficiency in the greater Louisville region, the HR community, led by the Louisville Society for Human Resource Management (LSHRM), collectively blew the whistle on the swelling disparities between workforce needs and the glaring drought of capable talent pools.

    Your voice gave birth to a movement. A mission to not only identify a growing need for talent but, to pull community and business partners together to address the divide collectively. Gaining attention from the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (KYSHRM), the Governor’s team and other statewide leaders, your voices rang loud and clear throughout the commonwealth. Solutions are on the horizon for 2017.

    So, what can you expect in the coming months? Starting around February, be on the lookout for the 2017 talent alignment survey focusing on what you see in your local economy. The same voices that sparked this movement are called upon again to further fuel the mission for a stronger workforce—and more are needed. The 20-30 minute survey that you complete will be sent to individuals all throughout the state of Kentucky as we work together to understand where the issues are at and how to best tackle them. Icing on the cake: completing the survey will count as 1.0 continuing education credits towards SHRM and HRCI certifications.

    While more details are on the way, feel free to contact LSHRM at to learn more about Bridging the Talent Gap and how you can get involved. In the meantime, feel free to review the fruits of your labor: the 2016 Bridging the Talent Gap dashboard. Through the link below, you can review Louisville’s current economic status, its projected future as well as data reflecting the challenges our economy currently faces by industry and company size.

  • 01/27/2017 4:54 AM | Anonymous

    Welcome to the new LSHRM website! As a current member, we have migrated your information to our new site and as such, are requiring you to reset your password. 

    Use your email address that you were registered under on the old website to log in to your member profile.

    If you are a current or expired member of LSHRM, you should have received an email with instructions for resetting your password to gain access to your profile on the new site for the first time.

    Please go to that email and follow the instructions for resetting your password.

    An email will be sent to you to reset your password.

    Once you've logged in, you will be prompted to accept the terms and conditions.

    Then, you can go into your profile and update and verify your contact information. If you have any questions or difficulties, please contact and give us your name, email address and best phone number and describe your situation. We will contact you asap.

    We hope you enjoy the new user experience with the new LSHRM site. Thank you for your patience during this transition!

    The LSHRM Team

  • 01/27/2017 4:44 AM | Anonymous
    SPOT Award Winner for January

    The LSHRM 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.  

    Amy Kirk, VP of Finance

    This month we want to recognize Amy Kirk, our Vice President of Finance.  Amy stepped into her role when the previous person in this role had to relocate in mid-2016.  Amy has worked with our Board previously in this role and is a true leader amongst our Board.  

    Amy has a wealth of knowledge about our by-laws and our financials and she keeps us on track. She prepares our annual budget and monthly financial statements.  She works very hard for LSHRM and is a real asset to the Chapter.  

    We want to thank Amy for her outstanding service.

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