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President, Laura Wood

Greetings, LSHRM Members:

As we enter the month of February, let me share what I envision for our Chapter going forward and how each one of us can be professionally and emotionally engaged. In last month’s LightPost I shared that my platform for 2022 is Compassionate Reset: a direction impacting LSHRM Members, the businesses we lead, and the greater communities we serve.

Now is when I would like your feedback. When I mention Compassion, what immediate thoughts come to mind? During these unpredictable and unpresented times, what conditions have impacted your life, the lives of your employees, and your organizations?

What changes have been made, if any? Has something been missing? Has organizational distancing resulted in the loss of compassion and caring? What has contributed to so many resignations? What can be done to retain and engage employees? I would love to hear your stories.

In the near future there will be a small committee whose sole purpose will be advising the board on ways to build a Compassionate Legacy for LSHRM. Knowing I am blessed with a dedicated Board of Directors and hundreds of brilliant HR Professionals in our chapter, I see a time of great possibilities. Perhaps like my friend Vivian Blade teaches we will build a culture of courageous resilience. As I said, I would like to hear from you: your stories, your experiences, your thoughts, and most of all how your LSHRM membership can help you and your organization recover from these difficult times and prosper going forward.

Also, there has been an interest expressed in having an LSHRM Book Club. As an avid reader, I’m all for that. It seems that with Compassionate Reset in mind the best book to start with should be a book about compassion and the implementation of compassionate strategies in the workplace. Here are 3 books I have in mind. Please let me know your thoughts and if you are interested in joining. The books are:

1. Awakening Compassion at Work: The Quiet Power That Elevates People and Organizations, Authors Monica C. Worline and Jane E. Dutton

2. Compassion@work Creating Workplaces That Engage the Human Spirit, A Collection of Leading HR and OD Experts

3. Engaging the Heart for People, Performance, and Profit: Seven Competencies of Compassion@Work, Author R. Brayton Bowen, AM, SHRM-SCP


Laura Wood

2022 LSHRM President

The SHRM Foundation is currently accepting applications for Academic Scholarships - Graduate and Undergraduate.  For more information and to apply, please visit:

To be eligible, individuals must be:

  • Current SHRM member (professional or student)

  • Enrolled in a degree-seeking undergraduate program or master's/doctoral program with at least one full semester remaining before graduation (see additional clarification below), OR accepted and ready to begin your studies within six months*

  • University is a regionally accredited institution of higher learning

  • Degree program is HR-related (e.g. business, psychology, HR, org development, etc.)

  • Minimum Grade Point Average

    • Undergraduate - Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

    • Graduate - Cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, or if not yet enrolled, an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

* If you have already begun your last semester or you have completed your studies by the notification date, you are not eligible for this award and may not apply for a scholarship to cover past expenses.

These scholarships opened on January 11th and the deadline to apply is March 9, 2022.

For more information, please contact Sam Mannino at

LSHRM Career Advancement Program

February 15, 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.

Via Zoom – Link to be sent on 2/15 to those who pre-registered

Topic:  Show Yourself Some Love!  Creating and Following Your Own Career Development Plan

Speaker:  Shelly Trent, LSHRM Workforce Readiness Director and Career Coach

Heart Health Month: 5 tips for a healthier heart

You already know that keeping your heart in tiptop shape means staying active and maintaining a nutritious diet. But oftentimes, it’s the little things that matter most. Here are a few small steps you can take that can make a big difference in helping you maintain a strong heart.

Read More!

Volunteer Opportunity!

Are you looking for additional ways to network with other Human Resources professionals? LSHRM’s Programming and Hospitality Committee is seeking individuals interested in greeting and checking-in guests at monthly chapter meetings. We are already working on the details for the next few meetings and would love to work with enthusiastic volunteers!

If you are interested in hearing more, please contact Kersten Farah, Hospitality Chair, at 502-418-2668 or

We miss you at LSHRM,Renew Your Membership Now!

Many members have had their membership expire the end of December and this past month.  We hope you are not gone long.  Great new programming has been planned for this year as well as new opportunities for sharing LSHRM with your coworkers and friends interested in HR,

Coming in March – You will have the opportunity to bring guests to our March monthly meeting for free.  And LSHRM membership for that day only will be only $22.00 for the year!

Your Membership includes:

  • Monthly Chapter Meetings 

  • Networking - Opportunities available through many social events and chapter meetings

  • Volunteer opportunities  

  • SHRM and HRCI recertification credits 

  • Scholarship opportunities 

  • Free job postings

  • SHRM discounted study materials and free study group

  • And much more!

For questions about joining and renewing your membership please reach out to:

  • LSHRM with active SHRM Membership is only $50!

  • $80 for membership without national SHRM Membership.  

  • Student Membership is only $15 (must register with edu email).

Renew Now!