Quarterly News & Updates
from Kansas SHRM!
A Message From the Director  

Greetings, my Kansas SHRM friends! I hope that 2017 has been good to you so far! I am very excited to be the 2017 Director for Kansas SHRM! I know you all have been busy with all the things that come with an HR job at the beginning of the year, but I hope you will squeeze in a little time for SHRM. We have a lot of exciting plans for this year. Already this year, we had our Kansas SHRM Leadership Academy for our Volunteer Leaders in the wonderful city of Manhattan. Thank you to all of the volunteers who made it out for that event, and thank you for the work that you do for your local Chapters and for the State Council!
We also just wrapped up our 10th Annual Employment Law and Employee Benefits Conference in Topeka, which included a Day on the Hill. With all the changes we have seen and are yet to see, this was the place to be to catch up on employment law and benefits issues! Thank you to everyone who made it out for the conference this year! If you missed it, be sure to keep your eyes out for information on next year's conference!   You can get valuable SHRM and HRCI recertification credits and visit our beautiful State Capitol building at the same time, all for a very reasonable price.
We are now gearing up for our annual Kansas SHRM State Conference! Please mark your calendars for September 20-22, 2017 and join us in Overland Park for this amazing event, "Play Ball with HR!" I love going to the State Conference! It is such a great way to network with other HR professionals across the state and get information I need to do my job better. On top of that, we have an awesome lineup of speakers! Be sure to watch your inbox for announcements related to this year's conference and sign up before the Early Bird rate expires on April 20.
Finally, Kansas SHRM will be holding a Strategic Planning Workshop on Friday, June 2, in Salina. I hope you will consider joining us as we set some goals for the Council. The workshop will be submitted for HRCI business credits and is approved for SHRM professional development credits! More information will be coming soon! Once again, I would like to thank you all for your involvement in Kansas SHRM, either through your local Chapter or as an at-large SHRM member!
I hope to see you at one of our upcoming events!

Shelbye Smith
Kansas SHRM Director

Want to Get Involved?

Please contact Shelbye Smith at [email protected] if you are
interested in being on the Council in 2018.
Leader Spotlight - "30 Under 30"

Congratulations to our very own Mallory Norton of Wichita, KS, who was recently featured by SHRM on their "30 Under 30" list of Millennials who are leading HR into the future! We couldn't be more proud of how she represents our state and profession - congratulations, Mallory!
Upcoming Events


2017 Strategic Planning Workshop

Friday, June 2, 2017
Salina, KS
Salina Area Chamber of Commerce
Space is limited. Lunch provided.

Nancy Conway SHRM-SCP,
SHRM Field Services Director
Nancy Conway is SHRM's Field Services Director for the North Central Region. She has worked in the HR profession for over 27 years with industry experience in retail, call centers, banking, and health care. She served in a variety of chapter and state council volunteer roles prior to joining SHRM.

- Review key elements of a Strategic Planning Process 
- U nderstand tools to be utilized throughout the Strategic process
  - Learn the elements of the Strategic Execution Planning Cycle, including Strategic   Budgeting
  - Complete a Strategic Plan for KS SHRM
- Address concerns the Board may have about sustaining a long-term practice of planning
  - Review and propose amendments to the KS SHRM Bylaws, based on newly developed Strategic Plans

Submitted for 6 hours of SHRM and HRCI Business Credit!.

Registration opens soon at http://ksshrm.org/additional-events/

Visit the Volunteer Leaders Resource Center for a host of marketing resources.

2017 Kansas State SHRM Conference

"Play Ball with HR"
September 20-22, 2017

Join 500+ HR professionals as they come together and collaborate on the many ways to "Play Ball with HR" at this year's KS SHRM State Conference. Many nationally known and prominent speakers, along with information packed workshops, and great entertainment will fill the agenda.

Earn up to 15 HRCI & SHRM recertification credits

News from Across the State
KS SHRM Named as 2016 State Council Champion by the National SHRM Foundation

SHRM Foundation Champions are SHRM Chapters and State Councils that support the SHRM Foundation by:
  1. Making an annual donation to the SHRM Foundation directly from chapter/council funds by December 31
  2. Encourage members to join Team Empower, a special club for individuals who donate $30 or more and pledge to support the SHRM Foundation's annual inclusion initiative
  3. Host a fundraising event to benefit the SHRM Foundation
To become a Foundation Champion, complete each of the three steps and include further information in your SHAPE workbook. The Champion status is awarded each spring, and qualifying chapters and councils are recognized on the SHRM Foundation website and receive a digital badge to display on their chapter or council website.


Visit the SHRM Foundation site HERE 

  Urgent Feedback Request
Wichita State University is considering development of a Master's degree program in Human Resource Management. No Kansas Board of Regents university currently offers a Master's degree program in HRM. 

To determine if there is market demand for such a program, we've created a market demand survey and request feedback from the KS SHRM community.

Respond to the 2-minute survey HERE

Thank You in advance for your help in this research.
  If you have questions about this request, about the possible program, or about WSU's SHRM activities, please feel free to contact John Perry.

John Perry
Chair, Management Dept.
Associate Professor
Tel. 316-978-5316
Legislative Update
Please review the linked statehouse report and bill tracker.  T he House Commerce Committee held a hearing on HB 2329, which would clarify UI payments when a severance is paid to an employer.  KS SHRM provided written testimony. 
  Workforce Readiness
Phyllis LaShell and Jenny Locanthi attended the Regional Council Business Meeting  February 10-11 in San Diego , CA.  The SHRM meetings focused on Workforce Readiness.  A group of panelists explained their programs and how chapters'/state councils can impact their State/Communities through the programs. Attendees had the opportunity to network with the representatives from each program.
Western Kansas HRMA
The WKHRMA Board is learning the ins and outs of our responsibilities. This year, we are excited to focus on some much needed improvements to our Chapter, and to respond to our members.  Our next big goal is to establish a better relationship with Fort Hays State University's student chapter, and we  recently voted to award an HR student a $500 scholarship.
Submitted by Megan Schaller , SHRM-SCP
Southeast Kansas
South East Kansas Corner had their first board meeting of 2017 on Friday January 27. The first Chapter meeting will be a meet and greet at Brick Yard Grill at 515 N. Broadway in Pittsburg, Kansas on February 22. One of our board members is the HR Manager for the new Kansas Crossing Casino in Pittsburg, opening in March. He will be presenting at the next chapter meeting on June 21st.

Submitted by:
MeLisa Rogers,PhD
Pittsburg State University
Want to see your Chapter's content next quarter?

As a reminder - if you would you like to share updates or content from your Chapter's activities in the KSSHRM newsletter please review the content & publication dates below:

Content Submission Deadline
Q2 - May 1, 2017
April 15, 2017
Q3 - August 1, 2017
July 15, 2017
Q4 - November 1, 2017
October 15, 2017

We would love to feature your Chapter's annual seminar program or any of the other great activities you are working on this year; i.e. certification prep courses, special awards or initiatives, etc.

Kayla Holloway, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Communications Director
Kansas State Council of SHRM | (913) 948-8623 | Email | www.ksshrm.com