Quarterly News & Updates
from Kansas SHRM
Director Letter

Greetings, Kansas SHRM! Here we are in June and the year is nearly half over. We have done some great things in the first part of 2018 and I'm so grateful to everyone who worked hard to make them happen. First, we had our Leadership Academy for all of our volunteer leaders across the state back in January. Then, we had our Employment Law and Employee Benefits Conference with a Day on the Hill back in February, with record-setting attendance! Finally, we just had our first ever Kansas SHRM Student Summit and HR Games. It was a great event and we look forward to continuing it in the future!
In just a couple short weeks, we have the SHRM Annual Conference on June 18-21 in Chicago. I am very excited to attend the conference this year and represent Kansas SHRM. If you are attending, please email me at ssmith@isienvironmental.com. We are planning some opportunities for Kansas SHRM members to connect, and would love for you to join us!
Our conference chairs, Makala Navarro and Amber Neises, and their committee are also very busy planning our Kansas SHRM State Conference, "HR Enlisted", which will be September 19-21, 2018, in Wichita! We have some great speakers lined up including Johnny Taylor, the new CEO of SHRM, and Matt Eversmann, who was portrayed in the movie "Black Hawk Down." We also have a great pre-conference workshop, which will allow you to earn a few extra recertification credits. If you haven't already, please register today! To register or get more information, please visit: http://2018.ksshrm.org/ . Be sure to watch your inbox for future announcements related to the conference. I hope to see you there!
In addition to all these events, our local SHRM Chapters are doing some great things! If you are not currently a local Chapter member, I encourage you to check out a Chapter near you. You can check our website for a list of local Chapters and their websites: http://ksshrm.org/affiliate-chapters/ . Being a local Chapter member has been extremely valuable to me professionally and personally. I hope you will consider joining one of our awesome Chapters.
Have a great summer and I hope to see you at one of our upcoming events!
Shelbye Smith
Kansas SHRM Director
Congratulations Kansas SHRM State Council for receiving the Platinum Excel Award from SHRM for 2017!
To learn more about the SHRM 2018 Annual Conference visit the annual website here!

KS SHRM needs your help to define the "Talent Gap" in Kansas by taking a survey.
Business communities across the nation perceive a shortage of skilled workers. This topic often goes by the name "skills gap" or "talent gap." As such we are inviting KS SHRM members to participate in a research project to help better define these fuzzy terms - as they manifest themselves in the Kansas business community. To create meaningful results, the project depends on extensive participation by Kansas businesses in all industry sectors and geographic regions of the state.
The survey seeks your open-ended input on how your business perceives the "talent gap" and how your business defines the employee-related skills and talents you currently find to be in short supply. The survey will ask you about your business's response to the "talent gap" and to forecast the skills and talents your business may demand in the coming years.
For more information and to participate in the survey, click here . Your feedback is greatly appreciated!

Are you SHRM-SCP or SHRM-CP Certified?

If so, please consider recertifying this year. Your recertification cycle will remain the same, but it allows you to get it done and out of the way so you don't have to worry about it next year.  If you're a SHRM member the recertification cost is $100, for n on-SHRM members the cost is $150. 

Added to that - SHRM has renewed their recertification incentive program for 2018! This program provides monetary support to both the recertifying member's SHRM Chapter and State Council.
If you have any questions about certification or recertification please feel welcome to contact:

Jena Lysen
Kansas SHRM Certification Chair
Let's See What is Happening at Some of the Local KS SHRM Chapters!

Topeka Chapter
Received 2017 Silver Excel Award

Topeka SHRM will host their annual SHRMinar August 23, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Registration information can be found here.  The morning seminar will be provided by Amy Leslie and will look at demystifying workplace behaviors to  assess workplace needs.  The afternoon session will be provided by Hunter Stanfield and will look at resolving workplace conflicts.
Beginning September 8, 2018, Topeka SHRM will be offering a study group for the SHRM certification exam which begins in December 1, 2018.  Last fall we offered a study group and had an 80% success rate in passing the SHRM-CP exam (nobody took the SHRM-SCP this past spring).  We will have information posted for sign up soon on the Topeka SHRM website.

Emporia Chapter
Received 2017 Silver Excel Award

SHRMJC Chapter
Received 2017 Gold Excel Award

Southeast Chapter
Our Chapter year has flown by so far. We have had incredible speakers at our monthly business meetings. Our topics have included workplace violence, active shooter training, workforce readiness, and State sponsored OJT and Apprenticeship programs.  
Our Annual Business Conference is scheduled for August 8th! We have a great lineup of speakers and breakout sessions including Employee Recognition programs, Tax advantages, Bending the Healthcare curve, MeToo movement and the workplace, Workforce Readiness and Preparing the workforce for the 4th Industrial Movement, and our keynote speaker is Loretta Summers (who had a breakout session at the KS SHRM Conference last September) speaking on Unconscious Bias. We hope to see you there?

HRMN - Manhattan Chapter
Received 2017 Silver Excel Award

HRMN (Human Resource Management Network) out of Manhattan is pleased to announce we have surpassed the 100 member mark! 
We are trying to mix things up a bit, and instead of our usual noon meeting (occasionally a breakfast one) our June meeting will be an afternoon program with ice cream bar, followed by a networking session.  The topic is "World Religions Presentation" and our presenter is Chris Jones from Washburn University.

Jayhawk Chapter
On Tuesday, June 12, 2018, the Jayhawk Chapter is pleased to present Joel Zeff, a national workplace expert, speaker, author and humorist who captivates audiences with a unique blend of hilarious improvisational comedy and essential ideas on work and life.
The Jayhawk Chapter has earned the SHRM Platinum Excel award for 2017. This award recognizes outstanding achievements in chapter operations and a commitment to providing meaningful programs and services to its members.

Wichita Chapter
Received 2017 Platinum Excel Award

The Wichita Chapter of the SHRM Scholarship Fund is seeking applications for Fall semester 2018
The grant of Scholarships will be made for the Fall 2018. Applications are being accepted between now and May 31, 2018.  The Board of Trustees will contact the recipient by August 1, 2018.  The Board of Trustees have allocated $2000 to be awarded in University Scholarship and may also award one State SHRM Conference scholarship and one scholarship for a certification prep course. Interested individuals can find an application online at www.wichitashrm.org.  Application should be mailed to SHRM Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1276, Wichita, KS 67201.
Congratulations to Amber Neises, PHR, SHRM-CP for being named the Wichita Chapter HR Professional of the Year for 2018! Amber is the HR Director for Scholfield-Hatchett and has 18 years of Human Resources experience. She has been a local and national member of SHRM for over 10 years, and served as the Wichita SHRM President in 2017. Amber took on the daunting task of spearheading the creation and migration of a new Wichita SHRM website which went live in January of 2018. In addition, she is the Co-Chair of the State Conference Committee for the upcoming Kansas SHRM State Conference in Wichita this year. Amber was presented a plaque at the May 2018 Wichita SHRM Luncheon. We thank you, Amber, for your commitment and dedication to advancing the HR profession in the Wichita area.
We would also like to recognize the fantastic group of HR Professionals who we nominated this year along with Amber. There were a total of five nominees this year, and their experience in the profession ranged from 2 to 26 years:
  • Brandy Weber, SPHR, SHRM-SCP; Director of HR, Wichita YMCA
  • Dawn Ramirez, PHR; HR Manager, Fleetcor
  • Jessica Hatfield, HR Business Partner, The Arnold Group
  • Sean Hudspeth, CPFS; Director of Human Resources & Risk Management, Davis Moore
Thank you to all who participated and to our previous winner who voted. If you would like to nominate someone next year, please visit www.wichitashrm.org of further details. 

WKHRMA Chapter
After reviewing seven candidates, the Scholarship Committee has awarded the $1,000 WKHRMA/Midwest Energy Scholarship to Daniel Fisher. Daniel is a Junior at FHSU with dual majors in Human Resources Management and Management Information Systems. He currently serves as Treasure to the FHSU SHRM Chapter. 

If you would like content from your local chapter shared in the next newsletter, please contact Mallory at Mallory.norton@ksmedcenter.com !

2018 Student Summit & HR Games
On April 27th and April 28th, KS SHRM hosted its first ever Student Summit and HR Games at Wichita State University. This inaugural program brought human resource college students together from K-State, KU, Fort Hayes State and Wichita State to compete in a jeopardy style competition of human resource knowledge for growth and professional development. 
There were approximately 35 students in attendance and 7 teams that competed in the HR Games, which tested their understanding of the basic body of HR knowledge and helped prepare them to pursue professional certification. KU placed 2nd behind Wichita State, in the single elimination style tournament.
The conference also provided students opportunities for networking and mentoring with human resource and academic professionals one-on-one, as well as a social networking event on Friday evening with bowling and billiards.
For a first year event, everything went better than expected! We are looking forward to hosting the summit again in 2019 at another university and growing on this awesome program.
Thanks again to all those who volunteered and helped make the summit a success.

2018 Kansas State SHRM Conference
September 19-21, 2018
Wichita, KS
  • Join the "HR Enlisted" this year at the 2018 Kansas SHRM State Conference Register Now
  • Registration and business partner opportunities are also available for the KS SHRM State Conference in Wichita, KS to interact and network with the "HR Enlisted"
  • Conference exhibitors score big with Super Early-Bird pricing - Lock in 2017 exhibitor price of $900 if registered and paid by December 31, 2017
Conference Overview: 
The annual 3-day State Conference is attended by over 500 human resource professionals and nearly 100 business partners, providing a regiment of professional development and networking opportunities for HR practitioners at any level. Roger that! Don't miss this opportunity to improve your HR strategy with up to 12 hours of recertification credits for SHRM-SCP/SHRM-CP and PHR/SPHR, and learn the tips, tools, and resources to help your company's "HR Enlisted!"

The conference includes commanding keynote speakers and concurrent session topics featuring leading experts in the human resources profession that are sure to be top-notch. Visit KS SHRM or contact us at 888.332.6248 for more information.

Business Partners: 
For business partners and exhibitors, this Conference is squared away, offering a great opportunity to promote your organization, reinforce your brand, introduce new products and services, and interact with decision makers representing companies throughout Kansas.

The Conference Committee has really launched a missile this year and put together a fantastic program lineup. Head downrange with the "HR Enlisted!" Hooah!?
Upcoming Events
 Jayhawk Chapter  
June 12th
Make the Right Choice: Taking Ownership and Responsibility for your Happiness and Success
Lawrence, KS
Human Resource Management Network June 13th World Religion Presentation Manhattan, KS Register
HR Professionals Association of Greater Emporia June 13th Why can't we all just get along? Creating strong company culture Emporia, KS

Western Kansas HRMA June 13th Performance Management Hays, KS

SHRM of Johnson County June 13th Member Benefit Maximization Breakfast Overland Park, KS

SHRM of SouthWest Kansas June 14th Responding to KHRC (EEOC) Complaint Garden City, KS

Central Kansas SHRM June 14th Identity Theft in the Workplace and Its Impact on HR Hutchinson, KS

Wichita Chapter SHRM June 14th Wichita SHRM Morning Social Wichita, KS

Wichita Chapter SHRM June 20th Company Culture: By Default or By Design Wichita, KS

Salina HR Management Association June 21st Praise to Criticism Ratio and Balancing Employee Praise with Critical Feedback Salina, KS

Western Kansas HRMA August 8th Sexual Harassment Hays

HR Professionals Association of Greater Emporia August 8th 35 Years in the Hiring Business Emporia, KS

Central Kansas SHRM August 9th Collective Impact Through United Way of Reno County Hutchinson, KS Register
Western Kansas HRMA August 15th IT Best Practices Colby Regsiter
Salina HR Management Association August 16th Internal Investigations Intelligence - Do You Have I3? Salina, KS Register
SHRM Topeka Chapter August 23rd 2018 SHRMinar Topeka, KS

SHRM of SouthWest Kansas July 12th EMPAC Employee Assistance Garden City, KS

Central Kansas SHRM July 12th Motivating Employees Through Reward, Recognition, and Feedback Hutchinson, KS

Wichita Chapter SHRM July 18th Compensation and Engagement: Is Connection a Myth Wichita, KS Register
SHRM of Johnson County July 19th Six Smart HR Strategies to Address Today's Serious Skills Gap Overland Park, KS
Salina HR Management Association July 19th The New Keys to Retaining Employees Salina, KS

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:

Publication Date

Content Submission Deadline
Q3 2018 - August 15, 2018
August 1, 2018
Q4 2018 - November 15, 2018 November 1, 2018
Q1 2019 - January 15, 2019 January 1, 2019

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.

Mallory Norton, MBA
2018-19 KSSHRM Communications Director
The KANSASWORKS Registered Apprenticeship website is LIVE!
Aimed at connecting job seekers with Kansas businesses, ksapprenticeship.org includes information and easy-to-follow navigation for job seekers and employers alike.
Check out the new website now at www.ksapprenticeship.org and find out how you can apply for the Kansas Registered Apprenticeship program .

Director- Elect Letter
2019 Open KS SHRM State Council Openings


We have a few council members whose terms are expiring and we are actively searching for volunteers to fill those positions! Serving as a volunteer leader for state council is a great way to meet HR peers from across the state and take your volunteer career to the next level. Here are our openings for next year and a bit about each position:
Serves as an "understudy" to the state council Director. Works with the Director to establish policy, strategies and objectives. Provides leadership and guidance to elected and volunteer staff. Participates in conference planning and council-related meetings/calls throughout the year. (2 years as Director-Elect, 2 years as Director, 2 years as Immediate Past Director)
College Relations Director
Serves as an appointed member of the state council with responsibility to assist and promote student chapter activities within the state. Works closely with the Executive Council and Executive Administrator team to plan and execute the annual KSSHRM Student Summit. (2 years w/ option of a 3rd)
State Conference Chair
Serves as a member of the state council. Works closely with the Executive Council and Executive Administrator team to plan and execute the annual KSSHRM conference. (1 year - 2019 conference in Overland Park)
District Directors - East (Emporia, Parsons) & South (Wichita, Winfield, Hutchinson)
Serves as a council representative of a designated region in Kansas. Provides leadership and communication to further our goals and objectives and support to Chapters and members. Expected to visit the Chapters in their region at least once per year. (2 years w/ option of a 3rd)
As the incoming KSSHRM Director for 2019-20, I would love the opportunity to have you join my team! Please consider these opportunities and contact me if you have an interest, jenny.dowell@cfnb.bank . Thank you!
Jenny Locanthi Dowell, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
KSSHRM Director-Elect


Please contact Jenny at jenny.dowell@cfnbmanhattan.com if you are interested!
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