Message From the President
Greetings Members,

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are themes for this month’s newsletter. Diversity is the presence of differences between people. Equity is promoting justice, impartiality, and fairness. Inclusion is ensuring that we welcome all people to a group. While these may be difficult subjects to talk about, we must continually examine our efforts to advocate for them. Read more...
Blazing a New Trail
Submitted by Ronda Smith, Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America

Chartering unfamiliar territory for positive change. No one would have imagined that a nationwide crisis would drastically impact the way we live the way it has this past year, but it has done just that. For the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (GSLAC), it has been an experience in looking at what we do well, and where we have room to grow. Read more...
Moving From Mentoring to Sponsorship
Submitted by Rik Nemanick, PhD, The Leadership Effect

I often begin my mentoring workshops by having participants reflect on the best mentors they have had in their careers. It is a great way to set the stage for discussing mentoring, as most of us have had at least one person we think of as a mentor who played an important role in our career. Read more...
Beyond the Training: How to Host Meaningful DE&I Conversations at Your Company
Submitted by Wayne Lorenzo Titus, Greenhouse

It has recently become clear that one-time workplace anti-bias training sessions aren’t nearly enough to improve workplace diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I). Neither the airing out of equity issues in a single “town hall” nor the mere hiring of a lone diversity professional magically create lasting change. If companies want to be great places to work and attract exceptional talent, they need to systematically address their own biases, open up a transparent dialogue and commit to rigorous anti-racism institutionalization. Read more...
From 1964 to Today: The Law and Our EEO Efforts
Submitted by Andrew Metcalf, Ogletree Deakins

As our Chapter celebrates diversity and inclusion this month, it is refreshing to look back at efforts in the St. Louis community to promote workplace equality over the past year. In case you missed it, here are some of the recent headlines.
Welcome to Our New Members!
We would like to officially welcome our newest members! We hope to see you at our upcoming meetings! View new members here.
Get to Know People Solutions Center
Since you can't learn about your fellow members at events during these times of social distancing, we're bringing the experience to your screen! SHRM St. Louis President-Elect Andrew Metcalf sat down (via Zoom) with VP of Development, Katie Magoon, and Kathy Fleming to learn more about then AND their company, People Solutions Center. Big thanks to Katie and Kathy for sharing your thoughts and experience with us! Watch now.
News From Our Business Partners
Ogletree Deakins is hosting a six-session employee benefits symposium covering healthcare, payroll tax, ERISA litigation, and more. Check it out here.

Ascentis shares a blog post, "A Guide to Better Employee Leave Management". Leave management is about a lot more than simply approving time-off requests. In an increasingly complicated work environment where HR managers are balancing the needs of full-time employees, contingent workers, short-term contractors, and others, staying on top of your workforce’s leave management needs requires some genuine planning. Let’s take a look at some of the key considerations employers should take into account when mapping out an annual leave strategy.
Team Empower - Turning obstacles into opportunities takes teamwork...
Team Empower is a special group of passionate individuals who are dedicated to helping empower HR professionals to build inclusive organizations. Established in 2017, Team Empower is the SHRM Foundation's most accessible giving circle. Your annual donation of $30 or more will automatically add you to the team at Remember to give credit to SHRM STL by using code 13 in the chapter ID box.
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