Summer 2014

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♦ June 20 - CNY SHRM Annual Full-Day Conference: Sharpen Your Skills: Cutting Edge HR Strategies

June 22-25National SHRM Conference - Orlando, Florida

September 25 – Employment Law Basics for Supervisors & Managers

September 28-30New York State SHRM Conference, Buffalo

October 28 – CNY SHRM Volunteer Reception

November 4 - Avoiding the Boomer Drain: HR Strategies & Best Practices

December 9 – CNY SHRM Holiday Celebration


NYS SHRM Conference Registration Open!


Registration for the New York State SHRM Conference is now open.  The conference will be held just down the Thruway in Buffalo again this year.  This three day event is packed with practical and strategic information that every HR professional can benefit from.  The conference is desgined with four key  tracks to choose from: Diversity, Senior HR, Innovation, and General HR.  CNY SHRM’s own Board Member Kristen Smith, Esq. will be presenting as part of the Diversity track.  CNY SHRM hopes to be well-represented with a large contingent of its members this year. 


Looking For a New Career Opportunity? Need to Hire an HR Professional?

When you are ready for a transition, or when you need to hire an HR professional at any level, remember that CNY SHRM offers a job posting service!  Click here to check out the latest postings.  Employers—send any requests to post your HR openings to [email protected].


Scholarship Opportunity: Meisinger Fellowship

Have you been thinking of returning to school for a master's degree in Human Resource Management?  The Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship for Graduate Study in HR award is designed to support master’s degree students who are either SHRM members or HR professionals who have been certified through the HR  Certification Institute. Sponsored jointly by SHRM, the SHRM Foundation and the HR Certification Institute, the Fellowship is for those who want to leverage significant past contributions affecting the HR management field and continue contributing to the profession by earning a master’s degree in HR.  The application deadline is August 18, 2014.  Click here for more information.


My CNY SHRM Profile

Have you checked your CNY SHRM Profile on lately to make sure it is up to date? Your profile ensures you receive timely communications about events and other important news from CNY SHRM. Take a minute to update yours today!


Need to Renew your Membership?

• To renew your National SHRM Membership, click here

• To renew your CNY SHRM Membership complete the Primary Chapter Designation Form and email it to [email protected]


Volunteer Opportunities


CNY SHRM operates through the leadership of our volunteers who give their time to further the mission of the association.  Serving as a volunteer is a great way to give back to the HR community and to network with your peers.  It is also a great way to broaden and build your leadership skills. 

Get Involved!




Annual CNY SHRM One-Day Conference is Just Around the Corner!

It is not too late to register for the CNY SHRM Annual One-Day Conference, scheduled for Friday, June 20, 2014, at the Doubletree Hotel, Carrier Circle, in East Syracuse.  Two dynamic keynote speakers are lined up. Lou DiLorenzo, Esq. of Bond, Schoeneck & King, and Mary Schecter of The Intuitive Organization will each present in plenary sessions.  Back by popular demand, a panel of legal and compliance experts will also  be available to answer your most pressing questions. Sessions on the NYS Healthcare Exchange, HIPAA compliance, HR best practices, and recruiting trends round out the program. Do not miss this opportunity to sharpen your skills and connect with your peers from across Central New York!  Click here for registration information.


2014 CNY SHRM Salary Survey


CNY SHRM offers local employers the inside track on compensation trends in our local market with its annual CNY SHRM Salary Survey.  The 2014 Survey is now open and accepting data!  Participants are entitled to a FREE copy of the survey results. To get the local competitive edge,  click here to get started on the survey now.




New HR Certification Program Recently Unveiled:

What Do I Do?


SHRM recently announced a new HR professional certification based on competencies.  This is not a replacement for the HRCI knowledge based certification that we have all known for over 30 years, but an additional one.  Both of these certifications will be available for anyone who chooses to pursue them. 


The question is, which one (or both) is best for you?

That is a question that cannot be answered quite yet.  More information is needed, and that information has not yet been finalized and released. However, SHRM did recently release a presentation containing some information.  You can access that information here.  Additionally, a list of FAQ’s can be found here.


CNY SHRM will assist our membership through this period of change.  We will monitor any information released from National SHRM and HRCI regarding the changes, and communicate them to our membership.  For now, keep an eye on CNY SHRM, National SHRM and HRCI websites and email notifications to learn and understand the facts regarding the certifications.





CNY SHRM Awarded the

Silver Excel Award for Chapter Excellence!


CNY SHRM is proud to announce that it was awarded the SHRM Silver Chapter Award for 2013.  This award recognizes outstanding achievements in chapter operations and a commitment to providing meaningful programs and services to its members. It is truly a team effort to win this designation.  Our thanks to the many volunteers that allow CNY SHRM to continue to provide quality programming, services and activities to the HR professionals in and around Central New York.



PHR/SPHR Certification Class News


CNY SHRM along with LeMoyne College once again offered a Certification Preparation Class in the spring of 2014.  Over 10 students completed the class for the spring semester.  Several of the students have or will be taking the HRCI certification exam during this testing cycle (May1 – June 30).  Congratulations to all who completed the coursework and passed the certification exam.  You have all worked very hard and should be very proud of yourselves. 


CNY SHRM will continue to partner with LeMoyne College to offer this class to our members. Contact Bonnie Sick, Chair of the Professional Development & College Relations Committee for more information, or visit LeMoyne’s Continuing Education website.


CNY SHRM Members Serve the Community Through Career Exploration Program at Southwest Community Center


Thanks to the leadership of our Diversity and Worforce Readiness Committee, headed by Nicki Arnett-Burke, CNY SHRM partnered with Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility, Inc. to bring a Career Exploration and Career Preparation program to middle school students enrolled in the after school program at the Southwest Community Center (SWCC) in Syracuse. 


CNY SHRM members completed our first round of this ongoing volunteer initiative with Southwest Community Center in the spring.  Over the course of four weeks, CNY SHRM members provided career counseling to 23 students ranging from 6th – 8th grades, and a great time was had by all!  A very special thank you to our volunteers:  Wendy Powers, Iolanda Cooper, Bonnie Sick, Jennifer Elia, Anna Casciano, Susan Beebe, Nicki Arnett-Burke, Michelle Brisson, Wilbur Allen, Mary Anne Ciccarelli, and of course a great big thank you to our friends at SWCC!!  Please stay tuned for details about our next adventure!


For more information, or to sign up to join this unique volunteer initiative, contact the chair of the Diversity and Workforce Readiness Committee, Nicki Arnett-Burke.



CNY SHRM Program and Event Sponsorships -

You Can Help!


CNY SHRM seeks to offer contemporary and informative programs on a variety of HR-related topics. To help support our pursuit of topics and offset venue expenses, our Chapter offers several levels of sponsorship. Your Marketing Committee promotes our offerings to a select list of providers of services and goods that are in the realm of employee benefits, compensation, advisory, and other products that are appropriate for the HR profession and your employees. You can view the Sponsorship Schedule of Benefits here.


Certain vendors are targeted for topic-specific programs, and all are prospected for our two major Chapter events in June and December.


One task you can help with is the identification and recruitment of these sponsor leads.  Do you know of organizations that would be interested in connecting with our community of HR professionals to showcase their products or services? Send your leads to Jim Jerose, Marketing Chairperson, at [email protected] for follow up.


We also ask that when you attend CNY SHRM events, that you take a moment to stop by the sponsor tables to greet and thank these generous sponsors for their support of our Chapter activities.  Doing so is so very helpful in making them feel welcome, and your interest in knowing more about their offerings makes their investment all the more worthwhile...and they may return for another occasion!


For sponsorship questions, leads, referrals, or just to know more about this key Chapter activity, ask Jim! He can also be reached at 447-1177.