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  • 03/09/2020 8:34 PM | Katherine Locsin (Administrator)

    SPOT Award Winner for March

    The SPOT Award stands for Spontaneous Praise and Ongoing Thanks. We recognize a volunteer monthly that goes above and beyond in their dedication and support of the LSHRM Chapter.

    Chad Barnes has been married for 15 yrs to Stacie and they have a 12 yr old daughter Emily. Chad has lived in Louisville for 20+ yrs after returning from Chicago, IL. He is a graduate from the University of Louisville. He is involved in the community and other professional groups including Greater Louisville Inc, Business Networking International, and is on the Wellness Committee with LSHRM. Chad owns his own business powered by New York Life and helps individuals, families and businesses live today while planning for the future.

    Chad Barnes was nominated for his hard work with planning the Plan Now to Play Later Financial Wellness event at Dave & Busters. Chad did a fantastic job gathering our expert panelists, negotiating pricing at D&B, participating in the Panel and ensuring all attendees had a wonderful experience.

  • 02/28/2020 3:12 PM | Katherine Locsin (Administrator)

    SPOT Award Winner for February

    The SPOT Award stands for Spontaneous Praise and Ongoing Thanks. We recognize a volunteer monthly that goes above and beyond in their dedication and support of the LSHRM Chapter.


    Lee Smiley has a hard time saying no. In addition to his day job as Director of Human Resources at QSR Automations, he is Director of Communications & Marketing for LSHRM, an adjunct professor of business at the University of Louisville, secretary of his Home Owners' Association, and a published short-story author. When he's not doing one of those things, which isn't often, he spends his free time with his supremely patient wife, Jennifer, their two cats, and--far less often--his four adult children.

    LSHRM has been fortunate enough to have him as our Director of Communications & Marketing, where he has been able to assist us with website updates, announcement distributions, registration automation, and many other duties as assigned. Lee has helped to resolve our LSHRM technical issues and has been a wonderful addition to the LSHRM Family. Lee---Thanks for all that you do for each of us! Looking forward to all of the fun enhancements that you will add in 2020 and beyond!

  • 02/28/2020 3:11 PM | Katherine Locsin (Administrator)

    SPOT Award Winner for January

    The SPOT Award stands for Spontaneous Praise and Ongoing Thanks. We recognize a volunteer monthly that goes above and beyond in their dedication and support of the LSHRM Chapter.

    Patricia Williams was nominated for the January Spot Award due to her taking the lead to secure sponsors for our 1st Chapter meeting. She also took time to meet with key directors to provide mentoring and support in their new roles. Patricia also worked with the Workforce Readiness on BW2 with Josh and his team we would also like to add that Patricia is always smiling even during tough times and provides honest feedback as one of our past presidents.

    Patricia A. Williams, Certified Human Resource Professional, Director at Louisville Central Community Centers. Williams holds dual Master of Science degrees in the areas of Conflict Management and Human Resource Leadership.

    She is a workforce advocate and pioneer for professional development and specializes in steering under-utilized and at-risk populations towards better employment opportunities. She is an author of the anthology, Evolution of Human Resources and other articles.

    Some of her accomplishments include Kentucky Colonel Award recipient, Leadership Louisville, Bingham Fellows Alum, and named by Business First Louisville as one of 20 People to Know in Human Resources.

    She has also served as adjunct faculty at Sullivan and Spalding University. Williams is a Past President of Louisville Society for Human Resource Management and Certification Director for KYSHRM State Council as our Professional Development and Certification Director.

  • 01/06/2020 10:00 AM | Katherine Locsin (Administrator)

    Happy New Year to all our current and future members.

    I am so excited to lead the organization in 2020 and wanted to thank everyone who voted me into this role. During my time as President-Elect in 2019, I had the opportunity to learn from our past presidents, Susan Huffmon, and the 2018 past president, Patricia Williams. They both provided me great insight on how our local chapter impacts our members and the community. I would like to thank them both for sharing how we make a difference in the HR community by implementing the various strategies recommended by our Board members.

    I had the pleasure to travel to Washington, D.C., for the SHRM Volunteer Leaders’ Business meeting in November 2019 on behalf our chapter. LSHRM was recognized as a 2019 SHRM Learning System Champion. Thanks go out to 2019 Director of Certification, Amy Olds, and her team for facilitating study groups using the SHRM Learning System. More to come from our 2020 Director of Professional Development and Certification Director, Marcus Goodwin, SHRM-CP (Airline Training Specialist - Business Professional at UPS). We are in the process of securing additional trainers for our 2020 study group. To learn more, please reach out to Marcus via email at mgoodwin@lshrm.org.

    We will continue to provide great programming and networking opportunities during our monthly chapter meetings. Meetings will continue to offer both SHRM and HRCI Recertification credits in 2020. We listened to our members and most of our chapter meetings will be offered in the afternoon except for half- or full-day special conferences. Ensure you register early on our website: https://www.lshrm.org/calendar-of-events. More information to come from our Director of Programs, Chastity Millanti, and Director of Communication and Marketing, Shelly Trent.

    LSHRM is the largest SHRM-affiliated chapter in Kentucky. I want to personally thank our 2019 Director of Membership, Kimberly Ratcliffe, (VP of Client Services with HR Alliance) for adding 245 new members since 1/1/19. Sixty-four percent of all LSHRM members are national SHRM members as well. Remember that national SHRM and LSHRM are always better together. Our 2020 Director of Membership, Laura Good (Human Resource Generalist-MedAssist, a Firstsource company), has plans to continue with increasing our membership. We have a lot to celebrate in 2020 and one of them is our 80th anniversary. More information on our celebration to come. Be sure to renew or join LSHRM in 2020 as we continue to add value to your membership: https://www.lshrm.org/Join-LSHRM.

    The purpose of SHRM and LSHRM is to elevate the HR profession. Our mission is to empower people and workplaces by advancing HR practices and by maximizing human potential. Our vision is to build a world of work that works for all.  In 2020 LSHRM will continue the success formula started in 2018 to focus on PEOPLE:

    Partner and share best practices,

    Engage new and existing membership and our volunteer base,

    Offer creative and disruptive programming,

    Promote LSHRM Brand through creative and consistent marketing,

    Lead effort in building a stronger economy,

    Empower HR Professionals to be Strategic Business Partners

    There is so much more to share, but I will wait until the next Letter from the 2020 President. I look forward to meeting and building relationships with our members and community partners in 2020. Feel free to reach out to me if I can be of any help or support in your HR journey.

    Respectfully Yours,

    Rawleigh Richardson, Sr., SHRM-CP, PHR 

    2020 President

    Louisville Society for Human Resource Management

    rrichardson@lshrm.org

    www.lshrm.org 

    http://www.linkedin.com/in/rawleighrichardsonsr

  • 12/23/2019 8:00 AM | Katherine Locsin (Administrator)

    By Patrick Lowe, D.C.

    There is one month of the year when stress multiplies, depression rates increase, and suicide rates skyrocket. The happiest season of the year is also the most stressful season for many. People just want to get through the holidays.  This e-zine will help you to have a happier, healthier, and more successful holiday season.

    Where does all of this stress come from?

    Time of Year!

    First off, December is the darkest month of the year. The first day of winter occurs in December, providing the least amount of daylight time. Sunlight has many beneficial effects, including fighting off seasonal affective disorder (SAD).  We can't change the rotation of the planet. We can change our lightbulbs, which has a big effect. Using high-quality full-spectrum lightbulbs can make a big difference, less depression, and less stress. Another option is that you can move to the southern hemisphere.  Lightbulbs are much less expensive.

    High Expectations

    During the holidays, we have a lot more expectations for ourselves and other people. We are attending this party, buying for this person, and still trying to get our daily tasks completed. This all leads to more stress on our time and our finances.

    Unsuccessful Expectations

    Successful Expectations

    Buying the perfect gift 

     Providing nice gifts

    Having a perfect Christmas 

    Having a good time

    Making someone happy 

    Providing an environment for happiness


    Happiness occurs when reality exceeds expectations; disappointment occurs when expectations exceed our reality.  The "unsuccessful expectations" rarely occur, setting up an environment of unhappiness and stress. Highly successful people focus on the column on the right.  All of these expectations are achievable and lead to less stress.

    Holiday Foods

    More parties and social events mean more opportunities to eat tasty, sugary foods. Unfortunately, increased sugar intake skyrockets our stress hormones (cortisol).

    The cure? Watch what you eat.  Eat small amounts of the sugary treats and maintain your exercise routine. Thirty minutes of aerobic exercise burns off stress hormones and so does laughter.

    Make it a point to laugh every day and enjoy your holiday season. Less stress for you means a more enjoyable holiday season for you and the people you care about. Have a successful month!


  • 12/18/2019 8:00 AM | Katherine Locsin (Administrator)

    The “60 Second Spotlight” aims to give our most dedicated members an opportunity to share what makes LSHRM so great to them!

    If you are interested in sharing your journey with LSHRM with us, please contact the Membership Engagement Committee at Membership@lshrm.org

    Member Name: Rawleigh Richardson, Sr. 

    Member Job Title: Sr. Associate Relations Professional

    Member Company Name: Humana

    What is your current role in LSHRM? 2020 President of LSHRM

    How long have you been a member of LSHRM? 10 years

    How did you first get involved in LSHRM? I was in transition in 2009 and finishing my master’s degree in Human Resources. I was looking to build relationships within the Human Resources community after being with an organization for several years in the Loss Prevention community. I joined LSHRM to get help from colleagues who later became friends in guiding me in my Human Resource career.

    What are 3 words you would use to describe LSHRM? Intentional, Inclusive, and Collaborative.

    What do you find the most challenging about your role in LSHRM? Figuring out how to effectively engage our current members and providing quality programs, training, development, and special events to connect with future members in the community and national SHRM members.

    How has LSHRM helped you in your professional development? LSHRM has provided me the opportunity to learn as a chairperson and later as a director in various areas of HR that includes, but not limited to: Workforce Readiness, Professional Development & Certification, Diversity & Inclusion at the city and state level. Serving as the 2020 President of LSHRM is an awesome opportunity to lead some of the best HR and business professionals in the state.

    What do you wish other people knew about LSHRM? I wish that people understood they must be the change they want to see in the world by participating in the various initiatives, programs, and volunteer opportunities to improve the communities that we work and live in.

    Do you feel the interest in LSHRM seems to be growing or waning. Why do you think that is? Our social media presence is improving thanks to members and community contacts registering and liking our content on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and LinkedIn. There are a lot of specialty associations for HR which may be impacting our attendance at our meetings and events. LSHRM will continue to work on being the most inclusive HR association affiliated with national SHRM. Our LSHRM board did a wonderful job in 2019 by increasing membership. We plan on increasing engagement with our current members and focusing on our at-large members that are only members of national SHRM. Keep in mind that LSHRM is better together with your national SHRM membership!

    What are you most proud of accomplishing during your time with LSHRM? I really enjoy inspiring others in my various roles on both the KYSHRM Council and LSHRM Board. My best accomplishment is when someone shared that they achieved their certification after participating in a study group I helped facilitate.

    What changes do you think LSHRM has to look forward to over the next year? LSHRM will be intentional in delivering programs, training, and resources that are inclusive to create a better workplace and a better world.


  • 12/01/2019 8:00 AM | Katherine Locsin (Administrator)

    The “60 Second Spotlight” aims to give our most dedicated members an opportunity to share what makes LSHRM so great to them!

    If you are interested in sharing your journey with LSHRM with us, please contact the Membership Engagement Committee at Membership@lshrm.org


    Member Name: Kelly Groves 

    Member Job Title: Senor Payroll and Benefit Administrator

    Member Company Name: SHP Management Corp.

    What is your current role in LSHRM? VP Administration

    How long have you been a member of LSHRM? Since 2006—about 13 years!

    How did you first get involved in LSHRM? When I first moved to Louisville from Maine, I had been involved with the local chapter there and was already familiar with the chapters. Since I was going to be working from home now, I really needed a place to connect with other HR Professionals and wanted an opportunity to get involved with an organization that specialized and focused in the HR field.

    What are 3 words you would use to describe LSHRM? Inspiring, Fun & Thought-Provoking

    What do you find the most challenging about your role in LSHRM? Ensuring our LSHRM Board and Members are continuously updated on a regular basis balanced with my regular job and life. I try and give the type of service I would want to receive from others.

    How has LSHRM helped you in your professional development? I have many people in LSHRM who have been helpful to me and you can go to in the chapter for support. Working from home, the social network as well as the educational opportunities have been just as important for me. I feel I have gained so much leadership skills in the roles I have shared in Membership, Hospitality and as VP Administrator.

    What do you wish other people knew about LSHRM? LSHRM is a great resource for HR Professionals and is doing so much good work. It is a great place to gain more education and learn about HR as well as great environment for networking and meeting other HR folks. Personally and professionally, it has been a great investment of time and money. Giving back to others is important I inspire to do . This is a great group and I encourage others to jump in and get involved.

    Do you feel the interest in LSHRM seems to be growing or waning. Why do you think that is? Definitely growing. LSHRM is a constantly looking to partner with the community and deal with difficult challenges that our community is facing. LSHRM is viewed as a resource and HR-related experts.

    LSHRM members move into high level and influential careers within their organizations.

    What are you most proud of accomplishing during your time with LSHRM? I am proud that I have helped the Chapter on a day to day basis to further the opportunities to HR Professionals and given back to a group that I feel passionately about.

    What changes do you think LSHRM has to look forward to over the next year? The world is changing and so must LSHRM. There are more topics that come to the forefront and need to be addressed by LSHRM. Of course legislation is changing and with that, we must too. Staying on top of these hot topics will be critical.


  • 11/14/2019 8:20 PM | Katherine Locsin (Administrator)

    The “60 Second Spotlight” aims to give our most dedicated members an opportunity to share what makes LSHRM so great to them!

    If you are interested in sharing your journey with LSHRM with us, please contact the Membership Engagement Committee at Membership@lshrm.org.

    • Member Name: Tiffany Cardwell
    • Member Job Title: HR Advisory Principal
    • Member Company Name: MCM HR Consulting Group, an affiliate of Mountjoy Chilton Medley LLP
    • What is your current role in LSHRM? Director of Wellness
    • How long have you been a member of LSHRM? Since 2000—almost 20 years!
    • How did you first get involved in LSHRM? When I first moved to Louisville from Chicago, I was looking for an opportunity to get involved locally with an organization that specifically focused in the HR field. Locally, that was LSHRM.
    • What are 3 words you would use to describe LSHRM? Dynamic, Fun & Unique
    • What do you find the most challenging about your role in LSHRM? Keeping up with all of the new legislation in HR and then ensuring our LSHRM Members are continuously educated on those changes would be the most challenging about my role. We always try to provide engaging and innovative speakers to continue to enhance our LSHRM Members’ skills.
    • How has LSHRM helped you in your professional development? I have many Mentors in LSHRM who have always been helpful throughout my Career. Having had the opportunity to be LSHRM President almost 6 years ago provided such a fantastic learning opportunity to lead a volunteer organization and to help continue to elevate the work that we do. Personally and professionally, it was probably the best unpaid job that I ever had. Giving back to our HR profession is important to me and I hope others will feel the same and will take the time to serve as an LSHRM Committee Member, Chair, Director or Officer.
    • What do you wish other people knew about LSHRM? LSHRM has done so much good in the community and has really provided not just a great environment for learning but also has been a welcoming family for its members. I encourage every LSHRM Member to take the time to get involved and help contribute to our profession.
    • Do you feel the interest in LSHRM seems to be growing or waning. Why do you think that is? Definitely growing. LSHRM is a constant partner with critical workforce issues not only locally, but also regionally and nationally. We are viewed as the experts with all HR-related topics and it’s wonderful seeing various LSHRM members move into high level and influential careers within their organizations.
    • What are you most proud of accomplishing during your time with LSHRM? I was proud of the opportunities we’ve provided to our HR Colleagues. At one point I was serving as the Certification Chair and we had over 90 people participating, many of which received their HR certifications. Now that’s a great accomplishment!
    • What changes do you think LSHRM has to look forward to over the next year? I feel like there are several that we need to be thinking about as HR professionals.

    1)There will be more generational hot topics that will continue to be of interest in the workforce.2) It will also be interesting to see how legislation evolves involving medical marijuana. 3) One of the biggest challenges we will face as HR professionals is the Opioid crisis. It is important for us to be as educated as possible on the resources available to assist us with combatting this issue and it is also important for us as HR professionals to be more open to second chance employments and providing other opportunities for work to be done differently. 4)Artificial intelligence in the workplace will also continue to have a role and our HR profession needs to be ready to address the challenges and embrace what innovation has to offer in the workplace.5)Finally, succession planning will be a hot topic. Employees entering the workforce are hungry to learn and HR should be ready to provide coaches and mentors to help guide them throughout their careers.


  • 11/12/2019 4:52 PM | Katherine Locsin (Administrator)

    SPOT Award Winner for November

    The SPOT Award stands for Spontaneous Praise and Ongoing Thanks. We recognize a volunteer monthly that goes above and beyond in their dedication and support of the LSHRM Chapter.


    Nicole Goodin is currently the HR manager at Harbor House . Nicole has jumped right in assisting the membership engagement committee by calling sponsors for the September and October events and she also send out emails for the KYSHRM conference. We would like to thank Nicole for all that she has done in to make our events successful.

  • 10/16/2019 8:00 AM | Katherine Locsin (Administrator)

    The “60 Second Spotlight” aims to give our most dedicated members an opportunity to share what makes LSHRM so great to them!

    If you are interested in sharing your journey with LSHRM with us, please contact the Membership Engagement Committee at Membership@lshrm.org.


    • Member Name: Susan Huffmon
    • Member Job Title: Manager of Organizational Development 
    • Member Company Name: Rainbow Design Services 
    • What is your current role in LSHRM? President
    • How long have you been a member of LSHRM? 11 years
    • How did you first get involved in LSHRM? I attended a board meeting and then volunteered to be a chair for certifications and helped to get chapter programs credited for ce.
    • What are 3 words you would use to describe LSHRM? Collaborative, Committed and Community
    • What do you find the most challenging about your role in LSHRM? I find that prioritizing all of the things that our board, our members and the community wants done to be challenging because everyone has such great ideas and I'm the type that wants to do everything at once.  I’ve had to take a step back and prioritize what’s most important and what we have resources to do first and then work down the list. 
    • How has LSHRM helped you in your professional development? LSHRM has been instrumental in helping me  to develop into the HR professional I am today. I have several mentors that I have met through LSHRM who have guided and advised me on various situations throughout my career. I also have learned so much by attending the LSHRM Chapter meetings and the KY State and National conferences. There is always something new in HR. LSHRM, KYSHRM and SHRM have all helped me to keep up with these changes and to also grow professionally.
    • What do you wish other people knew about LSHRM?   I wish that others knew how hard our members and board volunteers work and have a good time while serving our community. People should come to a board meeting and get involved. It is so fulfilling.
    • Do you feel the interest in LSHRM seems to be growing or waning. Why do you think that is? Our membership is growing due to our focus in this area in 2019. We are trying to publicize all of the work we do and how HR professionals can get involved and volunteer. We want people to be involved. We’ve recently revived our student chapter so that college students can get more involved as well.
    • What are you most proud of accomplishing during your time with LSHRM? Aside from being elected President this year. I am most proud of the work I did with the SHRM foundation a few years ago when LSHRM was third in the nation for raising money. We were recognized at the Annual SHRM Conference and invited to a special luncheon.  I am also proud that I hold the SHRM-CP.  It's a very distinguished designation.
    • What changes do you think LSHRM has to look forward to over the next year? There are always changes in the world of HR and LSHRM will always be on top of the latest changes and trends. I feel that we are going to have to continue looking at employee engagement and retention over the next few years. Stay tuned for more on this in 2020.
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