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  • Increasing Strategic Impact of Human Resources

    Event Start Date: 1/18/2017 7:30 AM

    Event End Date: 1/18/2017 10:00 AM

    Cost per place: $40.00

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  • Food & Beverage Manufacturing Company Consortium

    Event Start Date: 1/18/2017 10:00 AM

    Event End Date: 1/18/2017 12:00 PM

    Cost: $0.00

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  • Spring 2017 Certification Preparation Workshop

    Event Start Date: 1/26/2017 6:00 PM

    Event End Date: 1/26/2017 9:30 PM

    Cost per place: $950.00

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  • Sponsor Payments

    Event Start Date: 1/31/2017

    Event End Date: 1/31/2017

    Cost: $275.00

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  • 2017 Legal Update

    Event Start Date: 2/8/2017 7:30 AM

    Event End Date: 2/8/2017 12:00 PM

    Cost per place: $60.00

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  • Power & Privilege: Taking Diversity & Inclusion to the Next Level

    Event Start Date: 3/15/2017 7:30 AM

    Event End Date: 3/15/2017 10:00 AM

    Cost per place: $40.00

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  • Group Dynamics and Leadership

    Event Start Date: 4/12/2017 7:30 AM

    Event End Date: 4/12/2017 10:00 AM

    Cost per place: $40.00

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  • 2017 Legislative Update

    Event Start Date: 5/17/2017 7:30 AM

    Event End Date: 5/17/2017 10:30 AM

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  • The Risks are Real... Online Safety for HR Professionals

    Event Start Date: 6/21/2017 7:30 AM

    Event End Date: 6/21/2017 9:30 AM

    Cost per place: $40.00

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President's Message

Dear GVC SHRM Members,

As we get ready to end the year I wanted to take some time to look back over not only this year but also the past few years. For all the good things the Genesee Valley Chapter of SHRM (GVC SHRM) does the one thing it needs to do better is to publicize and share the work it does. The reason for that is so you, our members, have an even greater understanding of the incredible organization you have chosen to be a part of.

There are 500 members in our local chapter and we are growing. This would not be possible if we were not providing you with benefits of value. SHRM national and we, your local chapter, are committed to continuing to help support you in the human resources profession.

GVC SHRM is governed by an extraordinary Board of Directors. It is through their leadership that the Chapter has been able to support its membership and achieve the success it has. GVC SHRM has received recognition from SHRM national for its ongoing support of the SHRM Foundation. Additionally GVC SHRM has consistently been recognized as a SHAPE Excel award recipient, SHRM Membership Star, SHRM Learning System Champion, and Preferred Provider for Certified Educational Programs.

The following is a short list of the Chapter's accomplishments and involvements for 2016 and the past few years. The complete list is much longer but due to space limitations here are some of the highlights.


- The Chapter moved to an online membership affiliation process

- In order to welcome new members, facilitate networking and help build connections the Chapter instituted a new member meet and greet event

- In ongoing support of students and members in transition they are able to attend programs and events at a reduced cost

Workforce Readiness

- The Chapter supports the Volunteers of America Working Wardrobe by accepting donations of gently used work attire

- Over the past few years the Chapter has partnered with AARP

- The Chapter is doing more proactive fundraising for the SHRM Foundation

- in 2016 the Chapter began a local partnership with Junior Achievement

Diversity Council

- The Chapter's Diversity Advisory Council has produced more than a half dozen great programs during the past few years

- the Chapter's Diversity Advisory Council has helped implement diversity initiatives for several organizations


- the Chapter has grown its social media presence and can be followed on Twitter (600+ followers), LinkedIn (500+ followers), and Facebook

- in 2016 the Chapter established a quarterly newsletter


- in order to help keep program fees low the Chapter secured a sponsor for every single program for 2016

- The Chapter has partnered with a great group of sponsors which members can utilize as a resource to help support their HR business needs

Legislative Affairs

- The Chapter has regularly generated letter writing campaigns to legislators which the members can participate in

- When speaking with legislators the Chapter voices the concerns of its members

- In 2016 the Chapter arranged local senatorial office visits for Chapter members


- The Chapter continues its ongoing commitment to HR Certification through its certification preparation workshops held in the spring and fall

- In 2016 Chapter programs and events were approved for 28.5 recertification credits


- The GVC SHRM Board of Directors has made adjustments in operations and made investments in infrastructure to improve effectiveness and efficiency in performing the work of the Chapter

- Through the thoughtful planning and oversight of the GVC SHRM Board of Directors the Chapter is in a strong position to sustain support of its initiatives on behalf of the members


- By incorporating member suggestions and ideas 2016 had the highest program attendance in recent years

- The Chapter produced 3 large scale signature events for members in 2016

- In 2016 at the request of members and to help deal with key legislative changes the Chapter added 3 additional programs to an already full program schedule


- In 2016 the website was redesigned so that it is more appealing, easier to navigate, and mobile friendly

As a member you can look forward to GVC SHRM continuing to be proactive in the work it does on your behalf. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Chapter and for choosing GVC SHRM as your HR professional association of choice. Please share with us your thoughts and ideas so we can take those into account when planning and making decisions. We look forward to serving you in 2017.



Howard Cotton SHRM-SCP, SPHR

President, GVC SHRM



Winner of 2016 Program Prize Drawing

For 2016 GVC SHRM decided to enter attendees of our monthly programs into an end of year prize drawing. For each monthly program someone attended they received an entry into the drawing. GVC SHRM is happy to announce the winner for this drawing is Sherry Jackson. She will be presented with an Amazon Echo. Congratulations Sherry we look forward to seeing you at some of our 2017 programs.

Over this past year our monthly programs had the highest attendance within recent years. Additionally the programs consistently received high ratings based on the program evaluations completed by attendees at each program.

GVC SHRM has always been recognized as a resource for educational information related to the human resources profession. The Chapter takes a great deal of pride in providing quality monthly programs to its members and the HR community. Over the past few years we've placed even more focus on this so that we can continue to improve this particular service.

When planning the yearly program calendar a great deal of information is taken into account and member needs are placed at the forefront. Information is solicited from members through surveys, program feedback, and conversations. After getting a handle on subject matter and prior to committing programs to the calendar we strive to have them each meet the following criteria...

- Information should be relevant to challenges HR professionals are currently facing

- Presenters should be knowledgeable, personable, and dynamic

- Programs should be interactive to help promote engagement and learning

- Programs should have takeaway materials which can be used for reference as needed

- Programs are made eligible for recertification credits (dependent upon content)   

- Program information should be able to be put to use in fairly short order

The GVC SHRM program planning process is unique in that it allows for flexibility and creativity. This means there's the ability to add programs if necessary, embed educational series within the monthly program schedule, and other possibilities.

GVC SHRM is doing its best to continue bringing you great programs in 2017. Thank you for your continued support.



Howard Cotton SHRM-SCP, SPHR

President, GVC SHRM 

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