Engage and Inspire the Human Resources Professional to drive excellence and innovation, and to make a difference in the Community

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  • January 01, 2024 12:00 AM | Rebecca Wren (Administrator)

    Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” Martin Luther King

    A life of significance is about serving those who need your gifts, your leadership, your purpose.” Kevin Hall

    Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” Desmond Tutu


    Acts of service are acts that change the world. Are you ready to serve? There are a few things you should consider: Please note that we are a working board. Directors and officers are expected to attend both monthly Board and Chapter meetings. Different roles have different hands-on time requirements and "busy" seasons. Expect to invest at least one hour per week and to support board wide initiatives as needed. 

    There are some great benefits to joining the board! Of course, the most important is that you’ll have a direct opportunity to make a positive and meaningful impact in our community.  

    • This is a working board! You will work, you will be challenged, and you will grow personally, professionally, and within the HR community.  
    • You will elevate and add to your transferrable skills. 
    • You’ll save money on chapter dues, monthly meetings, and national conferences.
    • You’ll earn SHRM PDCs for your volunteerism. 
    • And so much more!

    I hope you’ll take some time to consider an open board position and match your time and talent to the role(s) that interest you most. Not everyone has the ability to commit to serving on a professional board - help us build our bench by joining a committee instead!  Need more information? Let's connect! Our typical nomination, election, and announcement cycle is September - November.

    Please complete the form below to express your interest:

    Board Nomination
    Committee Interest

    To encourage participation from our members at large to add fresh perspectives and community ties to our standing board and to reduce the impact of unplanned turnover in roles, we open seven (7) positions for a two (2) year term and the President-Elect position for a three (3) year commitment every year. 

    Odd Years: (2025) Positions open for (re)election

    • Communications
    • Diversity & Community Outreach 
    • Membership (must have at least one (1) year of membership with BGSHRM and hold a dual membership with National SHRM)
    • President-Elect (Officer Role, must have served at least one (1) year on the BGSHRM board previously and hold a dual membership with National SHRM)
    • Public Relations
    • Secretary (Officer Role, must have at least one (1) year of membership with BGSHRM and hold a dual membership with National SHRM)
    • SHRM Foundation
    • Student Relations

    Even Years: (2026) Positions open for (re)election

    • Best Places to Work/State Conference
    • Certification (must have at least one (1) year of membership with BGSHRM, hold and maintain a SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification, and hold a dual membership with National SHRM) 
    • Legislative Affairs
    • Programs
    • Treasurer (Officer Role, must have at least one (1) year of membership with BGSHRM and hold a dual membership with National SHRM)
    • Wellness
    • Workforce Readiness

    Eligibility, in accordance with BGSHRM Bylaws:

    All candidates for the Board of Directors must have, or be willing to obtain, “Professional member” or “Associate member with SHRM membership” status in the Chapter and be in good standing. '"Student members" and "Associates without SHRM membership" are ineligible to vote or serve on the board.

    Learn More - Position Descriptions


  • June 07, 2022 1:34 PM | Amanda Sutton

    The countdown is on! You have a few days left to submit your nominations for the Lyle Hanna Spirit Award.

    Below are a few criteria pieces to be mindful of when submitting a nomination:


    1. Nominees must be current members in good standing of SHRM and/or of an affiliated Kentucky SHRM chapter
    2. Nominees must work or reside in Kentucky
    3. Nominees must be individuals with an outstanding record of contributions to the human resource profession
    4. Nominees must be individuals who volunteer their time/expertise 

    Deadline for Nominations is Friday, June 10th 2022.

    The form can be found at: https://ky.shrm.org/lyle-hanna-spirit-award

    Please send all nominations to KYSHRM Foundation Chair, Tiffany Cardwell at tiffany.cardwell@mcmhrsg.com.


  • November 30, 2021 2:24 PM | Amanda Sutton

    The Kentucky Society for Human Resources Management (KYSHRM) and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce are accepting registrations for the 2022 Best Places to Work in Kentucky program. In its 18th year, the program continues to encourage companies in the Commonwealth to focus, measure and advance workplace environments toward excellence.

    Do you think your company has what it takes? Visit us at our new home bestplacestoworkkentucky.com to register for the application process!

    Registration must be submitted this week!
    Friday, December 3, 2021

    Award winners will receive a final ranking at the awards ceremony scheduled for June 2022. Rankings and in-depth interviews with the winners will also be published in the Best Places to Work in Kentucky magazine!

    For information about KYSHRM, visit ky.shrm.org

    For information about the Kentucky Chamber, visit kychamber.com

  • October 27, 2021 12:46 PM | Amanda Sutton

    BGSHRM is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual BGSHRM SHRM-CP/SCP Certification Scholarship Program!  

    The purpose of the Certification Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to BGSHRM members who are interested in obtaining a SHRM-CP/SCP certification who are not being reimbursed from their employer or other resources.

    Scholarship Eligibility:

    • Current BGSHRM Member (Professional, Associate, or Student Membership must be active when applying and throughout the year in which the award is received)
    • Meet eligibility requirements for SHRM Certification (CP - Certified Professional or SCP - Senior Certified Professional)
    • Plan to sit for the exam within 12 months after the scholarship notification date
    • Is not receiving any organizational support or reimbursement for SHRM certification exam and preparation fees

    Applicants who meet the criteria to sit for an exam and wish to apply for the scholarship will need to submit:

    1. Completed Application
    2. Current Resume
    3. Signature for Support for a Supervisor


    The selected recipient will be announced at the January Chapter Meeting

    If you have any questions, please contact Certification Chair, Heather Humphreys, at certification@bgshrm.org

    Download Application and Apply Now!

  • March 12, 2021 10:41 AM | Anonymous

    University of South Florida has developed a DE&I certificate program.  The certificate program begins Wednesday, March 24, and runs through Wednesday, May 5.  Thousands of people have already registered.  It consists of seven two-hour modules, aired live on Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. ET / 4-6 p.m. CT (but participants have two weeks to view the recorded session). 

    Those who successfully complete the program will receive a digital certificate as well as a Credly badge that can be displayed on LinkedIn. The certificate program also qualifies for 14 SHRM/HRCI recertification credits from the university.

    Although this is a free program, ADVANCED registration is required.  I registered, and I hope you will, too!  Faculty and HR professionals, what a great resource to build your knowledge and earn credits!  Students and emerging professionals, what a wonderful addition to your education and a certificate to add to your resume and experience!!!

    Click here to learn more.  Click here to register.

  • February 18, 2021 1:48 PM | Anonymous

    SHRM is launching an HR apprenticeship program this year.  Beginning in 2021, through a three-year Department of Labor grant, SHRM Foundation’s Human Resource Registered Apprenticeship Program (HR RAP) will help you:

    • Prepare Employees for Challenges of the 21st Century Workplace
    • Create Opportunities for a Diverse Workforce
    • Provide Talent to Create Returns to Your Business Operations

    Powered by SHRM’s globally recognized competency-based certification program, the HR RAP will develop apprentices for the HR Specialist role through a “learn and earn" experience. Apprentices will be prepared to earn the SHRM-Certified Professional credential, giving them the skills they need to deliver results to your organization and an opportunity to progress in an established career path. The benefits to employers include: 


    With the HR RAP, you offer an apprentice: 

    • A Paid Job
    • Mentorship
    • On-the-Job Learning
    • Classroom Learning
    • The SHRM-CP Credential

    Apprenticeships are a career path to many white-collar professions NOT just unions and the trades.  Apprenticeship works for any program that is skill-based and can be supported by experiential learning.  Apprenticeships are growing in non-trade industries such as IT, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, insurance, and hospitality.  The resources spent are an investment in an employee which will result in higher productivity and lower recruitment costs, NOT just an expense.  Employers can reduce costs by partnering with other employers and the public works system.  Educational institutions and community organizations can offset education and training costs.  There is no minimum size for employers. This is NOT just a program for large employers.  Apprenticeship is ideal for any position that benefits from on-the-job learning and where there is a committed mentor.  It’s useful for positions where employers are faced with high turnover.

    The SHRM Foundation will be your partner and provide resources needed to establish a registered apprenticeship program including:

    • Providing a SHRM-designed, Department of Labor registered program to give an apprentice the skills and competencies required to be an HR Specialist
    • Guidance on how to tailor the course work and on-the-job learning to meet your needs
    • Recommended educational institutions to provide the classroom learning
    • Resources for assuring apprenticeship success
    • Assistance in completing all required paperwork

    Would your organization be interested in participating?  Sign up to obtain more information at SHRM Foundation | HR Apprenticeship Program (bottom of page).  

  • February 08, 2021 8:34 AM | Anonymous

    The February issue of the HR Professional Magazine is now available under the "Members Only" tab.  

    Not a member of BGSHRM?  Join today to get access to member exclusive resources.

  • February 01, 2021 4:00 PM | Anonymous

    Title: Background Screening: The Deep Dive into Criminal Records

    When: February 11th @ 2:00-3:30pm EST

    Presenter: Debra Keller

    Session Overview

    Do you know what information you're really receiving when you run a background check?  Do you depend on a screening firm who tells you 'your're getting it all' (whatever 'all' is)?

    Most employers are somewhat familiar with 'running packages' but haven't been told exactly what records and data sources those 'packages' or reports are updated.  Unfortunately for employers, this information is critical to receiving a "comprehensive" and compliant background check.

    In this, Deb's newest installment in her background screening educational series, she covers criminal record data, where it comes from, how accurate it really is, how often it's updates, automation in county and national reports, state reports (when & where to run them), Federal reports (yes, they're required for the banking industry!) and much more!  A must attend session for HR Professionals of all levels!

    To learn more and/or to register, click here.

    This session is approved for 1.5 SHRM credits & 1.5 HRCI continuing education credits.

  • December 28, 2020 9:15 AM | Amanda Sutton

    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. Click the button below to make your immediate impact today.

    What is the SHRM Foundation?

    The SHRM Foundation is the charity affiliate of SHRM, dedicated to empowering HR professionals to build inclusive organizations where employees thrive and organizations achieve success.The mission of the SHRM Foundation is to champion workforce and workplace transformation by providing research-based HR solutions for challenging inclusion issues facing current and potential employees, scholarships to educate and develop HR professionals to make change happen, and opportunities for HR professionals to make a difference in their local communities.

    The SHRM Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships each year to HR professionals and students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees, certification, and professional development. The SHRM Foundation also develops research-based workplace inclusion solutions for HR professionals, with recent initiatives focused on the aging workforce and the hiring and retention of military veterans.

    Why should I donate?

    As a 501(c)(3) public charity, the work of the SHRM Foundation is made possible by generous donations from HR professionals and the support of SHRM.

    With more than 500 SHRM Chapters, the Top 25 fundraising Chapters represent the top five percent of all SHRM chapters. Those in the top 25 have the highest yearly contributions, including gifts from the chapter plus recognition credits donated by individuals or companies on behalf of the chapter. Last year, the Bluegrass SHRM Chapter was ranked #2 out of ALL CHAPTERS!!! So now we need your help to break the top 10 and remain one of the Top 25 Fundraising Chapters!! 

  • November 25, 2020 10:59 AM | Amanda Sutton

    BGSHRM is proud to announce the
    2nd Annual BGSHRM SHRM-CP/SCP Certification Scholarship Program for our BGSHRM Membership! Don't miss your chance to apply! The application deadline is December 11th.

    Click here to learn more and apply!

    Contact Certification Chair Heather Humphreys at certification@bgshrm.org with any questions!

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