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

  • September 16, 2021 11:04 AM | Amanda Sutton (Administrator)

    Attention all BGSHRM Members and Non-Members, we want YOU!!!  We are holding our annual Silent Auction Fundraiser again virtually, to benefit the SHRM Foundation, from November 5 – 9 and need your help to make it a success!  We are looking for:


    • A Title Sponsor (an exclusive opportunity for one lucky company or member)
    • Event Sponsor(s)
    • Donations for the Auction
    • Volunteers to assist with the auction and/or secure items


    Assisting with the auction allows you the opportunity to network with your fellow BGSHRM members all while helping raise funds for the SHRM Foundation. No item is too big or too small to donate. For a copy of the donation letter, reach out to Tiffany Yarbrough. All items must be received no later than October 19.


    I’m really excited about this year’s auction and have already received some great items!!  Please reach out to me at foundation@bgshrm.org ASAP if you are interested in helping with any of the above items and/or have additional questions.

    Kindest Regards,

    Tiffany Yarbrough
    BGSHRM Foundation Director

  • September 14, 2021 3:50 PM | Amanda Sutton (Administrator)

    We are seeking nominations for the 2022 BGSHRM Board of Directors.

    Submit your nominations for any of the vacant positions below by

    Friday, October 1, 2021.  Self-nominations are also encouraged!

    Elections will be held in October. Votes will be submitted electronically and anonymously.  To ensure you receive all communication concerning the election and to vote, please ensure your BGSHRM member account profile is up-to-date, including your preferred contact email.

    If you wish to make a nomination and/or self-nominate,
    please contact President, Leslie Jarvis, at:


    Eligibility, in accordance with BGSHRM Bylaws:

    • All candidates for the Board of Directors must have “Professional member” or “Associate member with SHRM membership” status in the Chapter and be in good standing with the Chapter. '"Student members" and "Associates without SHRM membership" are ineligible to vote or serve on the board.
    • To qualify for an Officer role, must have at least one (1) year of membership with the Chapter and be a member of National SHRM. Additionally, to qualify for the President-Elect role, must have served at least one year on the BGSHRM board before.
    • All terms are a 2-year commitment with the exception of President-Elect, which is a 3-year commitment (President Elect - 1 year; President - 1 Year; Past President - 1 Year)



    President Elect (officer role)
    (must have served at least one (1) year on the BGSHRM board previously and be a member of National SHRM)

    Secretary / Business Manager (officer role)

    (must have at least one (1) year of membership with the chapter and be a member of National SHRM)

    External Communications Director

    College Relations Director

    Wellness Director

    Workforce Development Director



    For more information on volunteering and to view position descriptions, click here: Join the Board - Volunteer!

  • March 12, 2021 10:41 AM | Heather Ballinger (Administrator)

    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 | Heather Ballinger (Administrator)

    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 | Heather Ballinger (Administrator)

    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 | Heather Ballinger (Administrator)

    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 (Administrator)

    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 (Administrator)

    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!

  • November 24, 2020 11:53 AM | Amanda Sutton (Administrator)

    We have several new patterns to offer for The Mask Project including new UK masks with one that is a lightweight flannel and then an array of fun, seasonal patterns and colors.

    This is a great gift idea!

    After making your size selection(s) and entering your shipping information, please indicate your pattern choice(s) and corresponding size(s) in the 'comments' section of the order.  Please view the product photos for specifications.

    Masks are priced at $10 each, with $2 postage per total order and will be shipped within 7 calendar days.

    For more information, please contact foundation@bgshrm.org.

    Click Here To Order

  • November 09, 2020 3:58 PM | Amanda Sutton (Administrator)

    LAST CALL!!!

    Don't miss your chance to participate in our annual silent auction (first time virtual!!). We have great items up for bid and also a purse raffle! 100% of the proceeds benefit the SHRM Foundation!

    Link to silent auction: https://BGSHRM.givesmart.com

    Link to raffle: https://e.givesmart.com/events/i3Z/i/_Auction/c5Eo/
    your odds are pretty good right now!)

    Link to no bid items (will become buy now after auction)https://e.givesmart.com/s/:6-40AOFkNHS/e/i3Z/i/_No%20Bids/

    Link to donate directly to the SHRM Foundation: https://e.givesmart.com/s/:6-40AOFkNHS/e/i3Z/i/_Donate/

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