October 2019 DSHRM News Print

President's Report

DSHRM Members and associated HR Professionals:

Thank you to all those who participated in the 40 year celebration of the chapter.

I am very excited to see what the future holds for the DuPage chapter of SHRM!

As an individual, I personally, professionally, and habitually seek out ways to grow and develop. It is in the variety of professional growth and development opportunties that I find significant value and benefit from my involvement in the DuPage SHRM chapter and the SHRM national organizations. Because of the dedication of volunteers like you, both organizations are able to deliver high-quality, relevant professional development and networking opportunities for human resource professionals. Service on the local affiliate chapter's leadership team is an excellent way to build on your current professional experience and grow through peer-to-peer interactions.  

We are looking for people able and willing to roll up their sleeves and work with us in the advancement of the HR profession.

All members are encouraged to review the benefits of board service and the list of
officer/director duties for each role by visiting the
Board Duties by Title section located in the
Member Area.
(member login is required to access)

   All Affiliated HR Professionals (non-members), please consider joining the chapter!
Become a Member

The Chapter annual meeting and elections will be held on November 21, 2019, immediately following the scheduled speaker/breakfast event.

Board roles for which we are now taking nominations are:
        Vice President for Membership
        Legislative Director

Take action now to start serving in 2020!

If you are interested in joining the board, you may self-nominate or nominate another chapter member for service (please consult with the individual you are nominating before sending).

To submit a nomination, please send an email with the following information
by October 30, 2019:
[email protected]

  1. Subject line: DuPage SHRM Board Nomination.
  2. A brief statement of interest that includes why you or the person you are nominating is the right person.
  3. A short biographical sketch.
  4. A copy of your professional image (.jpeg or .png format please)

The information you provide will be reviewed by a three person elections committee who will also oversee the full election process. Ballots will be made available to the membership at the November 21, 2019 Chapter Annual Meeting. 

All elected officers/directors wishing to be listed on the ballot must be on the chapter member roster and be a member in good standing prior to the October 30 date. Please note: some board roles have additional eligibility requirements.

Please direct your questions to the email provided above or reach out to any board member.


  Help us plan for 2020!

Another opportunity to build on your professional experience and help the chapter grow is to assist the Board in preparatins for the November strategic planning meeting.

On November 13th the board will meet to evaluate the chapter's current state and make a strategic plan for 2020. By completing the SWOT analysis your voice can be heard in this process.

Take the 6 Question Strategic Challenge

Please complete the form and submit by October 30, 2019.


Finally, here are two resources from which I recently found growth and development benefit:

Currently reading: Primed to Perform, by Neel Doshi and Lindsay McGregor

Discusses how to build the highest performing cultures through the science of total motivation.

Found this impactful article: in the HR Leader on 8/29/2019 A Letter to New Leaders by Joseph Schneider

Encourages leaders to practice the habit of Look - Prepare - Deliver in their efforts to build success.

We are better when we work (and grow and learn) together!

With warm regard,

Linda A. Smith, SHRM-SCP and Interim President 

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Membership Report

  Members and Associated HR Professionals:

Thank you to everyone who completed the August Member/
Associated Hr Professional Surveys!

The board will review the results of the surveys over the next couple of months and look for ways to incorporate your chapter improvement ideas as we move into 2020.


Welcome New Members and thank you for joining the DuPage Society for Human Resources (DuPage SHRM).  

DSHRM provides bi-monthly meetings that include guest speakers who present on subjects that cover the scope of human resource issues today.  Our meetings are pre-approved by SHRM and/or HRCI for recertification credit. 

  • DuPage SHRM provides an opportunity for Networking:  Opportunities for networking are an integral part of DSHRM’s activities as a vital part of career development and advancement.
  • DuPage SHRM offers an affiliation with SHRM:  The chapter is affiliated with the Society for Human Resource Management, which is the world's largest group of human resource professionals and provides access to many resources that save time and money for HR practioners as they strive to stay compliant and create a great workplace.   
  • DuPage SHRM provides Career Opportunity Services:  Assistance for those looking for employment in the human resource field.
  • DuPage SHRM provides Professional Development Programs on current and relevant topics such as: Employee engagement, annual legislative update, motivation, workplace violence, diversity & inclusion, investigative interviewing and,
  • DuPage SHRM provides employer branding opportunities - chapter involvement is a way to extend your employer's brand as you become involved in chapter activities, opportunities to advertise your business.

Please reach out to the VP for Membership at [email protected] for assistance with any membership questions or concerns.

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Programs and Certification News

Please join us on October 17th for an evening event:

Cannabis in the workplace, are you ready?
Bonus Topic: SHRM Certification, is it worth it?
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Register Here

Thank you to our meeting sponsor  


Coming up on November 21, 2019: Mastering Our Humanity: Connecting Performance to Strategy and the DuPage SHRM Annual Meeting.


The Illinois State Council SHRM Announced:

2020 IL SHRM State Conference will be held October 5-7, 2020 at the Drury Lane Theatre Conference Center located in Oakbrook Terrace. 


This October conquer your fears! 

Urban legends. Bad advice. Misinformation. There are too many myths circulating about the SHRM certification exam and SHRM is looking to clear the way to success by debunking them all, Myth-Busting the SHRM Certification Exam: Part 1 and Myth-Busting the SHRM Certification Exam: Part 2


I would like to hear from you!!!

Would you like to contribute to programming ideas? Look for event feedback surveys! Also you can let me know your ideas by reaching out to me at:
 [email protected].

Kelli Gadbois, VP Programs & Certification

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Calendar of Events

 Be sure to visit the DuPage SHRM calendar page to find SHRM professional development credit earning and other enrichment activities in our local area.

DuPage SHRM Calendar


  Thank you to our 2019 partners and sponsors!

iSolved HCM

Wellebration Sponsors:

Connor & Gallahger One Source
BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois
Financial Finesse
O.C. Tanner

Lucas James Talent Partners

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Legislative Update

Note: Look for Flash Updates on the DuPage SHRM website and in your email, when timely notice is an issue.

Highlights from US and IL Legislation:

United States:

EEOC Reduces Employee Pay Data Requirements
New Overtime Rule Raises Salary Cutoff to $35,568


Compliments of Masuda Funai - Prepare to Comply with Illinois' New Anti-Harassment Laws


Key resources that SHRM makes available to help you stay informed:

Did you know that in September SHRM rolled out its latest We Are Work commercial series?

In this year's series, SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., is joined by CEOs Bruce Broussard of Humana, Ginni Rometty of IBM and Ajay Banga of Mastercard to discuss what's at the heart of every workplace-company culture and the people who create it. The series covers topics that impact and represent company culture and are at the center of the public policy debate in Washington and throughout the country. These topics include health benefits, building a global workforce, inclusive hiring and workplace civility. To learn more, please visit shrm.org/work. Also, be sure to follow the A-Team Twitter handle (@SHRMAdvocacy) and join the conversation using #WeAreWork.

Also get involved with SHRM's culture conversation at  Convos & Coffee


Join the SHRM Advocacy Team (A-Team) and/or visit the SHRM Policy Actions Center

Enter your address in the "Find Your Elected Officials" box. From there you can collect the contact information for your elected officials at all three levels of government and begin advocating.

If you choose to use the "Take Action!" option on issues of SHRM concern, a pre-populated correspondence is provided.

IL SHRM - Governmental Affairs Pending Legislative Tracking System (IL an U.S.)


National SHRM - https://www.shrm.org/pages/default.aspx

Resources & Tools
Legal Compliance - choose topic and state for specific areas of interest

Also see what is trending at: Express Requests: Trending Topics such as

FLSA: New Salary Threshold (1/1/20)
Minimum Wage Increase (1/1/20)
Health Plan's Affordability Threshold (2020)

Linda A. Smith, Legislative Director

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Diversity & Inclusion Corner

  Regardless of where you work or the industry you’re in, you’ve likely experienced challenges finding hiring, and retaining the right talent.  With months of record low unemployment, employer’s needs for talent are constant and meeting that demand is increasingly challenging. A highly skilled, well trained, diverse source of talent often overlooked by HR recruiters and hiring managers are our veterans!  Vets are overlooked for jobs in the civilian world, not because they’re unwanted, it’s because their background, rank and experiences are not  well understand by non-military decision makers in organizations.

The good news DuPage SHRM wants you to know is that there are resources available to assist you in gaining an understanding of how to successfully understand military work experience and increase your effectiveness in recruiting, hiring, and retaining veterans! 

In 2019 SHRM National launched two workforce initiatives: the Veterans At Work and the Getting Talent Back to Work programs. Take a moment to check out these two initiatives and see how they can help you as you recruit new talent.

Coming Soon: DuPage SHRM is preparing Toolkits help you with hiring veterans. These information packets will be made available to you when you attend one of our events. 

As we move forward continue to look in this section for chapter news and connections related to diversity, inclusion, equity, and workforce development.

Monica Guillory, Diversity & Inclustion Director


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Community Service

   Community Connections

In an effort to build community connections and expand our membership's knowledge of local resources, DuPage SHRM invited Jamie Brown, Workforce Board Coordinator for the DuPage Workforce Innovation Board; DuPage County Workforce Development Division at workNet DuPage Career Center to join us at the September 19th programming event. Jamie shared details about the resources available at the DuPage Career Center for both employers (helping with additional employee skills development) and employees (who find themselves in transition).  

Visit their website and connect with Jamie to see how they can assist. Please also join me in thanking Ms. Brown for sharing this valuable DuPage employer/employee resource!


Thank you to fellow DuPage SHRM board members Shweta Virmani (HR Manager at Nitor Infotech, Inc.) and Christine Bedalow (Founder of Talent Conscious and co-organizer of HR HotSeat-Chicago,West ) for joining me in representing DuPage SHRM at the September 15, 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer's

It was a wonderful morning of fun, excersise, and supporting our community!

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Career Opportunities

  The DuPage SHRM Chapter hosts a webpage for Career Networking.

This resource allows area employers to list a job - advertise their business - or if you are a DuPage SHRM member in transition, to list your information and the situation you hope to find.


Board members connect with success:

DuPage SHRM's D & I Board Director, Monica Guillory, SPHR (R R Donnelley, https://www.rrd.com/ - Director HR and Workplace Inclusion) was a panelist at HRA of Oak Brook's October 8th event titled: Are These the Answers to Diversity and Inclusion? https://hraoakbrook.org/Events

DuPage SHRM's Registration Board Director, Mary Williams  is named on the Social Micole's Most Inclusive HR Influencer List http://socialmicole.com/top-hr-infuencers-inclusive-list/

Congratulations on a job well done!

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