Wichita SHRM


OMGosh!  It is hard to believe it is February 2014 already!  It seems like just a few days ago that it was December and we were talking about our New Year’s resolutions.  I Googled New Year’s resolutions and here are some of the statistics I found:

45% of Americans usually make New Year’s Resolutions

·        47% are self improvement or education related resolutions

·        75% maintained their resolution through the first week of the new year

·        36% gave up after one month on their resolution.


So what were your New Year’s resolutions?  Have you ever thought about getting more active with the Wichita SHRM Chapter or a committee?  Are you thinking of increasing your HR knowledge or professional education this year?  Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer in a way that could impact the community?


Wichita SHRM is a great place help you start achieving your professional resolutions.  We are the best place to meet seasoned and emerging HR leaders, find educational opportunities, share best practices with fellow practitioners and engage in impactful and value added volunteer opportunities.  Our 2014 programs are timely, valuable and relevant to the HR professional and each one provides the opportunity to earn general or strategic HRCI credits.   


So if you were one of the 36% who had already given up on your resolution for 2014, it’s only February.  Make the resolution again!  Start today!!!  On March 1st make your resolution again.  On April 1st make your resolution again……


Should you have questions about our website, or the Chapter, or committee opportunities, please feel free to contact me or refer to our list of board members and reach out to the director overseeing the area you have a question about. 


I personally invite you to get started by joining if you are new to SHRM or get involved if you are a current member. 



Teresa Bengtson, SPHR

Chapter President
Wichita SHRM


Wichita SHRM - An HR Investment
A Wichita SHRM membership investment connects members to the local HR community through monthly programs, online forums, quarterly newsletters, job postings, networking opportunities, and much more!  A list of additional membership benefits can be found by clicking here.  

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Wichita SHRM membership is truly an investment in your professional development and is critical to our success. If you have any questions, concerns, or difficulties joining or renewing your membership, please email membership@wichitashrm.org.

Jena Lysen, SPHR
VP of Membership - 2014 Wichita SHRM

This two part session will include:Department of Labor's Final Rules on Section 503 and Section 4212 and a briefing from the point of view of a federal investigator.
4/25/2014 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Walk away from this conference with innovative, forward-thinking strategies that take your diversity and inclusion efforts to the next level. Learn how to build on the strengths of differences and develop plans that support organizational objectives and goals. Find new ways to use workplace diversity as a catalyst for new ideas and initiatives.
This course will introduce you to elements that exist during conflict, help you identify the cues that trigger emotional reactions so you can better manage them, and build on communication strategies that will allow you to more effectively work through conflict.
5/21/2014 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
The Wichita SHRM Chapter is launching a golf tournament at Braeburn Golf Club at Wichita State University. Any and all Local, National, Student Members and Guests are welcome to join us
6/9/2014 10:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Wichita SHRM Annual Summer Social and Foundation Silent Auction!
6/18/2014 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Member in attendance will obtain an accurate picture of the compensation, age, structure, and capabilities of your workforce.
8/20/2014 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 SHRM Wichita Chapter HR Professional of the Year Award.  The individual selected will represent our chapter at the Kansas State level for the annual George Trombold award.  Both awards are based on, and recognize, outstanding achievement in the field of human resource management, community service, and SHRM participation. The Professional of the Year Award is a peer award.  Through it, we can recognize the best among us.  I
You are invited to participate in a research study titled “Tuition Reimbursement and the Effects on Employee Retention”. This study is being conducted by David AuCoin as a requirement for completing a master’s program with Webster University. The purpose of this study is to analyze the effect of company-provided tuition reimbursement on employee retention. The following link will take you to the survey:  https://webster.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3JBmEehUM5Eq40l You are asked to complete
You are invited to participate in a research study titled “360 Degree Feedback and Leadership Development”. This study is being conducted by Rob Snyder as a requirement for completing a master’s program with Webster University. The purpose of this study is to analyze the effect of 360 degree feedback on leadership development. The following link will take you to the survey:  https://webster.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0BMf1QkWALgbgxL  You are asked to complete an electronic survey. Yo
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This will be the 6th year that we have held this event. All proceeds go toward the Wichita SHRM Scholarship Fund that goes to benefit and support students who are attending any college where their Bachelors and/or Masters Degree are in Human Resources.Date: Monday, June 9th 2014Time: Registration begins at 10:30 AM, and Lunch is served at 11:00 AMPlace: Braeburn Golf Club at Wichita State UniversityTee Off Time: 12:00 - High Noon - Shotgun StartCost: $75.00 Per