Wichita SHRM
New Years Message from our Chapter President

Dear Members & Prospective Members,

Welcome to the Wichita Chapter of SHRM! We exist to serve our members, and to do the best job we can to deliver on our value proposition by offering great professional development, education, networking, and community involvement to those involved in the human resources profession in the Wichita metro area.

Please join us on the third Wednesday of each month from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the Abode Venue for our regular luncheon programs. And keep an eye out for special programming – like the extended program with Margaret Morford in February! Excellent and timely programs are planned throughout the year and we will add additional programs as needed.

2015 will be a challenging year as we tackle subjects of significant importance to our members. These include, but are not limited to:

We hope that you find our member benefits to be a value. We are pleased to be a preferred provider of both HRCI recertification credits and SHRM recertification credits, at bargain program costs. The opportunity to network with other HR professionals and business leaders in the Wichita metro area who share an interest in advancing the profession is stellar. And connecting with our sponsors, who provide products and services to aide in the advancement of our profession, is another great benefit!

In closing, we thank you for taking the time to learn about and participate in our chapter. I’m honored to be the President of one of the oldest and most prestigious chapters in the nation! I look forward to your comments and suggestions, and welcome you to share them at president@wichitashrm.org.


Makala Navarro

Chapter President 2015

Wichita SHRM Chapter 

April is Celebrate Diversity Month Please join the Wichita SHRM Diversity Committee for a trip around the world of wine. This is a networking event where you will sample wine and food pairings from arou nd the world while mingling with professionals interested in promoting diversity and inclusion in our workplaces and communities.
4/9/2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dont be caught unaware regarding changes to employment laws that directly affect your company. Knowledge about these recent changes and those on the horizon is key to minimizing and preventing workplace claims. Trinidad Galdean, PHR, SHRM-CP, an employment attorney, will navigate you through the latest court decisions, legislative amendments, and agency regulations that employers must be aware of to properly manage their business.
4/15/2015 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Discussion of the use of Social Media by employers and their employees, HR issues, and legal risks.
5/20/2015 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Supporting breastfeeding employees is pivotal to a companys family-friendly platform, with proven financial benefits to businesses. Its also the law. The federal Nursing Mothers Break Time law has specific provisions regarding worksite breastfeeding support services.
6/26/2015 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Accomplishing the goals and objectives of any organization requires more than just smart employees who work hard. It requires savvy employees who know how to forge alliances and avoid animosities in order to be effective.
9/16/2015 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Accomplishing the goals and objectives of any organization requires more than just smart employees who work hard. It requires savvy employees who know how to forge alliances and avoid animosities in order to be effective.
9/16/2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Presentation will include current legislative updates and proper tax reporting for Kansas Unemployment. Information will be given on how tax rates are calculated and the effect that unemployment claims, and changes in payroll,l can have on the yearly tax rate calculation
10/21/2015 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Current Legislation Update.
11/18/2015 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Nomination Deadline: April 17!  2015 SHRM Wichita Chapter HR Professional of the Year Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 SHRM Wichita Chapter HR Professional of the Year Award. The individual selected will represent our chapter at the 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.
We have three student chapter members who are interested in having a professional mentor.  This year, we have decided to allow our professional members to jointly mentor our students.  If you are interested in taking part in this mentor program either individually or with a partner, please let Paige Bornholdt (pbornholdt@txtav.com) know by Friday, March 20, 2015.  This is a great opportunity to help our young members grow and develop within the HR profession.  Below are the b
If you are a National Member only and not a member of the local Wichita SHRM Chapter, we would like to invite you to fill out the attached form designating that you belong to the Wichita SHRM Affilaited chapter. This way our local chapter will receive a monetary bonus at the end of the year that goes to the Wichita SHRM Chapter to use towards HR continued learning and to recruit speakers and much more in serving the HR Members in the Wichita and surrounding communities.Please click here to
President: Makala NavarroPresident-Elect: Dan HamelVP Programs: Amber NeisesVP Membership: Jena LysenVP Marketing: Melanie StoeckleinVP Communications: Kevin SteckleyTreasurer: Amanda RoparSecretary: Angela MolinaDirector-Certification: Anne WarrenDirector-Membership: Sean HudspethDirector-Technology: David CoxDirector-Finance: Laura FischerDirector-Legislative: Mindy McPheetersDirector-Diversity: Carrie WiegandDirector-Workforce Readiness: Christy HarmonDirector-Foundation: Mandy FouseDirector-
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