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MEET A BAHRA RISING PROFESSIONAL – MEGHAN BARRY!!

Meghan’s Story

Meet BAHRA Board Secretary and Rising HR Professional Meghan Barry!  Like many of us, Meghan’s college studies didn’t point her in the direction of a career in HR.  Meghan earned a BS in horticulture with an emphasis in floraculture, so after college she moved to Hawaii and worked on a hydroponic tomato farm.  What better place than the Aloha State, where everything grows, for someone with this educational background!  After a couple of years Meghan realized that this work wasn’t her ultimate calling, so eventually she moved back to Colorado. 

At that time, she felt called to teaching and earned a Masters degree in elementary education.  After four years as a teacher she started to feel a little burn out, but stuck with it and landed a position at a new school.  She hoped this new environment and position would be invigorating, but unfortunately her employment contract was not renewed due to funding cuts.  At first she was devastated but then, being a “glass half full person”, she realized that she had quite possibly dodged a bullet by having a reason to leave that career path.

At that point Meghan thought “What am I going to do now?”.  Being a self-starter who knows how to identify and access resources, Meghan got involved with Workforce Boulder County’s Career Services.  She took workshops and self directed labs to guide her job search and sharpen her skills.  She applied for a paid internship through their WIOA program (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act).  She also worked with career advisor  Jane McKean who assessed her interests and skills.  The results directed her to the field of HR.  Jane suggested that Meghan attend a Boulder Area HR Association (BAHRA) event.  Meghan was new to “networking” and just the thought of doing it was nerve wracking and terrifying – but she did it!

Meghan’s very first BAHRA event was a Rising Professional meet-up at Galvanize in Boulder in fall 2017.  Right away she met and connected with BAHRA board members Teri DePuy and Kelly Marinelli who made an effort to follow up and met Meghan for coffee.  At the same event she connected with Christine Fitzgerald, Human Resources Manager for The Stepping Stones Group.  Fortunately, through the WIOA program, Meghan was able to offer her services for HR internship paid for by Workforce Boulder County.  The position met the requirements for the internship and it didn’t cost The Stepping Stones Group a dime to bring her on board!  This internship ended up being a great first HR experience for Meghan.

Fast forward 3 months and Meghan attended her next BAHRA Rising Professionals event.  With her internship drawing to a close,  she announced to the group that she was looking for a full-time HR position. Dawn Scriber and Deidra Mogan, the HR team from  KPA had in fact come to the event that night with the specific purpose of looking for a new HR coordinator at their company!  The event was on a Thursday, Meghan interviewed with KPA on Friday and by Tuesday she had her first full-time HR position!

Meghan says that this experience “totally changed” her life.  Through KPA she’s received tremendous exposure to all areas of the HR profession, she been able to travel for work and she’s helped to bring on over 100 new employees!  She’s applied for a SHRM Certification scholarship that would cover the cost of the preparation materials and the exam, to the tune of $750.

Her experience at KPA has put her in the frying pan AND the fire, in a good way!  She’s had to take the reins of the department on several occasions, first when a team member left the company and again when another had to take early maternity leave.  It’s been a lot of exposure FAST, and she’s been exposed to virtually every facet of HR.  KPA’s HR team is now operating at full strength, so she works with great colleagues. The company is very supportive of Meghan attending conferences and having continuing education opportunities.

What’s Next? In addition to her position as HR Coordinator at KPA, Meghan is secretary for the BAHRA board and Chairperson of BAHRA’s Rising Professionals group!  With her leadership BAHRA’s Rising Pros will have three fun and informative events in 2019, including one event teaming up with the College Relations committee and CU’s Leeds School of Business.  Stay tuned, be sure to put those events on your calendar and remember that ALL levels of HR professionals are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Information on Workforce Boulder County (WfBC) If you’ve been involuntarily terminated from your position you are eligible for unemployment compensation in Colorado, and for services through Workforce Boulder County.  They offer a variety of career services including a Job Search Safari, assistance with resume writing and LinkedIn profiles, special services for veterans and young adults, and many others.  Meghan highly recommends these resources for anyone that may need some direction, wants to feel a sense of purpose and have some tasks to focus on, and would like to have a solid resource to rely on.  There are so many opportunities available for people who are willing to do the work!

WfBC has a tuition reimbursement program (which at the time of Meghan’s search did not have HR specific opportunities but is otherwise fantastic!) as well as their WIOA paid internship program (which also had no pre-established HR positions, but allows the flexibility for applicants to seek their own internships like Meghan did!).  The program’s purpose is to place people in new professional fields and get them some training.  Applicants who are accepted into WfBC’s WIOA paid internship program are employees of and paid by Boulder County which is a huge incentive for any companies to participate!  The WIOA program provides a huge amount of support to participants and Meghan stated that it was “invaluable for getting in the door” of her new career in HR.

For more information on WfBC programs and services, including the internship program, go to https://www.bouldercounty.org/departments/community-services/workforce-boulder-county/job-seekers/ .  To take advantage of WfBC’s services you must register at www.connectingcolorado.com. Be aware that it takes 30-60 minutes to create your account and complete your registration.

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SHRM19

SHRM ScholarshipsThe SHRM Foundation will award FIVE scholarships to SHRM members interested in attending the SHRM19 Annual Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas, NV June 23 -26. 

Five scholarships to SHRM members (professional and student)
  • Includes one scholarship to a professional who has done significant paid and/or volunteer work to support the Foundation’s mission of promoting inclusive workplaces
  • Includes one Northwest Human Resource Management Association scholarship to a student member from Washington, Oregon or Alaska

Click HERE for more information and to see if you qualify!

Application window is January 15 - March 15, 2019
Results announced April 15, 2019

Board Member Spotlight-Chernak

Debi ChernakBoard Member Spotlight:  Meet Debi Chernak - Co-Director, Sponsorship

DEBI CHERNAK, SPHR, SPHRi, SHRM-SCP, M.Ed. is Founder & CEO of HR Cert Prep Pros, Inc., an HR Consulting & Certification Prep Company, and BAHRA’s Co-Director of Sponsorship. During her professional career, Debi has served as VP-HR for IntelePeer Cloud Communications; Sr. HR Consultant for Summit HR Solutions; Director of HR & Employee Engagement for Unisyn Medical Technologies; Director of HR for Aztek Networks; and Founder and VP—HR & Administration for Live Wire Networks.

This essential Board role serves to secure sponsorships from companies and organizations who share our passion for the HR community, and provide relevant products and services to help facilitate your success as HR professionals. In addition to offering solutions to your HR challenges, the financial contributions of our sponsors allow us to continue to deliver high-quality programs and services and maintain affordable annual membership and event fees. Thank you for visiting with our sponsors at member programs, and consider engaging them for your organization. They are here to serve you!
 

Debi would love to share a recent article she wrote for a book coming out soon! Her article "Ten Keys to Achieving Meaningful & Effective Performance Reviews" is one of several that Debi contributed to 102 Nuggets for Business and Professional Life by Rai Chowdhary. Click on the article title to access and download this terrific top 10 list!

 

Questions about certification? Ask Annette!

AnnetteMathiesQuestions about Certification? Ask Annette!

Annette Matthies, with Aspen Edge Consulting, LLC is the 2019 BAHRA Certification Director. She'd be happy to answer any questions you have regarding certification, re-certification, professional development and continuing education.Annette and her company work with businesses to increase their leadership bench strength and team effectiveness. Annette’s more than 25 years of experience spans across all facets of HR management. While in the corporate world she helped one business achieve the coveted Malcolm Baldrige National Quality award. Annette works with small, medium and Fortune 500 companies, supporting them to develop their employees into amazing, highly engaged, inspiring leaders. Contact her at [email protected]

SHRM Certification

SHRM Certification LogoSPRING SHRM-CP AND SHRM-SCP CERTIFICATION EXAMS NOW AVAILABLE FOR REGISTRATION

The SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP spring exam window is now open! The first step in selecting the right credential for you is to determine your eligibility. Eligibility for the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP is based on your combination of education and HR-related work experience. For questions about the eligibility/process click the link for more information or ask one of our board members, and our Certification Chair Annette Matthies. You can email Annette at [email protected] BAHRA is fully supportive and highly encouraging of these certifications!

2019 Spring Exam Window: May 1 - July 15, 2019
Applications opened - January 2nd, 2019
Regular registration deadline - March 22, 2019
Late registration deadline - April 12, 2019

SHRM Webinars

Continuing EducationDid you know that SHRM has webinars coming up that you can earn PDCs for? Click the webcast titles below to register.

Background Screening Mistakes HR Cannot Afford to Make and How to Avoid Them

January 29, 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT
When creating a screening strategy, it's easy to be overwhelmed by the multitude of screening choices and providers in the marketplace. In this program, Madeline Laurano of Aptitude Research Partners provides guidance on how you can build the best background screening plan for your applicants and secure the quality hires you’ve worked so hard to get.
1 PDC

Leading HR Processes in the Digital Era

January 29, 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT
Digital solutions give HR leaders a unique opportunity to change not only how the work gets done but also the experience they deliver. Learn about the challenges facing HR leaders today and why HR leaders need to think differently about the process of digital transformation.
1 PDC

Moving from Wellness to Wellbeing

January 30, 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT
Jim Purcell, former CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island will discuss how to design and implement strategic workplace wellbeing programs that provide results and improve employees’ physical, mental/emotional and financial states. You will get a practical roadmap for redesigning wellness programs via an evidence-based framework and real-world case studies that earn support from senior management.
1 PDC

Other Webcasts Available On Demand Click Here To See All Available Webcasts

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TalentAcquisition

SHRM Talent AcquisitionAre you ready to grow professionally in 2019?

Hey Talent Acquisition Specialists! Did you know SHRM has a credential for you? You can become officially recognized as a Master of Strategic Talent Acquisition by earning the SHRM Talent Acquisition Specialty Credential.

4 Steps to Earn the SHRM Talent Acquisition Specialty Credential
1.  Purchase the SHRM Talent Acquisition Specialty Credential package, which includes:
2.  Participating in the Talent Acquisition: Creating Your Organization's Strategy Seminar—available in-person and virtually!
3.  Enrollment in the six comprehensive SHRM eLearning courses on Talent Acquisition.
4.  A 50-question online Talent Acquisition knowledge assessment to pass.
It’s that easy!

And... You do not need to be SHRM-certified to earn the specialty credential. However, if you already hold a SHRM certification, you will receive 25 PDCs toward your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP re-certification.
Click HERE to Register
$1655 for SHRM members
$1930 for non-members

COSHRM Conference 2019

COSHRM 2019The Colorado Society for Human Resource Management (COSHRM) biennial conference attracts more than 500 people from Colorado and beyond to participate in a three-day conference that includes incredible keynote speakers, interactive sessions and practical workshops.

Registration for the Colorado Society for Human Resource Management (COSHRM) biennial state conference is now open! SAVE $100 and register by March 31st to get theearly bird pricing of $799, after which it increases to $899. This event attracts more than 500 attendees from Colorado and beyond to participate in a three-day conference that includes incredible keynote speakers, interactive sessions and practical workshop. This year's theme, Think Beyond, inspires and supports attendees to be proactive and future-oriented professionals. Join many of your fellow BAHRA members in Keystone!