July 2017 note from the editor

Our July issue is chock-full of great new information for you – the HR professional! I think we broke our record on covering the most conferences in a single issue this month! We are delighted to bring you highlights from the 2017 ALSHRM Conference in Birmingham held May 16-17 on Pages 6 and 7 and the 8th Annual TNSHRM Strategic Leadership Conference in Nashville on April 21 on Pages 14 and 15. It was also great fun covering the Tennessee Personnel Management Conference in Chattanooga on April 18-21. It’s always wonderful to visit with our HR friends in the public sector. I hope you will enjoy our coverage of this excellent conference on Page 50. We also have highlights from the Mississippi Business Group on Health meeting in Jackson on May 24 on Page 49. It is our pleasure to bring you these highlights, and we hope that if you were unable to attend, you will find them helpful in keeping you updated on the current hot topics in our industry.

We are excited to feature Kimberly Douglas, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Chair of the Board of SHRM-Atlanta on our July cover. SHRM-Atlanta is one of the largest SHRM Chapters with 2300+ members representing over 1300 local businesses and organizations. In addition to her volunteer  service to SHRM, Kim is also the author of The Firefly Effect, in which she shares tools, techniques, and insights to help every leader build a team and achieve their vision of success. She is also the Founder and President of FireFly Facilitation, Inc. in Atlanta where she uses her passion about helping leaders to improve their business performance. I know you will enjoy reading about her fascinating career on Page 5.

Those who know me personally know that I am passionate about HR education, and I love speaking at SHRM Conferences and presenting our monthly webinars. For that reason our July issue is one of my favorites. I have the opportunity to bring you some of the top educational programs for HR professionals in the country! You will love, love, love reading about all these educational opportunities for HR professionals. Please take a moment to review these excellent programs and determine which program best suits your needs as you begin or complete your HR education. We begin our coverage on Page 30. I hope you will also use this information to guide your employees who will be accessing your tuition reimbursement programs as the fall term begins. Don’t forget about our Online SHRM Certification Exam Prep Class that begins on August 21. You can prepare for your SHRM-SCP | CP from the comfort of your home using your personal computer. You may register on our website now at www.hrprofessionalsmagazine.com.

We will bring you the highlights from the SHRM Annual Conference in New Orleans held on June 18-21 in our August issue. Please mark your calendars and check out the previews of the 33rd Annual KYSHRM Conference in Louisville on August 29-31. I hope our KYSHRM friends will attend one of my concurrent sessions Tuesday on “Strategic HR Metrics.” You will receive 1.50 HRCI business credits as well as SHRM PDCs for this session. You can read about the TNSHRM Conference & Expo in Nashville October 1-4 featuring Peyton Manning as one of the keynote speakers on page 21. A preview of the SHRM Georgia State Conference in Brunswick on Jekyll Island October 8-10 is on Page 29. We are looking forward to covering all of these top-rated Conferences for you live on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Be sure to mark your calendars and follow me so that you don’t miss any of these exciting events!


Watch your email for our next complimentary HRCI|SHRM monthly webinar sponsored by Data Facts on July 27. The topic is “Using Business Acumen to Make an Impact. Watch your email for your invitation! If you are not currently receiving our monthly invitation, you can subscribe on our website at www.hrprofessionalsmagazine.com.





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