May 2017 note from the editor


(L-R) Sherry Johnson, SHRM-SCP, SHRM Field Services Director, Tara Mauk Arthur, SHRM-CP, PHR, Cynthia, Michele Burns, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, at the ARSHRM Booth at the 2017 ARSHRM Conference & Expo in Hot Springs.

We were delighted to kick off the Spring Conference season as an official media sponsor for the Annual SHRM-Atlanta HR Conference March 29-30 at the Cobb Galleria. It was great seeing Dorothy Knapp, SHRM Field Services Director; and Jeanne Artime, SHRM-Atlanta CEO. It was also exciting meeting Kimberly Douglas, SHRM-Atlanta Board Chair. April was an exciting month with the 22nd Annual MSSHRM HR Conference & Expo in Tupelo April 3-5. Next we headed to the ARSHRM HR Conference & Expo in Hot Springs April 5-7. We always enjoy the weekend races at Oaklawn. Be sure to check out all the highlights from these outstanding conferences in this issue.

I especially enjoyed presenting the three-hour preconference Strategic Leadership Workshop for HR Executives at the MSSHRM Conference & Expo. Attendees earned 3.00 business credits and 3.00 SHRM PDCs at the Workshop. May 16-17 we will be in Birmingham covering the 2017 ALSHRM Conference & Expo for the first time. The Conference Agenda is on Page 6. We will be bringing you live updates from the conference on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter @cythomps. Don’t miss a minute of this exciting new event!

On May 10, we will be at the WTSHRM 7th Human Resources & Employment Law Spring Conference in Jackson, TN. I am honored to be keynote speaker at the Joint St. Lucie HRA and Treasure Coast HRA Conference in Florida on May 19. We will be covering the Mississippi Business Group on Health meeting in Jackson, MS, on May 24. So May will be another exciting month!

Watch your email for our next complimentary HRCI |SHRM Virtual Event sponsored by Data Facts on May 9. The topic is the “The Art and Science of Delegation.” Watch your email for your invitation! If you are not currently receiving our monthly invitation, you can subscribe on our website at