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Message From the President
Danielle Spieckerman
As the dull winter comes to a close, we find ourselves eager for transformation. The changing season brings vibrancy that rejuvenates our spirits and motivation. Spring is a season of new beginnings which energizes us to take on new projects and initiatives. For many of us, it's as simple as coming out of hibernation to begin an exercise plan after the holidays or maybe its catching up on some much needed spring cleaning. Click here to read more.


March 16th Breakfast Meeting
It's Not About the Meatball: Constructive Conversations that De-Escalate Conflict

james reeves
Human resource professionals are often called upon to have difficult conversations with employees. Some of these conversations go well, and the problem is solved. Others can escalate quickly and the employee may turn to litigation or destructive self-help methods to get what they need. This program will provide a unique perspective that will help you have conversations that are de-escalating and help build stronger work places.

This program has been approved for 1.25 hours of HR (General) HRCI Credit, and is eligible for 1.25 hours of SHRM Certification Credit.

Click here for more information and to register.

Thank You to Our Sponsor!
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April 20th Breakfast Meeting
Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

Kenneth Pruitt
This program will include an overview of our current social and biological understandings of unconscious bias, as well as intervention strategies for mitigating its harmful effects on the workplace. Embedded in the training are facts and figures that help participants to explore unconscious bias and related concepts. This session is highly interactive with discussions and activities.

Session Highlights:
  • Define unconscious bias in practical/everyday terms
  • Introduce the neuroscience behind bias
  • Understand how unconscious bias can show up in unexpected ways in the workplace and in the community
  • Discuss how our perceptions about people who are different than us impact our work and community interactions
  • Common stereotypes and "What Should I Say and What Shouldn't I Say..."
  • Understanding "What's In It For Me" - why it is important for everyone to be involved in this conversation
This program has been approved for 1.25 hours of HR (General) HRCI Credit, and is eligible for 1.25 hours of SHRM Certification Credit.

Click here for more information and to register.

Thank You to Our Sponsor!
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Welcome Our New Members!
We would like to officially welcome our newest HRMA members! We hope to see you at our upcoming meetings! View new members here.
5 Minutes With...Dean Kpere-Daibo
Dean Kpere-Daibo is a labor and employment law attorney at McMahon Berger, and he also serves as the Legislative Affairs committee chair for HRMA. Dean was recently recognized as a "Top 40" attorney by The National Black Lawyers professional organization. We sat down with Dean for this month's "5 Minutes With..." to learn more about his practice.
HRMA 2016 Mentoring Program
The HRMA Mentoring Program is preparing to begin our Spring class. For the last seven years, we have had both spring and autumn launches for our program, each time creating partnerships focused on helping HR professionals grow their careers. While the formal program is for 12 months, we have had several partnerships go on longer, with one mentor saying, "It's fulfilling to share my knowledge and experience with someone who is so enthusiastic about learning... We have developed a relationship that will continue beyond the program." Click here to read more.
HRMA Young Professionals Kick-Off - March 31st
Calling all HRMA Young Professionals! HRMA's newly-founded sub-group, HRMA Young Professionals (HRMA-YP), is hosting its inaugural kick-off happy hour on March 31, 2016. The goal of HRMA-YP is to connect those with similar interests and experiences through additional opportunities that complement the wonderful HRMA programming that currently exists. Many Young Professionals have fewer than 10 years of experience in the HR field or are under 40 years of age, but we welcome all who consider themselves a young professional to join us.

At the event, we will announce and discuss some of our future programming, including continuing education, volunteer opportunities, and social/networking events. We will also do a round of speed networking so you will have a chance to get to know your HRMA-YP colleagues!

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us on March 31st to enjoy food, drinks, and networking! Click here for more information and to register.
Ignite the Leader in You!
By Molly Marroquin
HRMA's theme this year is "Ignite the Leader in You!" If we are igniting our leadership, what will be our match? Where can we get that spark? One great place to start is by thinking of the leaders who have made a positive impression on your life. What are the qualities in other leaders whom you most respect? No two leaders are the same, but typically you'll come to find that there are certain aspects of their leadership that are aligned with others who have a positive impact. Click here to read more.
HRMA Recognized as Top Fundraising Chapter
HRMA was recently recognized as a "top 25" fundraising chapter in 2015! With more than 600 SHRM chapters across the country, being named a Top 25 Fundraising Chapter exemplifies HRMA's dedication to shaping the future of HR. Congratulations to all our members who made this recognition possible!
St. Louis Regional Chamber Event
On March 23rd, the St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting a complimentary program entitled "Next Practice Leadership: Driving Growth & Innovation in a People Led Economy." Participants must register to attend. Click here to register and learn more.

Save the Dates!
May 18th
Dinner Meeting
 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Renaissance Hotel
St. Louis Airport

Summer Symposium Series
June 15th, July 20th &
August 10th

7:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Fontbonne University
HRMA Chapter Honors
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