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Message From the President
Jim Paul
With the announcement of the Nominating Committee’s proposed 2016 Board of Director’s slate, the reality is sinking in that my Presidential term is quickly coming to an end. HRMA has had such a wonderful year, and I want to thank the current Board, Committee Chairs and Committee Volunteers for making it so easy to have a successful year. Click here to read more.

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November 18th Breakfast Meeting
Reaching Resilience: Personal Tips for Moving Forward From Life's Challenges

Reaching Resilience is about exercising strengths and increasing your ability to cope with adversity. Through this program, you will see how embracing change - even during difficult situations - can often create positive new realities.
Connie Fishe
During this session you will:
  • Learn about different kinds of change
  • Understand how being resilient helps you move forward
  • Find ways to address your needs during times of change
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.
2016 Board of Directors Slate
The 2015 HRMA Nominating Committee is pleased to put forth the following 2016 HRMA Board of Directors Slate for your consideration. We will hold the official election at the November 18, 2015 Breakfast Meeting. We look forward to your participation!
Danielle Spieckerman

Danielle Spieckerman
Workforce Development & Talent Sourcing Leader
SSM Health
John Marino
McMahon Berger, P.C.
Vice President

Tim Wells
Director of Employee Benefits
Charles L. Crane Agency
Vice President
linda pipitone

Linda L. Pipiton, MA, PHR, SHRM-CP
Director, Human Resources
Fontbonne University
Vice President

Mary Smith, PHR, SHRM-CP
Senior Employee Relations Specialist
St. Luke's Hospital
Vice President
Diversity & Workforce Readiness

Tiffany Battle, PHR
HR Consultant
SSM Integrated Health Technologies
Vice President

Caroline Travis
Branch Manager
Robert Half Legal
Vice President

Carla F. Patterson
HR Strategic Business Partner
The Boeing Company
Past President
Jim Paul

James M. Paul
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC

Thank you to the Nominating Committee members:
Angela Schaefer, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
James Paul
Kathy Fleming
Patricia Henderson, SHRM-CP, PHR
Dean Kpere-Daibo
Announcing the New HRMA Young Professionals Council

The HRMA Board of Directors is pleased to announce the establishment of a NEW Young Professionals Council. The Council will work toward:

  • Creating educational and social opportunities to build a community for next gen HR
  • Creating relevant YP activities for HRMA
  • Collaborating with HRMA committees throughout the program year
  • Attracting and retaining YPs to HRMA

To volunteer now and #AdvanceHR, contact:
John Marino at
Angie Schaefer, SHRM-SCP, SPHR at

We look forward to your participation!

HRMA's Third Annual Full Day Leadership Conference was a Huge Success!
HRMA’s third annual full day Leadership Conference was a huge success! It was held on Friday, October 30, 2015 at the Ameristar Casino Resort Spa in St. Charles, Missouri. This year’s conference, themed "Change Doesn’t Have to be Scary," was packed full of informative sessions. The keynote speakers, both from St. Louis, provided the perfect opening and closing messages encouraging the membership to be innovative, forward thinkers.

Many thanks to our conference chair, Molly Marroquin, and the Planning Committee, whose time and effort spent were evident the day of the conference. Also, without our sponsors, the conference would be difficult to host as part of the annual schedule vs. charging an exorbitant fee to provide the same quality program. We were fortunate, this year, to have eight gold sponsors, seven silver sponsors and 27 bronze sponsors. And we know attendees spent good quality time with the sponsors to learn about their products and services.

The leadership of HRMA hopes that you were pleased with the content as well as the logistical details of the conference and welcomes any and all feedback to use in the planning of next year’s conference!
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...Allie Patton (Maryville Student Chapter Edition!)
Allie Patton is President of the brand new SHRM student chapter at Maryville University. We sat down with Allie for this month's "5 Minutes With..." segment. Click here to learn more about the new student chapter!
Take the Pathway to SHRM Professional Certification
If you're not SHRM-certified, but have a valid HR generalist certification (including PHR, SPHR, GPHR, HRBP, HRMP, IPMA-CP) which you obtained by January 31, 2015, you are eligible for SHRM's new certification - at no cost - by completing the Online Tutorial Pathway before December 31, 2015. Click here for more information and to begin the process.
Veterans Day
Veterans Day was Wednesday, November 11th. Click here to read an article about Veterans Day written by HRMA member Ken Lynch.
Workplace Law News
In September, the Missouri Supreme Court issued a decision which makes it easier for employees (and employers) to offer "me too" evidence (i.e., evidence about discrimination against co-workers) in employment discrimination trials. Click here to read an article about the case by Dean Kpere-Daibo.
On October 14th, a St. Louis City judge blocked an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage in the City. The city is appealing the decision. Click here to read more.

In early November, the Missouri Court of Appeals vacated a $1.5 million punitive damages award against a parent company in a discrimination case. Click here to read an analysis co-authored by HRMA member Jessica Liss.

A divided Missouri Court of Appeals recently held that sexual-orientation discrimination is not prohibited by the Missouri Human Rights Act. The case may be appealed to the Missouri Supreme Court. Click here to read an analysis of the co-authored by HRMA Newsletter editor Andrew Metcalf.

A St. Louis City jury recently awarded $4.85 million to a plaintiff in a reverse race discrimination lawsuit. Click here to read more.

Save the Dates!
November 18th Breakfast Meeting
7:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
"Reaching Resilience: Personal Tips for Moving Forward From Life's Challenges"
Renaissance Hotel
St. Louis Airport
Click here for more information and to register!
 AAIM Learning Workshop
November 18th

Planning to attend the HRMA Breakfast Meeting on Wednesday, but also interested in attending the AAIM Learning Workshop? If you would like to attend both, AAIM is offering a discounted rate of $50 for those who are interested in attending the Learning Workshop following the HRMA Breakfast Meeting (you should arrive just in time for the beginning of Session 2).
Click here for more information and to register.
HRMA Chapter Honors
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