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Message from the President

Dear HRMA:

Summer is coming to a close and I hope everyone had a chance to recharge and relax! The Marino household has been blessed by the arrival of our second child (and first girl!), so things have been very exciting! The arrival of Princess Marino got me thinking about balancing priorities in our personal and professional lives. We all want to be our best selves at work, at home and with the multitude of other interests we have pulling us several different directions. Sometimes it can be difficult, but I do not think success in one aspect of our lives means something else we care about suffers. Case in point, so many of our volunteers are not only leaders in the HR field who also dedicate countless hours to planning such things as HRMA’s Annual Conference, but they are also some of the best mothers, fathers, spouses and siblings that I have had the pleasure of meeting.

Hopefully by now you have heard about two of HRMA’s newest initiatives – the Taste of Teambuilding Cookbook & Member Directory and HRMA’s First Annual HR Salary Benefits Survey. The Taste of Teambuilding Cookbook & Directory will be chocked full of great activities, icebreakers and activities you can use to engage your respective teams. We are currently looking for submissions to include in the Cookbook, so please click here to share any teambuilding ideas! Also, last month we launched HRMA’s First Annual HR Salary/Benefits survey. We wanted to provide our membership with a broad overview of St. Louis' HR marketplace - please click here to participate. Participants will get a free copy of the survey that we hope to roll out at our Annual Leadership Conference.

Speaking of HRMA's Annual Leadership conference, registration is now open, so please sign-up. The Conference is set for October 27, 2017 at Ameristar St. Charles - it should be another great event!

I look forward to seeing you all soon!

John Marino
August 16 Symposium - Supporting Employees' Mental Well-Being by Integrating Trauma-Informed Care Into HR Practices
As focusing on supporting the overall well-being of the workforce becomes a growing function and expectation of HR professionals, we need to know how to handle those difficult and sensitive conversations surrounding employees' mental wellness. Whether it's related to a hidden disability, stress from the job, or something from an employee's personal life, there can be many contributing factors that may hinder an employee's ability to be productive and engaged. By using what is known as a Trauma-Informed approach, HR professionals can have a more positive outcome in addressing issues related to employee mental well-being. Alive and Well STL is a community-wide effort focused on reducing the impact of toxic stress and trauma on our health and well-being. Their goal is to help educate organizations and the community about Trauma-Informed Care practices. The presenters will give us a background on trauma, its impact on the human body and mental well-being, and practical ways HR professionals can address these issues at all different points throughout the employee life cycle.  Click here for more information and register.
HRMA on Facebook
HRMA of Greater St. Louis is on Facebook! Give us a "like" to follow along with upcoming events. Find us here.

HRMA Salary & Benefits Survey
HRMA is pleased to announce its first salary and benefits survey that will be coming to its members this summer. By contributing your responses to the survey you will receive a copy of the results at no cost. We hope that this survey will provide even more value to your membership. Click here to participate!
Give HRMA Your Taste of Teamwork!
In honor of HRMA's 75th Anniversary, we will be producing the HRMA Taste of Teamwork Cookbook & Membership Directory. It will be chock-full of great teambuilding activities and icebreakers. Be part of this invaluable resource. Submit your favorite teambuilding activity or icebreaker by clicking here.

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2017 SHRM Certification Exam Prep Study Course
HRMA is excited to announce a SHRM Certification exam preparatory course through HRMA. Our professional instructor will cover the three domains and modules covered in the SHRM HR competency course, and there will be opportunity for valuable learning through peer discussion. The intensive study sessions begin October 2nd. Click here for more information and to register.
HRMA Leadership Conference
Registration is OPEN for HRMA's 5th Annual Leadership Conference at Ameristar Casino Resort Spa in St. Charles on October 27th. Mark your calendars and click here to register for this all-day conference. Your HRMA membership includes the conference registration, but spots are limited, so register before it fills up!

Opening this year's conference is Bob Chapman, Chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller. Bob Chapman imagines a world where people leave work each day fulfilled by there work. He imagines a world full of caring work environments in which people can realize their gifts, apply and develop their talents, and feel a genuine sense of fulfillment for their contributions. And in this world, because their work is fulfilling, people go home happy and are better spouses, parents, neighbors and friends. As Chairman and CEO of $2 billion capital equipment and engineering solutions firm Barry-Wehmiller, Chapman has championed fulfilling work and a compassionate work environment through his commitment to Truly Human Leadership.

At lunch, we'll hear from Rodney "Rocky" Sickmann, United States Marine Corps Sergeant and P.O.W.; Iranian Hostage Crisis Author of Iranian Hostage: A Personal Diary of 444 Days in Captivity; Retired U.S. Director, Military and Industry Affairs, Anheuser-Busch InBev; and Senior VP, Budweiser Account, Folds of Honor.

Don't miss out on our amazing line up of speakers, professional networking, and opportunities to meet and learn about the business partners who support HRMA and make our programming possible. Register Now!
Welcome to 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.
Conference Sponsorship Opportunities Available!
Looking to market your business to about 500 HR professionals! Set up a booth at the 5th Annual Leadership Conference! Click here to learn more.
Nominate a Board Member
Each year, the HRMA of Greater St. Louis’ Nominating Committee recommends a slate of candidates to serve on the Chapter Board of Directors. On behalf of this year’s Nominating Committee, please complete this 2018 Board of Directors Application to submit your name for a position on the board. Alternatively, you can nominate any other Member by sending an e-mail to Find more information click here.
Save the Date for "From Wishing to Working: How to Find YOUR Success in the Workforce"
The University Relations Committee is sponsoring an event targeted toward students and those entering the workforce on Thursday, September 28th, at the Saint Louis University Business School. We need volunteers to provide guidance at the following roundtables:
  • Your Resume: Is It Working For You?
  • Benefits: Your Other Compensation
  • Online Applications: What You Need to Know Before You Click Submit
  • LinkedIn: How's Your Profile Doing?
  • Interviewing: Mastering the Job Interview
  • Internships: Getting "In" With Internships

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Andrea Maddox-Dallas at

YP Networking Happy Hour and Speaker
HRMA members are invited to attend a happy hour on August 24, 2017, co-hosted by our Young Professionals and AAIM. The event will feature a networking and a speaker about financial planning. Click here to sign up and learn more.
Nominate a Fellow HRMA Member
Do you know a fellow HRMA member who has had a great achievement lately? Maybe they've been promoted, accomplished a big project, or have been recognized within their organization or the community. HRMA would like to spotlight its members for these achievements on social media and/or the newsletter. Send nominations that you have to to be considered!
More Thoughts from Our July Speaker
If you would like to read more from our July speaker, Amy Narishkin, about difficult and courageous conversations please look here.
Brought to you by HRMA Newsletter Committee Co-Editors Andrew Metcalf and Josh Owings.

Save the Dates!
Summer Symposium Series
August 16th
7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Fontbonne University
August 24th Young Professionals Event
Networking Happy Hour
and Speaker
Click here for Details
and to Register!

September 13th Dinner Meeting
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Renaissance Hotel
St. Louis Airport
HRMA Leadership Conference
October 27, 2017
7:15 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Ameristar Casino Resort Spa
Click here for more information.
HRMA Chapter Honors
SHRM Excel Platinum 2016
SHRM Recertification Provider Seal 2017
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