INLAND NORTHWEST Society for Human Resource Management
January 2015


In This Issue...

  1. Upcoming Luncheon Information - New Location: Centerplace in the Valley!
  2. President's Letter
  3. Updates and Information


Thank you to our January Vendor of the Month!


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**NEW LOCATION: Centerplace Regional Event Center in Spokane Valley!**

Developing and Executing a Human Resources Strategic Plan
Centerplace Regional Event Center 2426 North Discovery Place Spokane Valley, WA 99216
Speakers: Krisann Hatch, VP of HR Solutions, Archbright   
Joseph Marth, VP of Business Solutions, Archbright
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
1 Business (Strategic) HRCI Credit Approved

TIME:  Check-in begins at 11:00 AM, announcements begin at 11:30 AM  Session runs from Noon - 1 PM
Register (Registration closes January 7th at noon)

Strategic Planning is a critical process in organizations today. Just as the company needs to have a vision, mission, goals, and metrics, so should Human Resources. This session will prepare HR professionals to develop a strategic plan and to successfully execute the strategic plan. Objectives:

  • Participants will understand the components of a strategic plan - Vision Statement, Mission Statement, and SMART Goals.
  • Participants will learn how to conduct a strategic planning session.
  • Participants will understand the components to successfully implement a strategic plan.

Our Speakers:    

 Krisann Hatch, Regional Manager of HR Solutions - Eastern Washington: Krisann Hatch works with companies to strategize, innovate, and implement HR solutions, deliver employee-development training, and provide advice, consultation, and support on a wide-range of HR issues. Krisann joined Archbright™ in 2013 after spending nearly 25 years at all levels in Human Resources with Red Lion Hotels, Doubletree Hotels, Promus Hotels, and Hilton Hotels. Most recently, Krisann was the Senior Vice President, Human Resources with Red Lion Hotels in Spokane, Washington, where she was responsible for all areas of HR for up to 4500 employees in 13 western states. Krisann has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Eastern Washington University, an MBA from Washington State University, and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

Joseph Marth, Vice President, Business Solutions: Joseph Marth leads the team of HR, compensation, learning, and organization development professionals responsible for a full range of consulting services. Dr. Marth joined Archbright™ in 2008 and has more than 20 years of experience in human resources--including experience at small companies, Fortune 500 corporations, and nonprofit organizations. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Akron, with doctoral concentration in Organizational Psychology; an M.S. from the University of Akron; and a B.B.A. from Kent State University. Dr. Marth is a full member of the American Psychological Association and the Society of Industrial & Organizational Psychology and holds numerous certifications in organization development and psychology.

 Register - Registration closes on Wednesday, January 7th at noon!

President's Newsletter

As the end of 2014 is here and the beginning of 2015 is upon us, I wanted to say Happy New Year and thank you for being a part of INSHRM.

It has been an exciting year to be in HR and it will continue to be going into 2015. We have a busy year ahead of us communicating out to all of you about the new SHRM Certification and what that will mean going forward for all of us. We are committed to communicate as much as we can to our members to help you better understand these changes. We will also have a study group this year for the new SHRM Certification.

The 2014 INSHRM Board of Directors did an outstanding job, and I would like to take the opportunity to highlight what we as a chapter accomplished. In 2014, we hosted the NHRMA conference, which was a huge success with 615 attendees this year. We continued to grow our membership, and we are still the 2nd largest chapter in the state of Washington. We transitioned to a new website and payment system this year, and hosted our first ever supervisor training with over 100 attendees. All luncheons in 2014 were HRCI certified and recorded high attendance. We hired Dustin as our greeter through Partners for Work (PFW) program and partnered with PFW to promote hiring individuals with disabiliities. The Sloan Awards for When Work Works was a success this year with an increased number of companies participating and awards given. We held a successful HRCI study group, and as a chapter we were able to increase our foundation donation by 10% from last year, donating $2900 this year to SHRM's Foundation. We were also given the Washington State Council Leadership Award and received mulitple awards from SHRM, including the Platinum Excel Award, the SHRM Foundation Champion, and SHRM Membership Super Star.

This year ended with a membership appreciation Holiday Party at the Mobius Science Center. Below is a picture of the 2014 board members and incoming board members for 2015.


 From Left to Right: Front: April O’Hair, Juanita Jiminez, Krystal Siegfried, Andrea Morgan, Tonya Sherman, Julie Orchard; Middle: Kristina Riener, Shannon Drews, Valarie Hartfield, Stefanie Sell; Back: Josh Seitz, Heidi Raprager, Corinda Behler-Howe, Kevin Proctor, Lindsey Wane, Melody Matthews; Not In the Picture: Janell Harding, Melissa Kuntzmann, Amanda May, Kelly Folger, Laurie Whitcomb, Ashleigh Mathews, Jeff Smith

I am looking forward to working with the Board of Directors this year and serving all of you, our members. If you have any questions about how to get involved or have any suggestions on how we can serve you better, please contact me or any other board member. We would love to hear from you!

 I wish you all an amazing and happy new year,

Kristina Riener

Updates and Information


2015 will be an exciting year for HR professionals with the introduction of the new SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certifications. The new SHRM certifications are separate from the HRCI certifications (e.g., PHR, SPHR, GPHR, HRBP, and HRMP). The new SHRM certifications are the culmination of over three years of research and are based on the SHRM Competency Model, which was validated by more than 35,000 HR professionals around the world. The SHRM Competency Model provides HR professionals with a comprehensive roadmap for developing the capabilities they need to advance their careers and improve their effectiveness in the workplace. 

As we did previously with the PHR and SPHR, INSHRM will continue to support certification of our members. To this end, we will continue to hold free study groups twice annually, in spring and winter. Attendees of our study groups have an incredibly high pass rate, and feedback from participants has been that most participants say they could not have passed the exams without attending the weekly study group.

While the PHR and SPHR will remain valid certifications for HR professionals, INSHRM supports the new certifications, and our study groups will be geared toward prepping for the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams. 

Why these two new credentials? SHRM is launching them to further two goals: 1) For HR professionals, to reaffirm the importance of acquiring both the competencies and knowledge essential for successful job performance; and 2) For employers, to provide reliable indicators of proficiency in these critical dual aspects of modern HR practice.

This new exam will focus on the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK). A competency is a cluster of highly interrelated attributes, including knowledge, skills, and abilities that give rise to the behaviors needed to perform a given job effectively. There are eight Behavioral Competencies and one Technical Competency in the SHRM Competency Model, which forms the foundation of the SHRM BoCK: Leadership & Navigation, Ethical Practice, Business Acumen, Relationship Management, Consultation, Critical Evaluation, Global & Cultural Effectiveness, Communication, and HR Expertise (HR Knowledge).

If you are an HR professional who is currently certified with a recognized HR generalist certification that is in good standing, you can take a brief online tutorial focusing on HR competencies. You can begin taking the online tutorial on January 5, 2015. If you currently hold a PHR, you can take the online tutorial for the SHRM-CP; if you currently hold an SPHR, you can take the online tutorial for the SHRM-SCP. More information regarding this online tutorial will be given at our January membership meeting.

If you are not currently certified, you can take the new SHRM certification exam scheduled for May 1 – July 15, 2015.  Registration for the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP will begin January 5, 2015. The exam is anticipated to be up to 4 hours, with 160 – 180 questions.

The SHRM-CP certification is designed for HR practitioners who are engaged primarily in an operational role—implementing policies, serving as the HR point of contact for staff and stakeholders, and/or performing day-to-day HR functions. If this is your focus, the SHRM-CP is likely your best option, even if you meet the eligibility criteria for the SHRM-SCP.

The SHRM-SCP certification is designed for HR professionals at a senior level who operate primarily in a strategic role—developing policies and strategies, overseeing the execution of HR operations, analyzing performance metrics, and/or contributing to the alignment of HR strategies to organizational goals.

To ensure that you take the exam that best reflects your experience, assess your eligibility first (see Exam Eligibility Criteria at  Then compare your core responsibilities with the key responsibilities highlighted in the SHRM BoCK. 

INSHRM’s study groups will begin in March. Information regarding exact dates and times will be following, given both at our membership meetings and in future newsletters. If you have any immediate questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Certification Director, Melody Matthews, at [email protected].


The monthly meeting location for 2015 has moved to CenterPlace in Spokane Valley! We are excited to change things up for this year and will be kicking things off at the new location for the January meeting. We surveyed membership earlier this month, and we have a lot of members who work/live in the Spokane Valley, Post Falls, CDA and Hayden areas who have been commuting to Downtown Spokane for nearly 10 years. CenterPlace is only 7 miles from Downtown Spokane and is conveniently located right off the freeway,with ample free parking. We were again able to maintain our monthly luncheon cost of only $25 for 2015.

We look forward to seeing everyone at CenterPlace for our January seminar: Developing and Executing a Human Resources Strategic Plan which has been awarded HRCI Business (Strategic) Credit!

Happy New Year!

INSHRM Programs Team


What is the SHRM Foundation?

The SHRM Foundation is a 501C non-profit affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management. The Foundation is a legally separate organization, and is not funded by SHRM membership dues.

The SHRM Foundation is the globally recognized catalyst for shaping human resource thought leadership and research. 

The SHRM Foundation advances global human capital knowledge and practice by providing thought leadership and educational support, and sponsoring, funding and driving the adoption of cutting-edge, actionable, evidence-based research.

As a non-profit, the SHRM Foundation funds its programs by fundraising campaigns, support from SHRM chapters and state councils, individuals, corporations and others who make its work possible.

How does this impact you?

The SHRM Foundation’s work includes:

Strategic thought leadership. The SHRM Foundation is conducting a multi-phase program to identify and analyze critical trends likely to impact the workplace in 5-10 years.

Innovative academic research grants. The SHRM Foundation is a leading funder of HR research. Over the past three years, SHRM Foundation has awarded more than $1.8 million in grants to fund rigorous, original academic research with practical implications for HR management practice.

Scholarships. The SHRM Foundation awards $170,000 annually in education and certification scholarships to professional and student SHRM members, and doctoral students.

Educational resources. The SHRM Foundation’s Effective Practice Guidelines series makes research findings easily accessible to HR practitioners. The Foundation has also created a series of educational DVDs for SHRM chapter programming, staff trainings, and executive education sessions.

What can you do to support the SHRM Foundation?

Support INSHRM’s efforts in raising funds for the Foundation. Participate in our 50/50 raffles! Volunteer. Donate—all contributions are tax deductible. Everything you do helps support the Foundation’s important work, including scholarships, practical research, and educational resources.



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