INLAND NORTHWEST Society for Human Resource Management
May 2015


In This Issue...

  1. Spring Conference
  2. President's Letter
  3. Updates and Information
  4. Featured Member of the Month:

     Spring Conference!


 What's in Store for HR? Spring Conference 2015

Centerplace Regional Event Center 2426 North Discovery Place
Spokane Valley, WA 99216

 Tuesday, May 12, 2015

 3 Strategic and 5 General HRCI/SHRM Credits

 TIME:  7:30 am - 4:45 pm

Register HERE (Registration closes at May 6th at noon)


Engage, Relate & Communicate: Motivating a Multi-Generational Workforce

Creating an environment where all generations can work collaboratively requires businesses to develop new skills and new ways to engage, relate and communicate with this complex mix. And…this generational mix does not just exist internally – but with customers, vendors and suppliers too! In this new environment, developing, motivating and retaining the best from all generations is key to your organizations success. This informative session we will explore generational intelligence and challenges. You are sure to walk away with new and useful knowledge, and the secret to success that your organization can use to develop effective strategies and techniques for managing and motivating multiple generations. (General Credit)
Speaker: Diane M. Gibson, Founder and President, DMG Consultancy, Ltd.

HR and the Aging Workforce: Strategies and Best Practices

Can your organization afford to lose your reservoir of talented, experienced older workers in the coming years? If not, have you done serious strategic workforce planning to analyze the impact of baby boomer retirements and to identify potential skills gaps that could result? This session will look at key HR strategies that should be integrated into an overall talent management program for today’s multi-generational workforce. (Strategic Credit)  
Speaker: Dianna Gould, Field Services Director with SHRM for Pacific West Region

Performance Management: Should HR Do Away with Annual Performance Reviews

No one likes performance reviews - managers, employees, HR - no one. Is it worth HR’s energy/staff/time/budget to continue a process that no one appreciates? What is the impact to HR’s reputation to be seen as "championing" a process with such perceived low value? Especially since the value of HR itself seems to be challenged every day in the workplace and media. In this highly interactive session, we will explore a different approach to performance management and annual reviews. We will talk about firing annual reviews and moving to a more meaningful and authentic solution.  We will also discuss the implications for merit pay increases, promotions, incentive pay, etc., if we terminate performance reviews. (General Credit)
Speaker: Shannon Drohman, Principal, Compensation Connections

BREAKOUT SESSION: Building a Culture for Lean

 HR’s guiding role in providing the necessary tools and interpersonal skills for success in a culture of continuous improvement. The players may have the technical skills but how do we really ready the team for continuous improvement? Keys to success also include strong interpersonal, implementation, behavioral and process expertise. Effectively building the fundamental infrastructure will have huge impact on the success (or failure) of truly going lean. (Strategic Credit)
Christopher Wood, Ten X Strategies, LLC

BREAKOUT SESSION: Quickie Election Rule…It’s Back

The "quickie election" rule took effect April 14, 2015, and the NLRB has handed unions powerful new weapons for their organizing arsenals.  This session will look at how the "quickie election" rule process changes the old procedures and ways in which employers can prospectively get ahead of these new rules. (General Credit)
Speakers: Kimberly A. Kamel, JD, Principal, Witherspoon, Kelly and Bill Symmes, JD, Principal, Witherspoon, Kelly

BREAKOUT SESSION: ACA Benchmarking & ESR Reporting

How do these topics relate? Many employers expect to spend more in 2015 as they extend coverage to all employees working 30 or more hours per week – this would be in addition to the increase in per-employee cost. This session will look at survey results at to what employers are doing to keep down cost growth and whatemployers are required to do in 2015 with complex reports first due in early 2016. (General Credit) 
Speakers: Suzanne O’Neil, Principal and Craig Culbertson, Principal, with Mercer Health & Benefits

BREAKOUT SESSION: Diversity & Inclusion: Understanding the "T" in LGBT – Creating an Inclusive Workplace  General Credit –

Speaker: Blaine Stum, Human Rights Commission

BREAKOUT SESSION: Succession Management: Growing Great Leaders 

Once regarded as a low priority, succession planning is now recognized as an essential business practice. Having a cadre of committed, effective leaders is a sustained competitive advantage. For this reason, high-performing companies have identified leadership development and succession planning as a top strategic imperative.  But, it’s not easy.   Many plans fail because they lack commitment or focus. Successful programs are integrated into business strategies and built into the organization’s culture. In this session, you will learn the key elements of an effective succession plan, HR’s role in succession planning, tools to identify potential successors, and how to retain your high potentials. (Strategic Credit)
Speaker: Rochelle Crollard, SPHR, Red and Associates


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 President's Newsletter

 Hello, INSHRM Members!

Please save the date of August 21st for INSHRM’s Member Appreciation Night out at Indians Baseball Game!  This will be INSHRM’s first ever Indian’s baseball game membership appreciation event. We appreciate each of you as valued members to our organization and would like to Invite you to join your INSHRM board members and fellow INSHRM members on this evening. This event will be free of charge for members. Stay tuned for more information about this event… registration information will be posted on our website soon.

Kind regards,
Kristina Valenzuela

 Updates and Information


Bring A Buddy to Lunch!

Have a friend who’s interested in joining INSHRM and would benefit from this month’s speaker? Make sure to take advantage of INSHRM’s "Bring a Buddy" Program! Bring a guest to this month’s luncheon at no cost to them so they can see what it’s all about. It’s the cheapest 'date' you’ll ever have and they’ll thank you for it too! Email our membership team at [email protected] for more information or to submit a request. 

New Survey Format - Short and Sweet

If you attended the April breakfast you got a glimpse of a new, shorter survey. Going forward we will be trying this format to increase response rates. We’ve removed questions about the food and facility and will only be asking about those occasionally. We really want to focus on the quality of the speakers and topic content, because after all the mission of INSHRM is to bring our members relevant, quality education as well as networking opportunities! The next time you attend an INSHRM seminar please take just 20 seconds to complete the follow up survey. Thank you in advance from the Programs team.


New Member Orientation

We are pleased to introduce a new program for membership! The INSHRM New Member Orientation is for any new members, members that are considering joining, or current members that want to connect and find out how they can take advantage of their membership. Meetings will be held the last Tuesday of every month at Taste Café. Join us for the next one, Tuesday, April 28 at 9:00 AM at Taste Café located at 180 S Howard St, Spokane, WA 99201. Feel free to contact Melissa Koontz, the Membership Director, for more information at [email protected].


Scholarships Available!

Did you know that more than 100 scholarships totaling $122,500 will be awarded to SHRM members in 2015 due to the SHRM Foundation?

The SHRM Foundation’s awards program is designed to support HR professions working towards a college degree or SHRM certification.  You may apply for a $2,000 education scholarship and/or a $750 certification scholarship.

Application Deadline:  July 15, 2015

Application Period:  April 1, 2015 – July 15, 2015

Eligibility:  SHRM professional, general and associate members, with a valid SHRM ID number, pursuing a college degree or working toward SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification are eligible to apply.  (SHRM Student members and local-only members are not eligible for these awards.)

Awards:  110 Certification scholarships of $750 each and 20 Academic scholarships of $2,000 each.  Each SHRM domestic region has a total of $20,000 to distribur5e which means applicants compete only with others in their own area of the country.  Each region will award 22 certification scholarships and 4 academic scholarships for a total of 26 awards.

How to Apply:  Visit and click on “Scholarships & Awards” to learn more about the SHRM Foundation Scholarship Program. 


SHRM-CP / SHRM-SCP Certification via the Online Tutorial Pathway

SHRM is proud of your achievements and recognizes the time, money and energy you have invested. As an organization committed to its members, SHRM will continue to support and recognize your expertise.

Now your path to even greater opportunity is simple and clear. Your existing HR certification constitutes your eligibility to earn the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP which indicates to the global HR community that you have the competencies, knowledge and skills to perform effectively in today's ever-changing workplace.

If you are a current holder of an HR generalist certification (including: PHR, SPHR, GPHR, HRBP, HRMP and IPMA-CP*) or obtained your certification by January 31, 2015, you are eligible for SHRM's new certification—at no cost—by completing the following three simple steps by December 31, 2015

  • Document that your current certification is in good standing.
  • Sign the SHRM Code of Ethics.
  • Complete a brief online tutorial focusing on HR competencies. 

Once you complete this process, you will earn the new SHRM credential and begin a three-year SHRM recertification cycle.  You will not lose or have to give up any of your current credentials in order to obtain the new SHRM Certification.

Join the group of HR professionals who have chosen to accelerate their careers by earning the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential.

Have you done your Online Tutorial Pathway yet?  To date over 38,000 HR Professionals have completed the Online Tutorial Way and achieved the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification.  If you have any questions regarding the Online Tutorial Pathway, please contact Melody Matthews at [email protected].

 College Relations: Internships




Featured Member of the Month:


 INSHRM Member: Mike Jones, SHRM-SCP


Mike is currently the Sr. Director of Human Resources at Zak Designs. He is approaching 20 years with Zak Designs in October of this year. Mike spent his previous 20 years performing human resources duties in the Air Force. He completed his MBA, with an emphasis in Human Resources, his BA in Human Resources and also completed his SHRM-SCP certification.

He is blessed to have a wife (Janine) of almost 38 years and two wonderful daughters, Michele and Nicole. Both are married and Mike has one grandson, Quinton, who is 3 years old. Hoping for more!

How did you first come to Human Resources as a career?

I joined the Air Force and really didn’t have a career goal in mind. I told my recruiter that I liked working with people.   He recommended the HR field. Here I am many years later.

What has been your most rewarding experience as an HR professional?

Performing HR duties in the Air Force. I like being in many different type of organizations and having up to 650 employees (and taking pride in knowing every one of them by first and last name).

What have you found to be most challenging as an HR professional?

As with many HR professionals, having to transition a person out of my Company. If you do everything right, give everyone a fair chance to improve, it is much easier and I can sleep at night.

Who have been your most influential mentors?

My dad. He also served in the US Army for 27 years. A great mentor.

 What is your guiding principle or mantra?

Treat people like you wish to be treated. Do the right thing.

What current book are you reading and what do you enjoy most about it?

This is probably my weakness, I don’t read a lot of books, however, I’m always reading on the Internet. That being said, Dave Ramsey’s financial books are probably something I enjoy the most.

What little known fact would people find surprising about you?

I was associated with the military as dependent in the Army until I graduated from high school, then spent 20 years active duty in the Air Force. I have lived in various countries overseas, such as Panama, Chile, Germany, Belgium, England, and Saudi Arabia. 

If you were a bird, which bird would you be and why?

A cardinal….only because my wife loves cardinals. We have red cardinal figurines throughout our house.

What is your ‘claim to fame’?

No real claim to fame. Just a simple guy trying to do the "right thing", helping people along the way, both on and off the job.

What are your outside hobbies and interests?

Motorcycle riding, boating, basketball, football, softball.

What are you enjoying most right now in your life?

Being with my 3 year old grandson, Quinton and family gatherings. Also, riding my motorcycle on a great northwest summer day.




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