May 21, 2015 

Have you considered board service?

Tracy L. White, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

What’s one of the most important committees in any non-profit organization? Some experts argue that it is the nominating committee. In proposing individuals who will lead the organization forward, the nominating committee is critical to the future success of any nonprofit.

LWHRA made an important change last year to the nominations process, tasking the committee with establishing a long-term process for cultivating and proposing the best talent available for the Chapter’s future.  The nominating committee is now called the “Leadership Development Committee.” Once again, I have the honor of chairing this committee, which is already working on the leadership slate for 2016.

Nonprofit board service can be an extraordinary and life-changing experience. It offers the opportunity to interact with distinguished colleagues in a friendly and collegial setting, experience with high-level strategic issues, and to achieve the satisfaction that comes from helping strengthen our profession. With these opportunities also come responsibilities. The board is responsible to our members -- and to the state of Washington --  to use our financial assets wisely and set policies that promote our objectives. The LWHRA board is now a “strategic” board, working closely with chapter committees, but not doing the work of the committees itself.

If you are interested in learning more, contact Tracy White, Nancy Kasmar, Tracy Sudman, or Tracy Sigmon. We would be delighted to talk with you about service to LWHRA, and to learn more about your interest in serving our chapter.

You are invited to our 9th HR & Its Connections SIG meeting!

June 3 | 5 -7 PM

Adaquest Corporate Building

A Partnership between HR and Coaching

Carol Turner, Ed.D., MCC  will facilitate our conversation about principles and practices (do’s and don’ts) of Coaching and how we might utilize these principles to enhance our HR practice. Bring a work situation you would like to address using Coaching.

We will begin the session by exploring Coaching principles (the right amount of theory that will sustain our conversation). Afterward, we will work in small groups, looking at ways in which we can apply these principles to our work situations.

About Carol Turner, Ed.D., MCC: Carol has been a professional organization advisor and executive coach for 25 years.  Her career at Boeing has given her the opportunity to work with many leaders and teams, both nationally and internationally. Her passion is training others to be the best consultant and leadership coach they can be. Carol's goal is to help people see the benefits of partnering with others to achieve the practical application of these skills. She founded International Coach Institute, LLC, in 2009.  Her students graduate with advanced certification in leadership coaching and leadership team coaching accredited by the ICF.

Resilient Leadership: Transforming Self, Systems, & Society

June 11 - 14
Pacific Lutheran University

Presented by the Authentic Leadership Center at Naropa University

Have you been looking for an incredible professional development opportunity?  One that will give you tools to succeed in today’s chaotic workplace?  One that will help take your career to another level?  

Attend the Authentic Leadership in Action (ALIA) Intensive in June to experience a career changing (and life changing) event.  The Summer Leadership Intensive is both deeply personal and highly engaging. The program features a variety of innovative leadership modules led by master practitioners in their field.  A schedule of program events can be found here.

Remember, “leadership” is a state of mind.  You do not need to be a people-manager or executive to benefit from the Intensive.

LWHRA members can participate at a reduced rate of $812, which is 35% off the full registration rate!  Use code PTRL15 when registering.  Meals are included in the registration fee.  On-campus dorm lodging is available starting at $100 for three nights.

For 15 years ALIA has been attracting innovators, social change agents, business leaders, educators, artists, and more to our programs.  Learn more about us here.

May non-profit charity spotlight:

Bellevue Boys and Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring and enabling all children, especially those with the greatest need, to realize their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.  Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue is committed to providing high quality programs for youth 2 ½ to 18 years of age, including:

  • Project Learn After-School Program, which offers a variety of programs designed to increase academic performance.
  • Great Futures Preschool, which provides a warm, loving environment for children 2 ½ to 5 years of age, in which to develop critical social skills.
  • Athletic Recreation Leagues and Classes that not only develop skill building and active lifestyles, but also instill the values of sportsmanship, teamwork and fair play.
  • School’s Out Days offer theme-based activities and special events on days when there’s no school.
  • Teen Programs Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue operates the only dedicated Teen facility in the City of Bellevue. The Club runs and operates a Teen Bus, which provides transportation from West Bellevue to The Club.
  • Summer Programs focus on keeping kids engaged and active during the summer months. A low camper-to-staff ratio ensures that each camper receives personal attention and guidance.

To learn more about the great work Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue does, please visit their website

In other news

  • Membership Committee Chair Opening.
    If you are looking for a position that will utilize your leadership and process development/improvement skills, we would like to consider you for this critical role.  Please contact Lindy Fowler.
  • Keep "HR Sizzling" and attend the 2015 Annual NHRMA Conference & Tradeshow.  The conference will be held in Portland, Oregon from October 5-7.  For more information, please visit their website

In This Issue...

  1. Have you considered board service?
  2. You are invited to our 9th HR & Its Connections SIG meeting!
  3. Resilient Leadership: Transforming Self, Systems, & Society
  4. May non-profit charity spotlight
  5. In other news

Our Mission

LWHRA is a "Super-Mega Chapter" of the Society for Human Resource Management. The Society for Human Resource Management is the world's largest association devoted to human resource management.

We provide educational, informational and networking opportunities to human resource professionals in the Puget Sound region. Our local programs, along with our affiliations with the Northwest Human Resource Management Association (NHRMA), and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), provide our members with a wealth of resources.


A special thank you to our Gold Partner:


Lake Washington Human Resource Association
2150 N 107th St | Suite 205 | Seattle, WA 98133
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