July 30, 2015 

You are invited to our 10th HR & Its Connections SIG Meeting!

Wednesday, August 5| 5 -7 PM
Adaquest Corporate Building

A Partnership between HR and Project Management

This SIG’s objective is to promote an interdisciplinary discussion that enriches HR strategic approaches.

How might we use Project Management tools and methods in support of HR? How might HR engage in the interconnectivity of projects and people in an organization?

Kathleen Swirski, PMP, will facilitate conversations and exercises related to the interconnections and dependencies among Human Resources, Project Management and Change.

We will begin the session with a brief overview of Project Management definitions and methodology. We will then explore how HR can positively engage in projects and people change within an organization. Afterwards, we will work in small groups to apply our ideas and discoveries in our own workplaces.

About Kathleen Swirski: Kathleen Swirski has more than 15 years of experience focusing business enterprises on customer satisfaction, process redesign, client services and project management. She has most recently led project engagements at Microsoft Corporation across the Human Resources space. Kathleen is recognized for her expertise in cross-functional, virtual team communications, change management and operational readiness, facilitation, transition coaching, and project management mentorship.

Kathleen has a MA in Organizational Development from Antioch University Seattle and a BS in Business Administration Management with Computer Science from California Polytechnic State University. She is certified in ITILv3, Organizational Dynamics, and Integrated Skills for Sustainable Change and is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Prosci Change Manager.

You Don't Want to Miss the August Chapter Meeting!

Tuesday, August 18 | 6 -  8:30 PM
Bellevue Club

LWHRA is very excited to offer a special evening of HR in 3D - Drinks, Dinner, and Diversity - with nationally recognized Diversity and Inclusion speaker, Joe Gerstandt!

GOT BIAS?  What the New Science of Bias Means for Your People

While there is increasing diversity coming into our organizations, institutions and communities, there is also evidence that true inclusion remains elusive, and that what got us here is not likely going to take us forward. New insights from the fields of behavioral economics, social psychology and neuroscience are shining light on the way forward and helping us come to a fuller understanding of human behavior. We now know that there is no such thing as a non-judgmental or completely unbiased human being. Understanding this gives us a powerful new opportunity to do something about it.

Participants will:
  • gain a fuller and more research-based understanding of what bias is, and the difference between conscious and unconscious bias;
  • explore the impact that unacknowledged bias can have on organizations;
  • understand the underlying sources of unconscious decision-making and bias;
  • be equipped to reduce the impact of bias on their interactions with, and decisions about, others; and
  • leave with an individual action plan to mitigate unconscious bias in their organization.

Be prepared for Joe to deliver a very engaging presentation, as this is one of those topics that lends itself to humor, insight and application.

Joe Gerstandt has brought his new clarity and fresh energy to diversity and inclusion work to Fortune 500 corporations, small non-profits, and everything in between. He speaks at numerous conferences and summits, and blogs. He is a featured contributor for the Workforce Diversity Network Expert Forum, and his insights have been published in Diversity Best Practices, Diversity Executive, HR Executive, and other print and on-line journals.  He co-authored the book Social Gravity: Harnessing the Natural Laws of Relationships, and serves on the board of directors for the Global Diversity and Inclusion Foundation, the Talent Management Human Capital Executive Research Board, the Chief Learning Officer Business Intelligence Board and the HR Examiner Advisory Board.

Event details:

6:00 to 7:00


Drinks and networking 




7:30 to 8:30



We are offering two attendance options.  If you can only attend the drinks/networking portion, the cost is $15.00 for members and non-members who register by the august .  For members and non-members who are walk-ins the day of the event, the cost will be $20.00.   If you are a member or non-member able to attend the entire HR in 3D event and you register by the August 13th deadline, the cost is $55.00.  For members and non-members who are walk-ins the day of the event and wish to attend the entire HR in 3D event, the cost will be $65.00.

Fall 2015 LWHRA SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Exam Preparation Class

Begins: Wednesday, September 2 | 6 -  9 PM
King County Master Builder's Association

Hurry!  The early bird special ends tomorrow.

LWHRA is pleased to announce that it will offer a SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Certification Study Group for the Fall 2015 testing window. 

Our Fall Program is designed to assist HR professionals preparing for their SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification exam. In previous years, LWHRA study group participants have consistently outperformed national pass rate averages for the PHR/SPHR exams. Please note, this course is a review; it is not designed to teach significant amounts of new material.

LWHRA's Fall Certification Preparation Program will meet Wednesday evenings from 6pm – 9pm September 2nd through December 2nd at Master Builders Association of King & Snohomish Counties in south Bellevue.

Our Chapter is pleased to be able to offer this affordable SHRM exam preparation opportunity as a benefit to our members and other HR professionals in our community. Other exam prep courses can cost as much as $1,545.

Cost for Preparation Course:


LWHRA Member

Non-LWHRA Member

Early Bird until 7/31/15



Regular 8/1/15 – 8/15/15



Late after 8/15/15



You can also save money by ordering your 2015 SHRM Learning System through LWHRA.  Every participant must have their own copy of the SHRM Learning System. Order soon! (Orders placed after noon on August 24 may incur additional shipping and handling charges and may not arrive in time for the first class.)

Cost for SHRM Learning System:

Ordered by:


When ordered between:
8/16/15 - (noon) 8/24/2015


LWHRA is proud to help support our members to obtain SHRM accreditation by providing scholarships to attend the study group. If you are interested in attending the study group and need financial assistance, please go to the scholarship page of the LWHRA website to apply.

Save the date for Volunteer Appreciation Night!

Thursday, September 17| Details will be posted to the event calendar soon!

How do I get more out of LWHRA?
We hear this question a lot when talking to new and veteran members alike. You know the saying, "You get what you put in to it?" It's true for LWHRA as well. One of the best ways to get the most out of your membership in LWHRA is to volunteer, be on a committee or help in some other way.

To help you do this, we have a Volunteer Committee that helps coordinate all of the volunteerism in the Chapter to keep everything running smoothly. "If someone wants to volunteer," says Brenda Jensen, Volunteer Committee Chair, "we have a running list of those areas where we need the most help. Just let us know that you want to help."
LWHRA also likes to say “thank you” to its volunteers. Save the date for Sept. 17 for Volunteer Appreciation Night, where we will announce the Volunteer of the Year.

In This Issue...

  1. 10th HR & Its Connections Meeting
  2. August Chapter Meeting: HR in 3-D
  3. SHRM Certification Preparation

  4. Volunteer Appreciation Night

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 Silver Partner:

In other news

Have you considered board service?

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.

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.

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