October 1, 2015 

October Chapter Meeting Spotlight

October 13 | 11:15 AM - 1:00 PM
Bellevue Club

2015 Legal Update

Please join us for the always popular Legal Update luncheon!  This annual legal update will address changes in laws that apply to most employers, especially those employing workers in Washington State.  Attendees will hear case updates and trends concerning joint employers, franchise developments, wage and hour issues, non-compete agreements and employment discrimination.  Attendees will leave with a list of updates, potential risks to watch for and ideas for changes in company policies.  Our annual Legal Update luncheon is always well-attended, so sign up today – you don’t want to miss it!

About our Speaker: Aaron Rocke, Rocke Law Group, PLLC

Aaron Rocke focuses his Seattle-based practice on employment law and commercial litigation. He has been a lawyer to governors and attorneys general, lawyers and law firms, businesses and key employees.

Aaron teaches seminars to law students and other lawyers, and has taught law students at the University of Washington School of Law and Seattle University School of Law, where he was an adjunct professor.

In addition, Aaron has been a mediator and pro tem judge. This experience helps him give practical advice and fight the toughest cases.

Members in the News

Our very own Nancy Kasmar (LWHRA Past President) was featured in the September 1, 2015 issue of HR Magazine. We have re-printed the article here, with permission from SHRM.

Member Spotlight: Nancy Kasmar, SHRM-SCP

Nancy Kasmar has experienced illness from many sides—as caretaker, patient, HR professional and employee. She spent 20 years as a nurse practitioner before turning to HR nine years ago.

Then, life threw her for a loop. Diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, she received chemotherapy last year just before her term as president of the 1,400-member Lake Washington Human Resource Association, a Seattle-area chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. The same year, she led the chapter’s search for a new management company and started her own consulting firm.

Kasmar is now the certification director for the Washington State HR Council. She also delivers presentations on compensation and benefits, mentorship, and disabilities that aren’t readily apparent.

What are you passionate about?

As a cancer survivor, I am passionate about changing the conversation around invisible disabilities in our workplaces. I want people to know they have more in common than they realize with their co-workers with invisible disabilities.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

Running our chapter mentorship program for three years. It was incredibly rewarding to witness everyone’s career development. Our members have benefited so much from having a program that they asked me to write a book about it! So You Want to Start a Mentorship Program (Knotted Road Press, 2014) was published last fall.

What’s your work philosophy?

People are great just as they are and are trying to do their best. It is the job of the manager to help employees reach their full potential. Everyone starts a job with all the motivation they need; no one asks themselves, “How can I be an underachiever at this company?”

Communications Committee Spotlight

From the Communications Committee, we want to express to the LWHRA community a heartfelt Thank You!  Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you with timely and meaningful HR communication across multiple platforms.  With that said to the community at large, I personally wish to send a heartfelt thank you to the members of the Communications Committee for their personal time and investment in developing HR professionals in the Puget Sound region.  

This amazing team includes a long time contributor in Judy James, your Editor for written content.  Ushma Mehta, your Newsletter guru, tag teams with Judy to provide us timely newsletter communication.  Your team of Shawn Vyas and Frank Gravelyn keep us connected via LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network.  With messages not exceeding 140-characters, Anya Nakrokhina keeps us in the know via Twitter, while updating your LWHRA website rests in the capable hands of Alesha Struthers.  With communication coordination for the 2016 Symposium on her shoulders, Erin Grandpre rounds out your LWHRA Communication Committee for 2015.

If you wish to become of part of the Communications Committee or learn more about what we do, please visit the Volunteer Opportunities page on the LWHRA website for more information.

Ryan Stoltzfus, Communications Committee Chair

Don't forget to take the LWHRA Membership Survey!

Did we mention that there were prizes involved?  Continue reading for more details!

Your input and ideas are integral to our ability to meet your needs, now and in the future, so your response to this survey is critical.  

The survey will take about ten minutes to complete and responses will be kept confidential.  By completing the survey, you will be entered to win one of several prizes (see below).  The prize drawing will occur after the survey closes on October 15, 2015.

There will be multiple prize winners!  Participants could win one of the following:

  • Fitbit Flex Wristband
  • Free Chapter Meeting for member and Guest
  • One Hour Free Consulting on Compensation, Benefits, or Talent Management
  • $25 Amazon Gift Card
  • $10 Starbucks Gift Card

If you have any questions about completing the survey, please email the LWHRA office or call 206-838-5224.

On behalf of LWHRA leadership, thank you for participating in the survey.  

LWHRA Board of Directors

In This Issue...

  1. October Chapter Meeting Spotlight

  2. Members in the News

  3. Communications Committee Spotlight

  4. LWHRA Membership Survey

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 Platinum Partner:

In other news

2016 Symposium Exhibitor & Sponsorship Opportunities Now Available!

Learn more
and sign up online today!  

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.

Continue the conversation!



Lake Washington Human Resource Association
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