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Message from the President

Hello! I am Natasha Slaughter, the 2019 President of SHRM Jacksonville. We have had an exciting 1st quarter of 2019.

We’ve held three (3) Chapter Meetings with very timely topics -

  • January was entitled Crisis Leadership facilitated by Retired US Navy Captain Howard Wanamaker. Also, during this meeting, we installed our 2019 Board of Directors.
  • February was entitled How to Lead the Way to Picture Perfect Change – Jonathan Bowman, CEO of Clear Picture Leadership
  • Finally, in March speaker, trainer, coach and author - J Lenora Bresler facilitated a session on how to Negotiate Better!

Our Student Chapters hosted numerous career development sessions for ALL levels of HR. Whether you are a student or have several years under your belt you can take advantage of these FREE resources. Topics such as Success Is Not Always A Straight Line from Point A to Point B and how HR can Be a Valuable Partner to a Business Owner Growing the Company were made available in the 1st quarter.

Additionally, HR students have opportunities to take a look inside of the HR departments of Jacksonville’s major employers by attending an Employer Site Tour hosted by the College Relations Committee.

SHRM Jacksonville encourages HR professionals to obtain their certification and supports recertification. During the 1st quarter, SHRM Jacksonville supported two (2) local certification courses – the SHRM Certification course at University of North Florida (UNF) and the HRCI Certification course at Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ). If you are interested in obtaining your certification, please visit our Certification webpage.

Our 2nd quarter started off with a bang! Our 11th Annual Conference was held on April 10 through 12. With 2 keynote speakers, 28 breakout sessions, 5 pre-conference sessions, an Expo Hall and Silent Auction, attendees were not only able to gain up to 12 recertification credits toward SHRM and HRCI but also networked with their peers, met business partners that support the HR Industry but also gave back to the HR Industry and worthy initiatives by supporting the SHRM Foundation. Through the Chapter Meeting 50/50 Raffle Drawings and the Annual Conference Silent Auction, we have raised over $4,000 YTD towards the SHRM Foundation!

It doesn’t stop there! Other SHRM & HRCI recertification credit and networking opportunities include the presentation #MeToo: A Year Later in addition to our upcoming chapter meetings. Our May chapter meeting will be on the topic of Critical Thinking facilitated by Darrin Finley of Dynamic Corporate Solutions, Inc. The June chapter meeting will be Internal Customer Service: Rolling Out the Red Carpet for Your Staff facilitated by Donna Cutting. Lastly, our July meeting will be our Mid-Year Legal Update. Check out our website,, for dates, times and location.

Our Chapter would not be successful without our amazing volunteers who work countless hours to ensure that each of you have a great membership and event experience. To our volunteers, thank you for all that you do.

To our members, on behalf of the board of directors, thank you for being a part of the SHRM Jacksonville family and your continued support of the HR Community.

If you are not a member of SHRM Jacksonville feel free to visit our Membership webpage and become a member today. 

Thank you and I look forward to seeing YOU at the next SHRM Jacksonville event!

Thank you!

Natasha M. Slaughter, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
SHRM Jacksonville

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