HR Florida


Florida State Council Affiliate of SHRM

June 2023


The Great Migration to Jobs with More Connection and Meaning

By Jason Walker and Rey Ramirez

What is more meaningful than connection? Employers who wish to keep their best talent happy must pivot and find ways to relate to their employees in a compassionate way that allows them to know their work has meaning. Read More.

Effective Leadership in a World of Artificial Intelligence

By Doug Van Dyke

In this article, we examine a broader perspective of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Yes, yes there is a sample AI policy for your consideration later in this piece. We begin in a moment with a look at Neural Language Models (NLLMs), then we do a deep-dive on AI, and we end with a quick comment on Artificial General Intelligence (AGI). Clearly, this is our geekiest article ever. Read More.

Toyota’s Leadership Development Is A Masterclass In What To Do

By Mostafa Sayyadi and Michael J. Provitera

An applied solution to the leadership development dilemma is a common interest point for all companies. Toyota’s way can teach us how to develop leadership more effectively. This article is a road map to improve the effectiveness of leadership development and build a more stable future for companies across the globe. Read More.

Mental Health Awareness: Words Matter

By Kim LaMontagne

Words can empower, inspire, uplift, and heal. Words can also disempower, wound, humiliate, and shame. Words matter. Talking about mental health and mental illness can feel like you’re stepping into a linguistic minefield, never sure if there’s a right or wrong thing to say or way to talk about it. Read More.


Moment of Inspiration

“I never lose. I either win, or I learn.” — Nelson Mandela

Provided by Rebecca Pratt – Member Engagement Associate (MEA), SHRM

Villyge Supports the “Whole Person”

Empathic leadership is critical to setting the stage to drive productivity, culture and DEIB forward. And when budgets are tight for HR, empathy can be your secret weapon. Read more.



SHRM Foundation’s Human Resources Registered Apprentice Program

Are you challenged by finding entry level HR talent? Are you looking to diversify your HR team? Do you want to reduce turnover? Do you want to invest in talent and have a positive return on investment? The HR RAP can provide this and more! Read More.

HR Florida is a community of 28 professional chapters and a growing number of student chapters organized into 10 districts. Each month we bring you information from around the state so you can stay informed on upcoming meetings and conferences. Chapters work hard to provide timely, exceptional educational programs, often for recertification credits, and welcome you to attend as a member or as a guest! If you are not a member of a local chapter, visit 2023 Chapters & Chapter Presidents – HR Florida State Council to find a Chapter near you.


HR Florida Professional of the Year nomination deadline is June 24, 2023

Sponsored by Fisher Phillips

This annual award recognizes a human resource leader who has advanced the profession in a significant way. “Best in class,” the individuals nominated for this award serve as role models for the profession by setting the standard for others to follow and apply their expertise to enhance organizational effectiveness. Nominate Here!

Explore all HR Florida Awards and Recognition opportunities along with guidelines and past winners here: Awards & Recognition – HR Florida State Council.

Earn Your SHRM Certification

HR Florida recognizes the importance of Human Resources professionals obtaining their SHRM certification. Obtaining a certification can be a valuable step for HR professionals to advance their career and demonstrate their mastery of the field. If you have been thinking about obtaining your certification, please visit HR Certification – HR Florida State Council.


Monthly District Spotlight: District 2

By Mike Owens, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, District Director

HR Florida District 2 covers the areas of Bay County, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon and Wakulla counties. Within the geographical boundaries of the district, we have two award winning chapters: Bay County SHRM and Big Bend SHRM. Both chapters are high performing, award winning and dedicated to serving their members and representing HR Florida State Council. Read More.


8/27 – 8/30,
HR Florida Conference & ExpoRegistration Open! Register at

Interested in volunteering at this year’s conference? Go to #HRFL23 Volunteer Interest Form


10/30 – 11/1,
Inclusion 2023Virtual & Savannah, GA
11/13 – 11/16,
2023 Women in Leadership Institute | Linkage, Inc. ( & Orlando, FL

What’s Happening in Your Local Area?

Check out the Chapter Community Calendar on our website!

If you are an affiliated chapter within the state of Florida and wish to post an event, please email Kathy Scott at [email protected].



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HR Florida Review Magazine

Share your expertise as an HR professional with over 16,000 other HR professionals! Encourage colleagues to submit articles too. We are currently looking for content on topics ranging from Employee Relations, State & Federal Compliance, Inclusion & Diversity, Leadership, Organizational Development, & any other Best Practice Advice for HR Professionals.

Submit an article for our next issue!

HR Florida Newswire

Purpose: Share upcoming events, announcements, and recent news relevant to HR professionals and Chapter members.

Style: Brief, direct, summarized information (pictures appreciated).

Submission deadline: The 3rd Wednesday of each month, for the following month’s newswire.

Format: Send submissions in Word format to Alan Bernstein at [email protected].

Mouth of the South Blog

Share your interesting stories/tips from the HR Profession.

Submissions: ONGOING

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We hope you enjoy our selections of original content, local and national updates, and news you can use. Please let us know what you think! Send to [email protected]. All comments are welcome and encouraged!