HR Florida


Florida State Council Affiliate of SHRM

September 2022

Supporting Employees During a Hurricane

By Katie Navarra

When Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas in August 2017, Jill Koob, SHRM-SCP, was on the front lines of the storm. The owner of Energize HR had 4 feet of water in her family’s home. Luckily, her family had evacuated, but friends and a client were stuck nearby. Koob’s family ended up rescuing them by boat because first responders were overwhelmed.

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The SHRM Foundation’s Human Resources Registered Apprenticeship Program (HR RAP) wants to expand in Florida!

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. This 18–24-month program allows
apprentices to have a full-time position and get the on-the-job learning and educational resources
to prepare them to take the exam for the SHRM-CP. Apprenticeship results in better candidates
because they are eager to learn Human Resources while fully involved in your company’s mission
and values. Read More


2022 HR Professional of the Year

Please join the HR Florida State Council in recognizing Lori Walsh as the 2022 HR Florida Professional of the Year. The HR Florida Professional of the Year serves as role models for the HR profession by setting the standard for others to follow and applies their expertise to enhance organizational effectiveness. Read More

2022 Volunteer of the Year

The HR Florida State Council is successful because of the hard work, commitment and support of its volunteer leaders. Volunteer leaders are chapter presidents and board members who make up the HR Florida State Council.  The Volunteer of the Year is an annual award that recognizes a volunteer who actively supports, promotes, and develops the human resource profession through volunteerism. The winner is selected by the Executive Committee and affirmed by local chapter presidents. Read More


HR Florida District 3 comprised of SHRM-affiliated chapters in Ocala, Gainesville and Jacksonville started out with two of its three chapters concerned with effective succession planning for the years ahead. However, since then, the current leadership in those chapters persisted, and now all three are on a positive track for the future. Here’s a few other highlights thus far in 2022:   Read More.


10/6/22Chapter Summit – Topic TBDHosted by SHRM JACKSONVILLELearn More
10/7/222022 HR Tampa Conference & Expo – Unified Now More Than EverHosted by HR TAMPALearn More
10/12/22Chapter MeetingHosted by FL KEYS SHRMLearn More
10/12/22Executive Panel – Total RewardsHosted by SUNCOAST HRLearn More
10/13/22Mental Health ConferenceHosted by TCHRALearn More
10/18/22Monthly Professional Development MeetingHosted by SPACE COAST HRALearn More
10/19/22Legal UpdateHosted by VOLUSIA FLAGLER SHRMLearn More
10/20/22Chapter MeetingHosted by HR COLLIERLearn More
10/21/22Mental Health First AidHosted by JACKSONVILLE SHRMLearn More
10/27/22Chapter MeetingHosted by BAY COUNTY SHRMLearn More
10/28/22Annual ConferenceHosted by HRABCLearn More
11/3/22November Chapter MeetingHosted by SHRM JACKSONVILLELearn More
11/4/2225th Anniversary GalaHosted by VOLUSIA FLAGLER SHRMLearn More
11/9/22Diversity & Inclusion – Joint Chapter Meeting InitiativeHosted by SUNCOAST HRLearn More
11/15/22Monthly Professional Development MeetingHosted by SPACE COAST HRALearn More
11/16/22Monthly Chapter MeetingHosted by VOLUSIA FLAGLER SHRMLearn More
11/17/22Chapter MeetingHosted by HR COLLIERLearn More
11/17/22Career TalkHosted by SHRM JACKSONVILLELearn More
11/17/22HR 101 for the Small Business Owner and Those New to HRHosted by TCHRALearn More
11/18/22Virtual Event in partnership with Jackson LewisHosted by SHRM JACKSONVILLELearn More
11/9/22Chapter MeetingHosted by FL KEYS SHRMLearn More

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


How HR Technology Complements the Employee Experience 

By Vickie Ansay, Insperity

As more and more companies compete in the race for talent, business leaders continue to develop strategies, such as remote work and professional development programs to unique perks and mental health support, to attract and retain the best and brightest employees. The current labor landscape, along with an employee-driven workforce with specific desires, is encouraging companies to focus on developing a better and more comprehensive employee experience.  Read More



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HR Florida Review

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