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Nominations are now being accepted for the HR Awards, which recognizes Northeast Ohio HR professionals who have demonstrated excellence in the field of human resource management. Click here to nominate an HR Professional >>

Award categories include: Business Leadership, Compensation & Benefits, Diversity, Emerging Leader, Employee Relations, HR Intern of the Year, HR Partner, HR Student of the Year (Graduate & Undergraduate), Organizational & Employee Development, and Talent Management.

Deadline August 1, 2014


CSHRM Team to participate in Hospice's "Walk to Remember"

Calling all CSHRM Members, Families & Friends, please join the CSHRM Team on June 8th for the “Walk to Remember” at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo benefiting Hospice of the Western Reserve. Not able to walk? Please consider making a donation. Contact Jody Wheaton @ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more details.


SHRM Announcement

SHRM announced a significant change yesterday regarding a new competency-based certification, and I wanted to make sure that we follow-up with you to provide more details.  Serving the professional development needs of HR professionals and advancing the profession is and always has been SHRM’s mission.

We know our announcement may affect you both personally and professionally. This new competency-based certification will involve a transition and SHRM will make it as smooth as possible.  We know you have many questions, and we are committed to keeping you apprised of progress as we move forward with this new initiative.

Moving to a Competency Based Model We believe a competency-based certification is the new standard for HR professionals around the globe. Our members have told us this; and we have listened. The SHRM Competency Model is the culmination of over three years of research and was built and validated by more than 30,000 HR professionals around the world. These HR pros identified the skills needed to grow and succeed in HR careers and we validated that individuals who demonstrate these skills positively impact business outcomes. This is what will separate SHRM’s assessments from others on the market.  We plan to offer the following components as part of the new model:

  • A new global Body of Competency and Knowledge (BOCK)
  • A comprehensive exam
  • World-class instructional materials, and
  • Certification prep tools you have come to expect from SHRM.

We are in the process of finalizing each of these components so that we can offer a more modern and relevant certification for today’s HR practitioner.

Transition Again, transition is the key to making this new certification work for SHRM members and the HR profession.  Our critical stakeholders include existing certified professionals and those HR practitioners who want to become certified.
Existing Certified Professionals Current certified professionals will have a seamless path to transition their existing credential to the new global competency-based standard at no additional cost to you.

We plan to roll out an online education module for existing certified professionals for you to learn about the new competency based certification.  You will be able to view it, answer some embedded questions and then be able to transfer your PHR®, SPHR® and GPHR® to the new SHRM credential.* You will need to document your existing generalist HR certification and sign a code of ethics.

Volunteer leaders will have the opportunity to convert their designation to the new SHRM certification during the SHRM Volunteer Leaders’ Summit in November, and all others will be invited to participate in the conversion process from January 1 – December 31, 2015. More details regarding the transition will be unveiled at the SHRM Annual Conference from June 22-25, 2014.  There will also be periodic updates from SHRM in the weeks prior to the Conference.

Future Certified Professionals SHRM will continue to provide certification preparation material and support for the PHR® and SPHR® through the December 2014 – January 2015 exam window.

In July 2014, we will begin providing the new competency-based information and marketing materials.

On December 1, 2014, we will provide the new certification preparation materials (SHRM Learning System) and instructor training for you to use during the Winter/Spring 2015 training period in preparation for SHRM’s first Competency-Based Exam test window (May-July, 2015).  

Moving Forward The HR profession and the business community are looking for and recognize the need for a competency based assessment. This will require an investment by SHRM but, we feel that as the leader of the profession, SHRM needed to respond.

We believe this new certification is the future of the HR profession and we want to make sure you hear from us as we continue to move forward.

We understand that change involves many moving parts. These components will continue to be developed and communicated to you as SHRM volunteer leaders and to our membership as a whole.

For additional information and our FAQ, please click here.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we take the HR profession forward.

Best regards,

HGJ Signature

Henry G. (Hank) Jackson, CPA President & CEO Society for Human Resource Management

cc:  SHRM Membership Advisory Council

*PHR, SPHR, and GPHR are registered trademarks of the HR Certification Institute and are not SHRM certifications.


Cleveland Society for Human Resource Management Receives Distinguished Award

CLEVELANDThe Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has awarded Cleveland SHRM the EXCEL Platinum Award for 2013.

The award is part of the SHRM Affiliate Program for Excellence, which aligns individual chapters with SHRM. The award recognizes a chapter’s accomplishments and strategic activities and initiatives that promote the human resources profession at the local level.

“This recognition is a distinct indication of the chapter’s successful partnership with SHRM to serve the networking and professional development needs of human resource professionals and to the advancement of the human resources profession” said J. Robert Carr, Senior Vice President, Membership, Marketing & External Affairs for SHRM.

Cleveland SHRM will be recognized in SHRM publications and at SHRM conferences. As an Excel winner, it receives a certificate of recognition and a special banner to display at its meetings and events.

“We are thrilled to receive the SHRM EXCEL Platinum Award for our chapter’s efforts in 2013. Cleveland SHRM focused our resources on Membership, Diversity, College Relations, the Staffing Management Association, and Chapter Branding in 2013. We see positive results carrying into 2014. Thank you very much to our Board of Directors and Committee Members for leading these initiatives” stated Lauren Rudman, President for Cleveland SHRM.

About Cleveland SHRM

Cleveland SHRM’s mission is to develop HR professionals to advance their organizations. Cleveland SHRM provides resources and opportunities for members at all levels to expand their knowledge to help achieve the goals of the organization for which they work. There are currently over 500 members. Visit Cleveland SHRM at

About the Society for Human Resource Management

Founded in 1948, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR membership organization devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 275,000 members in over 160 countries, the Society is the leading provider of resources to serve the needs of HR professionals and advance the professional practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit SHRM at


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2014 Charitable Golf Outing

The Cleveland Society for Human Resources Management (CSHRM) is hosting our 2014 Annual Charitable Golf Outing and Silent Auction benefiting Hospice of the Western Reserve (HWR). 

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The event is being held at Weymouth Country Club in Medina, Ohio on Monday, July 14th, 2014.

We anticipate a sell-out crowd of Human Resource Business Professionals and their Guests. This year's event will be a four-person scramble and will feature many fun contests including closest to the pin shots, long drive holes, and a hole in one contest. In addition, there will be many great prizes, silent auction and raffle items. 

Early Bird (through June 15th) $150.00/Golfer; $600.00/Foursome

After June 15th- $175.00/Golfer; $650.00/Foursome

Interested in sponsoring? Contact Heather Nuccio @ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Interested in donating an item?  Contact Lisa Beilstein @ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Interested in getting involved? Contact Jody Wheaton @ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


10:00 AM- Check-in & Practice

11:00 AM- Shot Gun Start

4:00-7:00- Silent Auction, Raffle, Prizes

Lunch, Dinner & Snacks included

Don't get stuck in the sand (trap) and miss out, sign up TODAY.


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