GRHRA News - November 7, 2018

News at a Glance

  • Not quite sure how to address workforce readiness issues at your place of work? Unsure of all the new and updated HR laws that pertain to your company? Look no further! Attend our Half-Day Legal Update & Workforce Readiness Panel on November 13 to be better prepared.  Sign-up now to save your spot and a little spending money, as late fees apply tomorrow.
  • Dr. Monica Smith, our presenter from the October 16 meeting, Inclusive Leadership: Remaining Relevant in a Diverse World, provided helpful follow-up information that may be useful to your company job descriptions. See below for more details.
  • In need of an intern in 2019? Emily Verhoef may be just the person! See below for internship details as well as Emily's credentials.
  • Need to recertify your SHRM certification? If so, we have a discount for you! See details below from SHRM.
  • Take a look at the job board as we have quite a few posted opportunities!

Upcoming Meetings & Important Dates

Half-Day Legal Update & Workforce Readiness Panel

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 (7:15AM - 12:00PM)

Tickets Available Now! Join us for a half-day meeting on all legal updates as well as hear from our Workforce Readiness Panel representatives who will discuss iJag, Sector Boards, Junior Achievement & The Career Network.


Weddubuque-on-the-movenesday, December 5, 2018 (7:00AM - 12:00PM)

Half Day Employer Wellness Forum, Northeast Iowa Community College, Dubuque, IA - Speakers: Troy Vincent, Founder and CEO, Navigate Wellbeing Solutions, and Tom Woodward, President & CEO, Woodward Communications. Registration now openHRCI and SHRM credits available. For questions and further information about this event, contact Barb Barton.


Follow-Up from Dr. Monica Smith

(Presenter from October 16 GRHRA Event)

Presentation: Inclusive Leadership: Remaining Relevant in a Diverse World


At our Ocotber 16 meeting, Dr. Monica Smith mentioned the importance of fostering inclusive leadership into job descriptions. She shared that Augustana includes this kind of verbiage in job descriptions and therefore, she wanted to provide everyone with the full example.


“Being a diverse and inclusive community is central to the college’s Mission and reflected in the strategic plan. We seek applicants with a demonstrated commitment to fostering an inclusive learning environment for a diverse student body. Members of underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply”.


The description also included some info regarding workforce demographics and a bit about the Quad Cities. 


The phrase “diverse and inclusive community” was hyperlinked to our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion webpage and “strategic plan” was hyperlinked to the college strategic plan. 


Helpful links from Augustana's website: 
** To access Dr. Smith's presentation from the October 16 event, click here **

Spotlight Internship Opportunity

Meet Emily Verhoef

My name is Emily Verhoef. I am currently a student at Purdue University Global obtaining my Graduate Certificate in Industrial Organizational Psychology. I am at the stage of my education where I begin looking for a practicum/field placement. This program is designed to integrate academic knowledge with practical experience, and prepares me for future training in professional psychology.

This program requires that I obtain:

  • 150 hours throughout a 10-week period.

  • Gain firsthand experience in a real organization with Industrial Organizational needs.

  • Apply classroom knowledge.

  • Interact with current management professionals.

I would be starting the field placement in January 2019. The goal is to work alongside a manager within a human resource department. I would be assisting with any daily tasks, projects that are already ongoing, support with workforce development, and workforce morale. The field placement can be unpaid with the understanding that I receive course credit for time spent in the work environment. I would also have to be evaluated at the end of the field placement on the following criteria:

  • Personal attributes

  • Professional development

  • Demonstration of competencies

I look forward to discussing the program further with you in more detail. I am available by phone or email, listed below. Thank you for your time and consideration.



Emily Verhoef


To view Emily's resume and contact details, click here.


Recertification Discount

SHRM would like to thank GRHRA for all the support as a SHRM Chapter leader by providing an exclusive offer. This exclusive promotional code (15OFFCSC) will reduce the recertification fee by $15 if the recertification application is submitted by 31 December 2018. This is a special offer only for use by our SHRM chapters.


SHRM-certified members can log into their Certification Portal at Through the portal they can view their current status, and submit their application to recertify by 31 December using code 15OFFCSC when prompted on the payment page.


A few helpful tips to remember:

  1. This code (15OFFCSC) will expire at 11:59pm ET on December 31, 2018

  2. The code can be used by anyone SHRM certified who needs to recertify; even local members only!

  3. This chapter exclusive offer cannot be combined with other promotional offers


Job Board Opportunities

Payroll & Benefits Administrator, posted 10/30/2018

   Sterilite Corporation, Davenport, IA


Benefits Administrator, posted 10/29/2018

    QCR Holdings, Inc., Moline, IL


Payroll & Financial Services Assistant, posted 10/22/2018

   SSAB Iowa Inc., Muscatine, IA


Human Resource Director, posted 10/22/2018



Human Resource Professional, posted 10/19/2018

   Varied Businesses


Director of Human Resources, posted 09/10/2018

   Tri-City Electric Co., Davenport, IA


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