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SHRS-November 2021 Virtual Meeting

Hang Out the "Do Not Disturb" Sign:  Work-Life Harmony in Progress

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All employees have limited time and resources, experience the help and obstacles of balancing work and life, and feel the impact of market forces out of their control.  The purpose of this presentation is to examine the negative impacts of work-life imbalance, review recent and established movements for finding a more peaceful harmony between work and non-work roles, and recommend strategies for improving work-life harmony in high impact and high stress positions.

1.  Participants will examine causes of work-life imbalance and trends associated with
     improving the harmony between work and non-work roles. 
2.  Participants will analyze recent work-life balance research and apply findings to work
3.  Participants will consider work-life harmony within current trends of working remotely. 

Presenter:  Dr. Krystal Brue

Dr. Krystal Brue is the Chair of the Department of Business at Cameron University teaching courses in Human Resource Management and Organizational Leadership.  She joined the university full-time eight years ago after earning her Ph.D in Business Administration.  She is active in SHRM, currently serving as College Relations Chair with the SWOKHR Chapter.  Krystal has published HR articles in the National Business Employment Weekly, Journal of Leadership Education, and Techniques

SHRS - February 2021 Virtual Meeting

New Year, New Administration, New Employment Laws?

 A Glimpse into the Future of Employment Law Changes Under the Biden Administration.

In this presentation audience members will peer into the immediate future to see what changes the Biden/Harris Administration has in store for employment laws that govern the workplace.  Will the extended leave and emergency sick leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act be fully restored? Will there be an expansion of LGBTQ rights under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act or through other unique legislation? With there be an increase in the federal minimum wage? What will happen to recent rule changes from the Department of Labor impacting the definitions of independent contractors and joint employers? Will the FMLA move towards paid leaves of absence?  And most importantly, what can employers do today to prepare for these and other changes potentially coming down the pike? This presentation will address all that and more as we get ready for 2021 and all it holds in store for human resources professionals.

Presenter: Adam Childers

Adam W. Childers is a director and shareholder at Crowe & Dunlevy, and serves as co-chair of the firm's Labor & Employment Practice Group. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science (1997) and his Juris Doctor degree (2000), both with honors, from the University of Oklahoma. He also attended the Summer Program at the Queens College at Oxford University in Oxford, England.

SHRS - OCTOBER 2020 Virtual Meeting

"Not Everything is an Email:  Creating a Communication Culture"

Overview:  Reading, writing, and getting refocused after checking the 180 emails sent and received each day takes the average American worker 1,048 hours per year!  That's 52 percent of your time at work!  Are you drowning in all this messaging madness?  This session will invite you to rethink your workplace email culture.  You will consider how your actions and attitudes, along with those of your supervisor, impact the email practices of you and your work team.  And you can finally gain practical tips to streamline your inbox processes once and for all.


  • Develop better skills by becoming aware of email efficiency techniques
  • How to discuss current email culture with your teams to improve communication
  • Practical tips to use for your email inbox usage
  • Other communication options to use rather than email
  • How to develop an Email Manifesto for your group/organization/team

Presenter - Krista Scammahorn


Krista Scammahorn is an author, trainer, speaker, and consultant of business training.  She has over 20 years in Corporate Sales, Marketing, and development of cross-functional teams.  She and her husband, Skip, parent five boys and have four adorable grandchildren.  They work hard to put family first in the long list of priorities.  Krista is always enthusiastic to improve herself and others. 

Krista is certified to train "Crucial Conversations", "Getting Things Done", and "Five Voices".  Her current passion is writing several books on Email Communication and how to help people/companies from drowning in emails.  Her full-time gig is bringing joy through her position of Workforce Development Consultant with Frances Tuttle Technology Center. 

December 19, 2018 - SHRS President Thank You

SHRS Members and Guests --
Thanks for the HR excitement you helped cultivate by engaging and attending Sooner HR Society (SHRS) meetings during 2018.  Our little community of HR folk have attended local, state, and national meetings and conferences all in the name of Sooner HR Society.  The other impressive part is you keep maintaining your Society of HR Management (SHRM) membership.  This little detail allows SHRM to pay our chapter a few extra dollars, which then allows SHRS to spend some bucks on you, by helping with monthly meals, finding great speakers, or holding holiday socials. 
Thanks for your commitment to the Human Resources profession and I wish you and yours a wonderful Holiday Season.

Tara Crowley, President

November 14, 2018 - Oklahoma's 100% Giving Club

In 2018, Sooner Human Resources Society, Oklahoma SHRM State Council and all SHRM chapters within Oklahoma made their annual donation from council/chapter funds to the SHRM Foundation! Therefore, Oklahoma is officially a member of the 100% Giving Club! 

The 100% Giving Club annually recognizes the states with 100% giving from the SHRM state council and all chapters within the state. This club signifies the collective dedication your state has to advancing the mission of the SHRM Foundation.

Oklahoma and the other states in the 100% Giving Club will be recognized at Volunteer Leaders’ Summit taking place November 15-17. 

We are proud to be a part of this achievement and thank you, our members, for making it happen!  Keep an eye out for more information regarding the Volunteer Leaders’ Summit.

November 13, 2018 - 2018 SHRM Recertification Promotion

SHRM membership plus Sooner (SHRS) membership is a perfect combination. If you are a SHRM-certified professional, tis the season to snag a good deal.

Act now! Don’t let your credential expire!
We are nearing the end of the year and this is a perfect time to complete your To-Do-List and submit your SHRM Recertification application.  As a member of your SHRM Chapter, we are pleased to share an exclusive code for $15 off the SHRM Recertification fee for all applications submitted on or before 31 December.  Don’t delay! Take advantage of this time sensitive $15 off promotion and recertify your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential. Please use code 15OFFCSC when prompted on the payment page of the Recertification Application.

Here are a few things to help you along the way:

  • Your 3-year recertification period ends on the last day of your birth month.

Don’t let your credential lapse! Log into your Certification Portal to check your current professional development credit (PDC) status and submit your application when you have 60 PDCs. (If you submit early, your recertification cycle dates will not change, but you’ll have peace of mind.)

Access your Certification Portal now >>

Find how-to videos for entering different PDC activities.

Connect directly with the recertification team on live chats and webcasts. Get all your recertification questions answered!  

  • Earn PDCs online right here, right now with free SHRM webcasts.

Access webcasts at Topics cover a wide range of HR issues, so you can find ones relevant to your current HR challenges.

  • Document a work project that you’ve completed during your 3-year recertification cycle.

Earn up to 20 PDCs by quickly summarizing a work project that you’ve completed that spanned more than 50 hours of work time over at least 3 months. Watch a brief 4 minute video that provides step-by-step instruction on entering an Advance Your Organization activity into your SHRM Recertification Application.

This exclusive SHRM member resource helps you identify areas of strength and opportunities for development based on the SHRM Competency Model. After completing it, your results will inform your professional development plan and you will be one PDC closer to 60.

As a reminder, all need-to-know information about SHRM recertification can be found in the SHRM Recertification Handbook .

We recognize your commitment to staying ahead in your career and wish you the best of luck on your recertification journey!

Diana Wall, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

SHRS Certification Chair

October 17, 2018 - HR Assistant Opening at Top of the World

Our very own VP of Membership, Melissa Fontenot, is looking for an HR assistant to join her team at Top of the World in Norman. They have a growing organization, a lot of opportunity to gain some solid HR experience, and a great work-life balance. If you are interested, please check out the following link:

Sooner Human Resources Society is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. Norman, OK

An Oklahoma affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), SHRS is an association of Human Resource Professionals and Practitioners joining together to promote excellence in the HR field by providing our members opportunity to anyone with a bona fide interest in the field of Human Resources.

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