WSHRMA March 2021 Newsletter Print

President's Report

I think March is one of my favorite months. We are rolling out of the cold and dreary winter and starting to welcome in Spring. It is certainly a beautiful time here in the Pacific Northwest. From the bottom of my Irish roots, I wish you all a Happy St. Patrick’s Day as well!

I invite you all to attend our upcoming programs. The March presenter is Joyce Allen from L&I and she will be discussing the Stay at Work Program. In April we will have two presenters from The Partners Group talking about benefit and wellness trends in progressive companies. As we all try to offer the best to our employees, this presentation may offer you some new ideas and fresh perspectives on what is working well.

Be sure to mark your calendar for our May full day conference. It will be virtual and will offer some national keynote presenters as well as multiple breakout sessions and networking opportunities. More information will be coming on this exciting event in the near future!

Stacey Scalf

WSHRMA President 2021

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Calendar of Events

Introducing WSHRMA’s HR Corner!

Are you missing that professional interaction we used to have at our monthly luncheons?  Where you could connect with colleagues, bounce a scenario off them that you were facing, or get some insight on HSAs, for instance?

Our monthly luncheon sponsors, Kitsap Bank and West Sound Workforce have teamed up to launch our own HR Corner!  We’ll be opening the monthly Zoom meetings 15 minutes in advance to help recreate this missed aspect of our in-person meetings:  the connection and networking.  Representatives from our sponsors will be on, ready to talk with you about any questions you might have, and facilitate roundtable brainstorming among our professional peers.

We’ll be launching HR Corner at this Wednesday’s monthly event – log in at 11:45am, bring a question if you have one, and be ready to make connections!

 last chance to register!

MARCH's virtual meeting

march 10, 2021 

(HR Corner 11:45am-12:00pm PST)

12:00PM-1:00PM PST

Presenter: Joyce Allen, USAF Ret.

Session Description:   Covid has been financially difficult on Washington employers and stressful for all of us. Ensure you're aware of the multiple Incentive Programs (created by the Legislature) to assist employers with the financial stress of light-duty wages. Get cash back from the State of Washington's L&I’s Worker's Compensation Program. Take advantage of this quick webinar as Joyce Allen shares the three financial incentive programs.

Joyce will discuss the Stay at Work Program (up to $10,000 in wages) and the Preferred Worker Program. Hiring a Preferred Worker (someone with an on-the-job permanent restriction) may return thousands of dollars to your business. You may (unknowingly) have someone working for you right now with Preferred Worker status. A one page application can begin the benefits.

Presenter Description: Joyce Allen has 18 years of Claim’s Management experience and is an Educational Outreach Specialist for Labor & Industries. She meets virtually with businesses to share how they can get cash back by utilizing the Return-to-Work Incentives. She’s a great person to have on your team with a wonderful source of information.  Attend the event and empower your business with cash-back knowledge.


$20.00 Member Ticket

$30.00 Non-Member Ticket


Washington State SHRM Employment Law & Human Resources Conference

March 12, 2021   8:00AM-4:00PM PST


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Insights on Diversity & Inclusion

#ChooseToChallenge is the theme for International Women's Day 2021, MARCH 8

International Women’s Day has been observed for more than a century since it began in 1911. The day recognizes the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women globally, and it's a call to action for gender parity.



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Scholarship Corner

The winner of the FREE registration to the virtual WA State SHRM Employment Law and Human Resources Conference is..... Kyrsten Wooster!!!!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! A big thank you to all who participated and donated to the SHRM Foundation.


2021 SHRM Foundation Scholarships, Grants, and Awards

The SHRM Foundation launched its 2021 Scholarship, Grants, and Awards offerings, including several new awards focused on promoting equity and representation in the HR field, while incentivizing skills development that improves the broader workplace. Awards such as the Workplace Policy Conference, HR Exploration, and Student Membership are open to non-members to draw awareness to the field of HR and solidify SHRM as the organization that can support them throughout their career. In total, the SHRM Foundation offers more than $500,000 in awards that support over 300 recipients, helping them achieve career success. If you have questions, contact Dr. Vernon Williams or visit the SHRM Foundation Scholarships, Grants, and Award website.

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SHRM Certification

The biggest reward for a thing well done is to have done it. – Voltaire

WSHRMA would like to acknowledge recent members who have achieved the distinctive honor of passing certification.

Lee Felder – SHRM-SCP

Laura Ter Lou – SHRM-CP

Stacey Scalf – SHRM-SCP

Congratulations on the opening of another part of your life, on your hard work and achievement.

If you would like to know more about becoming a certified HR professional visit our website.




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Are you in need of some extra hr help?

Pro-bono HR advice from WWU students

Hello. I am Akanksha Bedi, Assistant Professor of Management at WWU Poulsbo. I am teaching an HR practicum class. The class begins March 30 and I am looking for 4-5 organizations on the Kitsap peninsula that can use some HR specific pro-bono advice/consulting. This is a mutually beneficial exercise. The students will gain some real- world HR experience and the organizations will gain valuable theory and research-based insights into their HR process/needs. 

The main commitment from the organization is to: a.) provide students with info on the organization's HR needs+ answer student questions, b.) attend two classes held on zoom. The first class involves giving a brief 10–15-minute intro about their organization, who they are, what they do and what kind of HR needs they would like to be addressed. Second class would involve attending the student presentations on solutions addressing the organization’s HR needs.

Please let me know if you are interested in participating and if you have any questions. I am available via email at [email protected] OR phone number 626-399-1646.

Leadership Kitsap is again hosting its community’s 20 Under 40 Awards program to celebrate Kitsap’s young business leaders.
Nominations are due March 15th. Nomination forms can be downloaded from our website where you will also find a list of past honorees at

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National SHRM Membership + WSHRMA Membership = Advancing your professional Development, Becoming an HR Asset in your community,and Assistance in overcoming HR challenges

Make WSHRMA Your Local Chapter Today!!

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Joining or renewing your SHRM national membership and WSHRMA membership just got easier. Now you can do both at the same time.

Step 1: Sign-in to the SHRM Store to begin your transaction or create an account if you are new to SHRM.

Step 2: Add your chapter when you join or renew your SHRM national membership and select the dual membership option when prompted. It’s that simple!


Already a SHRM Member? Visit MYSHRM profile, choose WSHRMA under Chapter Association and continue to the cart to process your transaction.

Remember, there is NO additional cost to join the WSHRMA chapter if you are a member of SHRM National and designate WSHRMA as your primary chapter.

If you are a SHRM member, you have a direct line to Diveristy & Inclusion resources at
Additionally, stay up to date on COVID-19 resources at


If you are not a SHRM member and would like to join and designate WSHRMA as your local chapter, visit and click on Membership at the top of the page!




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Ideas and Suggestions

Do you have any suggestions for content?
Are there topics you did not see in 2020 that are needed especially going into 2021?

We love your great ideas, suggestions, comments, and concerns-so we can improve!

Please send them to [email protected]

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Thank you to our Sponsors!

We would like to thank our generous sponsors of 2021. Your commitment enables WSHRMA to continue to provide informative and collaborative opportunities for our Chapter.



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