Posted by: Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) | April 10, 2014

April President’s Message

President’s Message
by Wayne L. Munyer, PHR
2013-14 Volunteer PIHRA President 

We continue to make great progress in ensuring the 2014 California HR Conference, scheduled for August 25th through the 27th, will be our best conference ever. Our latest success is landing former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich as our Tuesday Keynote Speaker.  A key player in President Bill Clinton’s cabinet and someone we regularly see on the major news programs, Secretary Reich is currently Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.  You can learn more about Secretary Reich at www.robertreich.org.

Speaking of websites, go to www.cahr14.org to watch the Conference planning come together and to register if you haven’t already done so.

Switching gears, over the years I have been an avid reader of the late Stephen R. Covey. Many of you have read his “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”  It is one of my favorite books, not just for its business lessons, but also because of its application to our personal lives.  Before the Blackberry and the iPhone, like many of you I used a Franklin Covey Day Planner.  Remember, we learned to prioritize our “To Do List” using the ABC method, focusing on getting our A’s done first, then our B’s and so on.

How is this relevant?  Because as HR professionals we sometimes forget the importance of including our personal priorities along with our business priorities. We often focus on ensuring everyone else’s needs are taken care of and we forget about ourselves. In “The 8th Habit, From Effectiveness to Greatness,” Covey wrote:

Listen to the voices:

“I am stuck in a rut”
“I have no life. I’m burned out….exhausted.”
“No one really values or appreciates me.”
“My boss doesn’t have a clue of all I’m capable of.”
“I’m frustrated and discouraged.”

These are the voices of the people at work and at home, voices of literally millions of parents, laborers, service providers, managers, professionals and executives all over the world who are fighting to make it in the new reality. The pain is personal, and it’s deep.

What voices are talking to each of us? As we go about prioritizing things, I recommend we all do a personal inventory of where we are in our lives and then make sure that some of those A’s have to do with making our own lives all that they can be.

Thanks to each of you for your contributions to our great profession. Let’s all make a difference…and have a great month!

Wayne L. Munyer, PHR
2013-14 Volunteer President

Wayne Munyer PHR

Posted by: Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) | April 10, 2014

The PIHRA Foundation: Share the excitement with PIHRA Woodland Hills for HRCI Scholarships

The PIHRA Foundation: Share the excitement with PIHRA Woodland Hills for HRCI Scholarships
by Janet Asher Vreeland, CEBS

The PIHRA Foundation annually grants scholarships to support HR professionals with funds raised through the Silent Auction, Raffle and PIHRA District Support. HRCI Scholarship Recipient Carol Box (shown below) was honored with the PIHRA Woodland Hills (District 9) /Anita Gorino HRCI Certification Scholarship at the April 3, 2014 Woodland Hills District meeting.

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Anita Gorino (left) presents the Anita Gorino HRCI SPHR Scholarship to Carol Box (right).

Barbara Allen, SPHR, PIHRA Foundation Board Member was present at the meeting to  share the history of this scholarship being named after Anita Gorino as well as the PIHRA Foundation’s mission.  As Barbara explains, “This scholarship was named after Anita Gorino because $875 was raised/donated by District (9) Woodland Hills for the Anita Gorino Foundation Roast in 2010 in recognition of Anita’s commitment to and support of the Foundation’s Scholarships for HRCI Certification recipients.”

A special thanks to PIHRA Woodland Hills for being a long-time A #1 supporter of the Foundation.   In addition to the Anita Gorino HRCI Scholarship, Woodland Hills holds Monthly Opportunity Drawing to raise funds for the Foundation.  PIHRA Woodland Hills raised $117 at their April 3rd meeting.

Hurry!!  The deadline is April 30, 2014 for the current Scholarship season.  This scholarship is awarded for testing dates May 1st – June 30th, 2014.  The PIHRA Foundation HRCI Certification Award provides reimbursement grants of up to $500 to selected HR professionals who meet the eligibility requirements for an approved course of instruction leading to their successful certification as a PHR, SPHR, GPHR, PHR-CA or SPHR-CA. To learn more and to download the application form please click here.

Additional information about the PIHRA Foundation and the communities we serve is   available through the following resources:

Webpage: www.pihrafoundation.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thepihrafoundation

Video: http://youtu.be/C2rnHjQ8bRA

PIHRA Foundation supports workforce readiness in Southern California including support for education through programs such as “You and Your First Job” and human resources scholarships. The PIHRA Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation serving Southern California communities.  The PIHRA Foundation was established in partnership with the Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA).

Posted by: Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) | April 10, 2014

Team PIHRA Continues EIF/Revlon Run/Walk Tradition

Team PIHRA Continues EIF/Revlon Run/Walk Tradition
By Lynn Gleim, Team PIHRA Captain

Join Team PIHRA for the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women Los Angeles on Saturday, May 10, 2014 for a walk around and through the neighborhoods of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

JOIN/DONATE on the PIHRA Team webpage.

This is a special event for PIHRA members. It brings HR professionals, their friends, and their families together for a few hours each year to give something back to the community and support an important cause – the fight against women’s cancer. Few among us have escaped the experience of a loved one, a friend, or a colleague battling this disease. Joining and supporting Team PIHRA is an opportunity to help find a cure, a more effective treatment, and a little more hope.

Team PIHRA started back in 2002 with a hearty group of PIHRA board members led by Cheryl Wyrick. The group wanted to get to know each other a little bit better. They wanted to meet PIHRA members they did not know in an environment outside of a typical District meeting. They chose the EIF Revlon Run/Walk because it had the potential to have a positive impact on lives of so many PIHRA members and their families. The downtown location was centrally located for most PIHRA members. Over the last 12 years, through contributions small and large Team PIHRA has raised over $128,600.00 to help fund the cure through research.

This year Team PIHRA has set a goal to have more than 50 members participate in the walk and raise more than $5,000. Wallace Engineering Company will sponsor our T-shirts.

Now we need you to be one of those 50 PIHRA members to sign up for the walk and start collecting supporters to contribute to our $5,000 goal. First, save the morning of Saturday, May 10 on your calendar.

After that, call some of your PIHRA colleagues, your family, friends and neighbors to walk with you or support you through donations. No donation is too small. We encourage every walker to set a personal goal of at least $100 in support donations.

Here is how it all works. You start your day by arriving at the Coliseum around 7:00am. Yes it is early, but it is usually a beautiful morning. You park your car and walk into the Coliseum. You look for the PIHRA sign – usually half way up on the west end. You bring some brownies, some cookies, or trail mix to share. You get your team shirt. You get to know a few people, and get ready for a leisurely walk through the streets of LA with some 60,000 plus of your Southern California neighbors. You have a great time seeing the sights and sounds of the Coliseum and the USC campus. You end up passing by the fabulous Samoan drummers as you near the end of your walk. You walk through the football tunnel to gather your Olympic style medal on the floor of the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. You spend a little more time with your PIHRA pals before heading off to enjoy the rest of your day.

Honestly, what more could you ask for in the way of a great Saturday?

We are looking forward to seeing you there.

JOIN/DONATE on the PIHRA Team webpage.

revlon-runwalk-logo-LA2014eCropped Team PIHRA Revlon Run Walk 2013

Posted by: Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) | February 12, 2014

February President’s Message

February President’s Message
by Wayne L. by Munyer, PHR, 2013-14 Volunteer President

We had one of the most successful Legal Updates in a long time. Our 3 locations were bursting at the seams: 320 in Garden Grove, 204 in Ontario, and 414 in Burbank. A big thank you goes out to our presenters, our PIHRA Staff and its volunteers and you for attending this great event. We hope you had a lot of information to use immediately in your workplaces. I know I did.

February is known for Valentine’s Day and we share with the people we care about the most. The word you here most mentioned this time of year is “Love”. I would like to look at in relationship to our careers. A lot of us have been in the Human Resource profession for a long time. In my 25 plus years I have had my ups and downs, but one thing I have always had is a love for this great profession. If you do not have it right now, find something that will re-energize you and bring that passion or love back to your career. We can make a huge difference in our organizations. If we just put all of our passion into action. How great do you feel when have done something in your organization to make a difference? As I mentioned before when I may transition to a new job, I was hoping that the efforts I made at my company made a difference. Sometimes you do not know if you made a difference until you leave. There is a quote I found that really motivated me to make changes in my career. It was from Denis Waitley, an author and motivational speaker: “There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” Which one will you choose? Let’s make a difference!!

Have a great month!!!

Wayne L. Munyer, PHR
2013-14 Volunteer President

Posted by: Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) | February 12, 2014

PIHRA Foundation & California Placement Association (CPA) enrich So Cal Workforce Readiness Initiatives

PIHRA Foundation & California Placement Association (CPA) enrich So Cal Workforce Readiness Initiatives
by Janet Asher Vreeland, CEBS
PIHRA Foundation Board of Directors

The PIHRA Foundation Mission is to serve as Human Resource professionals advancing workforce readiness through community service in the greater Los Angeles area.  In living our mission, the PIHRA Foundation will from time to time collaborate with like-minded organizations in a variety of ways.  One such organization is the California Placement Association (CPA).

John Silver (pictured) connects the PIHRA Foundation and the CPA as a volunteer leader on both organizations’ Board of Directors.  John is the 2014 PIHRA Foundation Vice President and is the 2013 – 2014 CPA Executive Board Central Vice President.

What is the CPA all about?

The mission of the California Placement Association (CPA) is to be a supportive leader in the enrichment and education to placement professionals. CPA assists with the advancement of comprehensive, high quality placement programs throughout California.

CPA promotes collaboration and develops relationships to meet the dynamic recruiting and placement needs of public and private sector businesses and educational institutions, while serving as a liaison with government agencies.
CPA Vision

Strengthen the linkage between business, education and government.
Enhance the quality and excellence of placement services.
Identify and respond to changing needs, trends, and hiring practices in relationship to the changing demographics of the work force.
Generate new ways of expanding the development of employment opportunities and fulfilling employer/student/ client needs.
Provide professional training to aid business, education and government in assisting students/clients to successfully make a transition to the world of work

California Placement Association, a non-profit organization established in 1969.

Thanks to John, PIHRA Foundation Board member Brenda Trujillo will represent the Foundation as a speaker on an employer panel at the CPA Conference for Professional Development March 7th.
CPA Conference Presentation:
Moderator, Employer Panel

“Overcoming Barriers in the Job Search & Hiring Process”

Jackie Kennedy Harris will moderate one of the most popular events at the CPA conference: The Employer Panel. As a recruiter for Enterprise, Jackie covers a large section of California, visiting community colleges and four- year universities in hopes of hiring the very best candidates for Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

The Employer Panel, made up of a variety of employers and recruiters, will give attendees insights into the policies, procedures and attitudes of employers. Be sure and ask the questions you really want answered about the hiring process. What do the employers look for in an employee? How can we best help someone with a barrier get hired? How can someone with no work experience get an interview? Is there any way to bypass the personality profile tests? Get your questions answered by the experts!

For more information about the conference including registration visit: http://calplacement.org/annual-conference

Additional information about the PIHRA Foundation and the communities we serve is available through the following resources:

Webpage: http://www.pihrafoundation.org

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thepihrafoundation

Video: http://youtu.be/C2rnHjQ8bRA

PIHRA Foundation supports workforce readiness in Southern California including support for education through programs such as “You and Your First Job” and human resources scholarships. The PIHRA Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation serving Southern California communities.  The PIHRA Foundation was established in partnership with the Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA).

Posted by: Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) | February 12, 2014

January President’s Message

January President’s Message
by Wayne L. Munyer, PHR
2013-14 Volunteer PIHRA President

Happy New Year PIHRA friends! The three Legal Updates are just around the corner. They are January 9, 2014 in Garden Grove, January 14, 2014 in Ontario and January 16, 2014 in Burbank. Check the http://www.pihra.org website for further information.

The 2013 year was a very good one for PIHRA membership. We ended the year at 3,925 members compared to 3,497 at the end of 2012. This is over a 12% increase from year-to-year. A big thank you goes out to our membership committee headed by Andrea Moroso our Vice President of Membership, who took over in August for Ryan Gowin, who moved to the Pacific Northwest. His efforts did not go unnoticed. Also I would be remised if I did not mention the great assistance that the PIHRA staff, who always give great support to our volunteer team. Keep up the great work. Look out 4,000!

As I mentioned last PIHRA is celebrating 70 years of being the premier HR Association in Southern California. I have had the great opportunity to be a part of this association since 1989 and wow what growth we have had over those years. I remember when we changed our name from “PIRA to PIHRA” in the early 90′s. In the 20 plus years I have been a part of PIHRA, I have learned what it means to be a HR Professional and how I can make a difference in my organization. I have attended the Annual Conference every year since I have been a member and ALWAYS brought back to my organization many great tools to help further the cause in my career. Please use the many tools that PIHRA has to make a difference in your organization.

Whatever we can do as an organization can do for you, please let us know.

Have a great month!!!

Wayne L. Munyer, PHR
2013-14 Volunteer President

Posted by: Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) | December 16, 2013

Meet 2014 PIHRA Board of Directors

POSITION FIRST NAME LAST NAME HR DESIGNATION
President Wayne Munyer PHR
President Elect Marilyn Monahan Esq.
Past President Richard Propster SPHR-CA
VP – Education Dennis Buster SPHR-CA
VP – Finance Ray Cooke PHR
VP – Membership Andrea Moroso
Secretary Lynn Hounsley
VP – Leadership Dorothy Cociu
VP – Emerging Affairs Stacey Brooks-Clark PHR
VP – Legislative Affairs
Los Angeles Chair Tamara Devitt Esq.
Pasadena Chair Paola Alvarez SPHR-CA
Burbank/Glendale Chair Kara Scamardo PHR
West Los Angeles Chair Mark Dang
South Bay Chair Cari Kojima SPHR
Long Beach Chair Janet Vreeland
North Orange County Chair Brenda Roth SPHR
Woodland Hills Chair Rudi Weinberg
Ventura County Chair Jeanne Mays
Riverside Chair Darlene Cohen SPHR
Santa Clarita Chair Beverly Malin SPHR
South Orange County Chair John White
Inland Valley Chair Sharonda White SPHR-CA
Southwest Riverside Chair Morgana Burrows PHR
Coachella Valley
Antelope Valley Chair Patti Sprinkle
Posted by: Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) | December 16, 2013

December President’s Message

Hello to all of my PIHRA friends. Just a friendly reminder to those of you that are up for renewal for your membership. Do not let it lapse. It is easy to renew your membership online at www.pihra.org. Also do not forget to sign upfor one of the three Legal Updates in January. They are January 9, 2014 in Garden Grove, January 14, 2014 in Ontario and January 16, 2014 in Burbank. As always if you have any questions about your membership you can email the Membership Department at membership@pihra.org.

With the 2014 year closely upon us, we are preparing for a year long birthday party. PIHRA is 70 years old next year. We will be celebrating in many different ways, with a big birthday bash at our Annual Conference in August. Keep your eyes open for the coming events.

This past weekend in Irvine we had our Annual PIHRA Leadership Conference. Over 50 of your leaders met together to be trained in their duties and responsibilities as a leader of this great association. We have great leaders who I know will be taking this association to the next level and want the best for this association. You are all in capable hands and I am excited for their dedication and passion for this association. We received training on understanding each other and those that we work with. We had expert trainers on this subject and your leaders will be bringing back valuable tools for all of you to use in your respective districts.

One final that thing that was discussed is that we as a PIHRA need more of a clear “Game Plan”. In the next few months your leaders will begin to design that plan and then in turn communicate it to the rest of you. The plans will be Tactical (1 year), Operational (2 years) and Strategic (3 years). If asked to volunteer to be a part of this process, please throw your hat in. Succession planning is a big in any organization and we want you to be a part of it.

I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope 2014 is your best year ever.

Have a great month!!!

Wayne L. Munyer, PHR
2013-14 Volunteer President

Posted by: Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) | December 16, 2013

November President’s Message

Greetings to all of my PIHRA friends. First of all most of you, if not all of you should have received your membership renewal for the 2014 year. Please renew as soon as you can to make sure your membership does not lapsed. There are many different ways to renew. The simplest is on the online method. Many of the discounts for the annual programs are discounted and it is a great to take advantage of these rates. The first deadline is November 30, 2013 for the Annual Legal Update. If you have any questions about your membership, email the Membership Department at membership@pihra.org.

As we approach the holiday season my mind always make me think of things that I am grateful for and the many blessings I have received over my life. One thing I always remember is the traditions I grew up with and even continue to this day, even though my parents are no longer living. My children continue these traditions in their own homes. Why are traditions so important? In my family it brings us closer together and it is a good excuse to get my family together and share some great memories.

Now what does this have to do with the Human Resources Profession? In my humble opinion I feel the Human Resource can have a profound effect on the culture of any organization. We can assist in establishing values in making our organizations a “Best Place to Work” by the things we establish and the values we portray to our company. Like traditions make families stay close together, having values that become traditions of our organization make it more an enjoyable experience and make employees want to work for you. As I mentioned in my last article, I just left my place of employment that I had been with for almost 9 years. Since I have left I have a lot of communication with a lot of my former co-workers who thanked me for some the values (traditions) that I assisted in establishing and are continuing even after I left. But do you know what the great thing is that they are beginning to establish new values to make the company more valuable their employees.

Let us all evaluate the values and traditions in our organizations. We have all heard of the “Mission, Vision and Values” that all should have in our organizations. It never hurts to take another look at them to see how we can better our organizations.

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and I am thankful for all of you and what you do to make PIHRA the “HR Organization of Choice”.

Have a great month!!!

Wayne L. Munyer, PHR
2013-14 Volunteer President

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Greetings to all of my PIHRA friends. First of all most of you, if not all of you should have received your membership renewal for the 2014 year. Please renew as soon as you can to make sure your membership does not lapsed. There are many different ways to renew. The simplest is on the online method. Many of the discounts for the annual programs are discounted and it is a great to take advantage of these rates. The first deadline is November 30, 2013 for the Annual Legal Update. If you have any questions about your membership, email the Membership Department at membership@pihra.org.

As we approach the holiday season my mind always make me think of things that I am grateful for and the many blessings I have received over my life. One thing I always remember is the traditions I grew up with and even continue to this day, even though my parents are no longer living. My children continue these traditions in their own homes. Why are traditions so important? In my family it brings us closer together and it is a good excuse to get my family together and share some great memories.

Now what does this have to do with the Human Resources Profession? In my humble opinion I feel the Human Resource can have a profound effect on the culture of any organization. We can assist in establishing values in making our organizations a “Best Place to Work” by the things we establish and the values we portray to our company. Like traditions make families stay close together, having values that become traditions of our organization make it more an enjoyable experience and make employees want to work for you. As I mentioned in my last article, I just left my place of employment that I had been with for almost 9 years. Since I have left I have a lot of communication with a lot of my former co-workers who thanked me for some the values (traditions) that I assisted in establishing and are continuing even after I left. But do you know what the great thing is that they are beginning to establish new values to make the company more valuable their employees.

Let us all evaluate the values and traditions in our organizations. We have all heard of the “Mission, Vision and Values” that all should have in our organizations. It never hurts to take another look at them to see how we can better our organizations.

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and I am thankful for all of you and what you do to make PIHRA the “HR Organization of Choice”.

Have a great month!!!

Wayne L. Munyer, PHR

2013-14 Volunteer President

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Posted by: Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) | July 10, 2013

July President’s Message

July President’s Message

Just a reminder, our annual conference, the California HR Conference®, will be held on August 26-28, 2013. The next deadline for a price break is July 31. After that it is onsite registration only. Go to http://cahrconference.org for further information. You do not want to miss out at the one of the nation’s largest HR conferences. Hope to see you all there.

This last month I went to SHRM Annual Conference in Chicago. What a great conference with a wealth of information. I want to mention one of the sessions I went to. It was a session where Steve Gilliland, CSP, CPAE spoke on the subject “Making a Difference”. The whole session itself was very uplifting and enlightening. One thing I want to talk about is a statement he made in the very beginning. He ask all of the attendees to think about the five people who have influenced you the most and write down what they did for you to be that influence on you. The first few people were very easy to choose, but the last few were a little more difficult. I eventually completed my list. My first choice was my Father because of the integrity, work ethic and trustworthiness that he instilled in me and my siblings. After I completed this exercise it made me think about is that if I as a person and professional doing those things that someday I may be on someone’s list. I say that in all humility. What does have to do with Human Resources and our profession? I feel we need to be that trusted advisor to all those that we work with. What are we doing to “Make a Difference” in our workplaces and our personal lives? Only you can answer that question. I suggest we do the exercise mentioned above and choose those characteristics and values of those that we have admired and begin or continue to apply them. I know it will make all of us better at what we do. I hope everyone has a great month.

Wayne L Munyer, PHR
2013-14 PIHRA Volunteer President

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