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  • Tue, October 22, 2019 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    The holidays are quickly coming upon us, and VISTE is in need of our help. Mid-Florida SHRM has volunteered to make Thanksgiving meal deliveries on Wednesday, November 27th, and we are hoping you can join us. We know the elderly will be incredibly grateful for your generosity.

    We will be meeting at the RP Funding Center at 2:15pm on Wednesday, November 27th. Once there, you will be provided your deliveries and further instruction. 

    If you are interested in volunteering, please email with the word "VISTE" in the subject line. We are so thankful for your willingness to volunteer in our community in service to the elderly. If you have any questions, please let us know at!


  • Tue, September 17, 2019 9:34 PM | Anonymous member

    We wanted to take the time to encourage employers and members to participate and register for booth space at the Countywide College Career Fair, happening September 27th. All eleven higher education institutions in Polk County will have students attending. Last year, they had more than 200 students attend and 40 employers. It is a great opportunity for area businesses to recruit to fill their open positions or to connect with future employees. The flyer for the event can be found here.

    The event will be on Friday, September 27th from 10:30am-1:30pm at the Polk State College Lakeland campus. Below you'll find the link to register through Handshake. You will need to set up a free account with Handshake (if you don't have one already), but after that the registration process should be simple.

    Please be advised that first priority will be given to companies who have opportunities in Polk County. If there is still space at the event after those employers have registered, then companies with opportunities outside the county will be able to attend as well.

  • Tue, September 17, 2019 9:19 PM | Anonymous member

    The EEOC Tampa Field office is partnering with Equality Florida to educate the public about transgender dynamics in the workplace. The goal is this event is to increase awareness and understanding of the transgender community. 

    The event is free and open to the public, however, due to limited space, participants need to register as soon as possible at the link below. The event will be held on Friday, Sept 20th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Bloomingdale Regional Public Library in Valrico (near Brandon). 

    Click the link below for all of the details:

  • Wed, June 19, 2019 9:38 PM | Anonymous member

    SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) recently awarded our Mid-Florida SHRM its prestigious EXCEL Platinum Award for the Chapter's accomplishments in 2018.

    The EXCEL award aligns individual chapters’ and state councils’ activities with SHRM’s aspirations for the HR profession. The award recognizes major accomplishments, strategic activities, and tactical initiatives that elevate the profession of human resources.  

    “So much of SHRM’s success in shaping better workplaces—where employers and employees can thrive together— is owed to the hard work of our chapters and state councils such as Mid-Florida SHRM.  Through their courage and leadership, Mid-Florida SHRM is driving true, measurable progress toward the healthy, productive, and dynamic workplaces of tomorrow,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, president and chief executive officer of SHRM. “Awarding this Platinum Excel Award is just one small way for SHRM to recognize and celebrate the big steps this chapter has taken this past year.”

    The EXCEL Award can be earned at four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Each level has a prescribed set of requirements and accomplishments that must be met. Mid-Florida SHRM will receive recognition in SHRM publications and at conferences, a logo to display on its website, and information to share with its members about the significance of this award.


  • Mon, April 08, 2019 7:26 PM | Anonymous member

    HR Florida is hosting a 5K at the Gaylord Palms/Falcon's Fire!

    Sunday, August 25, 2018 – 6 PM

    Mid-Florida SHRM is already a registered team. 

    We need you to join our Mid-Florida SHRM 5K team!! The 5K is on Sunday, August 25th at 6pm. This is a great way to kick off your conference experience!

    Transportation will be provided to Falcon's Fire Golf Course for the actual 5K. This year, the 5K is supporting the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention.

    Don't run? No worries! Some of us will be walking the 5K, so no need to fear!

    To join please follow these steps:

    1. Go to
    2. CLICK "Register for this Race" button on the right and complete the form
    3. Pay $25

    If you don't wish to participate, but would still like to donate to this worthy organization, please do so on the same page above. Just click "Donate to this Fundraiser" and complete the form.

    Don't wait! Register today!

  • Thu, February 14, 2019 9:19 PM | Anonymous member

    Ella Kimbrel, SHRM-SCP, SPHR was named the Mid-Florida SHRM HR Professional of the Year at the February Dinner meeting. She is employed as the VP of Human Resources at Harrell's LLC and is currently serving as immediate past president here at the Chapter.  

    Please congratulate Ella when you see her!


  • Tue, November 20, 2018 9:03 PM | Anonymous member

    At this year's HR Florida Conference, Mid-Florida SHRM's own Mark Codd was named HR Professional of the Year! Mark is a former Chapter President. He has done amazing work with our Chapter, and it is great that he is being recognized for it.  Let's congratulate him!

  • Sat, October 06, 2018 7:40 PM | Anonymous member

    Polk Vision is asking our members to participate in their workforce feedback process. There is no cost and breakfast or lunch is provided. Through this round-table discussion, they are looking for HR industry representatives to provide feedback regarding the current workforce and educational environments.  This will assist them in providing feedback to the area educational institutions (including the colleges and Polk County Schools) about any deficits in training or skills. This could ultimately result in curriculum and programming changes to correct these issues.

    Multiple round-table discussions will be held throughout Polk County. Click the link below to find the closest one to you.

    Polk County Workforce Invite.pdf

  • Sat, September 01, 2018 4:54 PM | Anonymous member

    Mid-Florida SHRM member Mark Codd, SHRM-SCP, has authored his first article for National SHRM's HR Daily e-newsletter.  The article discusses public sources of information about unions for HR professionals.  Click the link below to access the article.

    Congratulations Mark!

    Viewpoint: Learn About Unions’ Operations This Labor Day 

  • Fri, May 04, 2018 2:28 PM | Anonymous

    HR Florida is hosting a 5K onsite at the Gaylord Palms!

    Sunday, August 26, 2018 – 3 PM

    Mid-Florida SHRM is already a registered team. 

    We need you to join our Mid-Florida SHRM 5k team, be a Swan!! The 5k is on Sunday the 26th at 3 pm. A great way to kick off your conference experience! The 5k supports the Dan Marino Foundation. We will be strolling the 5k so no need to fear!

    To join please follow these steps:

    1. Go to
    2. CLICK "Team Registration" button before you enter your info
    3. CLICK "Register Teammate" button
    4. SELECT "Mid-Florida SHRM Chapter" from the Team Name drop down
    5. Fill in your information
    6. Pay $25

    Our team will be wearing Swan accessories to show our Lakeland Chapter Pride! (provided by the Chapter)  A perk of being on the team is entrance to the Sunday Funday at the Gaylord pool. You must have a 5k wristband to enter!

    To make a direct donation to the Dan Marino Autism Foundation in the name of Mid-Florida SHRM, see the link below.


    Remember to choose Mid-Florida SHRM as your team. 

    MORE INFORMATION: If you have not heard the word on the street, or you heard the talk but want the details, this is for you! The 2018 Conference Team is pleased to announce the first HR Florida 5K! This is an easy, fun event where participants can walk or run. (FYI: 5K = 3.1 miles. If you walk a 20 minute mile, it will take just over 1 hour to complete.) And don't forget, we also have the first HR Florida Sunday Funday Pool Party happening, so you can finish the 5K and jump in the pool!


Mid-Florida SHRM

3616 Harden Blvd, #217

Lakeland, FL 33803

Chapter #151


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