The Inland Empire Society for Human Resource Management (Inland Empire SHRM) Chapter was established as a 100% SHRM affiliate chapter in 2004 to meet the needs of Human Resources professionals in the Inland Empire area. The mission of Inland Empire SHRM is to provide HR professionals in Riverside and San Bernardino counties with the information necessary to stay current on legislation and best practices in the field of Human Resources. The Inland Empire SHRM chapter provides HR professionals an opportunity to network with peers to share information on the latest HR practice trends and best practices.

Due to the dedication of our members, Inland Empire SHRM membership has grown to over 400 HR professionals from the Inland Empire. Ongoing member support and participation is an essential and valued part of our chapter.

Message from Board President, Lora Hassani

Networking that Work
By: Lora Hassani, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

We all know the power of having a network of friends and associates that we can go to when we need help. Just this year, I have had several opportunities to connect with my network.

Two recruiters reached out to me about HR opportunities that they are trying to fill. There were three individuals that reached out to me for possible job referrals, one in healthcare, and one in data analytics, the third in HR. A consultant friend of mine was looking to hire an individual for a great career-entry opportunity. A HR peer, asked me to review a white paper he is writing. I reached out to two of my contacts as potential subject matter experts and speakers for Inland Empire SHRM. We were all able to assist each other through the power of networking.

My network consists of peers, co-workers, clients, individuals I have met at conferences, Inland Empire SHRM and SHRM members, and members of other professional associations. Several of my contacts I have met online through social media and through friends of friends.

In my experience, the number of connections or “friends” you have is less important than the collective information and resources shared. The knowledge, skills, and abilities that exist in a group of people that come together is considerable. Individually, we may know a lot, but together we know more and can achieve more.

IE SHRM offers professionals the opportunity to meet others for the purposes of networking and enhancing knowledge, skills, and abilities. Each monthly meeting offers the perfect opportunity to engage with your peers, expand your network and your knowledge.

I look forward to networking with you at IE SHRM’s next meeting.

Board of Directors

President: Lora Hassani, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
President-Elect: Pat Steet, EdD, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, PHRca
Secretary: Daniella Waitschies
Treasurer: Douglas House,  MS, SPHR, SHRM-CP, SPHRca
VP of Membership: Vacant
Membership Chair: Vacant
College Relations Chair: Stacey Barnier
Emerging HR Professionals Chair:  Pat Steet, EdD, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, PHRca
VP of Marketing: Mary Mizell
Social Media Chair: Mary Mizell
Sponsorship Chair: Stacey Barnier
Director of Programs: Vilma Brager, PHR, SHRM-CP
Logistics Chair: Vacant
Certification Director: Richard Dawson, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, PHRca, HRPM, sHRBP

Legislative Director: Brent Garrett, Esq.

Conference Chair: Bob Bruner

IE SHRM Past Presidents

2015-2016            Craig Seal, PhD, PHR, SHRM-CP
2013-2014            Rhonda Tompkins, PHR, SHRM-CP
2013                       Sharee Andrade, PHR
2012                       Richard Dawson, SPHR-CA, SHRM-SCP
2011                       Bob Bruner, Founder
2009-2010            Joy Ward, Founder
2008                       Paul Becker, PHR
2007                       Paul Becker, PHR

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