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We invite you to get involved with Southern NM SHRM – a congenial organization serving over 350 HR professionals in the Southern NM  area.  Let Southern NM SHRM be your local partner to success whatever your career level. Join our educational and networking events or volunteer on a committee. Whatever you’re looking to do next, Southern NM SHRM can help you learn, connect, and advance your career or business. 

v  Learn cutting-edge competencies while earning HRCI credits with our timely delivery of educational workshops, monthly meetings, and Full-Day Conferences.

v  Connect with peers and industry experts to exchange ideas at bi-monthly events, or join a committee or special interest group to expand your network. 

v  Advance your career or business network by finding job leads, building your HR toolbox, or becoming a mentor.


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Letter From the President 

I am so excited for our upcoming chapter meetings!  

We have a great speaker coming from Albuquerque to give us an employment case law update.  Alice Kilborn, JD PHR SHRM-CP, is a dynamic speaker who began her career in HR before enrolling in law school at UNM.  Having worked in HR she understands all facets of daily life as an HR professional.  Her analysis of the law is entertaining and easy to understand.

Israel Chavez, Development and Government Affairs Manager, from Equality New Mexico in Albuquerque will be coming down to present an intro into what is “LGBT”, LGBT issues related to employment, challenges, unemployment rates, and difficulties transgender individuals face in finding gainful employment.  

I am hoping for a large turnout for both of these great speakers as they are coming down on their own time to share their wealth of knowledge with us.

Remember, if you already have a qualifying certification (ie PHR or SPHR) in good standing you are eligible to obtain the SHRM CP or SHRM SCP for free through the end of 2015.  If you are looking for more details please feel free to contact me.


Also, the board has been working very hard at planning upcoming meetings and events that will be informative and fun, no matter where your level of HR expertise is.  The upcoming meeting topics include:

May – Employment case law update with Alice Kilborn, JD PHR SHRM-SCP, from Kilborn Consulting.

June – LGBT issues and rights as it relates to employment with Israel Chavez, Development and Government Affairs Manager with Equality NM.

July - Staying compliant with ADA in 2015 and review of case studies

August - Rodney Klein Outreach & Education Manager from the EEOC

October - Employment Law Update


If you have any questions or suggestions for our chapter please let me know!


Melissa Del Ferraro, SHRM SCP, SPHR

Job to Career Readiness Boot Camps
Boot Camp
The Job to Career Readiness Boot Camp provided an inside track to help fill approximately 1,000 jobs in southern New Mexico.  Participants engage in a number of sessions designed to provide valuable insight to the application and interview process for the represented companies with job openings.  SNMSHRM is proud to be a partner in this ongoing initiative.         





Our chapter is still looking for volunteer leaders. Please contact Melissa Del Ferraro, if you or someone you know may be interested in a volunteer position.
Immediate needs for 2015

Interested in Membership?
Join National SHRM, affiliate with your Southern New Mexico SHRM Chapter (#0322).
Contact your Membership Director, Meg Haines


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