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President's Message - First Quarter 
February Kick-Off Dinner Event - Register today! 
HR EXPO for Students - Register today! 
2016 HRPBC Annual Conference - Register today with early bird pricing!!! -Use code NewYear16 for $50 off!
MEMBERSHIP Renewal Time is OPEN! 
Congratulations to our Best in HR Awards Winners!!! Check out who won!
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President's Message - First Quarter

Happy New Year to each of you!
It's hard to believe that 2016 is here. So many exciting things are going to be happening this year, such as....the Presidential Election, Super Bowl 50, Summer Olympics in Brazil, and Apple will be releasing new software and devices. 
To add to that excitement of events occurring in 2016, we are also commemorating a very important celebration for ourselves as it is Human Resources Association of Palm Beach County's 50th Anniversary!!! It's amazing to think that our chapter had been established in 1966 as the 80th HR chapter in the United States at that time. To date, SHRM now has more than 575 affiliate chapters, both in the United States and abroad. For those of you who are current members or even past members who just renewed, we ask for you to send in any pictures that you have from past HRPBC events as we would like to use them for our 50th Anniversary celebrations. Please send in to our Marketing Chair (Tanya Vaughn-Patterson) at

The upcoming Annual HRPBC Conference will once again be hosted at the Kravis Center in beautiful downtown West Palm Beach on May 18-19, 2016. Last year's conference was one of the best HRPBC conferences, and largest attended conference to date! Our Conference Team is working hard to bring you an amazing lineup of keynote speakers!! So what are you waiting for?? Don't miss out on the discounted conference rate that is available right now until February 13th!!! Use code NewYear16 for $50 off the early bird pricing! More details about the Conference, speaker lineup, itinerary, and registration are located at Conference Website page.

We will be having our West Palm Beach kickoff meeting on February 18th at the Embassy Suites. Our pre-workshop speaker is Jim Burke (Sr. Director of Corporate Security & Aviation- NextEra/FP&L) speaking on "Workplace Security: Preparing For The Unexpected". As our main speaker for February we have Jill Kopanis whose topic is "Become a Chief Operating Troublemaker and Define True Leadership". We will be one of the 1st HR chapters to hear Jill's Mega session prior to her presenting it at the 2016 SHRM National Conference in D.C.!! You don't want to miss either of these two influential speakers next month!! Click here to register today!
This year's HRPBC theme is HR: Leading with Courage. This is an important theme to recognize as it takes courage every day for HR professionals across the country, let alone the world, to help lead our organizations, resolve issues, improve efficiencies, strategize new objectives for our departments and companies,....and the list goes on. Click here to read more! 


February Kick-Off Dinner Meeting

Speaker: ​Jillian Kopanis, Vice President, Human Resources for Dynamic Dies, Inc
Title: Become a Chief Operating Troublemaker and Define True Leadership

Jillian Kopanis is a motivational speaker who WOW’s her audiences!! She is not a podium holding speaker who babbles the latest business jargon. Jillian mixes inspiration, action, motivation and fun, energizing the stage and the audience. As a professional speaker, certified trainer, human resources executive and editor of a national motivational newsletter, Jill is described as the ‘Can-Do’ person. Her energy is contagious! 
A person who lives by her motto “Impossible is not a word, it’s just a reason not to try”, Jillian has been inspiring and energizing HR professionals to assist them in their career.  She has presented at national conferences in Las Vegas, Chicago, Atlanta, San Diego, Boston, Dallas, and Disneyworld leaving attendees energized to “Make It Happen”.


This session will prepare you with tools and processes to drive organizational success through Innovation, leadership and human capital, and give you the vision to be a C.O.T.M. who challenges the system to make it better.

•  Forget CEO, CFO, COO ad CHRM.  It is time to become a COTM – Chief Operating Trouble Maker.  A C.O.T.M. is assigned to those who refuse status quo and challenges the system for the better.  This session will examine the business buzzwords – strategic, engagement, innovation – and challenge participants to tear down the static corporate culture. 

•  Participants will learn how to rebuild a vision whereby HR will challenge the corporate system to make it better.  If you believe HR is a true leader of change in your organization and you have the vision to drive success in your company through visionary leadership,  this is a session for you.  Become a COTM and challenge the system to make it better.

•  Redefine strategies by tearing down the stagnate corporate walls

•  Drive Engagement by shifting the culture from managing to leading

•  Infuse innovation by destroying the ‘Kindergarten learned mentality’ of thinking inside the lines.

This program has been approved for 1.25 Business Credits with HRCI and 1.25 PDC's  with SHRM and HRCI Recertification credits. 


Pre-Meeting Workshop

Speakers: Jim Burke (Sr. Director of Corporate Security & Aviation- NextEra/FP&L)
Title: Workplace Security: Preparing For The Unexpected 

In today’s turbulent time. It’s important to learn how to prepare your workforce on how to act in the event of an emergency situation at work. For instance, if you were to hear gun fire in the workplace, how would you respond? You must develop a survivor’s mindset during an active shooter incident. You will also learn about the type of response you can expect from law enforcement when they arrive at the scene and how to prepare employees.  In addition to knowing how to respond, you should learn how to identify the behaviors of concern for in people who may potentially act out in a violent manner.

Key learning objectives:
1.       Discover security tips to increase your chances of surviving an active shooter incident
2.       Gain insight into behavioral characteristics that can be indicators that someone has a potential for violence
3.       Develop tools to provide guidance to employees on what to do or how to report their concerns should they encounter a person demonstrating these behaviors of concern. 

This program has been approved for for 1 General Credit with HRCI and 1 PDC with SHRM .  

Open to members and guests.
Location: Embassy Suites-West Palm Beach

Event Schedule: February 18, 2016
Pre-Meeting Workshop: 04:30 pm - 05:30 pm
Networking and Registration: 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm
Dinner meeting and Presentation: 6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Early Bird Registration (through Friday, February 12):

Late Registration (Monday, February 15 & Walk-In's):

Click here to register today!


2016 HRPBC Annual Conference & EXPO

Use code NewYear16 to get $50 off already early bird pricing!!!

The HR Association of Palm Beach County Conference & Expo is our chapter's annual conference attracting more than 250 human resource professionals representing varied industries and businesses.

The 2016 HRPBC Annual Conference will be held on May 19, 2016 at the beautiful Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. We will have a special pre-conference reception on May 18, 2016. The conference will be catered by The Breakers and will have incredible breakout sessions throughout the HR disciplines. HRPBC's Annual Conference will be applying for more than 8 certification credit hours for both HRCI and SHRM.

Announcing four of our keynote speakers!

PRECONFERENCE SPEAKER: Kathy Davanzo  "Six Steps To Engage, Empower and Excel! Developing Your Own Leaders Self-Identity - Leader P.O.V.®."  Kathy provides programs to increase leadership capacity through development of a strong Leader P.O.V.® (Point of View). She also consults and trains on workplace policies and behavior and on the role generational experiences and demographics play in the way organizations do, and should, operate, work, and lead.  Kathy was named one of the top 20 speakers at the 2008 HR Florida State Conference and was selected as a 2011 and a 2012 presenter for the HR Florida Master’s Series on Leadership. Kathy is a frequent speaker at SHRM local and state conferences and has presented at the state, regional and national level for CUPA-HR.

OPENING KEYNOTE SPEAKER: David Rutherford  “Motivational Media That Matters”. Navy Seal Motivational Speaker, Radio Show Host, Behavioral Training Specialist, Author for Kids and Adults, Private Coach,YOUTUBE Personality, Social Media Presence.  David served 8 years in the Naval Special Warfare Community as a SEAL student, Combat Paramedic, Operator and Instructor. Since his honorable discharge from the Navy in 2003 he has continued traveling as an international training specialist for the US Government and one of the largest private security firms in the world. David has inspired commandos around the globe to push themselves past any and all known limitations. His masterful ability to motivate enables people from all walks of life to achieve success in any environment imaginable.  Since 2006 David has been motivating audiences and individuals across America and around the world with his highly emotional style of speaking, writing and coaching. His Froglogic Concept is derived from the 70 + years of operational successes within the UDT/SEAL community. He has combined his incredible personal story with the proven track record of the SEAL Teams to create a simple, elite lifestyle performance program.  

LUNCH KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Shirley Davis  "Strategies for How HR Professionals Can Reinvent Themselves"
Dr. Shirley Davis, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CSP, the company’s Principal, is an accomplished corporate executive, global workforce and talent management expert, an international speaker, a master certified trainer, leadership strategist, executive coach, and author.  She has over 25 years of business and human resources experience and has worked at several Fortune 500 companies. She is the author of the new book, “Reinvent Yourself: Strategies for Achieving Success in Every Area of Your Life,” and is completing her second book, “A Seat at the Table.”

CLOSING KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Matt Jones  “Life's a Marathon”. Matt is The 7 Continent Marathon Man. In his inspirational keynote presentations he shares his success and productivity tools that allowed him to leave his deathbed and complete marathons in 6 continents and currently training for the seventh in Antarctica. His message of hope delivers tools of visualize your victory, take action now, and check your attitude. His presentation instructs attendees in how he selected those tools, was able to use them to his better advantage, and how they too can access the magic of the trio.   



May 18th-Pre-Conference Reception

  • 3:00 PM - Registration opens
  • 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM - Keynote session - Kathy Davanzo
  • 5:30 PM - 7:45 PM - Networking reception  and cocktail hour.  Enjoy hors d'oeuvres served by the Breakers of Palm Beach, with a complimentary drink ticket (cash bar will also be available)


  • 7:00 AM - 8:15 AM: Registration & Expo Hall opens (Continental breakfast will be served)
  • 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM: Opening Keynote session presented by David Rutherford
  • 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM: Lunch Keynote session presented by Dr. Shirley Davis
  • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM: Closing Keynote session presented by Matt Jones 
  • 5:30 PM - 5:45 PM: Conference concludes with annual HRPBC raffle! Among prized provided is a 2016 registration to HR Florida.  Additional surprises to be announced the day of (must be present to win)
Click here to register today!


Click here to download the Registration Form.



Share your experience and expertise with your colleagues in human resource management at the Human Resource Association of Palm Beach County’s Annual Conference, “Engage.Empower.Excel”.  Others will benefit from your experience while you make a valuable contribution to the profession’s field of knowledge.

Click Here to submit your Proposal. 



Discover the Human Resources Industry by attending the HR EXPO. 

Presented by Human Resources Association of Palm Beach County & Palm Beach State College, Boca Campus 

When: February 29, 2016, 6:30 PM — 8:30 PM  

The students will:

  • Hear a 20 minute presentation on what careers in HR entail
  • Interact with a panel of 5 subject matter experts that will give their own short presentation
  • Have the opportunity to ask questions of the panel and
  • Network with us for the last 30 minutes

All Business Students in Palm Beach County Are Welcome!

Download our flyer for more information.

Click here to register for this FREE EXPO!



Congratulations to our Best in HR Awards Winners! Our October Awards Event was a major success!

  • Lifetime Achievement-Marilyn Durant
  • HR Professional of the Year-Debbie Walsh
  • HR Department/Company of the Year-Northwestern Management Services
  • HR Volunteer of the Year-Pamela Toussaint

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