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January 2019 Meeting

    Happy New Year!

    It was great to see everyone after the holiday break. Our chapter President, Michael Timmes, opened the meeting by welcoming new members and guests.

    Welcome New Members: Carrie Iappico, Ryan Kastner, Toby Stark

    Welcome Guests: Erica Casablanca and Brian Wheeler.

    Glad to have you’re here and we hope to see you again soon.

    Speaking of membership, it’s that time to renew your annual JSAHR membership.

    If you haven’t already done so, go online and renew today. Take advantage of our SHRM Member Pre-Pay Rate for 2019 at $320 which includes you annual dues plus 10 meetings for the price of 9. (Note: does not include additional $30 for each legal seminar).

    Thank you to those of you who renewed their membership prior to 12/31/2018. The winner of the 2019 Dues Early Bird Drawing for a $100 gift card went to Mary Ann Granucci.


    JSAHR Member Benefits…

    • Up to date JSAHR website and links to timely information
    • FREE Webinars with Jackson Lewis on HOT Legal topics
    • Upgraded membership listing
    • Access to Study Groups for SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP
    • Scholarships and a whole lot more


    Ann C. Edwards, Scholarships for JSAHR Members and their Children

    • Children Scholarship –is now $2,000 for post-secondary education
    • JSAHR Member Scholarship - $500 for formalized education, certification, or attending HR related conferences or seminars

    The filing deadline is Friday, May 24th 2019.


    Membership Committee Update

    Former Chapter President, Melinda Lapan and current Membership Committee Chair shared the goal of the membership committee is to attract and retain members. We will be hosting a meet & greet in the spring and all members are welcome and encouraged to bring guests. 


    Diversity and Inclusion Minute

    Jennifer Myer Mahoney shared how she was called out by a friend who happens to be a mental health professional. Her friend told her that unconsciously using words like crazy, insane, lunatic in a negative connotation can be disrespectful of those who may be suffering with mental illness. So be mindful and watch your words. You never know what impact they may have.


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    Meeting Sponsors

    Thank you to our sponsors: The Noone Group, a Wealth Management practice with Merrill Lynch/Bank of America Corporation. For additional information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Bob Kane at or Dave Kostka at




    Topic: Why People Analytics Projects Fail

    Speaker: Sy Islam, PhD, Principal Consultant at Talent Metrics


    Sy started this presentation stating that he wanted to rename it to: How to initiate a successful people analytics project. His goal was to help everyone learn more about what people actually is and how we can use it effectively in our organizations.

    People analytics development typically starts with identifying what issue needs to be solved, then asking how can the problem be solved using data and analytics.

    1. Determine the problem
    2. Define the intervention
    3. Identify the outcomes
    4. Measure the right variables
    5. Calculate and present results

    Sy explained that using data is a great way to make decisions or improve decision making. He reminded us to start with the question of what we are trying to solve and then determine where the company is at. From there you can determine what variables to measure. Using many real life scenarios, Sy demonstrated the value of using analytics to make qualified decisions.


    Next Meeting is February 14th.  Hope to see you there.