Fair event offers HR learning opportunity

Becky Ripper

Want to network with local human resource professionals? Like to learn more about how an HR group can help you and your business? Interested in increasing employee satisfaction and performance through a more inclusive workplace?

The Western Colorado Human Resource Association and Society for Human Resource Management has scheduled a free event in Grand Junction offering networking, information about the two groups and a presentation on employee engagement.

The membership fair is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 23 at the Bookcliff Country Club, 2730 G Road in Grand Junction. For reservations or more information about the event, contact Staci Knob, membership director of the WCHRA, by telephone at 640-3634 or e-mail at membership@wchra.org. Information also is available from the website at www.wchra.org.

The event is open to members and nonmembers alike. Finger food and beverages will be served from 11 a.m. to noon. Scott Ferrin, a field services director for SHRM, will lead a presentation on employee engagement from noon to 1 p.m.

The fair will offer participants an opportunity to talk with WCHRA board members about volunteer opportunities, visit various booths set up for the event and learn more about the benefits of membership in the WCHRA, a local chapter of the SHRM.

This is a perfect opportunity to learn about how your local SHRM chapter can help you. Some of the many membership benefits include legislative updates, networking, monthly programs and professional certification as well as access to HR resources.

Ferrin will lead a presentation titled “Energize and Engage: How Inclusion Super Charges Employee Satisfaction and Performance.”

The presentation will explore how creating inclusive work environments with engaged employees has become a key lever for competitive advantage. Ferrin will share research findings on the role of inclusion in improving job satisfaction and employee engagement. He also will offer real-world examples of how organizations with inclusive cultures attract, engage and retain talent while transforming their operations into great places to work.

The presentation has been pre-approved for one HR Certification Institute business management and strategy credit. 

Ferrin serves as the southwest central field services director for SHRM. He brings to his duties experience as an HR professional who’s worked as a recruiter, senior work force planner, site HR manager and talent manager for Fortune 500 companies. He holds a master’s of business administration degree from the University of Phoenix and bachelor’s of business administration degree from Weber State University. 

The WCHRA invites any and all in the community to attend the membership fair and find out more about the organization. 

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Becky Ripper is human resources coordinator at High Country Energy Services in Grand Junction. She’s also public relations and marketing director for the Western Colorado Human Resource Association.
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