Upcoming events

    • 31 May 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Join us for our May 31st Lunch & Learn Series

    Exploring Mental Health and Ways to Address and Support Mental Health Challenges in the Workplace


    As May is Mental Health Awareness Month, it feels like the appropriate time to gather to learn and share with each other what different organizations are experiencing among their employees with regard to challenges with mental health, and what your company is doing, if anything.

    With employee retention becoming ever more challenging for most businesses, it’s critical to focus on our employees, and that includes their mental health.

    According to The Hartford’s 2021 Future of Benefits report, employers and employees perspectives around access to mental health resources vary significantly: 82% of employers suggest their employees have more access to mental health resources than previously; only 50% of workers agree. That same report suggests that 79% of employers revealed improvement in their employees’ mental health due to resources the company provides while only 35% of workers agree. Separately, a 2021 McKinsey study found that 30% of employees mentioned their return to the workplace added to depression and feelings of anxiousness. The list goes on and on.

    The reality is, mental health is an issue, and one that companies, HR Professionals, and managers need to learn to support and invest in.  And, many managers and HR professionals are experiencing their own mental health challenges.


    Together, we will discuss:

    What mental health is,

    • Why it’s an important focus for organizations, and
    • Explore ways companies can help to make a difference
    • Come ready to engage, learn and share.
    Submitted for HRCI and SHRM CE credits



    Meet Heidi Werther:

    A proven leader, starting with her first leadership role at a Fortune 500 Company at the age of 23, Heidi Werther, executive coach & consultant, leverages her passion, success, and focus on communication, to support and empower leaders, teams, and organizations to increase their effectiveness and drive optimal business results.

    With roles at both for profit and non-profit organizations, including Vice President Human Resources, Sales Vice President, and Marketing Manager, as well as working with boards including as board chair, Heidi understands the importance of investing in leaders at all levels to ensure they are equipped to lead with curiosity, empathy, and the belief in their people's ability to contribute in a meaningful way and succeed.

    Heidi has a passion for self-care and wellness. As Sales Vice President for ShapeUp – now part of Virgin Health, she sold an employee wellness solution to large organizations helping to make an impact on the health and well-being of numerous employees. Since that time, she designed and implemented an internal employee wellness program when she was consulting for a large non-profit in Boston where she then worked as the head of HR and maintained and evolved that wellness program. More recently, she has worked with many organizations, specifically since the start of the pandemic, coaching around the importance of self-care. And, through her work with her coaching clients, many learn to set boundaries, as an essential element of self-care and staying physically and mentally fit!


    Keep the conversation going, join us at our upcoming programs.


    • 2 Jun 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Join us for our June 2nd Lunch & Learn Series

    Resilient Leadership for You and Your Organization


    Presented by Allessandria Polizzi, Ph.D., SPHR

    According to the National Safety Council, distressed workers cause an employer over $5,700 a year in costs related to turnover. With a recent Gallup report showing that 35% of people managers are burned out, that is a lot of potential costs to your organization. 

    Applying 2019 solutions in a 2022 world, however, won't provide the skills organizations need for today's workplace. With 82% of leaders feeling ill-prepared to handle the burnout of their teams, we need new leadership capabilities that address the current workplace. 

    In this interactive session, you will learn 

    • How stress becomes strain 
    • Common causes of burnout
    • The fundamentals of resiliency
    • Framework for assessing resiliency in your organization
    • Framework for building resiliency in your organization

    As part of our commitment to the wellbeing of HR professionals, this program will also provide you with tactics and approaches you can use for yourself and your HR team.

    Submitted for HRCI and SHRM CE credits



    Dr. Allessandria Polizzi is a 2020 top 100 HR Professional with a history of creating clarity from chaos for a variety of companies. Following her own struggles finding a burnout recovery solution, Dr. Polizzi pivoted her HR executive career to tackle the growing need for resiliency and emotional agility skills in the workplace. Combining extensive academic research and her 30 years of award-winning leadership development experience, "Dr. Al" has created a best-in-class program that provides teams and leaders with practical, simple skills that will help them flourish. Her company, Verdant Consulting, offers training and coaching on the resiliency, emotional agility, and psychological safety skills needed to overcome challenges, drive innovation, and accelerate collaboration and will help companies fund this work through training grants, where possible. She is also the co-Founder of the Kite HR wellbeing app for HR professionals, HR Wellbeing Week, and shares of-the-moment discoveries on all of these topics via the Be Verdant podcast.


    Keep the conversation going, join us at our upcoming programs.


    • 7 Jun 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

    Join us for our June 7th morning program

    Emerging Technologies/Platforms for HR Professionals


    Human Resources professionals are at a technological crossroads in 2022, with challenges and opportunities that were unimaginable a few years ago. According to a recent Pew study, 77% of Americans say that their job can be done remotely some or all of the time. Businesses are listening and acting accordingly, with many permanently adopting a hybrid or fully remote model.To manage and mentor employees, organize the flow of data, and foster a sense of community, companies need to be deliberate in how we merge human interaction and technology to establish and/or refine their "Digital Culture". In this timely and important presentation, Todd will speak to how technology intersects with Human Resources, the importance of emphasizing security in this new world, and his view of the future, given our current trajectory.

    Submitted for HRCI and SHRM CE credits



    Todd Knapp Founder & CEO Envision Technology Advisors Todd has been providing IT services nationally for over 25 years and draws inspiration and insight from participation in a wide range of executive boards and industry associations. He has an extensive background in strategic planning and implementation of business technology solutions, and founded his firm Envision Technology Advisors. As a presenter, Todd speaks throughout the country on a variety of technology and business topics including digital transformation, cybersecurity, leveraging the data economy, and integrating user psychology into IT strategic planning and services. In his free time, Todd works with several non-profits and is also an avid sailor, wood worker, and scuba diver.


    Keep the conversation going, join us at our upcoming programs.


    • 9 Jun 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Hilb Group of New England 2000 Chapel View Blvd. Suite 240, Cranston, RI 02920

    RI SHRM “Welcome Back” Social
    June 9th 5:30-8:30pm

    To celebrate the return of in-person programming, we’re holding a “Welcome Back” social event! A very special thanks to our friends at the
    Hilb Group of New England for hosting this fun event! 


    Time:     5:30 - 8:30 PM

    Cost:      $10.00 for Members, $25.00 per person (Non-Member & Non-Member Guests) 

    Style:     Cocktail Social Networking Event


    Use code “WELCOME” for a $15 membership discount. This is a great opportunity to network with new friends and learn more about our local chapter. JOIN NOW!


    Hors d'oeuvres, stationary display, and one drink ticket included with registration. Beer, wine and cocktails available for purchase at the cash bar.


    A limited amount of vendor tables available. Please email Scott at ri.shrmsponsorship@gmail.com


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    • 16 Jun 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Parsons Lecture Hall, NEIT One New England Tech Boulevard East Greenwich, RI

    Pay Equity Update & Panel Discussion
    June 16th, 8:30-10:30am


    Back in person!! at New England Tech,* Parsons Lecture Hall
    One New England Tech Boulevard, East Greenwich, RI
    *A zoom link will be provided for guests who prefer to attend virtually

      • Breakfast and networking from 8:30 am – 9:00 am
      • Panel discussion from 9:00 am – 10:30 am

      On Thursday, June 16th, Rhode Island SHRM’s Legislative Affairs Committee will be hosting a panel discussion on Rhode Island’s new pay equity law (effective January 1, 2023).  Our distinguished panel of subject matter experts will share their insight and perspective on the new law as representatives of the business, legal, and non-profit communities and Rhode Island state government.  Our wide-ranging panel discussion will focus on the following topics:

      1. The current state of pay inequality in Rhode Island
      2. How to balance pay equity with performance
      3. The effect of internal equity on external competitiveness and the “war for talent”
      4. Creating an organizational culture that values equity and transparency around employee compensation
      5. The multi-state employer perspective, including challenges and best practices for multi-state pay equity compliance
      6. Tips for employers and employees negotiating compensation under the new law
      7. Tools and resources for employers to conduct proactive pay audits
      8. The important role of attorney-client privilege in identifying and addressing pay equity issues
      9. The Rhode Island Department of Labor & Training’s regulations implementing the new law


      Kelly Nevins, Chief Executive Officer - Women’s Fund of Rhode Island
      Scott Boyd, Vice President / Director of Compensation and Benefits – Amica Insurance
      Gregory Tumolo, Esq., Partner – Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP
      John Willumsen, Assistant Director, Policy & Governance – Rhode Island DLT
      Beverly Wiley, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Warwick

      Submitted for HRCI and SHRM CE credits


      Kelly Nevins has been a leader in the RI nonprofit sector since 1990, with expertise in strategic development, motivating teams and individuals, workplace equity and community relations tools, program development and public speaking. She holds a Master's degree in Education, as well as in Leadership. 

      The CEO of Women's Fund of Rhode Island since 2016, Nevins often speaks about the status of women and girls, why investing in women pays off, and using a gender lens to create systems change. She has presented at the WomenFunded International Conference, the Bryant University Women’s Summit, Lifting the Voices of Women in Science & Medicine Conference and frequently is featured on local programming and as a speaker to local community groups. She was honored in 2020 as Social Sector Industry Leader by Providence Business News and received the Secretary of State’s Medallion Award. In 2021, she was named as a fellow of Women Leaders of the World and the RI Nonprofit Innovation Lab.

      Nevins serves on the Providence Mayor’s Equal Pay Task Force. She is the Vice Chair for the RI Coalition for Reproductive Freedom, and serves on the boards of the United Way of Rhode Island’s Community Advisory Board, Grant Makers Council of RI, and Women’s Funding Network. She is also an active member of the Providence Chapter of the NAACP.

      Beverly Wiley was born and grew up in Warwick, Rhode Island the youngest of six, in a family whose roots go back over 100 years in that city.   One of the few African American families in the city, they all attended the local public schools, graduated from the local high schools and went on to higher education at URI.  

      From playing when few sports were offered to women and girls to becoming a trailblazer for gender equity, she has opened many doors to provide opportunities for girls and women in sports through her involvement in the Women’s Sports Foundation, YWCA, the RI Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, and USA Softball.  A former player, coach and umpire, Wiley was selected Commissioner of USA Softball Rhode Island – the state affiliation of softball’s national governing body – in 1992, becoming one of only 10 women commissioners in the organization out of 99 associations nationwide serving in a leadership role in what was then, a “male-dominated” sport. 

      Softball was strong in the women’s sports arena at the collegiate level and national and international level, yet females were not represented in the leadership positions

      Thirty years later, Bev is the USA Softball’s Northeast Region Vice President with one of 19 seats on the National Board of Directors.  As a member of National Women’s Team Selection Committee, she played a significant role in the selection of the USA Softball’s 2020 Women’s National Team that won the Silver Medal at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo this past summer and she was recently elected as the chair of the Selection Committee for the 2021-2024 term.

      Her diversity and equity efforts go beyond the world of sports as she has been and is still involved in many community organizations.  She has served and chaired  the Boards  of School One, Marathon House, the YWCA and currently serves as Chair of the Board of the Women’s Fund of RI, whose mission is ‘To invest in women and girls through research, advocacy, grant-making and strategic partnerships designed to achieve gender equity through systemic change’ Her other board involvement includes the CCRI Foundation, the Rhode Island Sports Commission, USA Softball Hall of Fame Committee, and Chair of the USA Softball Boys and Men’s Fast Pitch Committee   

      Bev is a graduate of Leadership Rhode Island, The Women’s Coaches Academy, The Women Leaders in College Sports Institute for Administrative Advancement and is a certified Kingian Non-Violence Trainer

      She has been the recipient of many awards including being recognized as one of the 2019 YWCA Woman of Achievement, and in 2013 the Words Unlimited Amby Smith Memorial Award.   She was inducted in the New Agenda Northeast Women’s Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Rhode Island Slow Pitch Softball Hall of Fame in 2018.

      She is currently the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Warwick, with previous positions as Compliance Officer and Softball Coach at CCRI, and  Program Specialist – NCCJ of RI, 

      Gregory Tumolo, Esq. – Partner, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP

      Gregory Tumolo, Esq. is a Partner with the Providence office of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP, one of the nation’s largest law firms.  He serves as a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment and Employment Advice & Counseling practice groups.

      Gregory has substantial experience providing employers with the creative and cost-effective compliance solutions that they need to grow their businesses and effectively manage risk.  He drafts, reviews, and disseminates the documents that they need to recruit and retain a diverse and talented workforce; build a workplace free of unlawful discrimination and harassment; and comply with their obligations under local, state, and federal law. He regularly assists clients with issues arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and state anti-discrimination and wage and hour laws.  He also provides education and training to executives, managers, and HR professionals on a wide variety of employment law topics. 

      In his volunteer role as Director of Legislative Affairs for RI SHRM, Gregory played an instrumental role in passage of Rhode Island’s new pay equity bill.  Through his sustained advocacy, the final version of the pay equity bill includes key provisions designed to protect employers and HR professionals acting in good faith, including the safe harbor provision to incentivize employers to conduct good faith fair pay analyses.


      Keep the conversation going, join us at our upcoming programs.


    Past events

    24 May 2022 Holding Space
    12 May 2022 DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion/Belonging) Training - "Personal Empowerment - Holding the Key to Your Success"
    24 Apr 2022 2022 Tri-State SHRM In-Person & Virtual Conference
    31 Mar 2022 2-Part Lunch & Learn Series - Data Driven
    8 Mar 2022 PLAY NICE in the Sandbox: Best Practices for Conflict Resolution
    1 Mar 2022 A Practical Approach to Cybersecurity
    10 Feb 2022 Joint Event - ATD and RI SHRM - Agility/Scrum Change Management
    8 Feb 2022 RI SHRM Volunteer Leadership Conference - rescheduled
    27 Jan 2022 Retaliation Update: Recent Trends, New Laws, and Practical Risk-Avoidance Strategies
    11 Jan 2022 Women As Leaders – Women Only Event
    8 Dec 2021 RI SHRM Annual Holiday Social
    18 Nov 2021 An Overview of the OSHA ETS
    16 Nov 2021 “Succession Planning – Creating a Succession Plan, with DEPTH in Mind”
    2 Nov 2021 Coaching Tips, Tools, & Tactics for HR Professionals
    26 Oct 2021 Challenges of COVID 19 in the Workplace: A Guide For Employers
    21 Oct 2021 Excel Tips & Tricks for the HR professional
    5 Oct 2021 Discover the Essentials of Design Thinking and Applications within HR
    23 Sep 2021 JobEXPO
    15 Sep 2021 2021 Fall Legislative Conference
    9 Sep 2021 RI SHRM Annual Summer Social
    2 Sep 2021 Understanding the Health Insurer Rate Approvals, an Interactive Program
    12 Aug 2021 What's the RI SHRM Job Expo All About?
    22 Jun 2021 Guide to Retirement
    10 Jun 2021 Leading in a Virtual Environment
    3 Jun 2021 The State of Employee Well-being 2021 and Beyond
    20 May 2021 "Hey Guys" - Wait, did I leave someone out? Steps to Inclusive Workplace Language
    6 May 2021 What every HR professional needs to understand now about labor law and unions.
    28 Apr 2021 2021 Tri-State SHRM Virtual Conference
    25 Mar 2021 Calling all Human Resources Leaders, “IT’S 2021. ARE YOU HAVING FUN YET?”
    16 Mar 2021 COVID-19 Vaccines: What Employers Need to Know Now
    10 Mar 2021 DLT Fraud & all things DLT: What employers should know
    4 Mar 2021 Telemedicine in the Post COVID-19 World: What Employers Should Know
    17 Feb 2021 The COVID-19 Workplace Playbook: What Employers Need to Know Now
    21 Jan 2021 ADA Reasonable Accommodation Issues in the Age of COVID-19
    12 Nov 2020 Restore, Rebuild, Reconvene
    29 Oct 2020 Becoming SHRM Certified
    21 Oct 2020 Strategic HR 2020
    6 Oct 2020 NEHRA 2020, Annual Conference
    10 Sep 2020 2020 Legislative Conference
    3 Sep 2020 2020 Fall Diversity Conference
    19 Aug 2020 RISHRM Annual Summer Social
    14 Jul 2020 Defined Contribution Trends and Developments
    30 Jun 2020 The Changing Role of HR in a Post-COVID-19 World
    17 Jun 2020 Background and Drug Screening in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond
    13 May 2020 SELF-CARE STRATEGIES “Having your Back”
    15 Apr 2020 Spring Legislative Update
    9 Apr 2020 COVID-19 "Guidance for HR Professionals
    26 Mar 2020 COVID-19 "Guidance for HR Professionals"
    10 Mar 2020 Diversity Cafe
    27 Feb 2020 Workforce and Development 2020: RI’s Resources, Options and Ideas around ROI
    14 Jan 2020 Leadership Development
    16 Dec 2019 RI SHRM Winter Social
    7 Nov 2019 Veteran’s Forum Event
    27 Oct 2019 Strategic HR at Mt. Washington
    24 Oct 2019 RI SHRM Fall Social at Massage Envy
    2 Oct 2019 RI SHRM Volunteer Leadership Conference
    5 Sep 2019 Fall Legislative Breakfast
    20 Aug 2019 RI SHRM Summer Social (Online Registration Closed)
    18 Jul 2019 Starting, Growing or Downsizing Your Business: Helpful Programs from the RI DLT
    20 Jun 2019 Building a New Talent Pipeline: Getting Talent Back to Work
    22 May 2019 Mastering Medicare: What the HR Professional Needs to Know
    28 Mar 2019 20th Annual RI SHRM Conference: The Intersection of Legislation & Diversity in the Workplace
    26 Feb 2019 RI SHRM Monthly Meeting - High Impact Employee Experience
    23 Jan 2019 Leadership & Performance Coaching: A Core Leadership Competency for HR Professionals
    12 Dec 2018 RISHRM Holiday Social
    13 Nov 2018 Strategic HR Management
    6 Nov 2018 2018 New England Fiduciary Summit presented by Xponential Growth Solutions.
    28 Oct 2018 Strategic HR at Mt Washington
    24 Sep 2018 DisruptHR
    13 Sep 2018 RI SHRM Fall Legislative Breakfast
    14 Aug 2018 RISHRM Annual Summer Social
    RI Society for Human Resource Management
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