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SHRM Long Island Receives Prestigious SHRM Platinum Award

In #Executiveboard,Award,Christel Colon,Excel Award,Human Resources,Long Island,Platinum,SHRM,SHRMLI,Uncategorized on March 18, 2016 by shrmli

Long Island, NY, March 17, 2016 — The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently awarded the SHRM Long Island Chapter its prestigious EXCEL Platinum Award for its accomplishments in 2015.

The award is part of the SHRM Affiliate Program for Excellence, which aligns individual chapters and councils’ activities with SHRM’s aspirations for the HR profession. The award recognizes accomplishments and strategic activities and initiatives that enhance the human resources profession.

SHRM Long Island was also recognized for providing quality initiatives in various categories and excelling in its Chapter Operations and Membership, with membership rising by over 4% to 1,650 (as of 2/24/16).

“SHRM rewards chapters and councils that demonstrate a strong commitment to advancing the human resources profession through service to the community, local networking and professional development activities,” said Henry G. (Hank) Jackson, president and CEO of SHRM. “Advancing the HR profession is at the heart of what SHRM does and SHRM-LI’s work this year helps us further showcase that mission.

The EXCEL award can be earned at four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum, and each level has a prescribed set of requirements and accomplishments that have to be met. SHRM-LI will receive recognition in SHRM publications and conferences, a certificate of recognition, and a special banner to display at its meetings and events.


Media: For more information, contact Linda Selden-Paduano at 631.262.8807 or email

Christel Colón, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, President

Danielle Barry, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, President Elect

Jennifer Carey, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Secretary

Lisa Dippel, PHR, SHRM-CP, Treasurer

About the Society for Human Resource Management

Founded in 1948, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR membership organization devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 275,000 members in over 160 countries, the Society is the leading provider of resources to serve the needs of HR professionals and advance the professional practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter @SHRMPress.



SHRM-LI – Letter From The President -March 2015

In #Executiveboard,Christel Colon,Human Resources,Long Island,President,SHRM,SHRMLI on March 11, 2015 by shrmli Tagged: , , , , , ,

Welcome to SHRM-Long Island 2015!  We hope you like our new website look and want to share even more news.

Our new Executive Board was inducted at our February meeting, by the Chairman of the Board of SHRM National, Brian Silva.
This was a momentous occasion and I am honored and humbled to be serving in the role of President of SHRM-Long Island.  I am privileged to be joined by Danielle Barry SPHR, SHRM-SCP (President-Elect), Lisa Dippel PHR (Treasurer) and Jennifer Pilate-Carey SPHR, SHRM-SCP (Secretary).  I speak for us all when I say, “Thank you for your confidence and trust.”

To those whom we succeed, I want to say thank you.  Thank you for all you have done to provide enormous shoes for us to fill and a bright horizon in our future.  Having watched you over the years drives home what a privilege and undertaking this is.

To our fellow Board Members and Linda I want to say thank you so very much for your partnership, enthusiasm, and energy!  Our synergy and dedication to SHRM-LI will surely take our organization to new heights and continue in the tradition of providing great value and service to our Members.

I am also looking forward to a closer working relationship with our sponsors and vendors.  Thank you for your continued support and partnership.

Lastly, but certainly not least, I’d like to thank our Members for placing your trust and support in me and this amazing team.

I have been fortunate in my life and in my career to have long, meaningful, and precious relationships. One of the longest, most meaningful and most prized is my relationship with SHRM-Long Island.

I consider myself enriched by it on every level of my existence.  Of course, my career has benefited from my affiliation with SHRM-LI, but the personal growth and the many great friends I have made along the way, have been the icing and the cherry on top!

I don’t align myself with an organization unless I can embody the mission and the vision of that organization.

That holds true for my employers and for my volunteer affiliations.  Since the early 90s, I have been a Member of this Chapter and a volunteer leader since about 2004.

I have held almost every leadership post – the whole while, thanking my lucky stars to be a part of this amazing organization.  I couldn’t have done it without the support and empowerment of an esteemed group that came before and the guidance and friendship of our secret weapon – Linda Selden-Paduano.

Speaking for the entire Executive Board, I hope you are as proud to be a Member of this organization as we are that you chose us as your leadership team and I look forward to continuing the practice of excellence and innovation that has defined this Chapter for many years to come.

So what excites me about the road ahead?  Everything!  Just before us lies our 24th Annual Conference – HR Renaissance – Educate. Empower. Thrive – on May 8th.  The theme is quite fitting as our profession has experienced a modern-day metamorphosis; especially over the course of my career.

To help the contemporary human capital professional prepare for our ever changing and highly demanding roles, SHRM National has launched two new certifications, SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP. But wait!  There’s more!

This past November, SHRM-LI was awarded not one, but two, Pinnacle Awards for the Workforce Readiness Committee VHR Program.  The Pinnacle Award is the Oscar of SHRM National, recognizing Chapter-level efforts that enhance the HR profession.

Our Chapter has so much to celebrate and we hope you will be a part of all that’s yet to come!
Thank you again.  I look forward to serving you with pride and pleasure.

Christel Colón, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

President, SHRM-LI


Please join SHRM in welcoming the SHRM-LI Chapter 2015 – 2016 Executive Board:

In #Executiveboard,Human Resources,Long Island,Recruitment,SHRM on January 7, 2015 by shrmli Tagged: , , , , , , , , , ,

President:  Christel Colón SPHR, SHRM-SCPChristel Colón SPHR, SHRM-SCP has been an active member of SHRM-LI since the early 90’s.  Shortly thereafter she became a member of the Programming Committee and has since chaired almost every committee in the Chapter.

Christel founded the SHRM-LI Diversity & Inclusion Council and has been a driving force for diversity and inclusion not just for our Chapter, but within it.  Over the years, Christel has represented SHRM-LI at national and state meetings, public forums and media events and has mentored numerous students and early and mid career HR professionals.  Christel’s passion is serving those who have served, and to that end she has served as a career coach for members of the armed forces returning from duty and has volunteered at several job fairs for military personnel throughout Long Island.

In her 25+ year HR career, Christel has held senior level management positions at Stony Brook University (SUNY), St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center, Mount Sinai Hospital, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY), and Brookhaven National Laboratory, where she is currently an HR Business Partner.

President-Elect:  Danielle C. Barry SPHR


Danielle C. Barry SPHR is currently the Director of Human Resources for Sportime Clubs, LLC.  She earned her master’s degree in 2008 and her SPHR in 2012. She has been a senior HR professional for over 6 years and has over 15 years’ experience in senior operational roles in the restaurant and retail industry.

In 2010 and 2011 Danielle served as the SHRM Long Island Annual Conference Co-Chair and Certification Committee Co-Chair.  She pioneered the SHRM Long Island Study Group in 2010 as her first initiative, motivated by advice from her Certification Co-Chair predecessor, Joan, whose parting words were, “Create an initiative, make it your own.”

2014 marked the fifth consecutive year that she lead the study group.  She has also developed two successors who went on to instruct at local universities, as well as five other instructors who will share the continued responsibility of instructing the study group and helping SHRM Long Island Chapter members continue their career journey through education, development and giving back.
In 2012, Danielle took the initiative to begin another committee to offer continued development for SHRM Long Island members in all levels of their career path. The goal of the Professional Development committee is to offer more robust and comprehensive topics that appeal to our senior HR executives.

Throughout her time as a Chapter leader, Danielle has strived to create a diverse learning platform that appeals to not only entry and mid-level HR professionals but also the C Suite executives.
Through her continued dedication to the Chapter, Danielle has played an integral part in helping SHRM Long Island Chapter members continue their career journey through education, development and giving back.

Secretary:  Jennifer Carey SPHR

Jennifer Carey SPHR has over ten years of Human Resources experience, eight of which have been in a leadership role.  During her years as a human resources professional, she has shown herself to be knowledgeable in the following areas:  recruitment, employee relations, training and development, worker’s compensation, and benefits.  She has provided Human Resources services to medical and health care, bio-pharmaceutical, financial, and recruiting & executive search organizations.

Jennifer earned her Master of Science, With Distinction, in Human Resource Management & Labor Relations from New York Institute of Technology’s School of Management. While there she received the “Anita Messinger Memorial Award” that is awarded to the female graduate in Human Resources Management & Labor Relations who has shown outstanding ability in leadership, service and promise of professional achievement.
In 2012, she earned her Senior Professional in Human Resource Management (SPHR) from the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).   She has been an active member of the Long Island Chapter of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) since 2008, and has served on the Chapter’s Board of Directors since 2011, as the Membership Co-Chair.

Treasurer:  Lisa Dippel PHR

Lisa Dippel PHR is an experienced human resources professional. In her 12+ years practicing human resources, she quickly excelled from Generalist to Sr. Generalist to Manager and now Director. She is currently the Director of Human Resources for Posillico, a heavy civil general contractor servicing New York and New Jersey. Lisa is responsible for providing direction for the company’s human resource initiatives.

In addition to heavy construction, Lisa has held positions as human resources professional in both the financial and distribution industries. Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from the University of Connecticut and is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) by the Society for Human Resource Management – Human Resources Certification Institute.

Lisa has been actively involved in the Long Island Chapter of The Society for Human Resources Management for over 10 years. She has held the role of Chairperson for Certification, Foundation and Programming and has been Secretary of the Executive Board for the past two years.



In Award,Human Resources,Long Island,Pinnacle,SHRM on January 2, 2015 by shrmli

At the SHRM Volunteer’s Leaders’ Summit held in Washington DC in November 2014, SHRM-LI Chapter was chosen as a 2014 PINNACLE AWARD Winner for our VHR Program!!  This is truly a Crowning Achievement.

In addition, this year, for the very first time, SHRM National presented a special award for the “Most Innovative Initiative” submitted.  This award was also presented to SHRM-LI!!

This is OUTSTANDING and a true testament to the hard work, dedication and commitment of all those involved in this worthwhile undertaking.  I cannot thank everyone enough for all the hours of hard work and devotion spent on this initiative.  You can read more about the Pinnacle Award in the Press Release below.

It has been my privilege to have served as President of SHRM-LI for the past 4 years.  I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to have worked so closely with such a dedicated group of volunteer leaders, sponsors and contributors.  The friendships and acquaintances I have made through SHRM-LI are among the things I truly hold dear.

It never ceases to amaze me just how quickly time flies, so as we end 2014 and begin a new year I have great hopes and expectations for the continued success of SHRM-LI.  Please take a few minutes to appreciate your own personal accomplishments and to treasure those that are close to you.  I wish you an abundance of health, happiness and prosperity in the New Year.

Annette Perry PHR, SHRM-CP
President, SHRM-LI 2011-2014

 SHRM Long Island Wins Pinnacle Award

from SHRM for Exceptional HR Program

Greenlawn, NY, November 21, 2014 – SHRM Long Island won the Pinnacle Award last week, given by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to its state councils and chapters for highly notable contributions to the HR profession.

Created in 1991, the Pinnacle Award is the highest achievement SHRM state councils and chapters can attain, and it honors programs that exceed the standard activities of SHRM affiliates in enhancing the creation of effective HR management. SHRM-LI was one of 12 human resource organizations from across the country to win the award.

An additional award was given this year to SHRM-LI, for the most innovative initiative submitted this year.

“On behalf of SHRM-LI, I am thrilled to have achieved Pinnacle status and to have been awarded the first ever Pinnacle Innovative Award.  These awards are truly the crowning achievement of our continuing efforts to advance the HR profession on Long Island and be the Voice of HR on Long Island.  My appreciation goes to our Workforce Readiness committee and the stellar co-chairs of this committee, Sue Gubing and Jamie Davis.  It is only through their efforts that we were able to accomplish this level”, Annette Perry, PHR, CP,  President SHRM-LI.

SHRM-LI and the Workforce Readiness Committee has focused on building tomorrow’s workforce by placing an emphasis on presenting Workforce Readiness lessons to grades 9-12.  To this end we have developed SHRM-LI’s “Virtual HR Assistant Program”, an innovative virtual internship program that introduces high school students to HR careers while building workforce readiness skills for the future.

Winning programs selected from 67 applications received a $1,000 prize, sponsored by ADP Inc. The award was given at SHRM’s annual Volunteer Leaders’ Summit in Washington, D.C., which was attended by Annette Perry, President; Christel Colon, President Elect and Linda Selden, Chapter Executive Director representing SHRM-LI.

“Winners of this award are SHRM affiliates that have shown leadership in the HR profession through innovative and forward-thinking programs,” said Henry G. (Hank) Jackson, president and CEO of SHRM. “Their efforts are a testament to our members, HR professionals, and their commitment to aligning people and business strategies. This year’s winners offer solutions to timely and real-life challenges facing workplaces today, including the skills gap and helping military veterans return to the civilian workforce.”

The 2014 SHRM Pinnacle Award winners are:

  • Northern Alabama SHRM – “Empowerment through Employment Job Fair and Training”
  • Arkansas SHRM State Council (ARSHRM)- “ARSHRM Collaborates with DHS Superstar Dave Basham to Present Three Wildly Successful Form 1-9/E-Verify Webinars”
  • SHRM Western Connecticut – “Local HR Resource Directory”
  • Sarasota-Manatee HR Association (Fla.)- “Taking Certification to Another Level”
  • Human Resource Association of the Midlands (Neb.) – “Excel with a Mentor”
  • Nevada State SHRM Council– “Nevada SHRM Young Professionals”
  • SHRM Long Island (N.Y.) – “SHRM-LI’s Virtual Resource Assistant Program”
  • North Carolina SHRM State Council – “N.C. SHRM State Food Drive”
  • DallasHR (Texas) – “Executive Breakfast Series”
  • Northern Utah Human Resource Association  – “Investing in Our Future: Committed to Next Generation”
  • Shenandoah Valley SHRM (Va.) – “Virginia Legal Forum”
  • Apple Valley HR Association (Wenatchee, Wash.) (AVHRA)  – “AVHRA Board/Chapter Reengagement – Look at Us Now!”

Media: For more information, contact Linda Selden-Paduano, Executive Director 631.262.8807

About the Society for Human Resource Management

Founded in 1948, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR membership organization devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 275,000 members in over 160 countries, the Society is the leading provider of resources to serve the needs of HR professionals and advance the professional practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter @SHRMPress.


Disabled workers deserve sensitivity, expert says

In Human Resources,SHRM on May 14, 2014 by shrmli Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Disabled workers deserve sensitivity, expert says

Originally published: May 12, 2014 11:00 AM
Updated: May 12, 2014 11:12 AM

Employees and managers need to be more sensitive when they communicate with their disabled colleagues, a disability expert told the annual conference of a local human-resource group in Woodbury.

They should avoid outdated language and stop making assumptions about what a particular disability entails, Nadine Vogel told a Friday workshop at the annual conference of the Society for Human Resource Management at the Crest Hollow Country Club.

She told the audience to avoid outdated and negative terms such as “handicapped” and “crippled.” And she also cautioned the group against inventing terms to refer to the disabled.

“Differently abled” is a popular coined term, said Vogel, the founder and president of Springboard Consulting in Mendham, New Jersey, and the mother of two disabled children.

“Adults with disabilities and parents of children with special needs don’t agree on much, but the one thing they agree on is, ‘What on earth does this mean?’ ”

“Disabled” is the accepted term, she said.

Co-workers also shouldn’t act on assumptions about a disability, she said.

Her older daughter has facial deformities associated with her disabilities. Yet when she goes shopping, sales clerks will often yell, “How can I help you?”

“We make these assumptions that if someone is different they must be deaf,” she said.

Nonverbal sensitivity is also important.

If someone with a hook or prosthetic hand offers you that hand to shake, you shake it.

“For them that hook or prosthetic device is their hand,” she said. Focus groups reveal that some managers respond inappropriately in such cases, Vogel said. “They would stand with their hands by their sides and smile.”

When in doubt about how to react, she said colleagues should ask the disabled person for help. And if they commit a faux pas, they shouldn’t pretend disabled people didn’t hear them.

“They heard it,” she said. “Own it.”


What I’d Like to Tell My 22-year Old Self

In Human Resources,Recruitment,SHRM,Uncategorized on November 18, 2013 by shrmli Tagged: , , , , , , , , , ,

ANECDOTES BY AnnMarie Ballew SHRM-LI College Relations Committee

As a graduate of the class of 2009 myself and 1,650,000 of my peers entered the job market with a poor dreadful chance of finding jobs in our chosen fields.

After graduation I wrote freelance articles while obsessing over every detail of my resume, applying to every PR job on CareerBuilder and registering with a few staffing agencies. I received my first temp assignment as a file clerk with a process serving company and even though I would be ‘just a file clerk’ and had no idea what a process serving company did, I walked in the front door in my favorite heels and carrying a copy of my resume neatly tucked inside a folder.

By the end of my 3-hour shift my feet hurt but I had impressed the HR Manager so much that she offered me a temp assignment as her HR Assistant. There would still be filing, but I’d also be writing and organizing and—gulp—recruiting! I had never imagined myself in Human Resources but I said yes without hesitation and on 9/9/09 I started my first “real” job. It was absolutely terrifying and it took me a long time to learn HR basics on-the-job, but I did my homework and caught up to where I needed to be.

Four years later I am an HR Generalist at a marketing company and I think I am one of the few people of the world who can honestly say that I love my job. I get to write, create, plan events and use many of my PR skills and I never would have known this wonderful career existed had I not said yes to a temp assignment as a file clerk.

Many of you might pass over entry-level admin jobs because you are “too educated” and that is your choice, but remember one thing—your first job (and second and third) will probably not be your dream job, but you should still be good at it. In fact, you should ROCK that job. It may not always be the beginning of a career but you can and should learn something from every experience and every co-worker so when that dream job comes along you’ve already gotten your mistakes out of the way.

Basically what I’m saying is to seize the day, seize every opportunity, and get out there and do something! That’s how you become an HR rockstar.

November, 2013