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November 09

Date Sent: 08/16/2010

Message from the NOHRPS President:

Dear Members:
Happy Fall!
I hope that you were able to attend our October program at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Economic Analyst Brent Meyer gave a thought -provoking presentation on the economy from both a regional and national perspective.

Programming is the cornerstone of NOHRPS and 2009-2010 promises to be another exciting year. NOHRPS is committed to offering our members leading edge perspectives on complex and challenging human resources and business issues delivered by renowned thought leaders and practitioners. To learn more about future programs please visit:

During the summer, we put forth special efforts to ensure that the strategic HR community of northeast Ohio is fully aware of NOHRPS and the value of membership. As a result, we were pleased to have a large number of guests with us at the October meeting who were there to learn more about the opportunities that NOHRPS offers for professional exchange with human resource leaders from across our region.

With November just around the corner, I want to wish everyone a “Happy Thanksgiving” and to take this opportunity to express my deep gratitude to our volunteer leaders and all our members for supporting NOHRPS and all that we do. And since this is our last newsletter until January let me also add best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year.

Cyndi McCabe
President - Northeast Ohio Human Resource Planning Society


Program Announcement
Be Hip to Thrive: The Evolution of Engagement

Program Date: 12/03/2009
Time: 7:30 AM to 10:00 AM

Cost: Guest: $80.00 Member: $45.00 In Transition: $30.00

Location: Forum Conference Center
One Cleveland Center
1375 East 9th St.
Cleveland, OH 44114

Program Sponsored By: Lee Hecht Harrison

Program Description: Presenter: Lisa Haneberg, Vice President and Organization Design Practice Lead MPI Consulting During this interactive session, Lisa Haneberg will offer a model of the new work context for employers. This program is focused on us as HR leaders. Ms. Haneberg will use her knowledge of national trends and explain the implications of each on our roles as HR executives. She will suggest four changes that HR professionals can make to lead their organizations. You will get clear ideas on how to capitalize on the positive aspects of these trends and the steps to mitigate the problems they produce. We will examine a new way to look at work and organization complexity, define "Social Context" and why we ought to care, explore the need to reframe and realign the middle management function and identify how we attract, hire, retain, and develop our people.

Register at

Save the Dates:

01/21/2010 Built to Change: Creating Change Capability across the Enterprise
Forum Conference Center in Cleveland

03/18/2010 The Changing World of Work
Embassy Suites Hotel Rockside in Independence, OH


Past Program Summary - October 09

The October meeting kicked off a NOHRPS program year focusing on economic and business trends as well as HR strategy.  These are intended to be forward thinking topics that can help each of us stay in front of the change that is sweeping over our organizations.  Brent Meyer, an economic analyst in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, presented thought provoking and often sobering perspectives on the national and local economy.  He gave fact based analysis that demonstrated why this economic downturn is different than anything we have seen previously.  He tailored comments to his HR audience by tying these trends to the impact we can expect on the national and local labor market and financial impact on our companies.  He had a style that was far from the ‘boring economist’ which was welcome first thing in the morning.  Thanks go to Michelle Vanderlip for hosting the event. 


NOHRPS Business and Announcements

 NOHRPS members have a unique opportunity for professional development and community involvement through our relationship with Business Volunteers Unlimited and their board matching program. Since 2004, BVU has trained and matched 23 NOHRPS members to nonprofit boards.  For members who desire a shorter-term commitment there are also opportunities to serve as a volunteer management consultant. Our members see the BVU partnership as a very positive benefit of NOHRPS membership due to the leadership development and ease to give back to the community. If you would like more information, please contact Pam Smith, NOHRPS administrator.


New Members - Please welcome the following new members to NOHRPS!

Gerri Jeffrey
Vice President Organizational Development
Medical Service Co.

Jeffrey Norflett
In transition

Marty Guastella
VP, Human Resources
King's Medical Group

Glenn Garson
Director of HR
Kenan Advertising Group, Inc.

Randy Samsel
President at eSearch, Inc.

Craig Kwasniewski
Director of Human Resources
The Lorain County Printing and Publishing Co.

Pamela McDermid
AVP Human Resources
National Interstate Insurance Company

Ellen Van Oosten
Senior Director, Business Development
Case Western Reserve University

Gary Szelagowski
SVP, HR Consulting Executive
National City Bank

James Gorian
Management Recruiters of Hudson

Laura McMurrain
In transition

Susan Cucuzza
Executive and Leadership Coach
Live Forward LLC

Monice Jungbluth
Recruiting Manager

Wendy Matthews
Director Human Resources
American Red Cross, Cleveland Chapter

Pamela Linger
VP of Human Resources
ACRT, Inc.

Jennifer Mackin
Compensation Director SVP

Matt Liegl
HR Manager
The Anderson-DuBose Co.