February 17 @ 8:30 am 9:30 am EST

Join us for a lively discussion regarding The Great Resignation (what can we do to attract/retain talent?), Remote Workforces (how to maintain culture, productivity and motivation?) and much more! All attendees will receive a Starbucks gift card and be submitted into a drawing for prizes, including AirPods, Gift Cards and much more! We hope to see you there.



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January 19 @ 8:30 am 9:30 am EST


The pandemic has disrupted everything, and we won’t be returning to the “old” ways again.  Now, as we move from disrupted to reinvented workplaces, how do our total rewards programs respond?  What are employees looking for today in this new landscape and how do we meet their needs?

About our Speaker:

Julia O’Connell has over 20 years experience in HR, specializing in start-up, growth and transformations with expertise in global compensation, benefits and HR solutions to designed to enhance company and employee performance. In October 2021, Julia joined Datto, Inc. as Sr. Director, Total Rewards (she’s working remotely) managing global compensation, benefits and equity programs for this newly public company.  Prior to joining Datto, held roles Total Rewards leadership roles at Highmark New York, Synacor and LinkedIn.

Join us for this lively virtual discussion to learn from Julia and share ideas with other HR professionals!

Holiday message from our Board

Every year during the holidays we like to take the opportunity to give back, this year we will make a donation to Feedmore of WNY.

Feedmore’s programs have served more than 16 million meals to homebound neighbors and through nearly 300 pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters and other hunger-relief agencies throughout Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties. If you are interested in donating, you can make a donation online here: https://www.feedmorewny.org/donate/

We wish you a very Happy and Healthy Holiday season!

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Nonmember price – $5

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Join us to discuss the effects of the Marijuana Regulation & Taxation Act (MRTA) on your workplace. Presented by: Daniel Forsyth a labor and employment law partner with Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC.

How does this new law impact your exiting policies?

What new rights do applicants and employees have?

How is “impairment” defined and has the employer’s right to maintain a drug-free workplace gone up in smoke?

We’ll cover these and other critical issues.   Grab your morning coffee and join us for this lively conversation.

Date: Wednesday 5/19

Time: 830– 930 am

Cost: FREE & open to members only

Connection Details: Attendees will receive a link, along with connection instructions, prior to the event.

Program Description

Tomorrow’s talent demands a genuine candidate experience – even the best brands must compete, fiercely.  Students want to connect with real people, experience an employer’s brand and explore a company’s culture all before they even apply.

Sourcing, attracting, hiring and retaining early talent has never been more crucial. Technical innovations continue to disrupt industries with no signs of slowing down and coupled with the predicted global skills shortage, it is increasingly important for a company to change its method of attracting and retaining the next generation of talent. In this presentation, Jenn will share her approach to early talent recruitment as well as practical tips for delivering a robust pipeline of exceptional talent who are prepared and ready to fill future roles.

This program has been submitted to the HR Certification Institute for review.

This program has been submitted to SHRM for review. 

About Our Presenter

Jenn Smith from Flourish Careers gets what companies are looking for when hiring top talent – it’s what she does. As a former talent acquisition and HR leader whose experience spans more than 15 years across multiple industries – including Fortune 200 companies – she has recruited, coached and hired hundreds of early-career professionals into positions ranging from human resources, finance, and engineering, to IT, sales and operations. As a consultant, Jenn partners with small to mid-size companies to craft a uniquely deliberate approach to campus recruiting. Constantly researching the latest trends in business and recruitment, recognizing new ways in which companies are hiring is part of her DNA. She is diligent about integrating this research into her practice, serving clients with the most up to date information. What this means to her clients is an unmatched combination of comprehensive strategic guidance, practical tips, and inspired thought leadership.