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New MT|SHRM Members Facebook Group - Join the Conversation!

MTSHRM is on Instagram - Come Follow Us!

MT|SHRM is back on Twitter - Check Us Out!

May Williamson County Meeting -  In-Person Sold Out - Virtual Option Only - Thursday, May 13

Joint MT|SHRM & MTEBC Virtual Event - Tuesday, May 18

MT|SHRM Member Engagement Event -Wednesday, June 2 - Please Note Date Change

Sponsor Presented Webinar - Tuesday, June 8 - Please Note Date Change

2021 TN SHRM Conference & Expo - Sunday, August 15 - Wednesday, August 18

MT|SHRM Facebook Group

Now Open - Members Only

Join the Conversation!

Middle Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management (MT|SHRM) provides over 100 professional development and networking opportunities for HR professionals each year. This private Facebook page will allow MT|SHRM members to network and share knowledge. When joining the FB Group you will be asked to provide the answer to a few questions, before you are approved to join the group. One of which will be your membership expiration date which is $$paid_through$$.

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MT|SHRM is on Instagram!

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MT|SHRM is Back on Twitter!

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Williamson County

Thursday, May 13, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
In-person Sold Out - Live Stream Option Only

Forward, together
Presented by A Panel Discussion

In a group conversation with members of the Middle Tennessee SHRM Board of Directors, we discuss the most significant challenges HR faces in 2021 & beyond.  Our world is different.  The “new normal” is becoming normal and we must be prepared as leaders to set forth new goals, thoughts, and ideas about what our organizations will look like now that the dust of 2020 is settling. This will be a highly engaging and entertaining event to kick off our in-person series for the first time in more than a year.

Learning Objectives:

  1. What are the legal ramifications of vaccines & mandatory work environments
  2. How do manage compensation is quickly changing landscape of melding virtual and in-person work
  3. How culture will drive retention and recruitment efforts
  4. What is DEI’s role in the workplace going forward and how does it fit within HR’s walls

Details: The in-person registration has sold out, but the virtual live-stream option is still available. Registration will close at 3:00 PM the day before the event, and log-in instructions will be emailed directly from the live stream host.


  • Members: $34 by end of business Monday, May 10, $44 afterwards.*
  • Future Members: $48 by end of business Monday, May 10, $58 afterwards.* (See below)**
  • MT|SHRM Students: $19 by end of business Monday, May 10, $24 afterwards.*


This program has been submitted to SHRM Certification for review.


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

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Virtual Event

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Online Only

Building Vaccine Confidence in the Workplace
Presented by David Aronoff, MD, of Vanderbilt University Medical Center 

Vaccine hesitancy is high in Tennessee, with the CDC reporting the state has one of lowest rates of fully vaccinated adults in the country. But overcoming reluctance in getting the COVID-19 vaccine is key to curbing the spread of COVID-19 and achieving herd immunity. As human resource leaders, we have the opportunity to positively influence colleagues, friends and family members by building their confidence in the vaccines.

Join infectious disease expert David Aronoff, MD, of Vanderbilt University Medical Center as he explains the importance, safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines and how they will impact our community’s future.

In addition, you will:

  • Learn details about global virus growth and COVID-19 variants
  • Understand the importance of immunization
  • Realize continued workplace concerns and lessons to take from the pandemic
  • Discover strategies for talking to colleagues, friends, and family members who are hesitant about the vaccine
  • Gain perspective and a future outlook for our community

MTEBC President Mike Lerman will moderate the webinar. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the presentation.

Please thank our sponsor for making this event possible:

This program has been granted 1 hour of  SHRM recertification credit. MT|SHRM is recognized by SHRM as a Recertification Provider to offer Professional Development Credits (PDC's) for the SHRM-CP and SHRM SCP.

This program has been granted 1 hour of General HRCI Recertification credit. The use of this seal is not an endorsement of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the criteria to be pre-approved.

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MT|SHRM Member Engagement Event
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Please note date change from May 6th
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Members Only
Online Only

Connect & Collaborate!

Join us June 2nd at 12:00pm for another virtual networking event where we will present questions or topics and utilize breakout rooms to discuss and collaborate with your fellow HR peers.

This will be a semi-structured session for participants to discuss current challenges and serve each other by sharing practical ideas, tools, resources, and solutions surrounding the HR industry.

Topics to be discussed:

  • Ways in which you express your own diversity
  • How do you manage personal bias and stereotypes when interacting with those who are different from you?
  • What is your greatest challenge when speaking to those who oppose the need to address diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace?


This is a Members-only event.

Details: Registration will close at 3:00 PM the day before the webinar, and log-in instructions will be emailed directly from the webinar host.

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Sponsor Presented Webinar
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Please note date change from May 13th
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Online Only

A Case for Caregivers: Why a Caregiver Friendly Workplace is Essential to Employee Well Being
Presented by Grace Sutherland Smith,
Executive Director & Kayse Martin, Community Engagement Director, AgeWell Middle Tennessee

Martin Smith

With 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day through 2029, eldercare is on the rise & it’s impacting employees and costing employers.  This is an issue all employers are facing since 60% of caregivers of older adults are working professionals including 10 million millennials and 66 million adults ages 40 - 65 “sandwiched” between children and aging relatives. 

Eldercare is costing employers in lost productivity, increased healthcare costs & employee retention, and most employers don’t even know it.  A 2019 Harvard Business School survey found the economics of care are misaligned in most companies.  Employees don’t get the support they need for their caregiving responsibilities and employers pay hidden costs, including turnover, rehiring, “presenteeism” and absenteeism. 

AgeWell Middle Tennessee offers solutions for employers & working caregivers. During this session, we’ll review the findings from a 2019 MTSHRM survey.  We’ll share what we’ve learned from working caregivers: their daily challenges & concerns, how they communicate with management, & what resources they need.  And we’ll discuss how organizations can create a caregiver-friendly workplace and how doing so can benefit the mental, physical & emotional health of your teams by providing the right kind of supports.

Our goals are to better inform and equip employers to address the impact of elder caregiving, and to increase awareness of individualized support available for employees who are caring for elders.

Attendees will:

  • Learn about the overall landscape of elder caregiving as it relates to your business and employees
  • Recognize the impact & hidden costs of eldercare on employers
  • Identify supports to enhance eldercare knowledge and well being for your caregiving employees
  • Learn about resources that enable you to design a caregiver-friendly workplace culture  

Registration: This Webinar is free to all however, registration is required.


This program has been submitted to SHRM Certification for review.


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


Please thank our sponsor for making this event possible:

Click here for speaker biographies.

*MT|SHRM is not directly involved with the presentation of this program. This is a paid advertisement. The program, product or service offered is not affiliated with or endorsed by MT|SHRM. Please contact the presenter through the registration link above if you have questions regarding software requirements necessary to successfully participate in this Webinar.

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2021 TN SHRM
Conference & Expo

August 15 - 18, 2021
Music City Center
201 Fifth Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203

Live, In-person, On-line, Virtual & OnDemand!

We are excited about the upcoming Tennessee SHRM Conference, August 15-18, 2021!

Registration Rates and Group Discounts

Full Conference – Sunday August 15 – Wednesday, August 18

January 1 - June 30 $895
Regular July 1 - July 31 $945
Late August 1 - August 13 $995

SHRM Student Full Conference  Sunday August 15 – Wednesday, August 18

  • November 4, 2020 - August 13, 2021 - $50

(Must be a current member of a SHRM Student Chapter)

Company Group Discounts Early Registration January 1 -
June 30
Regular Registration
July 1 - July 31
Late Registration August 1 -
August 13
3 attendees: $2,400 $2,550 $2,700
4 attendees: $3,125 $3,325 $3,500
5 attendees: $3,825 $4,050 $4,300
6 attendees: $4,460 $4,750 $5,000
7 attendees: $5,075 $5,400 $5,700
8 attendees: $5,665 $6,025 $6,350
9 attendees: $6,215 $6,600 $7,000
10 attendees: $6,725 $7,150 $7,550

Agenda at a Glance



Conference Hotels


Now is the time to book your hotel room and take advantage of the HR Tennessee room block rate.

Click here for the JW Marriott

Click here for the Westin Nashville

Both hotels are located directly across the street from the Music City Center.


For additional information or questions please contact
[email protected]

TN SHRM Cancellation Policy: Cancellations with request for refund must be emailed to Shannan Duggin at [email protected] no later than two weeks (14 days) prior to the conference date. An approximate 6% cost recovery fee will be retained on all refunds.  After the two-week cutoff date, we are committed and so are you!  Only substitutions can be accepted after the two-week deadline up until 3 days prior to the conference.

The unavoidable fine print: All events, dates, times, venues, presenters and presentation formats are subject to change.

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** Up to $45 of any Guest registration may be applied towards a new 1-year MT|SHRM Membership within 60 days of the event attended. Please call Shannan at (615) 499-5150 to take advantage.


To advertise in an edition of this mailing, please contact Art Smith at (615) 260-8909.

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