The Athens Area Society for

Human Resource Management 

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*****New for 2016******

AASHRM Meeting dates are now on the second Thursday of the month.  Meetings begin at 6:00 p.m.

Monthly meetings are held at the Athens Country Club (located at 2700 Jefferson Road
Athens, Georgia 30607) unless otherwise noted.


Upcoming events

    • 13 Apr 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Athens Country Club

    Speaker:  Donald A. Burroughs, M.A., LPC                                                                        Core Counseling & Coaching, LLC

    • Clinical. Licensed Professional Counselor. While I have 30 years of pastoral counseling experience, I realized 12 years ago the need to explore and pursue the field of psychotherapy. I completed a masters program in Professional Counseling with a 3.93 average. I passed the NCE in October of 2007 and I am NCC board eligible. I am also licensed by the state of Georgia a Professional Counselor. I gained invaluable knowledge and experience during my 10-month practicum at Skyland Trail (nationally recognized recovery facility treating schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar and duel-diagnosis disorders). I was then hired as a Primary Counselor by Skyland Trail in September of 2007. Experience in private settings has come with Savannah Integrative Medicine and the Mindspring Center. I have worked part-time with the Savannah College of Art and Design as a counselor. Among the skills learned are the following:

    ·        Extensive experience in conducting CBT and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy with individuals and groups

    ·        Conducted workshops in Mindfulness Training

    ·        Conducted intakes and diagnostic assessments

    ·        Worked in a colligate setting at Savannah College of Art and Design

    ·        Strong written skills including the development of treatment goals, interventions, SOAP and progress notes, discharge plans, case formulations, and recovery plans

    ·        Polished oral communication skills both in didactic and processing modalities

    ·        Gained Case Management skills

    ·        Experience in risk management and self-harm assessment and wellness plan interventions

    Accomplished communicator. I have taught, led, and facilitated small groups for 30 years. I have motivated and inspired individuals and groups, from 10 to 4000, literally all over the world. I have spoken at retreats, conferences, and workshops. I have the ability to not only grasp complicated concepts, but to communicate them in an effective and understandable manner. 

    Topic: Mindfulness Training and Stress Management

    Life comes at us fast and furious these days. A friend described it as “trying to drink from a fire hydrant!” Often we end up reacting to others and circumstances rather than responding effectively with sensitivity and grace. Mindfulness Training will quiet your mind so that you respond to people and situations with amazing appropriateness; enhancing both your personal and professional life.

    Mindfulness can be defined as 1) paying attention 2) in the moment 3) non-judgmentally. As we interact with others and the environment around us we are constantly filtering our experience through pre-conceived concepts and cognitive constructs. By doing this, we often miss or misinterpret vital information that may have helped us “close the deal” or avoid a needless argument with our spouse. Have you ever walked away from a missed opportunity at a business meeting or a painful interaction with a loved one and later lamented, “how did that happen, what was I thinking?” We’ve all been there! The problem may not be “what was I thinking” but how you were thinking. Mindfulness Training will help.


    • Ø  New thought patterns— “observe, describe, then engage”
    • Ø  To develop a “Teflon” mind vs. a “Velcro” mind
    • Ø  To process pressure, expectations, and anxieties—both internal and external
    • Ø  To see yourself, loved ones and business opportunities with a new and uncluttered perspective
    • Ø  To control your emotions rather than your emotions controlling you
    • Ø  Daily practices that will retrain your mind to process information effectively “in the moment”
    • Ø  Practical exercises that will break habitual reactions and enhance effective responses
    • Ø  To defeat the “tyranny of the urgent”
    • Ø  To break the shackles of “multi-tasking” and to feel good about doing “one thing at a time”
    • The presenter, Don Burroughs, MA, LAPC, has been leading Mindfulness groups for several years in various settings—business, church, mental health, social, marital. Over the last 30 years he has helped individuals, groups, and organizations go from surviving to thriving. Experience how Mindfulness Training will help you reach your full potential personally and professionally. 

    • 11 May 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Athens Country Club

    Speaker:  Catherine Bennett, Organizational Development                     Administrator, Unified Government of                                     Athens-Clarke County

    Catherine is a Training Manager with over twenty-five years of experience in Talent Development and performance improvement specializing in leadership, management and supervisory training and development. She is a co-inventor of GOV360, a management assessment tool. She has strong curriculum development and executive coaching skills using 360 multi-rater assessment instruments. She has expertise in the public sector, state and local government and publicly funded higher education, and has extensive experience in building the potential and knowledge of diverse work forces in order to inspire a more powerful public good.

    Topic:     Ethics

    • 08 Jun 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Athens Country Club

    Speaker:     Sarah Lamar, Attorney                                                                                      Hunter MacLean Law Firm

    Sarah Lamar is a partner with the law firm of HunterMaclean in Savannah, GA and practices in the area of employment law. Sarah has experience representing employers in employment litigation in state and federal courts regarding discrimination and employment laws such as Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and Fair Labor Standards Act, among others. She also represents employers in breach of contract actions, including non-competes and tort claims, and in agency investigations brought by the U.S. and Georgia Departments of Labor, the EEOC, OFCCP, and U.S. ICE. She conducts in-house training for employers and advises clients on a variety of human resource issues, including their federal affirmative action and immigration law obligations.

    Sarah has been named a Georgia Super Lawyer and one of the Best Lawyers in America in Labor and Employment Law. The highly competitive Chambers USA legal directory highlighted Sarah in its Georgia Employment Law rankings.

    Sarah received her B.A. in History from Yale University in 1988 and her J.D. from Emory University in 1991. Following law school, Sarah was a law clerk from 1991 to 1992 for the Honorable Richard B. Kellam, Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia.

    Topic:   New Administration, New Rules, New Focus: What’s Next in Employment Law

    Sarah will focus on current legislative and regulatory initiatives such as healthcare and immigration reform, paid leave and the DOL’s overtime and joint employment rules, as well as changes at the NLRB.  Sarah will also address new legislative efforts at the state level which impact employers in Georgia. Finally, she will discuss the  trends in employment legislation at the federal and state level.

Past events

09 Mar 2017 3 Laws of Leadership
09 Feb 2017 Great Promise Partnership
12 Jan 2017 Veteran Recruitment
08 Dec 2016 2016 Holiday Party
10 Nov 2016 Legal Updates for HR
13 Oct 2016 OSHA Overview
08 Sep 2016 Active Threat Training
11 Aug 2016 Legal and Effective Interviewing
09 Jun 2016 HR Strategic Development
12 May 2016 HR Legal Pitfalls
14 Apr 2016 Occupational Health
10 Mar 2016 How to Help Your Employees Plan for Retirement
11 Feb 2016 Wellness Programs
14 Jan 2016 Emergency Management and HR's Role
10 Dec 2015 AASHRM 2015 Holiday Party; THURSDAY DECEMBER 10TH - FREE for members!
10 Nov 2015 REMINDER!"Employment Law & Legislative Update"
13 Oct 2015 "Happiness is Job One"
08 Sep 2015 REVISED "Recent Development in Employment Laws"
11 Aug 2015 "Understanding Common 401k Administration Issues that HR Departments Face"
09 Jun 2015 Open Forum to Exchange Best Practices!
12 May 2015 "Unemployment Claims and Determinations" - REMINDER
14 Apr 2015 "Strategically Managing the HR Function"
10 Feb 2015 "How to Implement a Wellness Program"
13 Jan 2015 "The New SHRM Certification"
04 Dec 2014 AASHRM 2014 Holiday Party- FREE for members!
11 Nov 2014 "Unemployment Hearings – Preparation and Participation for Effective Employer Outcomes"
14 Oct 2014 "Recent Developments in Labor and Employment Law"
09 Sep 2014 "Plan, Prepare, React: Active Shooter Response Options"
12 Aug 2014 "Growing Leadership to Retain Employees"
10 Jun 2014 “Identity Theft: Effects & Impact on employees and you as an HR professional”
13 May 2014 “Planning Memorable and Successful Events”
08 Apr 2014 "Worker's Compensation - A Legistative Update & Administrative Best Practices"
11 Mar 2014 "Top 20 Components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that Impact Employers"
14 Jan 2014 "The Value of Employee Financial Education"
10 Dec 2013 AASHRM 2013 Holiday Party- FREE for members!
12 Nov 2013 Troublemakers & Malcontents: Dealing with Difficult Employees and Minimizing Exposure
08 Oct 2013 The Strategic Role of HR in Today's Organizations
10 Sep 2013 The Affordable Care Act is almost here: what large employers need to know NOW
13 Aug 2013 Effective Communication for HR Professionals – You Had Me At Hello
11 Jun 2013 Supervising Snookie: Managing With Today's Cultural Influences
14 May 2013 Impact of Restructuring and Layoffs on Job Descriptions and Fair Labor Standards Act Compliance
09 Apr 2013 Developing an Internship Program
12 Mar 2013 Fitness for Duty Examinations and Return to Work Programs
12 Feb 2013 Why Hire A Veteran?
08 Jan 2013 It’s only just beginning: What changes are coming from the Affordable Care Act
11 Dec 2012 AASHRM Holiday Party- FREE for members!
13 Nov 2012 Managing and Coaching Challenging Employees
09 Oct 2012 Human Resource Management and Diversity Standards
11 Sep 2012 The “New” Americans with Disabilities Act:Who’s NOT Disabled??
14 Aug 2012 The Collision of MySpace, Your Space and Our Space
12 Jun 2012 Using Analytics to Drive HR Strategy
08 May 2012 The NLRB in 2012 - Hold Onto Your Seats!
10 Apr 2012 The Power of Perception over Reality in HR
13 Mar 2012 Strategic Topics with Significant Impact on Sustainability
21 Feb 2012 The Top 10 Employment Policies Every Employer Should Have
10 Jan 2012 Evaluations: Your Best and Worst Evidence
13 Dec 2011 AASHRM Holiday Party- FREE for members!
08 Nov 2011 FLSA - Scope of the Exemptions, Tests for the Exemptions, Effects of Improper Deductions, and Safe Harbor
11 Oct 2011 I-9 Compliance, Common Mistakes, and New Immigration Legislation
13 Sep 2011 Corporate Wellness Programs to Enhance your Benefits Plan
09 Aug 2011 Common Mistakes Even Smart Employers Make…(and how to correct them when you do )
14 Jun 2011 Risk Management & Heathcare Reform
10 May 2011 Hot Topics in Employment Litigation
12 Apr 2011 Understanding Health Savings Accounts
08 Mar 2011 Succession Planning - Building for the Future by Planning in the Present
08 Feb 2011 Employees and the New Economy: Upgrading Talent
14 Dec 2010 AASHRM Holiday Party- FREE for members!
09 Nov 2010 Background Checks and The Fair Credit Reporting Act: The Why and the What For
12 Oct 2010 Best Social Networking Practices
14 Sep 2010 Best Practices to Reduce Workers' Comp Claims
10 Aug 2010 Multiculturalism and Diversity
08 Jun 2010 Sexual Harassment Training
11 May 2010 Family and Medical Leave Act Education and Question Session with Dept. of Labor Representative Olivia Jones
13 Apr 2010 Fair Labor Standards Act
09 Mar 2010 Preparing for Federal Government Investigations, Audits, and Inquiries
09 Feb 2010 Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 Briefing
16 Jan 2010 31st Annual AAHRC Martin Luther King, Jr Award Banquet
12 Jan 2010 Health Care Reform Update
08 Dec 2009 AASHRM Holiday Party!
10 Nov 2009 Maximizing Organizational Effectiveness in a Crosscultural Environment
13 Oct 2009 Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act
08 Sep 2009 Pay Strategies in Tough Times
11 Aug 2009 Occupational Medicine: Treatment and Prevention of Injuries in the Workplace
16 Jul 2009 “Young Dawg Career Bound”
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