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    Why HR Can’t Have a Bad Day? -Carol Wuenschel

    Date: March 20, 2015, 7:45am – 9:30am
    Cumberland Valley SHRM Chapter
    Homewood Suites
    1650 Pullman Lane
    Hagerstown, Maryland 21740
    $15.00 MEMBERS $20.00 Non Members (Guests or individuals who have not paid 2015 dues)
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    Please RSVP to Linda Blontz at by Wednesday, 3/18/ 2015.

    7:45 am -8:15 am - Registration/ Breakfast/ Networking

    8:15 am - 8:30 am  - SHRMCV Updates

    8:30 am-  9:30 am -  Program 

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    This program will provide the opportunity to develop strategic HR initiatives to help drive business performance of the organization and prepare the HR leader to contribute in a meaningful way to the organization’s business-planning process. There will be a review of current HR research on employee engagement, corporate social responsibility, succession planning, workforce forecasting, and emergency preparedness.

    In addition to the above, this session will discuss these issues from a global perspective and the complexity of developing these initiatives when working with multiple cultures, across various time zones, with multiple political and legal implications.

    Why HR Can’t Have a Bad Day!

    HR Leaders play many critical roles in organizations and if they are not prepared for the ongoing challenges that businesses face, there can be severe business consequences. Using current research, this session will take a look at the strategic roles that HR leaders play in employee engagement, corporate social responsibility, succession planning, workforce forecasting, and crisis response to ensure organizational viability. This interactive session will help HR Leaders create value for their organizations by developing some HR strategic initiatives to drive business performance which:

    • Identify key drivers of employee engagement and the costs of disengagement
    • Create corporate social responsibility programs that benefit society and help improve public perception of their organization
    • Build bench strength by identifying top talent, provide education to develop them for future higher level and broader responsibilities, and plan for future workforce needs.
    • Prepare the organization’s leadership team to prevent and/or respond to a variety of potential crises


    Mrs. Wuenschel is the executive director of human resources for Hood College and an adjunct professor in the Economics and Business Administration Department.  She is responsible for the strategic positioning and empowerment of the most important asset of the institution---its people.  With over nineteen years of senior executive level experience in human resources, Ms. Wuenschel has utilized her extensive leadership expertise gained from both private industry and higher education in the areas of strategic planning, diversity and inclusion, recruitment and retention, employee relations, teambuilding, continuous improvement, change management, performance management, compensation, benefits, legal compliance, conflict resolution, organizational development, and employee training and development. Under her leadership, Hood College has won multiple awards for its human resource practices which include:

    2013 - Employees Voted Hood as one of the Best Places to work in Frederick,

    2011 – Hood was one of two local companies that received a Business Health Award in the medium company category from the Frederick Regional Health System and the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce,

    2011 – Hood, one of 24 finalists, was ranked number one in the "Best Places to Work" in the large employer category by the Frederick County Office of Economic Development, Frederick County Workforce Services and Frederick County Chamber of Commerce.

    2007 – Hood earned an Above and Beyond Award, issued by the U.S. Department of Defense on behalf of the men and women of the National Guard and Reserve forces to employers who provide outstanding service and continued support to the national defense effort. Hood College was recognized for this highest level of award because our benefit plans provide more than what is required by law under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act and

    2007 – Hood was recognized as one of the top 10 "Family Friendly Workplaces" by the Frederick County Office of Economic Development, Frederick County Workforce Services and Frederick County Chamber of Commerce.

    Her leadership experience includes a number of both professional and community organizations.  Carol is a past director of the Maryland SHRM State Council and past MD SHRM Diversity Chair. She has also served in the president’s role for the Frederick County Society of Human Resource Chapter, the Hanover Area Human Resources Association, and the Chesapeake Chapter of the Quality and Participation Association (AQP). Carol also has served as a founding member of the leadership team for the Hanover Area Health Care Alliance and past co-chair of the Ward’s Chapel United Methodist Church Strategic Planning Team.

    Fort Detrick, honored Carol with the “Fort Detrick coin,” for her outstanding work leading the “Into the Light” Domestic Violence Conference in 2002, she earned a Victim Rights Award from the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s office in 2003 for her continued work for the Into the Light Committee to educate the community about the issues surrounding domestic violence and was recognized for 10 years of leadership of Into the Light in 2013.. She also was instrumental in the Frederick County SHRM efforts to celebrate Civil Rights Week during July 2004 in honor of the 40th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    She is a frequent speaker at state and local conferences in which she focuses on diversity issues, the Mental Health Friendly Workplace, and the top global business trends that HR professionals need to know.

    Carol received her undergraduate degree from Towson University, her master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University, and earned both the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Global Professional in Human Resource certifications (GPHR), the highest certifications in the HR profession.