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    September Chapter Meeting - “Your Vote, Your Voice, Your Influence” by Ken Bennett, Arizona Secretary of State

    Date: September 16, 2014, 11:00am – 1:00pm
    Hotel St. Michael
    205 W Gurley St
    Prescott AZ 86301
    FREE parking in the parking garage directly west of Hotel St. Michael
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    “Your Vote, Your Voice, Your Influence”

    by Ken Bennett, Arizona Secretary of State

    The workplace is a mirror of our society, and through that mirror Human Resources professionals view the good, the bad and the ugly on a daily basis.  Complex regulatory and compliance issues are a fact of life in the HR world.  Because of this unique viewpoint and experience, we can also provide an educated perspective on legislation and public policy that affects, or could affect the workplace.  It is vitally important that Human Resources professionals effectively advocate for positive and practical workplace regulation and change, and work as partners with our local, state and federal elected officials, as well as government employees who are policy makers.

    Mr. Bennett, Arizona’s Secretary of State since 2009, will explain how HR professionals can make their voices heard.  At the meeting, Mr. Bennett will speak about “a day in the life” of an elected official, and share his experience on how individuals can effectively inform and persuade elected officials as they prepare to make their important legislative decisions.  The key message will be that individuals can make a positive difference, through their votes and their voices.

    Mr. Bennett has a record of public service that spans 29 years.  He began his public service career in 1985 when he was elected to the Prescott City Council.  He became a state legislator in 1998 and served four terms in the state Senate; the final four years as president of the Senate.

    Prior to Ken Bennett's remarks, Laura Hamblin, JD, attorney and PAHRA Government Affairs Director, will discuss the SHRM Advocacy Team (A-Team); a way that human resources professionals can make their voices heard on public policy issues that affect the workplace.  The A-Team consists of SHRM members throughout the country who support SHRM’s public policy agenda and work to educate and inform elected officials about those isses.  Ms. Hamblin, HR Manager at Yavapai Regional Medical Center, has 27 years of experience as a corporate labor and employment lawyer and HR executive.