May 2015 Membership Meeting

  • Wed, May 13, 2015
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Capital City Country Club
  • 19

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Join us for our May membership meeting, When Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Come to Work: What You Need to Know, presented by Robin Hassler Thompson, J.D., M.A., on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 from 11:30am - 1pm at the Capital City Country Club. 

Employers and human resources professionals need to understand how domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking affect their workplaces. Additionally, they should know what steps they can take to promote workplace safety, how to help victims to be safe, and consequently improve workplace quality and efficiency for all employees.

This presentation will cover:

1. The facts about workplace violence and how it impacts employees, quality of life at the workplace, and the bottom line.

2. The legal ramifications of workplace violence policies.

a. Employer liability issues

b. Laws in Florida that address this issue

c. Employee rights

3. How to develop an effective workplace violence policy.

a. Building a team – HR’s roles in working with security, EAP, 

b. Addressing unique aspects of your workplace

c. Where to get help: available resources legal counsel, and other parts of the organization

4. How to implement a policy.

a. Creating an process and points of contact

b. Developing materials that explain and support the policy.

5. The essential and important aspects of training on the policy.

a. How to roll out training

b. Who should train and how often

6. The role and methods for promoting awareness.

a. Providing information regarding the topic and where to get help

b. “If you build it, they will come”: Being ready on day 1.  


Link to Leon County's policy on Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence and Stalking in the the Workplace

Zonta Model Policy Template


Presenter: Robin Hassler Thompson, J.D., M.A.

Robin Hassler Thompson, J.D., M.A., of Robin H. Thompson and Associates consults with a wide range of clients including universities and state and national public policy and human rights advocacy groups. Her work with Wider Opportunities for Women, a Washington, DC-based economic advocacy organization, focuses on how the justice system can more effectively support economic security and safety for survivors of sexual assault, stalking and intimate partner violence. Other related areas of expertise include human trafficking, the impact of domestic violence and sexual assault in the workplace, and labor and employment law and policy. Robin’s work includes policy development and analysis, meeting planning and organization, training and education, public speaking, strategic planning, and program evaluation. 

Robin has served on and held leadership positions on local, state and national boards and committees. She served on the Tallahassee/Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, from 2011-2014 and chaired that body from 2012-14. She lives in Tallahassee, Florida.

Robin led Florida’s first Task Force on Domestic and Sexual Violence from 1993-1998 as its Executive Director. At the request of the U. S. Department of Justice, she served on the National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women. She graduated from Florida State University College of Law in 1984.  In addition to her law degree, Robin holds an M.A. from Florida State University and a B.A. from American University in Washington, D.C. where she graduated summa cum laude in 1981.



Meeting Sponsor: W.M. Durham Associates LLC



WM Durham Associates LLC has been providing financial service products for over 40 years.

As an independent firm, we represent our clients rather than any specific company.  This allows us to offer our clients the best products suited for their specific needs.     

We are always available to give you advice and solutions as you make importa
nt decisions about planning for your retirement.

In order to receive a refund for your registration it must be canceled by Monday, May 11, 2015.

Cancellation notices can be sent to membership@bigbendshrm.org or treasurer@bigbendshrm.org

The story of influential leadership is all about appropriately directing the path of others in support of a common goal.  As human resources professionals, you are, by default, considered the voice of your organization.  So, ready or not—you’re a leader.  There is a chasm of difference however, between a title that implies leadership and being effective in your role as an influential leader of your organization. 

Knowing the human resources function is critical, but it’s not enough.  There are many things that will catapult your sphere of influence, but the one we will focus on in this session is the business end of leadership.

Developing strong business-dynamic organizational leadership skills is a journey.  Attendees of this session will learn how attaining organizational functional, operational and financial knowledge can enlarge or diminish their sphere of influence.  They will leave the session understanding the following.

  • 1.   Every leadership responsibility comes connected to financial opportunities and financial limitations.  Having a comprehensive knowledge of the details, or the business end of leadership, develops their credibility and provides a goal for the leadership journey.   
  • 2.   Every leader must understand the operational needs of the organization.  Knowing why functions are carried out a certain way enables HR to exert influence over events and individuals.  People will follow when they know you understand their journey.  Techniques for learning this will be provided. 
  • 3.   Organizational diversions and disturbances, also known as distractions, can impact the need for influence and change the makeup of organizational teams.   Maintaining an in-depth knowledge the organizational function, finances and operations is a requisite of stability amidst organizational distractions.  In this session, we’ll show how to gain a comprehensive understanding of the organization’s mission, financial position and operational strategies.

The story of influential leadership is all about appropriately directing the path of others in support of a common goal.  As human resources professionals, you are, by default, considered the voice of your organization.  So, ready or not—you’re a leader.  There is a chasm of difference however, between a title that implies leadership and being effective in your role as an influential leader of your organization. 

Knowing the human resources function is critical, but it’s not enough.  There are many things that will catapult your sphere of influence, but the one we will focus on in this session is the business end of leadership.

Developing strong business-dynamic organizational leadership skills is a journey.  Attendees of this session will learn how attaining organizational functional, operational and financial knowledge can enlarge or diminish their sphere of influence.  They will leave the session understanding the following.

  • 1.   Every leadership responsibility comes connected to financial opportunities and financial limitations.  Having a comprehensive knowledge of the details, or the business end of leadership, develops their credibility and provides a goal for the leadership journey.   
  • 2.   Every leader must understand the operational needs of the organization.  Knowing why functions are carried out a certain way enables HR to exert influence over events and individuals.  People will follow when they know you understand their journey.  Techniques for learning this will be provided. 
  • 3.   Organizational diversions and disturbances, also known as distractions, can impact the need for influence and change the makeup of organizational teams.   Maintaining an in-depth knowledge the organizational function, finances and operations is a requisite of stability amidst organizational distractions.  In this session, we’ll show how to gain a comprehensive understanding of the organization’s mission, financial position and operational strategies.
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