Southeast Idaho SHRM  

An affiliated SHRM chapter since March 19, 1969 

The Mission Statement of SEI SHRM reads: As the premier HR organization in Southeast Idaho, we are committed to advancing the capabilities of our HR professionals. We provide value to our members by offering developmental opportunities and a common forum to network, share ideas, and experiences that promote the learning process.


Upcoming events

    • June 17, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (MDT)
    • Zoom - Link will be sent out the morning of the event
    • 81

    Removing Bias from Job Descriptions

    Learn to write job descriptions that mitigate invisible and visible biases to promote a diverse workplace.

    About our Speaker

    Lorne Epstein, SHRM-SCP has been an HR Professional since 1996. His book, You're HIRED! Interview Skills to Get the Job has been downloaded over a half-million times worldwide. Every week, he hosts The Lorne Epstein Show where national experts share insights about the workplace. Lorne has been developing and leading experiential workshops since 1993. 

    About this Event

    Lorne facilitates a workshop where participants learn how to analyze and write job descriptions to mitigate as much bias as possible. Unconscious bias shows up in job descriptions, which have informed our hiring decisions and diversity makeup. You will learn to highlight invisible diversity dimensions, which are crucial to job success. They include learning & conflict styles, life experiences, attention to detail, ability to grow into the position, and professional skills.

    Data shows that the greater the diversity dimensions represented, the more productive and robust an organization will be. You will practice a critical review of a job description to develop questions for the hiring manager and co-workers that will help you bring salient clarity to the job description to hire the most diverse people available now.

    Our organizations seek to become more diverse to expand our hiring pools and gain diversity advantages. Job descriptions are the leading edge of the hiring process, facilitating people to join our organization. Job Descriptions demonstrate what the organization values, what goals need to be accomplished, and what they are looking for in the person who will best achieve the stated goals. We are looking to break through the old job descriptions model to create a diverse workforce.

    Learning Objectives

    Participants will learn to create job descriptions that reflect the position's needs and mitigate dimensions of diversity.

    • Review and highlight bias in job descriptions.

    • Create critical questions designed to uncover the goals the position seeks to attain.

    • Learn what words, phrases, and themes contain biases to embrace and avoid.

    • Develop a palate of questions to take back to your office and discuss it with your hiring managers.

    • Compile uncovering questions to elicit critical data from stakeholders into the job description.

    • Focus company job descriptions to be seen and read by more people.

    • Make distinctions between company values and culture to mitigate bias.

    • Bring the hiring manager and co-workers into the job description writing process.

    Participants will explore these questions:

    • How can I write a job description that focuses on the actual results required?

    • How can I write a job description that highlights the skills needed and leaves room for diversity?

    • How do I interview candidates based on the job description?

    Cost: $5 for chapter members, $10 for guests

    You must register by 10:00 am MT to ensure you receive the Zoom Link on time. The link will be sent in a separate email. 

    This session will be submitted for one and a half (1.5) SHRM and HRCI certification credits. 

    • July 15, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (MDT)
    • TBD

    Information about July's meeting will be added soon!

    • August 19, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (MDT)
    • 45

    Idaho Youth Apprenticeship - Combining education and employment as students earn while they learn

    Please join us for our first in person Professional Development meeting since February 2020! 

    Topics Covered:

    • What is Youth Apprenticeship?
    • What is Program Flow?
    • Top 5 reasons for Apprenticeship
    • What is the employer role in Apprenticeship?
    • Next steps to get involved

    Our guest Speaker, Roger Plothow,  spent 37 years as a journalist, including 22 as CEO, vice president, editor and publisher for newspapers in Idaho and Utah. He has a master’s degree from Gonzaga University in Communication and Leadership Studies and is a member of the National Communications Honor Society. He joined Idaho Business for Education’s Youth Apprenticeship Program in 2020 as its Business Development and Program Manager for eastern Idaho, where he has lived for 25 years. He is also a member of the adjunct faculty at Gonzaga University and College of Eastern Idaho.

    The Youth Apprenticeship Program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, designed to create, support and sustain youth apprenticeships in Idaho.

    This session will be submitted for one (1) SHRM and HRCI certification credits. 

Past events

May 13, 2021 2021 SEI SHRM HR Conference
May 13, 2021 SEI SHRM 2021 Conference Sponsor and Exhibitors
April 15, 2021 April 2021 Professional Development Meeting
March 18, 2021 March 2021 Professional Development Meeting
February 18, 2021 February 2021 Professional Development Meeting
January 21, 2021 January Professional Development Meeting
November 19, 2020 November SEI SHRM Webinar
October 15, 2020 October SEI SHRM Webinar
September 17, 2020 September SEI SHRM Webinar
August 20, 2020 August SEI SHRM Webinar
July 16, 2020 July SEI SHRM Webinar
June 18, 2020 June Professional Development & Networking
May 14, 2020 CANCELLED - 2020 Conference Sponsor and Exhibitor Registration
May 14, 2020 CANCELLED -2020 SHRM Business and HR Professionals Conference
May 07, 2020 May Webinar
April 16, 2020 April Professional Development & Networking
March 19, 2020 March Professional Development & Networking
February 20, 2020 February Professional Development & Networking
January 16, 2020 January Professional Development & Networking
December 12, 2019 End of Year Networking Event
November 21, 2019 November "Lunch and Learn" Meeting
October 17, 2019 Half-Day Employment Law Update
September 19, 2019 September "Lunch and Learn" Meeting
August 15, 2019 August "Lunch and Learn" Meeting
July 18, 2019 July "Lunch and Learn" - Hiring Rock Stars!
June 20, 2019 June "Lunch and Learn" - Worksite Wellness
May 09, 2019 2019 Conference Sponsor/Vendor Registration
May 09, 2019 SEI SHRM Business Professionals Conference
April 18, 2019 April "Lunch and Learn" Vocational Rehab
March 21, 2019 March "Lunch and Learn" Meeting
February 21, 2019 February "Lunch and Learn" Meeting - Peer Interviewing by Deb Fries

Southeast Idaho Chapter of SHRM

The Premier Human Resources Professional Organization in Southeast Idaho.

Idaho Falls, Idaho

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