Congratulations to LakeNormanHR for receiving the 2019 NCSHRM State Council's Crown Award!

This annual recognition program honors the highest achievement in chapter development and contributions that Advance the Profession and Serve the Professional.

Upcoming LakeNormanHR Programs:

March 17: 
Presence in the Moment

with Chris Vokaty, Vokaty Peak Performance

Program valid for 1 PDC for SHRM and HRCI recertification!

Today’s workplace is more competitive than at any time in history.  Leaders have more pressure and demands to perform at a higher level and produce results faster.  With that pressure comes stress, and as HR leaders, we have to help our clients deal with that pressure.  Unfortunately, when people are under pressure, they tend to fall into “backup” behavior which can make interactions uncomfortable.

We all have those clients we enjoy working with and look forward to engaging, and we have others that are combative, confrontational and can be difficult under the best of circumstances. Its these challenging moments we can fall into behaviors that act as defensive mechanisms rather than behaviors that produce productive outcomes.

Successfully navigating stress and difficult situations requires awareness, acceptance and presence in the moment.  Chris shares strategies to build emotional intelligence, how to read and understand the style and tendencies of others while helping you create your own persona to call upon to handle those difficult times, turning them into opportunities to excel.


Lunch Meeting:

11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Flywheel Coworking @The Jay Hurt Hub

210 Delburg Street

Davidson, NC

More About Our Speaker:

Chris is an executive, coach, human capital strategist and endurance athlete who engages,

challenges and inspires individuals and organizations to achieve peak performance. Drawing on years of experience with

Fortune 100 companies and on the trails as an ultra-runner, Chris founded Vokaty Peak Performance, a coaching, consulting, and training firm that creates performance breakthroughs. 

Chris learned early and firsthand that businesses thrive when they prioritize people and people thrive when they prioritize growth. His expertise focuses on executive coaching, organizational strategy, individual and leadership development and endurance coaching. Chris works alongside his clients to design strategies and programs that deliver performance outcomes.

His approach incorporates the latest research in effective leadership, interpersonal communication, and behavioral sciences. With his passion for assisting people in their developmental journey, he also shares his insights about personal and business performance by speaking to corporations, non-profit groups and associations. 

A husband and father, Chris enjoys writing and spending time with his family and their three dogs. When not with family, writing or coaching, Chris can be found on the trails in South Carolina training for his next ultra-marathon. Chris’s first book, Find Your Awesome is scheduled to be released in March.


April 21: Effective Communication

with Claire Hanlon, Improve it!

Program valid for 1 PDC for SHRM and HRCI recertification!

In this improv for business interactive workshop, attendees will have learned and practiced how to use verbal and nonverbal techniques to enhance their interpersonal communication skills, more quickly build rapport, and establish trust within their teams. improve it! conveys the theme that: “What you Say, and What You Don’t Say, Affects How Others Listen and Respond” activities. After each activity, we will debrief and relate it back to the key message. This is specifically targeted at HR Professionals and leaders of teams.                                                                                                                                                                                                               


Through a hands-on, high-energy and laughter-filled session we will use improvisational comedy based exercises, tools, techniques to improve workplace communication skills and overall professional presence! You will walk away with an intro into how to use our improv techniques to improve yourself by: 

  • Paying attention to the words you say and how you say them
  • Using non verbal techniques such as eye contact, body language and facial expressions to move a project forward
  • Listening to understand, not to respond
  • Responding in a way that acknowledges and authenticates other’s thoughts and ideas



Breakfast  Meeting:

8:30 am - 11:30 am

Selma Burke Center

781 Agape Drive

Mooresville, NC 28115

More About Our Speaker:

Empirical evidence has shown that improvisational training has the ability to improve an employee's trust, teamwork, communication, presentation skills, creative problem solving, and improve a companies overall corporate culture. No one knows that better than Claire Hanlon- graduate from Elon University, with a background in theatre, customer service, and corporate communications and former student of the Second City in Chicago. Pursuing her love of comedy and connection as Partnership Development Associate at improve it she networks, connects and serves local leaders in the Carolinas to share the magic of improv on corporate culture



Start a Conversation:

SHRM is kicking off a global conversation about three of the most critical issues that have real-life impact on employees and employers every day: closing the skills gap, getting business immigration right and addressing workplace harassment.  Check out this video from SHRM’s CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. and join the conversation on social using #wearework!


Is it time to renew your LakeNormanHR annual membership?

LakeNormanHR is the newest SHRM chapter in North Carolina in over 20 years and we hope that you'll consider becoming a full-time member! At LKNHR, you can customize your membership with several options, including a unique opportunity to participate not only in LKNHR, but in other area local SHRM chapter events.      


  • Option #1 (LKNHR FLEX) - I’m a SHRM member and I want it ALL!!
  • Option #2 (LKNHR FULL) - I want to be a LKNHR chapter member EXCLUSIVELY!  Pick one of 3 options  below based on your national SHRM membership level or HR professional status:
  • Option #3 (LKNHR BASIC) - I want to be a member of LKNHR and participate only when my schedule allows:

Whatever option you choose,your membership begins the day you join and runs for 365 days!


Important SHRM chapter designation information for LKNHR members!

National SHRM members, please designate LakeNormanHR, Inc. as your local SHRM affilliate chapter (Chapter #0756).  Here's why: LKNHR receives support from SHRM based on how many LKNHR National SHRM members designate us as their local chapter. The more support LakeNormanHR receives from SHRM, the more benefits are passed on to you. For LKNHR to remain as an affiliate SHRM chapter, at least 50% of our members must be national SHRM members. Your support can help us achieve these two goals. Just click HERE and complete the online form. It's that easy!

                                                                Click HERE for copies of previous LKNHR program presentations.

Other HR Programs of Interest:

        June 28 - July 1st, 2020 SHRM Annual Conference in San Diego, CA

     September 16 -18th, 2020 NCSHRM Annual Conference in Winston-Salem, NC


Maximize Carolina Grant is now Available!

The Maximize Carolina Sector grants help finance collaborative projects to address skills gaps and other workforce challenges in robust and emerging industry sectors, including information technology, energy, advanced manufacturing, environmental sustainability, aerospace, defense, analytics, industrial maintenance, healthcare, and hospitality/tourism.

These grants can be used to address challenges such as applicants lacking specific skills, lack of sector brand awareness, work-based learning opportunities for workers or students, and various other applicant pipeline challenges.

For more information, click HERE.



Addressing Aging Workforce Issues

The SHRM Foundation has created resources you need to address aging workforce issues in your organization.  Click HERE for more information.

  SHRM Veterans at Work Certificate

Give back by learning how to attract, hire and retain talented veterans with this FREE program! All are invited to register and earn 10 professional development credits (PDCs) toward their SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP recertification

Register HERE

     Employing Veterans:  Digital Toolkit                                      

Proactive and well-informed employment practices targeted at attracting, hiring and retaining veterans can mitigate challenges faced by employers and veterans. This 5-step toolkit provides no-cost, high-quality resources to HR professionals to help you lead and manage efforts to engage and integrate veterans into your workforce.  Click HERE to learn more.



Connecting, Navigating, Leading

Congratulations to LakeNormanHR for receiving the Pinnacle Award from SHRM!










Special Thanks to Our LKNHR Business Partner Sponsors!