Our meetings are generally held on the second Thursday of each month at:

McHenry County College Shah Center
4100 W Shamrock Lane, McHenry, IL 60050
(815) 455-8593

National SHRM Event
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HR is a Marathon @ MCC Shah Center
Aug 1 @ 7:45 am – 9:45 am

SpeakerMatthew Jones

HR is a Marathon

Attendees will be inspired to overcome adversity and achieve greater victory through the amazing story of Matt Jones, who went from being a three-time cancer conqueror, to surviving a bone marrow transplant, relearning how to walk, to completing eight marathons on eight continents.

HR Professionals will learn principles of how to stay motivated based on the latest research from Positive Psychology.


Learning Objectives:

-Identify three choices that lead to helping guide oneself and their organization through adversity and change

-Learn the number one way to become solution orientated versus problem focused

-Discover two ways to be renewed and energized for Human Resources

Presenter Profile:

Matt Jones, went from being a three-time cancer conqueror, to relearning how to walk, to surviving a bone marrow transplant, to completing eight marathons on eight continents and yes that includes Antarctica! Matt was diagnosed with cancer on September 11, 2002. After spreading to the fluid in his brain doctors did not think he would live. Hall of Fame baseball player and World Series Champion, George Brett said, “Matt is a true champion and his story inspires others to be a true champion.” Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton said, “Matt Jones has done what anyone would consider impossible. Conqueror. Overcomer. Champion. Superhuman.” Matt uses his story of overcoming insurmountable odds to inspire those in human resources to achieve greater victory during these times of change and uncertainty. For more information about Matt Jones please visit his website at www.MatthewDJones.com



Stateline SHRM Members:  $15

Non-Members:  $30

Reducing Employer Uncertainty: Hiring Workers with Criminal Backgrounds @ MCC Shah Center
Aug 6 @ 7:30 am – 10:00 am

Program Summary

In today’s tight labor market, employers are finding it difficult to find qualified workers.  Yet, there is a qualified labor pool of talent that employers are often concerned to hire – workers with criminal backgrounds. Join us Tuesday, August 6, 2019 as we look at the risks, benefits, and ROI of hiring workers with criminal backgrounds and help employers look at this untapped talent from a fresh perspective.

Workshop Goals

  • Educate employers on the legal considerations of hiring including compliance, risk analysis, and background checks
  • Share information about programs available in McHenry County to support and assist persons with criminal records re-enter the workforce.
  • Discuss resources available to employers who train and hire these individuals including tax credits and other incentives.
  • Share employer best practices through success stories from employers.



No fee to attend – Registration Required

Call 815-455-8593 or email shahcenter@mchenry.edu

Please mention event code# NTL C61 001


All area employers are invited to attend this free event!

HR Recertification credits pending.


Preventive Anti-Harassment Strategies for Employers @ MCC Shah Center
Sep 12 @ 7:45 am – 9:45 am

Program Summary:

  • In the post-#MeToo era, all employers, internal human resources professionals, and employment law practitioners must revisit their duty to prevent workplace harassment and to strengthen relationships with their employees.  Workplace harassment laws have been on the books for decades, yet harassment still occurs with too much frequency.  What are we doing wrong – or not doing well enough?  Jane Clark and Tricia Perkins, experienced HR and employment law attorneys and advisors at Lake Effect HR & Law, LLC, will guide us through best practices and how best to insulate your workplace from harassment and discrimination. 
  • Presentation goals and key takeaways
  • Understanding of current complaint and enforcement environment
  • Awareness of EEOC recommendations and best practices
  • Strategies to create a culture of respect and inclusion
  • Knowledge to create an effective policy, respond to complaints and handle investigations


  • Speakers name, contact information and bio


Stateline SHRM Members – $15

Non-Members – $30


The Courage to Lead-Why Courage is Critical to Leadership and How to Use It @ MCC Shah Center
Oct 10 @ 7:45 am – 9:45 am

Speaker:  Rebecca Bratton, President, Courageously Leading

Program Summary:

What’s the IT thing that can make your workforce exceptional? Courage! It takes tons of courage to lead people! Daily courage defines you and others as leaders. I will show you the effects courage can have, how you can become a courageous leader and how to inspire courage in those around you!

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize why courage is a necessary trait of any leader
  • Learn the effects of courageous leadership on organizations
  • Understand how to develop courage within other leaders in your organization


Stateline SHRM Members:  $15

Non-Members:  $30

Legal Update – 2019 @ MCC Shah Center
Nov 14 @ 7:45 am – 9:45 am

Speaker:  Stacey Smiricky

Information Coming Soon!



Stateline SHRM Members:  $15

Non-Members:  $30

Members Only – Holiday Event! @ MCC Shah Center
Dec 12 @ 7:45 am – 9:45 am

Members Only Event!