2017 Compensation in MI survey

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Recent Spotlight member, Merces Consulting Group, Inc. of Royal Oak, invites you to join in their annual Compensation in Michigan survey.  For over 20 years Merces has collaborated with Lansing-based Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA)  to provide essential up-to-date compensation and benefits information for  Michigan employers.  The current survey includes salary and bonus information on 120+ jobs covering accounting/finance, building/grounds maintenance, engineering,  general executive, human resources, information systems,  materials management, manufacturing (production, skilled trades, and quality assurance/control), office/administrative and sales/marketing.  The survey collection period runs through Friday, April 28th and all participants receive a free copy of the summary results as well as $100 off the purchase price of the full report.  In addition, member organizations of the MMA receive an additional $50 discount off the purchase price.  The actual surveys are available in a Manufacturing or All Industry edition.

Merces’ current list of surveys available for purchase includes the 2017 Compensation in MI Manufacturing report (which ships in June) and the Compensation in MI All Industry report (which ships in November).  Surveys available for immediate shipment include the manufacturing and all industry editions of the 2016 Compensation in MI, 2015-16 Human Resources Policies in MI, 2014 – 15 Health & Welfare Benefits in MI and the 2016 Time Off, Retirement and Fringe Benefits in MI.

If you are interested in participating in the 2017 Compensation in MI survey or would like to learn more about Merces survey products, please contact Linda Budd, CCP and Survey Administrator at 248.507.4670.  To learn more about Merces services you can also visit their website at www.mercesconsulting.com.

Ultimate Software invites HR professionals to join the Ultimate Cooking Experience

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HR Professionals are invited to join Ultimate Software on Thursday, April 6th at 4 pm at Holiday Market’s Mirepoix’s Cooking Class & Experience in Royal Oak. This event is complimentary.

SHRM members will be able to mix with other HR professionals in the Detroit area and learn about people-oriented technology to help better understand their team.

Guests will be able to watch expert chefs prepare meals from across the globe, while mixing and mingling with drinks of choice. There will be several food options, and guest participation is strong encouraged! Prior to the event, we’ll have a brief introduction to UltiPro.

Ultimate Software is a unified cloud-based HCM provider for companies looking to streamline their business processes and improve their employee experiences. 

To RSVP or for more information, contact Christie Piper Hecht at 248-229-5125 or Christie_Hecht@ultimatesoftware.com.

Understanding the WELL Building Standard, Half-Day Workshop Expand your knowledge, earn certification and enhance your competitive advantage!

Michigan Wellness Council

Date: Friday, March 3, 2017 from 9:00 am – 1:00pm conducted by Jessica Rose Cooper, LEED AP ID+C, WELL AP, WELL Faculty and Janna Wandzilak, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP from Delos

Audience: Wellness Consultants and professionals, design professionals, contractors, developers, owners, facilities managers, and sustainability consultants who are interested in furthering health through design of the built environment, specifically in commercial and institutional building types.

Course Description: Understanding the WELL Building Standard workshop provides a deep dive into the WELL Standard.  The ideology and structure of the program are covered in depth as well as the certification process. The heart of the workshop is an in-depth review of the intents and requirements of each Concept category and Feature including an understanding of the medical basis for each Feature and design and construction strategies for implementing the concepts and requirements. Case studies of WELL pilot projects and other projects actively implementing the Standard are highlighted.

The WELL Building Standard marries best practices in design and construction with evidence-based health and wellness interventions. In this workshop, attendees learn how to harness the built environment as a vehicle to support human health, wellbeing, and comfort. Strategies for improving the nutrition, fitness, mood, sleep patterns and performance of occupants through design and construction practices are explored in detail. This intensive workshop helps building professionals and owners understand their role as public health practitioners. It also helps medical professionals understand the critical role that the built environment plays in a person’s health and wellbeing. For those wishing to become amongst the WELL Accredited Professionals, this workshop serves as a critical step in the preparation for the exam.

The time has come to elevate human health and comfort to the forefront of building practices and reinvent buildings that are not only better for the planet—but also for people.  This workshop will teach you how to do this using the WELL Building Standard as the framework.

Training Objectives:

  1. Identify the purpose, key components, and structure of the WELL Building Standard
  2. Discuss the medical basis for the Concepts and Features of the WELL Building Standard
  3. Understand successful strategies for meeting the requirements of the WELL Features
  4. Learn WELL resources and how to become a WELL Accredited Professional

Location: Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC, 3331 W, Big Beaver Rd., # 200, Troy, MI 48084

Registration: $99 advance registration http://bit.ly/2llVRtz

Michigan Wellness Council (MWC) is a nonprofit whose mission is to be the trusted resource and connector for workplace wellness collaboration with the vision to improve health through the successful integration of wellness best practices in the workplace through access to quality resources and forums. Michigan Wellness Council offers regular public group meetings and an annual conference for developing, implementing, and revising worksite wellness programs.

WALSH COLLEGE TO HOST A SALARY NEGOTIATION WEBINAR ON MARCH 9

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The good news is you got a job offer. Now it’s time to talk salary.

But the bad news is most people don’t really know how to negotiate successfully, and many women won’t negotiate at all.

“Salary is the biggest investment over your lifetime, and neglecting salary negotiation not only leaves countless dollars on the table during the span of your career, it also impacts lifestyle, home-buying ability, children’s college funds, and retirement,” said  Dr. Brenda Paine, director of Career Services at Walsh College.

Paine will host a complimentary webinar titled “Art of Salary Negotiation” from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, at Walsh College’s Troy campus.

Topics for discussion include:

  • Gender differences and how they impact negotiations.
  • Salary myths and facts.
  • The concept of negotiation, and how to make it a win-win.
  • Why women don’t negotiate salary and the implications throughout your career when you don’t negotiate.

During the webinar, audience members can ask questions via chat, get advice, and gain a better understanding of what is available to them during the negotiating process. For instance, most new hires don’t realize that hiring managers expect some negotiations and that they do leave some wiggle-room regarding salary. Negotiating benefits, such as vacation days and personal time, is also covered in the webinar.

Also on the agenda is a discussion about the salary gender gap and why women are less likely to negotiate. Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever, co-authors of the book “Women Don’t Ask,” report that 57 percent of men will ask for more money after an initial offer, compared to only 7 percent of women.

“There needs to be a discussion about why women don’t negotiate at the rate men do,” said Paine. “It’s a serious issue for working women. Statics show that women who do negotiate received an average of $4,053 more than those who do not. We need to figure out what’s holding women back from the bargaining table.”

To register for the webinar or for more information, visit http://www.walshcollege.edu/webseries

Walsh College to Hold Eighth Annual Human Resources Summit on March 3

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Walsh College will host its eighth annual Human Resources Summit from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Friday, March 3, 2017 at the Troy campus.

The HR Summit offers continuing education and training for human resources professionals. The cost of the summit is $95 to attend and includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

Exhibitor tables are also available for $400 and include two conference tickets and the attendee name list.

The conference is approved for Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) continuing education (CE) credit of 4.5 CE hours, based on registration check-in and evaluation completion.

“The HR Summit program features practical tools that can be used immediately, legal changes under a new administration, and strategic roles of the HR function,” said Beth Barnes, vice president, chief human resources and administrative officer, Walsh College.

Featured topics for the eighth annual HR Summit include:

  • The Business of HR – Enhancing the HR Value Proposition Within Your Organization
  • Understanding Wellness Programs: Strategies & Compliance
  • Changes with the Trump Administration – An Immigration Perspective
  • Legal Updates: New Horizons for Labor and Employment Law

For a full list of the speakers and topics, to register for the summit, or to purchase an exhibitor table, visit www.walshcollege.edu/HRSummit.

Walsh College offers a Master of Science in Management degree with a Human Resources concentration.

Walsh also hosts SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®) certification prep classes at its Troy campus in the fall and in the winter. The classes are designed to provide preparation for professionals who seek Society for Human Resource Management certification.

For questions about the HR summit or the SHRM exam prep class, email Cindy Rush: crush@walshcollege.edu.

WALSH COLLEGE 

Founded in 1922, Walsh College is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college. It offers 15 undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. One of the region’s largest business schools and one of Michigan’s top three graduate business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online.

Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation, and other fields. The faculty integrates theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. It includes four Fulbright Scholars, the most of any business school in the state of Michigan. There are about 27,000 alumni, most of whom live or work in Michigan.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and has received specialized accreditation for its business programs by The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (www.acbsp.org).

CONTACTS:

Katie Higgins, Identity PR khiggins@identitypr.com or 248-258-2333.

Brenda Meller/Assistant Vice President, Walsh College bmeller@walshcollege.edu or
248-823-1205.

Walsh Receives ACBSP Accreditation for MSMKT And MSM Degrees

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Walsh College has announced that all 15 of its undergraduate and graduate degree programs have now earned accreditation by the
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

The final two programs to receive accreditation are the Master of Science in Management (MSM) and Master of Science in Marketing (MSMKT). Both graduate degrees were introduced in 2014 and have recently fulfilled ACBSP requirements of being in effect for at least two years and having graduates of the programs. Walsh is the only college in Michigan where students can earn a Master of Science in Marketing.

In 2010, the ACBSP accredited Walsh’s three undergraduate degree programs: the Bachelor of Accountancy (BAC), the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT), and the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), including the five majors within the BBA – accounting processes, finance, general business, management, and marketing.

The College’s graduate degree programs: the Master of Business Administration (MBA), the Master of Science in Finance (MSF), the Master of Science in Accountancy (MAC), Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT), the Master of Science in Information Technology Leadership (MSITL), and the Master of Science in Taxation (MST) were also accredited by the ACBSP in 2010.

“Accreditation by the ACBSP is very important to Walsh College,” said Dr. Michael Rinkus, interim executive vice president and chief academic officer, Walsh College. “It reinforces to the business community that our graduates have the knowledge and the core business skills to contribute in a professional environment, and it is further proof to our students that we are providing the type of business education that will make them more valued in the job market.”

According to the ACBSP’s website, “The accreditation focuses on recognizing teaching excellence, determining student learning outcomes, and a continuous improvement model. ACBSP’s student-centered teaching and learning approach, which is measured and analyzed for quality, ensures that students gain the right skills from their educational investment. Institutions with programs accredited by ACBSP are committed to continuous improvement that ensures their business program will give students the skills employers want.”

Walsh is also regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org).

For more on Walsh’s recent accreditation, contact Renee Kreun, assistant dean, accreditation and institutional research, Walsh College, at rkreun@walshcollege.edu.

For more information on Walsh College, visit www.walshcollege.edu

Sixth Annual Entrepreneur-You Conference Slated for March 15

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Registration is now open for the sixth annual Southeast Michigan Women’s Entrepreneur-YOU conference, a collaborative initiative to help women become successful business owners.

The conference is presented by Inforum, Michigan Women’s Foundation, and Walsh College, with the support of Fifth Third Bank, and will held on Wednesday, March 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Troy campus, 3838 Livernois Rd., Troy.2016 Entrepreneur-YOU

Entrepreneur-YOU features workshops presented by leading business practitioners and successful entrepreneurs, with the goal of helping participants understand what resources are required to launch, manage, and grow businesses.  

“At Entrepreneur-YOU, women entrepreneurs will find the guidance and support they need to elevate their aspirations into reality,” said Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO, Walsh College. “This event is a great way to network with like-minded businesswomen. It is a day dedicated to inspiration and education.”

Event panelists have expertise in areas including finance, accounting, legal services, marketing, social and traditional media, and other important business practices.

Tickets are $45; $25 for students with identification. For a full list of speakers and to register, visit www.walshcollege.edu/EYOU.

“Over the past six years, the EYOU conferences have provided knowledge and insight necessary to take the dreams of aspiring entrepreneurs to market. Michigan Women’s Foundation is proud to provide access to ongoing education, mentorship, and capital that makes this possible,” said Carolyn Cassin, president, Michigan Women’s Foundation.

“Inforum is proud to collaborate with EYOU because of the valuable learning and networking opportunities it provides for women entrepreneurs. We are equally proud that many EYOU speakers and participants have been part of Inforum and our inGAGE™ Master Class that helps second-stage entrepreneurs grow and scale their companies,” said Terry Barclay, president and CEO, Inforum.

Here are just a few of the session topics. A full list of topics is on www.walshcollege.edu/EYOU.

  • Beating the First Year Failure Trend
  • Super Charge Your Social Media Presence
  • Setbacks to Success
  • Creating and Managing Your Personal Brand
  • Will My Credit Score Haunt Me Forever?

 
Entrepreneur-YOU

Entrepreneur-YOU is a collaborative initiative between Inforum, Michigan Women’s Foundation and Walsh College, to help women become successful business owners. Among its varied business-building activities, Entrepreneur-YOU conducts all-day workshop taught by leading business professionals – to teach women entrepreneurs about the resources necessary and available to open, run and grow a business. 

INFORUM

Inforum is the only professional organization in Michigan – and one of the few in the country – that combines strategic connections, proven professional development programs, a respected forum for new ideas, and original research to accelerate careers for women and boost talent initiatives for companies.

FIFTH THIRD BANK

Fifth Third Bank, Eastern Michigan, is based in Southfield, Michigan and led by President David F. Girodat.  Fifth Third Bank is metropolitan Detroit’s fourth-largest bank and has $4.2 billion in assets.

Fifth Third Bank serves customers in eight southeastern Michigan counties: Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, St. Clair, Shiawassee, Livingston, Genesee and Washtenaw. Fifth Third Bank currently operates 91 banking centers, and more than 150 ATMs throughout eastern Michigan.  

Fifth Third Bank is proud to be named as one of the “101 Best & Brightest Place to Work” by the Michigan Business and Professional Association and a “Top Place to Work” by the Detroit Free Press.

MICHIGAN WOMEN’S FOUNDATION

With a 31-year history of high-impact work, Michigan Women’s Foundation is devoted to fostering economic empowerment for Michigan’s women and girls through philanthropy and investment. MWF and its partners and supporters have committed financially and intellectually to leaving this world a better place for women and girls.

WALSH COLLEGE

Founded in 1922, Walsh College is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college. It offers 15 undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. One of the region’s largest business schools and one of Michigan’s top three graduate business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online.

Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation, and other fields. The faculty integrates theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. It includes four Fulbright Scholars, the most of any business school in the state of Michigan. There are about 27,000 alumni, most of whom live or work in Michigan.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and has received specialized accreditation for its business programs by The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (www.acbsp.org).

WALSH COLLEGE OFFERS THREE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EXAM PREP COURSES

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In keeping with Walsh College’s commitment to educating current and future business leaders, the College is offering three professional development exam reparation courses this winter at its Troy campus:
Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) CP/SCP exam preparation course, part two of the Certified Management Accountant (CMA®) exam preparation course, and a Certified Treasury Professional® (CTP) exam preparation course.

These courses give students the latest educational tools and personalized instruction as they prepare for certification exams.

Tina Marie Wohlfield“Walsh College is a life-long business education provider for the community. Our exam prep courses, taught by both professors and industry leaders, prepare students to earn the credentials necessary to excel in our competitive and ever-changing business environment,” said Jenny Tatsak, Ph.D., Chair, Business Communications, Walsh College.

Society of Human Resource Management certification

For a career path that includes Society of Human Resource Management certification, passing the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®) exam is required.

Rebecca DaviesLike any advanced-certification test, preparation is the key to success. Walsh College’s SHRM Human Resources certification prep class is designed to provide that preparation. Classes begin Feb. 15 and run through April 19. The class meets on Wednesdays from 6 to 10 p.m.As part of the course, students will receive the 2017 SHRM Learning System for SHRM-CP® and SHRM-SCP®. Comprised of comprehensive learning modules in print and e-reader formats, these study materials streamline study time, accelerate learning, and build confidence for passing the exams.

The course will be taught by Rebecca Davies, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, and Tina Marie Wohlfield, SPHR, SHRM-SCP.

The cost of the course is $1,495. SHRM members and Walsh alumni will be charged $1,295.


Certified Management Accountant – Part Two

Part two of the Certified Management Accountant (CMA®) exam preparation course begins March 9. The seven-week course runs from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays. Part one was offered in the fall and will be offered again in the fall of 2017. Fall dates have yet to be determined.

The course is designed to assist accounting students in preparing for their CMA exam. The CMA designation is granted by the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) and signifies a mastery of principles and practice for corporate accountants and corporate finance professionals.
William GreshakWalsh offers the only CMA classroom-based prep class in metro Detroit.

William Greshak, JD, CMA, CFE, and a professor in the Finance Department, Walsh College, will lead the instruction, which also includes an online study component.

The class meets once a week on Thursdays and the cost is $1,620. The cost of the prep course for Walsh students and alumni is $1,450. There is an early-bird price for all others of $1,550 if registered by Feb. 15. Enter the code “earlybird” when registering.

The Certified Treasury Professional® (CTP)

The Certified Treasury Professional® (CTP) exam preparation course meets every Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. beginning March 7 and running through May 23. This classroom-based program is taught with the official Association of Financial Professionals (AFP) Treasury Learning System™.

The full 36 hours of class- time, books, and online tools from the official AFP Treasury Learning SystemTM  are included in the tuition price.  

The AFP Treasury Learning System is a comprehensive professional development and exam preparation program based on the Essentials of Treasury Management®, Fifth Edition – the official body of knowledge (BOK) tested on the CTP exam.

Stephen SholtyThe CTP designation serves as a benchmark of competency in the finance profession and is recognized as the leading credential in corporate treasury worldwide.

Stephen Sholty, MBA, CTP, a clinical assistant professor in the Finance Department, Walsh College, will teach the course.

The cost of the course is $1,595, however there is an early bird discount of $1,450 if registered before Feb. 17. Enter the code “earlybird” when registering. Walsh students and alumni pay $1,200.

For more information on any of the exam preparation courses, and for the student and alumni codes for registration, contact Walsh College’s Cindy Rush at crush@walshcollege.edu.

“Millennials In The Workplace”

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This program is pending for 1.5 recertification credit hours toward PHR®, SPHR® and GPHR® recertification through the HR Certification Institute through our partnership with the Best and Brightest programs. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at
www.hrci.org.

Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Schedule:

8:00 pam – 10:00m Meeting, featuring the presentation Millennials in the Workplace by Brett Powell, Vice President, Wellness Consultant (American Institute for Preventive Medicine) and Leila Leonard, Director, Benefits and Wellness (Quicken Loans)

Presentation Objectives

There are more Millennials in the workforce than any other generational cohort. The way in which this generation responds to technology, education, communication, and their own health varies drastically compared to prior generations.  Expecting all generations to respond equally to wellness programs is outdated thinking.  This engaging presentation will highlight the defining characteristics of Millennials, share interesting research and case studies, while sending you home with concrete strategies to better engage millennials in your wellness program. Participants will:

1) Identify three broad based strategies to engage Millennials in existing wellness strategies.

2) Create at least one new initiative using delivery methods that Millennials can relate to.

3) Recall the results of at least two scientific studies where the focus was on generational issues related to wellness programs.

4) Identify specific strategies that Quicken Loans has used to improve its culture and reach Millennials.

Location: Walgreens Company, 26261 Evergreen Road, Suite 250, Southfield MI 48076

Registration (link):

$30 advance registration (members); $40 (non-members) – become a member

$35 registration on the day of the event (members); $45 (non-members)

Michigan Wellness Council (MWC) is a nonprofit whose mission is to be the trusted resource and connector for workplace wellness collaboration with the vision to improve health through the successful integration of wellness best practices in the workplace through access to quality resources and forums. Michigan Wellness Council offers regular public group meetings and an annual conference for developing, implementing, and revising worksite wellness programs. Contact: Rita Patel rita.patel@michiganwellnesscouncil.org

WELL Accredited Professional Test Preparation (WELL AP) 100-level, Half-Day Workshop

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Expand your knowledge, earn certification and enhance your competitive advantage!

Date: Friday, March 3, 2017 from 9:00 am – 1:00pm conducted by Jessica Rose Cooper, LEED AP ID+C, WELL AP, WELL Faculty and Janna Wandzilak, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP from Delos

Audience: Wellness Consultants and professionals, design professionals, contractors, developers, owners, facilities managers, and sustainability consultants who are interested in furthering health through design of the built environment, specifically in commercial and institutional building types.

Course Description: Understanding the WELL Building Standard workshop provides a deep dive into the WELL Standard.  The ideology and structure of the program are covered in depth as well as the certification process. The heart of the workshop is an in-depth review of the intents and requirements of each Concept category and Feature including an understanding of the medical basis for each Feature and design and construction strategies for implementing the concepts and requirements. Case studies of WELL pilot projects and other projects actively implementing the Standard are highlighted.

The WELL Building Standard marries best practices in design and construction with evidence-based health and wellness interventions. In this workshop, attendees learn how to harness the built environment as a vehicle to support human health, wellbeing, and comfort. Strategies for improving the nutrition, fitness, mood, sleep patterns and performance of occupants through design and construction practices are explored in detail. This intensive workshop helps building professionals and owners understand their role as public health practitioners. It also helps medical professionals understand the critical role that the built environment plays in a person’s health and wellbeing. For those wishing to become amongst the WELL Accredited Professionals, this workshop serves as a critical step in the preparation for the exam.

The time has come to elevate human health and comfort to the forefront of building practices and reinvent buildings that are not only better for the planet—but also for people.  This workshop will teach you how to do this using the WELL Building Standard as the framework.

Training Objectives:

  1. Identify the purpose, key components, and structure of the WELL Building Standard
  2. Discuss the medical basis for the Concepts and Features of the WELL Building Standard
  3. Understand successful strategies for meeting the requirements of the WELL Features
  4. Learn WELL resources and how to become a WELL Accredited Professional

Location: Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC, 3331 W, Big Beaver Rd., # 200, Troy, MI 48084

Registration: $99 advance registration (deadline February 17, 2017) http://bit.ly/2llVRtz

Michigan Wellness Council (MWC) is a nonprofit whose mission is to be the trusted resource and connector for workplace wellness collaboration with the vision to improve health through the successful integration of wellness best practices in the workplace through access to quality resources and forums. Michigan Wellness Council offers regular public group meetings and an annual conference for developing, implementing, and revising worksite wellness programs.