Joe Koyon Updated

August 2019
Happy Labor Day Weekend, CRHRA!

It’s been a busy summer for CRHRA, and our work has set us up for an exciting fall. We held 2 successful socials, one at Rivers Casino on June 13th, and the most recent at Saratoga Race Course last week. If youwere unable to attend, I hope you checked out our social media accounts to see all the fun had by yourfriends and peers. Make plans to join us for our events next summer!

Our regular program schedule is set to resume on September 11 at the Red Lion Hotel in Albany. This event will feature a panel discussion about the investment of time and money that HR professionals andtheir organizations make in preparing new supervisors for leadership roles. Please join us for “Supervisor Boot Camp: Investing in New Supervisors’ Success.”

New York State SHRM’s Annual Conference, “Stepping into the Future” will once again be in Albany. Ifyou are following our social media accounts, you know that CRHRA is continuing a long tradition ofsupport for our state conference. Scheduled for September 22 – 24, the conference will feature a lineupof great keynote speakers and sessions. Check out the conference and register here.

You may have noticed an increased social media presence from CRHRA over the summer. The Board and our partners at ADG have been working diligently to bring to life a new communications strategy. The goal is to bring you more options for content, in ways that are easier to access and consume, delivered in ways that you choose. Our Communications Director, Jessica LaMoy, has spent the last few months developing the tactical steps needed to execute this strategy, and we are pleased to provide some highlights. First, you will receive the content normally reserved for the newsletter throughout the month. This will allow the content to stand out, as well as giving us increased flexibility with our communications schedule. Secondly, this content will be delivered across our communication vehicles, so you are more likely to see it in a timely fashion. Lastly, we are launching an Instagram account, which provides a different opportunity to highlight our events. All of these changes are designed to provide you with more content, more ways to engage with your peers, and an improved communications experience.

This increased social media presence also provides new opportunities for members looking to broaden their skill sets or take on new responsibilities they may not be afforded in their careers. We are looking for members with interest or experience in social media to join our Communications Committee. Also we continue to seek help on our Government Affairs Committee. We would like to build on the momentum established by the conference and provide insight and opportunities for advocacy formembers throughout the year. We have had a number of members step up to offer their time and talents – thank you! – but we will likely need a few more. We will be wrapping up this recruitment drive in the next few weeks, so please do not be shy. Lastly, we are looking to re-shape our diversity and inclusion efforts, much as we have with our communications strategy. That will require more members for our Diversity and Inclusion committee. As with Government Affairs, a few members have expressed interest – thank you, too! – but we will likely need more. This will be an opportunity to take our diversity and inclusion efforts in a more strategic direction and make them a part of the fabric of the organization. If you are interested, please let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you know of someone who may be interested in any of these opportunities, please send them our way, even if they are not (yet) CRHRA members or don’t formally work in the HR field. We are here to serve the business community of the Capital Region, and we are always looking to improve outreach beyond our core audience in order to do so.

Please stay tuned to www.crhra.org and our various social media accounts for updates on programs, events, and other chapter happenings. We have a lot more initiatives planned for the fall and beyond. I hope you will be a part of it.


All the best,
Joe