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    SWSHRM - HR Networking Event: Why Certify?

    Date: March 9, 2016, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
    Southwest Washington SHRM
    Washington State University Vancouver
    Dendrick Administration Building, First Floor
    14204 Northeast Salmon Creek Avenue
    Vancouver, WA 98686
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    Southwest Washington SHRM, in partnership with the Washington State HR Council and SHRM, is hosting a networking event and presentation by Dr. Alexander Alonso on Wednesday, March 9th. This event is free to all HR professionals. Dr. Alonso’s presentation is entitled, “Why Certify?” and he will discuss the research that led to the development of the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge. He will also provide compelling logic as to why HR professionals would want to become certified. If you have questions about the SHRM certifications, are wondering whether to become certified, or would like to connect with other HR professionals in the area, this event is for you.

    Complementary food and beverage provided by Southwest Washington SHRM.

    Special Guest Speaker:

    Alexander Alonso, PhD, SHRM-SCP, is the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM's) Senior Vice President for Knowledge Development and currently serves as the head of examination development and operations for SHRM’s Certified Professional and Senior Certified Professional certifications. He is responsible for all content development and research activities including the development of the SHRM Competency Model. He oversees the teams responsible for research products like the SHRM Knowledge Center, People Insight engagement tools, SHRM Benchmarking Services, and the Workplace and Employment Trends Center.

    During his career, Dr. Alonso has worked with numerous subject matter experts worldwide with the aim of identifying performance standards, developing competency models, designing organizational assessments, and conducting job analyses. He was also responsible for working on contract task orders involving the development of measurement tools for content areas such as job knowledge (like teacher knowledge of instructional processes) and organizational climates (like organizational climate forecasting in military health care). He possesses experience in projects dealing with organizational assessments and workforce analysis drawing on interdisciplinary advanced training, quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as multicultural and foreign language skills.

    Dr. Alonso received his doctorate in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Florida International University in 2003. Dr. Alonso was part of the team recognized by the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology (Division 14 of the APA; SIOP) with the 2007 M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace for the development of the federal standard for medical team training, TeamSTEPPS. In addition, Dr. Alonso was awarded a 2009 Presidential Citation for Innovative Practice by the American Psychological Association for supporting the development of competency model for team triage in emergency medicine. He is also the recipient of the 2013 SIOP Distinguished Early Career Contributions for Practice Award.

    Dr. Alonso has published works in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Applied Psychology, International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Personality and Individual Differences, Quality and Safety in Health Care, and Human Resources Management Review. Dr. Alonso also served as a columnist reviewing international practice topics for The Industrial Psychologist from 2011-2014. He served as the Chairperson for the SIOP International Affairs Committee, a member of the SIOP Professional Practice, Awards, and Program Committees, and as the 2014 president of the Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington. He currently serves as the SIOP Executive Board Communications Portfolio Officer