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Decoding the Mystery of Disability Employment, Lunch & Learn Session 3: Strategies for Working with Employees with Disabilities

July 25, 2017
11:30 AM EDT to 1:00 PM EDT

Greenville Tech Center for Manufacturing Innovation
575 Millennium Blvd
Greenville, SC 29607

REGISTER NOW. RSVP by 5 p.m., Friday, July 21st.

Registration and buffet lunch opens at 11:30 a.m. Meeting begins at 11:50 a.m.

This Lunch & Learn Series covers successful strategies for employing individuals with disabilities. The series is designed for human resource professionals and small business managers.

HR Certification Credit: HRCI and SHRM credit is pending for this program.

Registration cost: $10 and includes lunch.

Program Topic: Strategies for Working with Employees with Disabilities

Program Summary: As more individuals with disabilities enter the workforce, many employers have questions about what the proper etiquette is when working with these individuals.  No one wants to feel like they have unknowingly made an offensive comment or were insensitive to another person.  The goal of any company should be to have a work environment that is comfortable for all employees and encourages them to perform at their highest level.

Session 3 seeks to address employer questions and interest in a comfortable and open format, while incorporating a panel of individuals with disabilities sharing their personal experiences in the workforce.

The purpose of this session is to help HR professionals and small business managers learn proper etiquette, sensitivity, and strategies for working with employees who have a disability.

  • General guidelines when working with employees with a disability.
  • Using the appropriate terminology and why it really does make a difference.
  • Strategies for working with specific disabilities.

Primary Presenters:

Mike Teachey, Lead Facilitator/Director of Greenville CAN

Chris Sparrow, Presenter/Employment Services Coordinator at Able South Carolina

Your Questions: The format will include a Q & A discussion. We invite you to submit your questions in advance here.

Speaker Chris Sparrow. Chris earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communication from USC-Upstate, and has also earned certificates of Graphic and Web Design from Greenville Tech. In 2012, Chris experienced a rare spinal cord event that left him paralyzed below the waist.  Because of the things he learned about the world of disability and about himself, he decided to dedicate his life to helping to improve his community, state, and country to be more inclusive and accessible for individuals with disabilities.  Chris has been working tirelessly at the nonprofit Center for Independent Living, Able SC in Greenville. Chris first started as an Independent Living Specialist and is now the Upstate Employment Services Coordinator.  At Able SC, Chris is the Program Coordinator for Able SC CareerBOOST, he is a Ticket to Work counselor, he assists with ADA compliance assessments, and coordinates the monthly in-person peer support group for the Greenville office.  He is currently pursuing his Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator certification. Chris participates on Greenville CAN’s Leadership Team and the Supportive Services Workgroup.  He is also a member of the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Greenville Class 43.  In addition, Chris is on the Greater Upstate Region Sector Strategy Team and the SC Works Worklink Priority Populations Committee. In his free time Chris enjoys racing handcycles and other adaptive sports like downhill and cross-country mountain biking, adaptive snow and water skiing.  Chris and his wife Kelly also enjoy the Upstate’s blossoming restaurant scene on the weekends.

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations after the deadline date are subject to the meeting fee payment ($10). Please direct questions to



SC Chamber announces Robyn Knox as HR Professional of the Year


HILTON HEAD, S.C. – The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce today announced Robyn Knox, who is Vice President of Human Resources at Southern Weaving in Greenville, as this year’s winner of the Professional Excellence in Human Resources Management Award. See full announcement.


Mentoring Program Ongoing

GSHRM is pleased to offer its members participation in the Mentoring Program.  This program has met with great success and we are pleased to offer mentoring on a continuous basis.  This program is designed to match less experienced HR practitioners with more experienced practitioners. 

Who is eligible:  Any GSHRM members may apply to be a part of the program.  Please complete the application form linked below. Mentors must have 10 or more years of progressive HR experience to serve as mentors.

What is involved:  Once you have submitted an application, you will be matched with either a mentor or mentee.   You will receive a “match” email with some basic instruction on the program.  The program is intended to be a year-long program and we ask that you try to connect with each other at least monthly.

What the Program is Not:  This program is not intended to be your “HR Department.”  For example, if you are matched with an attorney, you should not exploit the opportunity to seek legal advice.  

Mentee / Mentor Application Form

We are always searching for available mentors and mentees!  Please send any questions regarding the program to

Why Mentor?
by Steve Nail, JD, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, RCC:


New Website Advertising Option for GSHRM Sponsors

GSHRM has a new website advertising tool for members and friends of GSHRM. Ads on our website are a terrific way to get the word out about your company and support GSHRM at the same time. Our website receives on average over 4,000 views monthly by over 1,300 unique visitors. Choose one of 3 ad types to suit your needs and budget. More information at Sponsors.



Coach Training Opportunities - 10% Discount for GSHRM Members

GSHRM is partnering with Impact Business Coaches to offer two coaching trainings this Spring. GSHRM members that register for any of the below offerings by May 9th will receive a 10% discount.

This program is approved for 14.25 hours of HRCI General Credit and SHRM Professional Credit.

Members, please email for the discount code.

Heart of Leadership Coach Training: The Heart of Leadership provides leaders with coach training and tools to develop the people and create coaching cultures within their organizations. There is also the opportunity for leaders who complete the Heart of Leadership to become a certified facilitator of the program and train others inside their organization.  This program supports organizations whose strategy is focused on talent development and growing and sustaining a coaching culture. The 2-day course is offered in the following locations on these dates:

  • Greenville, SC - May 18-19, 2017
  • Philadelphia, PA - June 21-22, 2017
  • Chicago, IL - July 11-12, 2017
  • Springfield, IL - August 17-18, 2017
  • Napa Valley/San Francisco, CA - October 11-12, 2017

Information for Heart of Leadership Coaching Training
Direct Registration Link

Registered Corporate Coach Training: The RCC program is specifically designed for coaches, consultants, managers, therapists, human resource professionals, trainers and other individuals who have at least 7 years of business experience and want to add a professional coaching designation to their credentials.  This program is accredited through the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches (WABC). The 2 day RCC course is offered in Atlanta, Georgia on the following dates : 

  • August 23-24, 2017
  • November 8-9, 2017

Information for Registered Corporate Coach Training
Direct Registration Link


Work Readiness Guide, 2nd Edition Now Available

The Workforce Readiness Guide is a resource for businesses, educators, and individuals seeking employment. This guide provides educators with resources on how various career coaching/development programs can be organized and delivered to different groups of learners, including a breakdown of the different learning styles by age. This guide also caters to the job seeker, providing insights on how to write a resume, various interview tips and pointers including how to handle video interviews, group interviews, and other common interview formats.

This publication was compiled by the Greenville Society for Human Resource Management’s (GSHRM) Workforce Readiness Council. The Workforce Readiness Council was established in the fall of 2008 as a special committee of GSHRM with the vision of building a qualified workforce that can compete in a global economy. Made up entirely of volunteers who are working professionals, the mission and goal of the council is to prepare citizens to enter and compete in the job market by fostering collaborative relationships among community stakeholders, carrying the slogan “Shaping the Future.”

This is the second edition of the Workforce Readiness Guide and was updated in August of 2016. It is copyrighted to GSHRM.

Workforce Readiness Guide, 2nd Edition



GSHRM members - are you receiving E-news updates (newsletters and meeting invitations)?

GSHRM sends E-news Updates (newsletters) with monthly meeting invitations to all members on a regular basis. We have heard that some members do not receive these email notices. Here are some actions you can take to begin receiving emails:

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HR Certification Exam Scholarships

GSHRM's certification exam scholarships reimburse members for the cost of HRCI (PHR, SPHR) certification exams, as well as SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams.  Eligible applicants must be active GSHRM members.  Requests may be made after certification is received. No other source of funding (such as reimbursement by your company) may be available for your use. Reimbursements will be granted to the first 10 approved requests in a calendar year. Applications can be found here. Contact Judy Ulsh for details.


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