Myths, Magic and Masterly

Path to Legislative Advocacy

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Sometimes, taking a stand and making your voice heard is necessary by either supporting or opposing a proposed bill.

Fortunately, Arkansas citizens can take an active role in the law-making process by attending and participating in public hearings, communicating with their elected representatives, and campaigning for or against a proposed bill.

Recently, several ARSHRM Council members, as well as a host of HR professionals across the state, launched a grassroots campaign to oppose the proposed bill SB 71 An Act to Prohibit Discrimination and Preferential Treatment by the State of Arkansas and Other Public Entities.

We are pleased to announce that Tim Orellano and Steve Schulte, who contributed significantly to thwarting the passage of this legislation, will be presenting on their personal experiences they went through to stop this bill from becoming law. And through their experience, we will learn how navigate the Arkansas’s legislative process.

This will be a fantastic chance to draw on the experiences of Tim and Steve to help us better comprehend the legislative process, so when it’s time for us to take a stand, we’ll be prepared.

Tim Orellano, PHR is the President of The Human Resources Team, a Little Rock based human resources management consulting company. He launched his Human Resource consulting business in 1992 after having served as the Director of Human Resources in the manufacturing, service and banking industries.  Tim was elected Chair of the Ark ILG in 2008 and has continued in this role today. 

He is the recipient of the Outstanding Member Award from the Central Arkansas Human Resource Association and the Harold McDaniel Outstanding Member Award for the Arkansas Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development. He received the Arkansas Human Resources Professional of the Year Award and was finalist for the SHRM National Award for Professional Excellence and is the recipient of the Jim Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award in Human Resources which is the highest honor awarded by the ARSHRM State Council of Arkansas and the Russell Gunter Legislative Advocate Award.  Tim currently serves as the Professional Development Director for ARSHRM.

Steven E. Schulte is an attorney with the Schulte Law Firm and is the President of FirstStaff.  He practices mainly in in employment law, contract matters, estate planning, and business matters.  FirstStaff is a staffing company with several offices in Arkansas and Texas, based in Little Rock.   He grew up and attended high school in North Little Rock, Arkansas.  Steve graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, where he served on the UALR Law Review and received the Dean’s Certificate of Distinguished Service.  He was also appointed as Special Associate Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court.  Previously, Steve received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Central Arkansas and a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arkansas.

Steve is a member of the Arkansas Academy of Industrial Engineering.  He previously served as Special Associate Justice to the Arkansas Supreme Court. Steve has lifetime Certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), SHRM – SCP certification and is a Certified Staffing Professional (CSP). Steve was selected as the Arkansas SHRM Professional of the Year and as the Central Arkansas Human Resource Association’s Outstanding Member.  He also received the Arkansas SHRM Russell Gunter Legislative Advocacy Award.  Steve has served as a Board member of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Arkansas, the Arkansas Staffing Association, the Central Arkansas Human Resources Association, and currently serves as a Board member and Treasurer of the Humane Society of Pulaski County.  He previously served as State Director of the Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management and is currently serving as its Government Affairs Director.  Steve has previously served as President of the Central Arkansas Human Resources Association; President of the Staffing Association of Arkansas, Arkansas Quality Award Examiner; Secretary of the Arkansas Institute of Industrial Engineering; Board Chair of the Central Arkansas Human Resources Association; and Vice President of the Humane Society of Pulaski County.

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