Happy Holidays from the WI State Council SHRM
It is amazing to me that I am at the end of my first year as your WI SHRM State Council Director. As I look back, I realize how honored I am to be your State Director and to have the privilege of working with such a strong team of talented HR professionals throughout the state.
This month we say “goodbye for now” to a few members of our team including Kristine Hackbarth-Horn, Pamela Lassiter, Ryan Derber, Sue Horne, Tasha Sledge and Michelle Hauer as well as all of the Chapter Presidents transitioning out of their roles. Thank you for your work on the state council over the past year, and for some, I should say the “past several years”.
I am extremely proud of all of the great things we have accomplished over the past year. Here are just a few highlights from 2011:
· WI SHRM hosted many great conferences including 3 Legislative Conferences, the 25th Annual State Conference, State Leadership Conference and Student Games Competition. Many thanks to all of you who made these events successful.
· We hosted some wonderful SHRM foundation events this year putting the WI State Council in the top 5 donors for state councils as of the end of October, 2011.
· Our chapters hosted many great membership initiatives to help increase chapter membership last year.
· Workforce Readiness celebrated a 26% increase in companies connected with WIS Careers and worked to build a continued collaborative partnership with the Department of Workforce Development.
· We presented Diversity Advocate Awards to Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and Wisconsin Public Service Corporation who were inspiring for their organizational achievements in this area.
· We jumped into Social Media as a council to get out valuable information faster and in a new way reaching HR professionals where they are “talking” since the use of this medium continues to grow each day.
· The 2nd annual One Day to Make a Difference increased its reach not only in the number of Chapters participating but also with the volunteer participation to help many people in need. This just shows that HR can indeed make a difference.
· We launched our Forward HR Blog and Magazine to increase connections, communication and our reach to both chapter and at-large members in Wisconsin. Our new Council Partnership program will also continue to help educate our members for future years. Many thanks to our council partners for 2011.
· We also welcomed 2 new student chapters to the SHRM family, Blackhawk Technical College and Chippewa Valley Technical College.
As we look forward into 2012, your state council will continue to focus on initiatives that we feel add value, support the council and chapter goals and make an impact on the HR profession. We have a great team which includes some fresh new faces to keep bringing in new ideas and that innovative thinking. We will continue to build on our foundation of bringing you HR education, increased communication and collaboration with key partners in the field of Human Resources.
We begin 2012 by rolling out a new program sponsored by the J.J. Keller Foundation, Inc. The WI SHRM Non-Profit Mentor Program will provide education in the field of human resources to Executive Directors of Non-Profit 501(c)(3) organizations across the state of Wisconsin who do not have a staff Human Resources professional. We are excited to bring this unique opportunity next year to help these individuals manage the human resource challenges that can come up each day.
On behalf of your WI SHRM State Council, we wish you Happy Holidays!
Kellie Dunn-Poggemann, SPHR
2011-2012 WI SHRM State Council Director