A message from your WI SHRM State Director, Katie Reid, SPHR
Hello SHRM professionals!
Itís hard to believe we are already halfway through 2015! This year is flying by but it has definitely been a productive year so far! In March, the Council hosted our first annual WI SHRM Day on the Hill
in Madison Ė Iím very proud to say that this first event was very successful and attended by over 80 HR professionals. Our state legislators heard our voice! The WI SHRM Student Games
, also held in March at UW-Whitewater, again gave our student teams a great opportunity to compete and network with each other.
This year, your Wisconsin SHRM State Council is serving as a When Work Works Community Partner
. When Work Works
in a SHRM initiative in partnership with the Families and Work Institute. In addition to an education focus, WI SHRM will be awarding an organization in Wisconsin with the When Work Works award. As in the past, WI SHRM will also be recognizing an organization with our annual Diversity and Inclusion award
. These two important awards serve to recognize the outstanding efforts of our organizations in Wisconsin that are working to create forward-looking best practices in the areas of diversity, inclusion, and workplace flexibility.
Speaking of the looking forward, the theme of our 29th annual WI SHRM State Conference
Oct. 14-16 is HRís Marathon: Setting the Pace for the Future. The state conference planning committee has been working extremely hard to provide attendees with programming that will add value to your role as an HR professional and positively impact your organization. This is our biggest WI SHRM event of the year and an excellent networking and education opportunity! In addition, we have some wonderful sponsors and exhibitors that offer solutions you need. New this year, in keeping with our HR ďmarathonĒ theme, we are organizing a fun 5K run/walk on Thursday morning. Bring your workout clothes! The run/walk will start at 7am, it starts and ends at the Kalahari Resort. Be sure to register for the run/walk when you complete your registration. Proceeds from this event will be donated to the SHRM Foundation. Also new this year Ė weíll be offering a conference app for you to download on your phone or tablet prior to the conference that will provide you with your schedule, program information, speaker info, and important conference updates. This is a conference that canít be missed! I hope to see you there!
Last year, SHRM launched two new competency-based certifications - SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). These credentials are adding value to our profession by focusing on the competences required of todayís HR leaders, and not just the knowledge. Have you been thinking about taking the SHRM Certification pathway? It's free and it only takes about one hour to complete. Go www.shrmcertification.org
for more information. Be sure to complete the SHRM Certification pathway prior to attending the WI SHRM State Conference so you can start earning your re-certification credits at the conference!
This has been an excellent year so far and Iím so proud to represent WI SHRM as State Council Director! If you have comments, questions, suggestions, ideas or feedback for me, Iíd love to hear from you! Thank you and I hope to see you soon!