Past State Director - News & Articles
Greetings WI SHRM Members!
It is hard to believe my two years as your WI State Council Director has come to an end. As I look back over the last two years, I am honored to have been able to represent you as HR Professionals throughout this great state of Wisconsin. This experience allowed me to gain an extreme appreciation for the foundation that was laid before me by my fellow State Director and State Council Member. They left a strong platform which we as a team of volunteer leaders could build on and for that I am very thankful.
As I hand the reigns over to Kellie Dunn-Poggeman your new State Director, I can’t help but reflect on just some of the major accomplishments that your WISHRM volunteer leaders have accomplished. Two years ago, we set a goal to find more innovative solutions to serve the HR agenda across the state by increasing communication, education and collaboration opportunities. The following are some of the highlights of this dedicated teams work.
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- A great deal of work has gone into increasing the depth and outreach of our website and enhancing our monthly communication to our 5,000 SHRM members state wide. My thanks to Kellie Dunn-Poggeman for her hard work in organizing this effort and to Morgan Data, WISHRM's Association Management Company, for their wonderful support in making all the changes to the website and for getting out those monthly e-blasts.
- We launched our Legislative Partnership Program providing timely monthly state legislative updates.
- Our District Directors, Jane Berg, Matt Stollack, Tasha Sledge and Sue Horne reached out and brought together your Local Chapter Presidents across the state to share best practices and learn from each other. Their efforts also helped us bring on two new local chapters in the Oshkosh and the West Central/Tomah Area.
Increased Educational Opportunities:
- Thanks to the leadership of our Conference Committees and Theresa Dew, Conference Liason Director we had two of our most successful WI State SHRM Conferences during some of the most challenging economic times we have seen in recent years. Their combined efforts brought education opportunities to over 2,000 HR professionals.
- Our WI State SHRM Leadership Conferences were lead by Helen Englebert, Leadership Director and hit an all time high for attendance. In the last two year over 190 volunteer leaders came together across the state to learn and share best practices on how to run a Local SHRM Chapter.
- We began a new approach to our Legislative Conferences and move it across the state to Madison and Manitowoc tripling the attendance from any prior year. Tami Christian, Governmental Affairs Director led the charge of working with the Boards of the Greater Madison Area and Lakeshore Chapters who provided their support to pull it all together.
- We were selected by SHRM as one of the first of states to kick off their Legislative Advocacy Program across the country. Sessions have or will be taking place throughout the state in the next couple of months giving each of you a chance to learn more about how you can become involved in influencing the legislative agenda at the state and national level.
- Ryan Deber, College Relations Director, worked with our student leaders across the state to help provide two outstanding HR Student Games/State Student Conferences providing educational opportunities and networking for our HR leaders of the future.
- Even during difficult financial times we saw a jump in the number of SPHR, PHR & GPHR professionals across the state. Thank you to Michelle Hauer, Certification Director for leading this communication effort.
- Barb Stroh, Foundation Director, worked with our local chapters to host one of the most successful drives we have had at the State Conference, raising over $3,000 for the SHRM Foundation.
Increased Collaboration Opportunities::
- We held our first “One Day to Make a Difference” event and had 12 local SHRM chapters enlist over 265 of their members to provide service within their local community. Over a dozen different organizations were assisted. Services provided included workforce readiness activities (e.g., resume review, mock interviewing), manual labor (e.g., gardening, cleaning, painting), food service (e.g., serving meals at food pantries), and fund raising for charities. This combined effort resulted in WISHRM winning the Pinnacle Award from SHRM at this year’s SHRM Leadership Conference in Washington DC..
- Pam Lassiter, Diversity Director, helped us recognize two organizations across the state for leading the way in their diversity and inclusion with their workforce and in their community.
- Our Workforce Readiness efforts were lead by Margie Harvey who brought together the Workforce Readiness Directors from our local SHRM boards to help educate and provided us the opportunity have a strong collaborative relationship with WIScareers.
- Sue Estes, Membership Director, initiated our first membership networking event at the State Conference which help to promote the value of local SHRM membership The result was over 50 HR professionals connected with a local chapter.
I would also like to extend a special thank you to the work that Kellie Dunn-Poggeman, Director Elect, Anthony Dix, Treasurer, and Cassy VanDyke who recently stepped into the Secretary role, have done. They have provided us with their leadership and dedication to WISHRM. Their extra work and long hours were valuable to move our initiatives forward and I am sincerely thankful to that opportunity to work with them .
My belief is that the work of this dedicated group of volunteer leaders have left a stronger foundation of innovative solutions to HR professional across our state for year to come.
Kristine Hackbarth-Horn, SPHR, CPP, CBP
WI State SHRM Council Director 2009 - 2010
“Developing Professionals – Serving the HR Profession”