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. li>
- 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!
Inspiring Innovation for 2011 and Beyond
As we begin the new year, I am excited to lead a committed and talented team of HR Professionals on the Wisconsin SHRM State Council for 2011.
Our three key areas of focus in 2009 and 2010 were Communication, Collaboration and Education. We made some significant progress in these areas and they will continue to be pathways as we focus on many initiatives. This year, however we will focus even more on how we can inspire the Innovation portion of this formula for success. The focus on Innovation is everywhere. Companies are making smart and innovative decisions to survive and be more successful. In our definition, Innovation is not just creating something new or doing something different. It is a focus on a change in how you do something or re-arranging the old in a fresh new way. We want to make sure our initiatives are innovative and have a strong value.
As a team we already started with this focus in many areas and we have a great amount of talent in our core council and chapter presidents this year to lead us and inspire this innovative thinking. Our key initiatives will focus in many areas including membership, expanded legislative conferences throughout the state, a workforce readiness partnership focusing on the WC-Connection (WIS Careers), and a focus on connecting through Social Media in addition to the great information already found on our website at wishrm.org
To make our leap into social media most effective, we encourage you to jump in and connect to our Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter sites to get this valuable information. You will find Legislative alerts, Chapter updates, educational information from our state council partners, and regular information on our many state conference events. To lead this focus, Matt Stollak, the WI SHRM State Council Social Media Director will keep you up to date with a regular blog.
So as a Council for 2011, we will continue to look at what we do, keep it fresh and exciting, and make sure it is adding value to support our council and chapter goals as well as the HR profession. We hope you are also inspired toward innovative thinking in Human Resources as we work to make advances in the HR profession.
Kellie Dunn-Poggemann, SPHR
2011- 2012 WI SHRM State Council Director