Dear Members and Friends of SHRM-Long Island (SHRM-LI),
For many HR professionals, the year-end is filled with performance appraisals, bonus and incentive programs, promotions, and vacation requests in addition to the daily demands upon us. I’d like to take a little break from all that to reflect on our beloved Chapter and take stock of the many wonderful ways we advanced the HR Profession this year.
I am happy to report that, in what is becoming a proud tradition, SHRM-LI experienced another National award-winning year!
For a second year SHRM National recognized our Members’ generosity and support with the SHRM Foundation Innovation Award and true to its mission, a record number of scholarships were awarded to six SHRM-LI Members.
Our Certification Study Group was named a SHRM Learning System Champion and a Pinnacle Award Finalist! The Fall Study Group session just concluded and the passing rate is impressive.
The Workforce Readiness Committee is putting the finishing touches on the college-level virtual certification course, The Competent Professional (TCP) and has expanded the high-school based Virtual Human Resources Certification program (VHR).
Our Membership base reached an all-time high of over 1650 – welcome one and all!
The Programming, Diversity & Inclusion, and Professional Development Committees worked together to offer thought-provoking, enlightening and engaging talks, seminars, and workshops in addition to our monthly meetings; each yielding recertification credit secured by the Certification Committee.
The Hill kept our Legislative/Advocacy Committee active and on their toes, so that they can keep us on our toes, all the while the College Relations Committee has made an art of bringing together future HR professionals with current SHRM-LI Members who give uplifting and career inspiring presentations and talks.
And of course, putting it out for all to see, the Marketing Committee continues to expand our cyber presence and keeps us connected via social media.
Of course, none of this would be possible without the unwavering commitment, creativity and passion of an amazing group of Volunteer Chapter Leaders, Committee Members, the Board of Directors and Executive Board Members and our Sponsors and Partners.
Next year is already shaping up to be even more awesome (if you can imagine that!) and we invite you to participate and share in all that it means to be a Member of SHRM-LI – pride, passion, and professionalism at its best!
Cheers to all of you and your loved ones for a joyous holiday season and a Happy and Healthy 2017!
Christel Colón, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
President, SHRM-Long Island