As I enter my final year as president of this outstanding organization I’d like to take just a few minutes to reflect on the past 3 years. I have been incredibly blessed to work with an amazing team of professionals in our chapter’s mission to be the HR voice on Long Island. I’d like to thank the entire membership for the continued support and encouragement I’ve received during these past 3 years. I’d also like to thank the Board of Directors, Executive Board, Committee Co-Chairs and Committee Members who continue to work tirelessly on behalf of SHRM-LI year in and year out. Through their amazing efforts we have been successful in so many of our initiatives including;
Providing quality certified programming & networking events,
Increasing our focus on Diversity and Inclusion,
Engaging our legislators in areas relating to HR, our chosen profession,
Providing Certification Prep sessions & other Professional Development efforts
Launching our hugely successful VHR Program & other Workforce Readiness initiatives,
Establishing our now Omni presence on all things social media,
Continuing and enhancing our college relations outreach
Maintaining and improving our steadfast Membership efforts
And our continued increased support of the SHRM Foundation (supported by the many raffle prizes here this evening)
And of course our annual conference continues its long standing tradition of being the pre-eminent HR event on the Island by consistently surpassing the success of the one before!!!
So, when you see someone one of our chapter leaders thank them and know that it’s only through their hard work and efforts that SHRM-LI remains one of the largest and most respected chapters in all of SHRM National.
But we cannot and will not stand only on our past reputation; you have my word that we will continue our efforts to continue to be your go to source for HR information, knowledge & networking.
However, none of these successes would be possible without the continued support of our valued Corporate Sponsors, Jackson Lewis LLP & Five Star Financial Group an Office of MetLife.
Our sincerest appreciation is also sent to our respected Business Directory Partners & Conference Sponsors. Without the sustained support of these organizations throughout the years it would be virtually impossible to provide the kinds of events that you have come to expect from SHRM-LI.
Further, my deepest thanks and gratitude goes to LBS Business Services and my very dear friend Linda Selden-Paduano, our Executive Director & Conference Producer. Without her steadfast support, her day in and day out hard work and tireless and thorough efforts on behalf of SHRM-LI believe me when I say nothing would ever get done!! While I may be your elected president, Linda is truly the heart and soul of the organization.
This is somewhat an unusual time as Thanksgiving and Chanukah converged this year and won’t happen again for another 76,000 years!! The Holiday season is now fully upon us. So at this time as we pause to count our blessings, let us not forgot the hardships of others including the devastation that recently hit the Philippines. As Sandy survivors we know only too well the challenges they have yet to overcome. And our hearts go out to the victims and families of the recent Metro North train crash.
May the good things of life be yours in abundance not only during the holidays but throughout the years as well. Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Chanukuah, Merry Christmas and Happy Kwanzaa.
Wishing you a beautiful holiday and a New Year of peace and happiness.