This coming Friday 4/24/2015, finds me out of the office and headed out of town to the Quad Cities in North West Illinois. I am excited to be taking this trip! This will be my first official act as the incoming Director Elect for Illinois SHRM. I am going to visit a newly chartered SHRM Student Chapter (largely because of the big goings on over in Cincinnati and the SHRM Student Conference.) So I guess I can consider myself a pinch hitter. This is my chance; I hope I WOW these young folks and welcome them into the life of being a SHRMie!!
I have been fortunate to attend and speak at a couple other student events. These things are always chock full of energy, those young minds and bodies can’t wait to get on task. That is just exciting to be around. I always go back to this clip … it sums up my feelings about hanging with the Student Chapters!
I have been given the honor of inducting the officers of this newly formed chapter into those positions, another task not to be taken lightly. I also have been asked to talk about SHRM – and to impart some wisdom on these folks. I think I got the SHRM thing covered, the knowledge, um maybe simply some #TrenchHR stories so they can really understand what they are getting into. We’ll just have to see where this goes.
I also owe a big shout out to Chapter advisor Susan M. Stewart, Ph.D. for all of her efforts in helping pull this together. This has been nearly a year long effort. SHRM does not make this easy. It is my opinion that they want these Student Chapters to work hard to attain their charter, because it is probably going to be just as hard and just as much work to keep it. The passing of the torch, keeping committed focused student leader running the chapter is a mammoth undertaking. I do know one college professor who requires participation in the student chapter (do what you want with that Dr. Stewart).
So I will be passing though Peoria on Thursday night headed up to the Quad Cities. WIU-QC Student SHRM Chapter members -drink your coffee, Coke or Pepsi, were going to make this a high -energy morning!