Human Resource Profession

Posted on December 8, 2015

Unique Hiram, FHRC Administrative Manager, traveled to Washington D.C. and attended the Society for Human Resource Management Volunteers Leaders Summit in November. SHRM is the largest association devoted to human resource management, having approximately 285,000 members that include 10,000 international members. The organization’s purpose is to serve the needs of human resource professionals.

There were almost 800 members present at the annual leadership event. Volunteer leaders and state council members converged in the nation’s capital for three general sessions that included a State of the Society given by SHRM President and CEO Henry G. Jackson.

“I went this year because I will be serving a second term in 2016 as the Chapter President for the Human Resource Management Network in Manhattan,” Hiram said.” This was the first time I attended the summit and I was able to learn tidbits on how to enhance your chapter at every session.”

She described SHRM conferences and events as an opportunity for human resource professionals to come together and network. Industrial, small, large and nonprofit businesses are present and some may have not had a human resource professional until this group developed several years ago.

There was an “Advocacy Day” that allowed the SHRM Volunteer Leaders Summit attendees to visit their respective Senators and Representatives to discuss some of the pressing HR legislation that will have an impact on the several organizations. Two of workplace issues included the Affordable Card Act Excise Tax, and Fair Labor Standards Act Overtime Regulations.

“There are so many layers to the human resource profession,” Hiram shared. “When people are passionate about the profession it makes a difference.”

Susan Ershler was a keynote speaker at the annual summit. She is known for climbing Mt. Everest with her husband as well as being a corporate executive and author. Hiram described Ershler’s speech with three words “project, prepare, and persevere” which were the key elements of the presentation. Hiram explained that Ershler’s speech was the most moving to her because she was able to apply that speech to her personal and professional life.

While serving as the 2016 HRMN Chapter President, Hiram plans to apply Ershler’s advice throughout her term. She looks forward to continuing her service with the organization and in the community. She and her incoming board members will take the next few weeks to prepare and make plans on how the organization will serve their membership and local community.

Previously, the chapter has volunteered with the Flint Hills Breadbasket by collecting food and money at Dillon’s West as well as having a close with the KS SHRM Student Chapter at Kansas State University. One of her goals for HRMN during her second term as president is to have more growth and engagement with the membership and community.

“People are what make an organization,” Hiram said. “The ultimate goal is being able to take care of the organization and the people within that organization, finding that balance in the human resource profession is the most fulfilling.”