Paul LaLonde

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Paul LaLonde, SHRM-CP, is an enthusiastic human resources professional with over 10 years’ experience specializing in leadership, employee learning and development, organizational structure, diversity and inclusion, general nonprofit management, and so much more! Paul enjoys finding ways of building collaborative relationships by knocking down internal silos, and he is particularly passionate about coaching employees to find the best within themselves. Currently, Paul serves as the HR Director for CEDA of Cook County in Chicago, the largest Community Action Agency in Illinois that provides services to poverty stricken and at-risk individuals throughout the community. He is an avid reader and writer and was a proud member of the 2019 #SHRMBlogger team. He opines on his blog, the HR Philosopher. Paul is a diehard St. Louis Cardinals fan, Game of Thrones geek, and heavy metal enthusiast (it’s all about the riff). He is a proud husband, father, and disobedient cat lover. Connect with him on LinkedIn and Twitter at @HRPaul49.



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Articles by Paul LaLonde


Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone.” – Martina Navratilova

October 26, 2019

September 26 is #HumanResourceProfessionalDay. 

September 26, 2019


“Just hang around people, and good things will happen!” – Steve Browne

July 2, 2019


“The more seriously you take your growth, the more seriously your people will take you.” –John Maxwell


June 17, 2019


“With the right people, culture, and values, you can accomplish great things.” – Tricia Griffith, American Businesswoman


May 30, 2019


“Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone.” – Martina Navratilova


Being #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, this blog post goes out to all persons challenged with mental health conditions. Together, we can help end stigma and get people the help and love they need and deserve. No one is ever alone.

May 17, 2019


“In God we trust; all others must bring data.” – William Edwards Deming

Note: This blog post is a contribution to the #SHRM19Blogger website. If interested in discovering other amazing HR bloggers, please click the link to read other posts!

April 29, 2019


On March 19th, I had the privilege of presenting to the Rural Transit Assistance Center (RTAC) Conference in Springfield, IL. I was asked to present on the topic of HR challenges that rural transit operators face and how to overcome them.

March 25, 2019