Spending much of his early life working in theme parks, Brad has had many unique and fun experiences since graduating from Indiana University.  Brad’s HR experience began in policy development and training for International Theme Park Services and took him around the world to train including extended assignments in China, Mexico, & Brazil.  Following that, Brad was hired as the first HR professional for a family owned printing company and established their HR practices from scratch. After 10 years in Bloomington, Indiana as the Director of HR and Corporate Compliance for Stone Belt, a non-profit organization with over 500 employees fulfilling its mission to prepare, empower, and support people with disabilities throughout south-central Indiana, Brad has started a new adventure in Michigan as the Director of HR for the Portage Public Schools.
In addition to his day job, Brad currently serves as the Director at Large for the Indiana State Council of SHRM and has volunteered time for many local organizations.
Most importantly, Brad is kept well-grounded at home by his wife, Susanne, and their two children Jack and Annie.
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Articles by Brad Galin



The initial 24 hours of the annual SHRM conference have reminded me of the importance of telling stories. Although a very good session was at 7:00 this morning that revolved around the purpose and methods of telling stories, this story revolves around the keynote sessions heard so far.

June 18, 2018



Twenty-nine. That is the number of pieces of mail I received from vendors in the lead up to the opening of SHRM18 in Chicago tomorrow.

June 16, 2018

It’s the time of year that some of my colleagues affectionately call HR Christmas.

This year, over 16,000 HR professionals are descending on New Orleans for the SHRM Annual Conference. This event brings folks from around the world together to learn, network, and yes, party, each year.

June 20, 2017


There is more talk at this year’s SHRM Annual Conference about recruiting difficulties than there has been during my previous visits to this conference.

We 1st heard about this from the perspective of Mike Rowe. He pointed out that we have 2.8 million unfilled jobs yet have record amounts of student debt piling up. Was his conclusion that we are training people for jobs that they don’t want or don’t exist anymore correct?

June 22, 2016

As another SHRM Annual conference looms in my immediate future, I find myself looking forward to several things during this time in Washington DC. 

June 17, 2016

Many people know Karl Ahlrichs after seeing him speak at local, state, and national SHRM events. For all but 2 of the last 20 years, Karl has been a fixture at SHRM Annual Conferences and returns to Washington DC (his favorite conference city!) to present two (2) sessions this year. During a recent meeting in his hometown of Indianapolis, we sat down to talk about his time as a SHRM speaker and some highlights of his sessions.

June 9, 2016

Like many of the nearly 16,000 people attending this year’s SHRM Annual Conference in Las Vegas, I have received my fair share of pre-conference mailings from vendors. The pile is impressive, colorful, full of enticements to visit booths, and mostly useless! While some have made efforts to stand out from the crowd and engage on a deeper level, many of the postcards and fliers simply feel like they have been recycled from previous events with updated dates, location, and logo.

June 28, 2015

During this time of having our hyper-partisan political world dominate the new cycles and hijack any remaining common sense from our elected officials, it may seem easiest to just give up and label Washington and/or your state capital as nothing more than expensive real estate occupied by idiots. While this last statement may still be true, it still matters that we reach out and let people know about issues and problems that impact the good things we do. Yes, your voice can make a difference!

March 3, 2015

I spent much of the day Monday roaming the HUGE exhibit hall at the 2014 SHRM Annual Conference. This was by design as my previous venture to SHRM in Chicago ended before I could make it all the way through. For those thinking that I missed out on educational opportunities by not attending sessions, you are mistaken as the 2014 exhibition hall has numerous educational opportunities.

June 24, 2014

In his Monday morning session at #SHRM14, Steve Browne urged those attending his session to be themselves at all times, even at work! Now I know this may frighten some of you as much as the thought of missing out on the latest iPad giveaway in the exhibition hall. This should not be a scary prospect, even in a formal environment. After all, if you are not yourself, then you are either a fake or a poor imitation of someone else.

June 23, 2014

I start this post as I hurdle along at 501 mph in seat 30C over the skies of Ohio on my way to the 2014 SHRM Annual Conference in Orlando.  It occurs to me that I am very fortunate in so many ways in life and this certainly counts as one of them.

June 22, 2014

It makes me happy to think about journeying to Orlando in less than two weeks to attend my second SHRM Annual Conference.  Having experienced my first last year, I now know that the event is much bigger than the sessions held in the conference center. The variety of events that occur along with the conference bring opportunities for not only learning, but fun as well. I’ve heard some discount the importance of these events, but they are an important element of advancing our profession.

June 12, 2014
Sometimes, the mere act of being present can make a world of difference in our workplace.  This is especially true when it is unexpected, unscheduled, and done for positive reasons.
In my short tenure in my new position, it has become clear that my presence outside the administrative office is a new fangled concept to many.  I’ve heard phrases like:
“HR has never been here before.”
“Why are you here? Is something wrong?”
December 19, 2013