Counting Down to SHRM’s 2019 “State of the Workplace”



SHRM Live is just TWO days away! 

Our theme this year is the “State of the Workplace,” and—taking place just days before the President’s State of the Union Address—legislative policies affecting America’s workplaces will be squarely on the table. SHRM already has a seat at the table, and we’re bringing more diverse voices into the discussion to amplify HR’s strategic role in workplaces across the globe. 

This is SHRM’s third year of hosting this unique, interactive event that brings HR and business thought leaders together with a virtual audience across the globe. We have already broken previous registration records, which reflects how keenly HR leaders are following the advocacy climate and its impact on work, workers and workplaces.

We’ll be talking with experts and fielding your questions on such matters as:

  • How do we, as human capital experts, make workforce development a priority for both government and business?   
  • How can we make employment-based immigration a business imperative amid so much negative rhetoric around the subject?   
  • How can business play a greater role in reskilling and upskilling the existing workforce?

It’s my honor this year to serve as moderator for the “Level Up Your Workplace” panel. I’ll be presenting your questions to workforce experts Melissa DeVore, SHRM-SCP, director of HR at SEA Wire and Cable, Inc.; Janet K. Manuel, SHRM-CP, director of HR & Civil Service and EEO/D&I officer for the City of Pittsburgh; and Jameel Rush, SHRM-CP, director of HR at Yoh. 

They represent three very different industries, sectors and workplaces, but like all of us, they share the same concerns about the future of the skills gap, employment-based immigration, paid leave, education and the stability of the U.S. economy. We’ll get to hear them debate from their professional experience, and we’ll be taking your questions too, digging deep into these and other issues that keep HR professionals up at night. 

SHRM Live will kick off with a high-level overview by SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. on how the President’s agenda may impact the workplace. Johnny will then sit down with Jim Clifton, CEO of Gallup, for a conversation on “The Changing Workplace,” bringing HR advocacy issues into the context of everyday business.

The second session will focus on creating better strategic partnerships in the C-suite, SHRM’s Chief of Staff and Corporate Secretary Emily M. Dickens, J.D., will interview Beth Grous, Chief People Officer for TripAdvisor. For all sessions, our virtual audience will have an opportunity to engage in the dialogue, with questions and live comments.

I hope you’ll participate in these critical conversations by joining us on Feb. 1 at 1:00 pm ET to explore how the HR profession can drive better policies for better workplaces and a better world.


Chatrane Birbal is SHRM’s Director of Policy Engagement.


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