Grateful HR Professionals


As the year begins to wind to a close and the holiday season grows near, the SHRM Foundation asked attendees at last week’s SHRM Volunteer Leaders Summit to share what they are thankful for this year. Many attendees shared their thankfulness for family, friends, and their health. Many attendees gave a shout-out to fellow SHRM state council and volunteer leaders who dedicate their time and talents to support local HR professionals in their communities.

During this gratefulness activity, I was reminded how SHRM, the SHRM Foundation and the HR profession makes a big impact. Thankful attendees shared:

  • HR gave me the strength to survive Hurricane Maria in PR!
  • The opportunity to hire talent that makes a difference
  • The SHRM Foundation that enabled me to get my certification!
  • HR gave me a career, my family, my friend and my company. Thanks HR!
  • SHRM! My partner in great HR!

This year, the SHRM Foundation will award nearly $500,000 in scholarships to more than 300 people to help them pursue a post-secondary degree, study and sit for their SHRM certification and advance their professional development by attending a SHRM conference or seminar. In addition, we educated and inspired HR professionals to build inclusive organizations for aging workers and military veterans. Our work is only possible because of the thousands of passionate HR professionals who believed in our work and gave generously. I am grateful to each of our donors who partnered with us to make a difference.

As you reflect this holiday season, what are you grateful for? While the turkey is cooking, take a moment to share your thanks with us on twitter by using the hashtag #GratefulHR.

And after you’ve enjoyed the turkey, I invite you to join us on #GivingTuesday, November 28 by making your annual donation to the SHRM Foundation and joining our webcast at Noon Eastern time to learn more about how your gift will be used to make a difference.  With your help, we will increase thankfulness throughout the year.





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