As the lead for SHRM’s Global Operations Team in the development of our European market presence, I had the distinct pleasure of heading a four- country tour of key European cities where SHRM volunteers launched local Global Forums. SHRM Global Forums provide a dynamic atmosphere where local HR professionals and SHRM member participate in education opportunities, and engage in networking and best practice sharing. Forums allow SHRM’s more than 10,000 members outside the US to actively participate with their local HR community and to enjoy the myriad of benefits available to SHRM members globally.
John Fillingham, Director Matchett PLC, SHRM’s educational partner in several European countries, and I met with volunteer Global Forum boards in Amsterdam, Dublin, Frankfurt, London and Copenhagen, and attended the locally planned meetings. The volunteer leaders planned thought-provoking education sessions on General Data Protection (GDPR) that takes effect in Europe in April, unconscious bias and sexual harassment, and ROI of HR, followed by interactive discussion and a networking drinks event. From the level of participant engagement, these proved to be hot topics driving change in the European HR scenario.
SHRM Global Forums in Europe will host four events a year both virtually and face to face based on content chosen and organized by their respective boards. It is our mutual goal to bring the SHRM membership and volunteer experience to life globally and to be a source of education, professional development and networking for HR professionals globally.
For information on SHRM Global Forums in your city please visit the Global Forum’s webpage.
SHRM Global Forum Ireland - L to R: Michael McCallum,
Patricia Conlon Sinead Godkin, Louise Harrison, John Fillingham
and Lynne Kemp (Chair).
SHRM Global Forum Germany - Gordon Hudson (Chair).
SHRM Global Forum Netherlands -
Jo-Ann Garbutt (Chair) and Ruth Harvey
SHRM Global Forum London - Kerry Scott-Patel