My role with the SHRM Foundation is to support SHRM chapters and state councils in their efforts to share about the SHRM Foundation. I can often be found with a phone next to my ear, chatting with volunteers in our office on calls with chapter and state council leadership. And I can say that I am one of the lucky few that get to spend my days chatting with some of the best volunteers in the country.
Since starting at the SHRM Foundation, I have had the opportunity to build fantastic relationships with volunteers who balance numerous jobs, family commitments and yet still make time to give so much back to the SHRM Foundation. Each chapter and state council leader I speak with is unique, but all of them have something in common: dedication. They are passionate about shaping the future of HR and being advocates for their fellow HR professionals.
As National Volunteer Week comes to a close, I want to take a moment to highlight one of the first SHRM Foundation Directors I met when starting my role. I had spoken with him numerous times prior to meeting in person and had heard many stories about the man and “the legend.” Of course, I’m talking about Bruce Christian, long-time SHRM Foundation Director with the Virginia SHRM State Council.
Last spring, I was invited to speak and support the SHRM Foundation efforts at the VASHRM Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia. Once I arrived, I was immediately given a hug by this charming southern man who would be my partner for the rest of the conference. From simultaneously running countless fundraisers to promoting SHRM Foundation awareness wherever he goes, Bruce is a one-man-show moving a mile-a-minute. Fellow members open their wallets when they see him, already knowing what will be the first words out of his mouth: SHRM Foundation. Bruce’s dedication never wavers, as he knows all of his efforts are for a worthy cause.
Earlier this year, I learned that Bruce would be retiring from his role as VASHRM SHRM Foundation Director. And on behalf of the SHRM Foundation, I want to say thank you for everything! We'll miss you, Bruce, and best of luck in your next adventure!
We are thankful for each and every SHRM Foundation volunteer. It is only with the help of more than 1,000 volunteers that we are able to fund scholarships, drive HR thought leadership and provide complimentary educational resources.