Callie Zipple, SHRM-CP, is an HR professional and a SHRM volunteer with a passion for making a difference in the field of Human Resources. Callie has worked in HR for many difference industries including manufacturing, travel management and sports data and technology. As a Field Services Director, Callie will work with SHRM members, chapters and state councils in Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Kentucky. The Membership team is excited to have Callie join the regional team and represent SHRM on the road.
I’ve known about and have been a part of SHRM for the last 10 years. I was exposed to SHRM as a college student, becoming involved in the chapter and eventually taking on the SHRM Chapter President role for two years. After graduation, I converted to a professional member of national SHRM and participated as a local member as well. I started getting involved at the state level with the student conference as a volunteer and ultimately became the College Relations Director for WISHRM through those efforts. After leading three successful state student conferences, I moved on to be part of the Young Professional Advisory Committee (YPAC) with national SHRM where my role was primarily social media focused. When my two-year commitment came to an end, I went back to WISHRM as the Social Media Director with a primary focus on our Twitter and Facebook presence as well as the Forward HR blog, WISHRM’s social media hub.
I am most excited about being able to pull from my own volunteer experience to enhance the ability of our volunteers to make a difference in the HR profession. I’m also excited about being able to help our volunteers understand how they can partner with SHRM to make their professional jobs easier.
The thing that has surprised me the most in the last couple weeks since starting with SHRM is the incredible amount of data we collect to ensure we are representing our volunteers and members appropriately. The surveys we send out matter and ultimately shape the way we do things. We want to make sure we are truly capturing what HR professionals today want and need and the only way we can do that is through the collection of meaningful data.
Also, I had always believed SHRM existed to make my job easier both as a member and as a volunteer. But to see truly how much SHRM revolves around its members and volunteers and how everything – every question, every initiative – comes back to its members and volunteers has been a very positive experience for me.