This is the fifth in our series of National Volunteer Week blogs- each profile written by SHRM’s Field Services Directors. Today’s piece profiles Dan Higham and is authored by Susan Post. Follow @SHRM all this week for recognition of our amazing volunteers with the #NVW16 and #SHRMLead hashtags.
Volunteer’s name: Dan Higham, SHRM-CP
Volunteer Role: New York State Membership Director
Over the last 16 years, I have had the great pleasure of engaging with many amazing volunteer leaders as a staff member on SHRM's Field Services Team. These individuals take on their roles with passion, dedication and enthusiasm, often turning their volunteerism into second careers that last years - and even decades.
One young professional who stands out from recent years is Dan Higham, SHRM-CP. Dan currently is in his second year as State Membership Director on the New York State Council, and is also Chapter Membership Director for several affiliated professional chapters. In his state role, Dan leads monthly conference calls with chapter membership directors across the state, providing volunteers with the opportunity to share strategies, successful practices and challenges with their peers. In addition, Dan took the initiative to create a state-wide At-Large Task Force which collected membership metrics and New York-specific information specific to create the state's first At-Large Toolkit, which houses the state’s strategy for converting At-Large to In-Chapter SHRM members. The toolkit was recently rolled out to volunteers attending the New York State Leadership Conference and was very well-received.
According to Deb Shigley, SHRM-SCP, long-time volunteer and current New York State Council Director, "We are fortunate to have Dan as our Membership Director for New York State SHRM. Over the past year, he was able to assist and support our 15 local chapters to increase SHRM membership by 3%. This enabled the state council to achieve its first ever Platinum Excel Award from SHRM."
Dan also serves on SHRM's 2016 YPAC (Young Professionals Advisory Council,) selected from over 160 nominees as one of the 15 members that currently comprise the Council. Overall, Dan is a high-potential HR professional and volunteer leader who I predict will accomplishing great things, should he aspire to them, in both his career and his SHRM volunteer service. He is currently HR Generalist at Time Warner Cable in Binghamton, NY and spends much of his free time with his new nephew.