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Lynn is SVP and Head of Global Outreach and Operations for SHRM, the world's largest HR professional society.  In addition, Lynn currently serves on the European Commission Expert Group on Economic Migration, the B20 Employment Task Force, the Business Mechanism of the Global Forum on Migration and Development, the Board of Trustees of  World Education Services and the editorial board for the Journal for Migration and Human Security.  She is also past-chair of the Alliance for International Exchange, Compete America, Multinational Employers for Working Spouses and the Executive Working Group on Global Mobility Policies. Lynn is a frequent lecturer on mobility policy and has testified before the US Congress, United Nations, and World Trade Organization and has appeared on numerous television and radio shows.

 Lynn received her JD from the University of Michigan and a BA in International Relations from James Madison College and the Honors College at Michigan State University.


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Articles by Lynn.Shotwell


In a global economy where goods and services flow freely across borders, multinational enterprises must also be able to move their employees to the locations where their talent is most needed.  These companies need HR professionals who understand the nuances of global talent acquisition and mobility.

March 22, 2019


Bold Purpose.  But Audacieux.  Proposito Audaz.  Algharad Jaree’.

However you say it, over the past year SHRM has been speaking out around the world on all things work.  Before the year ends, our work on immigration and the skills gap will culminate at four international events.  As our Head of Global Outreach and Operations, I have the privilege of travelling abroad on SHRM’s behalf, but it’s our collective work that shapes the opinions of the world’s leaders.  Let me share how.

December 10, 2018

B20 Urges Employer-Friendly Migration Reform

May 19, 2017


Hire [fill in the blank] First

April 20, 2017



December 28, 2016



Two weeks ago I wrote that we need to separate what we know about potential changes to the US immigration system from what we don’t know and what is speculation.  Over the past week, a couple of important indicators are telling us that employers need to prepare for more enforcement and scrutiny of their employment of foreign nationals.

November 30, 2016



Making sense of trends affecting the world of work

September 7, 2016


I am excited to share with you the new Council for Global Immigration (CFGI) and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) guide, “Moving Forward on Immigration: How the U.S. Employment-Based Immigration System Works – and How It Can Work Better,” which contains information on:

March 24, 2015