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SHRM Advocacy Team Happenings in Florida

To be effective in today's business climate, it is important that HR professionals understand how government works, how legislation impacts the profession, and how HR professionals can influence public policy.  The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has launched an initiative to create a nationwide member advocacy network of HR Advocates collectively known as the Advocacy Team, or A-Team, to fully engage our members in the public policy process.

SHRM and the HR Florida State Council are pleased to host a series of SHRM A-Team sessions in Florida during September and October.  The sessions are designed to inform and educate HR professionals about how to engage in the public policy process as HR Advocates or Advocacy Captains (Advocacy Captains are key contacts helping coordinate SHRM's efforts in each congressional district).

During the program, David Lusk, SHRM's Senior Associate for Member Advocacy, will take you through the basic steps of becoming involved in the public policy process; provide best practices for contacting, meeting with and building lasting relationships with elected officials and their staff outside of Washington; and, touch upon effective ways of communicating the HR professional’s perspective on key workplace issues.

The A-Team programs have been pre-approved for HR Certification Institute strategic recertification credit hours (NOTE: not all sessions are of the same length).  Sessions will be held in conjunction with various Florida chapter programs around the state for your convenience.  More information about each session is available at the links as noted.  You may also contact each respective chapter president with questions about the session location, time or cost (when applicable).

We hope you will be able to join us!

  • Mid-Florida SHRM annual chapter meeting:  Thursday, September 8 - Lakeland, FL, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm.  Federal Legislative Update / SHRM Advocacy Team Overview.  To register and for more information, please visit HERE.
  • Greater Miami SHRM chapter meeting: Tuesday, October 18 - Miami, FL, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm.  SHRM Advocacy Team: Shaping HR Public Policy.  To register and for more information, please visit HERE.
  • The Greater Miami SHRM is also hosting two additional events at the Hotel Sofitel that day.  The first, a Workshop on Compliance for Federal Contractors & Non-Federal Contractors, starts at 3:00 pm.  Workshop registration and information is available HERE.
  • The second, a dinner meeting entitled "Release Your Brilliance & Great Places to Work," features speaker and author Simon T. Bailey and begins immediately after the A-Team program.  To register and for more information, please visit HERE.
  • HR Collier Anniversary Foundation Breakfast Fundraiser: Wednesday, October 19 - Naples, FL, 8:00 am - noon.  Breakfast begins at 8:00 am.  To register and for more information, please visit HERE.
  • HRMA of SW Florida chapter meeting: Wednesday, October 19 - Fort Myers, FL., 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm.  SHRM Advocacy Team: Shaping HR Public Policy. To register and for more information, please visit HERE.


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