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Membership Advisory Council (MAC) FAQs 

 
What is the MAC?
The Membership Advisory Council (MAC) is an elected group of five SHRM volunteer leaders, each representing a geographical region in the SHRM Volunteer Leadership Structure. The Council serves as an interface between the SHRM Board of Directors and volunteer leaders at the Regional Council, State Council and Chapter levels. The MAC provides strategic input to the Society and is provided operational feedback from the Society via meetings twice each year with the SHRM Board of Directors and with the SHRM President/CEO.  Both value the input of the MAC and take their recommendations under advisement when considering an issue.

MAC Representatives will be elected in the Fall of each year for service during the following calendar year.

What are the responsibilities of the MAC?
To provide strategic input and feedback to/from the SHRM Board of Directors on:

  • Strategic membership issues, especially in regard to the Society’s mission.
  • Key human resource themes that are relevant to the Society’s mission
  • Strategic direction from the SHRM Board of Directors on key priorities and strategies

To provide operational input and feedback to/from the SHRM organization to ensure optimum service/support to/for volunteer leaders and members.

How often will the MAC meet?
Meetings of the Membership Advisory Council will be held throughout the year, including "virtual" meetings via telephone. The MAC will meet in person with the SHRM Board of Directors (or their designee) twice per year in conjunction with the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition (June) and with the SHRM Leadership Conference (November).  The MAC will also meet in person with the SHRM President & CEO/Senior Staff (or designee) in May annually and may meet in conjunction with the SHRM Regional Council Summit (February).  Other meetings may take place in conjunction with the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition (June) and the SHRM Leadership Conference (November).  The MAC may also meet in person two other times per year to prepare for the above-referenced meetings.

The MAC may also meet, both in person and/or via conference call, with representatives from the SHRM Foundation and the HR Certification Institute Boards.  The in-person meetings would also be held in conjunction with the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition and the SHRM Leadership Conference.

Who facilitates the MAC meetings?
All meetings of the MAC are facilitated by SHRM senior staff.

What is the term of service on the MAC?
Each representative serves a one-year term.

Who is eligible to be elected as a member of the MAC?
State Council Directors with at least one year's experience on the Regional Council are eligible for consideration as the Region's MAC Representative for the upcoming year.  (Please refer to the Membership Advisory Council Operating Guidelines for complete eligibility information.)

Who elects the MAC Representative?
Each Regional Council elects its MAC Representative for the following year via electronic voting prior to the SHRM Leadership Conference in November.

How can I be considered as a candidate for the MAC?
MAC Representatives will be elected by members of their respective Regional Council by following the process outlined below.

What is the process for becoming a candidate for the MAC?
All individuals who meet the criteria set forth above and who are interested in being considered as a candidate for the following year’s MAC must submit a biography and cover letter to your Field Services Director, expressing your interest and commitment, by September 30th. Candidates will be announced to the Regional Council in October and candidate information will be sent electronically to each current Regional Council member.

When and where will the election be held?
The election, conducted by SHRM staff, will be held electronically prior to the Regional Council Meeting held in conjunction with the SHRM Leadership Conference.

Is there reimbursement for travel costs associated with the MAC's responsibilities?
Yes, SHRM covers a significant amount of travel and related expenses as it pertains to serving in your MAC role for duties required under SHRM direction.  In addition, in recognition of the significance of this role, the following benefits are available to each MAC Representative for the following meetings, conferences and special events occuring during his/her term. 

  • Overnight accommodations, meals and travel expenses to and from the Spring and Fall MAC meetings (if scheduled).
  • Overnight accommodations, meals and travel expenses to and from the Regional Council Summit.
  • Travel to and from the MAC meetings held in conjunction with the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition and Leadership Conference & Exposition.
  • Complimentary registration to the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition. 
  • Four nights (Thursday , Friday, Saturday and Sunday) hotel accommodations, including taxes, while attending the MAC meetings held in conjunction with the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition.
  • Invitation to the Partners Reception at the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition.
  • Complimentary registration for the SHRM Leadership Conference and three nights (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)  hotel accommodations including taxes.
  • Complimentary registration for the SHRM Strategy Conference held annually.  (The MAC's in-person Fall meeting is held in conjunction with this conference.)

Why should I consider becoming a member of the MAC?
While the expectations of the MAC members are high in terms of attendance at meetings and participation on conference calls, and the amount of effort required is consistently high throughout the term of office, the rewards are inviting and meaningful. As a MAC member, you represent the HR profession. You are also a direct link between the SHRM Board of Directors and the SHRM volunteer members in your Region. You represent the volunteers in your Region in speaking directly to the SHRM Board of Directors and to the SHRM executive staff, who factor the MAC’s input, feedback, and recommendations as they make decisions that affect the Society as a whole.

Another reported significant benefit is the experience of working with a high-performing team and the personal/professional development gained from networking with other seasoned HR professionals from around the world.

Previous MAC members have described their experience as one of high visibility and high recognition and of having felt a strong sense of being a contributor who “makes a difference.”

Who can I talk to if I need more information?
Questions regarding the MAC and/or your potential eligibility to serve in this role can be directed to your Field Services Director or your current MAC Representative, who will be happy to assist you!