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SHRM to Sponsor Black Caucus Foundation Luncheon

By Kathy Gurchiek  8/4/2009
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The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) will sponsor the Sept. 24, 2009, networking luncheon for the 38th annual legislative conference of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Reinvest…Rebuild…Renew is the theme of the event at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Sept. 23-26, 2009. The conference program includes more than 70 workshops, seminars and informational forums as well as an awards dinner.

Events include a day-long poverty summit Sept. 23 on Capitol Hill, a national town hall meeting on Sept. 24 that will look at economic recovery, and a Sept. 26 networking brunch for young elected officials.

“It’s considered the premier event in the African-American community,” foundation spokesperson Muriel Cooper said of the conference.

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Inc. produces the conference. The Congressional Black Caucus includes African-American members of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

“SHRM is excited to once again sponsor the networking luncheon,” said Kathleen Coulombe, SHRM’s manager of tax and benefits, “It’s a good fit for SHRM, allowing us to share some HR and job-seeking solutions while also supporting the [organization].”

Pam Green, SHRM’s chief membership officer, returns for the second year as emcee of the luncheon, whose keynote speaker had not been finalized at press time. The conference program contains a full-page ad from SHRM promoting its 2009 Diversity Conference & Exposition set for Oct. 19-21 in San Diego.

The caucus foundation conference “is particularly important for SHRM from a diversity and inclusion perspective to ensure that our policies and positions take into consideration the diverse needs and issues of our members and constituents,” Green said. The conference, she added, “is a great opportunity for me to professionally network and personally connect with the finest leaders today.”

The conference brings diverse organizations and individuals together to discuss common issues and concerns on topics relevant to African-Americans, according to the foundation web site. Nearly 16,000 people attended the 2008 event, and about 700 attended the networking luncheon that SHRM sponsored, according to Cooper.

At the 2008 conference, then-Sen. Barack Obama and actress and humanitarian Kerry Washington were among the six recipients of the prestigious Phoenix Award, which recognizes people who have made significant contributions to society.

The conference is “a wonderful opportunity to meet legislators, network, build contacts and offer across-the-board solutions to some of the problems we’re facing,” Cooper said.

Kathy Gurchiek is associate editor for HR News.

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