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Increasing SHRM Visibility and Influence

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The week of September 14 - 18 was a busy one for the SHRM Government Affairs team as they continued to raise SHRM’s visibility with key policy-makers and the people who influence them.

  • SHRM sponsored the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s (CHCI) annual conference.  SHRM President & CEO Lon O’Neil delivered at a session titled Latinos Leading on the Economy and Workforce.”  Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, who was greeted by Lon (below), was the featured speaker.

  Labor Secretary Hilda Solis with SHRM CEO Lon O’Neil

  • Lon also joined the CHCI’s Board of Directors at a networking reception that included Representatives Joe Baca (D-CA), Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) and Nydia Velázquez (D-NY). 

  • Later that evening, Lon O’Neil and members of the SHRM Government Affairs team attended the CHCI Annual Awards Program, which featured special guests President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.  Joining SHRM at the event were several Hispanic officials, including Elizabeth Montoya, Chief of staff at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM); Fernando Barrueta, CEO of the Hispanic College Fund; and Evelyn Zayas Amador, Vice President of Human Resources for the United Way Worldwide (UWW). 

  • SHRM’s Government Affairs staff participated in a roundtable event hosted by the Democratic Leadership Council.  The event featured Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE), who spoke to the group about health care reform and the importance of bipartisanship.

  • SHRM’s Lon O’Neil spent an evening with the former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan, at the John Quincy Adams Society’s luncheon.  This was a bipartisan event hosted by the Republican Main Street Partnership.  At the event, Lon and the SHRM Government Affairs staff interacted with 26 Members of Congress, including Representatives Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Jim Cooper (D-TN), Adam Putnam (R-FL) and Dennis Moore (D-KS). 

Chairman Greenspan spoke to the group about the challenges in the U.S. financial system, but said despite the current economic climate, the future for the American economy looks brighter.  “Remember, this is a financial crisis, not a crisis of American business,” said Chairman Greenspan.

Former Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan and SHRM CEO Lon O’Neil


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