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Presidential Conventions

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) with SHRM's Kathleen Coulombe and Lisa Horn, along with Rebecca Peters from ACIP in Tampa, FL.

SHRM and ACIP (American Council on International Personnel) staff represented the HR profession at the Republican National Convention, held August 26-30 in Tampa, Fla., and the Democratic National Convention, held Sept. 2-6 in Charlotte, N.C.  Both events brought many opportunities to showcase HR’s unique perspective on key workplace issues.

The SHRM/ACIP staff initially took Tampa, Fla. by storm - literally! Hurricane Isaac may have ushered in clouds and rain but that wasn’t enough to be a deterrent for those working on behalf of the HR profession.  Over the course of the convention, SHRM hosted policy forums with Impact, (a non-profit dedicated to enhancing knowledge of the political and legislative process, fostering civic engagement, and enhancing economic empowerment opportunities for other emerging leaders ages 21 to 40) and the National Journal.  SHRM also collaborated with HR Florida at their Annual Conference in Orlando, FL to bring attendees an “Heading into the 2012 Election: HR Public Policy Update” by Vice President of Government Affairs, Mike Aitken.

In Charlotte, N.C., SHRM again worked with Impact and National Journal, and hosted a policy panel, “The Evolving Workplace of the 21st Century” in conjunction with Third Way, a policy think tank.  The audience was welcomed by CEO Hank Jackson, with special remarks by Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) and featured an interesting panel comprised of Ellen Galinsky, President and Co-Founder of Families and Work Institute (FWI), Dr. Mark Schmit, Vice President of Research at SHRM, and, Lora Geiger, HR Director for Turck Inc.  The panel discussed the challenges of a changing workforce and how workplace flexibility initiatives are assisting organizations to meet those challenges. Similar to the Tampa member event, SHRM hosted a member engagement opportunity with the local Charlotte SHRM chapters and North Carolina State Council.      

SHRM and ACIP staff worked around the clock to bring convention coverage to SHRM members.  Through the site, staff blogged, tweeted, live streamed and photographed the action.  Be sure to check it all out by clicking HERE. While SHRM does not have a political action committee, engage in political campaign activity or endorse candidates running for elected office, SHRM believes participation in the National Conventions provides a unique opportunity to showcase SHRM and the HR profession, while advocating on effective workplace public policy.

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