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For those of you who attended SHRM’s 2014 Annual Conference, I hope you had a great conference experience! It was great having some time to share with those of you attending the Regional Council meeting.

As you know, The MAC reps have been working very closely with our volunteer leaders and SHRM staff in preparation for our meeting with the SHRM Board just prior to the conference. Below is an overview of the things we discussed with the Board.

At the Board’s direction, we focused on the new SHRM Certification and we will provide the survey information at the Board meeting in November.

Thank you for reaching out to us and your candidness on the webinars and conference calls leading up to this meeting.

 Eight focus areas and recommendations

  • Member feedback
  • Certified Professionals
  • SHRM Chapters and State Councils
  • California Strategy
  • SHRM Communications
  • Approved Providers
  • SHRM/HRCI Relationship
  • Leadership

 Based on the feedback that we’ve provided, we offered the following recommendations:

  • SHRM needs to have a member-focused campaign which demonstrates the value of the SHRM certification.  The current perception is that of a revenue-driven focus. 
  • SHRM should develop communication around the Value of SHRM's Competency Model and how it substantially differentiates itself from the HRCI certification.
  • We suggest that SHRM stop using the word "transition" in communications and focus on moving the profession forward.
  • SHRM should create a focus group of SHRM Volunteer Leaders to assist SHRM in creating an effective and efficient recertification process. 
  • Additionally, SHRM needs to equip the field staff to promote and further engage members about the SHRM certification at the state and chapter level. 
  • Finally, we as the MAC, collectively recommend that we be given the opportunity to continue to reach out to members regarding the SHRM certification and begin laying the foundation for engagement.  We want to be an instrument for change in advancing the profession and serving the professionals.

I would like to thank you all for your input on the certification changes recently announced. I want you to know that your voice is being heard, which is why the MAC exists.

 I look forward to seeing you again at the Volunteer Leaders Summit in November. In the interim, if you have some concerns feel free to send them to me and/or your Field Services Director.

Enjoy your summer!

Deb Horne, SPHR
Pacific West MAC Representative



Membership Stars and Superstars Shine in the Pacific West Region
Click here to view a list of the region's chapters and state councils that achieved Membership Star and Superstar status for the calendar year 2013. Read more about the Membership Star and Superstar Award program.

2013 Excel Award Winners
The Excel Awards, a tiered awards program, recognize achievements under the SHRM Affiliate Program for Excellence (SHAPE) at four levels:  Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum.  Click here to view a list of the region's chapters and state councils that were recognized for their scope of work in 2013.

Pacific West Conferences

March 6, 2014 – Oregon State Council Conference – Portland, OR

March 28, 2014 – Washington State Council Conference – Bellevue, WA

April 23-25, 2014 – CalSHRM State Council Conference – Sacramento, CA

May 7-9, 2014 – Montana State Council Conference – Bozeman, MT

May 12-13, 2014 – Alaska State Council Conference – Anchorage, AK

Sept. 18-19, 2014 – Idaho State Council Conference – Boise, ID


Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2014 – NHRMA Regional Conference (AK, OR, WA) – Spokane, WA
Oct. 10 -- Hawaii State Conference - Honolulu, HI



Recent Webinars


 The Solution is SHRM (PowerPoint - This webinar was not recorded - for July 24, 2013 for California)
SHRM is the Solution (PowerPoint or Recorded Webinar for June 5, 2013 for California)
SHRM is the Solution (PowerPoint or Recorded Webinar for May 22, 2013 for Washington) 

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