Elissa O'Brien, SHRM-SCP, Chief Membership Officer

​Elissa O'Brien, MBA, MS, SHRM-SCP has over 20 years of proven human resource successes with significant strategic human resource leadership experience within diverse industries.  Strategist, problem-solver and proactive business leader with comprehensive Executive Human Resource Management experience with one of the largest, for profit, healthcare system and one of the largest real estate management and development organization.  Ms. O'Brien lead HR strategies of companies with as many as 25,000 employees, including Global HR experience. Been a member of both Senior and Executive Leadership Teams since 1995.  Influential change agent with extensive organizational development expertise – consistently designed structures that support performance-driven organizations using human capital strategies.

 Prior to joining SHRM, Ms. O'Brien served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Chief HR Officer with WinnCompanies, where she led the creation of strategic initiatives to ensure the effective use of human capital by fostering a shared business vision among diverse groups with varied interests.  Prior to joining the WinnCompanies, Elissa served as Head of Corporate Human Resources for Steward Health Care System, LLC.  In addition to her work experience, Elissa was an adjunct professor teaching Human Resources Management at Bryant University, a leading business school located in Rhode Island.

Elissa has served in a number of volunteer roles for SHRM, including the Special Expertise Panel on Labor Relations, State Director for the Rhode Island State Council of SHRM and President of the Human Resources Management Association of Rhode Island.  She was an active member of SHRM since 1993. She has testified before the United States Senate committee on H.E.L.P., the U.S. Department of Labor, and was an invited guest speaker at Georgetown University on the issues relating to the government mandates of leaves of absences and workplace flexibility.  

 Elissa holds a Master in Business Administration and Master of Science Degree in Managerial Technology from Johnson and Wales University, Providence, R.I., and a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources Management from Salve Regina University, Newport, R.I.

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