Emily M. Dickens, J.D., Chief of Staff, Head, Government Affairs and Corporate Secretary

Emily M. Dickens smiling

Emily M. Dickens is Chief of Staff, Head of Government Affairs and Corporate Secretary for SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management. A member of the executive team, Emily has responsibility for implementing the CEO's vision, corporate governance, global outreach, government affairs, and the organization’s buildings and property. She serves on the executive board of the North America Human Resource Management Association (NAHRMA), and is  Secretary-General of the World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA). 

Emily is an attorney with significant and progressive experience in government, higher education and the non-profit sector. She has served as a member of the leadership team at the University of North Carolina system, the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Her prior roles include general counsel, chief relationship officer, senior vice president, vice president for public policy and assistant vice president for federal relations. She has also worked at Duke University and Fayetteville State University in administrative and external affairs roles.
Emily is actively engaged in board service. She is a corporate advisory board member of Strategic Education, Inc. HIRE, and also serves as  a member of the U.S. Council for International Business (USCIB) Board of Directors, the North Carolina Central University Board of Trustees; the National Foundation for Women Legislators Board of Directors; the Bryce Harlow Foundation Board of Governors; the SkillUp Coalition; and will complete her term as Chairman of the International HBCU Task Force for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in July 2022.

She is a graduate of North Carolina Central University and North Carolina Central University School of Law. 



Hire the best HR talent or advance your own career.

Member Benefit: Ask-An-Advisor Service

SHRM's HR Knowledge Advisors offer guidance and resources to assist members with their HR inquiries.

SHRM's HR Knowledge Advisors offer guidance and resources to assist members with their HR inquiries.



HR Daily Newsletter

News, trends and analysis, as well as breaking news alerts, to help HR professionals do their jobs better each business day.