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Ben Ferati, SHRM-CP

With education being a core benefit of membership, it’s no surprise that we actively encourage members to seek out professional certifications.  This committee plans and executes our semi-annual study groups, helping to prepare individuals for taking the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP examinations.  Additionally, the committee reviews our programming for certification credit and is the liaison between the certifying bodies, WISHRM, chapter leadership, and those who are certified.  

College Relations 
Greg Bachrach, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

The future of our profession is the group of students who are studying today to join our ranks.  We want to be a part of their education, connecting the classroom with the world of work.  This committee is our bridge to our local student chapters, providing speakers, networking opportunities, internship information and more to our student chapter.  The committee also supports participation in state and national competitions among student chapters.  

Community Outreach
Alexis Carter

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Desiree Carpenter, PHR

This committee develops, recommends and implements the chapter’s D, E &I strategy, including programming, communication, advocacy and related initiatives.  The committee is a resource and partner to the larger community, building bridges that support our strategy.

HR Executive Insights
Kelly Renz, SHRM-SCP

This committee is all about engaging senior HR leaders and their teams.  Through the committee’s work, we develop corporate partnership programs and quarterly meetings that bring senior HR executive to the table to share their experiences about career paths, critical skills, and the most pressing issues in the C-suite that affect HR. 

Emily Blakeslee, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

This committee is our eyes and ears when it comes to legal, legislative, and regulatory changes that impact HR professionals and their companies.  The committee provides quick-hitting programs and communications on topics as they come up and also plans an annual legislative conference. 

Marketing & Communications
Emily Smith

This committee helps us to share the message – to members, stakeholders, and the larger community – about the work of the association.  Among its responsibilities are our newsletter, social media sites, and member engagement system.

Joey Backus

It all starts with membership and this is the committee that reaches into the HR community to share the story of Metro Milwaukee SHRM and the many benefits of membership.  The committee handles ongoing recruiting activities and special projects and also plans many of our networking events.

Personal Development
Heather LaPorte

There’s more to being an HR professional than the SHRM body of knowledge.  Success requires a lot of skills that we describe as personal development because they are focused on skills that can help members in any context – work, home, community, and more.  This committee identifies the topics and speakers and plans the various programs throughout the year. 

Kristin Strunk

Education is at the very core of what we do and this committee creates the professional development programs that target the unique needs of the HR professional.  The committee also plans our Spring Conference.

Volunteer Engagement
Shay Sherfinski

Works with the member & volunteer engagement director to lead the on-boarding experience for new members, including but not limited to, new member phone calls/emails, answer questions about MMSHRM and serve as a point of contact for new members. The time commitment for this committee varies depending on chapter activities and events. On average a time commitment of 1 to 2 hours per month could be expected.

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