In February of this year, HRMAC Board of Directors Chair Andrea Barry introduced me and HRMAC's new decade, one in which we as an organization will look toward the future of Chicagoland HR as well as continue to maintain and invest in our thriving community. I want to use this message to thank Angela Hills for work she did to support HRMAC before I was brought on, as well as to thank each of you, our members, for welcoming me to the team with open arms.
My experience in association management and strategic planning has uniquely prepared me to serve HRMAC, and I have been truly inspired by the professional's whose paths I've crossed since my introduction. I am thrilled to continue to get my hands dirty to further elevate HRMAC's important work and foster our Chicago community. I also am excited, now more than ever, at the opportunity to expand HRMAC diversity and inclusion efforts.
A Reflection on Recent Events
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues its global spread, we're being called on to think creatively and act swiftly when it comes to education and networking opportunities for you, our members, at a time when idea sharing is most needed. In answer to this, we have begun hosting informal "critical conversation" sessions via Zoom with our CHRO members, launched an official LinkedIn group for idea sharing, and pivoted the format for Leadership Forum to a virtual event. If you are a CHRO member and have not had a chance to check out these Critical Conversations to date, our next will be Thursday, April 23. Please email us if you'd like to participate. Though informal, some incredible insight has come out of these sessions that I think is valuable for all members to hear:
- On communicating positive diagnoses: "If a positive case arises, prepare to control fear through use of positive communications. Expect the role of tracing back exposure of other employees and implement quarantine rules as well as use a third party to make medical decisions."
- On handling furloughs: "The message is to stay connected so that you can get everyone back to work as soon as possible. Obviously the demand has to be there, but the focus is on the upswing to keep the motivation there."
- On the transition from office to home: "It’s important to be cognizant of those who are home alone and home with family, and how they handle it differently than working in the office. Recognize that the person who shows up live, in-person may be different from the one on screen and do what you can to support staff through this change"
While Chicago's continued response to COVID-19 is unpredictable, rest assured that during this time we will continue planning our Leadership Forum and Interest Group events as well as sharing up-to-date information and resources right here on HR Leader. How can you be an effective leader during times of change or crisis? The next Leadership Forum is set for June 11 and will cover tranforming culture amid change, certainly a worthy topic for the current landscape. And, if you missed the April 16 session, check out this article as a companion to the topic.
Our focus continues to be on creating new approaches to engaging and serving senior HR leaders in order to drive higher engagement, provide compelling content and offer substantive networking experiences. We recognize that full engagement from this segment of our HR community drives broader support for HRMAC and participation from teams. On top of continued planning for these new formats, we are coming upon the time of year when we vote in new members of the Board of Directors. As such, we will be hosting a virtual member meeting in late June via Zoom, so I ask that you watch for that invite and make every effort to join us.
Recognizing that work is going to be very different in the coming weeks, months, and potentially longer, we really want to be your partner. I recognize that many may be in a state of transition at this time and want to ensure HRMAC provides what you need. Since joining the ranks, I have continued to work with community leaders to plan for each of the below efforts and will continue to do so. I am excited about the next steps in HRMAC's journey and inspired by the work we've accomplished to date. I cannot emphasize enough how much I value the commitment and support of our members, sponsors, and volunteers.
- Executive Insights. Launching soon, Executive Insights reinvents our legacy CHRO Roundtables to provide unique and immersive opportunities for the most senior HR leaders in our community to engage around cutting-edge business topics of strategic value and thought leadership.
- Programming for Senior HR Specialists. We are designing programming in response to the need for knowledge and networking experiences among senior HR leaders who are responsible for specific functional areas of work and/or those who lead a significant team dedicated to an area of subject-matter expertise (i.e., a head of talent management). While peer networking will result, the primary focus is to provide substantive, strategic, function-based “Communities of Practice” that highlight HR innovation that can be applied to impact business results within particular areas of work.
- New Executive Program on Board Impact. This new program is being design as a capstone executive education program that delivers important, relevant, and meaningful content focused on “Human Resources in the Boardroom.” It will provide participants with a thorough understanding of the latest HR trends that are top-of-mind for corporate boards, as well as the human capital issues that corporate boards consider a priority.
- Redesigned Summit Conference. In addition to the three new initiatives above, we continue to examine the fundamental purpose and structure of our largest annual event — Summit — and how we can continue to evolve it to provide high-value both to attendees and partners.
Do you have ideas and suggestions for our team around future programming? Would you like to share resources that have helped you navigate COVID-19's impact? Do you want to contribute to HR Leader? Email us at HRMAC@HRMAC.org or post your thoughts directly to fellow Chicago HR professionals through our official LinkedIn group.
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