Message From the President

Summer has arrived and more importantly, the Stanley Cup is in St. Louis! What an exciting last few weeks it has been for the Blues and St. Louis in general. Much the same, we have a lot of exciting things going on within SHRM St. Louis.
Our Summer Symposium series starts on June 19th with a breakfast meeting titled “Prisoner to Productive Employee...A Proven Path Forward”. This presentation will share information about the training provided to prepare returning citizens for employment, as well as incentives for employers who provide a second chance. Hopefully you will find value in this approach to workforce development and the positive impact it is having on people's lives.  Special thanks to Amy Meyers and the Programs Committee for their help with this and all the other valuable programs made available to our members.

Our Conference is fast approaching on October 18th. We look forward to another sold-out crowd at the Ameristar Casino Hotel Resort & Spa for our 7th Annual Leadership Conference. Johnny C. Taylor, CEO of SHRM, is our Keynote Speaker and our Conference Chair Andrew Metcalf has provided an updated list of scheduled presenters in his article later in this newsletter. Registration will open soon and we encourage you to sign up early before it sells out. If you are a business partner and would like to sponsor the largest local annual networking event for St. Louis HR leaders, please contact us at There are only a few spots left!

Finally, I wanted to let you all know that the current Board recently dedicated a day of our time alongside Nancy Conway, our Field Services Director from SHRM, to focus on the Strategic Direction of SHRM St. Louis. We recognize the trust you all have placed in us and we want you to know we do not take this responsibility lightly. We are focused on key goals and initiatives for SHRM St. Louis that will benefit members and prospective members for years to come. You will be learning more about this in the coming months but I want you to know we are strategically moving the Chapter forward.

As always, we want to hear from you. If you need anything, please let us know. Otherwise, enjoy your Summer and know that we look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event.

Tim Wells
2019 President