Message From the President

Building on our theme of "Transforming Human Resources into Valued Experts", we have a lot to be excited for in 2019.
Our programs committee continues to bring quality speakers and impactful content to you on a monthly basis and March is no exception. At our March 20th Breakfast Meeting we have the pleasure of hosting Dale Kreienkamp who will be discussing Career Transitions, which we all know are an opportunity for personal growth and development as a professional. Even if you are not considering a career transition, you may have a co-worker or staff member who needs help through the process. For that reason, we truly feel this applies to each and every one of us.

Our monthly webinar series is another way for you to gain access to quality content without even leaving your office. This month's program will be on March 26th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. The topic will be "Transparency, Advocacy & Education - Three Pillars to Any Employee Benefit Program". We will discuss a number of topics related to employee benefit programs and welcome any questions in advance to make certain the topic is pertinent to your needs. Feel free to submit questions to

According to Punxsutawney Phil we were supposed to be in for an early spring. I'm not so sure he was on his game this year, but I can tell you the opposite is true of your 2019 SHRM-STL Board. From Ben Houseman and the Membership Committee exceeding goals to Becki Feldmann and the Communications team revamping the way we stay in touch with you all, we hope you are realizing the benefits of your valued membership to SHRM-STL. As previously mentioned, Amy Meyers and the Programs Committee are working overtime to bring you the best speakers around and I just hope you're ready for Andrew Metcalf and the Conference Committee's efforts, which will come to fruition at the 2019 Annual Conference on October 18th. Without the leadership of Sue Hemmer and the Development Committee we would not have been able to kickstart the latest SHRM Certification Exam Prep Course this week. Did anyone else catch the latest "SHRM Storytellers" video where Past President John Marino was spotlighted for his efforts? Thanks to John, Nicole Schlanger and Sarajeni Hammond, we have some amazing developments in terms of Diversity & Workforce Readiness. Behind the scenes we have Dean Kpere-Daibo keeping a close eye on the books and keeping us on track as our VP of Admin. And last but most certainly not least we have Past President Linda Pipitone and President-Elect Mary Lou Smith doing as much work as anyone but taking no credit for it. A true team effort.

We welcome any and all feedback as we continue Transforming Human Resources into Valued Experts!

Tim Wells
2019 President