Chicago SHRM President’s Letter December 2018

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” – Mark Twain

This is my last President’s letter for Chicago SHRM before we welcome Courtney Templin as our new President in 2019! It has been an incredible honor to serve the board and our Chicago SHRM members & partners for the past 2.5 years, and I look forward to being part of the organization’s continued success.

I thought about Courtney when I found this quote because she is one of the most thoughtful, strategic business leaders I have met. I like to think of Courtney as a silent ninja. She is an effective listener, a thoughtful partner, a critical thinker and someone who will undoubtedly take Chicago SHRM to the next level and beyond.

It was fun to celebrate the season last week during our Holiday Party at the Union League Club. I look forward to this event every year. I saw many Chicago SHRM friends and met some of our newest members. As I reviewed the list of attendees, I noticed the original membership dates were noted, mine included. I have been a member since October 7, 1999. Wow. This hit me for several reasons… how fast the time has gone, how much Chicago SHRM influenced me as a new HR professional, an emerging leader, and as my career evolved into consulting and executive HR roles.

Chicago SHRM has literally been there for me each step of the way, and has been equally impactful on a personal level. I have received and been privy to professional advice, referrals, job leads & job offers, speaking engagements, strategic partnerships, and most importantly dear friends.

Thanks to all our board members, volunteers and partners. Happy Holidays to you and yours. Here’s to a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019!

Shelli Nelson

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