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Read what members are saying about Chicago SHRM!

Members who found a job through Chicago SHRM connections
"Being a member of Chicago SHRM has been a life-altering experience. A natural networker, I joined in 2010 to connect with my peers on a local level and found the quality of the interactions and programing to be a tremendous value. After joining the Membership Committee, I experienced firsthand the 'privileges of membership' when I went through a professional transition and was embraced and supported by my Chicago SHRM peers. Later, as Lead Ambassador for the 2013 SHRM Conference in Chicago, I forged additional relationships with members that are still going strong today. It was through networking, volunteering, and establishing meaningful relationships that I landed my current position as Vice President of Human Resources.

-- Leticia Ransom, MBA, PHR, Vice President of Human Resources, Fay Servicing, LLC


"Joining Chicago SHRM has enabled me to build and grow my HR career by learning from the best local professionals. Whether I am making connections at a networking event, hearing insights from seasoned professionals at a panel session, or sharing my own thoughts at a roundtable discussion, I am confident that I chose the best local resource to improve my skills in HR. I have greatly appreciated the opportunities for mentorship and philanthropy, and will continue to dedicate my time towards these efforts."

-- Sandy Nahra, Recruiter, Legacy Marketing Partners


"When I made the decision to move to Chicago, the market was not strong, and I knew I would have to build a network here to identify my next great opportunity. Fortunately, I was introduced to past-president Carol Semrad by a contact who’d been in transition.  It was from Carol that I first learned about Chicago SHRM. What a valuable introduction! I made countless contacts (and many friends) by attending informal and formal networking sessions, plus I grew my HR knowledge thanks to the numerous educational offerings. It was also incredibly helpful to be offered a discounted membership fee while in transition. Chicago SHRM has become my go-to resource, and I credit the organization and its members for helping me land on my feet in such a challenging job market."

--Jennifer Burrus, SPHR, HR Director, Total Rewards, Smith Bucklin Corporation


Members who benefited from the Chicago SHRM Mentor Program
"I thought being a mentor could help me pass down some of the valuable information I have learned about professionalism, integrity and client service. I enjoyed watching my mentee improve her skills while I improved my own. Mentoring has taught me how to think about a problem from another person's perspective. I highly recommend the Chicago SHRM Mentor Program!"

-- Jessica Bottalla, Chicago SHRM Mentor, Talent & Acquisition Partner, Merge Healthcare


"I participated in the Chicago SHRM Mentor Program, and it was one of the best professional development experiences I've ever had. I was paired with a mentor who is not only an incredibly successful HR professional, but also a great person, so we became instant friends. Thanks to her advice and expertise I’m a much more assertive and self-confident HR practitioner. She also introduced me to a number of Chicago SHRM members and encouraged me to volunteer at one of the Chicago SHRM Committees, which helped me grow my network tremendously. I highly recommend the Chicago SHRM mentoring program not only to future mentees, but also to seasoned professionals who can serve as mentors. A word of advice and friendly support can make a world of difference in a young practitioner’s career!"

-- Joanna Cabaj, PHR, HR Generalist, Clark Dietz Engineers


Community Partners who successfully partnered with Chicago SHRM
"Chicago Scholars is one of the nation’s largest college-access organizations, providing coaching and mentoring to over 1100 Chicago youth annually to help them to get to and through college. Chicago SHRM has been an instrumental partner in mentoring our students through one-on-one resume coaching sessions to improve their marketability. In addition to their ongoing support, members helped make our June 2014 Resume Coaching Program a big success -- coaching 40 Chicago Scholars students over 5 days. Students who participated in these sessions have walked away feeling empowered and confident about what they can offer to a potential employer. Thank you Chicago SHRM for helping us LEAD our students into bright and successful futures!"

-- Toinette McClellan Gunn, Ph.D., LLPC, Vice President, Programs, Chicago Scholars


"As the executive director of a social impact organization, Spark, I rely on corporate partners to drive and support our work. Chicago SHRM gave us such an opportunity when they invited me to speak at their 2014 Full Day Conference to reach HR leaders looking for employee engagement opportunities. As a result, we not only gained corporate partners to mentor our students, but offers of strategic support. As a growing organization looking to increase impact, Chicago SHRM has proved to be the perfect partner!"

-- Kathleen St. Louis Caliento, Executive Director, Spark, Chicago

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