I usually don’t care too much about the #SHRM Board of Directors vote. I should care – but I’m pretty sure I am not the only uninvolved SHRM member out there. This year is different, though, and I care enough to want to blog about that difference. But my friend Matt Stollak already wrote the perfect post about this year, so why reinvent? And since I know we all get exhausted from clicking through (here’s the link if you feel shamed by that statement), I have just copied and pasted his blog here:
Why THIS #SHRM Board of Directors election REALLY Matters
by Matthew Stollak on Thursday, August 6, 2015
About this time each year, I receive notification that SHRM will be having their annual election for their Board of Directors. I usually gloss over the names, as few, if any, know how individuals are chosen for the vaunted position, and I rarely have heard of those that are on the ballot. When the ballot arrives, I give a quick vote for the slate of candidates, and it really doesn’t register much more on my mind. It’s very hard to challenge the status quo, as the SHRM Members for Transparency tried to do.
However, this upcoming election is different. Why?
Steve Browne is running for the position.
While there are many great attributes about Steve that make him a worthy addition to the SHRM Board of Directors, I’ll highlight two:
1. Steve Browne knows SHRM inside out as an active volunteer.
Unlike most candidates for the SHRM Board of Directors, Steve rose through the ranks of SHRM volunteer leader. Not only has Steve served on his state SHRM conference committee, but has served as OHSHRM State Director and President of the Greater Cincinnati HR Association. In addition, he served on the SHRM Membership Advisory Committee (SHRM MAC). Based on this experience, Steve will be an active and responsible voice representing the thousands of individuals who volunteer for SHRM on a regular basis.
2. Steve Browne is active on social media.
When was the last time you saw a tweet from Immediate Past Chair Bette Francis of Twitter? What about current SHRM President and Board member Hank Jackson? Or Jeffrey Cava? It’d be a miracle, because they are not on Twitter. Current Chair Brian Silva? One entire Tweet. The most active member appears to be Jorge Consuegra, who has made a whopping 51 tweets since joining Twitter in 2007. While being active on Twitter isn’t really that big a deal or should be a determinant for Board status, it does demonstrate an active effort to advance the HR profession. Steve Browne has 35,000+ tweets and over 27,000 followers. In addition, he sends out a weekly e-mail called The HR Net (sign up here) that promotes the best in HR. He also blogs regularly at his own blog, Everyday People, as well as a contributor to CareerBuilder’s Talent Advisor Portal. He is one of the most active individuals highlighting what is great about the HR profession and HR professionals.
So, when that ballot does arrive in your e-mail inbox. Don’t hesitate to vote for Steve.
(Many thanks to Matt Stollak for his permission to paste his blog post into mine. He and Steve Browne are basically perfect humans.)