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Team SHRM-Atlanta Volunteers with Back on My Feet

Posted By SHRM-Atlanta, Tuesday, November 26, 2019

On November 15th, 2019 Team SHRM-Atlanta members partnered with Back on My Feet to facilitate a Workforce Development workshop, “How to Keep a Job” for 15 of their members. Key themes and best practices shared were around Communication, Conflict Resolution, Time Management and Personal Branding. Attendees were excited to share the ways that they will be able to leverage their key learnings to thrive in their careers.


Thank you to SHRM-Atlanta member Kiley Buckner for introducing us to Back on My Feet. We appreciate you Heather Turton for your leadership and many thanks to Craig Southern and Tanzania Wiles for volunteering and sharing your wisdom with the attendees.


Being a part of “Team SHRM-Atlanta” allows our members the opportunity to share our HR knowledge and expertise with others in order to have a positive impact on their careers and lives.


We look forward to our continued partnership with Back on My Feet in 2020!



Back on My Feet (BoMF) is a national nonprofit that combats homelessness by using the power of running, community support, and essential employment and housing resources. Our unique running-based model demonstrates that if you first restore confidence, strength, and self-esteem, individuals are better equipped to tackle the road ahead and move toward jobs, homes, and new lives. Our success is measured not only by the health impact of miles run, but also by how many individuals obtain education, employment, and housing. Over 70% of our members successfully move their lives forward through employment, education, or housing which translates to more than 7,000 jobs and homes. BoMF members enthusiastically strive to learn more and to prepare themselves for either returning to the workforce or improving their current position. Working with getting people transitioning out of homelessness a job may be different than when you were applying to work.

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Patty Pergl Earns Executive Certificate in Business Strategy

Posted By SHRM-Atlanta, Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Way to go, Patty Pergl! Patty earned an Executive Certificate in Business Strategy through Kennesaw State University's Mini MBA Program.

Patty said, "I am using this education to assist my organization in updating our business strategy."

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Lenna Turner joins as Consultant, Professional Services

Posted By SHRM-Atlanta, Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Big congrats to Lenna Turner on her new position as Consultant, Professional Services theProfessional Services Practice Group at! 

We're so excited for you, Lenna! 

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Congrats to the 2019 REAL HR Scholarship Recipients!

Posted By SHRM-Atlanta, Monday, August 12, 2019
Updated: Monday, August 12, 2019

SHRM-Atlanta is pleased to announce additional 2019 Scholarship Award recipients in the following category:

SHRM-Atlanta REAL HR Symposium Scholarship Winners

Asia Anderson

Lauren Brockett

Jatisha Marsh

Madison Mayben



Join us in congratulating and wishing them all the best as they continue their professional development!

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Congrats to the 2019 SHRM-Atlanta Scholarship Award Recipients!

Posted By SHRM-Atlanta, Monday, July 15, 2019
SHRM-Atlanta is pleased to announce our very first Scholarship Award recipients in the following categories:

SHRM-Atlanta Certification Exam Prep Course and
SHRM-CP/SCP Certification Exam Scholarship Winners

Tamara Bradley
Sharlmane Brown
Nicole Townsend

HR Essentials Seminar Scholarship Winner

Benedicta Tetteh

Join us in congratulating and wishing them all the best as they prepare for certification or attend the HR Essentials course.

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SHRM-Atlanta wins Platinum EXCEL Award For Elevating Human Resources, Improving Workplaces

Posted By SHRM-Atlanta, Friday, June 21, 2019

SHRM-Atlanta, the premier professional community for those in Human Resources and people management, was recently awarded a prestigious EXCEL Platinum Award by SHRM (the Society for Human Resource Management) for SHRM-Atlanta’s accomplishments in 2018.

The EXCEL award aligns individual chapters’ and state councils’ activities with SHRM’s aspirations for the HR profession. The award recognizes major accomplishments, strategic activities, and tactical initiatives that elevate the profession of human resources.

“Through their courage and leadership, SHRM-Atlanta is driving true, measurable progress toward the healthy, productive, and dynamic workplaces of tomorrow,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, president and chief executive officer of SHRM. “Awarding this Platinum Excel Award is just one small way for SHRM to recognize and celebrate the big steps SHRM-Atlanta has taken this past year.”  

The EXCEL Award can be earned at four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Each level has a prescribed set of requirements and accomplishments that must be met. To receive the Platinum EXCEL award, SHRM-Atlanta submitted an application outlining four initiatives:  

1. Conversations That Count: We created an interactive learning experience that offered an opportunity for members to network and build a stronger sense of SHRM-Atlanta community, while gaining valuable insights from leading subject-matter experts.

2. Event+ Registration: We offered Event+ registration option at SOAHR, which included a reduced membership rate with conference registration, and we were successful in increasing membership retention and grew SHRM-Atlanta membership overall.

3. Accomplished Leaders Exchange: We created exclusive senior HR leader invitation-only Exchanges to attract and engage accomplished leaders to SHRM-Atlanta. Exchanges are designed to encourage peer to peer dialogue with like-minded HR professionals who are driving strategic initiatives.

4. Get Your SHIFT Together: SHRM-Atlanta partnered with NAAAHR-Atlanta to jointly create an event called SHIFT (Start Having Intentionality in Focusing your Talents). The event provided impactful HR career advice and guidance to HR professionals who are in transition or who would like to make a change; considering HR as a profession; or new to the Atlanta HR job market. 

Thank you to everyone who helped SHRM-Atlanta win this award!

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Steve Lovig Implements New Employee Recognition Program

Posted By SHRM-Atlanta, Friday, June 21, 2019

Congrats to Steve Lovig, Director of Human Resources at HOMESTAR Financial Corporation, for implementing an Employee Recognition Program, after years of talking with and educating CEO and other leaders about the importance. It will have social-media type instant recognition, along with nominations for annual awards.

Steve said, "I am excited to offer the program to our 525 employees!"

Awesome job Steve!

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Congrats to the 2019 HR Excellence Award Winners!

Posted By SHRM-Atlanta, Friday, June 21, 2019
Updated: Monday, August 12, 2019

SHRM-Atlanta in partnership with the Atlanta Business Chronicle celebrated 17 finalists and announced the award winners at the inaugural HR Excellence Awards held on June 13, 2019 at the Atlanta Botanical Garden! 

With over 250 in attendance and in front of a sold out audience, David Rubinger, Atlanta Business Chronicle Market President and Publisher, along with Jeanne Artime, CEO of SHRM-Atlanta, presented finalists and announced the winners in each award category designed to honor human resources leaders who are making an impact within their companies by elevating the role of HR as a key driver of business growth and innovation.



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Announcing the HR Excellence Awards Finalists!

Posted By SHRM-Atlanta, Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Brand new this year! The HR Excellence Awards honors human resources leaders who are making an impact within their companies or organizations by elevating the role of HR as a key driver of growth and innovation.

2019 HR Excellence Award Finalists

*organizations with SHRM-Atlanta members

  • Mary Beth Allen, Chief Human Resources Officer, Emory Healthcare*
  • Khara Julien, Chief Human Resources Officer, GMS
  • Crystal Williams, Chief Human Resources Officer, FLEETCOR
  • Dan Cathy, CEO, Chick-fil-A
  • Kristin Ethridge, Campus Recruiter, Bennett Thrasher*
  • Noelle Holdsworth, Employer Brand Manager, T-Mobile USA Inc.*
  • Bradford Wilkins, Chief People Officer, Altisource
  • Anastasia Falconio, Chief People Officer, Kids II Inc.
  • Norman Hill, Vice President of Human Resources, Sheltering Arms
  • H.R. “Shashi” Shashikant, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Novelis*
  • Wanda Hayes, Senior Director, Learning and Organizational Development, Emory University*
  • Joel Kearns, Vice President, Global Talent Management and HR, First Advantage Corporation*
  • Nidhi Verma, Vice President, Learning & Talent Management, Crawford & Co.*
  • Camye Mackey, Chief People Officer, Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena*
  • Haley Wood, Global Recruiting Manager, eVestment*
  • Ann Burris, Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Human Resources, Georgia Department of Human Services*
  • David Jones, Chief Human Resources Officer, WellStar Health Systems*


Would you like to help celebrate the Finalists? Join SHRM-Atlanta and Atlanta Business Chronicle as we announce the Winners at the HR Excellence Awards. Enjoy networking and refreshments in the gardens as we reveal the winners in each category and celebrate all the honorees.

HR Excellence Awards Celebration

JUNE 13 | 4:30 - 6:30 PM

Space is limited.

Click here to register

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Valerie Ross joins Mercer as Senior Health & Benefits Consultant

Posted By SHRM-Atlanta, Monday, April 8, 2019

Congrats to Valerie Ross on her new position as Senior Health & Benefits Consultant with Mercer! 

Valerie said this about her new position: "I am excited to share that after a successful and fun job search, I have a new position at Mercer as a Senior Health & Benefits Consultant. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to move to the consulting side of HR and Benefits."

We're so happy for you, Valerie!

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