April 2017 note from the editor











Great seeing Lisa Horn, SHRM Director Congressional Affairs, and Mike Aitken, SHRM VP Government Affairs, at the 2017 SHRM Employment Law and Legislative Conference in Washington, DC, March 13-15.

If you ask me what was the most exciting thing I remember about the 2017 SHRM Employment Law and Legislative Conference, I would have to say the weather. Winter Storm Stella dumped three to five feet of snow in the northeast while we were in DC. We traveled in sleet and ice by bus to the opening reception at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. The weather did not daunt anyone, and the conference sold out this year! The good news is everyone was already there before Stella arrived, and she left before we did on Wednesday, leaving behind only about four inches of snow. Actually, it was pretty exciting for this Memphis girl who rarely sees this much snow! Another memorable event was visiting the museum. It was a very emotional event that I highly recommend for everyone.

I was expecting a very exiting conference this year with the change in administrations in the White House, and I was not disappointed! It is hard to top Mike Aitken’s and SHRM CEO Hank Jackson’s presentation on the Washington Outlook for HR Public Policy. Mike is SHRM VP of Government Affairs, and his information is so pertinent and descriptive of the current legislative environment and its impact on Human Resources and our workforce! Kudos to Mike and his team for again putting together such an excellent conference! It remains my favorite of all the SHRM conferences. This is an experience every HR professional should have at least once in their career. But, I warn you – it’s addictive!

You will enjoy the pictorial highlights of the Conference in this issue. The trip to Capitol Hill on Wednesday was just fabulous. SHRM Advocacy Teams visited with senators and staffers from Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, Arkansas and Mississippi. The reception sponsored by SHRM’s Advocacy Team on Tuesday evening was also a hit. HR professionals enjoyed mingling and discussing the political changes and the new regulatory agenda for 2017 and meeting the SHRM Government Affairs team.

Now we look forward to the 2017 spring SHRM Conferences. We are proud to be media sponsors for the MSSHRM State Conference in Tupelo April 3-5, the ARSHRM Conference in Hot Springs April 5-7, and The TNSHRM Strategic Leadership Conference in Nashville April 21. We are also media sponsors for the SHRM Talent Management Conference in Chicago April  24-26 for the first time! We are also covering the TPMA (Tennessee Personnel Management Conference) in Chattanooga April 19-21. Can you say “WOW?” I will bring you real-time coverage from each of these conferences on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Please follow me on Twitter at @cythomps. We will also have highlights of these excellent conferences in the May issue. So you will not miss a thing!

If that’s not enough, HR Professisonals Magazine is partnering with Fisher Phillips Memphis and Judy Bell Consulting to bring an exciting new conference to Memphis on April 11, “Everything You Need to Know About Management,” for new supervisors and managers and HR professionals. It will be at the Crescent Club and is in cooperation with SHRM-Memphis and the Memphis Chamber. I hope you will join us!

Our monthly complimentary webinar sponsored by Data Facts, Inc. will be on April 25th at 2 PM. The topic will be announced by email. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us! You will earn 1.00 SHRM PDC and 1.00 HRCI credit. Watch for your email invitation! If you are not on our distribution list, you can opt in on our website, www.hrprofessionalsmagazine.com, in the upper right hand corner.