Directors’ Forum

The Directors’ Forum is a community of HR practitioners who are committed to sharing ideas and best practices with colleagues, and comfortable seeking advice from and sharing information with each other. The Directors’ Forum is comprised of up to 35 senior-most HR professionals within their respective organizations or divisions. The Directors’ Forum holds monthly meetings that feature both external guest speakers as well as round-table discussions. Topics vary depending upon current topics of interest to the group. Participants also maintain regular communication via email on a variety of issues. New membership is not open to vendors or consultants.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

The Diversity and Inclusion SIG promotes the best workplace diversity and inclusion practices and management principles. It advocates respect for workforce differences including, but not limited to, gender, age, race, ethnicity, physical and mental ability, military or veteran status, parental and pregnancy status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and religious beliefs and practices. The Diversity and Inclusion SIG’s activities, events and educational programs focus on enhancing a workplace where employees are treated fairly, are encouraged to contribute to the organization’s success, and have equal opportunity for personal growth and advancement.

Emerging Professionals

The Emerging Professionals SIG provides educational and networking opportunities for the next generation of HR leaders. Though the focus is on emerging professionals, the Emerging Professional SIG works to enhance communication and promote information sharing among all generations. The Emerging Professional SIG leverages national resources from SHRM’s EPAC ( Emerging Professional Advisory Council), and local resources from a variety of HR professional and social networks in the New York City-metro area. The Emerging Professional SIG partners with other SIGs to host professional and social events, and sponsors programs for the NYC HR community. The Emerging Professional SIG welcomes members of all ages and levels—whether a recent HR grad looking to soak up as much knowledge as possible, or an experienced HR professional looking to mentor a new one.

Employee & Labor Relations

The Employee and Labor Relations SIG provides a forum to discuss and share topical information on issues related to employee and labor relations. The SIG provides a variety of programs with speakers or round table discussions on current “hot” topics and best practices in the employee and labor relations field. Employee and Labor Relations SIG participants include HR Professionals at the beginning, middle and senior levels of professional development. The purpose of this SIG’S programs is to educate HR professionals regarding current legislative changes on the Local, State and Federal level. This SIG provides programs on current legal trends and offers best practices for HR professionals.


Linda Carlozzi Esq.


Randi Glinsky CCP

Global HR

The Global HR SIG hears from experts in the field about best practices and hot topics regarding all aspects of Global HR. Presentations range from cross-cultural topics and global mobility best practices to immigration reform and worldwide employment law.


HR Professionals Reaching Out (HR-PRO) is New York City SHRM’s pro-bono program who partners with FPWA, an anti-poverty and advocacy member organization serving non-profit human services organizations.  HR-PRO provides HR strategic and tactical support to FPWA member agencies through general seminars, consulting services and in-agency training workshops. There are three ways you can contribute to HR-PRO:

  1. Volunteer your time and expertise by providing strategic and/or tactical guidance as an HR-PRO consultant;
  2. Educate non-profit staffers as a speaker in our seminar series, or
  3. Join our organizing committee that manages, markets and builds the program.

HR-PRO received the FPWA Keystone Award for outstanding service to the NYC social services community and the 2010 SHRM Pinnacle Award!


Suzanne K. Wakamoto SPHR SHRM-SCP


Celeste Schubert

Managers’ Forum

The New York City SHRM Managers’ Forum meets on a regular basis throughout the year and provides a platform for the exchange of information and ideas on current issues and developments facing HR professionals. Meetings often feature guest speakers in areas such as wage & hour compliance, employee relations, professional development, and other topics of interest to the Forum. Additionally, the group serves as a network of professionals who assist each other on a virtually on-demand basis with work issues members may be confronting. Members are currently employed (or in transition) in an HR Generalist role.


The Not-for-Profit SIG develops innovative programs with subject-matter experts that provide effective best practices to the not-for-profit sector, focusing on the special issues that these organizations encounter. HR can customize the practices and practical guidance from the programs to reflect their specific concerns and interests for strategic managerial strategies and action.

Organizational Development & Change Management

Are organization changes a constant for HR? The Organization Development and Change Management SIG provides a forum for HR practitioners to exchange tools and techniques for designing new organization structures, teams, roles, and capabilities as well as effectively managing the people side of change and transformation to achieve desired outcomes. 

Professional Development

Learn and grow with the dynamic Professional Development SIG. Enhance your knowledge and skills through various programs determined to make you a better strategic business partner and “earn a seat at the table.” Past program topics have included: Presentation and Public Speaking, Determining your Emotional Intelligence, Interviewing on Both Sides of the Table, and It’s Time to Tweet. Have fun while gaining new knowledge and perfecting your brand!

Talent Acquisition

The Talent Acquisition SIG is a dynamic group of T/A Professionals that meets monthly to discuss best practices in the world of recruiting.  Members are Corporate T/A practitioners and Talent Acquisition people from recruiting firms.  Our meetings involve a thorough exchange of ideas and concepts of current and futuristic recruiting trends, as well as focus on best practices in hiring.   We hold numerous joint committee meetings annually to enhance relations with various other SIGs and to foster better understanding between various HR disciplines.

Talent Development

The Talent Development SIG brings members the latest insights, trends, and practices from the learning industry. This SIG typically hosts quarterly events that feature moderated panel discussions or solo guest speakers. All New York City SRHM members and visitors are welcome!


Angela Blum-Finlay SPHR



Total Rewards

The Total Rewards SIG presents subject matter experts in the field to share best practices, trends and hot topics regarding all aspects of Total Rewards.  Presentations range from compensation and benefits topics, total rewards best practices, financial/health wellness to new regulations and legislation impacting employer programs.  


Madeline S. Melendez MA PHR SHRM-CP CCP

University Relations

The University Relations Special Interest Group develops programs that foster mutually beneficial relationships between HR students, faculty, career centers, and professionals.  We do this by providing chapter leadership support and partnering with local SHRM Student Chapters to plan seminars and conferences that ensure we engage and educate the next generation of HR professionals.

We also plan networking events which provide students the opportunity to meet HR professionals to discuss various HR career paths, mentoring opportunities, and information about jobs and internships, as requested.

Women’s Initiatives

The Women’s Initiatives SIG programs focus on ways to educate, advocate and advance both women and men in their professions. A primary objective of this SIG is to ensure that all members and guests have access to education and skills needed to flourish and grow professionally. The Women’s Initiatives SIG events promote career development, strategic networking, effective communication strategies, work-life balance, mentoring, and much more.

Workforce Readiness

The Workforce Readiness SIG works with non-profits and educational institutions to assist individuals who are entering, transitioning to, or re-entering the labor market, as well as the underemployed, in becoming more knowledgeable, qualified employees through training, coaching and mentoring. One of the most important components is assisting our partner organizations in understanding the needs of employers. Working with non-profit groups to offer guidance in preparing people such as military veterans, individuals with disabilities, underprivileged youth and those who can benefit from the Fair Chance Initiative allows us to provide the NYC SHRM community with alternative sources for qualified, but often overlooked applicants.


Brent Gallenberger

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