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StarChapter of February: Michiana SHRM

Michiana SHRM is an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management. SHRM serves the needs of the human resource management professional by providing the most essential and comprehensive set of resources available. In addition, the Society is committed to advancing the human resource profession and the capabilities of all human resource professionals to ensure that HR is an essential and effective partner in developing and executing organizational strategy. We were able to connect with Becky Ragsdale, co-president of the chapter to learn more about how they were able to achieve a tremendous amount of success in the past few years.

  1. What was Michiana SHRM’s strategy for engaging new members in the past year? Our chapter is one of the oldest SHRM chapters in the country.  We became affiliated in November 1957.  We have always had a strong SHRM affiliation within our membership so decided we wanted to become a 100% affiliated membership chapter.  This means that all our chapter members are also SHRM National members.  We began this journey in 2014 and became a 100% SHRM chapter in December 2017.  From the start we were transparent with our members about our strategy and believe that is why we have been so successful.   
  2. Tell us about a successful event/meeting you organized last year. Last year Michiana SHRM held its first even Leadership Summit.  This Summit was geared towards community leaders, managers, and supervisors who wanted to learn how to attract talent in a tough market for talent.  Keynote Speakers from Cy Wakeman camp as well as local leaders sharing inspirational stories on what they are doing to attract and retain good talent. 
  3. The Michiana SHRM network is extensive. Does the board get ideas on how to improve membership value from other chapters? Absolutely.  Michiana SHRM is one of 15 affiliated chapters in the state of Indiana.  We are supported by HR Indiana, which is the State Council for SHRM, who encourages collaboration and sharing of ideas.  HR Indiana holds an annual Volunteer Leader Summit for all chapter board members for just this.  We have the opportunity to train new board members, share ideas on events and speakers, and build our HR networks!
  4. Do you have any tips/advice to share with other board volunteers? I think the biggest thing that we have learned as a board is to focus on the value that your organization is providing to your members.  If your providing a great value, the members will come organically.  Also diversifying your programs is key!  If you keep doing the same stuff over and over, you’re never going to attract new members.
  5. What is in store for your members this year? 2019 brings a lot of changes to members with how we will handle programs.  In the past we offered 9 monthly luncheon meetings, all at the same time of month…boring!!!  This year we are diversifying our programs by offering a variety of events.  We will host 5 monthly luncheon programs, two webinar events, as well as our first ever Diversity, Inclusion, and Belongings Summit.  We will also host the Leadership Summit in the fall. 
  6. How have you been able to utilize StarChapter to run Michiana SHRM and reach its goals?Oh my goodness, since our move to StarChapter we have seen an increase in membership of 25+; we have been able to manage our event finances much better; we are utilizing the coupons/voucher programs for pre-paid items.  Moving to StarChapter has had nothing but positive effects on our chapter operations.  In fact, I am working with some other Indiana Chapters to see if StarChapter could help them as well!  

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