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WGU SHRM virtual student chapter.

You won't want to miss out on SHRM opportunities!

Are you taking full advantage of your opportunities in the WGU College of Business?

If you're pursuing a WGU business degree, the Society for Human Resource Management is a great place to make connections and get opportunities.

As a future business leader, SHRM membership will help you stay informed on innovative and forward-thinking practices surrounding today’s global workforce. You can benefit from SHRM membership with educational events and webinars, guest speakers, networking opportunities, resume building opportunities, connections to other WGU students in business, and much more!

As a member of the world’s largest HR association, your affiliation with SHRM gives you access to incredible resources.  Whether you are already a HR or business professional or planning on becoming one, SHRM offers various tools to aid you on your career path, such as:

Your SHRM Student Membership will give you access to a wide array of valuable resources covering HR- and business-related topics, including:

  • Weekly SHRM-hosted webcasts
  • Discounts on SHRM-sponsored resources comprised of seminars, conferences, certification prep, books, and more.
  • Subscription to HR Magazine and SHRM e-newsletters.
  • Regular updates on changes in U.S., state, and local compliance regulations.
  • Membership in the SRHM Connect Community.
Make sure you take advantage of the invaluable opportunities that are available to members of our WGU SHRM virtual student chapter!
  • Collaborate with seasoned HR professionals.
  • Work towards achieving the distinction of the SHRM Student Chapter Merit Award.
  • Network on LinkedIn with fellow WGU SHRM virtual student chapter members, as well as the members of 250 other SHRM student chapters across the country.
  • By chartering the WGU SHRM virtual student chapter, develop highly marketable leadership skills.
  • Increase your business and HR knowledge by participating in WGU SHRM virtual student chapter webinars and events.
  • Make your WGU degree even more affordable by applying for the WGU SHRM Leadership Scholarship, valued at up to $2,000.
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Coming up for WGU SHRM virtual student chapter.

WGU had its official live virtual student chapter launch on June 24. If you missed it, don't worry! You can watch it now.

Chapter Educational Events for 2019

October 17, 10 – 11 am MST | Sandra Willet from WGU – “Connecting Bridges: Diversity and Inclusion”

November 7, 12 – 1 pm MST | Jared Olsen from Motivosity – “Disruptive Leadership Trends”

Past Events

Dr. Nicole Whitehead from Auburn University – “Employment Law and Compliance”

Dr. Sunil Ramlall from WGU – “Strategic Training and Development”

Demetrius Norman from SHRM – “Preparing for the SHRM-CP and Student Eligibility”

Scott Ferrin from SHRM - “Benefits of Joining a SHRM Student Chapter”

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Join the WGU SHRM virtual student chapter today.

In order to join the WGU SHRM virtual student chapter , you'll need to currently be enrolled at WGU and be a SHRM Student Member. If you have a current SHRM professional membership, you would need to change to a student membership in order to join the chapter. If you have questions or concerns about switching from a professional membership to a student membership, you can speak with a SHRM representative at 1.800.283.7476. The WGU SHRM virtual student chapter number is #5772.

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Student executive committee members.

Tish Barkdsale

Tish Barksdale, President

Tish Barksdale is a full-time student at WGU, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management.  Her previous professional experience includes clerical and information technology work. Tish is currently the president of the newly launched WGU SHRM virtual student chapter. She was born and raised in South Louisiana but has been living Texas since 2001. She is the proud mom of two amazing boys.  

Autumn Williams

Autumn Williams, VP

Autumn Williams graduated in 2018 from Western Governors University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business-Human Resource Management, and is currently working on her M.S. Degree in Management and Leadership at WGU. She began her career in healthcare while she was still a student at Lander Valley High School, where she immediately realized that she had found her passion.  Autumn recently joined Aspen Mountain Medical Center in Rock Springs, Wyoming as the Human Resources Manager. 

Fred Naimy

Fred Naimy, Treasurer

Fred Naimy is currently working on his bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management.  Fred grew up in Walla Walla, WA; he managed and expanded his family’s furniture stores for 18 years. Fred then moved to Florida where he started his career with the YMCA, moving from a personal trainer to president of operations. Eleven years with the YMCA gave Fred the opportunity to move around the country. Fred has been married for 14 years to his wife Janice and they have a 5-year-old yellow lab, Sunny.    

Amber Levie

Amber Levie, Secretary

Amber Levie is a recent graduate from WGU with a bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management. She has been a part of the workforce for more than 20 years with varied experience in people management, training and development, customer account management, customer service, sales and marketing. Amber has also owned her own business for four years. Since graduation, she has taken a position with a nationwide staffing agency.


Faculty advisors.

Ashley Duggar

Ashley Dugger, Primary Faculty Advisor

Ashley Dugger started her career in higher education over 13 years ago in admissions/enrollment management. She has focused her professional career in operational leadership and human resources management, and holds a Doctorate of Business Administration, as well as her SHRM-CP certification.  She joined WGU as the Program Chair for the HR Management degree in February of 2019.

Sunil Ramlall

Sunil Ramlall

Sunil Ramlall has a Ph.D. and M.Ed. in HRD from the University of Minnesota and an MBA and BA in HRM from the University of St. Thomas. Prior to joining the HR faculty at WGU, Dr. Ramlall was a full-time faculty member at the University of St. Thomas and Minnesota State University, Mankato. He currently has 32 scholarly journal articles published in various academic journals. Prior to academia, Dr. Ramlall worked in various HR capacities at Target Corporation, Carlson Companies, University of Minnesota, and Northwest Airlines.

Patti Phillips

Patti Phillips

As a licensed attorney in the state of Florida for 20 years, and more than 15 years of experience in higher education, Patti Phillips enjoys empowering students with the knowledge and skills necessary to tackle human resource and legal issues. Patti Phillips receieved her JD at Stetson University College of Law and went on to teach law at several other universities. Patti joined the WGU faculty in 2014. 

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