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You Won't Want to Miss Out on These 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 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! Learn more about what SHRM offers at www.shrm.org.
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:
January 24 – “Leveraging the Power of Relationships in Career Development” with Daniel Horgan from SHRM
February 6 – “Eligibility and Preparing for the SHRM-CP” with Demetrius Norman from SHRM
March 6 – “American Sign Language: Basics of ASL and Inclusive Application of Best Practices for HR Professionals” with Dana Cobbs from WGU
March 7 – “Avoiding Burnout: How Culture Impacts Well Being” with Julie Turney from HR@Heart Consulting
March 14 – “Disability Inclusion Strategies” with Ben Trockman from Change for Balance
April 12 – “A Career in Total Rewards - Everything You Ever Wondered and More!” with Megan Nail from NFP Insurance Brokerage
April 25 – “Dominating the Workplace as a Veteran: Are you Ready?” with Trina Norman from WGU
April 28 – “Unlocking Talent Through Leadership Development & Coaching” with Aditi Patil from Wipfli
May 9 – “Benefits of Getting Involved with Your Local SHRM Chapter” with Debra Gates from WGU
May 24 – "Your Role in Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace" with Dr. Joseline Castanos and Dr. Ashley Dugger, in collaboration with WGU National Black MBA Association Virtual Club
June 28 – “To Get the Job, You Gotta Get on Camera: Video Resumés & Your Future” with Alton James from WGU
July 11 – “Day in the Life: HR Director” with Dr. Patricia Morgan from WGU
July 26 - "Leveraging Linked In for Job Searching and Networking Success" with Dr. Ebony Mason, Dr. Patricia Morgan, and Dr. April Kinchen from WGU
August 21 – “Eligibility and Preparing for the SHRM-CP” with Demetrius Norman from SHRM
September 13 – “WGU Career Services: Are You Leveraging Their Resources?” with WGU Career Services
October 10 – “Day in the Life: HR Business Partner” with Kirk Daines from WGU
November 8 – “HR Career Prep Boot Camp” with WGU Career Services
January 25, 2022: Sana Rasul, Chief Girlfriend, "HR Career Planning and Networking"
February 10, 2022: Demetrius Norman, Senior Specialist - Academic Programs and Initiatives, "Eligibility and Preparing for the SHRM-CP"
March 10, 2022: WGU SHRM and NBMBAA, Trivia Night!
March 16, 2022: Meg O'Connell, CEO and Founder, "Disability Inclusion in the Workplace"
April 8, 2022: Mark Schaerrer, VP of Human Resources, "The Impact of Empathy in the Workplace"
April 27, 2022: Dana Cobbs, Manager, Instruction Faculty, "Basics of American Sign Language"
May 12, 2022: Dana Cobbs, Manager, Instruction Faculty, "Inclusive American Sign Language Application"
June 3, 2022: Dr. Nicole Whitehead, Chief Human Resources Officer, "Taking the Plunge: Starting Your Own HR Consulting Business!"
July 13, 2022: Dr. Ted Cross, Associate Dean, "Personal Leadership, Meaning, and 4-Way Wins"
August 4th, 2022: "Career Prep Bootcamp" with WGU Career Services
August 19, 2022: Demetrius Norman, Senior Specialist - Academic Programs and Initiatives, "Eligibility and Preparing for the SHRM-CP"
September 12, 2022: DEI Trivia: WGU SHRM and National Black MBA Association
September 14, 2022: Dr. Ashley W. Dugger and Dr Sean Wall-Carty, hosted by the WGU National Black MBA Association, "Leveraging Humor to Strengthen Workplace Relationships"
September 15, 2022: Dr. Ashley Dugger and Dr. Sean Wall-Carty, Program Chair and Course Instructor, Annual Open Chapter Meeting
November 4, 2022: Jennifer Rhodes and Kristen McKnight, Career Advisors and Professional Development Services, "WGU Career Services: Are You Leveraging Their Resources?"
January 15, 2021 Beth Conlin, Sr. Program Manager—Military Spouse Programs at Amazon "Importance of Employee Support Programs for Military Spouses"
February 12, 2021 Dr. Brian Ward, Course Lead—HR Evaluation, WGU "The Impact of Culture on Hiring"
March 17, 2021 Dr. Becky Melton, Instructor, WGU "ADA in the Workplace: Using your Curiosity and Logic to your Advantage"
March 27, 2021. "Virtual Community Service Day: Live Event with Warrior Rising"
April 7th, 2021. Dr. R Austin Arenz, "The Intersection of HR and Healthcare"
May 14, 2021, Jason Thompson, VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, WGU "Building Successful Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Programs"
May 17, 2021, 12–1 pm MST. Dr. Josh Plaskoff, Senior Social Emotional Learning Analyst, WGU "SEL for Personal and Professional Development"
June 11, 2021, 12–1 pm MST. Demetrius Norman, Academic Specialist, SHRM "Preparing for the SHRM CP Exam!"
June 14, 2021, 2–3 pm MST. Dr. Nicole Whitehead, CHRO, Joliet Junior College "A Day in the Life of a Chief Human Resources Officer"
June 24, 2021, 10 am–2 pm MST. “WGU Virtual Business Career Fair”
July 19, 2021, 12–1 pm MST. Sheena Blauvelt, Director of Human Resources, USANA Health Sciences "Developing Strategies for Sustainable Learning and Development"
August 26, 2021, 4–5 pm MST. Tyler Merril, Executive Talent Acquisition Partner and Heidi Monteirth, Senior Talent Acquisition Partner at WGU "A Day in the Life of a Talent Acquisition Partner"
September 20, 2021, 2–3 pm MST. James Cathcart, Senior Specialist – Learning and Talent, WGU "Disrupt Yourself: Innovation Through Comfortable Discomfort"
October 28, 2021, 2–3 pm MST. Jennifer Rhodes and Kristen McKnight, Career Services Advisors at WGU "Career Services at WGU"
January 6: Jeff Baird, Speaker, Trainer, Manager of Data and Integration Services at doTERRA, IT Career Hacking, & Like Abilities presents "Using Body Language to Create Influence and Trust"
January 24: WGU Program Mentors Teresa Cross, Karen Toney Brown, April Kinchen, Donnis McPhaul, and Dolores Grady, present "Everything You Wanted to Know About HR Functions…Condensed!"
February 5: Hilary Simon, Senior Social & Emotional Learning Analyst at WGU presents an "SEL Overview"
February 12: WGU Program Architect Racheal Killian presents "SEL-Self-Awareness and Self-Management"
February 19: Joseph Cervantes, WGU SEL Specialist, presents "SEL - Interpersonal Communication, Executive Function, and Social Awareness"
March 7: Dr. Ashley Dugger of the WGU SHRM Chapter's Community Service Day presents Community Volunteer Projects for the Chapter! See below for more.
March 11: WGU Program Mentor April Kinchen presents "HR Department of 1"
April 29: Hal Halladay presents "Beyond the Rut of Success: The Breakthrough Mindset"
May 20: Nicole Whitehead presents "What Difference Does Difference Make: The Impact of Diversity"
June 2: Mark Coldren presents "Succession Planning and Talent Pipeline"
June 3: Demetrius Norman presents "Importance of the SHRM-CP Certification and How to Prepare for the Exam"
July 10: Kirk Daines presents "A Day in the Life of an HR Business Partner"
July 31: Celeste Morgan and Chapter President present "Book Club Review and Discussion" on the book "Switchers: How Smart Professionals Change Careers and Seize Success" by Dawn Graham
August 3: Kevin Cummings presents "Conflict 101"
September 14: Patricia Morgan presents "Intergenerational Recruiting"
October 12: Bruce Stetar presents "SHRM Convos and Coffee: Workplace Culture"
November 3: Jennifer Rhodes and Michael Kimball-Bryant present "Career Services at WGU"
November 5: Ashley Dugger presents “Open Chapter Meeting for all Members”
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SHRM Student Membership
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 SHRM Connect Community.
- Visit www.shrm.org/students for more information and to obtain SHRM student membership.
WGU SHRM Student Benefits
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 $2,500.
Awards and Merits
SHRM awarded the 2022-2023 Superior Merit Award designation to the Western Governors University SHRM student chapter for providing superior growth and development opportunities to its student members.
SHRM awarded the 2021-2022 Superior Merit Award designation to the Western Governors University SHRM student chapter for providing superior growth and development opportunities to its student members.
SHRM awarded the 2020-2021 Merit Award designation to the Western Governors University SHRM student chapter for providing excellent growth and development opportunities to its student members.
SHRM awarded a 2019-2020 Honorable Mention Award designation to the Western Governors University SHRM student chapter for providing great growth and development opportunities to its student members.
The Society for Human Resource Management has analyzed WGU's Human Resource Management bachelor's degree and found that it aligns with SHRM's recommended minimum standards, integrating the HR components that are most relevant for new human resource professionals.