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Happy New Year!  Welcome to a new decade!

I am honored to serve as your incoming President and I look forward to leading this fabulous HR organization recognized for its excellence in serving the HR profession in Central Connecticut.  If we haven’t yet met, let me briefly introduce myself. 

I am a dedicated and passionate HR professional currently serving in the role of Director, Organizational Development and Training for ProHealth Physicians.  I have spent a significant portion of my HR career in helping organizations develop and execute on strategies and programs that enhance organizational and leadership effectiveness.  Further, I have held many Board roles over the past decade.

I am committed to leading this dynamic organization by more aligning our initiatives with SHRM.  We will focus our programming on top priorities such as helping our organizations improve leadership training; strategies for expanding how we both attract and retain engaged employees and for maintaining civility amid the divisive political environment.  Our 2020 Chapter Meeting calendar is planned to address these issues and more!

I am excited to share our chapter is over 400 members strong and nationally we benefit from SHRM membership which exceeds 300,000.  By synergizing talents, we have resources to help us meet the challenges of a new decade.

I look forward to personally saying hello to you at our upcoming January chapter meeting where the 2020 HRACC Board will be officially inducted.  The January meeting is focused on mental health, a relevant topic given the challenges our employees face in balancing the demands presented at home and work. 

A decade ago, we guided our organizations to learn how to motivate, manage and develop Millennials.  Today Millennials are no longer the youngest generation in the workplace,  Boomers thought to be retiring are staying in the workforce longer, and so is the need for new policies to “Employ Abilities @ Work”.  This is an initiative led by SHRM to identify best practices for fighting ageism in the workplace along with other untapped abilities.

2020 is going to be another great, albeit challenging, year for us.  We will rise to these challenges as a result of our ability to leverage the awesomeness that comes from the collaboration and resources obtained from our membership.  We will continue to learn and grow together as professionals.  Because, as SHRM tells us, we are BETTER TOGETHER.

2020 is the beginning of an exciting new decade.  It is an Election Year where Americans vote on their choice for president.  It is HRACC’s 40th anniversary. It is a new year that will create opportunities for us to embrace new policies and continue to leverage analytics, AI and more to support our businesses in meeting the demands presented in a global and vibrant economy.

I look forward to leading HRACC in this new year.

Janet Schaeneman
HRACC Chapter President