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"Women are the real architects of society." — Harriet Beecher Stowe

In honor of Women’s History Month here are some quick facts highlighting the contributions of women in the workplace and Human Resources in particular:

·       Women make up 74% of Human Resources Managers.

·       Almost 47 percent of U.S. workers are women.

·       Women own close to 10 million businesses, accounting for $1.4 trillion in receipts.

·       70% percent of mothers with children under 18 participate in the labor force.

·       Forbes list Human Resources as one of the Top 10 Best-Paying Jobs for Women.

·       Most of the graduates in HR-focused classes across the Western World universities are primarily female.

Source: Bureau of Labor and Statistics and Forbes

HR leaders are often viewed as “Talent Architects”. As defined by a recent article in Forbes Magazine, “HR enters the business game as the architect for the most critical resource of its business: the talent of the organization. The talent management function thus becomes the sine qua non, an essential condition of ensuring sustained competitive success for any organization.”

Diversity should always be at forefront of talent management but there is much to be said about the gender divide in Human Resources. But we’ll save that for a future discussion to ponder over Pinot.

Your HRACC board fulfilled their architectural duties in mid-February for a chapter leadership orientation and strategy meeting. We got to know each other better with an old-fashion game of show and tell. We learned that our board has a love for fitness, food, family, birds, adventure, spirituality, traveling, nature, dancing and diversity. A great bunch of volunteer leaders indeed, and for that I am thankful. Food Network, Dancing with the Stars, and National Geographic here we come!

Led by our remote Chapter Operations Manager, Pam Halenar, we went on a virtual field trip through the chapter website along with reviewing its tools and resources. We had constructive and creative conversation around each committee’s initiatives which continue to shape chapter goals overall.

As a chapter here is a summary of the goals taking shape for your benefit in 2018…

·       Increase Member Retention

o   ↑ New Member Recruitment & Engagement

o   ↑ Guest to Member & YP Conversion Rate

·       Increase Member Engagement

o   ↑ Attendance @ HRACC Programs

o    # of Volunteering Members

·       Increase Social Media Presence

o   Develop and Implement Social Media Strategy

o   Track & Analyze Social Media Metrics

·       Increase Diversity Analytics and Engagement

o   Execute Inaugural HRACC 2018 Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion Awards

o   Track & Analyze Chapter Demographics

We look forward to the dedicated actions of our volunteers who make attaining these goals possible for the betterment of the chapter, our local HR community, and the profession as a whole.

Your Favorite Talent Architect,

Orlena Cowan-Bailey, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

HRACC Chapter President

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