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This committee plans the annual conference held in October / November. It's responsible for all aspects of designing and running the conference, including developing programming that meets the needs of all levels of Human Resources professionals in New Jersey.

Laraine Knauss

The Investment Committee is charged with researching and recommending to the Council low to moderate risk investment alternatives to achieve an acceptable rate of return on council funds which are not designated as part of the annual operating budget.

Bob Witkoski, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Scott Elliot

This committee creates and implements initiatives to ensure that the Garden State Council is effectively represented within the business community as the recognized voice of the HR profession, and to promote the council's goal to Advance the Profession and Serve the Professional.

Mike Ciavolino

The Nominating/Governance Committee's purpose is to identify individuals from the SHRM membership in New Jersey who are qualified to serve as Officers in the Garden State Council (GSC). The committee also examines the Board's activities and structure on a regular basis, assesses the effectiveness of board policies as well as of individual board members, and determines the adequacy of policies and procedures that ensure SHRM and GSC compliance.

Lauren Diaz

Core Leadership

The focus of this committee is to increase the number of certified Human Resource professionals in New Jersey. It accomplishes this through meetings with the local Chambers of Commerce, letter writing campaigns to HR leaders and small business owners, and networking at seminars and conferences. It also works with local chapters to form study groups to help members prepare for their exam when they cannot take the course or are currently unemployed.

Carolyn Broderick
Dennis Butler

This committee works with both faculty advisors and local chapter presidents to encourage student participation in local professional chapter meetings. It provides guidance and direction to faculty advisors and chapter student liaison representatives relative to organizing new chapters, integrating the Student Merit Award Program into student chapter activities, and opportunities for integrating student and professional chapter goals.

Elisha Vlashi
Mercedes Fetch
College Relations

This committee acts as a resource to support the local SHRM chapters and organizations throughout the state as they expand their diversity initiatives. Its goal is to foster an awareness and appreciation of diversity, assist employers in meeting the challenges of a diverse workforce and provide a forum for diversity related programs and best practice. The committee also strives to increase the diversity of the Garden State Council board and the leadership and memberships of New Jersey SHRM chapters to more closely reflect the demographics of our potential membership pool.

Anthony Paradiso, MS
Judy Elliott-Pugh, SHRM-CP, PHR, HCS, MBA

Legislative Affairs Directors partner with their chapter counterparts to support efforts in educating New Jersey SHRM chapters on pending Human Resources-related NJ State and Federal public policy and legislative activities that may impact New Jersey businesses. They also serve as the key contact for SHRM on all public policy for the State and work to develop relationships with business coalitions and other policy-influencing groups with shared interest.

Louis Lessig, Esq., SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Stefanie Riehl

Working closely with its counterparts in local chapters, this committee focuses on creating and implementing initiatives to promote the value of membership in the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to those Human Resource professionals in New Jersey who are not yet members.

Melinda Lapan
Michael Timmes

Through tax-deductible donations from corporations, organizations, and individual HR professionals, the SHRM Foundation funds research, publications and education that have a direct and practical impact in advancing the Human Resources profession and enhancing the effectiveness of HR professionals. To support its important work, the SHRM Foundation conducts an annual fundraising campaign.

Alma Scott Buczack
SHRM Foundation

Workforce Readiness

The Garden State Council (GSC) SHRM Workforce Readiness team is committed to establishing strategic alliances with organizations and causes throughout the state that are dedicated to making a positive impact in all areas of workforce readiness.  It is our goal to be recognized by businesses, education institutions, and government bodies, as partners, collaborators, advocates and leaders in this field as well.  Collectively, we will create a MOVEMENT and our efforts WILL make a difference! 

According to the NJ Department of Labor, there a number of pressing issues facing today’s workforce in our state.  Of those, three are being...

Marti Bookstein, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

The Workplace Flexibility Awards is an annual recognition program created to honor U.S. based employers for their best practices in workplace flexibility. It was developed by the Families and Work Institute as part of their research-based When Work Works initiative. The research and awards program highlight how effective and flexible workplaces can yield positive business results and help employees succeed at work and at home.

The Families and Work Institute created the When Work Works partnership with SHRM to co-manage the awards program along with dissemination of research, surveys and tools to SHRM national members.

In December, 2016, The Families and Work Institute returned its focus to research...

Lauren Diaz, SHRM-SCP, SPHR