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Additional Advocacy Captains have been selected by SHRM’s Government Affairs staff in support of the Advocacy Team—or “A-Team”—SHRM’s new member advocacy initiative.  Maine’s Advocacy Captains were recently selected, while those for the states of Arkansas, Wisconsin and Washington are expected to be announced later this week.

Under the program, Advocacy Captains serve as key contacts who have committed to build personal relationships with federal legislators at the local level—in their home districts, rather than in Washington, D.C. In Maine, SHRM members Jackie Little, Susan Norton, Bill Saufley and Richelle Wallace were recently designated Advocacy Captains for the state’s congressional delegation.

Earlier this year, Alabama became the first state with Captains designated, followed by Rhode Island. Alabama, Maine and Rhode Island A-Teams are now recruiting “HR Advocates,” who will complement the work of each Advocacy Captain at the local level. To learn more about this program, including the role of an Advocacy Captain and HR Advocate, please click HERE.

Additional Advocacy Captain-candidates are still needed for California, Florida and New York.  SHRM anticipates the initial selection of Advocacy Captains for Arkansas, California, Florida, Kansas, Nebraska, New York, Washington and Wisconsin to be announced early in June.

To join the A-Team or learn more about the role of an Advocacy Captain or HR Advocate, please contact David Lusk, SHRM’s senior associate for Member Advocacy at 703-535-6158 or

A-Team Special Events Calendar Released

Several unique opportunities to encourage widespread member participation in the A-Team initiative have just been announced. 

A series of webcasts have been scheduled to foster SHRM members in becoming more involved in the Society’s public policy efforts. These sessions, usually presented live on the third Thursday of each month, will be recorded to allow those unable to attend the ‘live’ version of the webcast to review the session at another time. The introductory webcast, titled “Building Long-Term Legislative Relationships,” was held on May 12. A second session: “Mastering Town Hall Meetings,” took place on May 19. Future dates of upcoming webcasts (topics to be determined at a later time) appear below:

  • June 16
  • July 21
  • September 15
  • November 17
  • December 15

We hope your schedule will permit you to participate in as many of our upcoming educational webcasts as possible.

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