SHRM Emerging Professional Champions: Susan Post, SHRM-SCP

Andrew Deichler By Andrew Deichler March 31, 2021
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SHRM Emerging Professional Champions: Susan Post, SHRM-SCP

As part of an effort to recognize the next generation of human resource leaders, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is naming students, alumni and others who work on behalf of emerging professionals as SHRM Emerging Professional Champions. This week, we're looking at Susan Post, SHRM-SCP, field services director for SHRM.

There are many people out there who chose a career path like their parents, though you don't hear about it too often when it comes to human resource professionals. But that's exactly what Susan Post did.

The daughter of an HR director, Post decided to follow in her father's footsteps at an early age. "Before 'bring your daughter to work day' was fashionable, I actually went to my dad's office and got to see him meet with union employees and other staff, and it just looked like something for me," she said.

Post ended up attending her father's alma mater, Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., to study HR. During her sophomore year, she took a work-study position with the chair of the industrial and labor relations department. As part of the position, she was told that she would now be the president of Le Moyne's SHRM student chapter. "I responded, 'What's a SHRM?' I completely fell into it as part of the work-study job," she said. "But it was probably one of the best things I ever did to solidify my future career."

Being part of the SHRM student chapter not only provided Post with leadership opportunities, it also connected her with the Central New York SHRM chapter (CNY SHRM), which helped her find an internship with the Lipe-Rollway Corp. (now part of Regal Beloit). That internship later helped her get hired by the corporation full time. "Students are looking for jobs, and they're looking for ways to connect with HR pros," she said. "Being part of a student chapter is still the best way to do that."

Post began her professional career at Lipe-Rollway as a personnel assistant. She worked under and was mentored by a highly supportive HR director who prepared her to eventually take on the director role. Unfortunately, when the company decided to relocate from Syracuse to North Carolina, only top managers were retained.

But again, Post's affiliation with SHRM came through. A contact at her SHRM chapter helped Post land a job at Eastman Kodak, which gave her two years of generalist experience.

Working as a generalist helped prepare Post for her next role, handling employee benefits for Cornell University. About six years later, she moved on to become HR director for a nonprofit that served people with developmental disabilities.

After a six-year stint at the nonprofit, the opportunity to work for SHRM came up. For Post, it felt like the logical conclusion to a career journey where SHRM had been instrumental the entire way. "I had just started a district director role with the New York State Council when I had the opportunity to apply," she said. "SHRM was starting to put these positions out in the field, and the rest is history. So, in January of 1999, I joined the SHRM team and I never looked back."

In her role as field services director, Post handles membership and relationship management strategies for SHRM affiliates in seven states. Making the move to SHRM after 15 years in traditional HR was a big shift for her, but she knows it was the right fit.

"I lucked out and landed the best job in the world with SHRM; it brought a whole bunch of things together," she said. "I'm a person who likes to connect people. I like to be able to put people together to make things happen and help them be successful."

Do you know an outstanding SHRM student leader? How about a former SHRM student member who is achieving great success professionally? Or maybe a SHRM professional member, student chapter advisor or professional chapter that is advancing student membership and emerging professional programming? Nominate them as a SHRM Emerging Professional Champion today.

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