15 Young Professionals Elected to SHRM Young Professionals Advisory Council

Feb 1, 2016

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Fifteen young professionals were elected to serve on the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM’s) highly selective Young Professionals Advisory Council (YPAC) for a one-year term, beginning on Jan. 1, 2016. 

SHRM received 163 applications for only 15 spots on the council. Of those chosen, several work for Fortune 500 companies such as The Walt Disney Company, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Time Warner Cable and Union Pacific Railroad.

The role of the council is to advocate for SHRM’s young professional members (those who are 30 years old and younger) and provide guidance to SHRM for attracting and retaining nonmember young professionals. 

“Those selected for this opportunity are driving HR in the right direction for the future. They have diverse experience in the human resources profession,” said Nancy Conway, SHRM-SCP, who oversees YPAC activities and is a field services director for SHRM. “They are making a positive impact on the future of human resources.”

As members of the YPAC, these young professionals will help to:

  • Provide feedback to SHRM regarding potential and existing services for young professional members.
  • Strategize ways to recruit new young professional members.
  • Provide feedback to assist with transitioning student members to young professional members.
  • Contribute to SHRM social media content such as blog posts and Twitter chats throughout the year. 
Coordinate a networking event at the 2016 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition.

2016 Young Professionals Advisory Council Members

  • Aaron Abell (Philadelphia), HR business partner and process manager, Tronox Alkal
  • Veronica Castaneda Szuza (Monterrey, Mexico), coordinator of culture and performance, FEMSA
  • Jillian Caswell (Anchorage, Alaska), office staffing recruiter, Alaska Executive Search, Inc.
  • Daniel Cross (incumbent—second year) (Wilmington, Del.), HR consulting manager, Capital One Financial Corp. 
  • Ashley Eckard (incumbent—second year) (West Chester, Penn.), HR director, Synchrony Group
  • Kelsey Esquinas (incumbent—second year) (New Albany, Ind.), talent acquisition manager, Faurencia Emissions Control Technologies
  • Jessica Gofforth (Dubuque, Iowa), HR business partner, Bemis Company, Inc
  • Courtney Hendricks (Milwaukee), HR generalist, Extension, Inc.
  • Tatiana Hernandez (Glendale, Calif.), HR representative, ACCO Engineered Systems
  • Dan Higham (Binghamton, N.Y.), HR generalist, Time Warner Cable
  • Kirsten Jarrell (Raleigh, N.C.), HR generalist, FDH Velocitel 
  • Ashley Leveque (Frisco, Texas), HR business partner, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Brooke Liu (incumbent—second year) (Caledonia, Mich.), HR specialist, Acrisure LLC
  • Max Rickard (Orlando, Fla.), associate HR business partner, The Walt Disney Company
  • Stevie Sprague (Omaha, Neb.), senior specialist, university recruiting operations, Union Pacific Railroad
For information about the YPAC, visit www.shrm.org/communities/yp/pages/ypadvisoryteam.aspx

Media: For more information, contact Vanessa Gray at 703-535-6072 and Vanessa.Gray@shrm.org or Kate Kennedy of SHRM Media Relations at 703-535-6260 and Kate.Kennedy@shrm.org.

About the Society for Human Resource Management
Founded in 1948, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR membership organization devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 275,000 members in over 160 countries, the Society is the leading provider of resources to serve the needs of HR professionals and advance the professional practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit us at shrm.org.


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