Lisa Connell Named Executive Director of HR People & Strategy

Dec 3, 2013

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — HR People & Strategy (HRPS) announced that Lisa Connell has been named executive director.

HRPS, a network of executive HR leaders, is an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The SHRM-HRPS alliance was developed to serve HR professionals throughout their careers by providing a unique set of offerings at different stages of their careers.

Since the affiliation was announced July 3, Connell has led a team overseeing HRPS’s transition from its Chicago home office to Alexandria, where it will be located with SHRM’s headquarters. As executive director, Connell will serve as HRPS’s chief executive officer with accountability for executing organizational strategy and providing executive leadership for HRPS staff and operations.

Connell is the former vice president for education at SHRM.

“We are excited Lisa Connell will be joining us and welcome her leadership and experience in advancing HRPS’s mission,” HRPS Board Chair Edie Goldberg said. “I had the pleasure of working with Lisa over the last three months during the transition to a SHRM affiliate and have been impressed with her leadership style and keen business insight.”

“During her 15 years with SHRM, Lisa has proven herself to be a strategic and effective leader,” said Henry G. (Hank) Jackson, SHRM’s president and CEO. “I am confident that she will continue to make important contributions to SHRM’s and HRPS’s shared goal of serving HR professionals.”

“I am honored to be joining this esteemed HR organization at such an exciting time in its history,” Connell said. “Being able to work with a group of accomplished senior HR business leaders and having the opportunity to contribute to HRPS’s success is an exciting opportunity.”

Connell joined SHRM in its finance department and has held positions of increasing responsibility in SHRM’s professional development division. As vice president for education, she led a team of 15 staff and oversaw SHRM’s portfolio of programs in excess of $20 million that supports HR competencies and proficiencies from entry-level to senior professionals.

Connell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Media: For more information or to request an interview, contact Kate Kennedy of SHRM Public Affairs at 703-535-6260 and
or Vanessa Gray at 703-535-6072 and

About HR People and Strategy
HR People & Strategy (HRPS), an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management, has been the premier global association and network of strategic HR executives and thought leaders since 1977. In support of its worldwide members, HRPS serves as a global community for sharing the latest thinking and information about the HR implications of key business issues and strategic HR practices; offers a broad range of professional development programs with distinguished HR scholars, practitioners and business leaders; and builds networks of diverse individuals to exchange leading-edge HR ideas, information and experiences. Learn more at


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