About the SHRM Foundation

The SHRM Foundation is a values-based charity organization whose mission is to champion workforce and workplace transformation by providing research-based HR solutions for challenging inclusion issues facing current and potential employees, scholarships to educate and develop HR professionals to make change happen and opportunities for HR professionals to make a difference in their local communities. The SHRM Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizational affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management.

VISION, MISSION & PURPOSE

VISION

​Empowered HR professionals building inclusive organizations where all employees thrive and organizations achieve success.

MISSION

The SHRM Foundation champions workforce and workplace transformation by providing...

  • research-based HR solutions for challenging inclusion issues facing employees and potential employees.
  • scholarships to educate and develop HR professionals and students to make change happen.
  • opportunities for HR professionals to make a difference in their local communities.

PURPOSE

The SHRM Foundation is a values-based charity organization that champions workforce and workplace transformation and inspires HR professionals to make it happen.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

​The SHRM Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of distinguished HR academic and practice leaders. The SHRM Foundation recognizes the members of its Board for their outstanding leadership and dedication to the organization. We are proud that 100% of SHRM Foundation board members contribute to the Foundation's Annual Campaign.

​OFFICERS

​​Elizabeth-Larson.jpgChair
Elizabeth (Betsy) Larson, SHRM-SCP, CCP
Senior Human Resource Leader
West Simsbury, CT
Biography


Tom Darrow.jpgImmediate Past Chair
Thomas M. Darrow, SHRM-SCP
Founder & Principal
Talent Connections, LLC and Career Spa, LLC
Atlanta, GA 
Biography


Karen Paul updated.jpgSecretary / Treasurer
Karen B. Paul, Ph.D.
Leader, HR External Relations
3M
St. Paul, Minnesota
Biography

DIRECTORS

Ed Lawler​Edward (Ed) Lawler III, Ph.D.
Professor
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
Biography
Jim Link​Jim Link, SHRM-SCP
Chief Human Resources Officer
Randstad North America
Atlanta, GA
Biography
Jeff Pon​Jeff T. H. Pon, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP
Chief Human Resource and Strategy Officer
SHRM
Alexandria, VA
Biography
Sara-Rynes.JPGSara Rynes, Ph.D.
Tippie-Rollins​ Chair in Excellence
University of Iowa - Tippie College of Business
Iowa City, IA
Biography
Libby SartainElizabeth (Libby) P. Sartain, CCP, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Libby Sartain LLC
Bastrop, TX
Biography
Melissa Dawn Simkins​Melissa Dawn Simkins
President, Velvet Suite
Washington, DC & Atlanta, GA
Biography
Tina-Sung updated.jpgTina Sung, CAE
Vice President, Goverment Transformation
Partnership for Public Service
Washington, DC​
Biography
Ian ZiskinIan Ziskin
President, EXec EXcel Group LLC
Sag Harbor, NY
Biography

FOUNDATION STAFF

STAFF MEMBER

CONTACT FOR

Mark Schmit - new headshot.jpg​Mark Schmit, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP
Executive Director
Mark.Schmit@shrm.org
(703) 535-6494
New project/partnership ideas
Board and governance
Fundraising plans
Elissa Soares, Foundation Administrator Elissa Soares
Foundation Administrator
Elissa.Soares@shrm.org
(703) 535-6020
General Foundation questions
State conference supplies
DVD requests
Bailey-Yeager.jpgBailey Yeager, M.P.S.
Senior Marketing Specialist
Bailey.Yeager@shrm.org
(703) 535-6440
Media inquiries
Foundation publications
Foundation awards
Social media and email outreach
Beth McFarland.jpg Beth McFarland, CAE
Director, Foundation Programs
Beth.McFarland@shrm.org
(703) 535-6371
Thought Leadership Initiatives
Effective Practice Guidelines
Foundation publications
DM headshot.jpgDorothy Mebane, Ph.D.
Manager, Foundation Programs
Dorothy.Mebane@shrm.org
(703) 535-6219
Research grants
Scholarship and award programs
Permission requests
ADS headshot_sized.jpg Ashlee Droscher Smith, M.S., CFRE
Director, Development
Ashlee.Smith@shrm.org
(703) 535-6291
Sponsorships
Fundraising strategy
Major gifts
Planned giving
Chapter/State Council relations
Annual Campaign
Donations/honoraria
How to contribute