Go 'All In' at #SHRM17

Total commitment to the HR profession is more critical than ever.

By Henry G. Jackson March 27, 2017

There are times in our lives when we make a deliberate choice to give our best, to wholly dedicate ourselves to a project, cause or calling—a moment when we decide to go "all in" for who or what we believe in. Professionally, this could mean continuing your education, venturing into a new industry or otherwise stretching yourself beyond your traditional boundaries. Personally, this could mean starting a family, moving across the country or world for a new opportunity, or taking some other risk to pursue a dream. When it comes to your life and work, what are you "all in" for?

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) had a chance to answer that question in 2014, when we announced we would develop the first totally competency-based credential for the HR profession. It was a marked change with serious risk, yet we put tremendous effort into developing a world-class certification because we believed it was the right thing to do for all HR professionals, SHRM and the HR profession as a whole. Two years later, I am proud of what we have achieved together. We changed the conversation about the HR profession, set a new standard for HR through the SHRM Competency Model and launched the fastest-growing HR certification credentials in the world—the SHRM-SCP and SHRM-CP.

So many business leaders tell me this is exactly what the profession needed to solidify its position as one of the most critical functions driving business success today. I urge you to assess whether you are "all in" with the competencies required to lead your organization. We are a few months away from HR’s unrivaled professional gathering, the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition, which this year takes place June 18–21 in New Orleans and, appropriately, our theme is "All In." It is where our profession will come together as one to continue the transformation to competency-based learning as we renew our passion to serve our people and lead our organizations.

Total commitment to our profession is more critical today than ever before. We are living in an era of seismic change and real uncertainty: Talent management and the skills gap have never posed a greater risk to business. Legislation and regulation issues may disrupt much of our work this year. People are in need of new skills and modes of working. The march toward globalization continues. And the workplace is evolving at such a pace that it is sometimes hard to keep track of the trends.

HR’s role has not changed, but the expectations and requirements to lead business success have grown exponentially. It is now our job—our opportunity—to guide our organizations into an unmapped future with confidence. At #SHRM17, we will focus on the skills you need and the solutions you seek to build a 21st century workplace that works, from the boardroom to the break room.

You can choose from some 200 concurrent sessions and inspiring keynoters like Laszlo Bock, Patrick Lencioni, Laila Ali and Kat Cole. You’ll also find a sense of community and commitment—HR professionals just like you, from all over the United States and beyond, eager to connect and have fun in lively New Orleans.

We will go "all in" for our people, organizations and profession at this decisive moment for HR—and we will do so together.

I look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!

Henry G. Jackson is SHRM's president and CEO.

Photograph by Cade Martin for HR Magazine.

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