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Before Mike Letizia met with his local SHRM group in 2000, he had never considered networking to be an important part of his career. But once he began exchanging ideas with like-minded professionals, there was no turning back. Since then, he has served on the board of the
California State Council of SHRM (CalSHRM) for more than six years, and he frequently develops and teaches classes for SHRM.
He is currently the CalSHRM director and president emeritus of the San Joaquin HR Association Board of Directors. He has served as chair of the Career Services Advisory Board for the University of the Pacific in Stockton since 2009.
He often speaks at the university and advises students at its career center and business school. He has delivered business and HR presentations for the SHRM chapters in San Joaquin, Redding, Sierra, Grass Valley and Sacramento.
Nowadays, the man who was dubious about the value of connecting says that, without SHRM, he wouldn’t have had many of these opportunities or be equipped to run his own business.
What’s your biggest challenge in your job?
The fact that the small to medium-sized businesses in my region of California are sorely lacking in HR expertise. Such businesses are the backbone of this country, so it concerns me that so few know how to manage their human assets. If we can help these companies develop HR skills, I believe we could make huge differences in the lives of California workers.
What is SHRM to you?
My strategic business partner, my trusted compliance resource, my education resource—truly my all-in-one. There are many options out there for HR professionals, but what’s important to me is being able to trust that the information I am gathering has integrity. I rely on SHRM to provide the research and tools I need to ensure the best outcomes for my clients.
What motivates you?
Having the opportunity to change lives and business outcomes. I believe in the butterfly effect—the idea that just one gesture, one kindness, one effort can change destinies, both our own and those of the lives we touch. For me there is no greater motivation.
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