HR Professionals Thankful for Peers, Learning, Making a Difference

November 2, 2017

Our request to readers to share what they are most thankful for as HR professionals prompted many heartfelt responses. Here is a sampling of what evokes SHRM certificants' feelings of gratitude.


I'm thankful for the chance to make a real difference, big or small, within my organization, as well as in the lives of my employees, in good times and bad. This is not a career for the faint of heart, but I have loved the journey and feel very fortunate.

Dana Barnard, SHRM-CP, West Chester, Ohio


I am thankful for the network of peers that I have met from my involvement in my collegiate and professional HR chapters. "HR-ing" is so much easier when you have colleagues to bounce ideas off of.

Lydia Garcia, SHRM-SCP, Portland, Ore.


I am thankful for the support of other professionals and the opportunity to learn and grow.

Jackie Ogan, SHRM-CP, Salem, Ore.


Personally: I'm thankful for my family and our health.

Work-related: I'm thankful to work for a company that is employee-focused and truly believes that you are only as good as your people.

Suzie Vanderweide, SHRM-CP, Laramie, Wyo.


I'm thankful for the changes that will transform the workplace, employees and business leaders, and that will disrupt traditional business practices. I'm thankful that the traditional solutions are ineffective and the need for certified HR business partners will increase.

I'm thankful that my membership in and connection to a professional organization will help me impart the new reality to CEOs, and help me augment my knowledge with strategies, tips, resources and real-time best practices that will exceed my company's needs.

I'm thankful that I have always enjoyed learning.

Grace Beasley-Matthews, SHRM-SCP, New York City, N.Y.


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