In 2018, the Wisconsin State Council SHRM established the Enterprising Leadership Grant. This grant supports a chapter or chapters that partner with another WI-based organization with the purpose of promoting communication and collaboration between HR and other business professionals/organizations. The grant helps fund initiatives that are innovative and strive to bring business professionals together toward a common cause, led by the HR community. Up to $5,000 was available for Wisconsin SHRM Chapter(s) to implement an activity or initiative in the area of Enterprising HR Leadership. Criteria include having 1) a partnership with an organization outside the SHRM that has goals/objectives that help advance the HR profession and 2) a joint planned activity or initiative with that organization that demonstrates Enterprising HR Leadership Communication, Collaboration and/or Education of/between business professionals.
WISHRM is happy to recognize three Chapters for their leadership efforts with 2018 WISHRM Enterprising Leadership Grants – Central Wisconsin SHRM, Fox Valley SHRM, and Metro Milwaukee SHRM.
Central Wisconsin SHRM is working on partnering with the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce and Everest Area School District at Weston Elementary to enhance their STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/Design, Math) program that will put the school at the forefront of trans-disciplinary offerings to their students. Through the partnership, CWSHRM HR professionals and business member volunteers will be asked to assist and engage students in learning challenges by exploring, collaborating, and sharing their own creative and innovative experiences.
Fox Valley SHRM introduced a student membership for students going to school full time in an undergraduate or technical program with a goal to engage and retain students to become future HR Professionals within this area and future Professional FVSHRM Members. This initiative focuses on attracting students, engaging them by finding opportunities to build connections, providing development opportunities to prepare them for post-graduation and then ensuring retention within the local area and within the SHRM community.
In partnership with ASIS International (American Society for Industrial Security), Metro Milwaukee SHRM is proposing to do a program in 1Q19 on Crisis Intervention. The plan is to offer a 2-day Crisis Intervention Partner (CIP) certification to MM SHRM members. This certification would prepare participants to effectively manage a mental health crisis in the workplace. Based on feedback received following co-sponsored events, MM SHRM identified the need for this type of preparation. The funds would be used to bring in trainers from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to provide the certification. This will be the first program in the area that we hope will expand to other parts of Wisconsin. The program would be considered a pilot for the first year with the anticipation of expanding it to the Madison and Fox Valley areas as NAMI, SHRM, and ASIS have chapters in these areas.
We look forward to learning more about the success of these programs.