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New York City SHRM Special Interest Groups
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New York City SHRM offers the opportunity for you to connect with the NYC HR community through a myriad of SIGs. Scroll below for an introduction to each of the New York Cith SHRM SIGs to learn more. There's absolutely no commitment other than participating in events and activities that appeal to you and that further enhance your value as an HR Professional.

Whether intrigued by healthcare reform, retirement plans or anything in between, the Benefits SIG provides New York City SHRM members an open forum with roundtable discussions to exchange information on a vast array of benefits issues of value to the group, as well as host guest speakers on specific topics of interest.


Learn and grow with the dynamic Professional Development SIG. Enhance your knowledge and skills through various programs determined to make you a better strategic business partner and "earn a seat at the table." Past program topics have included: Presentation and Public Speaking, Determining your Emotional Intelligence, Interviewing on Both Sides of the Table, and It's Time to Tweet. Have fun while gaining new knowledge and perfecting your brand!

Compensation SIG participants are compensation specialists and/or consultants and HR Generalists at the beginning, middle and senior levels of their professional development whose responsibilities include compensation management. The purpose of discussions is to share member experiences and knowledge bases.

The Directors' Forum is a community of HR practitioners who are committed to sharing ideas and best practices with colleagues, and comfortable seeking advice from and sharing information with each other. The Directors' Forum is comprised of up to 30 senior-most HR professionals within their respective organizations or divisions. The Directors' Forum holds monthly meetings that feature both external guest speakers as well as roundtable discussions. Topics vary depending upon current topics of interest to the group. Participants also maintain regular communication via email on a variety of issues. New membership is not open to vendors or consultants.

The Diversity and Inclusion SIG promotes the best workplace diversity and inclusion practices and management principles. It advocates respect for workforce differences including, for example, gender, age, race, ethnicity, physical and mental ability, veteran status, parental and pregnancy status, sexual orientation, gender identity and religious beliefs and practices. The Diversity and Inclusion SIG’s activities, events and educational programs focus on enhancing a workplace where employees are treated fairly, are encouraged to contribute to the organization’s success and have equal opportunity for personal growth and advancement.

The Employee and Labor Relations SIG provides a forum to discuss and share topical information on issues related to employee and labor relations. The SIG provides a variety of programs with speakers or round table discussions on current “hot” topics and best practices in the employee and labor relations field. Employee and Labor Relations SIG participants include HR Professionals at the beginning, middle and senior levels of professional development. The purpose of this SIG’S programs is to educate HR professionals regarding current legislative changes on the Local, State and Federal level. This SIG provides programs on current legal trends and offers best practices for HR professionals.

The Global HR SIG hears from experts in the field about best practices and hot topics regarding all aspects of Global HR. Presentations range from cross-cultural topics and global mobility best practices to immigration reform and worldwide employment law.

HR Professionals Reaching Out (HR-PRO) is New York City SHRM’s pro-bono program providing strategic and tactical support to strengthen non-profit agencies with limited HR resources or expertise. The program offers member agencies of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA) and UJA of NY, general seminars, consulting services and in-agencies training workshops, covering the wide-range of HR topics. Volunteer your time and expertise by providing guidance, strategic and tactical, on HR issues as an HR-PRO volunteer consultant or educate non-profit staffers about HR issues in our seminar series. Or join our organizing committee that manages, markets and builds the program. HR-PRO has received the FPWA Keystone Award for outstanding service to the NYC social services community and the 2010 SHRM Pinnacle Award!

The Talent Development SIG brings members the latest insights, trends, and practices from the learning industry. This SIG typically hosts quarterly events that feature moderated panel discussions or solo guest speakers. All New York City SRHM members and visitors are welcome!

The Legislative & Legal SIG monitors legislative and legal activity affecting the Human Resources Profession. This SIG keeps New York City SHRM membership informed of pending legislation, the practical effects of legislation in action, and changes made in relevant laws. Each year, the Legislative & Legal SIG produces both an All-Day Conference and an Annual Legal Update Meeting to address the latest legislative and legal developments of interest to the HR community.

The New York City SHRM Managers' Forum meets on a regular basis throughout the year and provides a platform for the exchange of information and ideas on current issues and developments facing HR professionals. Meetings often feature guest speakers in areas such as wage & hour compliance, employee relations, professional development, and other topics of interest to the Forum. Additionally, the group serves as a network of professionals who assist each other on a virtually on-demand basis with work issues members may be confronting. Members are currently employed (or in transition) in an HR Generalist role.

Networking is about making connections and building relationships. Through fun meet-ups and exciting events, the Networking & Social Events SIG provides social opportunities to make HR connections that will impact your professional life. Our programs will help you build a strong, long-term HR network that may change your career or business, while providing guidance on how to achieve your professional goals.

Co-Chair Position Open

The Not-for-Profit SIG develops innovative programs with subject-matter experts that provide effective best practices to the not-for-profit sector, focusing on the special issues that these organizations encounter. HR can customize the practices and practical guidance from the programs to reflect their specific concerns and interests for strategic managerial strategies and action.


Are organization changes a constant for HR? The Organization Development and Change Management SIG provides a forum for HR practitioners to exchange tools and techniques for designing new organization structures, teams, roles, and capabilities as well as effectively managing the people side of change and transformation to achieve desired outcomes.

The Staffing Management SIG is a dynamic group of individuals that meets monthly to discuss best practices in the world of recruiting and HR. Members are from both HR practitioners and staffing firms. The Staffing Management SIG meetings involve a thorough exchange of ideas and concepts to stay abreast of recruiting trends, as well as focus on best practices in hiring and endeavor to enhance relations between staffing firms and corporate HR.

Diana Gruverman, Chair

The University Relations Committee develops programs that foster mutually beneficial relationships between HR students, faculty, career centers, and professionals. The committee coordinates programs and mentoring opportunities to engage and educate the next generation of HR professionals about various career paths within HR. Students may receive information about jobs and internships as requested Additionally, the University Relations SIG partners with local student SHRM chapters on networking events, conferences, and provides chapter leadership support.

The Women's Initiative SIG programs focus on ways to educate, advocate and advance both women and men in their professions. A primary objective of this SIG is to ensure that all members and guests have access to education and skills needed to flourish and grow professionally. The Women’s Initiatives SIG events promote career development, strategic networking, effective communication strategies, work-life balance, mentoring, and much more.


The Workforce Readiness SIG works with non-profits and educational institutions to assist individuals who are entering, transitioning to, or re-entering the labor market, as well as the underemployed, in becoming more knowledgeable, qualified employees through training, coaching and mentoring.

One of the most important components is assisting our partner organizations in understanding the needs of employers. Working with non-profit groups to offer guidance in preparing people such as military veterans, individuals with disabilities, underprivileged youth and those who can benefit from the Fair Chance Initiative allows us to provide the NYC SHRM community with alternative sources for qualified, but often overlooked applicants.

The Young Professionals SIG provides educational and networking opportunities for the next generation of HR leaders. Though the focus is on young professionals, the YP SIG works to enhance communication and promote information sharing among all generations. The YP SIG leverages national resources from SHRM’s YPAC (Young Professional Advisory Council), and local resources from a variety of HR professional and social networks in the New York City-metro area. The YP SIG partners with other SIGs to host professional and social events, and sponsors programs for the NYC HR community. The YP SIG welcomes members of all ages and levels—whether a recent HR grad looking to soak up as much knowledge as possible, or an experienced HR professional looking to mentor a new one.

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