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14th Annual SHRM Vermont State Conference


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The Vermont SHRM State Council is delighted to welcome you to our 14th SHRM Vermont State HR Conference. The Vermont SHRM State Council, along with our four local affiliated SHRM chapters, is dedicated to leading, educating, and inspiring HR professionals in Vermont and positively impacting other business professionals throughout the state. The Vermont SHRM State Council is a non-profit organization and exists as an affiliate of The Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest association devoted to Human Resource Management. Membership is made up of 17 volunteers who are elected or appointed to the Council and includes the Chapter Presidents of the three local SHRM chapters here in Vermont.

HR Rocks!  Is this years’ theme and an acknowledgement of the HR rock star abilities that lay within each of us. Each of our concurrent sessions will feature HR tips for all of us that find ourselves struggling to keep the beat and continue playing along.

Join us this year at our NEW Leadership Conference; Hear from SHRM National thought  leaders  - Lisa Horn from Governmental Affairs, and the Workplace Flexibility initiative, and Phyllis Shurn-Hannah, our Regional Field Service Director, about what’s new at SHRM National. Learn more about how to get involved with SHRM at the local chapter and/or state level. Volunteers Rock!

Next, we have lined up a number of local and national speakers and businesses to help you and your HR departments and businesses respond to today’s business challenges.  We’ll be offering a variety of diverse topics - including sessions such as; our headliners, Izzy Gessell, Jon Petz, and Cy Wakeman, who will provide advice on the future of the improvisational skills needed to rock HR, how to remain passionate about our roles, and effective employee engagement strategies.  We’ll also include warm up bands; covering the nuts and bolts of payroll and compensation and HR basics and advanced best practices, several panel sessions; the one person HR shop – how to perform solo, healthcare topics, employee recruitment and retention, and local and  federal employment law updates.

Once again we will be offer ongoing tech support, and caffeine, in our internet café.

It would not be possible to offer you a conference with this caliber of speakers, at such a low registration rate, if not for the support of our sponsors and exhibitors. Please make sure to thank them for their continued support of our conference and profession and give them an opportunity to learn what services they might offer you.


Check out the list of 2014 Exhibitors and Sponsors.  
There are still lots of great sponsorship opportunities for the 2014 conference. 
Click here for sponsorship and exhibitor information. 

If you are interested in a sponsor or speaking opportunity for the 2015 conference, please contact us at



On the fence about sitting for the HR certification?  There has never been a better time to certify.

Act now, our fall course is your last opportunity to sit for your PHR or SPHR.  Once you pass, you are eligible to become dually certified with SHRM's new credential - for FREE.

If you don't pass; SHRM will send you the updated materials - for FREE.  It's a win/win situation.

Register today.


FAQ for students who want to know which certification to study for...

Should I still sit for the exam I'm currently studying for or scheduled to take?

SHRM supports your decision to prepare for and take the current exam for the existing credentials. If you pass your exam, you will be eligible to receive the new SHRM credential free of charge from January 1 - December 31, 2015.

During this period, you will be eligible for the new SHRM certification by completing the following process:

  • Document that your current certification is in good standing.
  • Sign the SHRM Code of Ethics.
  • Complete a brief online tutorial on HR competencies.

Once you go through this process, you will add the new SHRM credential to your current list of credentials and will begin a new three-year re-certification cycle.

If you do not pass your exam prior to January 2015 and you purchased the current 2014 SHRM Learning System, SHRM will provide the new SHRM Learning System for the new SHRM certification free of charge in preparation for the new assessment.



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SHRM Vermont State Council has been selected as a Superior Honor State Council by SHRM

which indicates that it has achieved excellence in fulfilling its mission of:

  • Serving as a conduit for communication between SHRM members and chapters.
  • Coordinating chapter efforts at the state level.
  • Facilitating services and programs for the collective interests Vermont's membership and chapter leaders and all SHRM members in the state.

Serving the Human Resource professional and advancing the Human Resource profession by serving as a resource for the HR professional in matters of education, strategic direction, legislative lobbying and promotion and enhancement of Human Resources as a profession.

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