February 23 - Solutions for Untapped Talent at Work & PsychArmor Partnership (FREE for Members)

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
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The world of work is changing. Good culture is good business. HR possesses the power to transform work in pursuit of true societal change. The SHRM Foundation is on a mission to mobilize the power of HR by:
1. Recognizing differences that make workplaces stronger and building inclusive cultures where we all succeed.
2. Developing the next generation of HR leaders who will ensure sustained growth for people and organizations.
3. Building upon established thought leadership with new research that offers scalable, evidence-based HR solutions for organizations or all sizes and types.

As the philanthropic affiliate of the world’s largest professional HR society with access to more than 300,000 members representing 80,000 organizations and impacting 4 out of 5 workers (115 million workers a day) the SHRM Foundation has developed and will develop solutions and resources for HR professionals to hire and retain untapped pools of talent with high potential to succeed in the workplace.
Resources for Untapped Pools of Talent

The SHRM Foundation has produced content, tangible tools and certificates, or is in the process of producing these resources, for the following audiences:
1. Veterans at Work, military spouses and care givers
2. Employing Abilities @ Work
3. Getting Talent Back to Work for individuals with criminal backgrounds
4. The Next Generation of HR Leaders

OVER 50% OF VETERANS HAVE TROUBLE FINDING WORK. This staggering statistic inspired the SHRM Foundation to launch the SHRM Foundation’s Veterans at Work initiative in 2017. This initiative is a commitment to giving HR professionals the tangible tools and resources they need to recruit, hire and retain members of the military community (in 2020, to include spouses and caregivers). Since launching in November 2018, over 10,000 HR professionals have registered for the Veterans at Work certificate program sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal. In partnership with PsychArmor Institute and subject matter experts at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, the SHRM Foundation developed the content for this certificate program, which is accompanied by the guidebook that provides the business case for hiring veterans – The Recruitment, Hiring and Retention & Engagement of Military Veterans by Deborah Bradbard and James Schmeling (SHRM Foundation, 2018.) Through this certificate program, HR professionals, hiring managers and frontline supervisors are learning best practices associated with attracting, hiring and retaining these talented professionals and the skills veterans bring to the civilian workplace.

JP Morgan Chase, The USAA Foundation and Prudential have supported the SHRM Foundation’s efforts to develop tools and veteran-specific events to provide additional, high-quality, no-cost resources to aid veteran employment at each stage of the employer life cycle – employer readiness; talent acquisition; hiring and onboarding; talent development and talent mobility.

Future training in 2020 will incorporate best practices in employing military spouses and caregivers. Military spouses and caregivers also face steep employment challenges and their unemployment and underemployment are significantly impacting the entire military community. To educate HR professionals on how to serve this population best, the SHRM Foundation will also provide a similar certificate program targeted to help engage and advance the loved ones of active –duty military service members and veterans.

The certificate program is open to all, and as an additional bonus, SHRM-CP and SHRM-CP credential holders can earn 10 professional development credits (PDCs) toward recertification. To learn more about this multi-faceted program, visit shrmfoundation.org/veterans

PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES ARE TWICE AS LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED. Meaningful change must happen for people with disabilities in the workplace and in order to better understand this change, the SHRM Foundation partnered with the Workplace Initiative by Understood and SHRM to launch new research in October of 2019. The Employing Abilities @Work Research Report examines the following: understanding of disability in the workplace; attitudes and opinions around disabilities in the workplace; disability inclusion initiatives; recruitment of those with disabilities; accessibility and accommodation; and training and capacity building. This research reveals the limited knowledge companies have around employees with disabilities, how to best support this high potential labor force and what can be done to be inclusive of people with disabilities at work. The unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities is almost double that of peers without disabilities (6.1% vs 3.2% according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics from September 2019) and this initiative aims to expand awareness of employment challenges and strengthen the skills and abilities of professionals to hire, retain and advance this high potential labor force.

In 2020, as the nation celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the SHRM Foundation will launch three programs activating key research that will help employers strengthen the skills and abilities of their employees to effectively recruit, develop, advance and retain individuals with disabilities. The three programs include: a free, multi-faceted certificate program; Innovation Grants to drive local programming with SHRM state councils and chapters; and recruitment and training of Inclusion Captains who will lead educational programs in their community.
The certificate program will be free of charge and multi-faceted. To learn more about this program and the upcoming work this year (2020), visit shrmfoundation.org/employingabilities.org.

NEARLY 700,000 PEOPLE ARE RELEASED FROM PRISON EACH YEAR AND 75% OF THESE PEOPLE WILL REMAIN UNEMPLOYED FOR MORE THAN A YEAR. Those who have served their time should not be “re-sentenced” by employers, especially when businesses are experiencing a human capital crisis. In response to the First Step Act becoming law, the Getting Talent Back to Work movement is the next step to getting those with criminal histories a fair chance at employment. The Getting Talent Back to Work movement, led by SHRM and the SHRM Foundation, aims to end outdated, non-inclusive hiring practices. SHRM has launched a website and online toolkit that businesses and HR leaders can utilize to implement strategies to recruit and retain applicants with criminal records confidently. The toolkit equips HR professionals with the latest research, evidence-based best practices and industry guidance needed to reduce legal liability and increase inclusive hiring from this untapped talent pool. Almost 2,000 business leaders and 600 organizations have pledged to consider these candidates and offer those that qualify a second chance. With generous funding from the Lumina Foundation and Anonymous Philanthropy, the SHRM Foundation plans to expand this initiative to include a refined website, a Digital Huge and a guidebook for HR professionals. The SHRM Foundation will also develop and launch a certificate program with more robust content and additional training opportunities.
To take the pledge and download the toolkit, visit shrmfoundation/gettingtalentbacktowork.org

In early 2020, SHRM Foundation, in partnership with SHRM, will identify and commit new resources to its Student Engagement Strategy and will leverage professional networking and employment opportunities for those seeking to join the profession of HR. SHRM Foundation will launch targeted efforts to support state councils and chapters, our academically aligned colleges and universities and academic advisors with new resources to recruit and cultivate students around the country. In 2019 alone, the SHRM Foundation distributed over $500,000 in scholarships and awards to those seeking SHRM certification, learning and networking opportunities at SHRM conferences or undergraduate and graduate degrees and we will continue to grow those opportunities.

Through a collaborative partnership between PsychArmor, SHRM Foundation, and Comcast NBCUniversal, the Veterans at Work Certificate Program was created to educate human resources professionals, hiring managers, and front-line supervisors on military culture. The certificate provides competencies in the following areas: the Value of Veteran talent, Hiring and Retention best practices, and Professional Development.

PsychArmor’s short, self-paced videos are great resources for employers who are invested in Veteran talent. We partner with nationally-recognized subject matter experts to create and deliver high-quality courses about issues relevant to the military and Veteran communities. Sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal, the following courses are available for any employer, supervisor, human resources recruiter, co-worker, or anyone else who spends time with Veterans in the workplace.

These online courses cover a variety of topics, including how military training endows Veterans with skills and leadership traits that make them an asset in the workplace. Other courses cover topics such as: reviewing resumes, interviewing Veterans, and creating a work environment that supports Veteran employees.

Since the program’s launch in 2018, over 5,600 learners have enrolled in the certificate program resulting in over 44,000 course completions. The certificate program has become a critical resource for human resource professionals to obtain training and education that will ultimately improve the hiring and retention practices for military connected individuals.


- Learn about SHRM's initiatives to inspire and empower HR professionals
- Contribute to the conversation around the next generation of HR leaders
- Sign up for SHRM Foundation's specialty certificate programs - 10 PDCs are awarded to those who complete a program
-Review competencies in the following areas: the Value of Veteran talent, Hiring and Retention best practices

PDC: 1
Member: FREE
Non-member: $25


Tina Atherall is a social innovation strategist with a concentration in non-profit management, community development, and advocacy. She obtained her Doctor of Social Work (DSW) from the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work focusing on the 12 Grand Challenges for Social Work to eradicate social isolation. She is the CEO of PsychArmor Institute and works extensively with communities educating and advocating for critical support for those who have served and their families. Tina has advanced certificates in nonprofit leadership, human-centered design facilitation, military family readiness, military social work, and is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator. She is an Associate Adjunct Professor at Columbia University School of Social Work.


Wendi Safstrom, Executive Director of the Society for Human Resource Management Foundation (SHRM Foundation), is a senior non-profit leader committed to serving the public through philanthropic program management, cultivating strategic partnerships and managing and developing high performing teams. Safstrom is well versed in association and nonprofit management, with experience in membership and product development, donor strategy and stewardship and communications. At SHRM Foundation, she leads the development and implementation of programmatic, development, and PR./communication strategies in support of SHRM Foundation's mission – mobilizing the power of HR to lead positive social change impacting work, workers and the workplace.

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