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The Kentucky SHRM Council, Inc., (KYSHRM) is the state affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). SHRM is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. For nearly seven decades, the Society has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India, and United Arab Emirates. KYSHRM serves over 3,000 human resource professionals and advances the HR profession in Kentucky through our local chapters, as well as our student chapters.

KYSHRM Chapter Wins Pinnacle Award for Exceptional HR Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) presented the Kentucky Chapter and 11 other affiliates with its Pinnacle Award — the highest honor given to SHRM state councils and chapters for notable contributions to the human resource profession.

“This year’s Pinnacle Award winners have shown exceptional HR leadership through their innovative chapter and council programs,” said Henry G. (Hank) Jackson, president and CEO of SHRM. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. The Pinnacle Award, created in 1991, is the most prestigious achievement SHRM state councils and chapters can attain.

According to Kentucky SHRM Chair, Lynn Ingmire, major industries in Kentucky are expecting growth over the next 3-5 years, yet many say they are having difficulty recruiting qualified workers.  “We created an initiative called Bridging the Talent Gap-Kentucky to bring together industry, governmental and education leaders to address this situation,” said Ingmire.

The Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (KYSHRM), surveyed over 1,000 businesses and found of those participating that 86% of manufacturing, 70% of health care, and 80% of professional, scientific and technical services companies expect growth over the next 3-5 years.  However, 84% of the respondents say they are having difficulty filling positions.

“Through statewide professional development workshops and the use of innovative new media, business and organizational leaders from across the Commonwealth actively engaged with the data collected to better understand the talent and education challenges they are confronting within their organizations,” said Ingmire.  “Educators and government officials in the training sectors now have information as to the skill sets necessary for people to be successful in their jobs today and in the future,” she said.

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, and the Kentucky Cabinet for Education and Workforce, along with numerous private partners and employers are participating in Bridging the Talent Gap-Kentucky.

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin supports the initiative, saying, “My vision for the Commonwealth of Kentucky is that we will be the absolute, unparalleled, recognized hub of excellence for engineering and manufacturing in the United States.  If we are to become that hub of excellence, we’ve got to bridge the skill gap by connecting our workforce with the training and education our employers need


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  • March 28, 2018 - 8:00am to March 29, 2018 - 4:00pm
    Griffin Gate Marriott, 1800 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40511

    Visit the Kentucky Health and Wellness Conference website.

    DAY 1: 8 a.m. registration | 8:30 a.m. program begins | 4 p.m. adjourns
    DAY 2: 8 a.m. registration | 8:30 a.m. program begins |...

  • April 17, 2018 - 10:00am
    Lexington, TBD

    Regular state council meeting in Lexington prior to the Best Places to Work Awards dinner.  Watch your email for additional information.

  • April 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
    Central Bank Building 300 Pine St, Lexington, KY 40508


    Please join us for our Quarterly State Council Meeting. (Lunch will be provided.) The agenda and meeting details will be sent out prior to the meeting date.

    Please click here to register for this event....

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