President's Welcome

Shelly Trent, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CAE

2024 LSHRM President

2024 President's Welcome

Thank you for being part of LSHRM, the area’s go-to resource for all things HR.  Our members are our passion!  My platform for 2024 is “Innovate to Elevate.”  I’m an idea person – always thinking how things can change or improve, or how to make things easier or in line with current technology.  Our board this year is a group of innovators like me, so I’m excited to see what we can accomplish together in 2024! 

I have been a member of LSHRM since 1996, so I have a long history here, and LSHRM’s success means a great deal to me personally.  I was on the board from 1996 to 2000, and then had to step down from the board from 2000 to 2017 because I worked for national SHRM as a Field Services Director.  During my tenure with SHRM, my role was to train chapter board volunteers on how to run their chapters (managing volunteers, strategic planning, succession planning, association management, chapter finance, legal issues for chapters, how to run conferences, fundraising, and more).  I covered over 225 chapters in 21 different states and was fortunate to meet so many dedicated volunteers and SHRM members across the nation.  I was also able to hear firsthand about the great ideas, best practices, and important initiatives that made the chapters successful.  I’ve been on the LSHRM board for the second time since 2017 – I just can’t stay away from an organization that means so much to me!

That being said, I come to my position as president with many ideas and much excitement to build upon what we have already created since 1940 when LSHRM was founded.  I know you will learn so much this year from our fantastic lineup of speakers.  We will be adding additional learning opportunities for our members with Zoom options for our monthly meetings for those who cannot attend in person.  We also plan to have virtual programs available online so you can earn more recertification credits.  SHRM and HRCI recertifications require 60 hours of learning over a three-year period, and we want you to be able to earn most or all of your credits via your LSHRM membership. 

Workplaces need to be safe spaces for ALL, and with recent DEIB setbacks, our progress will likely suffer greatly.  Therefore, we have added a special program for 2024 in which I hope you will participate:  LSHRM’s Social Justice Reading Group.  It is not required that you read the books each month, as our facilitators will provide participants with an overview of key points and handouts with resources about the topic.  Check out our “Events” page for more information about the books and topics.  It’s important that we understand how today’s social justice issues impact us, our organizations, and our employees at the deepest levels for real understanding.

We are planning several fantastic networking events for 2024 as well, so watch the website and your email for HR CONNECT events!  I look forward to serving you as 2024 president and hope to connect with you in person this year!

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Louisville Society for Human Resource Management (LSHRM) is proud to be among the more than 575 professional SHRM chapters. The Louisville Personnel Association, as LSHRM was first called, was founded in 1940.  LPA affiliated with national SHRM on November 8, 1965, (as chapter number 73) and changed to the Louisville Society for Human Resource Management (LSHRM) on July 1, 1992.

LSHRM is committed to excellence in the practice of human resource management and is Kentucky's largest professional human resources organization with more than 500 members; LSHRM is also affiliated with local student chapters. Chapter members are encouraged to join the national organization of SHRM, but national membership is not a requirement for Chapter participation.

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