The “60 Second Spotlight” aims to give our most dedicated members an opportunity to share what makes LSHRM so great to them!
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Member Name: Rawleigh Richardson, Sr.
Member Job Title: Sr. Associate Relations Professional
Member Company Name: Humana
What is your current role in LSHRM? 2020 President of LSHRM
How long have you been a member of LSHRM? 10 years
How did you first get involved in LSHRM? I was in transition in 2009 and finishing my master’s degree in Human Resources. I was looking to build relationships within the Human Resources community after being with an organization for several years in the Loss Prevention community. I joined LSHRM to get help from colleagues who later became friends in guiding me in my Human Resource career.
What are 3 words you would use to describe LSHRM? Intentional, Inclusive, and Collaborative.
What do you find the most challenging about your role in LSHRM? Figuring out how to effectively engage our current members and providing quality programs, training, development, and special events to connect with future members in the community and national SHRM members.
How has LSHRM helped you in your professional development? LSHRM has provided me the opportunity to learn as a chairperson and later as a director in various areas of HR that includes, but not limited to: Workforce Readiness, Professional Development & Certification, Diversity & Inclusion at the city and state level. Serving as the 2020 President of LSHRM is an awesome opportunity to lead some of the best HR and business professionals in the state.
What do you wish other people knew about LSHRM? I wish that people understood they must be the change they want to see in the world by participating in the various initiatives, programs, and volunteer opportunities to improve the communities that we work and live in.
Do you feel the interest in LSHRM seems to be growing or waning. Why do you think that is? Our social media presence is improving thanks to members and community contacts registering and liking our content on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and LinkedIn. There are a lot of specialty associations for HR which may be impacting our attendance at our meetings and events. LSHRM will continue to work on being the most inclusive HR association affiliated with national SHRM. Our LSHRM board did a wonderful job in 2019 by increasing membership. We plan on increasing engagement with our current members and focusing on our at-large members that are only members of national SHRM. Keep in mind that LSHRM is better together with your national SHRM membership!
What are you most proud of accomplishing during your time with LSHRM? I really enjoy inspiring others in my various roles on both the KYSHRM Council and LSHRM Board. My best accomplishment is when someone shared that they achieved their certification after participating in a study group I helped facilitate.
What changes do you think LSHRM has to look forward to over the next year? LSHRM will be intentional in delivering programs, training, and resources that are inclusive to create a better workplace and a better world.