The Future of Leadership for OKHR

www.bethdeanphoto.comLeading a non-profit association comprised 100% of volunteers can be challenging. Recruiting and selecting the future leaders of that association can also be equally challenging. It is a task that the Oklahoma State Council for Human Resource Management must accomplish at least every two years, when we recruit, solicit, approach, and maybe even coerce qualified candidates to “throw their name in the ring” to run for one of our few elected positions on the OKHR State Council.

This past April, during our 2nd quarter board meeting, the OKHR State Council elected the next generation of leadership for the Council. We had an amazing slate of qualified candidates for both our Secretary/Treasurer and Director-Elect positions. The decision was tough for the group of voting members. We are happy to report that we concluded that meeting with two extremely qualified and enthusiastic individuals who will lead OKHR into the future.

I am so happy to announce that our 2019-2020 OKHR State Council Director will be none other than Michael Shaw, MSHRA, SHRM-CP, PHR. He will serve a two-year term as Director-Elect beginning in January 2017, followed by his two-year term as Director, and will conclude his reign with a two-year term as Immediate Past Director. That’s right folks, he signed up for a six year commitment! Very impressive.

If you have been around OKHR for any length of time, you probably know who Michael Shaw is. He is actively involved not only at the State Council level, but also at the chapter level with his home chapter: Central Oklahoma Human Resource Association. He also frequently visits many of our other Oklahoma chapters as part of his role as our OKHR Western District Director. Finally, he has committed himself to serving OKHR on our State Conference Committee for many years in a multitude of roles. To say that he is an active and committed volunteer would be an incredible understatement.

Secondly, I am so pleased to announce our 2017-2018 OKHR Secretary/Treasurer will be Dr. Krystal Brue, SHRM-SCP, SPHR. Dr. Brue is currently serving as Chapter President of the Great Plains Chapter of SHRM, in Lawton, Oklahoma. As a college professor at Cameron University and as Chapter President, she has been extremely active in the HR community. Her commitment towards the advancement of the profession is apparent each time you interact with her. We are looking forward to her contribution to the leadership of the OKHR State Council.

A few months ago, I asked both Michael and Krystal a few questions regarding their thoughts about their upcoming roles with OKHR.

  1. What motivated you to run for the position?
    • Michael: “It was the next step in my progression of serving my fellow HR professionals and the opportunity to serve with a great friend such as Michelle Killingsworth. We have really “grown-up” together in the HR profession and I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to work with her.”
    • Krystal: “I wanted to learn more about OKHR and continue to serve the HR community. I have enjoyed my role as a chapter president over the last 2 years and wanted to further serve the profession on the OKHR board.”
  2. What makes you passionate about OKHR?
    • Michael: “TAHRA allowed me an amazing opportunity to connect with some of the best real world mentors that I could ever ask for. Having people like Kirk Turner, Randall Snapp, Gloria McCurdy, Bill Webb, and the list could go on and on, that were always there for me when I had a call. It was their encouragement that helped me get involved in TAHRA and it was that encouragement that led to me and several others to create a chapter in Shawnee so that we could continue that fellowship and mentorship amongst each other. It is that same passion I take in the role of Director-Elect. I want to ensure that HR professionals are connecting, collaborating, and continuing to promote our profession away from being known as the “personnel department” to the cherished Human Capital experts in the C-Suite that we are.”
    • Krystal: “It is exciting to be a part of national, state, and local SHRM initiatives which provide a community of shared HR experiences and facilitate partnerships with HR professionals. OKHR is an excellent forum to provide leadership, education, and connection between HR practitioners around the state. It is an honor to be a part of OKHR.”
  3. What do you hope to accomplish in your role?
    • Michael: “As Director-Elect, my goal is to assist Michelle Killingsworth in achieving her vision for our State and learning as much as I can in the process. Michelle has served OKHR tirelessly in so many capacities that I know she will be an incredible mentor and leader in her role as Director. I can’t wait to help her put into motion her plan for OKHR and our members.”
    • Krystal: “I wanted to thank the board for allowing me to serve as their secretary/treasurer in 2017. I look forward to this new role and am eager to learn. As secretary/treasurer, my main goal is to prepare for state council meetings, take minutes, and manage the financial affairs of our board. The role is all about “the details” and this role allows me to use my organizational and administrative strengths to serve OKHR.”

I hope you can feel and see their passion in their words. As I enter the final few months in my term as OKHR State Council Director, I could not be more excited about our future. Each person who supports this association with their time and efforts leaves a lasting impact on OKHR. I know that both Michael and Krystal will do the same. Thank you for committing to serve an organization that has been so close to my heart for a very long time. I trust that OKHR is in excellent hands with the leadership that lies ahead. Here’s to the future of OKHR!!

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Lindsey Nichols, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is the 2017-2018 Past Director of the OKHR State Council. In this volunteer role, she will lead a team of 30 board members whose purpose is to advance the human resources profession in the state of Oklahoma. She has been a volunteer leader since 2004, serving at the student chapter level, local professional chapter level, and now the state council level. In her professional life, she serves as Director of Client Services for Nextep, Inc., a Professional Employer Organization, based in Norman, Oklahoma. Connect on LinkedIn.
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Lindsey Nichols, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is the 2017-2018 Past Director of the OKHR State Council. In this volunteer role, she will lead a team of 30 board members whose purpose is to advance the human resources profession in the state of Oklahoma. She has been a volunteer leader since 2004, serving at the student chapter level, local professional chapter level, and now the state council level. In her professional life, she serves as Director of Client Services for Nextep, Inc., a Professional Employer Organization, based in Norman, Oklahoma. Connect on LinkedIn.

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