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Volunteer Opportunities 2018-2019

The call for HRMAC volunteers closed June 1, 2018. If you are interested in volunteering for an Interest Group, please contact Marguerite Allegretti, Sr. Manager, Member Services. All other volunteer opportunities will open again in the spring of 2019.


  • Your organization is a member of HRMAC in good-standing OR you are an individual member (transition, civic, or student) for the 2018-2019 (July-June) fiscal year;
  • You are committed to furthering the mission of HRMAC;
  • You have a level of expertise and knowledge of HR that you’re willing to contribute to a committee;
  • You will actively participate in all committee meetings and activities (in person or via conference call); and
  • You will act as an ambassador for HRMAC in the Chicago area HR community.
  • Time commitments vary by committee and some committees are seeking special skills based on strategic objectives in 2018-2019.

There are many ways to volunteer, including serving on any of the following committees:


  • Purpose: to engage and retain current members and identify/recruit new members through personal outreach. Use HRMAC membership marketing campaigns to grow the membership and impact of HR professionals.
  • Commitment: participate in a minimum of 10 of 12 meetings throughout the year (in-person and via conference call). Engage in activities to develop and produce recruitment and retention campaigns; actively identify and solicit NEW member prospects, especially during the annual renewal period (June-August). May be asked to provide guidance on various membership related issues or events.
  • Expertise Desired: marketing; recruitment and retention strategies; professional contacts in the local HR community; willingness to make calls or hold in-person meetings to with potential and current members.

Awards and Recognition (formerly Public Relations & Awards)

  • Purpose: to support and promote activities that extend the HRMAC brand and value to the HR community.
  • With regard to HRMAC recognition, activities may include, but are not limited to, re-posting HRMAC messages and updates via social media channels, serving as a resource for official media responses by HRMAC headquarters (HQ), and generally supporting the HRMAC brand through personal interactions. 
  • With regard to Awards, activities include promoting and selecting the Awards of Excellence Recipients (HRMAC Heart Award and the HRMAC Award recognizing team effort – name to be determined) 
  • Commitment: participate in meetings or conference calls as needed (in-person or via conference call). Actively monitor developments in the human capital arena, collaborate with HRMAC HQ’s to respond to media requests on behalf of HRMAC and manage the promotion, evaluation and selection of HRMAC Award recipients.
  • Expertise Desired: public speaking; marketing/social media savvy; media connections; media experience, knowledge of innovations in HR practice.

Education/Professional Development

  • Purpose: to develop and deliver various educational programs, including two new learning opportunities, that support HRMAC's mission of providing timely and relevant learning and networking opportunities to the Chicago area HR community.
  • Commitment: 8-10 meetings via conference call and in person each year, plus the potential for task force or subgroup meetings during concentrated periods of program development and implementation. Attendance at select programs.
  • Expertise Desired: in-depth knowledge of current and emerging HR trends, ability to identify subject-matter experts; knowledge of educational program development/curriculum design; learning and development expertise; and project management.

CHRO Roundtables

  • Purpose: to provide senior human resources executives with a local peer network and forum to share leading-edge insights and impact on the HR function.
  • Commitment: 2-3 meetings (via conference call) to ideate topics to be presented at one of five annual CHRO events. Design, identify and liaise with speakers and attend programs. May be asked to participate in work of other committees related to the executive market.
  • CHRO Roundtables: The round table will be sponsored by a HRMAC professional services member and the sponsor will provide the topic, content, and speaker(s). Committee will coordinate with sponsors to ensure content is appropriate and distinct from other offerings. Committee will secure locations for all programs and work with staff on promotion and on-site support for the events.
  • Expertise Desired: knowledge of leading-edge issues of concern to senior HR executives; educational program development; project management. Committee members limited to CHRO level executive employed or in transition.

Future Leaders Program

  • Purpose: to review and substantially refresh the four-part curriculum designed for emerging leaders, specifically those poised for a CHRO role.
  • Commitment: 4-8 meetings (via conference call) to review the Future Leaders content and make recommendations to update the content in consideration of current challenges faced by organizations. Identify, select, and secure presenters; liaise with presenters to ensure delivery of content and presentation.
  • Expertise Desired: in-depth knowledge of the CHRO scope of work or subject matter expertise in an area of great emphasis for CHRO’s; educational program development; project management; public speaking and facilitation skills.

Leadership Forum

  • Purpose: to develop, produce and implement the HRMAC Leadership Forum, a signature program offered annually.
  • Commitment: multiple meetings (including in-person and via conference call, especially between June-November, to review feedback from previous Leadership Series programs and identify direction for a revamped 2019 program. Direct involvement in securing thought-provoking speakers on the leadership attributes of HR professionals. Assist with promoting the event to network/client audience.
  • Expertise Desired: in-depth knowledge of current and emerging HR trends and senior level subject matter experts; educational program development; project management; connections and ability to secure to C-Suite executives and senior leaders as speakers. 


  • Purpose: to produce and implement the annual Summit, a single day event offering content rich professional development programming, networking and supplier visibility that attracts a broad audience with interest in building human capital and advancing strategic workforce issues.
  • Commitment: 10-12 meetings per year via conference call and in person, especially during fall through spring; attendance at event; support for attendee recruitment and exhibitor/sponsor solicitation; direct involvement to attract thought-provoking speakers; renew and provide guidance on education session proposals and to speakers.
  • Expertise Desired: in-depth knowledge of current and emerging HR trends and subject matter experts; educational program development; project management; connections with high-profile speakers; public speaking and facilitation skills.


  • Purpose: to produce and implement a monthly webinar that appeals to a broad audience of the HRMAC membership.
  • Commitment: 3-4 meetings per year (via conference call) likely organized as a subcommittee responsible for four webinars during the year. Assist in identifying topics, review webinar proposals, and serve as a liaison to the presenter. Ability to moderate one program or as needed is desired.  .
  • Expertise Desired: Knowledge of the broad HR function and strategic HR leadership issues, creativity and enthusiasm for program innovation (i.e.: pre-reading, in program polling, etc.)

Editorial and Web Content

  • Purpose: to identify authors and HR subject matter experts to contribute to HRMAC print and digital publications.
  • Commitment: 4-6 meetings (via conference call) to develop the annual editorial calendar, review submissions and select content. Must be able to review article submissions and meet deadlines. Time commitment may vary depending on number of submissions.
  • Expertise Desired: Knowledge of current HR and business practices, experience writing and communicating through digital formats. Interest in supporting the launch of the HRMAC web-based content hub (launching Fall 2018).

Interest Groups

  • Purpose: to provide HRMAC members with opportunities for professional development and networking along functional lines and geographic area.  
  • Commitment: each group operates autonomously and their processes and methods may vary.  However, each group will meet several times each year and is accountable for developing, producing and implementing a minimum of three (3), 90-minute events per year that focus on content-rich educational programming with consideration of learning approaches that engage and expand participant’s knowledge. Serve as a key driver for securing speakers and meeting facilities, and working with staff to draft program promotional language. Attendance at programs strongly preferred. Each Interest Group planning committee will have two co-chairs plus committee members (number to be determined by co-chairs).  
  • Expertise Desired: in-depth knowledge of current and emerging HR trends and subject-matter experts related to the functional area; educational program development; project management.

Career Development

  • Strategies for managing an effective job search, including job boards, social media, and in-person networking
  • Personal branding and effective communications
  • Career assessment tools
  • Strategies for creative self-marketing (both internal and external)

Employee Relations

  • Legislative and regulatory updates
  • Employment policies and practices
  • Employment retention and engagement
  • Workplace issues

HR Technology

  • Technology solutions for HR
  • Approaches for developing an HR technology strategy
  • HR data and analytics
  • Disruptive technology and emerging trends


  • Cultural issues of the global organization
  • Global HR and business strategies
  • Foreign national/expatriate issues
  • Relocation

Talent Acquisition

  • Recruitment and selection
  • Sourcing talent in a competitive market
  • Employed vs. contract workforce
  • Hiring in a gig economy
  • New approaches to onboarding

Talent & Organization Effectiveness

  • Leadership development/succession planning
  • Evaluation/measurement/retention
  • Performance management

Total Rewards

  • Compensation and benefits
  • New approaches in benefit design
  • Executive compensation
  • Health, wellness and benefit plans
  • Work/life programs

Young HR Leaders

  • Career and leadership development planning
  • Managing career stages
  • Developing HR knowledge, skills, and abilities

West Suburban Area Group

  • Topics cover all aspects of the HR function and may have a regional focus

North/Northwest Suburban Area Group

  • Topics cover all aspects of the HR function and may have a regional focus

The deadline to apply for a HRMAC volunteer opportunity closed June 1, 2018. If you are interested in volunteering for a HRMAC Interest Group please contact Marguerite Allegretti, Sr. Manager, Member Services.