Cheryl Lewis-Smith - Biographical Sketch and Candidate Statement

About Lewis-Smith, in Her Own Words:

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Candidate Statement

Greetings IPMA-HR Colleagues,          

I am Cheryl Lewis-Smith, your HR Friend and IPMA Collegial Business Partner.  I strongly believe our connectivity in our profession reflects true commitment in making a difference in our respective communities, agencies and organizations.  I proudly serve as the Tennessee Chapter Immediate Past President (TPMA) within IPMA-HR, as well as serve on IPMA-HR Executive Council. 

It is with great enthusiasm that I seek this opportunity to serve as President-Elect to further enhance our association mission and vision, while building upon the intrinsic leadership legacy of those who have previously served in this capacity.  I stand ready, willing and fully equipped to serve as President of IPMA-HR.

It is my desire to make an impactful difference in the Human Resources profession across the globe.  IPMA-HR has been a pinnacle factor in the success of Public Sector Human Resources Professionals and I greatly applaud and revere the efforts of past leaders who have paved the way for future leaders, such as myself, to strategically inspire others through demonstrable Leadership.  I choose to invest in the development and success of others while carrying a torch of excellence for the Human Resources Profession. 

As a passionate and focused Leader, I am committed to ACTIVE LISTENING, in an effort to BLEND your ideas, thoughts and feedback into tangible ACTION Plans within the governance parameters of the Executive Council.  Your Voice matters. I graciously Ask for your Vote in August and am hopeful that you will encourage others to vote for me as well.

Collegially,

Cheryl Lewis-Smith, IPMA-SCP, PHR, M.A.
Nashville, Tennessee 

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Bringing a WINNING Spirit, while PLACING value on partnerships and SHOWING true commitment for Career Tracking.   Bringing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to the WINNING POST.


Biographical Sketch

PRESIDENCY GOALS through a “TRI-FOCAL LENS APPROACH”

Career Engagement

Legislative Advocacy

Association Networking/ Partnering

●Providing Transactional Career Engagement- Return on Investment (RTW) through Training & Development. Creating intrinsic value/mutual dividends while engaging agency administrators.

●Driving Advocacy Awareness for Greater Legislative Impact- Connecting with Local, Regional, National and International Law-making bodies for grassroot approaches for tangible benefits administration.

Promoting Shared Best Practices through innovative Communication and Networking Opportunities- Establishing sister cities/agency buddies, mentoring and peer “informational swapping”- Creating quarterly Chapter President/President-Elect “Virtual Meetings- Chapter meeting visits by Executive Council Representatives- Peer Speaker Engagement Exchange

IPMA-HR Experience & Awards Recognition

IPMA-HR International Conference Program Planning Committee, Nominating Committee, Finance/Budget Review Committee, Scholarship Committee, Fellowship Committee, Governmental Affairs Committee, Mentorship Committee and multiple IPMA-HR Task Force/Competency Review Committees 

IPMA-HR Executive Council Member- Current “Third Year” Member

Tennessee Personnel Management Association (TPMA) Immediate Past President

IPMA-HR International Training Conference Chairman, 2015, Denver Colorado

IPMA-HR Southern Region Conference Program Committee

Tennessee Personnel Management Association (TPMA) Board Member

TPMA Conference Planning/Program Committees- Awards Committee- Scholarship Committee

Richard L. Stokes TPMA HR Achievement Award - Agency Recipient (City of White House, TN)

Meritorious” IPMA-HR Service” Award Recognition by City of La Vergne, Former Mayor Dennis Waldron

IPMA-HR International Conference Session Panelist & Facilitator

TPMA State Conference Program Chairman

IPMA-HR Leadership Training- 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017

IPMA-HR-HR International Annual Training Conferences- Nashville, TN, Las Vegas, NV, Philadelphia, PA, Denver, Colorado, San Antonio, TX, Phoenix, AZ, Miami, FL and Virtual 2020

Public Sector HR Leadership Qualities

As a tenured Public Sector Human Resources Professional, I am committed to making an impactful difference… Promoting Risk Management, Recruitment, Training and Development, Employee & Constituent Relations, Community Engagement and Effective Organizational Communication.

Public Sector Work Experience

City of La Vergne, La Vergne, Tennessee- Human Resources Director, 2013-2021

City of White House, White House, Tennessee- Human Resources Director, 2011-2013

Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky- Employment & Training Manager, 2004-2010

30 Years of tangible and diversified Human Resources experience in both public and private sector arenas and serving Human Resources affiliated associations, boards and non-profit agencies as a Volunteer.  Providing a myriad of solid “Leadership Experience with Large Membership Engagement”.  Extensive Board Governance, Conference Planning, Training & Development, Risk Management, Administrative Services, Employee Engagement, Fiduciary and Project Management experience.

●State President, TPMA (Tennessee Personnel Management Association)

●Kentucky State CUPA President (College and University Personnel Association)

●President, Bowling Green, Kentucky’s SHRM Chapter (Society for Human Resources Management)

●Kentucky State SHRM College and University Chapters Board Director

●Kentucky PTA (Parent and Teacher Association) Board of Director-Human Resources Consultant

●Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) International Human Resources Committee

●Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Bowling Green, Kentucky Chapter President

●Regional Director Kentucky State “Distinguishing Young Women” Scholarship Program

●Adjunct Higher Education Teaching Experience

●Professional Human Resources Certifications (IPMA-SCP & PHR Designations)

●HR Manager/SR Strategist, Commonwealth Health Corporation, Bowling Green, Kentucky

●HR Senior Recruiter/Generalist, Household Credit Services, Chesapeake, Virginia

EDUCATION

M.A.  Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky- Organizational Communication

B.S.    Judson College, Marion, Alabama- Psychology & Sociology-Double Major