Highlights from the 2021 IPMA-HR Annual Business Meeting

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The Annual Business Meeting was held virtually on Oct. 7, 2021. Previously conducted in conjunction with the IPMA-HR International Training Conference, the yearly business meeting provides national members an unequaled opportunity to participate in the ongoing discussion of Association goals, strategy and achievements.

Current IPMA-HR President Pam Dollard, IPMA-SCP, called the meeting to order and welcomed attendees. She used her opening remarks to recognize attendees and Association leaders for their dedication and hard work in carrying out the mission throughout this challenging year.

"Our highest value,” Dollard said, “is to assist you in finding solutions so that you will maintain the highest standards of professional competence; to support, mentor, and counsel individuals pursuing a career in human resource management; to support your employer's efforts for a qualified and productive workforce and to accomplish your employer's mission."

Immediate Past-President Cheryl Cepelak, IPMA-SCP, then presented Dollard with the 2021 IPMA-HR President's Award in recognition of Dollard’s commitment and dedication in leading the Association. Cepelak called particular attention to Dollard's "focus on membership, connection, and engagement," noting she "rose to the occasion with grace."

Next, IPMA-HR Executive Director Cara Woodson Welch presented updates on the Association's strategic priorities. Highlights from this year include beginning the process of thoroughly updating courses and certifications, developing new resources for chapters, offering a new entry-level police officer assessment, and launching a member needs assessment by the end of October.

Completing the member needs assessment is a top priority for the Association, as Dollard emphasized in her opening remarks while urging all members to participate and help IPMA-HR strengthen and grow.

"We always want to hear from you,” Dollard said. “This is your Association; we want to provide the most value for your needs."

During the second half of the meeting, Welch thanked exiting 2021 Executive Council members for their service to the Association and welcomed incoming leaders, including 2022 IPMA-HR President Jennifer Fairweather, IPMA-SCP, and 2022 President-Elect Cheryl Lewis-Smith, IPMA-SCP.

"I'm honored to serve as president for 2022,” said Fairweather. “I look forward to continuing the path of assessing our member needs along with our strengths and opportunities to chart a path for our organization."

Lewis-Smith shared her excitement in serving as president-elect and supporting IPMA-HR to continue its mission of providing "solid milestones for professional career growth which helps to strategically advance our profession."

The Annual Business Meeting concluded with announcements of two more awards:

  • 2021 Honorary Life Member—Mary Rowe, IPMA-SCP, IPMA-CE, from Milwaukie, Oregon.
  • 2021 Chapter Award of Excellence—Patuxent River Basin Chapter from Maryland.

Learn more by visiting our IPMA-HR Awards page.

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