Lewis-Smith Chosen as 2022 President-Elect

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Cheryl Lewis-Smith, IPMA-SCP, has been elected IPMA-HR's 2022 President-Elect. She currently serves on the Executive Council.

Statement from the 2022 President-Elect

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 thank you for your support and look forward to Serving!


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

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


Career Engagement
Legislative Advocacy
Association Networking/Partnering

  • Providing strong>Transactional Career Engagement- Return on Investment (ROI) 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 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


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

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

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