Sep 16, 2021
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
I graciously thank you for your support and look forward to Serving!
Cheryl Lewis-Smith, IPMA-SCP, PHR, M.A.
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.
PRESIDENCY GOALS through a “TRI-FOCAL LENS APPROACH”
- 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
B.S. Judson College, Marion, Alabama-Psychology &