At the KYSHRM Conference, Trasee Whitaker, CHRO for Masonic Communities Kentucky, was named the winner of the 2017 Lyle Hanna Spirit Award for Volunteer Service. In this conversation, Trasee discusses her role as an HR leader and active volunteer, and what it means to be at the pinnacle. HR leaders are playing a significant role in every level of decision making within an organization and influencing innovation and growth. You have a close working relationship with your executive team at Masonic Communities Kentucky. Tell us about how you developed those relationships.

Each year, the Society for Human Resource Management recognizes the highest achievements of the affiliate chapters and state councils in making their workplaces and communities a better place by awarding the Pinnacle Award to the top chapters and state councils. This past year our KYSHRM state council, with the help of the SHRM chapters across the state, embarked on a statewide initiative entitled Bridging the Talent Gap – Kentucky, which began with Louisville SHRM in 2016 which met the criteria for the Advancing the HR Profession criteria.

KYSHRM continues to align to the focus areas from our extensive Strategic Planning effort in early 2018. As part of SHRM, the largest HR organization in the world, our efforts at the state and local level focus on supporting HR initiatives and the development of HR professionals at all levels. These efforts, along with our great annual events, Best Places to Work in Kentucky and the Kentucky SHRM Conference, are foundational to HR professionals in every part of the state. This year’s Kentucky SHRM Conference will be better than ever and we look forward to seeing many of you at the largest HR conference in the state.

In April I was privileged to be a presenter at the Virginia State SHRM Conference where I engaged with attendees around my topic of using data to drive internal mobility programs.

Workplace violence is a broad and malleable concept and, depending on whom you ask, the definition can range from verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide.

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