Breakfast & General Session: The American Worker Initiative

2019 Employment Law & Legislative Conference

SHRM's President and CEO, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. spotlights the Administration's American Worker Initiative and its goal to partner with the country's largest employers to train and reskill American workers of all ages. With his recent appointment to represent SHRM and SHRM members as part of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, Johnny will engage conference attendees in a robust discussion of what they believe are key issues requiring government action to upskill, reskill and prepare Americans for the workforce of today and the future.

You’ll hear:

  • What impact SHRM and its members can have on this key government initiative focused on workforce development.
  • Understand what issues your colleagues are facing in this area.
  • The goals of the Administration’s initiative and why the HR voice is critical to the conversation.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, March 18, 2019 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP

Johnny C.
Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, is President and Chief Executive Officer of SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management. With over 300,000 members in 165 countries, SHRM is the largest HR professional association in the world, impacting the lives of 115 million workers every day.

As a global leader on the future of employment, culture and leadership, Mr. Taylor is a sought-after voice on all matters affecting work, workers and the workplace. He is frequently asked to testify before Congress on critical workforce issues and authors the weekly USA Today column, "Ask HR."

Mr. Taylor's career spans over 20 years as a lawyer, human resources executive and CEO in both the not-for-profit and for-profit space. He has held senior and chief executive roles at IAC/Interactive Corp, Viacom's Paramount Pictures and Blockbuster Entertainment Group, McGuireWoods LLC, and Compass Group USA. Most recently, Mr. Taylor was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

He was appointed chairman of the President’s Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and served as a member of the White House American Workforce Policy Advisory Board during the Trump Administration. He is a Trustee of the University of Miami, Governor of the American Red Cross, and member of the corporate boards of Guild Education and iCIMS.

In 2020, Mr. Taylor received the Distinguished Executive of the Year Award from the Academy of Management, and in 2021 was named Professional Society CEO of the Year by CEO Update.

He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Illinois and Washington, D.C., and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources.


Grand Ballroom
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