Students: Pursue Your Purpose Launch

2021 Volunteer Leaders' Business Meeting

As SHRM continues to engage members leveraging an audience-centric model, we’re excited to share more about the recent student segment refresh. Centered around “Pursue Your Purpose” and focused on four strategic pillars (Knowledge, Career Guidance, Scholarship and Community), this refresh connects aspiring HR professionals to the necessary educational, networking, and financial support they need to jump-start their career. Learn more about the student membership and brand enhancements, as well as available resources and opportunities to get involved.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - 1:20pm to 2:10pm

Lisa Mickolajczyk


Kevin Abbed


Kevin Abbed is the Member Engagement Associate for SHRM. In this role, he engages with members, students and prospective students. Kevin earned his bachelor’s degree in Communications from Penn State University.

Vernon Williams, Ed.D.


Dr. Vernon Williams is the Operations Manager for the CEO Academy. In partnership with The Wharton School and powered by SHRM, CEO Academy connects leaders to their peers with the aim of gaining insight into strategy, innovation, growth, finance, talent, compensation, succession, governance and other issues of pressing concern to organizations. Dr. Williams has worked at SHRM for the past three years, previously as a part of the SHRM Foundation team supporting student Initiatives as well as managing the $500,000 portfolio of scholarships, professional development grants, and awards.

Prior to joining the SHRM Foundation, Dr. Williams was the Assistant Dean of Students and spent over 20 years in higher education overseeing various student service units including, Campus Events, Conduct, Crisis Response, Engagement, Graduate Services, Housing, and Orientation at such institutions including George Washington University, in Washington, DC and Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. 

Whether supporting educational programs on-campus or through professional organizations, Dr. Williams enjoys helping others develop and maximize their potential.  Dr. Williams displays this passion outside of work as well through community-based initiatives, including SOUL, an organization that uses sports to connect high school aged youth to diverse opportunities that build the life skills needed to succeed academically and professionally.

Dr. Williams earned his doctorate in Higher Education from George Washington University. He earned his Master of Business Administration from Loyola University in Maryland and a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Morgan State University.

Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
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