Running an HR Department of One

SHRM 2015 Annual Conference
Learn how to organize your job into manageable segments and explore tools and resources that support the one-person HR shop.

Have you ever wondered how other HR professionals keep their head above water when they have zero help on a day-to-day basis? Hear from two HR pros who have both run a one-man shop and they show you how to: - Be more prepared for the demands of your job and how to make a positive impression on others in your organization. - Organize your job into manageable segments such as Recruiting and On-Boarding, Compensation and Benefits, Engagement and Retention, and Compliance. - Use tips and tricks to help you determine how to prioritize your work, and when to contract with a consultant.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 10:00am to 11:15am

Donna Rogers, SHRM-SCP, SPHR


Donna Rogers, instructor of management, graduated with a Masters of Education (MEd.) in Human Resources Development (HRD) from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) with honors. While studying at U of I she was initiated as a member of the International Honor Society in Education: Kappa Delta Pi and the Professional society of Vocational Education: Omicron Tau Theta. Her Human Resources career began in 1991 and ten years later she was certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) and has continued to recertify currently through February 2019. After being certified, she was professionally qualified to teach at the college level and joined the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) as an adjunct faculty member in 2002. She continued teaching on an “as needed basis” at both UIS and Robert Morris College until 2008 when she joined the UIS College of Business and Management (CBM) full-time. There she serves as an instructor of Human Resources Management (HRM), Organizational Development (OD), Organizational Behavior (OB), and Strategic Human Resources Management. She teaches online, blended and face-to-face classes. She also mentors job seekers and has previously taught a Career Management (CM) course. Additionally, she “practices what she preaches” as the owner of Rogers HR Consulting which was founded in 2001 winning the 2008 Small Business Award of the Year for Home Based Business from the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce. In January 2008, HRCI awarded Rogers HR Consulting the designation of Pre-Approved Provider of HR recertification programs which was been reactivated through December of 2014. Additional professional awards include: Lifetime Achievement in HR Award and the HR Professional of the Year from the Central Illinois Chapter of SHRM (CIC-SHRM); 40-Under-40 Selectee for Springfield Business Journal; and Supervisor of the Year from Springfield Public Schools. Most recently she earned the new senior certified professional certification from the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) which is good through 2018.  She regularly delivers numerous presentations among professional groups and has guest lectured at Benedictine University/Springfield College in Illinois. She humbly serves her peers in the Human Resources profession as the Illinois State Council of the Society of Human Resources (ILSHRM) College Relations Director and is a Past North Central Region - Membership Advisory Committee Representative (NCR – MAC Rep) and Past Director for ILSHRM.  Finally, she proudly served our great country in the military for eight years retiring as a Ground Safety Inspector for the Illinois Air National Guard. Donna may be contacted online via, LinkedIn-, Twitter @HRWarrior, and she Blogs- at HR Warrior via Donna Rogers HR google blogspot.



Dave Ryan is the Director of Human Resources for Mel-O-Cream Donuts International in Springfield, IL. He has been in HR since it was Personnel. He is also an avid TChatter, and been known to participate in the event (however inappropriately) from restaurant restrooms, or the referees locker room at various ice rinks.

As a SHRM volunteer, Dave is the Director of Social Media, and Chief Blogger for the Illinois State Council of SHRM. On his blog site, HROfficial Dave talks about his role in HR and his role as USA Hockey Certified Referee.

Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
Leadership & Navigation
HR Expertise
Intended Audience: 
Early Career
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