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SHRM is engaging in national conversations on three significant issues in today's headlines that are having a real-life impact on employees and employers every day: the skills gap, employment-based immigration and workplace harassment. Today the economy is hot, unemployment is low, and the skills gap is wide. To compete, employers must invest in training, have access to diverse talent—wherever in the world they can find it—and create healthy workplace cultures. Within each employer, HR plays a significant role in leading change to make work better.

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SHRM + Hersheys

Closing the

skills gap

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SHRM research suggests there is a skills gap. We believe that employers and government have a role to play in educating and training workers to help them be more productive and better qualified for jobs at all skill levels. Efforts should also focus on tapping non-traditional and increasingly diverse talent pools. To skill up HR, SHRM joined a White House pledge to train U.S. workers, committing to educate over 127,000 HR professionals over the next five years.

Johnny C. Taylor Jr.

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.

President and CEO

SHRM

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world's largest HR professional society. He previously served a two-year term as Chair of the SHRM Board of Directors in 2005 and 2006.

Mr. Taylor is the immediate past President and Chief Executive Officer of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which represents nearly 300,000 students attending public Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In this role, he became a prolific fundraiser, amassing over $100 million in grants and gifts. As an influencer in his field and community, he was named one of Ebony Magazine "Power 100" in 2011.

Previously, he held positions at IAC/Interactive Corp, first as its Senior Vice President of HR and then as President and Chief Executive Officer of one of IAC's operating subsidiaries. Mr. Taylor's career also spans nearly 15 years in the practice of law and HR, including as Litigation Partner and President of the HR consulting business of the law firm McGuireWoods LLC; Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Compass Group USA; General Counsel and Senior Vice President of HR for Viacom's Paramount Pictures Live Entertainment Group; and Associate General Counsel and Vice President of HR for Blockbuster Entertainment Group.

In a 2018 White House ceremony, President Donald J. Trump appointed Mr. Taylor Chair of the President's Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Additionally, he currently serves on the corporate board of Gallup, the leader in organizational consulting and public opinion research; as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Miami; as an Adviser to Safe Streets & Second Chances, an initiative to reduce the high rate of recidivism in America; as a board member of Jobs for America's Graduates; and as a member of the Board of Governors for the American Red Cross.

Mr. Taylor holds both a Doctor of Jurisprudence and a Master of Arts with honors from Drake University. He obtained a Bachelor of Science with honors from the University of Miami. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Illinois and Washington, D.C.

Johnny C. Taylor Jr.

Kevin Walling

SVP, Chief HR Officer

The Hershey Company

Kevin Walling is Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, for The Hershey Company. In this role, Walling serves as the chief architect for Hershey's human resources strategy and execution, including HR analytics, enterprise talent management, diversity and inclusion, organizational design, employee engagement and total rewards strategies. Walling also oversees the corporate communications and CSR team responsible for advancing Hershey's global reputation, innovative community engagement and globally responsible citizenship.

Walling has 31 years of human resource experience. Before joining Hershey, he served as Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Kennametal Inc., a global technology and manufacturing company, located in Latrobe, Pa. In this position, he was responsible for human resource strategy and operations in over 60 countries. At Kennametal, Walling was instrumental in building a successful customer-centric, global organization that delivered record financial results. Walling's leadership also drove enhanced organizational performance and global improvements in talent, diversity and inclusion.

Prior to joining Kennametal, Walling served as Vice President Human Resources, North America, for Marconi Corporation plc. Previously, he led the Human Resources function for Acclaim Entertainment, and served in several management positions with PepsiCo.

Walling serves on the Board of Directors of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund where he is Chair of the HR Committee and the Board of Directors of Lancaster Country Day School. He is a former Board member of the State of Pennsylvania Workforce Invest Board and previously served as an adjunct professor in the business school at Saint Vincent College. He is a member of the HR Policy Association. He holds a bachelor's degree in industrial labor relations from LeMoyne College, Syracuse, New York.

ADDITIONAL READING:

It's smart to Link Federal Education and Employment Efforts

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SHRM + John Deere

Modernizing Employment

Immigration

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SHRM supports legal immigration. We believe that foreign talent complements the U.S. workforce and that U.S. employers competing in a global market need access to the best talent worldwide. At the same time, employers must invest in educating and training workers. And to hire a legal workforce, employers need a national, entirely electronic and integrated employment eligibility verification system.

Johnny C. Taylor Jr.

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.

President and CEO

SHRM

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world's largest HR professional society. He previously served a two-year term as Chair of the SHRM Board of Directors in 2005 and 2006.

Mr. Taylor is the immediate past President and Chief Executive Officer of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which represents nearly 300,000 students attending public Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In this role, he became a prolific fundraiser, amassing over $100 million in grants and gifts. As an influencer in his field and community, he was named one of Ebony Magazine "Power 100" in 2011.

Previously, he held positions at IAC/Interactive Corp, first as its Senior Vice President of HR and then as President and Chief Executive Officer of one of IAC's operating subsidiaries. Mr. Taylor's career also spans nearly 15 years in the practice of law and HR, including as Litigation Partner and President of the HR consulting business of the law firm McGuireWoods LLC; Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Compass Group USA; General Counsel and Senior Vice President of HR for Viacom's Paramount Pictures Live Entertainment Group; and Associate General Counsel and Vice President of HR for Blockbuster Entertainment Group.

In a 2018 White House ceremony, President Donald J. Trump appointed Mr. Taylor Chair of the President's Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Additionally, he currently serves on the corporate board of Gallup, the leader in organizational consulting and public opinion research; as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Miami; as an Adviser to Safe Streets & Second Chances, an initiative to reduce the high rate of recidivism in America; as a board member of Jobs for America's Graduates; and as a member of the Board of Governors for the American Red Cross.

Mr. Taylor holds both a Doctor of Jurisprudence and a Master of Arts with honors from Drake University. He obtained a Bachelor of Science with honors from the University of Miami. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Illinois and Washington, D.C.

Marc A. Howze

Marc A. Howze

SVP, Chief Administrative Officer

Deere & Company

Marc A. Howze is Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Deere & Company, a position he was appointed to in November 2016. In this role, he has responsibility for the primary administrative activities of the company, including Human Resources, Labor Relations, Public Affairs, Communications, Brand Management, and Security.

Howze joined Deere & Company in 2001 as an attorney. He later served as Senior Attorney, Senior Counsel, and Manager, Business Development, Consumer Equipment Division. Howze was elected Corporate Secretary and Associate General Counsel, Deere & Company, in 2006. In 2008, Howze was assigned to Deere's agricultural marketing group as marketing integration manager. In 2009, he was appointed Factory Manager, John Deere Turf Care, Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, and was later Global Director, Cotton Harvesting Product Line. Immediately prior to his current position, he was Vice President, Global Human Resources and Employee Communications, beginning in October 2012.

Prior to joining John Deere, Howze served in the U.S. Army as an artillery officer and in various capacities as a Judge Advocate.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Howze earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, a juris doctor from the University of Michigan Law School, and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He is a member of the Illinois and Michigan Bar associations, Executive Leadership Council and on the Board of Directors for Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

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SHRM + Booz Allen Hamilton

Addressing Workplace

Harassment

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SHRM supports a harassment-free workplace and believes that any misconduct against an employee should be resolved promptly. Culture is the key to a harassment-free workplace. Even if bad behavior doesn't meet the legal definition of harassment, it cannot be tolerated. A healthy culture ensures it is not. Employers should have effective anti-harassment policies that enable thorough investigations of harassment complaints and hold perpetrators accountable. In addition, employers should work toward creating a healthy workplace culture that does not tolerate harassment.

Johnny C. Taylor Jr.

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.

President and CEO

SHRM

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world's largest HR professional society. He previously served a two-year term as Chair of the SHRM Board of Directors in 2005 and 2006.

Mr. Taylor is the immediate past President and Chief Executive Officer of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which represents nearly 300,000 students attending public Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In this role, he became a prolific fundraiser, amassing over $100 million in grants and gifts. As an influencer in his field and community, he was named one of Ebony Magazine "Power 100" in 2011.

Previously, he held positions at IAC/Interactive Corp, first as its Senior Vice President of HR and then as President and Chief Executive Officer of one of IAC's operating subsidiaries. Mr. Taylor's career also spans nearly 15 years in the practice of law and HR, including as Litigation Partner and President of the HR consulting business of the law firm McGuireWoods LLC; Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Compass Group USA; General Counsel and Senior Vice President of HR for Viacom's Paramount Pictures Live Entertainment Group; and Associate General Counsel and Vice President of HR for Blockbuster Entertainment Group.

In a 2018 White House ceremony, President Donald J. Trump appointed Mr. Taylor Chair of the President's Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Additionally, he currently serves on the corporate board of Gallup, the leader in organizational consulting and public opinion research; as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Miami; as an Adviser to Safe Streets & Second Chances, an initiative to reduce the high rate of recidivism in America; as a board member of Jobs for America's Graduates; and as a member of the Board of Governors for the American Red Cross.

Mr. Taylor holds both a Doctor of Jurisprudence and a Master of Arts with honors from Drake University. He obtained a Bachelor of Science with honors from the University of Miami. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Illinois and Washington, D.C.

Betty Thompson

Betty Thompson

Chief People Officer

Booz Allen Hamilton

Betty Thompson is a pioneer in human capital strategy and human resources, serves as Chief People Officer for Booz Allen Hamilton and is a member of the prestigious firm's Executive Leadership Team. Her mandate: empower people to change the world by taking on commercial and government clients' most complex problems and applying the best talent and technology to solve them.

Known for sage advice, strategic insights and often credited with having “seen it all,” Ms. Thompson advises the CEO and board of directors on the company's long-term vision and growth strategy and oversees matters affecting more than 20,000 employees worldwide.

Well beyond overseeing day-to-day human resources functions informed by world-class data analytics, Betty is consistently on the forefront of diversity and inclusion best-practices, ensuring harassment-free work environments and addressing overall wellness.

Having been at the HR helm through business restructurings and turnarounds and at employees' finest and worst moments, she has the tried and true wisdom that only comes from this degree and depth of experience.

Her professional experience spans multiple industries. Prior to joining Booz Allen, she served as vice president of human resources for Fannie Mae and held several human resource leadership roles with IBM, after beginning her career in marketing and customer service operations.

Her inspired professional career includes testifying on Capitol Hill, serving on multiple non-profit boards, and granting and receiving numerous awards. She holds a Master's in human resources and personnel management from American University and resides in the Washington DC-area where she and her husband enjoy time with their ever-expanding family. More information on Betty along with thought-leadership articles on topics in her areas of expertise can be found at Linked In.