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Volunteer Opportunities 2019-2020

Volunteering at HRMAC is a rewarding experience! Help us continue our long-time tradition of engaging members as leaders of HRMAC initiatives that deliver true value to the profession. As a volunteer, you will join a cohort of colleagues committed growing the talent and network of members throughout the Chicago area. The Call for Volunteers closed  May 17, 2019. If you are interested in volunteering for an Interest Group, please contact Marguerite Allegretti at


  • Your organization is a member of HRMAC in good-standing OR you are an individual member for the 2019-2020 (July-June) fiscal year;
  • You are committed to furthering the mission of HRMAC;
  • You have a level of expertise and knowledge of HR that you’re willing to contribute to a committee; 
  • You will actively participate in all committee meetings and activities (in person or via conference call); and
  • You will act as an ambassador for HRMAC in the Chicago area HR community.
  • Time commitments vary by committee and some committees are seeking special skills based on strategic objectives in 2019-2020 

Committee Descriptions

Membership Growth & Engagement

  • Purpose: to engage and retain current members and identify/recruit new members through personal outreach.  Use HRMAC membership marketing campaigns to grow the membership and impact of HR professionals. Identify the recipients of the Extraordinary Team Award and the HRMAC Heart Award.
  • Commitment: participate in a minimum of 10 of 12 meetings throughout the year (in-person and via conference call).  Engage in activities to develop and produce recruitment and retention campaigns; actively identify and solicit NEW member prospects, especially during the annual renewal period (June-August). May be asked to provide guidance on various membership related issues or events. Participate in the evaluation and selection of HRMAC Award recipients. 
  • Expertise Desired: marketing; recruitment and retention strategies; must have professional contacts in the local HR community; willingness to make calls or hold in-person meetings to with potential and current members. 

NEW! Education Advisory Council (EAC)

  • Purpose: This is new Committee created to help guide the development of the HRMAC education portfolio based on HRMAC’s vision and mission.  Key deliverables include: identify ‘domains of practice; identify and prioritize timely and relevant learning opportunities aligned to the domains of practice; provide collaboration, communication and direction to HRMAC education committees on content and delivery methods to meet the professional development goals of HRMAC members.
  • Commitment: 2-year term commitment commencing in July.  Actively participate in an in-person kick-off meeting (July) and monthly meetings via conference thereafter; actively liaise with subcommittee workgroups to research, review and guide HRMAC’s education goals and learning plan.
  • Expertise Desired: HR subject matter experts with in-depth knowledge of current and emerging HR trends, knowledge of educational program development/curriculum design; learning and development experts.

CHRO Events

  • Purpose: to revitalize engagement among senior human resources executives through professional development and networking events. 
  • Commitment: Actively participate in meetings (in-person and via conference call) to ideate topics, formats and venues for CHRO events. Design, identify and liaise with speakers. Attend programs as an ambassador of the senior HR leader community. May be asked to participate in work of other committees related to the executive market. 
  • CHRO Roundtables: Each event is sponsored by a HRMAC professional services member who, if selected by the Committee, will provide the topic, content, and speaker(s). Committee members will vet each topic and coordinate with selected speakers to ensure that content is appropriate and distinct from other HRMAC offerings. Committee members will also  secure locations for selected programs and work with staff to promote the program(s).
  • Expertise Desired: knowledge of emerging or current issues of concern to senior HR executives; educational program development; project management. Committee members limited to CHRO level executives, employed or in transition.

Leadership Forum 2020

  • Purpose: to revitalize HRMAC Leadership Forum, a signature program offered annually; review past program performance to innovate new format(s) to further elevate learning and the attendee experience.
  • Commitment: Monthly conference call meetings, some in person to identify cutting-edge topics and program delivery; direct involvement in securing thought-provoking speakers on the leadership attributes of HR professionals; sub-committee work to build program format and new ways of delivering content; promote the event to network/client audience. 
  • Expertise Desired: in-depth knowledge of current and emerging HR trends and senior level subject matter experts; educational program development; project management; connections and ability to secure to C-Suite executives and senior leaders as speakers.


  • Purpose: to create and execute programming for HRMAC’s signature annual conference; identify cutting-edge topics for breakout sessions and keynote presentation. Provide insights to inform the design and format of networking opportunities and supplier visibility.
  • Commitment: 10-12 meetings per year (in person and via conference call). Evaluate all submitted presentations to ensure that the range of topics meet the goals of the conference; serve as a speaker liaison (e.g. prep speaker, provide feedback on presentation, etc.); actively promote Summit to the HR community, sponsors, and exhibitors. Attend Summit and participate in post-summit evaluation.
  • Expertise Desired: in-depth knowledge of current and emerging HR trends; educational program development; project management; connections with high-profile speakers; public speaking and facilitation skills.


  • Purpose: to produce and implement bi-monthly webinars that appeal to a broad audience of the HRMAC membership.
  • Commitment: 3 - 4 meetings  (via conference call) to identify topics, review webinar proposals, and serve as a liaison to the presenter.  Ability to moderate one program or as needed is desired.
  • Expertise Desired: Knowledge of the broad HR function and strategic HR leadership issues, creativity and enthusiasm for program innovation (i.e.: pre-reading, in program polling, etc.).

HR Services Partner

  • Purpose: to identify HR service partners to participate in SUMMIT and Year-Round sponsorship opportunities.
  • Commitment: participate in 3 - 4 meetings  (via conference call) to actively identify and solicit NEW service partner prospects whose products/services can enrich the knowledge exchange among HRMAC members; review current partners, identify new prospects and competitive events for new prospects; support outreach efforts by providing introductions; willingness to liaise with prospects and serve as an ambassador of HRMAC.
  • Expertise Desired: marketing and recruitment strategies; professional contacts in the local HR community; willingness to make calls or hold in-person meetings with potential HR service partners.

HRLeader Editorial

  • Purpose: Identify authors and subject-matter experts to contribute to HR Leader, a digital publication.
  • Commitment: Participate in 4-6 meetings (via conference call) on which the group will discuss the editorial calendar, go over pre-reviewed submitted articles, and select content for publication. Must be able to review article submissions and meet deadlines. Time commitment may vary depending on number of submissions coming through.
  • Expertise Desired: Knowledge of current HR and business practices, industry trends, experience writing/editing (AP Style a bonus), and communicating through digital formats.

Interest Groups

  • Purpose: to provide HRMAC members with opportunities for professional development and networking. Topics should be timely and generally aligned with HR practice areas (see below).  
  • Commitment: Each Interest Group will meet several times each year to develop, produce and deliver two (2) 90-minute educational events per year.  Program formats should engage learners and expand their knowledge. Volunteers are responsible for securing speakers and meeting facilities, and working with staff to draft program promotional language. Attendance at programs strongly preferred. Each Interest Group planning committee will have two co-chairs plus committee members.  
  • Expertise Desired: in-depth knowledge of current and emerging HR trends and subject-matter experts related to the functional area; educational program development; project management.

Employee Relations

  • Legislative and regulatory updates
  • Employment policies and practices
  • Employment retention and engagement
  • Workplace issues

Learning and Development

  • Workforce development (training, reskilling, upskilling) 
  • Demonstrate Adult Learning principles
  • Demonstrate a variety of learning methods and tools (online; virtual; micro; etc.)
  • Individual and team-based skills and knowledge

Talent Acquisition

  • Recruitment and selection
  • Sourcing talent in a competitive market
  • Employed vs. contract workforce
  • Hiring in a gig economy
  • New approaches to onboarding

Talent & Organization Effectiveness

  • Leadership development/succession planning
  • Evaluation/measurement/retention
  • Performance management

Total Rewards

  • Compensation and benefits
  • New approaches in benefit design
  • Executive compensation
  • Health, wellness and benefit plans
  • Work/life programs

Young HR Leaders

  • Career and leadership development planning
  • Managing career stages
  • Developing HR knowledge, skills, and abilities

Suburban Interest Group

  • Topics vary across HR topic areas identified above; held in either north, west, or south suburbs.

NOTE: As of May 17, 2019, Interest Groups are the only committees open to join throughout the year. All other committees are listed for general knowledge and volunteer opportunities will open again in the spring of 2020. If you wish to join an Interest Group committee, please contact Marguerite Allegretti at