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SHRM@QU Presents: Karen Hinds

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SHRM@QU is a local student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. We provide students from across the University with the opportunity to gain knowledge and insight into the effective management of human capital in the field of Human Resource Management through affiliation with the New Haven Chapter, the CT State Council, and the national SHRM organization.

The objectives of this chapter include:

*Promoting the exchange of work-related experience of established business professionals with the theoretical academic perspectives of student and faculty members through open forums and information exchanges.

*Encouraging the acquisition, growth, and continuation of our respective careers in human resource management through expanded knowledge, camaraderie, respect, and mutual support among chapter members and through our affiliation with SHRM and our sponsoring chapter.

*Provide a pool of human resource management leaders for perpetuation of the chapter and of SHRM.

*Function as an important vehicle for promoting the field of human resource management to students.


Karen Hinds is the founder and CEO of The Workplace Success Group LLC, an organization that deliver training to companies that aim to develop new leaders. Karen Hinds talked to SHRM@QU members on October 20, 2017 about her company and how she came to find what she wanted to do and the key to her success. Hinds started as a political science major with no idea what she wanted to do and had no interest in corporate life. Hinds talked about working in high schools and colleges as a liaison, doing presentations on the side, and realized that was what she loved to do. As she continued with presentations she got more and more contracts to help organizations develop internship and learning opportunities. Hinds wrote a book called, “Get Along, Get Ahead” to gain credibility; the book also led to opportunities for travel and leadership conferences. Hinds told members that her work gives her the flexibility to work from home and make her own schedule. Hinds talked about her passion for motivation, how motivation inspires listening and how training lacks diversity. Hinds also talked about her work with convicts and helping them to gain motivation and get jobs. Hinds’ advice: network as much as you can while you are in college, use the cuteness factor as college students and keep up with your network.


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