SHRM Memphis helps United Way through a book drive collecting management and training materials

Denise Demby (left) accepts the gift of books from SHRM Memphis, presented by Verlinda Henning.

United Way of the Mid-South received management and training books from a book drive conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management, Memphis chapter (SHRM). The books were presented during a meeting at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis yesterday.

SHRM’s meeting brought human resources managers from public, private, nonprofit, hospitality, government and corporate industries in Memphis and the Mid-South together for a luncheon and program. During the meeting, Verlinda Henning, SHRM Community Outreach Chair, presented the books to Denise Demby, United Way Administrative Coordinator.

The books will become part of United Way’s Human Resources library for employees and volunteers and will be used as part of a new “Learning Place” staff training program.

“United Way provides technical and professional development to staff and key volunteers. It is a combination of online, classroom and self-study methods that help staff work with corporate and nonprofit partners in our region. SHRM Memphis is proud to help United Way serve our community,” Henning said.

SHRM Memphis also shared a presentation on culture, engagement and change management by John Daniel, Chief Human Resources Officer for First Horizon National Corporation and First Tennessee Bank. HR professionals were challenged to change their cultures for the improvement of company performance and individual development.

SHRM Memphis President Julieanna Walker was pleased that the books will be used to help United Way’s human resources  department train staff, and noted that SHRM’s community outreach is often best conducted when it benefits human resource work.

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