Stepping Stones to Enhanced Leadership was established in 2008 as a tool for developing Austin SHRM leaders and as a reward to our volunteers and their employers for the hours of service they dedicate to the human resource profession.
The program includes a Cohort styled program with nine, 4-hour modules, which are pre-certified through HRCI/SHRM for up to 36 hours of recertification credit. This is a creative and innovative program designed, developed, and implemented to meet the professional development needs of today’s HR professionals.
Students of the program include Austin SHRM members and non-members designed to provide opportunities for recertification credit, create a pipeline of emerging leaders for Austin SHRM’s Board of Directors, and to meet employers needs for improvement of employee engagement, retention, and professional development.
2021 Dates & Course Overview
Module 1 – March 25 – DiSC: Self-Awareness
The objective of this workshop is to learn how to leverage management strengths, enabling both managers and their employees to be more effective. Personalized DiSC Assessment will be administered.
Module 2 – April 22 – DiSC: Building Collaborative
The objective of this workshop is to learn how to leverage management strengths, enabling both HR professionals and their employees to be more effective. Personalized DiSC Assessment will be administered.
Module 3 – May 20 – Business
The objective of this workshop is to learn how to read and interpret financial statements, how to identify the organization’s true customers, and how to act on this information so that HR can create value by directly impacting the customer, and thereby having a measurable impact on the organization’s bottom line.
Module 4 – June 24 – Cultural and Change
This workshop gives HR professionals an understanding of the role of the “cultural steward” and how to recognize, articulate, and help influence the organization’s culture in order to facilitate change and true employee engagement through coaching, influencing and motivation others to reach their full potential.
Module 5 – July 22 – Talent Manager/Organization
This interactive and practical session will explore cutting-edge themes in attracting and retaining talent that result in new skills, tools and ideas for igniting team members to be committed contributors who care deeply about their employers’ success while unleashing their own potential at work.
Module 6 – August 26 – Emotional
Intelligence 2.0 Assessment
The objective of this workshop is to learn how to leverage leadership strengths, enabling both HR professionals and their employees to be more effective. Personalized EQ-I 2.0 Assessment will be administered.
Module 7 – September 23 – Strategy
The objective of this workshop is to learn how strategically think beyond HR and more broadly of the overall business, how to ensure alignment with the organization’s business strategy, how to recognize problems and trends and their impact on the organization and communicate the strategic direction into business and HR initiatives, and how to interpret and effectively communicate customer feedback so that employees see how their work is directly linked to the organization’s business strategy and the customer.
Module 8 – October 21 – Credible Activist
The objective of this workshop is to learn what it means to be a “Credible Activist,” as well as why it is so critical for the success of an organization. As a credible activist, the HR professional will be more of a player instead of a spectator, thereby helping their organization perform better, which has a direct impact on the organization’s bottom line.
Module 9 – December 2 - Operational Executor
The objective of this workshop is to learn how to manage the daily operational activities, such as implementing workplace policies, and how HR technology can free up time and energy so that HR can be more transformational for the organization.
Program Completion Recognition:
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Details (time & location):
8:00 am - 12:00pm
What are participants saying about Stepping Stones to Enhanced Leadership?
Starting the Stepping Stones Leadership Program through Austin SHRM was a big step out of my comfort level, I wasn’t sure what to expect and was a little nervous about the process all together. Through the different modules, I learned about myself, grew both professionally and personally in my relationships with many different people with different personalities, backgrounds, and ages. My manager has noticed my growth and even my communication and understanding with multiple generations has improved. I made great contacts and friends during my time with The Stepping Stones Leadership Program. - Heather Miller, 2019 SS Graduate
I got actionable information at every session, learned a ton about myself, and built a new network of amazing HR professionals. I would highly recommend to anyone and everyone. – Erin Aubry