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Taylor promotes assertive advocacy push for HR profession

New SHRM CEO vows more activism on discrimination, sexual harassment and workplace access; ‘not always reactive, but proactive’

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March 30, 2018
By William Ehart

From #MeToo to the Mexico border wall, workplace issues are making headlines today—sexual harassment and immigration are just two of the hot-button issues affecting the labor force.

For Johnny Taylor, new CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management, that’s where the human resources profession comes in.

His vision is to move the $128 million-revenue SHRM from its history of quiet advocacy—and a desire not to anger either political party—toward a more proactive posture. It’s an opportunity, as he put it March 12 at the group’s legislative conference, to take sides on behalf of the American worker.

“We are going to go out and advocate,” Taylor said at a news conference during the event at the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel. “I want to elevate our profession so that we’re not always reactive but proactive.”