SHRM CEO Appointed to Workforce Policy Advisory Board

The 25-member board was created by the U.S. Department of Commerce in August 2018 to provide insight on how the government, educators, and employers can train workers and reduce the skills gap.

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management, has been appointed to the federal government's 25-member American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, SHRM announced Feb. 13. The board was created by the U.S. Department of Commerce in August 2018 to provide insight on how the government, educators, and employers can train workers and reduce the skills gap.

Commerce established the panel to advise the newly created National Council for the American Worker—made up of Cabinet-level secretaries and other officials—on ways the federal government can encourage the private sector and educational institutions to address what SHRM calls the "skills crisis."

"Our ability to skill up workers deeply impacts our long-term economic prospects and global competitiveness," Taylor said. "The advisory board and the HR community have a common goal of training, developing, and educating the workforce. With this shared mission, I'm pleased to bring SHRM's workforce development expertise to the important work of the board."

SHRM was one of the first signers of the Trump administration's Pledge to America's Workers, committing to educate and prepare more than 127,000 HR professionals through the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification programs in the next five years. The society supports creating more apprenticeship programs.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Ivanka Trump, advisor to the president, are co-chairs of the board. Others appointed to the board were announced Feb. 13. They include:

  • Jay Box, president, Kentucky Community and Technical College System
  • Tim Cook, CEO of Apple
  • Tom Donohue, CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Marillyn Hewson, chairman, president, and CEO of Lockheed Martin
  • Eric Holcomb, governor of Indiana
  • Barbara Humpton, CEO of Siemens USA
  • Al Kelly, CEO of Visa
  • Vi Lyles, mayor of Charlotte, N.C.
  • Sean McGarvey, president of North America's Building and Trades Unions
  • Doug McMillon, president and CEO of Walmart
  • Craig Menear, chairman, president, and CEO of Home Depot
  • Kim Reynolds, governor of Iowa
  • Ginni Rometty, chairman, president, and CEO of IBM
  • Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers

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