SHRM Advocacy Team: HR is a Necessary Ingredient in Shaping Workplace Public Policy

SHRM Advocacy Team: HR is a Necessary Ingredient in Shaping Workplace Public Policy

SHRM 2013 Annual Conference
Workplace Application: This session provides the basic steps on how to become involved in the public policy process, prepares you to build successful relationships with your elected officials, and effective ways of communicating your perspective on key workplace issues.
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SHRM has launched an initiative to create a nationwide member advocacy network of HR Advocates collectively known as the Advocacy Team, or A-Team, to fully engage members in the public policy process. To develop the A-Team, the SHRM Government Affairs team has created a strategic curriculum designed to inform and train SHRM’s key contacts, known as Advocacy Captains, and HR Advocates on the program. This presentation takes you through the basic steps of utilizing your HR skills as a key ingredient in shaping public policy.  Participants will learn how to get involved in the public policy process; best practices for contacting, meeting with and building lasting relationships with elected officials and their staffs outside of Washington, D.C., in their home districts; and, effective ways of communicating your perspective on key workplace issues.  We’ll also hear from two congressional district staff  on what it really takes to build strong relationships with Members of Congress and their staffs  to advance the HR policy agenda. Drawing on their vast and varied experiences in the district and Capitol Hill, our two guests will  share their secrets for gaining the support of lawmakers and those who influence them.


Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, June 17, 2013 - 4:00pm to 5:15pm

Chatrane Birbal


Chatrane Birbal is a Senior Advisor, Government Relations on  SHRM’s Government Affairs team. 

Prior to joining SHRM, Ms. Birbal was the Director, Government Relations at the Council on Foundations, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit membership association of some 2,000 grant making foundations and corporations, with assets totaling more than $282 billion. During her tenure at the Council Ms. Birbal implemented strategies and launched programs in support of the organization’s public policy and government relations work. Her responsibilities included tracking relevant legislation, raising the Council’s profile with the Congress and other nonprofit organizations, advising members on their legislative activities and planning and execution of the Council’s annual legislative fly-in conference, “Foundations on the Hill”. 

Prior to joining the Council, Ms. Birbal was a Federal Legislative lobbyist at the American Psychiatric Association (APA), an Arlington, VA-based medical specialty society with over 38,000 U.S. and international member physicians who work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorder, including mental retardation and substance-related disorders. During her tenure at the APA Ms. Birbal lobbied Congress on behalf of psychiatrists, planned and executed the association’s annual advocacy day training session for membership as well as developed the APA’s online advocacy action center to further legislative efforts on behalf of the psychiatry profession.

Chatrane obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the State University at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York and received her graduate degree of Public Administration, concentration International Relations from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
Business Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
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