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Susan R. Meisinger


Susan R. MeisingerSusan R. Meisinger, SPHR, JD, is an author, speaker and consultant on human resource management issues. She is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Under Meisinger's leadership as CEO, SHRM grew from 170,000 members to more than 245,000, revenue grew from $66 million to more than $110 million, and net assets grew from $66 million to more than $150 million, without an increase in dues. The number of professionals certified through the organization's affiliate increased from 62,000 to more than 97,000.

Meisinger, who also served on the organization's board of directors, joined SHRM in 1987 and served several roles of increasing importance. Prior to that, she served as Deputy Under Secretary for the Employment Standards Administration, the largest agency in the U.S. Department of Labor. Meisinger also served as special legal counsel for the Associated Builders and Contractors in Washington, D.C.

Meisinger is a former board member for the World Federation of Personnel Management Associations, where she also served as Secretary General. She is a former board member of the Ethics Resource Center, a nonprofit devoted to fostering ethical practices in individuals and organizations, where she served from 2001 - 2007.

Meisinger also sat on the corporate board for BE&K, a billion dollar international design-build firm for five years, until the company was sold in 2008. She currently sits on the board of the Certified Financial Planners Board of Standards.

Meisinger is on the board of directors of the National Academy of Human Resources, an organization that recognizes individuals and institutions in HR for outstanding professional achievement and contributions to their field.

Meisinger co-authored and edited The Future of Human Resource Management, published in 2005 by John Wiley & Sons. In the book, 64 thought leaders explore the critical HR issues of today and tomorrow.

She received a bachelor's degree from Mary Washington College and a law degree from the National Law Center of George Washington University. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and has earned certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.