Message From the President 


2018-2019: Shekila Cole 


Dear Chapter Members, Colleagues and Friends-

Welcome to the Montgomery County Chapter (MCC) of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR). One of my favorite quotes is “Be the change you want to see in this world” and that’s one of the reasons that I decided to run for President this year. I am honored to serve as Chapter President for 2018-2019 and I’m very fortunate to have many talented and passionate people serving on our Executive Board this year. Each person brings a unique community perspective and set of skills that will help achieve our goals in 2018 and beyond. This year’s Board members include: Lori Thompson, Lucy Wang, Rodrigo Martinez, Mark Smith, Viki Berendt, Darla Hayes, Rhonda Edwards, Lucy Puckett, Kenneth Dugger and Meschelle Young.

Our Chapter’s Vision is to enhance the sustainability of the Montgomery Chapter by creating an innovative, engaged, and career developed community of professionals.

As President I plan to set forth and accomplish 3 strategic goals. #1. Improve membership engagement. I plan to increase our membership base by 30%. As we know, our members are our greatest asset and the ‘bloodline’ of this organization and that’s why I will focus our efforts on expanding membership and membership engagement. #2. Improve knowledge management. This entails streamlining some business processes and the transfer and sharing of information. #3. Continue to inspire innovation through our social media platforms and make it visible through our hosted programs and events. The only caveat is that we must have fun while doing it!

The Montgomery County Chapter hosts a variety of events throughout the year to help you learn, meet other professionals and grow your career.  As an active member for over 7 years, I can attest to the value of being apart of IPMA-HR MCC. I encourage members to renew and if you aren’t already an IPMA-HR MCC member, please consider joining. If you are interested in furthering your public service career through: professional development activities, networking opportunities, social events, industry training seminars, and charity events… then IPMA-HR MCC is for you! There will be ample opportunity to serve on various committees too.  IPMA-HR MCC  MCC will be forming committees in the following areas: Awards, Charity, Membership, Training forum, and Programs.  We will be recruiting for members to join one of our many committees soon. However, if anyone expresses an interest in serving on one of the IPMA MCC Committees beforehand please email us directly at [email protected].

To stay connected and get involved explore our website and follow us on Facebook @ Instagram @  and our Twitter @ It’s going to be an exciting year so stay tuned for more details.


Shekila Cole