Workforce Readiness Director

Position Description & Duties

Serves as an appointed member of the State Council.  Monitors and evaluates on a continuing basis national, state, and local activities concerning workforce readiness.  Works in cooperation with local chapter Workforce Readiness Advocates. 
State Director
  1. Serve as an advocate and program coordinator for workforce readiness State Council activities.
  2. Attend all State Council meetings and actively participate in Council matters.
  3. Identify and evaluate issues that impact workforce readiness and develop goals for State Council workforce readiness strategy.
  4. Serve as a resource for local chapter members on workforce readiness issues and provide leadership to the local chapters on education issues.
  5. Monitor local activities concerning workforce readiness and provide timely information on education issues to the State Director, local chapter President and local chapter Workforce Readiness Director.
  6. Develop and support workshops and seminars that address workforce readiness issues.
  7. Provide special recognition for local chapter members and for local programs that promote betterment of the local workforce through educational process.
  8. Participate in SHRM Workforce Readiness Core Leadership Area events, including the SHRM National Leadership Conference, the National SHRM Workforce Readiness Conference, and state and regional conferences.
  9. Participate in the development and implementation of short-term and long-term strategic planning for the State Council.
  10. Perform other duties as assigned by the State Director. 
  • SHRM membership in good standing required
  • SHRM certification preferred
Serves a one-year term beginning with the first day of January and ending the last day of December.  May be reappointed for two additional terms for a total service of three years. 

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Contact Information


Bb Von Der Linn
WI SHRM Workforce Readiness Director
Change Leadership Resources
Ph:  262.443.9527
Term start:  1/1/2020


Bob is President and Principal Consultant for Change Leadership Resources, LLC – applying his expertise in change management and performance improvement for corporate clients around the country.  Prior to that, Bob spent twelve years at General Electric that included Six Sigma Black Belt training and internal consultant roles at GE’s Crotonville Leadership Development Center and GE Capital.  

He earned an M.S. in Training & Learning Technology from the New York Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Management of Technological Systems from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  Bob is Past-President of the Metro Milwaukee SHRM. 

Bob has a daughter Kelsey who lives and works in Burlington, VT., and a son Christopher who is a Lieutenant in the US Army.   For therapy, Bob enjoys craft beer and plays bass guitar in a rock band called “Looming Larger.”


Additional Information

The State Director is the chief elected officer of the State Council and effectively establishes policy, strategies, and objectives consistent with SHRM, Region and National Board policies. The State Director provides guidance to Council members.