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Dear Colleagues:

It is my pleasure as WFPMA Secretary General/Treasurer to share the latest issue of WorldLink, this time focusing on people management in North America.

— Get ready for the WFPMA World Congress in June 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. This issue of WorldLink announces two keynote speakers and provides plenty of links for registration, marketing and more.

— Henry G. “Hank” Jackson, president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management in the U.S., wrote the cover article, which reports on leadership shortfalls.

— Pedro Borda, director general of the Mexican HR Association, provides a sobering account of how a September earthquake affected his country, including the HR association.

— An article from Canada looks at five actions you can take to change people’s behaviors.  

— SHRM staff reports on a proposal in the U.S. that would expand workplace flexibility and paid-leave benefits.

And, as always, you will read brief news updates on various HR-related happenings in North American countries. We trust that you will find this issue of WorldLink, which is available on the WFPMA website (, timely and informative. Please forward it to the members in your association and post it on your association’s website. 

The next issue of WorldLink, publishing in March, will feature the African Human Resources Confederation and HR news from all over Africa. If you have story ideas for your regional issue or events you would like to add to the Calendar, please contact WorldLink Editor Melanie Padgett Powers at

I wish you a very happy holidays and success in 2018!

Leyla Nascimento

WFPMA Secretary General/Treasurer