APRIL SIMPKINS SHRM-CP, PHR, – April is a dually certified HR Professional with 30 years of executive-level Human Resources experience. April is an HR Consultant and the Chief Human Resources Officer for Totalhr, a human resources services firm focused on supporting the HR needs of small- to mid-sized businesses. She has helped more than 1000 business owners shape and develop their human capital.
April’s experience and expertise, coupled with her continued study of Human Resources trends, has made her a trusted advisor for many in the business community. It also led to an invitation to The Business Journal Leadership Trust, which allows April to share her expertise with leaders nationwide. She has been a requested presenter and guest speaker for organizations that include Harvard University Extension School, Winthrop University, The Citadel, EEOC, and The City of Charleston, to name a few. She is also a member of the SHRM Speakers Bureau.
April is a board member of both the York County Regional Chamber and the SC Small Business Development Centers (SBDC). She is the Chapter Chair for the Charlotte affiliate of the Women Presidents Organization (WPO), a non-profit membership organization for women presidents, CEOs, and managing directors of privately held, multimillion-dollar companies. In 2016 WPO honored April with the Woman of Color Award for her business achievements.
April is the Chair of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee for Greenville SHRM. In 2020 April received the Unsung Hero Award from Greenville SHRM for her exemplary leadership in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She was the Diversity Director for the South Carolina Society for Human Resources Management from 2018 – 2020. Her service and commitment to the HR community and the profession’s advancement led to her selection as a member of the HR Advisory Board for Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. She works with a team of HR thought leaders who have been charged with designing the human resources undergraduate and postgraduate degree curriculum and programs.
April has received many awards and honors for her business acumen. Her awards include: the 2020 Women In Business Achievement Award from the Charlotte Business Journal, the 2018 Fort Mill/ Tega Cay Business Person of The Year Award from the York County Regional Chamber, the Movers & Shaker Award given by Business Leader Magazine and, in 2016, April was named one of Charlotte’s 50 Most Influential Women by Mecklenburg Times.
April is a classically trained pianist, an avid runner, athlete, mother, wife, and entrepreneur.
2021 Member – Duke Energy SC Upstate Advisory Board
2021 Chair – Greenville SHRM Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee
2021 Officer – York County Regional Chamber Board of Directors
2020 Chapter Chair – Women Presidents Organization – Charlotte Chapter
2020 Member – Charlotte Business Journal Leadership Trust
2020 Member – Equity Task Force – United Way of York County
2019 Member – South Carolina Small Business Development Center Board of Advisors
2019 Member – Greenville – Society for Human Resources Management (GSHRM)
2007 Member – Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)
2019 Member – Leadership York County Class of 2019
2018-2020 Diversity Director – SC SHRM State Council
2017-2020 Member – Women Presidents’ Organization – Charlotte Chapter
2017 -2020 Board Member – York County Regional Chamber
2017 President (3rd term) -Carolinas Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (CCSHRM)
2013-2017 Member – SC SHRM State Council
2015-2016 Chair – Small Business Council – York County Regional Chamber of Commerce
2013-2014 President (1st and 2nd Term) – Carolinas Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (CCSHRM)
2013 – 2015 Advocacy Captain 5th District – SHRM
2012-2014 Member – Small Business Council – York County Regional Chamber of Commerce
2010 -2012 – Board of Directors CALG (Charlotte Area Liaison Group)
Recognized as an expert in Human Resources by Mecklenburg County Court System
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
2020 – Unsung Hero Award (for Exemplary Leadership in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) – Greenville SHRM
2020 – Women In Business Achievement Award – Charlotte Business Journal
2018 – Fort Mill, Tega Cay Business Person Of The Year – York County Regional Chamber
2017 – HR Advisory Board – Winthrop University
2016 – 50 Most Influential Women Award – Mecklenburg Times
2016 – Woman of Color Award – Women Presidents Organization
2015 – Finalist -South Carolina HR Professional of the Year Award – SC Chamber of Commerce
2011 – Mover & Shaker Award – Business Leader Magazine
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