Erica Young

Innovation Catalyst, Society for Human Resource Management

Erica speaks on career planning for young professional audiences and how to make HR more strategic by leveraging technology



Based out of: Virginia


Like many millennials, Erica entered the workforce when there were less jobs than there were graduates. Erica accepted the challenge and creatively carved a career that engaged her skill set. She worked in the nonprofit community, conducting training, and managing staff and projects. By the time she was 24, she was managing a team of three to organize 85+ events and over 2000 volunteers per year.

After a while, she discovered her calling: crafting solutions to change.

Erica is no stranger to change. She was raised in a small farming and agriculture town, but spent time studying in Philadelphia, New York City and North Carolina. After graduating from Elon University, she started her career in Washington, DC with two terms of AmeriCorps National Service. This experience led her to manage volunteer human capital, which inspired a career pivot. She then spent 2.5 years attending master’s courses, while working full-time. She spent the first half of graduate school, designing and organizing training for a mid-sized accounting firm. Now, Erica works at SHRM on the ParagonLabs team, elevating innovative technology solutions to workplaces.

She has a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, with a focus on instructional systems design. Outside of work, you can find Erica tending to her 150 houseplants, creating ceramic pieces, and giving her cat, Suki, more attention than she wants.


  • Career Planning

  • Salary negotiation

  • Soft Skill Development

  • People Management