FRI Board of Directors

Steven Williams, Ph.D., SPHR

Steven Williams, Ph.D., SPHR
Board Member

Degree: Ph.D., Howard University
Phone: 410-837-3977
Fax: 410-752-4218



Steve Williams joined the FRI Board of Directors in 2009. He served as a member of the Institutional Review Board at FRI for six years prior to serving on the FRI Board of Directors.

Dr. Williams has more than fifteen years in the nonprofit industry working for three large nonprofits at the senior management level. He is currently employed at the Society for Human Resource Management---the world’s largest association of HR executives with more than 255,000 members globally and a budget size of $130 million—where he serves as the Director of E-Media Innovations and Business Development. In his role, he has significant P&L responsibility and he is responsible for implementing new, innovative, and profitable business ventures. While leading a cross-functional team of 11 professional-level staff, he oversees a broad range of association operations such as global e-learning, webinars, and virtual conferences; affinity (member discount) programs; social media and multimedia activities; e-newsletters; Website content programming; SHRM’s online and physical bookstore, and sales of digital content.

Dr. Williams is also well versed in identifying trends in and solutions to complex workplace/HR issues. He has written several reports and articles on association/nonprofit management, and has provided his expertise in areas such as best company and human resource practices, employer branding, compensation and benefits, leadership development, and other workplace and organizational issues. He has been tapped by organizations to serve as a spokesperson on various business practices, and has appeared in several media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and several television news stations. He has spent numerous years directly working with and conducting strategic workshops for business leaders such as CEOs, CFOs, HR executives, and has provided his expertise to U.S. government agencies such as the Department of Labor, EEOC, and Government Accounting Office. Most of his work has been domestically focused but he has also worked globally, including a short-term assignment in India.

Dr. Williams previously worked as a consultant for Johns Hopkins School of Medicine for four years. He is currently certified as a senior professional in human resources (SPHR).