July 13, 2019 Julie Weinberg

Meet Board Member Steve Merkin, Advocate for (Re)Engagers

Steve Merkin discovered a career in human resources brought together his interests in people and business. Now, he’s using his professional HR experience as a member of the Auxin Group Advisory Board. “I’ve always believed in supporting employees in transition,” he said.


Steve is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at RoundTable Health Partners. He met Laura Morgan, Auxin Group Founder and President, through the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC) and thought Auxin was a great idea. “I see employees lose confidence because they’ve been away and feel they can’t go back to where they were, and that’s unfortunate,” he said, adding, “ I think people should be able to return to where they left off.”


In addition to his full-time job, Steve is an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois in Champaign where he teaches a graduate level course on change management.  He has adapted his curriculum for a series of Auxin programs on the same topic. The first session provides an overview of change management and presents the idea that “change needs to be planful.” The second session dives deeper into the topic and looks at how to handle communications and stakeholders in the midst of change.


As an HR professional, Steve recognizes the specific issues women face in today’s world and has seen companies finding creative ways for women to have flexibility around their family and their career. Steve is also the father of two daughters, ages 23 and 21, and has offered them some advice that’s helpful for men and women:


  • Try to understand other people’s perspectives.
  • Don’t take work too personally.
  • Follow your passion.


Above all, he says, everyone’s situation is unique, and you have to do what’s right for your family.
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