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A Message from our 2017 AHRMA Chapter President, Karen Smithson, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

As we enter the final month of 2017, we have much on which to reflect, and more to which to look        forward to in 2018.

  In January, we declared 2017 the Year of the AHRMA Member and throughout the year we’ve          invited members to connect – and members to engage.  It’s AHRMA Connect – 4 and we             connected through serving, learning, mentoring, and collaborating.

  Have you found ways to connect with HR professionals and service providers while continuing to        identify ways to bring value to your employees and your organizations?  We are fortunate to live   and  work in Central Texas, with a current unemployment rate of 2.9% and an incredible number of people who the local   Chambers of Commerce report move here every day.  It’s fun to be the “Cool Kids” and it’s also a huge responsibility.  Let’s   continually remind ourselves to “do the next right thing” for our co-workers, our employers, and our community at large.  We’re   held to extremely high standards, and I am confident that we’re up to the challenge.

 I will resist the urge to list AHRMA’s accomplishments this year, as an organization, because I believe that our true success   will be measured by the value that we created for you, our members.

 Find time to reflect as well as time to look forward to the best year yet – the one that comes next.

 “It’s a Wonderful Life” …

 Karen Smithson, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

 AHRMA President, 2017

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AHRMA Annual Conference

July 27, 2018

The Hyatt Regency, Austin



Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Stepping Stones program!

- Up to 36 hours of HRCI recertification credits!

Stepping Stones to Enhanced Leadership is a creative and innovative program designed, developed, and implemented to meet the professional development needs of individual members of the Austin Human Resource Management Association (AHRMA), provide HR Certification Institute (HRCI) as well as the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) recertification credit, create a pipeline of emerging leaders for AHRMA’s Board of Directors succession planning, and meet employers needs for improvement of employee engagement, retention, and professional development.

2018 Dates:

3/22, 4/26, 5/24, 6/21, 7/19, 8/23, 9/20, 10/25, 11/29

All sessions will be held from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Austin Dispute Resolution Center located in the Chase Bank Tower, 5407 North IH-35, Suite 410  Austin, TX 78723


Programs similar to AHRMA's Pinnacle Award winning leadership development course cost approximately $4,500/person; however, AHRMA members are offered the course at the discounted rate of $350.  Non-AHRMA participants may participate in the program for a fee of $400 per person, payable no later than February 9, 2018.

APPLICATION FEE:  There is a one-time, non-refundable application fee of $75, which must be submitted along with the completed application in order to be considered for selection.

Program Completion Recognition:

Wednesday, December 13, 2018

APPLY NOW! Applications open through January 26th!

Contact AHRMA:

7000 Mopac, Suite 200, Austin, TX 78731

Phone: 1-800-561-2096   Fax:  1-512-514-6001

Email:  ahrma@austinhumanresource.org

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