It’s that time of year when individuals and institutions look back on their year as they ready themselves for the year ahead, and we at NCHRA are no exception. 2015 was a great year for our organization as we celebrated our 55th year of existence!
The association began the year by bidding adieu to its leader of ten years, Danika Davis. Through her herculean efforts, NCHRA was able to navigate some rough economic times, maintain its relevance, and be well positioned for future success and growth. Not a day goes by that she’s not thought of and we’re happy she’s found a great role leading our Platinum Sponsor, Merit Resource Group…as it affords us an opportunity to see her on a regular basis.
2015 found NCHRA as busy as ever delivering 200+ programs through our regional meetings, e-seminars, conferences and summits. In addition to that programming, we also supported our member’s networking desires through twenty dynamic networking socials. I personally took the role as CEO in the summer social season and found it a great way to quickly meet the membership and make new friends from the North Bay to the South Bay. In the spring, we held the largest HR West conference since its inception in 1985! We are quite proud of this conference and the great feedback it receives. I look forward to being a part of this incredible event in 2016, March 7-9 in Oakland.
During what was to be a year of transition for NCHRA, we said goodbye to some staff and added several new team members. As always, we were fortunate to have the assistance of many of volunteers to help our association deliver on its promise of furthering the success of our membership. From serving on regional boards to stuffing envelopes and helping with event registration, their collective participation was not only greatly appreciated, but played a significant role in our success.
Although a busy year, we did find time to have fun as well. In addition to the aforementioned socials, the Santa Cruz region organized a night out at the Oakland A’s, and the Santa Clara region put a team together to participate in the HERS Breast Cancer Walk.
Finally, 2015 saw the addition of the new SHRM Certification in addition to the HRCI Certification, where many of our members have earned certification. We were proud of our ability in 2015 to support test-readiness through our preparation courses for both certifications, allowing our members to choose which was right for them.
2015 was a great year and we have several new, exciting events in store for 2016 as well. Stay tuned!