I have written this post in light of a letter you may have received from Henry Jackson, President and CEO of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) about a legal action SHRM has filed related to the Northern California Human Resources Association’s (NCHRA) upcoming HR West events outside of California. We at NCHRA are disappointed that SHRM has taken this action and we stand behind our decision and believe we are within our legal rights. And for this reason I want to explain NCHRA’s strategy behind the expansion of HR West and the supporting events and address any questions you may have.
NCHRA is proud to have been advancing organizations through human resources since 1960. We are among the largest HR associations in the country, serving a community of more than 20,000 HR professionals in one of the world’s most innovative areas. While historically we have been focused on Northern California, we recognize that organizations, and the industry as a whole, are continuously evolving, particularly with the growth and wide reach of the internet. Therefore, to meet the needs of the industry and our members, we need to evolve on a parallel path. We also recognize that the innovation we experience in Northern California is expanding beyond our borders to other areas in the Western U.S. – the entire region is now considered by many to be the most innovative place on earth.
As New York Times reporter Thomas Friedman wrote more than a decade ago, the world is flat, meaning that companies and organizations increasingly operate in a borderless world. HR is no exception. With that in mind, we are leveraging the opportunity to share the expertise and knowledge we have gained operating in Northern California with a wider audience across the West – including in Seattle, Phoenix and Las Vegas. Our newest HR West events aim to complement and support the education and opportunities currently available to HR professionals across the West and to share with them the exciting innovation that we experience here in Northern California. HR professionals who attend HR West events will have the opportunity to learn from those who are leading innovation in the HR industry and participate in sessions designed to prepare them for today and tomorrow’s challenges. An additional benefit to those certified professionals who attend our conferences is the opportunity to receive recertification credits.
Our mission has always been focused on improving the skills and knowledge of the professionals we serve. Practicing agility within today’s competitive landscape allows us to continue to effectively support the development of HR innovation in Northern California and beyond.
We thank you in advance for your continued support and recognize the value of the strong community we have built together. We are here to serve and look forward to seeing you at one of our events in the near future.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.