Programs Designed With Your Professional Needs In Mind

Stepping Stones

Module 1 – March 26 – DiSC: Self-Awareness  

Module 2 – April 23 – DiSC: Building Collaborative Teams  

Module 3 – May 28 – Business Ally  

Module 4 – June 25 – Cultural Steward  

Module 5 – July 23 – Talent Manager  

Module 6 – August 27 – Emotional Intelligence 2.0 Assessment 

Module 7 – September 24 – Strategy Architect  

Module 8 – October 22 – Credible Activist 

Module 9 – December 3  Operational Executor 

Stepping Stones to Enhanced Leadership was established in 2008 as a tool for developing AHRMA leaders and as a reward to our volunteers and their employers for the hours of service they dedicate to the human resource profession.

The program includes a Cohort styled program with nine, 4-hour modules, which are pre-certified for HRCI/SHRM credit. This is a creative and innovative program designed, developed, and implemented to meet the professional development needs of today’s HR professionals.

Students of the program include AHRMA members and non-members designed to provide opportunities for recertification credit, create a pipeline of emerging leaders for AHRMA’s Board of Directors, and to meet employers needs for improvement of employee engagement, retention, and professional development


Programs similar to AHRMA's SHRM Pinnacle Award winning leadership development course cost approximately $4,500/person; however, AHRMA members are offered the course at the discounted rate of $375. Non-AHRMA participants may participate in the program for a fee of $450 per person.

Application Fee: 

There is a one-time, non-refundable application fee of $75, which must be submitted along with the completed application (found below). This must be done by "registering" for the event for your application to be accepted.

Please Apply Here

Be a part of AHRMA's committees!

  • Conference Committee - Led by Leah Jaramillo & Mya Kelly. Our purpose is to provide our local HR & Business community with a meaningful networking and professional development experience.
  • Career Development Committee - Led by Laurie Holsman. Our goal is to provide rewarding scholastic and social experiences that promote the Human Resources profession. We manage the scholarship program, the mentorship program, college outreach efforts, and the chapter's certification study program in order to encourage members to become certified and recertified.
  • Communications Committee - Led by Mary Evans. The Communications Committee provides oversight for all AHRMA’s communication via social forums and social media outlets.   
  • Diversity & Inclusion Committee - Led by Jennifer Charles. Our goal is to position global diversity and inclusion as a strategic component critical to individual and organizational sucess; to provide programs and resources that increase cross cultural competencies in a global and virtual workforce.
  • Emerging Professionals Committee - Led by Megan Thornton. The Emerging Professionals committee works with local universities and businesses to assist current and recently graduated college students along with other young professionals in bridging the gap from student to employee.
  • Finance Committee - Led by Justin Sharp. The committee assists in overseeing the budget for the various AHRMA committees and/or any additional support the Treasurer sees could benefit the Association.
  • Legal & Legislative Committee - Led by Sarah Glaser. The Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee provides services to keep AHRMA members informed of the status of key legal issues that affect the human resource management field.
  • Membership Committee - Led by Katie Hayden & Odette Perez. The Membership Committee recruits members and supports programs and events that provide development opportunities for HR professionals.
  • Workforce Readiness Committee - Led by Patricia Drake


Mentoring Program

AHRMA launched its Mentoring program, “Just-In-Time Mentoring” in March of 2015. This program has changed the face of mentoring by providing Mentors with the opportunity to give back and share their expertise with the next generation of HR leaders. 

Benefits of the Program:

Mentors will gain experience in coaching and professional development; a real opportunity to develop new HR leaders. Mentees can learn from Senior HR professionals to enhance their professional skillset.

This is another FREE program only for AHRMA members!

Just-in-Time-Mentoring is unique because it is customized to the needs of the individuals. The parameters of the mentoring partnership are established by the mentor/mentee team - each team decides how often they would like to meet and what their time will be focused on. Some meetings are by phone and some are by face-to-face.

Program Details:

The program is separated into 2 phases per year, Fall and Spring, with each phase lasting 4 months. The topics exchanged will motive, educate, navigate, and transfer experience - all designed for getting results!

Just-In-Time-Mentoring IS: the chance to partner with other HR professionals, focused around growing and developing specific HR related skills.

This program is NOT: a free consultant service, a job search service, or an ongoing dependent relationship.

Program Requirement:

To participate in the program, you must:

  • Be a current AHRMA member and maintain membership for the duration of the Phase;
  • Plan to remain actively involved in a Human Resources capacity for the entire duration of the Phase;
  • Commit to at least 4 meetings/calls with your partner.
Interested in participating:

If you are interested in participating in the Mentoring Program as either a Mentor or Mentee, please click on the application links below.  A member of the Mentoring Committee will contact you with more information. For further questions, please contact our committee leaders at

*Mentor Application

*Mentee Application

For further questions, please contact our committee leaders at


SHRM CP / SHRM SCP Study Class 

Do you want to advance your education and training for a successful HR career? 
Do you  want to broaden your education or update your HR  knowledge? 
Do you want to enhance your marketability by gaining current HR knowledge?

AHRMA is offering a preparation course for the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) Certification test.

Our preparation course is designed for individuals seeking credentials and is focused on identifying and testing the knowledge and real-life experiences HR professionals need to excel in their careers today.

The course covers four key knowledge domains: People, Organization, Workplace and Strategy, as well as eight behavioral competencies:  Leadership and Navigation, Ethical Practice, Business Acumen, Relationship  Management, Consultation, Critical Evaluation, Global and Cultural Effectiveness, and Communication. 

Built on one singular Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK™), the certifications are designed to elevate the HR profession around the world. They test the HR  professional’s competency—the ability to put that knowledge to work through critical thinking and application—and demonstrate that the HR professional is a technical expert  and has mastered the application of HR technical and behavioral competencies, through practice and experience, to drive business results. For more information on the new credentials, visit

Students must purchase the SHRM Learning System as it contains multiple resources that will be instrumental in your success on the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam including  pre/post tests, flashcards, Smart Study Guide, as well as learning module books (also available as downloadable e-reader files).  The SHRM Learning System can be purchased here for $695 (SHRM member price) or $870 (non-SHRM  member  price). 

 *Class price does not include the cost of SHRM Learning System.* 


 Certification Exam Qualifications:

 The following general eligibility criteria apply:

  • Applicants must show that they have worked in an HR role for more than 1,000 hours within a calendar year, which equates to one year of experience;
  • HR experience may be in an HR exempt or non-exempt capacity;
  • HR experience may be classified directly, as working in an HR role, or indirectly, by consulting, educating or researching HR practices linked specifically to human resource management.
  • SHRM Membership is not required

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