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 through HRCI/SHRM for up to 36 hours of recertification 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.

2020 Modules

Module 1 – March 26 – DiSC: Self-Awareness
The objective of this workshop is to learn how to leverage management strengths, enabling both managers and their employees to be more effective.  Personalized DiSC Assessment will be administered.

Module 2 – April 23 – DiSC: Building Collaborative Teams 
The objective of this workshop is to learn how to leverage management strengths, enabling both HR professionals and their employees to be more effective. Personalized DiSC Assessment will be administered.

Module 3 – May 28 – Business Ally  
The objective of this workshop is to learn how to read and interpret financial statements, how to identify the organization’s true customers, and how to act on this information so that HR can create value by directly impacting the customer, and thereby having a measurable impact on the organization’s bottom line.

Module 4 – June 25 – Cultural Steward  
This workshop gives HR professionals an understanding of the role of the “cultural steward” and how to recognize, articulate, and help influence the organization’s culture in order to facilitate change and true employee engagement through coaching, influencing and motivation others to reach their full potential.

Module 5 – July 23 – Talent Manager 
This interactive and practical session will explore cutting-edge themes in attracting and retaining talent that result in new skills, tools and ideas for igniting team members to be committed contributors who care deeply about their employers’ success while unleashing their own potential at work.

Module 6 – August 27 – Emotional Intelligence 2.0 Assessment 
The objective of this workshop is to learn how to leverage leadership strengths, enabling both HR professionals and their employees to be more effective.  Personalized EQ-I 2.0 Assessment will be administered.

Module 7 – September 24 – Strategy Architect 
The objective of this workshop is to learn how strategically think beyond HR and more broadly of the overall business, how to ensure alignment with the organization’s business strategy, how to recognize problems and trends and their impact on the organization and communicate the strategic direction into business and HR initiatives, and how to interpret and effectively communicate customer feedback so that employees see how their work is directly linked to the organization’s business strategy and the customer.

Module 8 – October 22 – Credible Activist 
The objective of this workshop is to learn what it means to be a “Credible Activist,” as well as why it is so critical for the success of an organization.  As a credible activist, the HR professional will be more of a player instead of a spectator, thereby helping their organization perform better, which has a direct impact on the organization’s bottom line.

Module 9 – December 3 - Operational Execution
The objective of this workshop is to learn how to manage the daily operational activities, such as implementing workplace policies, and how HR technology can free up time and energy so that HR can be more transformational for the organization.

Program Completion Recognition:
Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Details (time & location): 

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


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, payable no later than February 8, 2020.

Application Fee: 

There is a one-time, non-refundable application fee of $75, which must be submitted along with the completed application (found below). Your application will be reviewed upon completion.


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What are participants saying about Stepping Stones to Enhanced Leadership?

  • I was looking for something to help me get enough credits for my recertification that was due in September 2018 when I saw an email about Stepping Stones.  The number of credits for the price was almost unbelievable.  Not only did I earn the credits I needed, but I got actionable information at every session, learned a ton about myself, and built a new network of amazing HR professionals.  I would highly recommend to anyone and everyone. Erin Aubry
  • The presenters, course topics, and resources were fantastic!  It was challenging, relevant, and engaging.  But, I think my favorite takeaway from the program is the bonds formed with my classmates.  Being able to share ideas and experiences added to the overall benefits that Stepping Stones provided. Kim Chamnes
  • I would definitely recommend this program.  The one thing that made a huge impact for me was learning about communication styles.  It made an immediate improvement at my job and my relationships with coworkers. – Anonymous
  • The number one impact of the program for me was the networking and meeting new people.  Making new connections for “being in the know” for jobs, so that I would be able to share with others that I might know who are also looking.  Each class module taught me a lot/ a way to look at the professional world in a different light; which was quite beneficial to my professional world. - Cory M. Mundy
  • Stepping Stones has been a tremendous catalyst in not only building my HR Toolbox but also building an essential support network to enable my continued growth in my career.  – Anonymous
  • The Stepping Stones program provided an environment to get to know other HR professionals on a deeper and more personal level then the casual one hour meeting. 
    On the job, it gave me the courage to make the bold moves that my company needed because I had the tools to be prepared.  The professional learning was invaluable as I learned so much!
    Angela Benz
  • The Stepping Stones Class for me was an opportunity to make myself vulnerable to the thoughts, ideas and concepts of my peers in an environment built on trust and transparency.  Sharing with your peers who don’t judge you is an amazing gift one can give to another professionally.  Stepping Stones was a rare opportunity in professional development with a high return. Walter Mulhall
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