The Southwest Metro Human Resources Association (SWMHRA) is located in the Minneapolis, MN area and serves HR professionals in Chaska, Chanhassen, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Shakopee, Waconia, Victoria and other adjacent areas. The group started as a way to network and share information among local companies regarding HR-related topics and events. Today there are over 250+ employers and more than 350 members who participate in SWMHRA, with 65% of the membership at VP, Director, and Manager levels. Meetings are hosted voluntarily by member companies and take place on the second Thursday of each month (excluding June through August). Presentation topics include compensation updates, benefits strategies, recruitment techniques, legislative changes, community events and roundtable discussions.
Current SWMHRA Board of Directors
Mary O’Brien, Executive Director
Kim Larish, President
Amy Shero, Treasurer
Current SWMHRA Steering Team
Chris Amborn – Events/Meetings
Sandra Elvebak – Events/Meetings
Cary Feik – Events/Meetings
Kim Larish – Events/Meetings, and Communication/Marketing/Public Relations
Kristie Moldenhauer – Events/Meetings
Mary O’Brien – Website/Membership, Communication/Marketing/Public Relations, and Education
Holly Olson – Annual Initiatives
Amy Shero – Funding/Sponsorship/Finance
1. Provide quality educational programs through SWMHRA meetings
2. Offer camaraderie and networking opportunities
3. Help members with day-to-day HR issues
4. Allow access to SWMHRA resources (i.e. Website, Member Directory, Discussion Forums, Events, and HR Links)
5. Promote the value and importance of the HR profession
How Do I Join?
It’s easy! New members are welcome. You must (1) be a non-agency HR professional in a corporate role or a student working towards completion of an HR degree, (2) live/work in the southwest metro area of Minneapolis, and (3) be willing to host an occasional group meeting at your company. Please note that HR-for-profit vendors and/or consultants are not allowed to join SWMHRA. To join, please fill out our Membership Application. There is no cost to be a member of SWMHRA. We will inform you once your application has been accepted.
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