The Western Arkansas Human Resource Association (WAHRA) has developed into a progressive, professional organization devoted to the advancement of knowledge associated with the varied skills required to translate modern business requirements into effective, meaningful employer/employee relations. WAHRA was organized in 1966 to encourage the exchange of ideas in Human Resource Management and to promote the growth and development of sound Human Resource practices in business and the community. Our organization strives to encourage continued education, research, and the development of the profession and the professional.
WAHRA strongly encourages membership in our national organization, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). WAHRA is proudly affiliated with the SHRM, which has over 250,000 members in 125 countries, and has a network of more than 575 affiliated chapters in the United States.
Membership in WAHRA is open to those individuals who are actively engaged in Human Resource Management or a related field, i.e. Labor Relations, Training & Development, or Human Resource Development. This excludes members of organized labor unions.
Monthly meetings are held the second (2nd) Tuesday of each month. A program at each meeting covers topics of interest to the group and/or tours of local companies. Meetings are currently offered live with the option of attending in person or via Zoom.
Each year our chapter, along with the seven other SHRM chapters in the state, sponsors a statewide Human Resource Conference. The conference usually runs three (3) days at various Arkansas locations. Well known regional and national speakers will be called upon to present programs to further attendee’s knowledge and challenge their thought in specific areas of expertise.
In addition, mini-conferences are sponsored locally to provide members an update on the ever changing laws, materials and methods necessary for effective Human Resource Management.
WAHRA is proud of the strong and growing membership it has throughout the River Valley of Western Arkansas/Eastern Oklahoma area. This association is composed of many different types and sizes of business and industries, but we all have common concerns and problems. By exchanging ideas and information, we all benefit!