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The Society for Human Resource Management of Greater Kansas City, Inc. (SHRM-KC) is a professional association dedicated to the advancement and support of the human resource profession. An affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), SHRM-KC has long been recognized as one of the largest and oldest chapters of the Society for Human Resource Management. SHRM-KC began in 1953 as the Personnel Management Association (PMA). In 1954, PMA was chartered with ASPA (American Society of Personnel Administration) now known as SHRM. PMA was the fifth chapter chartered in the United States. To learn more about the benefits of being a SHRM national member, CLICK HERE.

SHRM-KC continues to grow with over 550 active members within the Greater Kansas City area. Members enjoy benefits such as educational programs featuring top local and national speakers; seminars; webinars; and online membership roster just to name a few. In April of 2024, SHRM-KC was awarded the SHRM Platinum Excel Award, SHRM's highest honor for chapters, for outstanding chapter initiatives in 2023.

We hope as you journey through this site, you will find useful and valuable information. Welcome, and enjoy your visit!

Who We Are


SHRM of Greater Kansas City promotes excellence in Human Resource Management Practices through education, advocacy, and leadership development.


SHRM of Greater Kansas City will be the premier HR Association in Greater Kansas City.


SHRM of Greater Kansas City is a non-profit 501(c)6 trade association for human resource professionals and those supporting the industry. Read more...

Past Presidents

SHRM of Greater Kansas City was established in 1952, and has flourished over the years due to many strong leaders.

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Get Involved

Membership - This committee focuses on the recruitment of new members, retention of current members, and the planning of networking opportunities. Each month, the committee hosts a virtual "New Member Orientation". The committee meets on a regular basis. For more information or to become involved, contact Ricky Walker or Molly Meek.

College Relations - This committee works with our local SHRM-KC student chapters and student members to prepare them for a future career in human resources. Roundtables with experienced human resource professionals are held twice per year. Discounted dues are also available for student members. For more information or to become involved, contact Magan Gicinto.

SHRM Foundation - This committee plans fundraising events for the SHRM Foundation and also activities in the local community where SHRM-KC members can make an impact! The SHRM Foundation is committed to elevating and empowering HR as a social force through its innovative solutions to workplace inclusion challenges, programming designed to inspire and empower the next generation of HR leaders, and awarding scholarships and professional development grants to educate and develop students and HR professionals. Click HERE to learn more about the SHRM Foundation. For more information or to become involved, contact Julia Kruckow.

Emerging Professionals - Our Emerging Professionals group supports professionals new to the human resources field with networking opportunities and a mentoring program. Please contact Monique Todd for more information.

Social Media & Communications - This committee works to coordinate the marketing of our various programs through social media outlets, and electronic communications. The group will engage with our membership using tools such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram. For more information or to become involved, contact Madison Warren.

Inclusion Equity & Diversity – This committee will assist in the development of programming related to diversity and inclusion topics, as well as provide general support to our membership in these areas of focus. IE&D dialogues are scheduled periodically throughout the year. For more information or to become involved, contact Rashida Merritt. 

Workforce Readiness - This committee works within the community, and with employers, to provide worker training and development opportunities to maintain a skilled workforce. The committee is also focused on removing barriers that may prevent qualified workers from being fully considered for jobs. The committee plans activities around Missouri SHRM's HR Day of Service and SHRM initiatives at the national level. For more information or to become involved, contact Shelly Jain.

If you are interested in joining a committee or want to volunteer in other ways, email us and we’ll get you connected!

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