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The Greater Ann Arbor Society for Human Resource Management (GAASHRM) is a volunteer-run non-profit association dedicated to the advancement of the Human Resources profession and helping Human Resources professionals in the Ann Arbor area.


Our Mission


To support and advance the HR Profession in the Greater Ann Arbor area through networking, engagement, and professional development activities.


We provide our members with learning & educational programs, networking, and volunteer leadership opportunities - all designed to enhance workplace contributions and stimulate personal and professional growth.


Our Vision


GAASHRM is the leading source of HR information and thought leadership in the Greater Ann Arbor area.


We help our members lead, advance and influence the management of human resources and its impact on organizational success.


Our Values

  • Integrity
  • Community 
  • Commitment


GAASHRM is a very active chapter with great participation from its members and volunteers. We live our values by striving to be transparent and honest with our members, providing volunteer services in our community through our Workforce Readiness Committee and Mentoring relationships, and demonstrating our commitment to advancing the HR field through our Legislative Advocacy Campaigns and maintaining our status as a SHRM Learning System Champion.

Our Members

The Chapter was officially founded in 1999 (see History below) and is currently comprised of more than 200 professionals employed in various human resources related functions in more than 100 organizations.


GAASHRM is an affiliate of the national Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the leading voice of the human resource profession. SHRM provides education and information services, government and media representation to more than 280,000 professional and student members worldwide.


GAASHRM supports Student SHRM Chapters at Eastern Michigan University and The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor.


Our Meetings

Our meetings are held September through May, typically on the second Tuesday of each month. Our meetings are usually held during lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  New HR related members are always welcome!


Our Bylaws

To see the bylaws, click here.


Our History

2018 marked GAASHRM's 35th anniversary as a SHRM affiliated chapter. Although our history goes back to the late 1960's, we officially became a SHRM affiliate in 1983.            


GAASHRM had humble beginnings - officially beginning as The Ann Arbor Personnel Association (AAPA) sometime in the late 60's and serving Ann Arbor employers. In the early 70's the AAPA started a local wage survey to benchmark nonexempt positions which now covers a comprehensive list of technical, administrative, manufacturing, professional and managerial titles. The AAPA expanded beyond the city limits to include Washtenaw, Livingston, and Western-Wayne counties to become the Ann Arbor Area Personnel Association (AAAPA) in the 80's.


In 1983, our sister organization, the Washtenaw Personnel Management Association (WPMA), the local SHRM affiliate, fell on hard times. The AAAPA stepped in and assumed the SHRM affiliation (including the WPMA Treasury), and, as they say, the rest is history. The name change to GAASHRM became official in 1999.


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