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SHRM Olympia Awarded for Elevating Human Resources, Improving Workplaces

SHRM recently awarded SHRM Olympia its prestigious EXCEL Award for the chapter’s accomplishments in 2018.

The EXCEL award aligns individual chapters’ and state councils’ activities with SHRM’s aspirations for the HR profession. The award recognizes major accomplishments, strategic activities, and tactical initiatives that elevate the profession of human resources. 

“So much of SHRM’s success in shaping better workplaces—where employers and employees can thrive together— is owed to the hard work of our chapters and state councils such as SHRM Olympia. Through their courage and leadership, SHRM Olympia is driving true, measurable progress toward the healthy, productive, and dynamic workplaces of tomorrow,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, president and chief executive officer of SHRM. “Awarding this Platinum Excel Award is just one small way for SHRM to recognize and celebrate the big steps this SHRM Olympia has taken this past year.”

The EXCEL Award can be earned at four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Each level has a prescribed set of requirements and accomplishments that must be met. SHRM Olympia will receive recognition in SHRM publications and at conferences, a logo to display on its website, and information to share with its members about the significance of this award.

SHRM Olympia – Olympia, Washington’s affiliate chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Northwest Human Resource Management Association (NHRMA), serving human resource professionals in Thurston, Mason, Lewis, Grays Harbor, and Pacific Counties.


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President's Message

We are planning great things for 2019. As a SHRM Preferred Provider, SHRM Olympia is diligently working on providing more programs that are pre-approved for SHRM credits, while continuing to provide HRCI Credits to our members and guests. Visit our website frequently for information on our monthly meetings and our annual conference which happens late spring. Our website also allows us to communicate different local, regional, and national HR conferences. If you’d like to join our listserv to get all of our upcoming events sent directly to you, don’t hesitate to contact me!

Our board this year is a great mix of local public and private employers, which we plan on using to our advantage to provide meaningful and cutting edge meetings.  We read all of the comments you provide each meeting, and will always plan for meeting topics around the areas that you find pertinent.

Don’t forget to designate SHRM Olympia as your home chapter; when you designate us as your chapter, SHRM provides the chapter financial support to assist us in being able to provide you with the programs and HRCI credits you want. You can join SHRM Olympia as your primary chapter using the Chapter form. Scan and email your form to You will receive a confirmation email once your form has been received.

If you are a local employer with a job opening, we would be more than happy to post your job announcement for you for FREE. Email me for additional information.

Feel free to send me a message at if you have any questions or concerns. If you are looking for an opportunity to get involved, check out our LinkedIn group or find us on Facebook or Twitter!



Sue Ann Richards, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
SHRM Olympia President 2018

SHRM Olympia is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.

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  • August 13, 2019 - 7:30am to 9:30am
    Lacey Community Center 6729 Pacific Ave SE Olympia, WA 98503


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    Lacey Community Center 6729 Pacific Ave SE Olympia, WA 98503

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