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Due to the COVID-19 Virus Pandemic and the closure of the Lacey Community Center, we have cancelled the April breakfast meeting and are currently discussing options for our May Annual Conference.  If you have any questions regarding this situation, please reach out to us on our social media platforms or at  

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We want to assure you that we take the health and well-being of our community, members, and associates very seriously. Like you, we're closely monitoring the quickly developing effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we will practice social distancing. The Lacey Community Center has closed it's doors for at least the next 6 weeks and we have cancelled our April breakfast meeting. We are also currently discussing how to approach and conduct our Annual HR Conference in May. We understand that many of you have already registered for these events. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused and will provide an update once we have a better understanding of what our speakers can do, what our members want, and the capabilities of the technology we currently have on hand. Please follow us on our social media platforms for more readily available updates.

We are all in this together. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will follow guidance from public health officials and government agencies, so we can continue to support our members and communities as needed.


SHRM Olympia Board of Directors 


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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.

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

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

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