President's Message

Hello NAAAHR Chicago Members,

It is hard to believe it has been a year since I started as President. While the year passed by quickly, preparing for our 2018 activities has reminded me of how much the NAAAHR Chicago team has accomplished over the past year. I hope I will have the chance to see you at one of our upcoming events…stay tuned for the 2018 calendar of events.

Last year, we focused on strategic planning and leadership development, and I am excited about the momentum we are gaining. Our goal was to ensure that we were aligned with the national goals of establishing a strong governance structure, building a sustainable chapter, managing our finances for the future and growing our community of members. As we look forward, NAAAHR is currently working towards the ongoing planning of our 2018 events and ways to engage new members and sponsors.  We are thinking intuitively as we develop programming that will cater to our members’ needs. From a holistic view, we will align our priorities with the overall goals and initiatives of NAAAHR to help bring our brand to life. Therefore, some of our top priorities are to:

-                      Improve engagement amongst the members of NAAAHR Chicago and broaden our reach to suburban markets

-                      Deepen relationships with companies and organizations to develop opportunities to drive financial sponsorships and event partnerships

-                      Increase our educational offerings to enhance the career growth and development of African-American HR professionals

-                      Establish a framework for young HR professionals seeking mentorship from senior leaders within the Human Resources industry

-                      Create a community network of HR professionals with an inclusive mindset to strengthen the advocacy, recruitment and development of African American HR professionals

Aside from these priorities, the leadership team is dedicated to serving the needs of our members. We are working towards a full lineup of events, programs and workshops that we hope you will find valuable both professionally and personally.  An example of this is our Annual Mingle Jingle which was held last month in partnership with Lee Hecht Harrison. We were able to re-establish our brand, identify strong sponsorship leads and provide an informal networking opportunity for our members during the holiday season.  

We are excited about what we have planned this year, we thank you for your support and we look forward to continuously building onto our momentum.



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