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NYS SHRM Conference in Albany from 9/23 to 9/25

            It’s time to get excited! Registration for our NYS SHRM 2018 Conference – HR: Innovate, Integrate, Motivate – is now open! Register before March 31, and you’ll receive $125 off the regular rate!
We had a ton of great feedback from our conference last year, with over 550 people and 50 exhibitors in attendance. We are working hard to make our 2018 conference even better!
This year’s conference will be September 23-25, 2018, located at the state of the art Albany Capital Center in Albany, New York. We’ve got some incredible keynote speakers lined up, including Neen James, Margaret Reagan, Lee Rubin, John Bagyi, and Cy Wakeman. In addition to the keynote speakers, we’re currently in the process of selecting some top-level speakers for our breakout sessions!
Come be enlightened with breakout sessions designed around four tracks of knowledge (strategic, innovative, legal, and general sessions), network with other professionals, gain credit hours, and, if you have an HR issue that needs support, get consultation from one of our almost 60 vendors in our Solution Center!
Register today, and don’t forget to book a room! We have a set number of rooms blocked off at the beautiful Albany Hilton and the charming Albany Renaissance at a discounted rate for our guests.
Applications are now being accepted for the annual Dennis Ryan Memorial Volunteer Award. Any individual who is actively employed in the field of Human Resources who resides in, or works in, the state of New York may apply for the scholarship. The winner will receive one full NYS Annual Conference registration, lodging expenses for Sunday and Monday evening, if necessary, transportation reimbursement, and meals covered for Sunday-Tuesday.
We hope to see you in September!


Welcome to the Mid-Hudson Human Resources Association!

Mid-Hudson Human Resource Association (MHHRA) is a professional Human Resource association based in Dutchess and Ulster counties of New York State and is affiliated with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).   MHHRA’s goal is to provide the opportunity for Human Resource professionals to meet and discuss issues of mutual interest; to gain ideas, share information and skills; and to provide a forum to enhance educational opportunities in the Human Resource field.

Please join us on Facebook and LinkedIn. In 2014 we launched a LinkedIn Group and a Facebook page to help us reach our members! 

We welcome your use of this site as a resource, and encourage you to check back frequently for updated information. We also encourage your involvement and suggestions about all of our activities, on the web and off.   We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming meeting or event!

If you've changed jobs and have a new email address please send it to us to have your records updated!

Please let us know how we can help you!

Marybeth Giesler

President 2018

April Meeting Information:

Topic: Business Etiquette Dinner
Presented by: Brenda Moore-Frazier, founder of Signature Performance Image & Etiquette, LLC

Date: April 16, 2018
Time: 5:00pm- 8:00pm
Location: Marist College, The Cabaret
3399 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Price: $30 – Member/$40 – Nonmembers / Full-time Students – FREE

Register Today!

Don't just look the part. Act it.

Business Dinners - Lunch Interviews - Client Events - Coworker Socials.

Today, business is not just conducted within the confines of an office. Business professionals must know how to conduct themselves and represent their company at the dining table and in other social settings.

Brief review the purpose of having good manners while dining.

  • Discuss host/hostess responsibilities during the meal AND assign a host/hostess at each table.
  • Guest responsibilities.
  • Table posture considerations.
  • Basic American table settings
  • Need to know info about napkins
  • Proper use of utensils
  • During the meal (passing of dishes, salt/pepper, rolls)
  • Appropriate conversation

Chicago native Brenda Moore-Frazier, founder of Signature Performance Image & Etiquette, LLC., former etiquette columnist for the Hudson Valley Connoisseur magazine (Gannett publication), co-author of Executive Image Power, and retired  speech and language pathologist with the Poughkeepsie City School District,  received her formal training at Elmhurst College where she earned a BS degree, and an MS degree at the University of Vermont. Her professional career in Vermont and New York, where she now resides, has spanned over 35 years.  Professional affiliations have included the Association for Image Consultants International (AICI), International Society of Protocol and Etiquette Professionals, the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and the American Association of University Women.

MHHRA will be doing a raffle to support the SHRM Foundation. The SHRM Foundation is dedicated to fostering the development of HR professionals through scholarship programs and research funding. The Foundation awards more than 200 scholarships annually, providing HR practitioners opportunities to earn certifications and pursue graduate or undergraduate degrees.

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 Happy New Year!

Welcome 2018! We had a wonderful year filled with great presentations and networking opportunities for our members in 2017. We look forward to another rewarding year as we continue to support the HR profession. 

Please join me in welcoming our new President, Marybeth Giesler. I am confident that MHHRA will continue to grow under her leadership.

Happy New Year and Best Wishes for a Happy and Healthy 2018!


Marist College, in cooperation with the Mid-Hudson Human Resource Association, offers a 12-week professional development program to prepare human resource professionals to sit for the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification examination.
Marist’s program uses the newly designed 2018 SHRM Learning System® for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP which features the most up-to-date and relevant study materials available today. This new and comprehensive program is filled with unique features, including innovative SmartStudy™ tools, comprehensive learning modules, and interactive online multi-media resources to help streamline study time, expand your competencies and knowledge and build confidence for passing the certification exam
Tuesdays February 6 to April 24, 2018
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm (12 sessions)
Make up date May 1, 2018
Marist College
Library Room 339
3399 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Register here


Happy Holidays!

MHHRA would like to wish our members and affiliates a Wonderful Holiday and a Happy New Year! 

As President of the Mid-Hudson HR Association I would personally like to thank our members and affiliates for a wonderful 2017! I have enjoyed getting to know all of you and appreciate your continued support. 

As my two years as President comes to a close, I would like to reflect on all that was accomplished during this term. Our board has strived to enhance the HR profession through continuing education, supporting the SHRM Foundation and volunteering our time giving back to the community. With that said, I would like to thank our Board for all of their hard work and dedication throughout the year. It has been an honor and pleasure working with you during this time. 

I am excited to announce my successor Marybeth Giesler. Most of you know her as our Director of Membership. She has dedicated her time over the years to not only our members but our student chapter at Marist College. I look forward to seeing all she will accomplish during her term. 


Christina A. Myers, SHRM-SCP, SPHR



Is HR a strategy partner in your organization?

HR continues to take on a more strategic role in organizations. Does HR deserve a seat at the table continues to be the key question? Slowly the assumption that HR costs money and is strictly administrative is changing. This article is a clear picture of management disregarding HR's voice and the ramifications it can cause.


The Mid-Hudson HR Association Receives Prestigious SHRM Award for Advancing the HR Profession!

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently awarded the Mid Hudson HR Association its prestigious Gold EXCEL Award for our accomplishments in 2016.


The award aligns individual chapters and state councils’ activities with SHRM’s aspirations for the HR profession. The award recognizes accomplishments and strategic activities and initiatives that enhance the human resources profession.


As President, I would like to thank our Board who volunteers their time to enhance the HR profession locally through education, workforce readiness and diversity initiatives.


Cancellation Policy

MHHRA understands that last minute things may arise and you will need to cancel your registration. Cancellations less than 48 hours in advanced will still be billed for the meeting fee.



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    Purpose: To provide the opportunity for Human Resource professionals to meet and discuss issues of mutual interest; to gain ideas, share information and skills; and to provide a forum to enhance educational opportunities in the Human Resource field.

    MHHRA is pleased to announce that the chapter has received the SHRM 2010 and 2013 Membership Super Star Awards from SHRM and the Excel Award SIlver Chapter in 2013 in recognition of MHHRA's achievements and activities throughout the years.










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