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Welcome to the Rock River Human Resource Professional Association (RRHRPA)


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Did you miss the 2020 IL SHRM Conference on October 7th?  You can still register to view all the sessions on-demand and still earn recertification credits and gain valuable knowledge to advance your career. 

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SHRM has Coronavirus and COVID-19 resources on their website. Take a look here.


RRHRPA is an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management. Whether you are new to the HR field or have many years of experience, we are a local starting point for networking, information, professional development, and continued support of excellence in Human Resources.  We also encourage small business owners who may not employ a Human Resource Professional to join and take advantage of the frequent educational opportunities available.

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.  You may contact us at

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming meeting or event!

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  • October 28, 2020 - 12:00pm
    Zoom meeting Registration instructions are under event description below

    Interrupting Bias – Is It a Choice or a Need?

    Many companies and organizations spend extensive time, money, and emotional resources on bias and cultural competency training each year. The goal is to create inclusive and effective workplaces where innovation and success are valued,...

  • December 2, 2020 - 12:00pm
    Zoom Registration instructions are below in event description.

    Providing HR Leadership During a Crisis

    Audrey Southard of Southard Consulting in Chicago will teach HR Professionals valuable leadership tools needed to successfully direct their organizations and their employees during crisis situations.

    This will be a Zoom...

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    The Rock River Human Resource Professional Association began back in the 1980's as a sub group of the Sterling Chamber of Commerce. The group of eight men and two women represented the larger industrial employers. A while later, the group expanded to include Lee County employers. By the early 1990's, members of the group started receiving certification and joined SHRM.

    At the present time, Rock River Human Resources Professional Association (RRHRPA) is a professional association serving the Lee, Whiteside and Ogle counties and surrounding communities, dedicated to professional development and networking with local HR professionals. Even small businesses without a dedicated HR department can  benefit from being a RRHRPA member. We currently have 47 members representing 35 different companies.



    Please see our Bylaws link on the About Us page.