Our History

In 1963, a group of a dozen or so personnel managers who anticipated the need for a personnel organization in the Harrisburg area founded an association called Harrisburg Area Personnel Association (HAPA). The main goal in founding HAPA was to accomplish a monthly networking opportunity over breakfast. Through the years, the goals of promoting professional development and the desire to advance the interests of an emerging profession were added to the group’s focus. The HAPA by-laws allowed for only “organizational membership,” not individual membership. By-laws also only allowed for the top HR person in an organization to hold membership. In 1992, a second SHRM affiliated chapter formed in the Harrisburg area, the Capital Area Society for Human Resources Management (CASHRM).

In 1998, HAPA became the Harrisburg Area Society for Human Resources Management (HASHRM) and changed its by-laws by broadening membership opportunities to include professionals “primarily engaged in providing specialized or educational services in the Human Resource field.” Membership was no longer restricted to only those in executive HR positions.

By the year 2000, it was apparent to members of both chapters that there was no longer a need to have two competing SHRM chapters in the Harrisburg area. Therefore, in the summer of 2000, merger talks began between the chapters’ Board of Directors. The results of those talks came to a culmination on September 1, 2000, when the two Chapters became one.

Since then, our chapter has been focused on membership growth, professional development and being the premier local resource for Central PA’s HR Professionals. In January of 2005 we upgraded our website to add Members Only tools including a membership search, Legal and Legislative updates and other chapter materials. This site also features an Employment Connection page where local companies regularly post HR job openings. We continually strive to maximize our use of technology and social media for the benefit of our members!

In 2008 and we added more positions to our Board of Directors to increase membership participation in our Board. Yearly, the Board meets to identify Chapter goals and initiatives which results in a strategic operating plan. HRP of CPA has received the Superior Merit Chapter Award from SHRM for our Chapter every year since the chapter began in 2002.

As we move forward we continue to focus on the needs of 400 members, Human Resources partners, the business world and our Central Pennsylvania community. We continue to be a community of HR Professionals who come together with experts in our field, who share valuable best practices with each other, and who desire to advance and progress the field of HR within their respective organizations.

HRP of Central PA's vision is: Advancing the value of the Human Resource profession.

We invite you to attend one of our monthly meetings, which are usually held on the 4th Tuesday of each month.  Check out our calendar for up to date program details.  

In addition to the monthly chapter meetings, HRP of Central PA includes many other valuable membership benefits. If you are interested in attending one of our meetings or you want to learn more about us, please contact our Membership Director.

Equal Opportunity - The chapter supports the objectives of equal opportunity and, therefore, will not unlawfully discriminate against any member or prospective member on the basis race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, familial status or any other legally protected class.