Solo HR Practitioner Group Running Strong!

Written by: Tara Conger, Co-Chair Solo HR Practitioner Group

The Solo HR Practitioner Group was created in November, 2010 and has grown to 24 GMA SHRM members. The goal of the group is to build a network of colleagues from a variety of organizations and industries to share knowledge, seek advice, and to provide support and tangible resources for one another. At times it may not be the most time-efficient for a solo HR practitioner to re-invent the wheel when working on projects/strategies. This is where members can glean from their peers on best practices that work for their companies.

The group meets the last Wednesday of every month from 8:30-10:00am at two locations (one west side and one east side) in which rotate each month. Each month a topic is picked to discuss and bring ideas to share; on occasion outside speakers/experts are brought in depending on the topic. If you are administering HR functions in a small to medium sized organization either as a sole practitioner or someone who is leading a small team, this group is for you!

“I joined the SHRM Solo Practitioner Group with the hope of networking and got so much more than I ever anticipated. Our monthly meeting is a “must” attend – I will reschedule meetings/projects and vacation to make sure I can attend these meetings. The sharing of HR practices, policies, guidelines and programs is invaluable. You don’t have to “reinvent the wheel” or feel like you are going through an issue alone – someone in the group has done it or experienced it and everyone is more than willing to share. The time spent monthly with this group is a top priority for me.” Michelle Wallace, SPHR

If you are interested in joining the group and/or would like more information, please contact either: Tara Conger at (608)848-0828 or or Jenni Peters at (608)316-6638 or

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