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We are an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). 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 welcome you to join our organization! 




Our Chapter is excited to join SHRM in the Dual Membership Release (DMR) program.  We will be launching this program on January 17, 2023. This program enables us to jointly sell and renew our Chapter membership along with SHRM’s membership in one transaction with one profile – all of this will be handled by SHRM’s robust systems. Chapters have been asking for this solution for years, and it is finally happening!  Chapter members will now have the ability to renew their GCHRA Chapter membership along with their SHRM membership on the SHRM website. Yes, there will only be ONE transaction!

Renewal Date Alignment: To make this program work, the renewal date of your Chapter membership must be aligned to the renewal date you have on your SHRM membership. The SHRM renewal date will be the only renewal date going forward. This alignment means that on January 16, 2023, your chapter membership will automatically either be (1) lengthened so that it lasts as long as your remaining SHRM membership, or (2) shortened so that it is as short as your remaining SHRM membership.  After this one-time alignment, whenever you renew in the future, you will be able to renew both memberships seamlessly and simultaneously! 

Thank you for your support during this conversion process.



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Congratulations to SHEILA FARR, SHRM-SCP, for receiving the 2022 GCHRA Lifetime Achievement Award!

Sheila Farr (SHRM-SCP), is an eternal optimist and the owner of Gulf Coast Training & Education Services, LLC.  She is a teacher, an author, and a cheerleader for all who seek to make their dreams come true!  At GCTES, Sheila teaches and mentors business professionals, assisting them in overcoming obstacles to build businesses that succeed.  Sheila is a former U.S. Air Force Reserve Personnel Specialist with more than 25 years of human resources, training, and medical administration experience.  

Her monthly blog, Thankful and Blessed 365, shares Christian insight with people around the world and encourages them to live thankfully, joyfully, and intentionally every single day!

Sheila lives in Biloxi and is an avid UGA football fan (Go DAWGS!).    In her spare time, she enjoys target shooting, golfing, yoga, reading, and gardening.  She attends Leggett Memorial Methodist Church in Biloxi and volunteers her time as a yoga instructor for many civic and community groups along the Coast. 



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“Gulf Coast Human Resource Association is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®."


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