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Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA) was founded as the Personnel and Industrial Relations Association in 1944 by a small group of Los Angeles personnel executives. They organized to provide a forum in which Human Resource professionals could exchange ideas, increase their knowledge of and work together for the betterment of the profession

In 1959, PIHRA became affiliated with the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), then known as the American Society of Personnel Administration (ASPA). Today, PIHRA is the largest SHRM chapter in the country, consistently achieving SHRM's Annual Superior Merit Award.

PIHRA is a non-profit California corporation whose officers and committee members serve without compensation. There are more than 4,900 members representing more than 3,000 firms.

PIHRA is comprised of all levels of HR practitioner, representing the complete spectrum and breadth of every type of industry in Southern California; who have an interest in acquiring knowledge of the most recent and innovative developments in the HR arena.

PIHRA Website


The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world's largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 200,000 individual members, the Society's mission is to serve the needs of HR professionals by providing the most essential and comprehensive resources available.

As an influential voice, the Society's mission is also to advance the human resource profession to ensure that HR is recognized as an essential partner in developing and executing organizational strategy. Founded in 1948, SHRM currently has more than 550 affiliated chapters and members in more than 100 countries.

SHRM has more than 560 affiliate chapters both in the United States and abroad, and provide additional programming and networking opportunities in your local area. SHRM chapters are autonomous organizations, so it is not automatic that you will be a member of your local chapter when you join SHRM at the national level, and vice versa. Information on how to join you SHRM local chapter is available at

SHRM Website

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