Notes from the President – 9/15/2021

The HRO Today Association designs events in different formats to give members multiple opportunities to connect with our global network and learn how they prefer to learn. One of our most popular options is the HR Table Talks series, which allows members to connect directly with their peers to share their experiences and get their questions answered.

Created to provide a safe space in which members can feel comfortable discussing sensitive and challenging issues, the HR Table Talks series focuses on topics like diversity, inclusion, recognition, engagement, candidate experience, and more. HR Table Talks are not webinars, they are virtual conversations that enable members to discuss specific topics, get advice, and share best practices. Our next Table Talk will take place on September 21 with a conversation on Weighing the Value and Effectiveness of Your Recognition Program for 2022. Members should reserve their place now as space is very limited –

Another valuable way to learn from other members is through the HRO Today Association Awards program. Time is running out to submit your nominations for 2021! This year we will recognize both nonmembers and members of our Association who have led their teams through one of the most turbulent times in recent history. Help us celebrate their hard work, dedication to the industry, and ongoing interest in sharing best practices and learning. Award categories include:


  • Executive HR Champion
  • Leadership Award
  • Thought Leadership (HR Excellence) Award


  • Best In Class: Candidate Experience/Reputation
  • Business Partnership Excellence
  • Diversity and Inclusion Excellence
  • HR Team of the Year
  • Innovation in HR Technology
  • Recruitment Team of the Year
  • Thought Leadership (HR Excellence) Award

The awards for the EMEA and North America regions will be presented during the HRO Today Association Conference, a virtual event, on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. Awards for the APAC region will be presented during a virtual ceremony on December 16, 2021 at 8PM ET. But, before you can take your place on the virtual stage, you must submit your nomination at

Lastly, I encourage you to reserve your seat now for the 2021 HRO Today Association Conference, being held November 17 from 12-4PM ET. This virtual HR retreat will examine the New Operational Excellence and how it will succeed in getting people back to work in an almost unrecognizable business environment. Explore what this unique challenge means for your organization and formulate solutions along with our subject matter experts and your peers. Dr. Peter Cappelli, Director, Wharton Center for Human Resources, will share his research on The Future of the Office, and a panel of CHROs will discuss their plans for Operational Excellence in 2022. I hope to see you logged on!

Please don’t hesitate to contact me ( should you have any questions regarding membership to the Association, award nominations, HR Table Talks or to just say hello!


Renée Preston
Senior Vice President of Membership Services
Global Executive Director of the
HRO Today Association
Phone: 215-606-9562