ByÂ RenÃ©e Preston
At its core, a professional association will unite and inform people who work inÂ the same industry. Associations provide networking and professional developmentÂ opportunities, allowing members to connect with their peers and industry experts.
Iâve seen firsthand the power of an association and the positive impact it can haveÂ on its members, as well as the difference it can make to an industry. Iâve made aÂ career of association management, starting in the late 1990s with a small groupÂ of executives who began to see themselves as âoutsourcing professionals.â TheÂ outsourcing industry was still in its infancy, but even in those early years, there wasÂ a need for a network where individuals could come together and share. With that,Â the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) was born.
For the past two-plus years that Iâve been with the HRO Today Association, Iâve seen the same need forÂ like-minded professionals to connect and learn from one another, especially given the ever-developingÂ world of HR. I am pleased to continue the great work that Zachary Misko and the entire HRO TodayÂ team has done to get us to the place we are today. Zachary, now global executive director emeritus andÂ board member of the HRO Today Association, will continue to consult with SharedXpertise, sharing hisÂ expertise and thought leadership when applicable.
The HRO Today Association is as committed as ever to advancing professionalism in HR and providingÂ learning and networking opportunities to its members. Weâve kicked off 2020 with an impressive lineupÂ of livestream sessions, which I encourage you to check out here.Â Industry certifications have also been introduced to improve professionalism and provide a level ofÂ accountability to HRâs standards and ethics. The HRO Today Provider Certification Program is raising theÂ bar for HR service delivery and developing consistent standards and practices for the industry to saveÂ time and costs, and to improve efficiency and customer satisfaction.
In future issues, I look forward to sharing developments on how Provider Certification is impacting theÂ industry as well as the HR Procurement Center. Whatâs the HR Procurement Center, you say? Stay tuned!
To all of our members, I thank you for your participation and your demonstrated commitment to theÂ industry. To those of you reading this who are not members, make 2020 the year you invest in yourÂ professional developmentâyour future self will thank you! Click here for more information or call me directly at 215-606-9562.