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Portrait of State Director of OKHR, Lindsey Nichols

Message from the Director

Welcome to the Oklahoma State Council for Human Resource Management (OKHR). The OKHR State Council is a non-profit, State Affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). SHRM is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Founded in 1948, SHRM represents more than 275,000 members in over 160 countries. The Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession.

Chartered in 1986, OKHR state council serves more than 16,000 human resource professionals within our state hrough our education and advocacy efforts and networking opportunities. Additionally, OKHR provides support to our 12 local SHRM Chapters as well as several university-affiliated student chapters. The OKHR State Council Board is comprised of 30 members and is 100% led by volunteers. Board members represent a variety of requisite knowledge, skills, abilities, experience, and backgrounds from across the state. These include educators, consultants, legal professionals, human resource practitioners, community leaders, entrepreneurs, and business persons.

The purpose of OKHR is many fold. Not only do we serve as a channel of communication between SHRM and our local chapters, we provide education, promote certification, and provide training, networking and leadership opportunities to a host of HR professionals at our conferences each year. OKHR works with other leading organizations to build and sustain meaningful partnerships. We work closely with our legislatures to assist in education and direction, serving as advocates for the HR professional and profession; striving to ensure state policymakers are aware of key HR concerns and how proposed legislation affects not only HR professionals, but business leaders as a whole.

I hope you will take the time to explore the many opportunities available from OKHR. Becoming involved with your profession - whether by joining your local chapter or attending an OKHR Conferene - will reap many rewards.

Please do not hesitate to contact me directly should you have any questions, suggestions, or comments regarding the Oklahoma State Council for Human Resurce Management. 

Michelle Killingsworth, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP
OKHR State Council Director

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