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A Letter from our President

Welcome Current & Prospective Members!


The Western North Carolina Human Resource Association (WNC HRA) is the largest affiliate chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in Western North Carolina. With a dynamic and engaged membership of 200 area professionals, WNC HRA reflects a wide cross-section of industries, organizations, and, ultimately, people in our community. It is the mem

bers of WNC HRA, and the collaborative, resourceful and innovative spirit of Western North Carolina, that make our association so special. We are pleased to extend a warm welcome to you and appreciate your interest in WNC HRA!   

As a WNC HRA member, you join an award-winning association that has emerged as an energizing and influential presence at both the local and state levels. Our members and chapter have been recognized and honored at the state level by the NC Society for Human Resource Management (NC SHRM) as follows:

  • Four members inducted into the North Carolina HR Hall of Fame (2012, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • One member received the Elizabeth “Clay Smith” Humanitarian Award (2015)
  • One member awarded the Richard “Dick” Peoples HR Professional of the Year (2017)
  • Back-to-back wins for the Crown Award (2014, 2015), recognizing chapter innovation
  • Host chapter for the 2016 NC SHRM State Conference in Asheville, NC, the largest annual gathering of HR professionals in North Carolina

WNC HRA’s mission to lead differently in advancing the HR profession and serving HR professionals in Western North Carolina takes many forms. Our vision is a community that innovates and inspires by realizing the full potential of its people, and takes the collective gifts, talents, and wisdom of everyone in our community to help fulfill that vision.

We invite you to join us in this exciting work. Together, we can make the place we all live and work even better, and we look forward to seeing you at a future WNC HRA event.

With appreciation and thanks,

Scott McLean, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
President, WNC HRA   

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