Since 1974, ASHRM has provided timely and relevant programs to Anchorage HR professionals. Since 2006, all our programs are pre-approved for recertification credits. We look forward to seeing you at one of our monthly or special events!

Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, May 15, 2024
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • BP Energy Center
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    Veterans in the Workforce:
    When You Hire Military

    What is the transition from military service to civilian workplace like? Learn how to recognize the signs of success and stress so your company creates an environment that sets up veterans and spouses for a long and beneficial career.

    A panel of veterans presently working in people management roles will present their observations and best ideas for HR onboarding, retention and culture-building experts as well for managers who lead teams at work. At the end of this presentation, you will be able to address veterans' concerns with uncertainly and change by:

    1. Understanding how 'team' is defined in military occupations and addressing how a company's expectations may confuse veterans and cause misalignment
    2. Applying how personal values of loyalty, performance, and service may set up a vet for burnout or stress in your company
    3. Prioritizing structured mentorship programs for growth and development of veterans so they experience inclusion and being valued (and they see a future with you!)
    4. Developing new HR management initiatives that will increase your 'veteran-friendly' reputation


    Jaymie Herbert, SPHR, SHRM-CP 
    Jaymie acts as Human and Labor Relations Program Manager at Matanuska Electric Association, Inc. She holds a Masters in Management/Human Resources and serves in the Air National Guard (formerly Personnel Manager). After entering the civilian job force, Jayme acted as Human Resources Manager for City of Wasilla. She was named as a Top 40 Under 40 in 2023 in recognition for her leadership, education, and service to the community through SHRM and the Guard. Jaymie's educational background includes a Master of Arts in Management degree, specializing in HR and Organizational Management from Wayland Baptist University, complemented by both Associate's and Bachelor's Degrees in HR Management, as well as an Associate’s Degree in Information Management.

    Matthew Lucas
    As an Employment Navigator for persons completing their military service, Matt guides service members and spouses along the road he traveled.

    During my 26-year career in the USAF, I was passionate as a mentor to junior enlisted personnel when supporting their professional development. Also a graduate of WBU, my new role as a contractor managing the DOL’s Employment Navigator Program on JBER, I am privileged to carry on as a mentor by providing military members and their spouses with various services to include career exploration, resume development, labor market research, and tools for securing employment, apprenticeships, internships, and training services to assist them as they separate from the armed forces.”

    Rachel Ries
    Rachel assists service members as they complete military contracts and return to the civilian workforce. She is also a business owner/entrepreneur and Fellow  in the American Project Management Institute, she is completing her MS in Project Management. Having served in multiple roles while in the US Army, she managed people, projects, and cross-cultural change for 16 years.

    She currently works as the Site Lead under the DOL Transition Assistance Program, working directly with transitioning military members; she is also a veteran.  Having seen this process from both sides has made empowering veterans as they move through this journey a true passion.  She will be sharing her insights on what this process looks like from the military members’ point of view for this unique and vital workforce, drawing from her own experience and the experiences and trends shared through her involvement in the veteran community through extensive volunteering and community engagement across Anchorage.  Rachel currently serves as a commissioner on the Budget Advisory Committee for the city, President of the Huffman O’Malley Community Council, project coordinator with Anchorage Hillside and Landowners Organization (HALO) Firewise committee and Team Rubicon, and has spearheaded the Leadership Anchorage partnership program to create and conduct the Veterans Inventory Survey to better understand and optimize the relationship between local business and the veteran workforce. 

    This program has been approval for continuing education credit (1 PDC). 

    ASHRM s approved by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM Certification Program (SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®). For more information about SHRM certification or recertification, please visit                        HR Certification Institute’s® ( official seal confirms that ASHRM meets the criteria for pre-approved recertification credit(s) for any of HRCI’s eight credentials, including SPHR® and PHR®.

    • Tuesday, July 09, 2024
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • BP Energy Center
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    The workplace is evolving rapidly—largely due to technology. Think about it: The smartphones we use, the apps we rely on and the endless stream of emerging platforms have all joined us at work. Many people are worried robots will take jobs. But research shows many jobs will actually be helped by AI.

    As the world is reshaped by bots, predictive software and augmented reality, it will alter the organizational landscape, especially as intelligent systems learn to adapt to users’ needs. This is good for people and business.

    These presentations explore the changing world of work from the HR perspective—from benefits trends to the new metrics of talent analytics. Anticipate the future and prepare to take a leading role in creating workplaces that are more strategic, creative, learning-focused and flexible.

    Mary Cheddie



    Mary Cheddie, SHRM-SCP is divisional director, East for SHRM. In her role, she is responsible for member acquisition and retention, leadership development for volunteer leaders, chapters, and state councils, and creating the value-added proposition for SHRM.

    Cheddie has more than 25 years of domestic and international experience in all aspects of human resources and training. She has extensive experience with strategic planning, M&As, and starting and turning around businesses.

    Before joining SHRM, she served as senior vice president of human resources for Interval Leisure Group, Inc. and its affiliated companies. The company was publicly traded on NASDAQ and is the leading provider of vacation services with a global consumer membership base of nearly 2 million member families, more than 2,500 member resorts in over 75 countries worldwide, and oversight for about 14,000 employees. Additional companies include Hyatt Vacation Ownership, Aqua-Aston Hospitality, Trading Places International, Vacation Resorts International, VRI Europe, and Vistana Signature Experience (formerly known as Starwood Vacation Ownership).

    Cheddie also served as senior vice president, of people with PRC, as well as vice president, of human resources, strategic planning, office services, and facilities for The Orvis Company, Inc. in Manchester, VT.

    She earned her MBA from Upper Iowa University, a bachelor’s degree from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, New Jersey, and is certified as an SHRM-Senior Certified Professional.

    Cheddie received the HR Award of Excellence, Hospitality in 2016 from South Florida Business & Wealth. Business Leader Magazine named Cheddie one of the 2011 Women Extraordinaire and in 2012 the National Diversity Council awarded her the Glass Ceiling Award.

    She serves on the Board of Trustees for Upper Iowa University, Chairs the Human Capital Committee, and is a member of the Governance and Advancement Committees, Chaired the Keiser Career College’s Advisory Board, was a member of the Board of Directors for SHRM from 2003-2008 and chaired SHRM’s governance and compensation committees. Cheddie has more than 30 years of SHRM volunteer leadership experience at the national, regional, state, and local levels. She also served on the Waldorf College Alumni Board from 2004 through 2008 and was the President of the Dallas HR Association in 2000 (one of the largest affiliated SHRM chapters). She resides in South FL.

    ASHRM s approved by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM Certification Program (SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®). For more information about SHRM certification or recertification, please visit                         HR Certification Institute’s® ( official seal confirms that ASHRM meets the criteria for pre-approved recertification credit(s) for any of HRCI’s eight credentials, including SPHR® and PHR®.

Past events

Tuesday, April 02, 2024 ASHRM Virtual - U.S. Dept. of Labor FMLA 2024 Overview
Saturday, March 09, 2024 ASHRM/WBU Student Chapter Spring Series - 2024 Career Management Workshop
Tuesday, March 05, 2024 ASHRM- IN PERSON - Mar 5 -The Power of Coaching
Tuesday, February 27, 2024 ASHRM February 27th Program *HRCI Business Credit!!* - Questions of Ethics and Morals for Today's Organizational Leaders
Thursday, February 22, 2024 ASHRM/WBU Student Chapter *Evening* Spring Series -The Truth About Money (In-Person + Zoom)
Thursday, January 18, 2024 ASHRM/WBU Student SHRM *Evening* Spring Series - Executive Presence (In-Person + Zoom)
Wednesday, January 10, 2024 ASHRM- IN PERSON - Wed 1/10 Legal Update
Monday, November 06, 2023 NEW!! ASHRM/WBU Student Chapter *Evening* Fall Series - Generations in the Workplace - A New Look
Wednesday, November 01, 2023 ASHRM: ZOOM - HR, ChatGPT and AI (1 hour/day for 3 days)
Monday, October 16, 2023 NEW!! ASHRM/WBU Student Chapter *Evening* Fall Series - Enron from the Inside: An Exploration of Counterfeit Values
Monday, October 16, 2023 ASHRM Fall 2023 Education & Certification Preparation Network Classes
Thursday, October 12, 2023 ASHRM Silent Auction and 49th Anniversary Networking Event!
Tuesday, October 03, 2023 ASHRM Oct 3 | ZOOM Program -The Blindspots Between Us: How to Overcome Unconscious Cognitive Bias and Build Better Relationships
Tuesday, September 26, 2023 ASHRM- IN PERSON - Tips and Pitfalls for Employers Dealing with WC Claims
Tuesday, September 19, 2023 NHRMA 2023 Conference and Tradeshow
Thursday, September 14, 2023 NEW!! ASHRM/WBU Student Chapter *Evening* Fall Series - Universal Management Competencies
Thursday, August 24, 2023 NEW!! ASHRM/WBU Student Chapter *Evening* Fall Series - Why Most Resumes Fail (Maybe it is What You Don’t Know About AI)
Tuesday, August 08, 2023 ASHRM Aug 8 | ZOOM Program - The 6 Keys to Inclusive Leadership
Tuesday, July 11, 2023 ASHRM- IN PERSON - Discovering Your Leadership Truths: Your Compass to Being a Congruent Leader
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 ASHRM June 13 | ZOOM Program -Mental Health and Substance Abuse in the Workplace
Sunday, June 11, 2023 SHRM Annual Conference 2023
Tuesday, May 23, 2023 ASHRM May - IN PERSON - Calm Down! Tips for Working with Difficult Behaviors
Tuesday, April 25, 2023 ASHRM Apr25 | ZOOM Program - 5% Zone- The Mindset To Be More Visible
Monday, March 20, 2023 ASHRM MARCH- IN PERSON *MONDAY*- Anchorage Economic Update with Bill Popp, AEDC
Tuesday, February 28, 2023 ASHRM Feb 28 | ZOOM Program - Skills Gap
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 ASHRM Jan 31 Negotiation Skills for HR Professionals - IN PERSON!!!
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 ASHRM Nov 15 (Zoom) | Building a More Progressive Workplace Strategy: Top 5 Things You Can Do Now
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 ASHRM October 18 Program - Onboarding as a Retention Tool
Thursday, October 06, 2022 ASHRM 48th Anniversary Networking Event!
Thursday, October 06, 2022 ASHRM Networking Drink Tickets
Tuesday, October 04, 2022 ASHRM Special Program: Anchorage Economic Forecast with Bill Popp
Tuesday, October 04, 2022 2022 NHRMA Annual Conference & Tradeshow
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 ASHRM Sept Legal Update - IN PERSON!!!
Wednesday, August 24, 2022 ASHRM Aug '22 Legal Update - IN PERSON!!!
Tuesday, July 19, 2022 ASHRM July 19 Program - Work/Life Integration
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 ASHRM June 22 Program - Tackling Unconscious Bias in Organizations
Sunday, June 12, 2022 2022 SHRM Annual Conference & Tradeshow
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 ASHRM May 17 Program - We Aren’t in Kansas Anymore: Wielding Total Rewards to Compete for Talent in Oz
Tuesday, April 19, 2022 ASHRM April 19 Program *HRCI Business Credit!!* - Questions of Ethics and Morals for Today's Organizational Leaders
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 ASHRM March 15 Program - Alaska Economic Forecast
Tuesday, February 15, 2022 ASHRM February 15 Program - Increase Employee Retention Through Emotional Compensation
Tuesday, January 18, 2022 ASHRM January 18 Program - Employment and COVID in 2022 – Strategies to Focus on Business and Limit Material Risk
Tuesday, December 14, 2021 Complimentary ASHRM December 14 Program
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 ASHRM November 16 Program
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 ASHRM October 19 Program
Monday, September 27, 2021 2021 NHRMA Annual Conference & Tradeshow
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 Alaska State SHRM Conference 2021
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 **Annual ASHRM Diversity Month Program** September 21!
Thursday, September 09, 2021 2021 SHRM Annual Conference & Tradeshow
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 SHRM Foundation Event Featuring Bill Popp
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 ASHRM July 20 Program
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 ASHRM June 15 Program
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 ASHRM May 18 Program
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 ASHRM April 20 Program
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 ASHRM March 16 Program
Tuesday, February 09, 2021 ASHRM February 9 Program
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 ASHRM January 19 Program **President's Choice**
Tuesday, December 08, 2020 ASHRM December 8 Program **Business/Strategic Credit**
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 ASHRM November 17 Program **Strategic/Business Credit**
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 ASHRM October 20 Program
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 2020 NHRMA Annual Conference & Tradeshow
Thursday, September 24, 2020 Alaska State SHRM Conference 2020
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 ASHRM Sept 15 Annual Diversity Event
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 ASHRM August 18 Event (Strategic/Business Credit!)
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 ASHRM July 21 Event
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 ASHRM June Event
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 ASHRM May Event and SHRM Foundation Fundraiser
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 Important Announcement Regarding the ASHRM April Monthly Luncheon
Monday, April 20, 2020 Important Announcement Regarding Mat-Su Area Event
Tuesday, March 03, 2020 ASHRM March Monthly Luncheon
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 ASHRM Half-Day 2020 Legal Update
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 ASHRM January Monthly Luncheon (Strategic/Business Credit!!)
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 ASHRM December Monthly Luncheon (Strategic/Business Credit!!)
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 ASHRM November Monthly Luncheon
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 ASHRM October Monthly Luncheon
Thursday, October 10, 2019 ASHRM 45th Anniversary, Wine Tasting & Silent Auction!
Thursday, October 10, 2019 Wine Tasting and Drink Tickets
Wednesday, October 09, 2019 2019 NHRMA Annual Conference & Tradeshow
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 ASHRM Half-Day Diversity Event & Luncheon
Monday, September 09, 2019 ASHRM Fall 2019 Certification Preparation Classes
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 ASHRM August Monthly Luncheon
Monday, August 05, 2019 Special Half-Day Event - Affirmative Action Training Program
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 ASHRM Half-Day Legislative Event & Luncheon
Sunday, June 23, 2019 SHRM Annual Conference & Tradeshow
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 ASHRM June Monthly Luncheon *Special Program TWO Hours*
Friday, May 24, 2019 ASHRM: Prisoner Re-Entry Walk *SPECIAL COMPLIMENTARY EVENT*
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 ASHRM May Monthly Luncheon
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 ASHRM April Monthly Program (Strategic/Business credit!!)
Monday, April 15, 2019 NHRMA HR Academy - Portland
Thursday, March 28, 2019 ASHRM Special Earthquake Preparedness Event and SHRM Foundation Fundraiser
Friday, March 08, 2019 ASHRM Half-Day Legal Update
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 ASHRM Feb Monthly Luncheon
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