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

    • Tuesday, October 03, 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Virtual Event!

    The Blindspots Between Us: How to Overcome Unconscious Cognitive Bias and Build Better Relationships

    In this engaging, interactive, and entertaining presentation, you as an HR professional will dramatically improve your skills in addressing unconscious bias and mental blindspots in yourself and in others in your team and organization to build better professional relationships. Cutting-edge research in cognitive neuroscience and behavioral economics shows that we all suffer from subtle and unconscious dangerous judgment errors called cognitive biases, which cause us to make bad decisions in evaluating people. By refining your emotional intelligence, which refers to skills in understanding and managing your emotions, you will gain awareness of when your feelings are likely to lead you into these mental blindspots and prevent yourself from falling into them. You will also raise your abilities in social intelligence, the strategic capacity to evaluate and influence other people’s emotions and relationships. Social intelligence skills – including cultivating valuable relationships, engaging stakeholders, empathetic listening, curious questioning, improving teamwork, mediating and resolving conflicts, reframing, exhibiting leadership presence, and motivating others – will enable you to help those in your team and organization to notice unconscious cognitive biases and avoid them. This presentation will offer you case studies and best practices, combined with groundbreaking research in emotional and social intelligence, to give you the most critical skills and take-aways that you need to help yourself and others defeat unconscious bias.


    Dr. Gleb Tsipursky helps HR professionals address unconscious cognitive bias to improve workplace culture and connections in hybrid and office-centric settings. He serves as the CEO of the boutique future-of-work consultancy Disaster Avoidance Experts. A best-selling author of 7 books, he is especially well-known for his global best-sellers Never Go With Your Gut: How Pioneering Leaders Make the Best Decisions and Avoid Business Disasters (Career Press, 2019) and The Blindspots Between Us: How to Overcome Unconscious Cognitive Bias and Build Better Relationships (New Harbinger, 2020). His newest book is Leading Hybrid and Remote Teams: A Manual on Benchmarking to Best Practices for Competitive Advantage (Intentional Insights, 2021). His writing was translated into Chinese, Korean, German, Russian, Polish, Spanish, French, and other languages. His cutting-edge thought leadership was featured in over 650 articles and 550 interviews in prominent venues. They include Harvard Business Review, Fortune, Inc. Magazine, CBS News, Time, Business Insider, Government Executive, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Fast Company, Boston Globe, New York Daily News, Fox News, USA Today, Forbes, and elsewhere. His expertise comes from over 20 years of consulting, coaching, and speaking and training for Fortune 500 companies ranging from Aflac to Xerox, as well as mid-sized companies, nonprofits, and government agencies. It also comes from his research background as a behavioral scientist. After spending 8 years getting a PhD and lecturing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he served for 7 years as a professor at the Ohio State University. A proud Ukrainian American, Dr. Gleb lives in Columbus, Ohio (Go Bucks!) In his free time, he makes sure to spend abundant quality time with his wife to avoid his personal life turning into a disaster.

    The pre-approved ID Number is exclusively communicated to individuals who have attended the Activity and cannot be used on general promotional materials. The Activity ID is required as a part of on-site materials or certificates of completion. After the Activity has ended, the Activity ID may not be communicated without verification of attendance. 


    ASHRM is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. This program is valid for 1.00 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.


    • Thursday, October 12, 2023
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Petroleum Club, 3301 C St #120
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    Please join us for an evening of fun, drinks, hors d'ouvres and amazing networking -all this while we raise funds via the Silent Auction for the SHRM Foundation! 

    ASHRM celebrates its 49th anniversary of elevating the HR profession in Anchorage, MatSu and the state.  

    There will be a no-host bar. Non-alcoholic beverages are complimentary. And of course, our birthday cake!

    We look forward to seeing you again in person!! Register and reserve your spot today! Feel free to bring your colleagues, friends or significant other, no HR experience necessary!

    • Monday, October 16, 2023
    • 5:30 PM
    • Thursday, December 07, 2023
    • 7:30 PM
    • Virtual Classroom!

    ONLINE Certification Preparation Classes

    Over 85% passing rate!!

    Earn the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®) and prove your knowledge, competency, and value to colleagues and to employers looking for a competitive edge in today’s global economy. In fact, 92% of HR executives agree that it will be important to be SHRM-certified in the future.

    ASHRM is proud to provide the SHRM Learning System study group to expand your HR knowledge and competencies to prepare you for SHRM certification exams.

    This two-month study group is designed for individuals interested in preparing for the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP exam, achieving professional advancement, and building confidence for addressing today’s HR challenges.


    Study Group Tools: The SHRM Learning System

    This study group is based on the SHRM Learning System which provides a roadmap to guide your studies through the entire SHRM Body of Applied Skills and Knowledge™ (SHRM BASK™). Customize your studies even further by choosing to work through the content from start to finish, or follow a tailored path based on your personal pre-test results. Throughout your studies, you can quickly gauge your progress with a dashboard that highlights completed tasks, scores, and recommended next steps.

    Whether you are a SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP candidate or a manager seeking training for your staff, our study group can help you accomplish your certification and professional development goals. 

    If you have any questions, please contact Carmen Goodwin at or Dr. Michael Daniels at 

    • Monday, October 16, 2023
    • 6:15 PM - 8:00 PM
    • In-Person at Wayland Baptist University OR Virtual Event!

    Enron from the Inside: An Exploration of Counterfeit Values

    At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:
    • Relate Enron’s history according to Dr. Brown’s Historical Eye Witness Account of Large Corporate HR Experience 
    • Explain and demonstrate The Power of Galbraith's STAR Model (Structure, Process, People, Rewards, Strategy) 
    • Discuss and make three points about The Role of Ethics in Organizations
    • Describe The Impact of Willful Blindness

    Dr. Charla Brown, Ph.D.

    formerly Associate Professor of Human Resource Management at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS). She has instructed courses in Organizational Effectiveness, Change Management, Management Development, Labor Management, Total Rewards, Principles of Human Resource Management, Business & Society, and Executive Development and received the 2018 Faculty Teaching Excellence Award at UAS. Her doctorate in Applied Social Psychology was earned at Brigham Young University, and her Master of Science was achieved at Lamar University in Industrial/Organizations Psychology. An active supporter of SHRM, she has provided numerous presentations and served on organizational teams for NHRMA conferences and SHRM Student Chapter activities at UAS.


    • Monday, November 06, 2023
    • 6:15 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Virtual Event!

    Generations in the Workplace - A New Look
    (Generational workforce challenges: what to do when everything has changed)

    At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

    • Are generations truly different, what are the different generations in today’s work place?
    • How has the workplace and the workforce changed since Covid began 3 1/2 years ago?
    • How do members of the different generations traditionally respond to each other in the workplace?
    • Implications for the future: how must managers lead differently today compared to how they led a mere four years ago

    Dr. Alan Cabelly

    Dr. Cabelly has been working with SHRM students since 1975. As a Portland State University faculty member, he has guided thousands of students to their HRM careers. A prime focus of his career has been to study and improve the relationships of different generations in the workplace to each other.


    • Wednesday, January 10, 2024
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • BP Energy Center
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    The presentation will provide the projections for what 2024 will have in store for employers including pending court cases. A review of recent cases and their interpretations and how organizations can adapt to the changing laws and trends that impact our organizations.


    Gregory S. Fisher practices general and complex commercial litigation with an emphasis in appellate litigation, labor and employment law, business torts, trade secrets, restrictive covenants, and computer security litigation. He works with clients to avoid costly litigation whenever possible and helps find creative solutions to business problems.

    Gregory has a broad range of experience in jury trials and appeals when litigation is necessary. He has represented clients in state and federal court, before administrative agencies, and in arbitration proceedings. His experience includes clerkships with the Hon. Barry G. Silverman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, and John W. Sedwick, Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska.

    Gregory has published in national and regional law reviews and journals, and regularly presents to civic and trade associations in Alaska.

    • Tuesday, May 14, 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, 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.

Past events

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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