The Northwest Arkansas Human Resources Association (NOARK) has been providing service to the Human Resources community of Northwest Arkansas since September 2, 1971. NOARK is a not-for-profit organization with a membership of more than 300+ Human Resource professionals, with over 225 companies represented. As the local SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) affiliate Chapter 0148, NOARK has been awarded numerous awards including most recently the "2020 SHRM Excel Award: Platinum Chapter."

A message from our president

Sheila Moss

2021 NOARK President


I, like many of you, always look at the beginning of a new year as a year of new beginnings.  NOARK will be changing things up a bit.  We will start with our new venue.  All of our meetings (with the exception of conferences) will be at The Barn at Cave Springs.  This beautiful destination is centrally located and lends itself to expansion.  That’s where you come in!  I look forward to seeing you at the meetings, and I hope that you will invite others each month. 

We will be providing a new food showcase each month.  We are working with area chefs to bring a variety of interesting options each month.  January’s menu will be Italian and will be provided by the team at Fiamma Ristorante, Bentonville.  Fiamma incorporates local, sustainable ingredients for their menu along with handmade bread and pasta, and I’ll let you discover the desserts on your own.

As the 2020 journey continues, we will be working with quality content from expert speakers. The main reason was given by our membership (besides content) for attending our meetings is networking.  Relationships (networks) are the key to success in our careers.  Therefore, we are thrilled that our friend Martha Londagin will be speaking in January on Enthusiastic, Effective, and Efficient Networking.  Many of you know Martha, and you know she excels at this!

We will all be attending the ARSHRM State Conference in Rogers in April this year!  Please plan to attend and (again) bring others from your organization to help us welcome our HR friends from across the state.

We are introducing a new conference in June this year. We will be partnering with the University of Arkansas Vice Chancellor's Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the IDEALS Institute to provide HR professionals and business leaders best practice information and tools to successfully recruit, hire, and retain military-affiliated individuals. This conference builds on the work NOARK has been doing for the last year-and-one-half with grants provided by the SHRM Foundation to assist military-affiliated individuals and employers with job placement and retention. We hope that you will consider joining us for this full-day event which will wrap around our regular June monthly meeting. As NWA enjoys full employment, recruiting, hiring, and retaining veterans and other military-affiliated individuals is good for business, good for our region, and good for our country. Watch for conference updates!

In November, we will once again bring you the Supervisor’s Conference.  We will provide more about this conference a little later in the year.  Please budget to bring those supervisors working on the frontlines with your employees.

We will provide extra classes for certification credits.  There will be SHRM Foundation donation opportunities and networking events as always, and we invite you to participate in every occasion.  We will keep you posted each month, but always feel free to visit noark.org for detailed information.

Learn more

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Board of Directors

The NOARK Board of directors is a hard-working group of volunteers who take time from their busy schedules to make NOARK a vital resource to HR Professionals in Northwest Arkansas.  Continue Reading »

Student Chapters

Student Chapters are an integral part of NOARK, helping students on the path to becoming HR Professionals.  Continue Reading »

Chapter Committees

The NOARK Chapter Committees are each devoted to a particular aspect of service for HR Professionals. From diversity to workplace readiness, every day the Chapter Committees are Advancing the Profession... Serving the Professional.  Continue Reading »

State HR Council

Learn about the Arkansas SHRM State Council, Inc. ARSHRM provides services and education to HR Professionals throughout the state of Arkansas and is host of the Arkansas State Human Resources Conference and Expo.  Continue Reading »

SHRM Foundation

The SHRM Foundation's work includes innovative academic research grants, scholarships and educational resources.  Continue Reading »

NOARK Past Presidents

Past presidents of the Northwest Arkansas Human Resources Association.  Continue Reading »