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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 "2017 SHRM Excel Award: Platinum Chapter", the "2017 SHRM Foundation Chapter Champion" and the 2018 Pinnacle Award.


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A message from our president

Sara Staley - President NOARK

Sara Staley, csp, phr, shrm-cp

2019 NOARK President

“Advancing the Profession and Serving the Professional…” This is the overall mission of the Northwest Arkansas Human Resource Association. It is also a statement that I have reflected on many times as I have prepared for my upcoming presidency in 2019. And as our extremely talented group of board members and I have been busy preparing and planning for this upcoming year, we are always reminded of our overall purpose for volunteering when we think of these words. It is our goal to ensure that our members have the opportunity for a high level of professional development either by gaining continuous education credits, obtaining knowledge of upcoming changes or trends in the industry, or being able to network with other HR colleagues for guidance on specific situations and scenarios.

I have been a member of NOARK since 2006 and I am in my 7th year on the board. In the beginning, my overall idea of what I would get out of my membership was to network with other colleagues for professional development. However, it wasn’t until I was asked to volunteer on a committee did my perspective for what NOARK really has to offer in a membership change and my passion for serving the profession emerged. Participating behind the scenes of our membership meetings or other events offers so much more to understanding how we can each make a difference in the human resource profession as well as to our HR community as a whole. I encourage you to volunteer and get involved on a committee. Our committee chairs would welcome the chance to work with you.

We have a lot of wonderful things in the works this year and several lofty goals that we hope will continue to advance and elevate the professional, YOU. We have engaged speakers whose programs are on the center stage of the national SHRM speaking circuit, workshops to offer more business and strategic credits, and participation in conferences that will offer appealing topics and overall relevant and timely messages. But we want to do more! And we want to hear from our members about the future of our organization. Please reach out to any member of the board with ideas or thoughts surrounding how we can help to advance the profession and serve the professional.

I am so excited about 2019 and I am honored to serve our members in the human resource community.

Learn more

Check out the pages listed below for more information. Don't see what you're looking for? Contact us, & we'd be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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 Presidents

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