Our Mission:

Develop future leaders within the human resource profession.


Stepping Stones to Enhanced Leadership is a creative and innovative program designed, developed, and implemented to meet the professional development needs of individual members of the Austin Human Resource Management Association (AHRMA), provide HR Certification Institute (HRCI) and/or SHRM recertification credit, create a pipeline of emerging leaders for AHRMA’s Board of Directors succession planning, and meet employers needs for improvement of employee engagement, retention, and professional development.


The Stepping Stones to Enhanced Leadership program was established in 2008 as a tool for developing AHRMA leaders and as a reward to our volunteers and their employers for the hours of service they dedicate to the human resource profession. The program includes nine (4-hour) - modules, which are certified for HRCI/SHRM credit. 


Employer Testimonials

  • "The program had a positive effect on our HR Director's professional growth and afforded another opportunity for the two of us to focus on issues related to her on-going development as an HR professional. The time and effort she put into the program was well worth it."
  • "Our organization has limited funds for professional development, so the program was a welcome addition to the very modest professional development opportunities already available."
  • "This program is invaluable in that it addresses educational issues not usually covered in HR professional development programs. Rather than dealing with HR specific education, the "Stepping Stones" Program looks at the HR professional as a Business Executive operating in a team/organizational environment and helps them recognize the importance of leadership skills."
  • "The Program develops real management skills that are so important to the continued growth of the individual and their ability to influence and impact their company at all levels."
  • "For HR Professionals to gain a seat at the executive table, they have to go beyond the traditional HR boundaries and understand the goals and strategic vision of the entire organization. This program provided that insight."
  • "Successful programs like Stepping Stone do not just happen - they require the effort and commitment of many people. I want to commend AHRMA for supporting this type of educational program."

Participant Testimonials

  •  "I have taken things I have learned from each module and put them in action in my workplace and have had very positive results on my performance evaluation. This has been a tremendous program! Thank you so much for this fabulous opportunity!"

  • "This program has motivated me in both my personal and professional lives. Being reminded of different personalities and how to work with those people through DISC has been the most beneficial."

  • "This program has helped me learn more about myself and my skills as a leader. Thanks so much!"

  • "In the past, I struggled to understand some limits in my personal and professional life. This program helped me discover how my personality and communication type influence my actions and relationships. I realized some of my own behaviors were the limiting factors. This program provided me the opportunity and tools to work on these areas of opportunity."

  • "Stepping Stones provided me with an opportunity to expand my HR leadership skills and collaborate with other HR leaders from a variety of industries and experiences. It included topics that were applicable to all levels of HR practitioners including senior level topics such as Strategic Planning, being an HR Activist, and Emotional Intelligence.  It also provided an affordable avenue to get recertification credits toward my SPHR and SHRM-SCP. I have already implemented several tools and take-aways from my Stepping Stones classes in my workplace. I would highly recommend this program to individuals looking to expand their professional development."

2017 Dates:

  • March 16
  • April 20
  • May 18
  • June 22
  • July 20
  • August 17
  • September 21
  • October 19
  • November 16
All sessions will be held from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., at the Austin DRC located in the Chase Bank Tower, 5407 North IH-35, Suite 410, Austin, TX  78723



Programs similar to AHRMA's SHRM Pinnacle Award winning leadership development course cost approximately $4,500/person; however, AHRMA members are offered the course at the discounted rate of $325.  Non-AHRMA participants may participate in the program for a fee of $375 per person, payable no later than February 2, 2017. 


APPLICATION FEE:  There is a one-time, non-refundable application fee of $75, which must be submitted along with  the completed application (found below).  This must be done by "registering" for the event for your application to be accepted.


Interested in participating in the 2017 Stepping Stones to Enhanced Leadership program?



Applications open until January 14, 2017.

Candidate review from January 15 to January 25

Candidates chosen and informed by January 27. 

Deadline for payment February 2, 2017.

The 2017 Stepping Stones Program applications have been closed. Please apply again for the 2018 Program when it reopens in Fall 2017!





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 Congratulations AHRMA May Volunteer of the Month

M. Wilson Stoker 

Senior VP & Managing Attorney

Welter Law Firm P. C.


AHRMA is recognized by SHRM to offer
Professional Development Credits (PDCs)
for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. 












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