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The Bloomington-Normal Human Resource Council (BNHRC) is an award-winning, not-for-profit, membership-based organization for HR professionals. 

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BNHRC was established to enhance professional development in all phases of human resource administration and employee relations through the exchange of relevant knowledge and experience among members and through programs provided. We provide a local forum for your personal and professional development; an opportunity to develop your leadership, managerial, public speaking and group decision-making skills; a local networking arena; and a focus for legislative attention to local, state, and national human resources management issues. 


To build a vibrant HR community that connects people, allowing everyone to thrive in the workplace.


To connect the local HR community with resources to stay current and compliant, create and maintain equitable workplaces, gain connections, grow professionally and give back.

shrm connection

BNHRC is an affiliate chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world's largest HR professional society. 

BNHRC membership is separate and apart from membership in SHRM. We encourage you to become a member of both! To learn more about the benefits of chapter membership and SHRM membership, view the following information: 

volunteer with bnhrc

Volunteer for a local SHRM chapter and make a difference! You can:

  • Connect with Local HR Professionals Like Yourself - Share your professional interests and goals. Pick up new ideas and discuss common challenges. Make new friends and expand your professional network.
  • Collaborate, Lead and Sharpen Your Skills- Sharpen your leadership and expand your professional skill set by working with teams of like-minded professionals to develop HR events and programs and learn from the experience.
  • Make an Impact in Your Local Community - Give back to and make HR visible in your community by participating in activities such as workforce readiness -- preparing tomorrow's workforce today.
  • Make Your Voice Heard - Get involved in the legislative process and make your voice heard as part of your local HR delegation to your state and federal lawmakers. Advocate for the priorities and values that matter to you as an HR professional.
  • Be Part of a Winning Team - Through programs such as the Pinnacle Awards and the Excel Awards, chapters are recognized and rewarded for their work inside their communities and for advancing the HR profession.


SHRM Excel Award

The SHRM Excel Award recognizes accomplishments and strategic activities that enhance the human resources profession. "So much of SHRM’s impact on the world of work can be traced back to the dedication and hard work of our chapters and state councils like BNHRC. These leaders took the initiative and drove changes to make workplaces where employers and employees can thrive together. The Gold EXCEL Award is not only a celebration of the great work done by BNHRC—it’s also a recognition of the grit it took to do it.” - Johnny C. Taylor, SHRM-SCP, President and CEO of SHRM

SHRM Learning System Champion

The SHRM Learning System Champion status is a recognition of our chapter’s hard work to elevate the HR profession through professional development and HR knowledge among members, gained from SHRM certification. The competency-based SHRM-CP® and SHRM-SCP® credentials are the new global standard in HR certification. These credentials are among the first HR certifications focused on teaching and testing the practical, real-life information HR professionals need to advance their organizations, and excel in their careers today, including knowledge, skills, and behavioral competencies.

SHRM Foundation Champion

SHRM Foundation Champions are SHRM chapters that support the SHRM Foundation by making an annual donation to the SHRM Foundation, hosting a fundraising event to benefit the SHRM Foundation, and encouraging members to join Team Empower and pledging to support the SHRM Foundation’s annual initiative. With support from our chapter, the SHRM Foundation is able to fulfill their mission to champion workforce and workplace transformation. 


SHRM Pinnacle Award

The SHRM Pinnacle Award honors the highest achievements in affiliate development and contributions that serve HR professionals, advance the HR profession and enhance the SHRM community. The prestigious Pinnacle Award was awarded to BNHRC in 2016 for our collaboration efforts with the Heart of Illinois Human Resource Council and Central Illinois Human Resource Group for the inaugural Central Illinois HR Conference

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