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Welcome to the Staffing Management Association of Charlotte

We are a professional interest group focused on human resources  and talent acquisition issues. While originally focused in the areas of employment, recruitment, and staffing, we have expanded our scope to welcome you to a more intimate, face to face opportunity for networking, professional development and personal growth. The topics we present cover a wide range from helping you to excel at what you do to how your team functions to legal and legislative updates. We welcome participation of individuals from corporate, academic, and governmental human resource management roles, as well as providers of the all-important support services such as recruitment advertising, search, benefits, HR systems, and others. We also welcome our colleagues who are in career transition and seeking opportunities to network with their peers. Because we are a smaller group, the networking is more intimate and you also have the opportunity to interact with the speakers before, during and after their presentation.


Registration is free for SHRM members, and $10 for Non-Members.


Questions? Please contact Tion Askew at or Candi West at




The Staffing Management Association or SMA (formally known as the Employment Management Association / EMA) was founded in 1979 in Massachusetts as a national human resources society providing professional development and networking opportunities focused primarily on employment and staffing issues. From a small cadre of founders representing such companies as Celanese Corporation, Raytheon and Texas Instruments, the organization grew to nearly 1500 members, representing a broad cross-section of human resources managers in industry, government and academia, as well as providers of support services such as executive search, recruitment advertising, HR systems and many others.


SMA combined with its larger competitor, SHRM, in the early 1990s as a separate affiliated group.  In 2003, SMA was fully integrated with SHRM so that all members could take advantage of the specialized content once available only to members.  Through the SMA Forum and local groups, SMA continues its original objective to be a major voice and resource on staffing and employment issues, trends and solutions.



SMA™ Charlotte meetings are held quarterly. 


Registration/cancellation deadline is Monday at Noon prior to each meeting.  Any registrations or cancellations received after that time cannot be honored and the registrant will receive a bill for a $20 guest cancellation charge. 


Program Topics

SMA program speakers address a broad range of emerging and challenging issues related to the Human Resources field.  Your suggestions for either topics or resources are always welcome.  Direct solicitation of members during meetings is discouraged; however we offer sponsorship opportunities for businesses interested in showcasing their support services to HR practitioners.  Recent and upcoming topics have included:   

  • HR and benefits legal updates
  • Managing your work environment
  • Employee Performance
  • Leadership Styles
  • Team Building
  • NCIPTA – North Carolina Identity Theft Protection Act
  • Benefit Challenges and Changes
  • The local recruitment market
  • Cultural Issues
  • Behavioral Interviewing Techniques
  • What CEOs Need from HR Professionals
  • Wellness Programs and their ROI 






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