Welcome to CNY SHRM, Central New York's Premier Human Resource Organization

Central New York Society for Human Resource Management (CNY SHRM) was founded in 1974 and has over 500 members. As an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Chapter exists to provide a wide variety of professional development and networking opportunities for human resource (HR) professionals in the greater Syracuse area. The Chapter's diverse membership represents more than 300 companies with a range of experience from entry to senior level, across various industries and practices. CNY SHRM proudly serves to advance the HR profession.

We hope that you will join us for one of our programs, whether a breakfast series event, a professional networking event or our annual conference. Another way to participate in CNY SHRM is to become involved as a volunteer. Our volunteers work on various aspects of chapter administration and event programming. Volunteering with CNY SHRM is a great way for you to develop business and leadership skills and create key contacts in the HR profession.


One transaction. One profile. Dual membership.

Already a SHRM Member?

Select your state and chapter on the right. Then, follow the steps to start your SHRM Dual Membership.


NOT a SHRM Member?

Select Professional Membership. Follow the steps and make sure to add your chapter when you join or renew.


CNY SHRM is a 100% membership chapter, which means you must also be a member of the national SHRM organization (www.shrm.org). In order to join you will be required to enter your National SHRM email address for auditing purposes.


The month of May marks the celebration of two rich cultures. We honor the history and contributions of Jewish Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) recognizes the contributions and achievements of American Jews and educates us on the history and culture of Jewish Americans. The origins of the month began in 1980 with the establishment of a Jewish American Heritage Week, which was celebrated in April of that year, and alternated between April or May through 2005. 

In 2006, President George W. Bush first proclaimed the month of May as Jewish American Heritage Month as a result of efforts made by the Jewish Museum of Florida, South Florida Jewish community leaders and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Senator Arlen Specter. The month of May was chosen due to the success of celebrations commemorating the 350th Anniversary Celebration of Jews in America that occurred in May 2004. 

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI Month) is an annual celebration to recognize the significant contributions of individuals and groups of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. The term, Asian American and Pacific Islander,  includes a multitude of cultures from the entire Asian continent. These include East, Southeast and South Asia, as well as the Pacific Islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is honored in May to commemorate the first Japanese immigrants to the United States on May 7, 1843. The month of May also marks the completion of the transcontinental railroad which was built with significant assistance from Chinese workers. 

Looking for easy ways to celebrate? Please see suggestions below. 


  • Celebrate: Engage and celebrate your employees with their stories and achievements, with their permission. Intranet, company social media or meetings would be a great way to do this. 
  • Culture: Gather interested employees and start a book or film club that highlights actors or authors of this heritage.
  • Food: Heritage months are always a great opportunity to try something new. Check out local restaurants for AAPI and JAHM cuisine. Maybe order something for everyone at work to try. 



CNY SHRM is your local HR Group dedicated to the Human Resources Profession. We are nationally and locally recognized as CNY’s Premier Human Resource Organization. As such, we are strategic partners on workforce issues that contribute to CNY’s socioeconomic success.


Committees & Volunteer Opportunities

Serving as a volunteer is a great way to give back to the HR community and to network with your peers. It is also a great way to use skills you already have or to develop a new skill you need. CNY SHRM operates through the leadership of our volunteers.

Continue Reading