One common attribute of high-achieving, successful CHROs is a commitment to ongoing personal and professional development. I urge any Atlanta-based CHRO who qualifies for HRLF membership to join this close-knit community of forward thinkers.

Virginia Means

- Chief People Officer

United Distributors

HRLF has allowed me to extend my HR Leadership Network to the best and brightest in Atlanta. The acquaintances and knowledge that I have gained from my membership have been priceless.

Keith Jackson

- CHRO Latin America


I continue being involved with HRLF because of the content of the programs, the wide range of topics discussed, and especially the great networking for senior HR leaders in Atlanta.

Joe Garcia, Ph.D.

- Head, Global Talent Management and Organizational Effectiveness

The Home Depot

I particularly enjoy and value the opportunity for high quality dialogue with fellow CHROs. It gives us the opportunity to share our questions, ideas, experiences and best practices in a supportive community environment.

Valerie Norton

- Chief People Officer

Habitat for Humanity International

Participating in HRLF has been very productive and beneficial for me. The breakfast meeting topics, presenters and discussions and the smaller group roundtable forums have allowed me to stay current on HR trends while also giving me the opportunity to network with peer HR leaders in Atlanta.

Guillermo Cremer

- SVP and Chief People Officer

Focus Brands

HRLF has been a tremendous resource and community for me as a senior HR leader. The programs are consistently on topics that are relevant, important, and informative, which supports me and thus the organization whose HR function I lead.

Tiffiney Ward

- Human Resources Director, Administrative Services

Georgia Student Finance Commission

HRLF truly is Atlanta’s HR executive community. I consistently get a lot of value from the robust discussions on relevant topics with peers and I appreciate the opportunity to build relationships, network with others, interact, and exchange ideas.

Kim Fleming

- SVP, People Strategy Executive


The quality of HR Professionals within HRLF has furthered my personal development and stretched my mind. I feel very fortunate to have found a group of diverse, interesting and professional HR counterparts to bounce ideas off of and learn from.

Michelle Hairston


PulteGroup, Inc.

I value HRLF for its outstanding programs on relevant topics, the opportunity to exchange ideas with peers, and as an important part of my ongoing professional development and network in the senior Atlanta HR community.

Camye Mackey

- SVP & Chief People Officer

Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena

The value of HRLF for me is twofold: the first is access to great content from thought leaders in the HR space, and the second is a network of CHROs that share their knowledge and act as sounding boards for me professionally and personally.

Cheryl Middleton Jones

- Chief People Officer

Co-Op Financial Services

As a longtime member, I have benefitted greatly from targeted professional development opportunities and the sense of community that HRLF provides. During a recent career transition. I was amazed by the outreach and support from the HRLF community.

Kevin Ingham

- VP, HR

Gunnison Tree Services



The Human Resource Leadership Forum (HRLF) focuses on meeting the career growth and professional development needs of the top corporate human resource executive and top talent leader in organizations with their headquarters or large divisions within the metro-Atlanta area.

For almost 30 years, the HRLF has remained the premier nonprofit professional association where strategic business-focused senior HR executives and top talent leaders go to network with their peers, share innovative concepts and exceptional practices, and learn from industry thought leaders.

  • Provide programs and roundtables that enrich the professional development of our members.
  • Provide networking opportunities that foster the sharing of innovative concepts and exceptional practices.
  • We are an organization that energizes its members and creates excitement and optimism about the future of the HR profession.
  • We create a sense of belonging, mutual support and family among our members.
  • The programs and services we deliver are driven by the needs of our members and changes in the broader world of work.
  • Members of our organization feel that participating as a member adds value to them both personally and professionally.
  • We are the recognized leader of senior HR professional development and networking in the greater Atlanta area.

Our current membership focus is:

  • Medium to large organizations or divisions (more than 1,000 employees) - the top HR and talent executive, who has demonstrated strategic responsibility, who has broad HR generalist strategic responsibilities or who has strategic OD/OE/DEI/talent management and/or learning responsibilities in their current role or a previous role.
  • Small organizations or division headquarters of large, complex organizations (less than 1,000 employees) - only the top HR executive and only if the leader has demonstrated strategic HR responsibility in that role or a previous role.
  • Service provider membership consists of individuals representing organizations, which provide human resources services to businesses. Note: Our bylaws require that at least 75% of our membership consist of corporate members. We currently have a freeze on accepting new service providers as members.

HRLF currently hosts several types of events including:

Breakfast Programs, which typically feature a guest speaker on a strategic, thought-provoking topic. These sessions also provide time for members to exchange ideas and discuss practical applications and HR best practices. Breakfast programs are open to all HRLF members and approved guests.

Roundtable Groups are held separately for corporate practitioner members and service providers.

  • Roundtable Groups for corporate practitioner members: Three roundtable groups meet on a regular basis: the Senior HR, Lean HR & Small Cap, and the Talent Management roundtables. Corporate members may attend one, or all the roundtables depending on their interests. Prospective members may attend free of charge (no guests, alternates or substitutions please). Roundtable meetings are informal, facilitated conversations about best practices within member organizations.
  • Roundtable Groups for service providers: One roundtable group meets on a regular basis free of charge (no guests, alternates or substitutions please). Meetings are informal and provide opportunities for best practice sharing and cross-networking for the purpose of business development.

Pop-up Meetings, which are open to all HRLF members, are intimate, short-notice, virtual meetings on relevant topics that have popped up where our members benefit from a timely discussion.


Our members are typically attracted to HRLF because they are strategically minded, intellectually engaged in the profession and look forward to exchanging ideas. Members represent a wide range of industries, and the topics addressed during meetings are based on input received from members. With this exclusive, strategically-focused membership, HRLF offers a unique forum for sharing ideas and information within a community of peers.

About HRLF

The Human Resource Leadership Forum of Atlanta (HRLF Atlanta) is a nonprofit professional association (501(c)6) and network of human resource executives and senior-level professionals incorporated in 1993.

The HRLF focuses on meeting the career growth needs of the top corporate human resource executive and top human resource development executive in large and mid-sized firms in metro Atlanta.

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