Loudoun SHRM

Welcome to the Loudoun Chapter
of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

With the advantages of being close to the nation's capital, Loudoun County is the third most populous county within the commonwealth of Virginia, and is known for being an attractive place to live and do business. The Loudoun chapter of SHRM also takes advantage of being close to Washington, DC and provides the latest updates and best practices to the HR profession. With approximately 50 active members, the chapter is known as a close-knit group of HR professionals that are welcoming and friendly.

Membership in the chapter offers you many opportunities to meet other HR professionals and to expand your knowledge of our industry. 

A few of the many benefits of membership include:

  • Monthly meetings with guest speakers and sponsors from the industry

  • Networking opportunities with other HR professionals

  • Legislative updates

  • Leadership and volunteer opportunities with local organizations such as the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce

  • Professional mentoring

  • Monthly drawings for prize(s) from sponsor and/or speaker

We look forward to your participation in our activities and programs. 

History of Our Chapter

Loudoun County is one of the fastest growing counties in the country, and is home to more than 2,000 businesses ranging from multinational corporations and start-up technology companies to specialty retail, tourism, data centers, wineries, craft breweries and home-based businesses. Loudoun County is also know to have an outstanding public school system, as the Loudoun County Public School System currently has more than 90 elementary, middle and high schools, and continues to add new schools annually to keep pace with the population increase.  Loudoun County also hosts several branch campuses of several universities, including Shenandoah University and George Washington University, and Northern Virginia Community College's Loudoun Campus.With so much growth and economic development in our area, it is not surprising that a small group of Human Resources professionals decided to establish a professional organization dedicated to supporting the needs of HR professionals in our community.The Loudoun chapter of SHRM was first organized as the Leesburg-Greater Loudoun chapter in April 1996. Although there were other local chapters of SHRM in the Northern Virginia area at that time, it was felt that there would be the support needed to begin this venture in the Leesburg area. David Miles, temporary president during formation of our chapter stated, "Given the explosive growth in our region, the timing for the creation of this new chapter couldn't be better." An application to charter the Leesburg-Greater Loudoun chapter was submitted to SHRM in November 1996 and the chapter was officially constituted at the Dulles Chapter meeting that was held on February 19, 1997.Ryan Ricci served as the first President of the Leesburg-Greater Loudoun chapter which began with 19 charter members. The first official meeting of the chapter was held on March 4, 1997. According to Ryan Ricci, "In this area, there's been a void for human resources managers and executives interested in sharing common interests. The formal group we've established will create an invaluable resource for the community, involving representatives from many industries, education, business and government." In fact, the chapter has grown to serve the needs of a diverse group of human resources professionals who either live in or work in our community. By the end of the first quarter 1997, the chapter had grown to 21 members.During the summer of 2018, Leesburg SHRM board members unanimously approved changing our chapter name to Loudoun SHRM.In October of 2018, Leesburg SHRM received approval from SHRM to change our chapter name to Loudoun SHRM, to be more inclusive of the growing and picturesque communities, including Ashburn, Hamilton, Leesburg, Lovettsville, Middelburg, Purcellville, South Riding, Sterling and Waterford. The new Loudoun SHRM logo subtly reflects one of the major industries within our county, which has more than 40 wineries, which have become popular venues for local residents, tourists, and for business and educational retreats.