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About the IPMA-HR

IPMA-HR is an organization that represents the interests of human resource professionals at the Federal, State and Local levels of government.

Our goal is to provide information and assistance to help HR professionals increase their job performance and overall agency function by providing cost effective products, services and educational opportunities.


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Welcome Southerners

IPMA-HR is the premier professional organization for public sector human resources professionals. It’s a place where you can collaborate with and learn from your peers. The Southern Region has clarified this in our vision and mission statements:

Vision Statement – To champion the values of IPMA-HR with Southern hospitality and charm.

Mission – The mission of the Southern Region of IPMA-HR is to provide guidance and leadership to our members in a collaborative environment through communication and a focus on training.

To help us fulfill this mission, we sponsor an annual conference. It’s a major event attended by over 250 of your colleagues looking for networking, training, and career development. I attended my first Southern Region conference eight years ago and I was hooked! As a public sector human resources professional, it was the first conference I attended that completely applied to my job and my workplace. At that first conference I met and networked with a group of HR professionals who today are still my colleagues and mentors. People who are just a phone call away when I need a sounding board or advice.

This year’s conference will be held from April 14-17 in my hometown of Oklahoma City and is cohosted by the Oklahoma Chapter of IPMA-HR (IPMA-HROK). This year’s theme is HR Create: Designing HR Solutions for Every Palette and we’d love to see you there. The conference program is full of speakers and topics that will challenge you to grow in your career and return to your job motivated and energized! We will also be offering the IPMA-HR Certification Course this year for those who want to demonstrate their professional competence through certification. If you’re new to the conference, I encourage you to find your special group of advisors at one of the many networking opportunities. If you’ve previously attended a Southern Region conference, you’ll enjoy reconnecting with old friends and making new connections.

I’d also like to encourage you to get involved in the Southern Region and your local IPMA-HR Chapter. You can serve on a committee, help plan a conference, or take on a leadership role. It’s a great way to make contacts and grow as a professional.

Lucinda Kenning

President, IMPA-HR Southern Region

Congratulations to the Kentucky Chapter for winning the 2017 Dayna Petete Outstanding Chapter Award

IPMA-HR Southern Region President, Maurice Brown, presents the Dayna Petete Outstanding Chapter Award to Kentucky Chapter President Cassidy Connell at the 2017 Annual Regional Conference in Louisville, KY

Congratulations to Larry Gillis for being selected as the 2017 Edwin L. Swain Award winner for promoting innovation and high standards in the HR profession

Left to right: Larry Gillis and Maurice Brown, Southern Region President.

Save the Date

Mark your calendars now and save the date for the 2019 IPMA-HR Southern Region conference. The conference will be held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on April 14-17, 2019 at the historic Skirvin Hotel. The conference theme is HR Create: Designing HR Solutions for Every Palette. The Developing Competencies for HR Success will also be offered for those interested in obtaining their IPMA-SCP certification

2018 Annual Conference special event at Sloss Furnaces

Attendees to the 2018 Southern Region Conference in Birmingham, Alabama enjoyed an evening at historic Sloss Furnaces. This included the opportunity for attendees to carve custom trivet molds and watch as workers poured molten iron into the molds to make a unique conference souvenir.

Congratulations to Dr. Trish Holliday (center) for being selected as the 2016 Edwin L. Swain Award winner for her contributions to the profession

Pictured from left to right: Maurice Brown, Southern Region President, Dr. Trish Holliday, and Carol Rubino, Nominations Committee Chair

Congratulations to the Texas Chapter for winning the 2016 Dayna Petete Outstanding Chapter Award

Pictured left to right: Mark Washington, Texas Chapter President, Gwen Platt, Neil Reichenberg, IPMA-HR Executive Director, Priscilla Wilson, Patricia O'Neil, Bill Cole, IPMA-HR President, Rosie Perez, Maurice Brown, Southern Region President.


A total of 45 people from the Southern Region were certified by IPMA-HR between January 2015 and July 2015. Congratulations to each of you on this achievement! It reflects your on-going hard work and commitment to the profession of Public Human Resource Management. Click here to view the list of new IPMA-HR certified individuals

Affiliation with IPMA-HR

The Southern Region Chapter of IPMA-HR is an affiliate of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR), a nonprofit and educational organization, committed to the advancement of the public sector by providing HR professionals with key educational and training opportunities, valuable resources and assessments products, and effective advocacy at every level of government.

IPMA-HR represents more than 9,000 individuals and 1,100 agencies at the local, state and federal levels of government worldwide. IPMA-HR is comprised of four U.S. regions and more than 42 affiliate chapters that operate independently and provide members with professional resources and events and career advancement opportunities.