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HRACO has three Special Interest Groups (SIGs) that meet regularly to network. All Special Interest Groups are free and available to HRACO members only.

If you would like to volunteer for a SIG group, click HERE to join the online community (s) for the following SIG(s):

  • Compensation and Benefits (available free to HRACO members only)
  • Talent Acquisition (available free to HRACO members only)
  • Training and Development (available free to HRACO members only)

If you are interested in starting a new SIG around a particular area of Human Resources, please contact HRACO's VP of Professional Development at


If you are interested in a SIG volunteer leadership role, contact us!

Compensation and Benefits SIG

Stephanie Valdez, Chair

The Compensation and Benefits SIG of HRACO is designed to provide opportunities to network and discuss issues specifically relating to compensation and benefits for Human Resource professionals.

This excellent resource tool helps you build your skills and learn what other Central Ohio companies are doing. Your thoughts and ideas can be discussed in our round table discussion format or at our HRCI Credit workshops, which will help enhance your knowledge of specific areas. Meetings are open to all HRACO members, as well as, any Compensation and Benefits Specialist in Central Ohio. Many of the meetings are absolutely free to attend. 

Regardless of your level of interest, we welcome you to join the Planning Committee, where your input influences the programming, or at the Participant level by attending meetings and workshops.


Talent Acquisition SIG

Jen Erb, Chair

If you are in talent acquisition, a corporate recruiter, a third-party recruiter (staffing/recruiting firms or independent recruiters), or any HR professional with an interest in talent acquisition, then the TA SIG is the place to be! This group collaborates on topics specific to talent acquisition, recruiting, and staffing functions. We aim to offer professional development speakers, webinars, and networking gatherings throughout the year.

Talent Acquisition SIG events will be posted on the HRACO Upcoming Events calendar. If you are interested in a specific topic or are a presenter/speaker interested in sharing your knowledge, reach out to the TA SIG chair, Jen Erb,

Training and Development SIG

Leslie Koch Torres, Co-Chair
Jane Magness, Co-Chair

The Training and Development SIG has been developed to provide members with a platform to network, share knowledge and gain continued education in the latest trends in T&D.  

The T&D SIG will discuss and plan activities around topics such as: Leadership Development, Change Management, Measuring & Evaluating Learning, Presentation & Facilitation Skills, eLearning, Career Development, Coaching, Instructional Design, and more.

We welcome all members, whether you are just getting your feet wet in T&D and are looking to gain knowledge or are a seasoned expert who likes to share their knowledge and skills.

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