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Type of site
Professional network service for HR
Registration free
Owner Debbie McGrath
Launched 1999 is the largest social networking site dedicated to human resources professionals.[1] is a virtual company that believes in HR education, and networking. As the largest social network and online community of over 240,000 HR executives, connects HR professionals and suppliers with easy access to shared knowledge on best practices, industry news, webcasts, and online certification to help them develop their most important asset – the people. Meet, network, share and learn. members have access to articles, case studies, newsletters, polls, discussion forums, blogs, webcasts and other features. Majority of the content on is community generated. The site is "similar to Facebook, with a business community"[2] and allows HR professionals to share best practices and research techniques.[3] is an HRCI approved provider.[4] and offers certification for HRCI ( SPHR/PHR) and for SHRM ( SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP) programs.

Company Background[edit] Limited is a privately held company based out of Aurora, Canada.[5] was established in 1999 by Debbie McGrath who previously also set up CEO Group Inc., later sold to the Washington Post.[6] It was originally set up as an online magazine for HR professionals [7] but was subsequently turned into a social network. In 2007 the network underwent a significant upgrade and incorporated features such as blogs, wikis, forums, and other web 2.0 functionality.[8]

In October 2010 announced the launch of its own accreditation program, Institute for Human Resources (IHR).[9] The programs are focused on providing specialized niche training and allow participants to accumulate both IHR and HRCI credits.

Virtual Events[edit] has been an industry pioneer in hosting virtual events since 2007 on topics such as benefits, hiring, and training.[10] Its first virtual conference brought in 2,800 HR professionals.[11]

Partnerships[edit] partners with various industry providers to bundle human resources related services for its members. In some cases the bundles include full use and access to a partner program, while in others the members receive product discounts. Current partnerships include AthenaOnline, HR & Benefits Essentials, OrcaEyes,[12] PayScale,DDI/Opal, and others.

Other Industry Contributions[edit] has conducted a number of industry surveys with results featured in trade publications such as CNY Business Journal,[13] Training & Development,[14] Canadian Manager,[15] Atlanta Business Chronicle.[16]

Debbie McGrath, the founder, was named one of the top 100 influencers in the HR field,[17] as well as one of top 100 Canadian Women Entrepreneurs by the PROFIT Magazine in 2005.[18]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Launches New Free Service For Members. Retrieved 2010-12-02
  2. ^ Tiernie Plumb (October 29, 2007), 'Human resources work marches toward the Web', Washington Business Journal
  3. ^ Tiernie Plumb (October 29, 2007), 'Human resources work marches toward the Web', Washington Business Journal
  4. ^ Approved Providers Listing
  5. ^, Limited, Retrieved 2010-12-02
  6. ^ (2007, May 12) "Mom's the Boss". National Post. (online copy) - Retrieved 2010-12-02
  7. ^ Ten Minutes with Debbie McGrath – Industry Expert - Retrieved 2010-12-02
  8. ^ Launches Revolutionary New Social Networking Website for HR Professionals - Retrieved 2010-12-02
  9. ^ Introduces its Institutes for Human Resources with Certification and Accreditation Programs. Retrieved 2010-12-02
  10. ^ Zetlin, Melinda. Virtual Conferences: The Next Best Thing to Being There? Inc.Technology. Retrieved 2010-12-02
  11. ^ Zetlin, Melinda. Virtual Conferences: The Next Best Thing to Being There? Inc.Technology. Retrieved 2010-12-02
  12. ^ HR.Com Launches New Free Service For Members, Retrieved 2010-12-02
  13. ^ Acton, Ryan. (Apr 20, 2007) Survey: Employers looking more at interpersonal skills, CNY Business Journal (online copy -- Retrieved 2010-12-02)
  14. ^ Oakes, Kevin. (April 2007) 'Performance Management Lacks CONSISTENCY', Training & Development.
  15. ^ (Winter 2001) 'Why Many Top Leaders Land in the Rough: Development Programs can help Top Execs Overcome Flaws in their Style', Canadian Manager. (online copy) -- Retrieved 2010-12-02
  16. ^ Johnston, Lori. (Monday, September 3, 2007). 'Future on the Line'.
  17. ^ Top 100 v1.38 Debbie McGrath - Retrieved 2010-12-02
  18. ^ Canada's top women entrepreneurs Retrieved 2010-12-02