LAHRA was established in 2006 by a group of area HR professionals who were looking for local networking and support.

Since then the group has risen to 70 members and continues to grow. LAHRA is an affiliate with the Society of Human Resource Management. LAHRA has received many awards including being designated a Superior Merit Chapter by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) in 2007 and the Society of Human Resource Management (SRHM) EXCEL Platinum Award for 2012.

LAHRA prides itself on offering quality speakers at its monthly program meetings, with an emphasis on topics which are approved for HRCI recertification credits. In addition, the organization looks for opportunities to contribute to the community through related volunteer efforts, and supports the national organization, The Society of Human Resource Management, through fundraising efforts for its foundation. LAHRA is linked with its sister chapters in Detroit, Lansing and Ann Arbor, and occasionally sponsors joint meetings and or events with these chapters.