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Chapter History

Having been a Rochester native and the NAAAHR New Jersey Chapter Past President, Talethea Best saw a need for HR professionals of color in the Western New York area. Soliciting the help of 9 HR professionals, mostly strangers at that, she set off to create a lasting HR community of minority professionals, and prominent business leaders that support the need for diversity and inclusion across all levels of employees. These strangers each took on a different role, and got to work making history in the area, by founding the “NAAAHR WNY Rochester” Chapter.


NAAAHR has 35+ chapters representing every major city in the United States. We have been added to the family as NAAAHR WNY Rochester. This is a monumental leap forward for NAAAHR.

Join us in taking progressive steps, to making inclusive leaders and organizations a strategic imperative, and an act of innovation and reinvention that will result in long term business success, and thriving communities throughout the region. Thank you to all who have supported and encouraged the development of our chapter!

Our Mission & Vision

The National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR), is an inspirational and unique career development and networking powerhouse for Black and African American human resources practitioners and those who are aligned with our goals to provide: Networking, Career Opportunities, Educational and Professional Development, Mentorship and Coaching and Tools, Tips and Resources. These opportunities will enhance the careers of our members and position them to be key contributors of the strategic direction of their organizations!

Our Goals
  • To establish a national network and forum for HR practitioners/professionals of color;

  • To serve as a resource to individuals interested in entering the Human Resources profession;

  • To conduct, monitor and disseminate research and analysis on major workforce issues;

  • To influence platforms of national and international organizations on human capital best practices;

  • To establish a mechanism to monitor legislation and other factors that affect Human Resources practitioners and to develop strategies that effectively represent membership interests;

  • To provide opportunities for professional development which advances and expands the knowledge of HR practitioners;

  • To provide vehicles for connectivity and best-practice sharing amongst members

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