Founded in 1901, MRA is a nonprofit employer association that serves more than 4,000 employers, covering more than one million employees worldwide.
As one of the largest employer associations in the nation, MRA helps its member organizations thrive by offering the most comprehensive assortment of HR services, talent management, learning and organization development opportunities, and total rewards planning to help members build a successful workplace and powerful workforce.
MRA is a nonprofit trade association (501(c) 6). It was founded more than 115 years ago by 23 business leaders who were convinced of the advantages of a united approach to solving business challenges and improving employer-employee relations. MRA continues that mission today, by exceeding member expectations as we help organizations solve the challenges of a constantly changing business environment.
Organizations join MRA to gain access to expert guidance, best practices, essential tools, and dozens of business services including:
24/7 HR Hotline
HR Resource Center
HR Business Partners
Employee Payroll Administration
Audits (HR, I-9, Payroll)
Learning & Organization Development
HR & Leadership Training
Employee Engagement & Assessments
Conferences & Events
Executive & Professional Roundtables
C-YOU™ Create Your Own University
Conference Center Room Rentals
Reference and Background Investigations
Outplacement and Career Management
Compensation, Benefits, and Business Trends Data
Total Compensation Statements
Institute of Management
MRA’s Institute of Management is a 501(c) 3 entity, and its purpose is to educate employees and the public through seminars, meetings, research, communication, and other outreach. The corporation is organized exclusively for education and research purposes under Section 501(c) 3 of the Internal Revenue code of 1954, as it may be amended, and its purposes are limited to the furtherance of the exempt purposes within the intent of that Section.
In addition, MRA is licensed as a private career school with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statues, Sections 141.21 to 141.32. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions. Minnesota Office of Higher Education, 1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350, St. Paul, MN 55108-5227, Phone: (651) 642-0567.
MRA is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). MRA complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, MRA is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.
Leadership & Board of Directors
MRA is led by a strong team of experienced HR and business professionals. Learn more about our leadership team and board of directors.
Who are the people that provide the great service for which MRA is known? Check out our staff biographies to learn about our dedicated and experienced team.
Interested in joining our team of hard-working, innovative, and passionate professionals? Take a moment to visit our careers page and see what makes MRA a special place to call your professional home.
Scholarships and Community and Charitable Involvement
At MRA, our passion is to help organizations thrive and to support the next generation of HR professionals. We do so through small grants and scholarships, funded through our Institute of Management Centennial Endowment Fund. Since its inception, the MRA Institute of Management Centennial Endowment Fund has contributed more than $28,000 to not-for-profit entities and sponsored $6,000 in college scholarships.
This endowment fund supports our:
- Nonprofit Leadership Fund (to provide reduced fee or no-fee education opportunities to nonprofit organizations).
- Small Business Development Fund (to aid small or emerging businesses by providing an opportunity to access MRA’s services and training programs at reduced-pricing).
- Excellence in Human Resources Scholarship (to recognize and support the development of human resources professionals). This scholarship is offered annually to students of junior or senior standing. Recipients receive a $1,000 monetary scholarship, as well as a free registration to an MRA training program.
We’re proud to be involved and give back to the communities we serve. MRA supports several charitable organizations, including United Way, Milwaukee Public Museum, Junior Achievement, Waukesha County Business Alliance, and the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF), through donated services and monetary contributions.
In addition, MRA employees are encouraged to volunteer and sit on boards for various other nonprofit organizations. MRA executives have served on the board of directors of several organizations and chambers of commerce.
MRA has hundreds of Subject Matter Experts. They know their stuff and are often cited in business and human resource news features. Take look at our recent press releases and articles for more news and information.
Today, the business world is complicated, fast and far-reaching. We go where you need us. From our own backyard to Dubai and Beijing – we can help your business thrive. If your organization has employees in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota or Wisconsin, you are eligible for the benefits of MRA membership. We're always just a phone call or email away.
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