Annual Gala

We are pleased to celebrate the HR industry, to honor its leaders, and recognize how despite the changes in the business world that HR has to remain connected- to the strategy, to the people, to the culture. This is a brief moment in the season we set aside to lift up the best of the best in the industry, offer a tremendous networking opportunity and share with you an evening of excellence. Consider joining us to support a nominee, as a sponsor, as a business opportunity. We are excited to be at a new venue this year to highlight our winners and embrace the chance to engage with our executive level attendees!

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The 15th Annual HRLA Gala

Honoring Outstanding Leaders in Human Resources

June 7, 2016

5:30 | Opening Reception and Master of Ceremonies Reception
6:30 | Dinner and Program
8:30 | Encore Reception

Marriott Washington Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Rd NW, Washington, DC 20008

Purchase your tickets here in 2016!

You will be redirected to Marymount University’s website for purchase.

Individual ticket: $275 (Early bird pricing through April 15: $250)
Table of ten: $2,500 (Early bird pricing through April 15: $2250)


Michelle Bolles is Vice President, Administration at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a business federation with more than 500 employees across the globe. As a Chamber officer, she provides strategic oversight for the Talent Solutions and Building and General Services departments.

She is also part of the leadership team responsible for the Chamber’s small business membership. Bolles joined the Chamber in 1990. She has held a variety of positions, including Director, Small Business Marketing and Operations; Director of Operations, Federation Relations; and most recently, Vice President, Human Resources. She also served as an adviser for the Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC), now known as the Corporate Citizenship Center (CCC).

Bolles has two degrees from The George Washington University-a B.B.A. in marketing and an M.A. in education and human development. She is a member of the Washington, D.C.-based Association Human Resource Group and holds a seat on The George Washington University Graduate School of Business’ Corporate Collaborative Council.

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Finalists and winners will be announced in the following categories:

  • NEW!!! CHRO of the Year
  • Leadership
  • Strategic Alignment
  • The Sister Eymard Gallagher Award for Service to Others
  • The Dr. J.P. London Award for Integrity