In the early 1970's a group of Tulsa Area HR executives began meeting to discuss forming an human resources professional organization. The goal of the group was to create networking opportunities and meet periodically to discuss areas of common interests. This information group was formalized in 1972 when the Tulsa Personnel Association was formed. Shortly after formation and upon meeting national requirements, the Tulsa Personnel Association (TPA) was accepted as Chapter #175 of the American Society for Personnel Administration (ASPA). In 1989, ASPA changed its name to the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). Following SHRM's lead, TPA changed its name to the Tulsa Area Human Resources Association (TAHRA). From its inception in 1972 to today, TAHRA has grown from less than 20 members to over 500.
The founding members of TAHRA anticipated the need for a local chapter to represent the human resources profession. Their goal was to provide continued professional development opportunities, networking and advance the interests of a transitioning profession.