WATRA offers engaging and informative in-person and on-line professional development programs on a regular basis throughout the year. These programs are usually free to our members and $45 for non-members.

Whether provided by consultants and technical experts or academic faculty from a local university, our professional development programs provide critical technical knowledge and issue exploration. These are truly design to be continuing education and help forward the science of compensation and benefits.

​In addition, WATRA is a local partner of WorldatWork and supports its training and certification programming. WATRA will host in-person certification programs in the future but you can view their online catalog here: WorldatWork Certification Courses.

Upcoming Programs

    • September 14, 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • McLean Hilton | 7920 Jones Branch Drive | McLean, VA 22102
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    WATRA is excited to present our September in-person event in coordination with Dulles and NOVA SHRM! Reserve your seat now (and invite your finance team)!!

    Dr. Terry L. Clower will share with us the current economic trends and conditions underlying the performance of the U.S. and Washington D.C. area economies. With high inflation, Federal Reserve strategies, and our on-going economic adaptations to a post-pandemic economy, there is much uncertainty facing the Washington, D.C. region. Dr. Clower’s presentation will focus on how national and international forces are shaping our economic outlook, what near-term and medium-term trends will likely emerge, and what we should be doing to enhance regional economic competitiveness. The presentation will consider differential economic performance across our major sub-regions including Suburban Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia. 

    This is the first time Dr. Clower has presented to our group, and it is a real treat for us to learn about the critical economic trends and forecasts specific to our region that impact our professional and personal lives, straight from the premier expert in the Metro Washington region.

    Our Speaker

    Terry L. Clower, Ph.D. is Northern Virginia Chair and professor of public policy in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. He is also director of Mason's Center for Regional Analysis. The Center provides economic and public policy research services to sponsors in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors. Prior to joining Mason, Clower was director for the Center for Economic Development and Research at the University of North Texas. He also spent 10 years employed in private industry in logistics and transportation management positions.

    Dr. Clower has authored or co-authored more than 150 articles, book chapters, and research reports reflecting experience in economic and community development, economic and fiscal impact analysis, transportation, land use planning, housing, and economic forecasting. His scholarly articles have appeared in Economic Development Quarterly; Urban Studies; Economic Development Review; Regional Studies, Regional Science; the Australasian Journal of Regional Studies; Regional Studies Regional Science, Sustaining Regions; and Applied Research in Economic Development. He recently completed a term as regional (Americas) editor for the journal Regional Science Policy and Practice.

    Clower received a BS in marine transportation from Texas A&M University in 1982, a MS in applied economics from the University of North Texas in 1992, and a PhD in information sciences from the University of North Texas in 1997, specializing in information policy issues and the use of information resources.

    • October 20, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Virtual - Zoom

    More information coming soon!

    • November 15, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Virtual - Zoom

    More information coming soon!


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