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HR Services


We believe HR is a partner that limits risks, positively impacts your bottom line, and alleviates the stress associated with managing people. We recognize that it takes an artful approach to obtain buy-in from you and your team. We are ready to provide a creative approach that fits your business and its unique HR needs.

We also work with passionate professionals to inspire them to stay connected. We believe that work should be meaningful and organizations should engage you as their employee. You have a unique combination of knowledge, skills, and abilities to offer the world and you deserve the opportunity to excel professionally.  It would be our privilege to guide you to realize your professional aspirations.

HRart Services


HRart encompasses the internal arts that unlock individual potential. We have underestimated the damaging effects that the work environment can have on our ability to remain true to who we are and stay on the path to who we are meant to be.

After years of searching for the magical answer for the disengagement epidemic happening in workplaces throughout the world. We have come to the conclusion that the answer is simple, it is paying attention to the people in the businesses. It is recognizing each individual and what they have to contribute to our organizations and beyond. Our HRart services were designed to do just that, each one is specifically tailored to you, with the intent of unlocking your greatest potential.

  • Our Purpose: 

    ​​​​We artfully invest in people development strategies that empower businesses and individuals to engage in manifesting change all while creating resilient businesses in our community.

It’s not your everyday HR team, but Leadership Arts Associates is redefining what it takes to foster new energy in the workplace.


Samm Smeltzer and MaryRose Ritter worked in traditional human resource jobs in York and kept finding the same issue: a gray approach to the job with employees who get upset when the HR rep comes around. 

Samm felt stuck, but one day her husband suggested, “Think about what it would be like to do it on your own.” She leapt with the advice and started Leadership Arts Associates in 2014.

She created the business to fill a gap in the city, to break the status quo and show other businesses there’s another way of doing human resources.

“I just kept having this feeling like there was something more,” Samm says. “It’s amazing the skills and talents we have locally, but there’s also this untapped potential.”

Leadership Arts Associates takes a more colorful route to helping businesses. It’s more than the boldly colored North George Street office. 

MaryRose is the more traditional of the pair, but there’s nothing cookie-cutter about her work. Each plan is tailored to the individual. She enjoys doing the little things – like attending company functions, even though she’s not required – to achieve success. 

“It’s not you and I, it’s we,” MaryRose says. “I want to become an arm of their employees and become part of their group and culture. I’m not just showing up when things are bad.” 

Samm takes a holistic and modern approach to her work, specializing in leadership development through workshops and coaching. Sometimes, she says, it’s simply guiding leaders to best attack stress with everything from yoga and reiki – a Japanese healing technique – that they do in-house.  

“Even 15 minutes of allowing someone to just chill out and take stock of what’s happening is helpful,” Samm says. “We want to help people reach their potential.”

Article Written By: Anthony Machcinski, Our York Media