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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.

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“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

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Mary Rose Ritter, COO and Director, HR Services

MaryRose Ritter


MaryRose Ritter, PHR, SHRM-CP has over 10 years of experience as an HR Business Partner. She is skilled at effecting change in an organization that positively engages employees and boosts morale.

Samm Smeltzer, CEO and Director, HRart Center

Samm Smeltzer

founder + HRart director

Samm has playfully been referred to as the “Unicorn”, this comes from her eternal optimism for the possibilities of what the workplace could be.

Nancy Nicholas, Creative Collaborator, HR Services

Nancy Nicholas

consultant + coach

Nancy shares over 26 years of experience in the Customer Service and the Education fields.She has gained her knowledge and experience within three different industries in South Central Pennsylvania.

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Dr. Monea Abdul-Majeed

Dr. Monea, LLC

Dr. Monea Abdul-Majeed is a Racial Equity Strategist, Antiracism Trainer, and Speaker. She leads organizations and wellness spaces to racial equity through training, strategy, her 4 R approach: reflection, relationships, restoration, and resilience.

Tony Hernandez, Creative Partner, Reflective Wisdom

Tony Hernandez

Reflective Wisdom

As a facilitator and educator for the last 25 years, Tony has created and developed restorative practices that hold groups to a standard where every person feels a sense of purpose, engagement and belonging.