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Tuesday, May 12, 2015 5:30 PM
Veteran's Hiring Initiatives: A Panel Discussion
Approved for 1.25 HRCI and SHRM Credits

Veteran's Hiring Initiatives:  A Panel Discussion
Tuesday, May 12
5:30 PM

The number of veterans seeking to enter the civilian workforce over the past 25 years has increased dramatically.  But for many companies, military veterans remain an untapped resource when it comes to answering their recruiting needs.  Bringing skilled veterans together with hiring companies is not always as easy as one may think.  Veterans often have a difficult time translating their military experience into “civilian speak”, companies may have a difficult time reading a veteran’s resume and deciphering the military terms, and veterans are often reluctant to self-identify their veteran status.  This moderated panel discussion will address the challenges companies face, and the return on investment they can recognize when implementing a Veteran’s hiring program.

Panelists:  Ralph Galati, Director of Veteran’s Services for St. Joseph’s University; 

James Gulezian, Director of Human Resources for Zodiac Aerospace;

Deb Kliman, Vice President of Human Resources for Sabre Systems.

Paul Charron, SPHR, PMP is a Senior United States Air Force veteran

Moderator:  Susan McDonald, Vice President Client Services, CCI Consulting

Ralph Galati received his Bachelor of Science degree from St. Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA) in 1970 and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.  Ralph served as an Officer in the USAF for eight years – as a Flight Instructor, Curriculum Developer, and at the Pentagon with the Secretary of the Air Force Office of Legislative Liaison.  During this time he earned his Master’s Degree in Public Administration/Human Resource Management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, CA.  Ralph completed his Active Duty in 1978, and continued to serve in the Air Force Reserve until 1981

Ralph retired in 2007 from IBM after 28 years of service.  He was a Certified Client Executive and Global Account Manager in the Industrial Sector, developing solutions for large, global enterprises.  He was the recipient of numerous Leadership and Sales awards – including 14 Hundred Percent Clubs and 3 Golden Circles. After his retirement from IBM, Ralph was employed by SAP Americas Headquarters in Newtown Square, PA – and worked in their Education and Training business.

Ralph has also served as a University Adjunct Faculty member and Academic Advisor at Widener University, Cabrini College and St. Joseph’s University from 1982 to the present.  His focus is the Business Value of Information Technology, Organizational Leadership and Managing Dynamic Change.

Ralph served as the Veterans Liaison for Delaware County, PA from 2011-2013.  His role included outreach efforts across the county, as well as ensuring that all Delaware County veterans and their families receive the benefits to which they are entitled.

 

Deborah Kliman is the Vice President of Human Resources (HR) at Sabre Systems, Inc., a professional services company that specializes in providing technology, scientific and management solutions to government, international and commercial clients. As a member of Sabre’s leadership team, she provides strategic guidance to executive management and provides hands-on direction to Sabre’s geographically dispersed and diverse workforce.      

Ms. Kliman joined Sabre in July 2009, bringing to the company more than 20 years of HR expertise, including entrepreneurial experience in launching and running her own HR consulting and recruiting firm.  She has more than 12 years of HR experience with Verizon and Verizon Affiliates and more than seven years of HR experience with the engineering firm Galaxy Scientific Corporation.  Ms. Kliman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Arcadia University and has completed the Michigan Ross School of Business’ Strategic Human Resource Planning Executive Education Program.

With Sabre’s workforce consisting of approximately 23% military veterans as well having the various branches of the military as customers, Ms. Kliman’s community outreach activities center on supporting and engaging the veteran community.  The daughter of a World War II veteran, Ms. Kliman recognized the importance of engaging those who have served our country and providing them with opportunities to transition their experiences into new careers.  She has presented to veteran groups at Drexel University, Montgomery County Community College, Penn State Brandywine, and at the Horsham Air Guard Station.  Her volunteerism with veterans consists of resume preparation, job searching and interviewing skills, role-play interviewing, and helping veterans identify their transferable skills to successfully transition from the military to private industry.

James Gulezian is a Strategic Human Resources Leader whose passion is Organizational Effectiveness.  Jim has a solid track record in bringing significant bottom-line impact in areas including the business-to-business publications, aerospace/aircraft, third-party computer maintenance, data communications systems, defense electronics, commercial business forms printing, and military/commercial aircraft energy absorption/arrestment systems sectors.  

With strong business acumen and top-notch organizational diagnostic and assessment skills, Jim’s expertise lies within leaning out wasteful, non-value-add processes; incorporating technology-based solutions to minimize cost and time spent in carrying out administrative tasks.  

With an extensive and diverse background in HR, over the last 18 years Jim has been an active player at the C-Level suite. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Villanova University, Jim has attained various certifications to deliver training programs that focus on all aspects of leadership and performance development and has been an invited speaker at SHRM and other HR venues in the greater Philadelphia area. Jim continues to actively mentor HR professionals at all levels in their career development and career transition endeavors.  

In consonance with his employment with Engineered Arresting Systems Corporation, Jim has been extremely active in bringing top-level talent into senior level business development and leadership positions from the military; particularly from the US Air Force and US Marine Corps. 

Jim has presented numerous times on a variety of HR topics for the Philadelphia SHRM chapter, Delaware County HR Association, Philadelphia Annual HR Summit, and served as a panelist and presenter at The Close It Summit – National Education Symposium in Washington DC.

Paul Charron, SPHR, PMP is a Senior United States Air Force veteran (retired Lieutenant Colonel) with 21 years of Project and Program Management experience in Human Resources, Operations, and Training in progressively increasing leadership roles with field and strategic positions in a large organization.  His last assignment with the Air Force was as the Deputy Division Chief, Air Force Organization, Directorate of Manpower, Organization & Resources.  Paul has a proven track record of connecting people strategy to business goals, improving performance, and reducing costs for organizations.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Maryland and his Master’s degree in Computer Resource and Information Management from Webster University.

   

Susan McDonald is a New Business Development leader working at the executive levels with organizations from Fortune 500 to mid-size regional on human capital management consulting solutions. Her Fortune 100 operations experience in senior level positions with Prudential Insurance encompassed national call centers, claims, billing and eligibility as well as organizational development experience in process redesign/re-engineering, incentive compensation pilot programs, performance management and feedback systems, managing corporate training departments and leading large scale corporate initiatives for the national executive team.

Susan successfully launched “Castlerea Consulting LLC,” a woman-owned talent acquisition firm.  Susan’s operations management and organizational development perspective and experience differentiated her approach and search practice from her competition.  CCI engaged Susan and Castlerea Consulting LLC as a strategic partner firm and quickly moved to recruit Susan to join the CCI practice and assume a senior level role with the firm.  Susan is a true business athlete and brings a fanatical approach to program and account management and ensures we consistently meet or exceed our clients’ expectations.

Susan graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Marketing from LaSalle University.
Susan was an original Board member serving on the Greater Philadelphia Foundation for Women Entrepreneurs which was established in 2009 to help NAWBO (National Organization of Women Business Owners) of Greater Philadelphia Chapter provide educational, leadership and research opportunities for both emerging and established woman entrepreneurs. Susan is also on the Advisory Board for LaSalle University’s Center for Entrepreneurship. The La Salle Center for Entrepreneurship provides students, alumni and the community a forum for enhancing both their knowledge of entrepreneurship as well as opportunities to engage in entrepreneurial activities. Susan also currently serves on Saint Joseph’s University’s Managing Human Capital Program’s Advisory Board. The MHC Program aims to: solidify the emphasis on the individual as stakeholder; develop thoughtful managers who understand and value the human being; and provide a pathway for students with an interest in careers in HR or Talent Management.  Susan also serves as Chair of the Career Transitions Group with The Greater Valley Forge HR Association and shares her career management expertise with members of the chapter in career transition.


 
Both GVFHRA Members and Non-Members are invited to this event.

  
Event Pricing
SHRM & GVFHRA members
$30.00
Non Members
$40.00


Tuesday, May 19, 2015 8:30 AM to 12:30PM
SOLD OUT!!Ignite Workplace Enthusiasm: How to Win in the Engagement
Approved for 3.5 HRCI and SHRMCredits

Ignite Workplace Enthusiasm:  How to Win in the Engagement War for Talent
Dale Carnegie Program


Registration 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM Presentation 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM 


Join us for this interactive workshop on employee engagement that could dramatically increase your ability to attract and retain top talent.


During the session we explore the critical drivers of employee engagement through ongoing research from Dale Carnegie Training and MSW/ARS Research; dig further into what creates engaged employees; and identify key attributes present within engaged employees. Further, we will compare levels of engagement within small to mid-sized organizations versus large ones, and where each sized organization should focus their engagement efforts.  As the small to mid-sized companies launch or strengthen their engagement initiatives, our research shows they have an inherent competitive advantage over big business to attract and retain top talent by developing a culture of engagement.


In any employee engagement strategy, emotions are important indicators of the current level of engagement. In this workshop, we will identify which emotions drive engagement and how to foster them; discuss the challenges of developing a culture of engagement; and share best practices needed to hire, retain, and drive top talent to peak performance.


Your top performers can make or break your business, engage them today!

SPEAKER:


Amy Markwood joined the Dale Carnegie organization in February of 1999 and has been a certified, multi-course trainer for almost 15 years.


 


Amy currently works as a Professional Development Consultant and Trainer with Dale Carnegie Training of Southeastern PA.  She specializes in the development, design, and delivery of customized corporate seminars.  She is a member of the Main Line Chamber of Commerce and the Society of Professional Women (SPW).

Dale Carnegie Training Center

Valley Forge Towers

20120 Valley Forge Circle

King of Prussia, PA 19406




http://philadelphia.dalecarnegie.com/about_us/directions/




To Dale Carnegie Training
Center:


Proceed up the hill into the Valley Forge Towers Complex. At stop sign, make a
right (pool house on right hand side). Pass the tennis courts and follow the
driveway around to the back of the complex where the garages and parking are
located.  Proceed half way around the back and park behind the
middle building of the towers. Look for the glass door with Dale Carnegie
Training, Suite 120 to the left of the building entrance marked "C
2000" which is near an overhang.





 


 
Both GVFHRA Members and Non-Members are invited to this event.

  
Event Pricing
SHRM & GVFHRA members
$35.00
Non Members
$50.00


Tuesday, June 02, 2015 8:30 AM to 12:00 AM
Compensation Infrastructure: Creating Strong Structured Job Levels Supporting Pay Differentations and Job Title Assignments
Approved for 3 HRCI and SHRM Credits

Compensation Infrastructure: Creating Strong Structured Job Levels
Supporting Pay Differentiations and Job Title Assignments


Registration: 8:30am; Program: 9:00am – Noon

Firstrust Bank – 15 E Ridge Pike, Conshohocken, PA 19428



Maintaining an engaged, committed workforce is the goal (stated or not) of every employer. Turnover costs real money. Business leaders can spend their time hiring outside employees to address their turnover issues or they can solve one of the reasons that their employees leave – inability to find opportunities to move up.

It has been widely reported, when Google hires an employee they have a committee that reviews the candidate’s experience, interview etc. and determines the candidate’s Google job level and then - they determine the candidates pay and job title not the other way around….

Developing a system for understanding and applying job levels creates an environment of understanding career progression and how job titles and pay fit into this big picture. Transparency is a key tenant of our human resources program. When employees understand what it take to achieve the next level and they get the recognition that they deserve for that achievement, it is a win/win for the company and the employee.

Participants will learn how to design a job leveling guide and review how pay and job titles can be reasonably applied to the guide. Learn where to start and how to build consensus in support of your structured program. Second, learn how your leveling guides can be used to evaluate performance and promote your people; supporting your business leaders to win, keep and engage your workforce.


We will explore what it takes to build substantive job level guides:


• Review and analyze other company’s level guides

• Discuss your current methodology for addressing job leveling inside of your company
• Create a model guide

• Analyze the effective use of job titling to support your job leveling efforts

• Discuss how to build consensus in management supporting the processes and outcomes inherent in a structured Job Leveling system



We will contemplate “What ifs” and examine ways to handle them effectively and efficiently:

• Your company is a diversified global entity

• Your current job titles are “all over the place”

• Your business leaders don’t want advice

• Your company gives out job titles instead of raises


Compensation Infrastructure is a practical exploration of how we can use job levels to build and maintain support for hiring and promoting the right candidates more accurately and efficiently.

 
Speaker: Deb Grigson is a founding partner at eConsultingNetwork. Working with a team of compensation design and delivery experts, Deb partners with her clients to create compensation solutions to accommodate and support their culture, market and business needs. Deb provides “broad-based” compensation analysis and design; often delivering updates and annual support for maintaining consistent delivery of the implemented solution.

Prior to establishing eConsultingNetwork, Deb worked as an Assistant Vice President in the Compensation Consulting Group of Aon Consulting, providing compensation and related technology consulting to a wide range of organizations. Deb co-authored an article in fall 2004 for WorldatWork’s publication Workspan titled “Market Pricing 101 – The Science and the Art”. She co-authored a chapter on Job Analysis and Job Documentation in “The Compensation Handbook” by Lance A. Berger and Dorothy R. Berger. Recently, Deb has facilitated several programs on the FLSA, Executive Incentives, Trends in Compensation and Compensation design and delivery in the tri-state area.



 
Both GVFHRA Members and Non-Members are invited to this event.

  
Event Pricing
SHRM & GVFHRA members
$35.00
Non Members
$50.00


Tuesday, September 15, 2015 5:30 PM
Create Your Own Fun Department-A Workshop for Winning Workplace Culture
Approved for 1.25 HRCI and SHRM Credits

Create
Your Own Fun Department



A
Workshop for Winning Workplace Culture

Tuesday, September 15th
5:30 PM
Crowne Plaza, King of Prussia

Are
you curious how companies like Google, Zappos, Southwest and others develop
those winning workplace cultures, with such high productivity and
profitability?  Regardless of the
industry, there is a common thread running through the highest performing
companies:  the inherent or stated
culture of fun.  Among companies denoted
as “great” in Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” a whopping 81% of
employees say they work in a “fun” environment. 
After “delivering” more fun in the workplace than anyone in the world
The Fun Dept is Playing it Forward and sharing our playbook, model and science
to create your own Fun Dept. and winning workplace culture.

The
workshop is designed for Leaders, HR professionals and Business Executives to
understand the benefits of fun as it relates to engagement, productivity,
recruitment and retention while providing an efficient and proven “how to”
implementation strategy for your culture.

 

Speaker Biography:







Nick Gianoulis is
The Fun Dept.’s “Godfather of Fun.”  He
founded The Fun Dept. after seeing the enhanced culture and business effects of
fun during his 20 year tenure at United Electric, a company that embraced a
“work hard, play hard” culture.  Nick
brings his rich experience in sales management and operations to support his
amazing team at The Fun Department. A consummate entrepreneur, Nick
enjoys taking a vision to reality and having fun along the way


 
Both GVFHRA Members and Non-Members are invited to this event.

  
Event Pricing
SHRM & GVFHRA members
$30.00
Non Members
$40.00


Thursday, September 24, 2015
PA SHRM State Conference


The annual PA SHRM State Conference is scheduled for September 24th & 25th at The Penn Stater.  For more information and registration, go to http://www.pashrm.org.

Please see the attached program!

https://pashrm.memberclicks.net/assets/2015StateConference/copy%20of%202015%20conference%20schedule%20with%20speaker%20room%20assignments.pdf 


 
Both GVFHRA Members and Non-Members are invited to this event.

  
Event Pricing
SHRM & GVFHRA members
$0
Non Members
$0


Friday, October 16, 2015 7:15 AM to 4:00 PM
Greater Valley Forge HR Summit


Greater Valley Forge HR Summit


 

Friday, October 16th


  


7:15 AM to 4:00 PM

See All The Information By Clicking To The Right

 
This event is for GVFHRA members ONLY.

  
Event Pricing
SHRM & GVFHRA members
$0
Non Members
$0


Tuesday, November 03, 2015 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
How to Speak TED: Conveying Ideas & Inspiring Action
Approved for 1.5 HRCI and SHRM Credits

How to Speak TED: Conveying Ideas & Inspiring Action

Tuesday, November 3
Drexel LeBow, Malvern
1:00 PM Registration, Seminar starts at 1:30 PM


If you want to climb the ladder of success in any sector, formal oratory is a critical skill that few learn as it is no longer standard curriculum in most countries. TED Talks, for example, have become modern day “secular sermons” on a variety of topics by following the rules of oratory that have been practiced for centuries and that continue to be taught to future clergy of the world’s major religions. To get votes, close a sale, secure appropriation for a project, raise money, alter public policy or change people’s feelings about any one topic, there are critical elements to the preparation and delivery of any content if the speaker wishes to achieve their goal.

Speakers: 

John J. Brady (“JB”) is the founder and chief executive of Protem Partners, LLC, a national firm with full-time offices in Philadelphia and Boston offering metric-driven performance coaching for executives, career transition coaching, speech/oratory coaching, as well as consulting to growth-stage companies. He is a frequent keynote speaker and commentator to the national press. Mr. Brady is a twenty-two year veteran of the education, banking and technology sectors with executive experience in sales, marketing, operations, staff training and development, business turnarounds, and growth acceleration.
Mr. Brady’s recent contributions include a lengthy tenure as Executive Director for numerous programs of The College Board and Chief Operating Officer of HigherNext, Inc. He is a regular columnist, media commentator and speaker, on matters related to career, education, assessment, and transformational leadership in corporations and nonprofits. He holds a B.S. in English Education, M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration; both from the School of Education at Boston University, and an M.B.A. from the Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College which recognized him as a “Distinguished Alumnus” in 2006.

Beyond professional pursuits, Mr. Brady serves on the board of directors the American Legion Boys’ State program in Massachusetts where he has served as a counselor and faculty member for twenty-five years. He is also an adventure traveler, having explored over thirty nations on six continents. 

Rev. Trent S. Williams, Speech Coach  Rev. Trent Williams provides formal oratory and speech coaching services for Protem Partners’ clients in workshop and seminar settings as well as one-on-one.  An ordained minister, Rev. Williams has extensive experience leading non-profit and faith-based organizations where formal speaking is central to ongoing operations, fundraising, and informing public policy.           

In a world where oratory is no longer standard curriculum in secondary or higher education, Rev. Williams advises senior executives, politicians, salespeople, development professionals, clergy, and performers on making distinctions between typical business presentations and formal speech.            Rev. Williams holds a BA in history and religious studies from Baylor University and a Masters Degree in Theology from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University (TCU) where he received awards for preaching, pastoral care and counseling. He currently serves as the pastor to St. John’s United Church of Christ in Atlantic County, NJ.           

 
Both GVFHRA Members and Non-Members are invited to this event.

  
Event Pricing
SHRM & GVFHRA members
$35.00
Non Members
$50.00


Thursday, November 05, 2015 7:30 AM
What’s Happening at the DOL-A View from the Inside
Approved for 1.25 HRCI and SHRM Credits

“What’s Happening at the DOL-A View from the Inside”

November Breakfast 
Crowne Plaza, King of Prussia 
7:30 AM

Come Talk With The DOL Expert!!
Presentation topics: 
• What can you expect when a Wage Hour Investigator comes to your business? 
• DOL-WHD current priorities
 o Vulnerable workers
 o “Fissuring” of employer-employee relationship 
o Emphasis on industry-wide compliance vs. “wack-a-mole” investigations 
• DOL-WHD current legislative priorities 
o Home Care 
 o Overtime/minimum salary requirement


SPEAKER:
Charlene Rachor
District Director
Southern New Jersey District Office
U.S. Department of Labor-Wage Hour Division


Charlene began her career with the Wage Hour Division in 1997 as an Investigator with the Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania District Office. She was an investigator for 9 years working out of the Harrisburg and Allentown Field Stations. In 2006, she was promoted to Assistant District Director of the Wilkes-Barre District Office. In March of 2014, Charlene was promoted to District Director of the Southern New Jersey District Office.

Ms. Rachor graduated from Penn State University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Politics and a minor in Russian. In 1993, she received a Master of Arts degree in Government from Lehigh University.


 
Both GVFHRA Members and Non-Members are invited to this event.

  
Event Pricing
SHRM & GVFHRA members
$30.00
Non Members
$40.00


Tuesday, November 17, 2015 5:30 PM
Talent Development: Exploring a Best-Practice Program for High Potential Development
Approved for 1.25 HRCI and SHRM Credits

Talent Development: Exploring a Best-Practice Program for High Potential Development

November Dinner
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Crowne Plaza at 5:30 PM


Human capital may well be the single most important element that differentiates an organization from its competition. Competitors can imitate each other’s products, processes or services. Ideas can be copied.

What cannot be replicated is the source of the ideas – the people. An organization’s people, or talent, provide a consistent edge over the competition. Organizations that are successful in the long-term do a good job of aligning talent strategy with business strategy. 

Aligning talent strategy with the business strategy helps smooth succession planning, sparks innovation and creativity, and increases the organization’s ability to respond to growth opportunities, and improves the overall performance of the organization.

 

This interactive session will take a brief look at a real case study, review the situation/solution/outcome and present a best-practice approach to rolling out high potential development that can be applied to a small organization, division, or mid-large size company.

 



SPEAKER:  

As Vice President and Practice Leader, Talent Development, Adena Johnston brings over 20 years of corporate experience as a recognized leader, trainer, mentor and developer of top talent. Adena works with companies in the areas of organizational development (OD), executive and team coaching. She guides her clients to become more effective and navigate the complexity of today’s business challenges.

 

Prior to joining CCI, Adena was the principal of a robust independent consulting practice. Prior to that, she had a successful corporate career as the regional leader and president of an educational institution (corporate division) with full P&L responsibility across three profit centers while implementing the strategic plan and interfacing across the enterprise. Throughout her career Adena has been involved in start-up and turn-around situations, championed employee engagement, launched sales and change initiatives, and was responsible for all areas of regulatory compliance.

Adena’s signature strength is helping organizations become agile and build the internal capacity needed to realize stellar results. She specializes in building collaborative environments that value transparency and high levels of ownership. She works with leadersto develop executive presence and unleash the managerial strength and courage necessary to drive the business while maintaining healthy work relationships and working with key stakeholders throughout the organization. 

Consulting highlights includes work in individual and team leadership development, talent and performance management, integrated learning systems, and training across all levels of the organization. Adena possesses deep knowledge in leadership, culture and workforce development, and change management. She brings extensive experience in career development work from coaching adults in transition.

In addition to her corporate leadership and coaching background, Adena brings a broad lens to learning and development. She has had over 15 years working with adult learners in higher education and industry settings. A professor herself, Adena is a master teacher in both online and in-person classroom settings, taking a strong focus on how employees become autonomous, self-regulated learners of new material that may be immediately applied. As a consultant and executive coach, Adena’s background in Sociology, Psychology and Organizational Development drives her ability to create comprehensive, high-impact learning strategies that are employee-centered, business-driven, culturally aligned, and immediately applicable to work. 

Adena holds her Master of Science Degree in Organizational Dynamics (MSOD) from the University of Pennsylvania with a graduate certificate in Organizational Consulting and Executive Coaching, and received her Bachelor and Master of Arts Degrees in Sociology from Case Western Reserve University. Adena is certified as an associate coach (ACC) from the International Coach Federation (ICF). In addition to her credentials she is an adjunct professor teaching Sociology, Culture in the Workplace, Psychology, Leadership and Organizational Development.


 
Both GVFHRA Members and Non-Members are invited to this event.

  
Event Pricing
SHRM & GVFHRA members
$30.00
Non Members
$40.00


Wednesday, December 02, 2015 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Canceled!! Heath Care Landscape: Prioritizing My 2016 “To Do” List
Approved for 1.5 HRCI and SHRM Credits

Heath Care Landscape: Prioritizing My 2016 “To Do” List


This session will provide a high level review of major developments, changes and regulations in health care with the intent of laying a foundation to help attendees think through their priorities for 2016 and beyond. While there will be plenty of temptation (and need) in 2016 to focus on the short term and tactical, it will be critical to engage all business partners early in the year to make sure there is a broad understanding of the strategic decisions that will need to be made. Central to this process is the need to develop and gain buy-in on a framework for the coming years.

  

This session will:



• Review the major events of 2015 including: ACA, technology, market disruption from new entrants to the marketplace, exchange update, health care mergers and compliance challenges,

• Highlight key issues that will require focus in 2016,


• Consider the ironic dichotomy of lower overall health care cost increases as compared to increasing premiums for insured plans


• Outline a process that can help you develop a benefit framework for your organization.

This will include touching on the need to address the upcoming challenge of hiring employees who have federally subsidized health insurance and do not want to give it up for employer sponsored coverage.



Speaker: Gordon St. John, Principal, Pentra


Gordon is the President of Pentra and is accountable to the firm’s clients and staff to drive the
highest level of performance in all aspects of Pentra’s business. In addition
to leading the company, Gordon is actively involved with Pentra’s clients in
the role of both Account Executive and Executive sponsor. Prior to joining
Pentra, Gordon served as a Managing Director of a global employee benefit
consulting firm where he was responsible for leading client management and
delivery in the Eastern United States.



Gordon
has experience in all aspects of benefit plan design, funding, administration
and communication. He has worked with mid-market companies, Fortune 500
organizations, educational and not-for-profit institutions on engagements
including benefit strategy and design, acquisitions and divestitures, and
benefits cost management. Like all of Pentra’s consultants, Gordon has actively
worked to digest and understand all of the developments of the Affordable Care
Act to assure that Pentra’s clients are able to make the strategic and tactical
adjustments necessary.



Gordon has been actively involved in the
community through outreach programs, youth sports, chairing a major capital
campaign and helping to establish a research foundation with an internationally
recognized teaching university. He was appointed to the Greater Philadelphia
Leadership Exchange in 2010 and 2011 and currently serves as Vice Chair of the
Board of Directors and Chair of the Governance Committee for Big Brother Big
Sisters, SEPA. Gordon is a graduate of Trinity College.



  


 
Both GVFHRA Members and Non-Members are invited to this event.

  
Event Pricing
SHRM & GVFHRA members
$35.00
Non Members
$50.00


Saturday, January 02, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Get To Know Us!!
Become a Member!!

YOUR NETWORK IS YOUR GREATEST CAREER ASSET 
…..and doesn't take a vacation! Plan sometime this summer to cultivate and build it!
 
 Are you an HR Professional interested in networking with other local professionals? 
  A SHRM member without a local HR chapter affiliation? 
  A previous GVFHRA member that wants to rejoin and connect?
 Looking to join a professional development organization that caters to the Human Resource Professional? 

If so, the Greater Valley Forge Human Resources Association (GVFHRA) welcomes you to attend our casual summer networking event to meet other professionals and to learn more about the benefits of our chapter.
 COST: Free* 
WHAT: GVFHRA Summer Networking Event 
WHERE: Valley Beach at the Valley Forge Casino (enter through the Radisson Hotel)
1160 1st Avenue, King of Prussia, PA 
 WHEN: Tuesday, August 2, 2016
TIME: 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

* Light hors d'oeuvres and two free drinks included for Non Members...Members bring a New Member and you get the same deal!!

 There are many advantages to membership with GVFHRA. 
Here are just a few: 
  Named in the Top 15 of Leading Business Networking Associations by Philadelphia Business Journal 
 Discounts to year-round GVFHRA meetings, seminars and events 
  Access to the GVFHRA’s Membership contact information 
 Volunteer opportunities to meet and “pay it forward”
  Networking with other influential HR professionals 
 Interactive HR discussions and activities via the GVFHRA LinkedIn group 
 The only local chapter with evening meetings offering opportunities to learn, network and have fun while gaining CE credits! 

 In addition, if you are “in transition” your membership is free and includes a Career Transition networking group and access to the GVFHRA’s Job Bank. 

 Annual membership runs from September 1st through August 31st and costs just $75 per year for non-SHRM members and just $50 per year for SHRM members. Membership is $20 per year for full time HR students. 

 **If you join at the summer networking event, you will be entered into a drawing to win a gift card!

 Please let us know if you plan to join us for this invite only happy hour to learn more about our chapter and our other exciting upcoming events. Space is Limited . Kindly RSVP to mslowik32@aol.com 

 Hope to see you there!

 
Both GVFHRA Members and Non-Members are invited to this event.

  
Event Pricing
SHRM & GVFHRA members
$0
Non Members
$0


Thursday, January 07, 2016 7:30 AM
Why All Your Business Books Are B.S.
Approved for 1.25 HRCI Credits and 1.25 PDC'S for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP

Why All Your Business Books Are B.S.
January Breakfast
Thursday, January 7th

For the first time in history we have significant numbers of employees from 5 generations in the workplace at the same time (born between 1942-1997). Each was brought up to believe in different styles of management: By Doing; By Directive; By Objective; By Process; and By Energy. Your workplace likely has people managing using bits and pieces of all five approaches. Is one better than the other? Do some go together better than others? Which ones work with Millennials? With Knowledge workers? With Manufacturing? Recognizing the characteristics of each is the critical first step in blending, weeding and creating the right mix for your business.

Speaker: M. Daniel Suwyn

For 24 years Dan was an award-winning journalist and editor
for newspapers nationwide. In 2002, at the age of 39, Dan was diagnosed with
Parkinson’s disease. He stepped away from his media career to study
neuroscience.  The more he learned about
how our brains make decisions, the more applications he saw for leaders and
organizations. 



In 2005 Dan became the President of the Rapid Change Group,
a 20-year-old neuroscience-based employee engagement firm. Company clients
included the leaders of Fortune 500 companies.



In 2013 RapidChange was bought by WorkplaceDynamics, the
country’s leading employee survey company, to bolster a joint mission: to make
the world a better place to work together.


 
Both GVFHRA Members and Non-Members are invited to this event.

  
Event Pricing
SHRM & GVFHRA members
$30.00
Non Members
$40.00


Tuesday, January 19, 2016 5:30 PM
Cheerleaders—Building a Truly High Performance Company
Approved for 1.25 HRCI Credits and 1.25 PDC'S for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP

Cheerleaders—Building a Truly High
Performance Company

January Dinner

January 19 @5:30 PM

Cheerleaders – every company needs them.  What is a company Cheerleader?  They are the employees who are positive,
persistent, determined and are good leaders or effective followers. They add
the most value to the company and drive the company forward.  Cheerleaders make people believe that
positive outcomes are possible; they fight for you when you are winning or
losing; they stay until the end of the game, they show persistence and
determination. They are with you through good times and bad.  They provide the spirit and energy that
drives companies to excel.  

Broad engagement in a company is great, but inside every
great company are Cheerleaders.  They
push for positive change, drive innovation, set new standards in customer
service, and attract great talent.  Cheerleaders
can see a company’s challenges and constraints, but they want to overcome them,
not gripe and complain.  Cheerleaders are
the positive drivers who have determination and grit to help a company
succeed.  They see the company’s success
and their own in parallel. 

Companies strive to build engagement, but too often fail to achieve
a Cheerleader company.  In this
presentation, Robert Berrier, CEO of Spring International, will describe what
it takes to have a Cheerleader company, and what that means for both business
performance and, very importantly, a high performance positive management
environment.  Cheerleaders are critical
to high business performance, but also to avoiding the complications of third
party representation. 

Participants will understand that
typically there is more variation in attitudes across employees than across
issues. This leads to key insights into how to develop engagement strategies
based on attitudinal segments as well as demographic or organizational groups.
The presentation will also provide strategic insights into how to develop
separate management and non-management engagement strategies.


Robert
Berrier, Ph.D.

Robert
is a recognized expert in human capital analytics, labor relations, employee
engagement, political campaign strategy and public policy research.  As CEO and Founder of Spring International,
he heads a team of professionals that are involved with human capital analytics
including ROI analysis and engagement studies of almost 2,000,000 employees
worldwide each year.  Over the course of
his career, he has built relationships with many major corporate clients in
retail, trucking, aviation, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing.

Prior
to founding Spring, Robert was SVP of the Wirthlin Group, a major Republican
political firm  in McLean, Virginia which
provided research and communications consulting to President Ronald Reagan and
to a wide variety of political, public affairs and commercial clients.   Robert is still active in public policy
research and issues campaigns.

Robert
received his B.A. from Stanford University in Psychology and Ph.D. in Political
Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a Fulbright
Scholar in France in 1977-78.  Robert is
an avid traveler, and is fluent in both French and Italian and is learning
Spanish.  
Robert
is a member of the Council of Communications Management, of the Wharton
Research Advisory Group, of the Consultants Committee of CUE, a positive
employee management group.


 
Both GVFHRA Members and Non-Members are invited to this event.

  
Event Pricing
SHRM & GVFHRA members
$30.00
Non Members
$40.00


Thursday, February 04, 2016 7:30 AM
The DOL (And FLSA): Enforcement Pirates – Are Employers Walking The Plank?
Approved for 1.25 HRCI Credits and 1.25 PDC'S for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP

The DOL (And FLSA): Enforcement Pirates – Are Employers Walking The Plank?
Crowne Plaza, King of Prussia
7:30 AM Breakfast

As an HR leader, driving compliance with the highly technical and often tedious wage and hour laws requires a balanced understanding of the issues along with a keen ability to communicate and to engage in strategic policy-making. With the explosion of overtime lawsuits under the Fair Labor Standards Act over the last 15 years, and now the proposed new “white collar exemption” regulations, every workplace in America must be paying attention to wage and hour compliance. It can be overwhelming and intimidating (not to mention downright scary) facing a Department of Labor investigation, evaluating exempt status, and even the everyday workplace issues involving tracking of “hours worked,” avoiding potential “off-the-clock” work, and calculating proper overtime. This presentation is designed to provide insights about interacting with the Department of Labor, the new proposed regulations, and some of the most commonly encountered wage and hour problems. We will offer advice about addressing such issues to minimize legal risk.

Jason E. Reisman, partner at Blank Rome, concentrates his practice on all aspects of labor relations and employment law, with a particular focus on wage and hour matters, including providing training and guidance on overtime and exemption issues, handling Department of Labor audits, and defending collective and class action litigation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and similar state statutes.

Mr. Reisman has extensive experience in equal employment opportunity matters before state and federal agencies, including federal employment discrimination litigation under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and similar state laws. He also possesses in-depth experience with union collective bargaining negotiations and in handling representation case and unfair labor practice case proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board. Additionally, he regularly assists his clients in the preparation and litigation of executive employment/severance agreements, including non-competition and other restrictive covenants.

Mr. Reisman writes extensively on employment law-related topics and is often invited to speak at major industry conferences as well as at small informal meetings. Additionally, Mr. Reisman provides training on topics including wage and hour compliance and pitfalls (including overtime pay problems and exemptions), harassment recognition and prevention, conducting effective investigations, managing without interference, and supervisory best practices.

For nine years (2004-2007; 2010-2014), he has been named to Pennsylvania's Super Lawyers list, and is also listed in Philadelphia magazine and Thomson Reuters, Legalmagazine.

Julie Kinkopf, a former General Counsel and firm attorney who has experience representing companies in employment and general litigation matters, defends public and private employers in all areas of employment law and advises managers and business owners.

Julie comes to Weber Gallagher from her own firm, Kinkopf Law LLC in Bala Cynwyd, PA, where she represented clients in employment law including hiring, discipline, termination, leave management, wage and hour disputes, discrimination and retaliation issues, reductions in force and enforcement of non-competition agreements.  She also drafted and reviewed employee handbooks, personnel forms, employment contracts and severance agreements.  She has represented clients in government audits and investigations.  Her litigation experience includes a 50-day jury trial concerning an employment matter. 

Before starting her own firm in 2013 and spending three years at another Bala Cynwyd employment firm, Julie was General Counsel to a large medical company with 21 locations in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Illinois.  Her position included overseeing the Human Resources Department, litigation work, negotiating contracts and drafting business agreements.



 
Both GVFHRA Members and Non-Members are invited to this event.

  
Event Pricing
SHRM & GVFHRA members
$30.00
Non Members
$40.00


Tuesday, February 16, 2016 5:30 PM
Workplace Violence Prevention
Approved for 1.25 HRCI and SHRM Credits

Workplace Violence in the 21st
Century
February Dinner
February 16 @ 5:30 PM

You asked for an earlier evening and we listened. 
Here is the timing of this and future dinners!

5:30 to 6:00 PM-Networking
6:00 PM-Sit Down for Dinner and Announcements
6:30 PM-Speaker

Workplace
Violence events; through-out the United States and Canada, are growing in
frequency, severity and lethality; especially in the delivery of Health Care.
These events encompass; Harassment & Bullying, Sexual Harassment, Physical
and Psychological Abuse, Assaults, Active Shooters, Threats and Intimidation,
as well as the expansion of Domestic Violence entering into the workplace. The
NIOSH – National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health has reported
that on average 18,000 employees are assaulted and 20 employees are murdered on
the job each week in the United States. This is a staggering statistic.



This
Workplace Violence Prevention In-service program will address the basic
concepts of Identification, Intervention & Prevention. These concepts will
include: Understanding the Nature of Threats; Advance Detection and
Intervention; Responding to Threats or Incidents of Violence with-in the
Workplace; Detection, Prevention & Intervention; the Means by which you can
Defuse and Protect; as well as Assessment and Containment. Additionally; this
program will discuss how to recognize the Warning Signs and Triggers which will
precede an act of Violence or Aggression. Lastly; this program will address the
Risk of Violence from High Risk Terminations. From a Legal perspective; courts
have ruled that Employers have a “Duty of Care” towards their employees and customers
to take reasonable steps to prevent violence as well as to respond
appropriately to “Known Risks, Threats and Hazards.



Attendees
will gain knowledge in the areas of Identification, Assessment, Intervention,
Prevention & Protection Protocols.



 



This
presentation will address:



v
Workplace Violence in the 21st Century



v Contemporary
Workplace Violence - Challenges & Issues for Management



v
Management & Organizational Attitudes



v
Management & Organizational Responsibilities



v
Management & Organizational Preparedness



v
Workplace Violence Management & Intervention
Teams



v
Identifying & Understanding the Sources of
Workplace Violence



v
Threat Assessment, Intervention & Management



v
Domestic Violence and the Workplace



v
Countering & Managing Actual or Perceived
Threats of Violence



v Responding
to Threats - Acts of Violence: Internal & External



v Responding
to Threats - Acts of Terrorism: Domestic & Foreign



v Vulnerability
of Executives & Key Personnel - Targets of Opportunity



v Contemporary
Developments & Trends - An Ever Evolving Environment of



v
Challenges



Diana Sorrentino, Ph.D.



Dr.
Sorrentino; Lehigh Valley Paladin’s Director of Security & Intelligence
Operations, is a Security and Intelligence professional currently specializing
in Behavioral Analysis, Critical Incident Management; Threat Assessment,
Intervention & Management; Workplace Violence Prevention & High Risk
Terminations; Active Shooter Preparedness, Prevention, Response Protocols and
Victim Initiated Mitigation Systems, as well as the development and implementation
of customized Educational & Professional Development Seminars, Workshops and
In-Service Training Programs.



Dr.
Sorrentino has an MBA in Finance; a Masters in Sociology – Near
Eastern Studies
and a Doctorate in Sociology – Middle East & Islamic
Studies
.



The
breadth and depth of her knowledge, experience, skills and resources are as
comprehensive as they are diverse.  She
has enjoyed an eclectic professional background with a portfolio of real world
experiences and expertise which have been attained and enhanced through the
diversity of her career.  This career,
which encompasses a period of more than 40 years, includes: service as an
intelligence officer, researcher & analyst for the U.S. Military with
responsibilities for Middle Eastern & Southwest Asia studies, sociocultural
and cross cultural research & analysis and human terrain systems; as well
as diversity in the workplace studies and application and the integration and
application of these concepts and systems into her corporate client’s operations.
Dr. Sorrentino is also a regular contributor as a security expert to WFMZ
Channel 69 News
in Allentown, Pennsylvania.



 Diana;
known to her friends and colleagues as
Dr. D., is a veteran of the
United States Navy and is regularly described as a commensurate researcher
& intelligence analyst and strategist who; in addition to the cerebral and
analytical aspects of her profession, also possesses the operational, hands on
and real world experience
(street smarts) which is unique for an
individual in this field.



In
addition to her Advisory and Consulting Services; Dr. Sorrentino designs,
develops, implements and presents customized & tailored: Professional
Development & Educational Programs; Customized Training & Continuing
Education
programs for Seminars & Symposiums. These programs;
addressing the critical areas where so much knowledge, understanding and
comprehension is lacking at the local and regional level, are designed,
developed and presented for her diverse clientele.



Dr. Sorrentino is a Licensed Executive Protection
Agent
providing Security & Intelligence Services; as well as Armed
Escort & Security Details, to corporate, organizational and individual
clients.

 
Both GVFHRA Members and Non-Members are invited to this event.

  
Event Pricing
SHRM & GVFHRA members
$30.00
Non Members
$40.00


Thursday, February 25, 2016 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace and in our Communities: Discover the Trends, the Connections, and How YOU can become a #Gamechanger!
Approved for 1.5 SHRM Professional Development Credits and 1.5 HRCI general credits.

Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace and in our Communities:
Discover the Trends, the Connections, and How YOU can become a #Gamechanger!

 From Supreme Court rulings, to social media usage in our schools, to college students becoming decision makers on who leads a university and who has to go! Diversity and inclusion is something we hear about often and know the benefits of, but when it comes to putting that knowledge into practice are we really taking the steps to make our workplaces and communities more open, forward thinking and welcoming environment? It’s likely that we’re not, and even if we are, there are still things we can learn to continue to foster a more inclusive workplace and world for the betterment of everyone.

With one in every three employees now being a part of the Millennials and with Baby Boomers preparing for a mass exodus within the next few years, we will explore the Diversity & Inclusion (D & I) trends that are steadily pushing on the seams of many organizations causing paralysis to workflow processes and seeping into communities. We will discuss alternatives that challenge status quo in a healthy way while producing an attractive work culture and work product.

Join us for an engaging presentation by Kelley Cornish, MA, CCDP, Director of Diversity & Inclusion at AmeriHealth Caritas followed by an interactive panel discussion where we will touch on strategies for including and supporting various underrepresented groups by gender, race, religion, disability, ethnicity and sexual orientation.
 *Approved for 1.5 SHRM Professional Development Credits and 1.5 HRCI general credits.
 Keynote Speaker:
• Kelley Cornish, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies

Moderator: 
 • Delphia L. Howze, PHR, SHRM - CP, Manager - Diversity & Inclusion and Corporate HR, Penske

Panelists:
 • Mireille Cottle, VP Human Resources Talent Management, Marriott International
 • Elizabeth Moore, Manager of Inclusion & Learning Delivery, Wawa 
• Joseph B Hill, Sr. Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health 
 • Devon Jackson, M.S., Asst. Director of Student Engagement & Cultural Development, Villanova University
 Date: Thursday, February 25, 2016 
Time: 6:00-8:00pm 
Venue: The Hub Center, 100 Four Falls Corporate Center, Suite 104 Conshohocken, PA 19428 
 Agenda:
 6:00pm-6:15pm – Networking/Registration
 6:15pm-6:30pm – Opening Remarks 
6:30pm-7:15pm – Kelley Cornish Keynote 
7:15pm-8:00pm – Panel Discussion 
8:00pm-8:15pm – Closing Remarks/Networking

REGISTER NOW!



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This event is for GVFHRA members ONLY.

  
Event Pricing
SHRM & GVFHRA members
$0
Non Members
$0


Tuesday, March 15, 2016 5:30 PM
Today’s NLRB and What You Never Knew was any of its Business
HRCI and SHRM Professional Credits Pending

Today’s NLRB and What You Never Knew was any of its Business 
 
The presentation will focus on the ways in which the current NLRB majority is inserting itself into the non-union workplace and seeking to regulate generally a wide range of employment policies, including at-will disclaimers, workplace conduct and courtesy rules, social media policies, mandatory arbitration agreements and class action waivers and others, all on the basis (or pretext?) that they are protecting employees’ rights to engage in “concerted activity for mutual aid or protection” under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act. 
 The micro objective is to sensitize HR professionals who operate principally in a non-union environment and have little or no involvement with the NLRB to what it is that the agency is doing so that they come away with an understanding of the specific areas with which the NLRB is concerned and a sensitivity to ways in which employers can inadvertently expose themselves to unfair labor practice charges through actions which most would never dream implicate federal labor law. The macro objective is to use the NLRB’s activities in this regard to illustrate the broader theme of the Obama Administration’s approach to the workplace: that the inherent (or simply perceived?) power imbalance between employers and employees leaves individual employees impermissibly vulnerable to employer overreaching without the protection of aggressive government supervision and, ideally, union representation, so that participants gain a broader understanding of the overarching philosophical approach of the current administration toward workplace issues.

Speaker:

James
Matthews is a senior partner in the Firm’s Labor & Employment Department.  He is a past co-chair of the department and has
served as an elected member of the Firm’s Executive Committee.  Jim has devoted his career to representing management
in all aspects of the employment relationship and has extensive trial and
appellate litigation experience in the arbitral, administrative and judicial
systems.  His practice includes:




  • Union organizing campaigns

  • Collective bargaining, strikes and labor arbitration

  • Employment discrimination and wrongful discharge
    issues

  • The employment implications of mergers, acquisitions,
    relocations and other major transactions

  • Employment, non-disclosure and non-competition
    agreements

  • Multi-employer benefit plans, including pension fund
    withdrawal liability issues

  • Labor-related antitrust issues



Jim
has particular experience in the transportation and logistics industry,
including air, rail, trucking and shipping (both ocean and inland); public
transit; stevedoring and marine terminal operations; and warehousing and
distribution.



Jim
writes and speaks frequently on labor & employment issues and is the author
of Pennsylvania Labor & Employment Law (2013), the first
comprehensive treatise on federal and state employment issues affecting
Pennsylvania employers and employees.



Prior to joining Fox
Rothschild,
Jim was a partner at another national law firm.  Before entering private practice, he served as
a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Francis L. Van Dusen of the U.S. Court
of Appeals for the Third Circuit. 

 
Both GVFHRA Members and Non-Members are invited to this event.

  
Event Pricing
SHRM & GVFHRA members
$30.00
Non Members
$40.00


Thursday, April 07, 2016 7:30 AM to 9:15 AM
Resilience ‘Booster Shot’ for HR Professionals
Approved for 1.25 SHRM-PDC and HRCI Credits

Resilience ‘Booster Shot’ for HR
Professionals”
April Breakfast

HR Professionals are dealing
with unprecedented levels of change and complexity, both at work and in our
personal lives. Our continued success depends on our ability to stay focused,
flexible, energized, and optimistic that we can overcome the challenges that
come our way – in a word, to be resilient.



In this  session, you
will learn 2 skills that can help you stay resilient in the face of just about
any challenge – large or small – that may cause you stress and distract you
from staying motivated and on-task. These skills are based on more than 30
years of research – at the University of Pennsylvania and worldwide – on why
some people survive and even thrive while others fall flat when facing high
levels of adversity.



Following the presentation,
participants will be able to:




  • Define
    resilience and describe the underlying research base

  • Better
    understand how their thoughts drive their feelings and actions.

  • Recognize
    that their thoughts are often not accurate, especially in the midst of
    adversity.

  • Identify
    their Signature Emotion - the one emotion that most interferes with their
    productivity

  • Learn the
    specific kind of thinking that leads to that emotion, and how to reduce
    the impact of the emotion by engaging their thinking

  • Define
    “Why? Style” – A powerful Thinking Style that can lead us toward – or away
    from – effective problem diagnosis/resolution.

  • Identify
    their own Why? Style, what it buys them, and costs them

  • Learn a
    skill to flex around their Why? Style to feel better and do better on any
    task

  • Relate
    these learnings to at least one specific workplace challenge 

Speaker-Dean
Becker is Vice President, Corporate Business Development, for Kelleher
Associates. Dean is an accomplished executive and consultant with more than 25
years of experience selling and delivering executive search, training and
executive coaching services to organizations and individuals worldwide. He is
responsible for representing Kelleher’s services to corporations across the
Delaware Valley. 



Dean is
also a recognized expert in the field of individual and organizational
resilience, having co‑founded Adaptiv Learning Systems, and having directed the
development and delivery of Adaptiv’s research-based resilience assessments,
coaching and training programs. He holds an MBA in Medical Group Management,
and a BA in Psychology. He managed companies in the human resources and
healthcare arenas prior to assuming leadership of Adaptiv Learning Systems.


 
Both GVFHRA Members and Non-Members are invited to this event.

  
Event Pricing
SHRM & GVFHRA members
$30.00
Non Members
$40.00


Tuesday, April 12, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Carpei Audientiam: Executive Level Presence Overview
Seize Your Audience – Project Competence – Instill Confidence That You Can Get the Job Done!

Are you properly engaging your audience throughout your presentations? Is your message being communicated clearly? Our effectiveness while presenting can never be over emphasized, as an unengaged audience coupled with poor delivery can hinder your speech’s permeability. Dan Brooks, author of Carpei Audientiam: Seize your Audience, Project Competence, Instill Confidence You Can Get the Job Done, will be speaking on how to take the lead in a presentation and pass the intended message across in a clear and concise manner. 
Dan is the President of The Brooks Group; a consulting firm specializing in communication skills, and he will engage the audience and provide networking tips preceding the time allotted for networking. In addition Jeannine Roso, Sr. Executive Director of Sabre Systems and President of the National Contract Management Association will be presenting the importance of belonging to a professional society and the impact it can have for your career advancement. 

 Attendees will leave with an increased toolkit of presentation/networking skills and a larger network consisting of professionals and students. 
The evening will be filled with plenty of learning experiences which will complement the networking time.



Come join Human Resource Professionals, Contract Professionals, and Arcadia students in this interactive program on April 12, 2016 from 5:30PM to 8:00PM. Registration/networking starts at 5:30PM and the program starts at 6:15PM in the Rose Room and Mirror Room in the Castle at 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA. 

Cost is free for Arcadia students; $5 for professionals.



Arcadia students should sign up through KnightLink and professionals will sign up at http://www.gvfhra.org/.

 Approved for 1.5 continuing education credits for NCMA, SHRM, and HRCI.  Limited room. Hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments will be served. Parking will be made available. Business casual dress attire recommended.

 
Both GVFHRA Members and Non-Members are invited to this event.

  
Event Pricing
SHRM & GVFHRA members
$5.00
Non Members
$5.00


Tuesday, April 19, 2016 5:30 PM
The HR Audit - Three Key Steps to Measuring HR Strategy & Business Alignment
Approved for 1.25 SHRM-PDc's and 1.25 SHRM BUSINESS Credits

The HR Audit – Three Key Steps to Measuring HR Strategy & Business Alignment
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
5:30 PM 
Approved for 1.25 SHRM-PDc's and  1.25 SHRM BUSINESS Credits 

During this interactive session participants will learn via case
study analysis, participant sharing, and lecture.  Participants will be given a mini HR Audit
“Quiz” to quickly assess where their organization stands on strategic alignment,
getting an immediate score.  They will
quickly move into case study analysis of real organizations going through the
HR Audit process.  They will learn the
roadblocks and challenges associated with implementing an HR Audit along with
the key benefits of implementation.



Participants will leave with a detailed process for conducting
an HR Audit along with a suggested question list for key stakeholders within
the organization.  They will be provided
with an arsenal of data to take back to their organization as justification for
getting the “HR House” in order.



Attendees will learn the costs associated with.



a poor hire



a workers compensation claim, a contested unemployment insurance
claim



time to interpreting vacation/benefit information



inadequate succession planning

handling a wage and hour claim

…defending
an EEOC claim

not managing poor performance







rewarding non value added performance

SPEAKER-Stephanie Kindt, Esq is a key strategic partner in
aligning organization structures, staffing, and HR policy and procedure to mission/vision
and core values.
   She has lead complex HR
Audits, competency development projects and implemented performance management
systems that have gotten organizations on track towards achieving a shared
vision for future success.
 She is a key
collaborator and a natural team builder and leader.
 Serving clients who are senior influencers
within their organization, Stephanie is adept implementing HR Audits,
identifying underlying needs and making innovative recommendations for creating
new and improved structures, staffing plans, and HR policies.
  She is a skilled facilitator of change,
working with cross-functional teams, bringing together individuals with varied
backgrounds, and levels to reach a common purpose.


 
Both GVFHRA Members and Non-Members are invited to this event.

  
Event Pricing
SHRM & GVFHRA members
$30.00
Non Members
$40.00


Tuesday, May 10, 2016 5:30 PM
Preparing for Large Scale, Transformational Change…
Accesssory, Fragrance and Cosmetic Drive for Montgomery County Workwear!!, Approved for 1.25 SHRM-PDc's and 1.25 SHRM BUSINESS Credits , Approved for 1.25 SHRM-PDc's and 1.25 SHRM BUSINESS Credits

Preparing for Large Scale, Transformational Change…

 

 If you have jewelry, belts, perfume, body sprays, lotions, or make up that is unopened
and you’d like to donate any of these items to women that are currently transitioning
back into the workforce, please bring your donation to the dinner!

Campbell
Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) is a global food company headquartered in Camden, N.J.,
with annual sales of more than $8 billion with more than 18,000 employees
worldwide. The Company makes a range of products from high-quality soups and
simple meals to snacks and healthy beverages.
 

Campbell
Soup is 147 years old and part of the fabric of the Greater Philadelphia Metro
region with global headquarters in Camden, NJ. Campbell’s has undergone
transformational change in the last few years in order to preserve their
ability to effectively compete in the face of the changing, competitive
pressures and customer demands in their respective markets.

The top-down changes encompassed the
structure and alignment of business lines, functions, systems and people.  Leaders of Human Resources and OD can
especially appreciate the risk, complexities and incredible challenges this
magnitude of change for a 147 year old, global company presents while the
company simultaneously must maintain day-to-day sales, production and
distribution throughout for all lines of business / products.













Chris Leady, Campbell Soup’s Head of
Global Learning & Development, was charged with providing the right
training and development resources and interventions to help prepare the
employees and people managers throughout the enterprise for embarking on and
moving through the phases of change associated with this Campbell’s
transformation.


SPEAKER-Christopher Leady is a
highly experienced Human Resource Executive with an impressive track record of
more than 15 years of hands-on experience in Human Resources, Talent Management,
Organizational Development and Leadership Development. 



Christopher joined Campbell in 2010 as Manager-Talent Management
and Organizational Effectiveness and Learning, and he was named Director-Talent
Management and Organizational Effectiveness for Campbell Europe in 2012.



Following his role in
Europe, Christopher was named Campbell’s Leader of Global Talent Management, Learning
and Development, in 2013. Christopher d
efines and implements Campbell’s
progressive Talent Management and development strategies, focused on aligning
human capital as a key driver of business results. He has realigned Campbell’s strategic
talent platforms to focus on drivers of high performance such as assessing and
building leadership bench strength, elevating managerial competence, designing
progressive performance management practices and implementing measures to
assess and forward the Campbell Soup Company culture of engagement and
performance excellence.  Christopher is
recognized as an executive-level consultant and subject expert on talent
management, learning, performance and engagement best practices.



 Previously, Christopher worked for TD Bank (formerly Commerce
Bank) for more than 10 years in Human Resources Management and Talent
Management positions of increasing scope and responsibility, culminating with
his role as Assistant Vice President of Organizational Development.



 Christopher earned his bachelor's degree in business
administration, with a minor in human resource development, from Rowan University
in Glassboro, N.J., and his M.S. degree in organizational dynamics, with a
minor in leadership development, executive coaching and strategic human
resource solutions, from the University of Pennsylvania.



 





 
Both GVFHRA Members and Non-Members are invited to this event.

  
Event Pricing
SHRM & GVFHRA members
$30.00
Non Members
$40.00


Thursday, June 16, 2016 7:30 AM
FLSA “Pole Vault” Required – DOL Installs High Hurdle for Overtime Exempt Status
Approved for 1.25 SHRM PDC's and HRCI credits

FLSA “Pole Vault” Required – DOL Installs High Hurdle for Overtime Exempt Status 
Breakfast Meeting
Thursday, June 16 at 7:30 AM
1.25 SHRM PDC's  and HRCI Credits Approved

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) has issued its long-feared changes to the regulations governing the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The new regulations “raise the bar” significantly for employers seeking to exempt employees from overtime rules. The combination of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) increasingly activist approach to wage-and-hour enforcement and the incredible, sustained explosion of litigation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) demonstrate the necessity for employers of all shapes and sizes to sensitize themselves to the new era of wage-and-hour rules. With responsibility for administration and enforcement of the FLSA, and in light of President Obama’s not-so-subtle urging, the DOL has stepped into uncharted waters with its brand new revisions to the FLSA’s “white collar exemption” regulations. These new regulations increase the minimum salary threshold for exempt status to more than double the current level and implement a three-year escalator principle (which will require re-evaluation beginning in January of 2020), but fortunately do not make any changes to the required duties tests. With more employees being placed in non-exempt positions, the rules will also place increased emphasis on tracking “hours worked.”

This program will review:

The details and scope of these new regulations;
The “method behind the DOL’s madness”; and
The implications and compliance issues for employers throughout the country.
If nothing else, these new regulations (and the DOL’s enforcement efforts) should be a call to action for all employers to redouble their efforts to evaluate their wage-and-hour practices and minimize the risk of non-compliance. We will provide practical insights for evaluating compliance and the risks created by these new regulations.
SPEAKERS:

Julie Kinkopf, a former General Counsel and firm attorney who has experience representing companies in employment and general litigation matters, defends public and private employers in all areas of employment law and advises managers and business owners.

Julie comes to Weber Gallagher from her own firm, Kinkopf Law LLC in Bala Cynwyd, PA, where she represented clients in employment law including hiring, discipline, termination, leave management, wage and hour disputes, discrimination and retaliation issues, reductions in force and enforcement of non-competition agreements.  She also drafted and reviewed employee handbooks, personnel forms, employment contracts and severance agreements.  She has represented clients in government audits and investigations.  Her litigation experience includes a 50-day jury trial concerning an employment matter. 

Before starting her own firm in 2013 and spending three years at another Bala Cynwyd employment firm, Julie was General Counsel to a large medical company with 21 locations in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Illinois.  Her position included overseeing the Human Resources Department, litigation work, negotiating contracts and drafting business agreements.


Jason E. Reisman, partner at Blank Rome, concentrates his practice on all aspects of labor relations and employment law, with a particular focus on wage and hour matters, including providing training and guidance on overtime and exemption issues, handling Department of Labor audits, and defending collective and class action litigation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and similar state statutes.
Mr. Reisman has extensive experience in equal employment opportunity matters before state and federal agencies, including federal employment discrimination litigation under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and similar state laws. He also possesses in-depth experience with union collective bargaining negotiations and in handling representation case and unfair labor practice case proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board. Additionally, he regularly assists his clients in the preparation and litigation of executive employment/severance agreements, including non-competition and other restrictive covenants. 
Mr. Reisman writes extensively on employment law-related topics and is often invited to speak at major industry conferences as well as at small informal meetings. Additionally, Mr. Reisman provides training on topics including wage and hour compliance and pitfalls (including overtime pay problems and exemptions), harassment recognition and prevention, conducting effective investigations, managing without interference, and supervisory best practices.
For nine years (2004-2007; 2010-2014), he has been named to Pennsylvania's Super Lawyers list, and is also listed in Philadelphia magazine and Thomson Reuters, Legalmagazine.



 
Both GVFHRA Members and Non-Members are invited to this event.

  
Event Pricing
SHRM & GVFHRA members
$30.00
Non Members
$40.00


Tuesday, September 20, 2016 5:30 PM
Motivational Leadership
Approved for 1.25 SHRM-PDC's and HRCI Credits


Motivational Leadership

Tuesday, September 20th

Crowne Plaza, King of Prussia

5:30 PM

Leadership
Drives business results by aligning the vision, mission and values to enhance
business value.  A leader is able to enlist
the willing cooperation of others, while tapping into their highest skills and
desired results.



Influence
Consistently directs situations and inspires people for an all-win environment.



Teamwork
Organizes work tasks, people, and resources to deliver most effectively on
organizational goals.



This intensive session will examine how leaders can foster
an environment where motivation flourishes and people are encouraged to grow
and do their best.  It will address
managing the process for aligning human capital with organizational goals.  We will review the philosophies of workplace
motivation developed by four prominent 20th century theorists and
demonstrate how Dale Carnegie’s famous principles both precede and enhance
these theories of workplace motivation.



It has been said that only we can motivate ourselves.  In other words, each individual is
responsible for maintaining their own energy, drive, and consistent
productivity.  While most of us see that
this is clearly true to a large extent, it is still the responsibility of
leaders to create a work environment where this is encouraged to happen.



Some leaders are responsible for work environments
characterized by a lack of confidence, direction, enthusiasm, and
creativity.  Motivation and teamwork are
minimal, both at the individual and team levels. 



Other leaders excel at creating an organizational
environment where their teams feel motivated to achieve ever higher levels of
performance and success.  Team members
are energized by their careers and the work they perform.  Teams work collaboratively and creatively to
achieve organizational goals. 



Attendees of this presentation will learn to:



1.     
Recognize the leader’s role as a motivator



2.     
Develop greater awareness of ways people lose
motivation



3.     
Recognize four classic theories of workplace
organization



Following the presentation, attendees will be able to:



1.     
Develop greater awareness of the needs that
drive people



2.     
Recognize the relationship between expectations
and motivation



3.     
Align individual motivations with organizational
goals

Speaker:

Amy Markwood joined Dale Carnegie organization in February
of 1999 and has been a certified, multi-course trainer for more than 12
years.  Throughout her career, Amy has
delivered training programs for companies such as Boeing, Arbitron,
Convergys-AT&T, Pfizer, Marriot, Home Depot, Bristol-Myers Squibb, State of
Florida, Office Depot, Ritz Carlton, and many others.  Amy currently works as a Performance
Consultant and Trainer with Dale Carnegie Training of Southeastern PA.  She partners with high level leaders to
strategize on their organizational development plans in areas such as
leadership development, succession planning, and employee engagement.  She specializes in the business development,
design, and delivery of customized corporate solutions for King of Prussia and
Main Line businesses.  She is a member of
the Main Line Chamber of Commerce and the Society of Professional Women (SPW).



Amy holds a Master’s degree in Education from the State
University of New York at Albany.  She is
certified in Instructional Systems Design, and has nearly twenty years’
experience in the field of professional development.  She has a strong background in Sales, having
had successful roles in Manhattan real estate, executive search, and law firm
mergers and acquisitions.


 
Both GVFHRA Members and Non-Members are invited to this event.

  
Event Pricing
SHRM & GVFHRA members
$30.00
Non Members
$40.00


Thursday, October 06, 2016 7:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Keeping up with Trends in Compensation
Approved for 2 SHRM PDC's and HRCI credits

Keeping
up with Trends in Compensation



Approved for 2 SHRM PDC's and HRCI credits 



Thursday, October 6th -
8:00-10:00am



Registration
and Continental Breakfast at 7:30am, workshop begins at 8:00am.


We will be collecting items for PAWorkwear:

 Unused
body spray, lotions, powders, deodorants, make-up and toiletries  (HIGH NEED)
Closed toe professional
women’s/men’s shoes all sizes
Unused hair
care products
Professional
handbags and wallets  (HIGH NEED)
Unused
undergarments and hosiery
Unused
dental hygiene products
Clothing
store gift cards, varying increments

 Crowne
Plaza, King of Prussia
 



2016 has been a
big year; there is so much going on in compensation. “Paying people right” just
got harder.  This seminar will focus on
getting you caught up on some recent regulations and trends in compensation and
sharing some practical ideas for taking advantage of the trends, building transparency,
engagement, and ensuring that you are paying your people “right”.



Participants will learn about the
following legislation and trends:



·       
FLSA/Final
Overtime Regulations – December 1st effective date



·       
Employment
Interview – changes encouraging equal pay



·       
EEO-1
– proposed changes in reporting



·       
3%
Budget – no change in the annual increase, again



·       
Performance
Management - movement away from traditional approaches



·       
Total
Rewards – a renewed emphasis. 



We are eager to have you join us and to
share our collective experiences, successes, and challenges navigating these
critical compensation regulations and trends. 
Understanding the changes is a good place to start; planning for the changes is even better!

SPEAKER:

Deb Grigson is a founding partner at
eConsultingNetwork.  Working with a team
of compensation design & delivery experts, Deb partners with her clients to
create compensation solutions to accommodate and support their culture, market
and business needs.  Deb provides “broad-based”
compensation analysis and design; often delivering updates and annual support
for maintaining consistent delivery of the implemented solution. 



Prior to
establishing eConsultingNetwork, Deb worked as an Assistant VP in the
Compensation Consulting Group of Aon Consulting, providing compensation and
related technology consulting to a wide range of organizations.  Deb co-authored an article for WorldatWork’s
publication Workspan entitled “Market Pricing 101 – The Science and the
Art”. She co-authored a chapter on Job Analysis and Job Documentation in “The
Compensation Handbook” by Lance A. Berger and Dorothy R. Berger.  


 
Both GVFHRA Members and Non-Members are invited to this event.

  
Event Pricing
SHRM & GVFHRA members
$30.00
Non Members
$40.00


Friday, October 14, 2016 7:30 AM to 4:15 PM
GVFHRA Summit


You Don't Want To Miss This Year's Summit!!
Click The Link On The Right!!

 
Both GVFHRA Members and Non-Members are invited to this event.

  
Event Pricing
SHRM & GVFHRA members
$0
Non Members
$0


Thursday, November 03, 2016 7:30 AM to 9:15 AM
Cat’s Paws, Overtime, and Harassment, Oh My! Things that Go Bump in the Workplace (Even after Halloween)
1.25 SHRM-PDC's and HRCI Credits Approved

Cat’s Paws, Overtime, and Harassment, Oh My! Things that Go Bump in the Workplace (Even after Halloween)
Alert - New FLSA overtime rules go into effect December 1 - are you ready?
Thursday, November 3
Breakfast and Registration Begins at 7:30 AM, Program Begins at 8:00 AM

This presentation will provide a brief explanation of workplace harassment, how to recognize it, and both the responsibilities of an employee who has witnessed or been subjected to workplace harassment and the agency that has been put on notice of allegations of workplace harassment.
The presentation will also address Conducting workplace investigations which is one of the most challenging duties that HR professionals must take on. Workforce demographics are shifting. New laws are constantly popping up. Managers make mistakes because they aren’t properly trained or they’re under pressure to resolve complaints quickly. Employees are more aware of their rights.
This presentation will answer the riddle What does employment discrimination law have to do with the paws of a cat. The Court in Staub, applying what has come to be known as the “cat’s paw” theory of employer liability, held that an employer may be strictly liable for intentional discrimination under USERRA (and other similar statutes, like Title VII) when a lower-level supervisor intentionally discriminates against an employee and then causes a higher level decision-maker, who has no discriminatory motive or “animus,” to terminate or take some other adverse action against the employee

SPEAKER:
Jason Reisman , Esq , Partner at Blank Rome. Jason
has extensive experience in equal employment opportunity matters before state
and federal agencies, federal employment discrimination litigation, wage and hour
(including overtime) litigation, collective bargaining, and representation case
and unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations
Board. He also has comprehensive knowledge of the Fair Labor Standards Act and
Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988 (WARN Act)


 



Areas
of Focus:

Employee Relations Counseling and Training

Employment Discrimination/EEO Litigation

Executive Employment and Severance Agreements

Fair Labor Standards Act/Wage & Hour

Labor and Management Relations
Restrictive Covenant/Non-Competition Agreements and Enforcement.  


 
Both GVFHRA Members and Non-Members are invited to this event.

  
Event Pricing
SHRM & GVFHRA members
$30.00
Non Members
$40.00


Wednesday, November 09, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Get To Know Us!!
Join GVFHRA!!


YOUR NETWORK IS YOUR GREATEST CAREER ASSET
 
Plan some time this Fall to cultivate and harvest it! 
  Are you an HR Professional interested in networking with other local professionals? 
  A SHRM member without a local HR chapter affiliation? 
  A previous GVFHRA member that wants to reconnect? 
  Looking to join a professional development organization that caters to the Human Resource Professional? 

If so, the Greater Valley Forge Human Resources Association (GVFHRA) welcomes you to attend our casual networking event to meet other professionals and to learn more about the benefits of our chapter. 
 COST: Free* for prospective new members. Free for current members if they bring a friend! 
WHAT: GVFHRA Fall Networking Event 
WHERE: McKenzie Brew House
324 W. Swedesford Rd.
Berwyn, PA
610-407-4300
WHEN: Wednesday, November 9, 2016
TIME: 5:30-8:00 p.m.
* Light hors d'oeuvres and two free drinks included! 
REGISTER TODAY!!
There are many advantages to membership with GVFHRA. 
Here are just a few:
  Named in the Top 15 of Leading Business Networking Associations by Philadelphia Business Journal 
 Discounts to year-round GVFHRA meetings, seminars and events
 Access to the GVFHRA’s Membership contact information 
 Volunteer opportunities to “pay it forward” 
 Networking with other influential HR professionals 
 Interactive HR discussions and activities via the GVFHRA LinkedIn group
  The only local chapter with evening meetings offering opportunities to learn, network and have fun while gaining CE credits!

 In addition, if you are “in transition” your membership is free and includes a Career Transition networking group and access to the GVFHRA’s Job Bank. 
 Annual membership runs from September 1st through August 31st and costs just $75 per year for non-SHRM members and just $50 per year for SHRM members. Membership is $20 per year for full time HR students. 

 **If you join and pay at the fall networking event, you will be entered into a drawing to win a gift card!

 
Both GVFHRA Members and Non-Members are invited to this event.

  
Event Pricing
SHRM & GVFHRA members
$0
Non Members
$0


Tuesday, November 15, 2016 5:30 PM
VUCA Leadership for Organizational and Career Success
Approved for 1.25 SHRM and 1.25 HRCI BUSINESS Credits

VUCA
Leadership for Organizational and Career Success



Our interactive
program focuses on

understanding VUCA and how best to
overcome these aspects for the benefit of your organization and your own
career.



  Due to mergers and acquisitions, a changing
government landscape, regulatory decisions, and globalization implications
(just to name a few factors), today’s workplace is Volatile,
Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous. HR professionals must learn how to lead in a
VUCA environment. This
VUCA doctrine underscores the importance of strategic decision-making,
readiness planning, risk management, and situational problem-solving. To overcome
VUCA, you will learn four key leadership strategies:  Vision, Understanding, Clarity, and Agility. After
presenting key concepts, Helen and Matt will facilitate a case study with
participants working in small breakouts to develop your own ideas about VUCA
leadership and how to apply Vision, Understanding, Clarity, and Agility to
navigate your company’s circumstances.



This
topic
will appeal to senior
professionals who are entrusted to provide organizational strategy and
direction within their respective organizations. It will provide language and
tools which will allow participants to further develop their skills in
critical thinking, strategic planning, and leadership development. It will
allow participants to engage more impactfully with senior management and
enhance their impact on their organization’s vision, strategic goals, and bottom line.



Speakers:



Helen
T. Cooke

is an organizational development/ human resources consultant and founder of
Cooke Consulting Group who provides services to a variety of clients including
pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and consumer product companies. Her work focuses
on unleashing potential for leaders and their organizations. She is a
recognized expert in strengthening emotional intelligence and related “soft
skills” in leaders and their teams. Previously, Helen worked within the
pharmaceutical/ biotech industry and her last internal position was Director,
Organizational Effectiveness at Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical (Johnson &
Johnson). She is on the Board of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association and
is also active in the International Coach Federation, Philadelphia Society of
People & Strategy, Society for Human Resource Management, BioNJ, and Greater
Philadelphia’s Senior Executives Group. She presents on topics related to
leadership, team development, change management, and organizational
development. Read more about her work at
www.cookeconsult.com.



Matthew
Levy

Matthew Levy is an Executive Vice President with
Velocity Advisory Group, a boutique consulting
firm specializing in driving business results for clients through strategic
planning, employee engagement, culture change, leadership development and
executive coaching. His background includes twenty+ years of broad experience
in human resources roles at blue-chip companies including Merck, Amgen and
Johnson & Johnson. 



Prior to
Velocity, Matt was a senior HR leader for eight years at Janssen R&D, part
of the pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson, where he partnered
with R&D leaders on people issues such as strategic planning,
organizational effectiveness, assessing and developing leaders, employee
engagement and culture change to help the company meet its business goals.



In 2006, Matt
relocated his family to Southern California to take a position with Amgen, the
world’s largest biotechnology company, where he led the talent acquisition
function for Amgen’s commercial operations and corporate staff groups. Before
Amgen, Matt spent several years at Merck, one of the largest pharmaceutical
companies in the world.  There, he held a
variety of positions in both recruiting and generalist capacities.



He is actively
engaged in professional organizations including the Greater Philadelphia Senior
Executive Group (GPSEG) where he is on the Board of Directors and the
Philadelphia Society of People & Strategy where he is Past President.  He regularly gives speeches on career
management topics such as LinkedIn and networking. Connect with him on LinkedIn
at
http://www.linkedin.com/in/matthewflevy.


 
Both GVFHRA Members and Non-Members are invited to this event.

  
Event Pricing
SHRM & GVFHRA members
$30.00
Non Members
$40.00


Tuesday, December 13, 2016 5:30 PM
Holiday Networking Event Features Silent Auction
Bring a Toys For Tots!!

 
GVFHRA Party and Silent Auction: December 13th

 



 




 Join GVFHRA for our Networking Spectacular!


 


˜  Networking Galore with Philly Business Journal’s top rated HR Networking association


 


˜  Silent Auction to benefit the SHRM Foundation, Southeast Veterans Center and Laurel House.  Get ahead on holiday shopping – or something wonderful for yourself!


 


˜  Buffet Dining


 


 


Tuesday, December 13th


5:30-8:30pm


Crowne Plaza, 260 Mall Blvd., King of Prussia, PA


 


 


 


Greater Valley Forge Human Resource Association (GVFHRA) holds our annual holiday networking extravaganza and Silent Auction on December 13, 2016. Connect with the region’s who’s-who in HR, wile getting ahead on  holiday shopping – or finding something wonderful for you! Auction proceeds will benefit local non-profit organizations in our region, along with helping the national SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) Foundation to provide education, research and scholarships in Human Resource Management


Bring along a TOY FOR TOTS for our Marines.


 


Volunteers and auction items needed! Contact Kiley Alberts at kiley.alberts@mobilexusa.com or Sherri Tate at state@pavcs.us


 


Find us at GVFHRA.org


 

Be There and Bring a Guest


Please make a point of being part of this year’s biggest social event and fundraiser.  Mark your calendars now and plan on be a part of the festivities.  Also, this evening would be a great opportunity to bring that HR friend or acquaintance of yours that may be a prospect for joining our chapter.


 


 
Both GVFHRA Members and Non-Members are invited to this event.

  
Event Pricing
SHRM & GVFHRA members
$30.00
Non Members
$40.00


Tuesday, January 17, 2017 5:30 PM
New Years Resolution #10: make more connections!
Approved for 1.25 SHRM PDC's and HRCI Credits

New Years Resolution #10: make more connections! 
Tuesday, January 17, 2016 at 5:30 PM 

 Learn the art of making some meaningful connections by using, and strengthening, your Ask muscle. Asking for what you need may feel awkward at first but with a little practice you’ll agree that it’s much easier (and a lot less boring) than lifting a 5 pound dumbbell!

Participants
will recognize and appreciate the difference between “networking” and
“connecting” and how we apply this to our organization’s workforce planning
goals and objectives.   Sourcing candidates is not easy!   Learn
about connecting on a more meaningful level to develop stronger relationships
to support recruitment, hiring and succession planning. 


Speaker: Nancy Dunleavy is the Founder, President and CEO of Dunleavy & Associates, a woman-owned business founded in 2001 to help charitable organizations achieve their fullest potential.
Named by LEADERSHIP Philadelphia as one of Philadelphia's "Top 101 Connectors" and by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the 25 Women of Distinction in 2006 and one of the top 100 women-owned businesses for four consecutive years, Nancy’s ability to "cross industry sectors" has been cited as one of the characteristics of true connectors. She is successful in engaging collaborations between and among the educational community, the political community, the nonprofit community and the corporate community.

 
Both GVFHRA Members and Non-Members are invited to this event.

  
Event Pricing
SHRM & GVFHRA members
$30.00
Non Members
$40.00


Thursday, February 02, 2017 7:30 AM to 9:15 AM
Bridging the Gap in the Workplace – the Millennial’s are here
Approved for 1.25 SHRM and HRCI Credits

Bridging the Gap in the Workplace – the Millennial’s are here

February Breakfast

Thursday, February 2


Labeled the “entitled” and “lazy” generation, today’s
work environment will look very different twenty years from now, as Boomers
begin leaving the workforce in droves over the next fifteen years. Companies
will no longer have the option NOT to hire Millennials. They will be a
necessity if your business or company is to survive. Millennials get a bad rap
and yet they are the most educated, diverse, accepting, technological-rich
generation of our life-time.


 This interactive presentation along with a slide deck,
and practical knowledge, will provide understanding of the generational diversities
and issues facing the work environment. We will discuss ways to “co-create” a
culture in which Millennials will be drawn, so you stop wasting time and money
training, only for them to up and leave anyway.



 Boomers and Gen Xr’s continue to seek ways to work with
Millennials.  During this presentation, I
will teach the neuro-science behind change along with different perspectives to
survive the onslaught of Millennials entering the workplace.



 If we understand what makes each generation different and
the why behind how we each came to be, it helps us to shape the future. Since
change is inevitable, we will share the ideology of this new generation so
Corporate America can embrace the change.



You will walk away knowing what is behind the millennials
motivation (or lack thereof, as they are labeled) and the considerations needed
to thrive with the incoming generation.  

Speaker:

Terri
O’Donnell, PCC, CPCC received her training and certification through one of the
founding pillars and most rigorous coaching organizations in the world, Coach
Training Institute(CTI). Her credentialing is through the accrediting body of
coaching schools and individuals, International Coach Federation(ICF).



 To the
chagrin of those who knew Terri, she turned in the briefcase for the baby after
having worked in Corporate America for almost 20 years in Sales and Marketing
for a Telecommunications Company.



Six years
ago, Terri recreated herself and became a coach initially seeking to be a voice
for women only to learn that men also wanted coaching with her. She has come
full circle coaching Professional Business Women who are trying to figure out why
they were passed over for a promotion, should they leave their job because they
aren’t getting along with their boss, how they can work remotely, what’s next or
life after they’re re-organized or downsized to name just a few.


 
Both GVFHRA Members and Non-Members are invited to this event.

  
Event Pricing
SHRM & GVFHRA members
$30.00
Non Members
$40.00


Tuesday, February 21, 2017 5:30 PM
What to do with the HiPo of the YoPro when you’re an OldPro (Examining the communicative and assessment process of leadership training).
Approved for 1.25 SHRM PDC's and 1.25 Business HRCI Credits

What to do with the HiPo of the YoPro when you’re an OldPro 
(Examining the communicative and assessment process of leadership training)
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 5:30 PM
Crowne Plaza, King of Prussia
 
The goal of the session will be to provide insight around assessing leadership potential. Leadership assessment and measurement are a vital tool for strategic team and broader organizational development. The appeal towards individuals with “winning” personalities does not necessarily mean that the skill sets for leadership are present. Are organizations just plugging holes in their talent need by over-estimating the potential of a person? Assessment as an art will be discussed. Contributing factors such as organizational structure, economics, generational differences (real or perceived), evaluative processes and talent alignment pathing will be discussed.
Once it is determined there is high potential in an individual, how is that accessed? 

 Working through options for tapping into that talent and aligning it with the mission will be presented. The utilization of a case study will help to anchor these concepts and provide concrete assimilation.

Speaker:
John Baldino MSHRD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP founded Humareso to strategize with companies to develop plans to manage talent, recruit for skills gaps based on employee inventories, assess markets for growth, develop long-range succession plans and influence a culture of enthusiastic buy-in. Humareso provides outsourced human resource services, including its flagship HRO plan, which helps businesses save money, increase productivity and reduce legal risks by providing dedicated HR consulting for compliance, training, performance management, employee relations, workplace management, discipline and other important HR best practices.

 
Both GVFHRA Members and Non-Members are invited to this event.

  
Event Pricing
SHRM & GVFHRA members
$30.00
Non Members
$40.00


Thursday, March 02, 2017 7:30 AM to 9:15 AM
Employee Relations That Work!
Approved for 1.25 SHRM and HRCI Credits

Employee Relations That Work!

March Breakfast
Thursday, March 2, 2016 at 7:30 AM

In this presentation, we will review the best practices of a Corporate Employee Relations program and how to properly structure a full infrastructure of personnel, policies and best practices to support the program.

The content of the presentation will cover the eight parts of an
effective Employee Relations program, including the:
1)   Strategic Plan
2)  Team Competencies and
Development
3)  Policy Portfolio
4) Case Management
5) Dashboards and Metrics
6) Employee Engagement
7)  Institutionalization
8)  Workplace Issue
Resolution

Speaker:

Anita D. Tinney, Esq.
The Employee and Labor Relations Academy is a consulting firm
focused on training and best practices in Employee Relations,
Labor Relations, HR Compliance, Workplace Investigations,
Preventative and Proactive Labor Relations and Organized Labor.
Anita became Principal Consultant at ELRA after twenty-two years
in the private sector as an internal consultant in HR, Operations
and Employee and Labor Relations. She has had a very successful
career in ER/LR at some of the largest Fortune 100 Companies in
the world, including Merck & Co., Inc., Johnson & Johnson World
Headquarters, Comcast Cable and AmerisourceBergen
Corporation. She has extensive experience in all facets of
Employee and Labor Relations in both U.S and Global ER/LR.
Anita holds a B. S. Degree in Electrical Engineering from Hampton
University and an Employment and Labor Law degree from
Temple University, is Six Sigma certified, certified Mediator and
EEO Investigator, and member of the New Jersey State Bar. 


 
Both GVFHRA Members and Non-Members are invited to this event.

  
Event Pricing
SHRM & GVFHRA members
$30.00
Non Members
$40.00


Tuesday, March 21, 2017 5:30 PM
Help Your Business Leaders Lead Across The Optimism Gap
Approved for 1.25 SHRM and HRCI Credits

Help Your Business Leaders Lead Across The Optimism Gap
March Dinner
Tuesday, March 21st at 5:30 PM at Crowne Plaza


Research
shows that in virtually every organization, optimism and resilience increase
with position level. But this creates a problem. Many employees perceive their
managers to be overly optimistic and unrealistic. They dismiss their bosses’
directives, goals, and missions as unattainable, and therefore fail to engage.
In this session, you will learn how to help your business leaders bridge this
gap and communicate with greater impact, lead change more effectively, and
create better results. And by interacting with your leadership at this
strategic level, you will help assure a seat for HR at the business table!

Ever wonder why new strategic
initiatives in your organization often seem to hit roadblocks? When the
business leaders you serve complain that they’ve missed key metrics on their
scorecards, do you ever wonder why they can't just get it done? A decade of
research at Adaptiv Learning Systems shows that the higher you go in an
organization, the more resilient and optimistic people tend to be. This is
because resilience and optimism are precisely the qualities that advance
careers and get you promoted. But this creates a problem. Optimistic leaders
are trying to lead their relatively pessimistic staff. Worst of all, they are
usually blind to these differences.

So when leaders communicate about
change initiatives, many lower-level employees perceive the messages to be
overly optimistic and unrealistic. They dismiss their vision, strategies and
directives as unattainable and so do not engage in activities that will
accomplish the mission. The result is often failure to achieve key business and
strategic objectives in a timely way.





In this workshop you will learn how to help your
business leaders lead more effectively across this ‘Optimism Gap'. 

Speakers-Dean Becker

Dean Becker is Vice President,
Corporate Business Development, for Kelleher Associates. Dean is an
accomplished executive and consultant with more than 25 years of experience
selling and delivering executive search, training and executive coaching
services to organizations and individuals worldwide. He is responsible for
representing Kelleher’s services to corporations across the Delaware Valley.

Dean is also a recognized expert in
the field of individual and organizational resilience, having co‑founded
Adaptiv Learning Systems, and having directed the development and delivery of
Adaptiv’s research-based resilience assessments, coaching and training
programs. He holds an MBA in Medical Group Management, and a BA in Psychology.
He managed companies in the human resources and healthcare arenas prior to
assuming leadership of Adaptiv Learning Systems.
 









In addition to his active
participation with PSPS, SHRM and International Coach Federation (ICF) –
Philadelphia chapter, Dean sits on the Board of Directors and Executive
Committee for the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA, and is a Chairman of the
Board of Supervisors in Perkiomen Township, PA.



 
Both GVFHRA Members and Non-Members are invited to this event.

  
Event Pricing
SHRM & GVFHRA members
$30.00
Non Members
$40.00


Tuesday, March 28, 2017 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
GVFHRA College Networking Event



Tuesday, March 28th 
6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
 Manayunk Brewery: 4120 Main Street, Philadelphia, PA 19127
Cost: $5.00 ( hor d’oeuvres will be served throughout the evening) .
 Pay online or at the door!

Ideal for soon to be college graduate in the field of Human
Resources or you are a Human Resources Professional looking to
fill an entry level HR position, this is the event for you. 
  Walk‐ins  Welcome!

 
Both GVFHRA Members and Non-Members are invited to this event.

  
Event Pricing
SHRM & GVFHRA members
$5.00
Non Members
$5.00


Thursday, April 06, 2017 7:30 AM to 9:15 AM
The Power of Appreciation
Approved for 1.25 SHRM PDC's and HRCI Credits

The Power of Appreciation 

April Breakfast 
April 6, 2016 at 7:30 AM
 
Our Power of Appreciation presentation is an unforgettable look at why appreciation matters and how to unlock its power to create great teams and cultures. It is an ideal way to launch or reinvigorate recognition programs and training.
Our critically acclaimed speakers regularly win the highest praise for one reason: they know how to present proven strategies and tell stories in ways that leave people and organizations changed for the better. Leaders learn how appreciation helps to overcome the challenges of a constantly churning, ever-changing market. Then with a keen understanding of three essential ways to appreciate great work, they are empowered to incorporate best practices that inspire employees to engage. And when people engage with your culture, vision, and values, companies grow. 
Speaker: 
With a mission to instill in others a passion for personal and professional excellence, Kevin Ames is one of the highest ranked speakers at the Evanta Leadership Summits. He’s spoken to thousands of people and leadership groups at conferences and companies such as National Grid, Dow Chemical, Frito Lay, Bose, Miller Thompson, Pier 1, Kennedy Health, and more. An expert in the areas of workplace culture, engagement, great work, teambuilding, leadership, and personal development, his presentations have been called, “dynamic, insightful, clear, honest, and informative.”


 
Both GVFHRA Members and Non-Members are invited to this event.

  
Event Pricing
SHRM & GVFHRA members
$30.00
Non Members
$40.00


Tuesday, April 18, 2017 5:30 PM
Trump’s World Meets Employment Law – A Fork In The Road?
Approved for 1.25 SHRM PDC's and HRCI Credits

Trump’s World Meets Employment Law – A Fork In The Road?
Tuesday, April 18th at 5:30 PM
Crowne Plaza, King of Prussia

This presentation will discuss some of the recent hot topics in HR and employment law and what the future holds for them in light of the new Trump administration.  Clearly, with the new administration, predictability is difficult.  With that in mind, we’ll explore the viability of the past as we move swiftly into the future.  We’ll do our best to provide insight, “predictions,” and guidance to prepare you for navigating the world of employment law in 2017 and beyond.  

Below is a brief list of some of the questions we will try to entertain: 

1.      Will Wage And Hour Issues Remain On Center Stage?

a.      The last several years (honestly, the last 15!) have been banner years for overtime and misclassification claims.  They have grown exponentially, but will that continue? Will the U.S. Department of Labor call off the dogs and change its focus?

b.     It seems that every lawsuit filed is styled as a class and/or collective action seeking to represent not only the name plaintiff, but all others “similarly situated.”  Will that change?  Will such class claims continue to dominate this area of the law? 

c.      As everyone knows, the U.S. DOL last year sought to take over the conversation by ramping up the minimum salary level to be exempt from the minimum wage and overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.  With that effort severely hampered if not dead, what could be next on the agency’s agenda?

2.     The NLRB – Will It Go Back To A Focus On Unionized Workers?

a.      During the Obama Administration, the Agency worked incredibly hard to make union organizing even easier by, among other things, changing the age-old rules of engagement in the process for conducting elections.  Will those new rules last?

b.     With unions across the country seemingly less powerful and less active, the NLRB shifted its focus somewhat to the non-union workplaces, hammering employers across the country for purported unlawful policy implementation and subsequent employee discipline and discharges based upon those policies. 

c.      Looking ahead, will the NLRB continue to add impediments to an employer’s right to oppose unionization, such as by changing employer reporting and disclosure requirements?  Or, will the NLRB re-balance its priorities to be more balanced towards employers?

3.     Will Our Employment World Become More Or Less Complicated?

a.      For nearly eight years, employers across the country have certainly been faced with numerous impediments to, and complications for, successful employee relations.  Will there be more, or at least continued, heavy regulation of employers?  Or, as President Trump promises, less?  How will the trend filter out to cities and states across the U.S.?  Will the U.S. Supreme Court, or the fact of the potential lengthy vacancy, impact day-to-day human resources?

b.     One of the most important challenges relates to the growing awareness and important effort to better integrate transgender status in the workplace and address potential accommodation issues.  Will that continue to be a priority?

c.      What does the near future hold for the proliferation of discrimination claims?  What will the new trends be:  more race-based claims, or those alleging religious bias?  Will retaliation continue to be the “scariest” of all such claims?  Strangely, will sexual harassment claims continue their comeback and exceed levels from decades past?  


SPEAKER:
Jason Reisman , Esq , Partner at Blank Rome. Jason has extensive experience in equal employment opportunity matters before state and federal agencies, federal employment discrimination litigation, wage and hour (including overtime) litigation, collective bargaining, and representation case and unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board. He also has comprehensive knowledge of the Fair Labor Standards Act and Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988 (WARN Act)
Areas of Focus: 
Employee Relations Counseling and Training
Employment Discrimination/EEO Litigation
Executive Employment and Severance Agreements
Fair Labor Standards Act/Wage & Hour
Labor and Management Relations
Restrictive Covenant/Non-Competition Agreements and Enforcement.  



 
Both GVFHRA Members and Non-Members are invited to this event.

  
Event Pricing
SHRM & GVFHRA members
$30.00
Non Members
$40.00






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