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Tuesday, April 29, 2014 | Comp 102.5: Analyzing and Updating Your Compensation Program
Friday, May 02, 2014 | 14th Annual Pennsylvania State Legislative and Legal Conference
Monday, May 05, 2014 | Scaling the Walls of the Executive Suite
Thursday, May 15, 2014 | 2013 HR Person Awards Dinner
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 | HR Strategic Planning - Charting the Course of HR's Role in Your Organization
Tuesday, June 03, 2014 | Think One Team: How to Build Partnering Capabilities to Improve Teamwork

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Comp 102.5: Analyzing and Updating Your Compensation Program
Approved for 3 HRCI General Credits
Speaker(s): Deb Grigson

Comp 102.5: Analyzing and Updating Your Compensation Program Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Registration: 8:30am; Program: 9:00am – Noon
DeVry University, Allendale Road, King of Prussia (Panera/Verizon Shopping Center) 
Your company has a solid compensation program in place. As a human resources or compensation professional, you know that compensation is a lot more than payroll administration. Paying people right is not a once and done project; it is continuous and fluid. So how do you keep the process in order; how do you keep it aligned with your company’s culture, values and business drivers; how do you keep it fair to all of your employees? What are the steps to take when your company’s business strategies start to change? It’s a process. Participants will learn how to approach year two post compensation analysis and redesign. Learn where to start and how to maintain the program you worked so hard to develop. Second, learn how to handle what ifs and how to incorporate the inevitable into your working compensation program. We will explore methods for analyzing and updating your annual compensation program:
• Review and analyze your current compensation philosophy
• Analyze your employee compensation to see if it is meeting your compensation goals • Update your job analysis (market pricing)
• Update and align your salary structure to meet the year ahead
• Deliver annual pay increases

We will contemplate “What ifs” and examine ways to handle them effectively and efficiently: „«
Your company buys a new company „«
Your company goes into the hiring mode „«
Your company has a merit budget of 2% „«
Your company is moving into a new part of the globe

Compensation 102.5 is a practical exploration of how to manage and maintain your compensation program. Join us in exploring compensation and what comes next.

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.


Villanova Financial Services, Inc.

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GVFHRA members $35.00
Non Members $50.00
Student Pricing $20.00

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DeVry University
King of Prussia PA 19406
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Friday, May 02, 2014 8:30 AM to 3:15 PM
14th Annual Pennsylvania State Legislative and Legal Conference









May 2, 2014

Harrisburg Hilton

1 North Second Street

Harrisburg, PA



The Pennsylvania State Council of SHRM, Inc. will hold its 14th Annual Legislative & Legal Conference on Friday, May 2, 2014 at the Harrisburg Hilton. Join us for an educational day of state and federal employment law updates as well as great networking opportunities.


We are pleased to offer a total of six programs (including an early bird session)for this year’s full-day conference. The presenters for the three morning sessions will be Jonathan Segal, Esq. of Duane Morris LLP; Kathleen Coulombe, Senior Government Relations Advisor SHRM; Lynn Outwater Esq., SPHR of Jackson Lewis, LLP; Heather Roth, Regional Director and Kathy Morrison, Chief Counsel of Pennsylvania Human Rights Commission.


Presenting for our afternoon sessions will be Glenn Spencer of U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Christopher D. Durham, Esq. of Duane Morris LLP. Topics will include:


  • Social Media - Risky Business
  • HR Public Policy: The 113th Congress and the Second-Term Obama Administration
  • Employment Law Update
  • Discrimination Trends: The PHRC and What You Need to Know
  • The Second Offensive-Labor and Employment Policy 2014 Recent Court Cases Affecting Employers
  • State Law Trends in General and Pending Legislation in Pennsylvania In Particular


CLE and HR Certification Institute credits pending approval.


REGISTER BY MARCH 29 TO RECEIVE A DISCOUNT! For registration, please go to:http://www.pashrm.org/. Please direct your questions to Deborah Margulies at dlmargulies@duanemorris.com.


Join us for the pre-conference Reception on Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


We hope to see you there!







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Monday, May 05, 2014 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Scaling the Walls of the Executive Suite
HRCI Credits Pending
Speaker(s): Pamela Tudor, Amanda Bennett, Leonie Rynn, MD, Virginia Bowden

Scaling the Walls of the Executive Suite
Continental Breakfast and Neetworking from 8:30 to 9:00 AM, Program starts at 9:00 AM

On May 5th, 2014, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of The Greater Valley Forge Chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management (GVFHRA) will be hosting a panel discussion entitled “Scaling the Walls of the Executive Suite.”  
Recently, especially with the publication of Sheryl Sandburg's Lean In, women and their underrepresentation in leadership roles have gotten a lot of attention.  Our goal for the panel discussion is to provide women with insight into how trailblazers made the climb and how women who aspire to lead can overcome obstacles and advance their careers.
We have assembled  panelists who are recognized for their successful careers and contributions to their organizations and society.  They have had enviable journeys and have been an inspiration to many.

Participants will learn from successful women in leadership:

  • what some common barriers to career success are and how they have forged ahead in the workplace despite these obstacles
  • what behaviors can be hindrances to being seen as a credible executive.
  • to identify the barriers they personally face at work and take away new ideas for overcoming those barriers
  • the power of working together with colleagues and the value of building a “support network”.


Pamela Tudor (Moderator) is an award winning executive coach and organization development consultant who helps clients turn vision into action in the areas of leadership and organization development, diversity and inclusion, and emotional fitness. Pamela is also an in-demand speaker on Leading Change with Emotional Intelligence, Developing Culturally Competent Leadership, and Sustaining Inner Fitness. In 2013 Pamela was voted the Delaware Valley Consultant of the Year.
Over 20 years Pamela’s clients have developed critical leadership skills to achieve concrete goals as a direct result of the tools that she provides.   Pamela conducts strategic planning and team retreats for corporations, nonprofits and universities throughout the country. Her article on Adding Value with Diversity is required reading in college courses nationally and throughout the world. She also writes a blog on Inner Fitness™, found on Boomer-Living.com and www.tudorconsulting.net.
After earning a BA and MA in applied psychology Pamela went to art school for four years and brought this combination of psychology and creativity to the founding of a successful incentive rewards business in NYC. She now uses her operational experience as an entrepreneur to help clients develop their own strategic and practical approaches to leading and managing change.

Amanda Bennett is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, investigative journalist and editor.  Through 2013, she was Executive Editor, Bloomberg News, where she created and ran a global team of investigative reporters and editors.  She was also a founder of Bloomberg News’ Women’s project. She was editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer from June, 2003, to November, 2006, and prior to that was editor of the Herald-Leader in Lexington, Kentucky.  Bennett served as a Wall Street Journal reporter for more than 20 years. A graduate of Harvard College, she held numerous posts at the Journal, including auto industry reporter in Detroit in the late 70s and early 80s, Pentagon and State Department reporter, Beijing correspondent, management editor/reporter, national economics correspondent and, finally, chief of the Atlanta bureau until 1998, when she moved to The Oregonian.
She served as co-Chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board in 2010.  Bennett shared the Prize for national reporting with her Journal colleagues, and in 2001 led a team from The Oregonian to a Pulitzer for public service. She is on the board of the Loeb Awards and of the Fund for Investigative Journalism. Projects by the Bloomberg Projects and Investigations team won numerous awards, including Loeb, Polk, Barlett & Steele, Headliners, Society of American Business Editors and Writers and  Overseas Press Club Awards.
She is the author of six books including “In Memoriam” (1998), co-authored with Terence B. Foley; “The Man Who Stayed Behind,” co-authored with Sidney Rittenberg (1993), “Death of the Organization Man” (1991) and “The Quiet Room,” co-authored with Lori Schiller. "The Cost of Hope," her memoir of the battle she and Foley, her late husband, fought against his kidney cancer, was published in June, 2012 by Random House.

Leonie Rynn, MD, is Medical Director for DePuy Synthes, Trauma, a part of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies. She has been an employee of Johnson & Johnson for over ten years.
In her current role, she provides medical safety expertise, oversight and guidance in evaluating product risk-benefit for DePuy Synthes Trauma products for Risk Management Reports, Health Hazards Evaluations, Clinical Evaluation Reports, Post Market Safety Surveillance. Her responsibilities include evaluation of customer/user risk and impact of product performance issues on patient safety.
Two years ago, Leonie travelled to the US from Ireland on an International Development Program (IDP) assignment and served as the Global Medical Affairs Leader for Pain in Janssen Pharmaceuticals (part of the pharmaceutical sector of Johnson & Johnson). In that role she managed the clinical-commercial optimization of product development and life cycle management strategies and plans within the pain therapeutic area. She partnered with the regional medical groups and product leaders to develop integrated global medical affairs perspectives, strategies and plans for pain compounds in development. She served as an integral member of the Compound Development Teams, Global Commercial Teams, and the clinical teams.
Leonie obtained her medical degree from the National University of Ireland, Galway and pursued a career in surgery. Following the award of Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, she undertook training in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery unit in University College Hospital.  Leonie joined Janssen-Cilag, Ireland in July 2003, initially as Medical Liaison Manager, and was subsequently promoted to Medical Advisor, Head of Medical Affairs and in November 2008, to Associate Medical Director. In this role, Leonie was responsible for the Medical Affairs Department, providing medical leadership to the commercial groups, managing the Clinical Research Team and was responsible for pharmacovigilance and regulatory affairs for Janssen-Cilag in Ireland. Prior to coming to the US she was the Integrated Brand Value Team Leader (IBVTL) and European Medical Affairs Director for analgesia products in the Europe Middle East & Africa region.

Virginia Bowden currently serves as Partner, Market Leader for the Philadelphia region of Aon Hewitt. In this role, Virginia leads client management teams to develop and implement innovative human capital solutions for clients. She has more than 23 years of human capital experience in the Philadelphia marketplace in compensation and benefits, talent management, global wellness, mergers and acquisitions and outsourcing. She has worked at various companies, including Rutherford Financial, Boothby & Associates, and Mercer. More recently, Bowden served as an account director at Towers Watson, working closely with large domestic and global organizations. She also currently serves a Board member for the Women’s Resource Center, in Wayne, PA, an organization which promotes the career and personal development of women across the Delaware Valley.
Virginia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, a Master of Science in Organization Development from the University of Pennsylvania.



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GVFHRA members $35.00
Non Members $50.00
Student Pricing $20.00

Reserve Only Pricing
GVFHRA members $35.00
Non Members $50.00

Crowne Plaza Valley Forge
King of Prussia PA 19406
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Thursday, May 15, 2014 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
2013 HR Person Awards Dinner

About the Award:

The Delaware Valley HR Person of the Year Award was developed in 2001 to celebrate the Human Resources industry and to recognize those in the HR profession who exemplify outstanding achievement within our local human resources community.


The Delaware Valley HR Person of the Year Award is a joint effort between HR Association of Southern New Jersey, Chester County Human Resource Association, Delaware County SHRM, Delaware SHRM, Greater Valley Forge HR Association, Philadelphia SHRM, Tri-State HR Management Association chapters of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Awards are given in the following categories:

•HR Person of the Year with 1-500 employees

•HR Person of the Year with 501-2,000 employees

•HR Person of the Year with 2,001 or more employees

•HR Consultant of the Year

•HR Rising Star of the Year


 Save The Date-May 15, 2014

Register on line at www.hrpersonaward.org


This event requires registration on a linked page. Please click the button below to go to there and register.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 5:30 PM
HR Strategic Planning - Charting the Course of HR's Role in Your Organization
Approved for 1.25 Business Strategic HRCI Credits
Speaker(s): Ed Krow, SPHR

May Dinner
HR Strategic Planning - Charting the Course of HR's Role in Your Organization
Approved for 1.25 Business HRCI Credits

5:30 PM-Crowne Plaza Valley Forge


As you interact with your organization, it's important to be able to share the strategic goals of your Human Resources department. Otherwise, how will your organization leaders understand what value your department adds? They're definitely asking and need to see the value that you bring to the total organization. Developing a Human Resources Strategic Plan, with input from your organization, allows you to understand and communicate the HR function's contributions. It allows you to shape the expectations that your organization holds for what you will contribute and when. This transparency adds value to the goals and role of the HR department. Whether your HR function is a department of one or many, basic Human Resources strategic planning that includes internal organizational needs assessment and external benchmark comparisons is needed. This interactive session will show you how to approach and accomplish fundamental Human Resources' strategic planning and will lay the groundwork for developing your HR business plan.

 Attendees will: Determine how to link the HR Strategic Plan to the overall business strategy and learn how to develop an HR Strategic Plan that supports Company objectives.

 Ed Krow, SPHR is the Human Resources Principal with IMG, which provides consulting services in all areas of business management. He has specific expertise in developing compensation and performance management systems, as well as affirmative action planning.
Ed has over 20 years of experience in the Human Resources field.  Specifically, Ed spent several years operating his own business, Human Resources Essentials, LLC, as a Human Resources Strategist and Trainer, led the HR consulting function for a top 25 Accounting firm and spent over a decade with United Parcel Service in a number of Human Resources and Operations Management positions.  Additionally, Ed is currently an adjunct professor at MillersvilleUniversity.  He is a regularly requested speaker for Human Resources conferences, seminars, and professional development sessions and has been quoted in numerous publications.  In following his belief in giving back to the community, Ed serves on several not-for-profit Boards in Central Pennsylvania. He received  BS, Millersville University and MS, Indiana University of Pennsylvania




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GVFHRA members $30.00
Non Members $40.00
Student Pricing $10.00

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GVFHRA members $35.00
Non Members $45.00

Crowne Plaza Valley Forge
King of Prussia PA 19406
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Tuesday, June 03, 2014 5:30 PM
Think One Team: How to Build Partnering Capabilities to Improve Teamwork
Approved for 1.25 Business Strategic HRCI Credits
Speaker(s): Eleanor Lyons, Partner, Human Edge Resources


January Event Rescheduled!

Think One Team: How to Build Partnering Capabilities to Improve Teamwork Across Boundaries

Approved for 1.25 Business Strategic HRCI Credits 

The presentation will address this question by challenging participants to reflect on the extent which lack of one team capabilities is the cause of performance barriers such costly bottlenecks, duplication, ‘turf’ conflicts and inability to leverage resources from end-to-end.

Using the Think One Team™ model as the framework, the participants will be guided to apply a tool to assess the one practices within a team or group.  This will focus them on the practical things that leaders and teams do to boost (or inhibit) collaboration across the boundaries.

The model describes five practices or principles, expressed in simple, easy-to-engage terms which apply to any relationship in from one-on-one to whole of organization:

  • Share the Big Picture – take a broader view than your own agenda and priorities
  • Share the Reality – be open and honest with each other
  • Share the Air – keep the lines of communication open; build trust
  • Share the Load – understand and align roles and expectations
  • Share the Wins and Losses – learn, achieve and celebrate together

The presentation will then introduce a simple One Team Checklist tool that is widely used in organizations to begin the ‘one team journey’ by boosting partnering behaviors on key cross-boundary initiatives.  This checklist applies one question from each of the five principles and is used at the beginning of new initiatives and at key times during the activities.

To pull this together, each person will be encouraged to define their own commitment to apply one tool or principle from the presentation to their work within the next week.

 Speaker-Eleanor Lyons, Partner, Human Edge Resources

A teacher at heart, Eleanor lives for the “light bulb” moment. That is, the moment when a person decides that what they are learning is useful and will help them meet their goals.

 As an expert in corporate training and leadership coaching (she has a Master’s degree in Training & Organizational Development from St. Joseph’s University), Eleanor uses adult learning principles to design programs that engage people in the learning process and get them invested in the outcome. In fact, she is in the business of creating outcomes. All of the training programs she develops start from the idea that employees who participate in the training will actually do something differently once they get a chance.

Previously, Eleanor worked at GE and Merrill Lynch. She managed and facilitated a core set of training programs for both employees and managers, and provided coaching and consulting services to business leaders. She has since brought her approach to various industries, including pharmaceuticals, financial services, manufacturing, technology and non-profits.

Eleanor earned a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources from Temple University in Philadelphia. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management, and the NJ OD Community. She is on the Mentoring Committee and has been a speaker for Fox School of Business Alumni.

 Eleanor is married with two school-aged kids. Just to prove that it’s never too late to try something new, she recently started singing in a women’s choir.



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GVFHRA members $30.00
Non Members $40.00
Student Pricing $10.00

Reserve Only Pricing
GVFHRA members $35.00
Non Members $45.00

Crowne Plaza Valley Forge
King of Prussia PA 19406
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