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Tuesday, April 28, 2015 | Let's Talk About LGBT Inclusion
Friday, May 01, 2015 | 15th Annual Pennsylvania State Legislative and Legal Conference
Monday, May 04, 2015 | GVFHRA Transitions & Networking Group-
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 | Veteran’s Hiring Initiatives: A Panel Discussion
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 | Ignite Workplace Enthusiasm: How to Win in the Engagement War for Talent (Dale Carnegie Training)
Thursday, May 21, 2015 | 2015 HR Person Awards Dinner

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 11:30 AM to 2:15 PM
Let's Talk About LGBT Inclusion
Aproved for 2 HRCI and SHRM Credits
Speaker(s): Katina Sawyer, Ph.D., Harvey Hurdle,Jaymie Campbell,Leona Thomas, Christopher Halpin

Let's talk about LGBT Inclusion


On April 28, 2015, 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 “Let's Talk about LGBT inclusion .”  


 Our goal for the panel discussion is to provide  insight into the issues LGBT employees face and what organizations can do to create a more LGBT friendly culture. 


We have assembled five  panelists who are recognized for their successful careers and the  work they are doing to foster LGBT equality and  inclusion.  They have been courageous activists at a time  when homophobia was even more prevalent and continue that work today.  They have helped and inspired many.  




11:30-12:15  Networking, registration and buffet lunch

12:15-2:00    Moderated panel discussion 

2:00-2:15      Panelists answer questions from the audience

2:15                Meeting adjourns


After a brief overview of the topic, the moderator will introduce the panelists. Katina Sawyer , one of the panelists and a Villanova professor will set  some key definitions. Below are the questions each panelist will be asked to answer.


Each panelist will take 2 minutes or less to talk about  him or herself, what he or she  does, and what prompted him or her to become an activist.  


Below are the questions the panelists will be asked to answer:

  1. What are the barriers to LGBT inclusion in the work world? 
  1. What are some of the myths about LGBT that need to be dispelled? 
  1. What are the benefits of LGBT inclusion? 
  1. What are some common  sensitive situations and how should they be handled? 
  1. There are still many employees who are not out at work.  What needs to change for more employees to be comfortable with being out at work?  
  1. What does an inclusive culture look like and how do you go about creating one? 
  1. What are leading companies doing? 
  1. How can  HR professionals be helpful?


After the  questions have been asked,  the moderator will open the discussion to questions from  the audience. Once the audience has finished asking questions, the moderator will make some summarizing remarks. 

Participants will learn from people who are active in advocating for LGBT rights and inclusion, what the common barriers and how they as human resources professionals can help fight negative stereotypes and help create more inclusive environments in the companies where they work.  They will also learn what their companies may be doing now that has a chilling effect on LGBT employees and what leading edge companies are doing to create a LGBT friendly work place. Overall, participants will emerge from  the panel session with clear takeaways for them in their  roles at work, from useful advice on how to handle common LGBT issues that may arise to  steps they can take to make their company LGBT- friendly.
Katina Sawyer, Ph.D.is an Assistant Professor at Villanova University in the Graduate Programs in Human Resource Development, in the Psychology department. During and after her graduate work, she worked as an independent consultant and for SHL, a global consulting firm, on the Optimization Services team. Her areas of expertise include leadership, diversity (specifically LGBT workplace discrimination), and strategic HR management. Katina is the owner and operator of K. Sawyer Solutions, LLC, which offers consulting services in selection, assessment, and diversity/inclusion.

Harvey Hurdle served as Chief Executive Officer of Sellers Dorsey from 2012 -2015 and its Chief Operating Officer from 2005-2011. As the firm's chief team builder, Harvey provided leadership to the executive management team as they worked collaboratively to execute the firm's business strategy.  During his time at Sellers Dorsey the company more than doubled firm revenues, expanded its products and services and entered new markets. His diligence and professionalism h served to establish company-wide standards of collaboration, efficiency, and excellence.

Jaymie Campbell began his non-profit career in San Francisco working in health promotion, social services, HIV research, and education; there he obtained a Master’s in Counseling Psychology, emphasis in Community Mental Health, from the California Institute of Integral Studies. As a third year doctoral student in the Human Sexuality Studies PhD program at Widener University, he plans to focus his dissertation on intersections of race, gender, and sexual orientation.

Chris  Halpin is a 15 year Vanguard veteran with 20+ years of experience in the retirement planning industry.  After working in plan administration and implementation roles, he joined Vanguard to work as a Compliance Consultant for five years in the large employer market.  He has been a Compliance Manager for the last ten years, where he leads a team providing compliance and consultative services to clients that provide qualified retirement plan benefits.

Leona Thomas is a business transformation and enablement executive who focuses on helping companies overcome the complex challenge of changing who they are to who they need to be.  Whether facing challenges driven by growth, innovation, emerging industries, external forces, corporate restructuring or even leadership recognizing they must change to get ahead, Leona helps organizations shape the future, understand where they are, and figure out how to get there. 

Edwina White(Moderator)


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Villanova University - Garey Hall
Villanova PA 19085
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Friday, May 01, 2015 7:00 AM to 3:15 PM
15th Annual Pennsylvania State Legislative and Legal Conference









May 1, 2015

Harrisburg Hilton

1 North Second Street

Harrisburg, PA


The Pennsylvania State Council of SHRM, Inc. will hold its 15th Annual Legislative & Legal Conference on Friday, May 1, 2015 at the Harrisburg Hilton. Join us for an educational day of state and federal employment law updates as well as great networking opportunities.

SHRM PDC's, CLE and HR Certification Institute credits pending approval.


Join us for the pre-conference Reception on Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


We hope to see you there!




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Monday, May 04, 2015 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
GVFHRA Transitions & Networking Group-
What Is Your resume really saying about you...are you presenting as a
Speaker(s): Susan McDonald

Register today for the May 4, 2015 GVFHRA Career Management & Transition Group Meeting – What is your resume really saying about you…are you presenting as a ‘finalist candidate’?  Join us for a highly interactive discussion on the best manner in which to approach optimizing your resume to ensure you ‘breakthrough’ as a compelling and potential finalist candidate. 

Please bring copy of your resume with you for this session.

We’ll examine & discuss:

  • How do recruiters & hiring managers “vet” resumes?

  • What generates “red flags” or points of deficiency?

  • What commands attention & creates differentiation?

  • What are you struggling with in attempt to optimize your resume?

  • Q&A

Please register in advance at:

Date: Monday, May 4, 2015
5:30 to 7:00 PM
CCI Consulting Corporate Office
Arborcrest Corporate Campus
Hillcrest II
721 Arbor Way, Suite 180
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Directions available through website. GPS does not register our address.  Use Google Maps.

Cost: no charge

Who is invited to attend: active GVFHRA chapter members in-transition or preparing to explore the labor market.  Prospective chapter members are also invited to attend these meetings.


Susan McDonald

Vice President Client Services
CCI Consulting
GVFHRA Career Transitions Committee Chair 2012-2015

Susan brings over 30 years’ experience in talent management, consulting and executive search to benefit our chapter members in transition.  It is through her lens and experience as a hired head hunter, that she will share her guidance and advice for optimizing the resume. Susan intimately understands the vetting process throughout the full recruiting lifecycle and is able to share advice, from that viewpoint, to help chapter members as they work to optimize the impact of their resume.

(Please note GPS does not register this address; Google Maps does.  This Corporate Campus entrance is at intersection of Township Line Rd and Union Meeting Rd in Blue Bell ¨C just a couple blocks from Blue Bell Post Office.)

Register on-line at www.gvfhra.

Host-Susan McDonald
Vice President, Human Capital Management Consulting
CCI Consulting



CCI Consulting Corporate Office
Blue Bell PA 19422
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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
Speaker(s): Ralph Galati, James Gulezian, Deb Kliman and Susan McDonald moderator

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.

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. 

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.


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

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Crowne Plaza Valley Forge
King of Prussia PA 19406
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015 8:00 AM to 12:00PM
Ignite Workplace Enthusiasm: How to Win in the Engagement War for Talent (Dale Carnegie Training)
Approved for 3.5 HRCI Credits
Speaker(s): Amy Markwood, Dale Carnegie Training

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

Registration 8:30 AM to 8:30 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!


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


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.



Dale Carnegie Training Center
King of Prussia PA 19406
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Thursday, May 21, 2015 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
2015 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. Help us celebrate our 15th year by attending the event that honors HR professionals and gives back to the Delaware Valley community. Regionally, we have approximately 5,000 HR professionals. Could you or someone you know be the next HR Person of the Year? Visit the website to nominate an individual who exemplifies outstanding achievements within the local HR community for one of the following awards: HR Person of the Year, HR Consultant of the Year, HR Rising Start of the Year. To learn more, visit our website www.HRPersonAward.org


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

Honoring Human Resource Professionals in the Delaware Valley for 15 Years!


Register on line at www.hrpersonaward.org


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