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Thursday, April 02, 2015 | Emerging Trends in Employment Law for 2015
Monday, April 06, 2015 | GVFHRA Transitions & Networking Group-
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | Minimize the Drama: How Effective HR Leaders Manage Conflict
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 | Let's Talk About LGBT Inclusion
Friday, May 01, 2015 | 15th Annual Pennsylvania State Legislative and Legal Conference
Thursday, May 21, 2015 | 2015 HR Person Awards Dinner

Thursday, April 02, 2015 7:30 AM
Emerging Trends in Employment Law for 2015
Approved for 1.25 SHRM PDC's and HRCI Credits
Speaker(s): Christopher E. Ezold, Esq

Emerging Trends in Employment Law for 2015
April Breakfast
Approved for 1.25 SHRM PDC's and HRCI Credits  
7:30 Registration and Breakfast

Please join us for a review of emerging trends in employment law for 2015, including important court decisions, NLRB trends, emerging technology and intergenerational management issues.  
The specific objectives: To give the participants an overview of changes in employment law and Human Relations. Participants will take away an awareness of these issues so that they can spot them in their day-to-day work. 

Speaker:Christopher E. Ezold, Esq., is the Managing Partner of the Business & Health Section of the Ezold Law Firm, P.C., an employment, business and health law firm based on Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania and New Castle, Delaware.  Mr. Ezold obtained his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 1995, as well as his LLM in Taxation in 2009.  Mr. Ezold advises his employer and business clients on nearly all aspects of the employment relationship, including wage & hour, discrimination/EEO, unemployment, executive compensation, restrictive covenants (noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements, etc.), trade secret issues, policies and procedures, internal investigations, tax matters and best practices.
Christopher has presented forThe Main Line Chamber of Commerce, The Magellan Leadership Group, The Philadelphia Bar Association, The Montgomery County Inn of Court, The Pennsylvania Bar Institute (continuing legal education provider), Marino Legal (continuing legal education provider), The Group (national employee benefits, tax and health law organization), Allegiance Bank (now Vist Bank), and various client presentations.


Online Payment Pricing
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
Door to door directions

Monday, April 06, 2015 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
GVFHRA Transitions & Networking Group-
“Winning the job - not just the interview”
Speaker(s): Lisa Lord

Mon, April 6th - next GVFHRA Career Management & Transitions Group meeting! 

Introduction & launch of GVFHRA’s Mock Interview process for GVFHRA members in transition.  If you think you would like to take advantage of this added support – don’t miss this meeting for explanation of process.

Plus Guest Speaker - Topic: “Winning the job - not just the interview”

Time: 5:30 PM to 7 PM

(Please plan on arriving for prompt start at 5:30 PM)

Cost: free
Please register by April 3rd!

Who is welcome: GVFHRA chapter members (in-transition and actively working but interested in exploring the market) as well as individuals interested in joining the GVFHRA chapter.

This interactive session will help you to:

·      Gain insights into what employers are really looking for.

·      Discover techniques to truly differentiate yourself  from other job candidates.

·      Learn some key strategies to best prepare for a job interview.

Guest Speaker:
Lisa Lord

For the past three decades, Lisa has championed the importance of Talent Management and Organization Development in business.  Lisa’s career began in the hospitality industry where she became interested in exploring the barriers to employee performance and development. This initial spark led her to pursue a role in management development at PECO Energy and to complete her Masters degree in Training and Organizational Development.

During her tenure at PECO Energy, Lisa held a number of positions within Human Resources and played a leadership role in the organization changes associated with restructuring, de-regulation and mergers and acquisitions.  From there, Lisa moved to Centocor, a small biotech company purchased by Johnson & Johnson, where she created its first Talent and Organization Development function, leveraging employee engagement survey results to inform the people development strategies.

Lisa’s role in leading Organization and Talent Management (OTM) continued at SAP Software where she established a Shared Service model in North America, which highly leveraged the relationship between OTM and HR Business Partners.  Upon her promotion to Global Head of Talent Management for SAP Worldwide, Lisa and her family relocated to SAP’s global headquarters in Germany for two years. 

Most recently, Lisa was the Vice President of Talent Management for Shire Pharmaceuticals, an international specialty biopharmaceutical company.  Lisa resides in the Philadelphia area and left Shire when her position was relocated to Massachusetts.


CCI Consulting Corporate Office

Arborcrest Corporate Campus

Hillcrest II

721 Arbor Way, Suite 180

Blue Bell, PA 19422

Cost: Free

Time: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Convenient On-site Parking

Directions provided on website.  Please be advised – you should use Google Maps NOT GPS.

(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
Door to door directions

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 5:30 PM
Minimize the Drama: How Effective HR Leaders Manage Conflict
Approved for 1.25 HRCI and SHRM Credits
Speaker(s): Liz Weber, CMC, CSP

Minimize the Drama: How Effective HR Leaders Manage Conflict
April 21 Dinner
Crowne Plaza-King of Prussia
5:30 PM

Would it help you if your supervisors and managers addressed employee issues with less drama and emotion?
Would it make your life easier if your supervisors and managers addressed inappropriate employee behaviors right away?
Would you have more time to do real work if others could simply do the jobs they're being paid to do?
If you answered yes to just ONE of those questions, this presentation is for you! 

Liz Weber, (aka - The Dragon Lady of Leadership Accountability®) will share her techniques for teaching managers and supervisors how to deal with difficult behaviors, conflicts and situations, while leading their teams forward...together.

In this session, you will learn to: - Analyze your behavior during conflicts to determine how Passive, Assertive, Aggressive, and Passive-Aggressive behaviors impact teams - Identify your dominant conflict management style and assess its impact on your HR team, as well as other managers and employees throughout the organization - Hold HR team members accountable to do the jobs they're being paid to do - without the drama.

Liz Weber’s bio:

A sought-after consultant, speaker, and seminar presenter, Liz is known for her candor, insights, and her ability to make the complexities of leadership E.A.S.Y.  She creates clarity for her audiences during her results-oriented presentations and training sessions.  Participants walk away from her sessions knowing how to implement the ideas she’s shared not just once, but repeatedly to ensure continuous leadership growth and development.

Known as The Dragon Lady of Leadership Accountability®, Liz has been there, done it, and learned from it.  As a result, whether she's speaking to corporate executives or association professionals, Liz’s comments and insights on leadership and leadership accountability ring true. 

As the CEO of Weber Business Services, LLC, a management consulting, training, and speaking firm headquartered near Harrisburg, PA, Liz and her team of consultants provide strategic and succession planning, executive coaching, and comprehensive leadership development training and products to business owners, executive teams, and leaders.

Liz is one of only 13 people in the U.S. to hold both the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) and Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designations; the highest earned designations in two different professions.  She also holds an MBA in International Business, and serves as a national board member and the Strategic Planning Chair for The National Speakers Association.

Liz has supervised business activities in 139 countries and has consulted with organizations in over 20 countries. She has designed and facilitated conferences from Bangkok to Bonn and Tokyo to Tunis.  Liz has taught for the Johns Hopkins University’s Graduate School of Continuing Studies, as well as the Georgetown University’s Senior Executive Leadership Program.



Online Payment Pricing
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
Door to door directions

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. 

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.


Online Payment Pricing
GVFHRA members $35.00
Non Members $50.00
Student Pricing $15.00

Reserve Only Pricing
GVFHRA members $35.00
Non Members $50.00
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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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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