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Tuesday, February 16, 2016 | Workplace Violence Prevention
Thursday, February 25, 2016 | Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace and in our Communities: Discover the Trends, the Connections, and How YOU can become a #Gamechanger!
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 | The HR Audit - Three Key Steps to Measuring HR Strategy & Business Alignment
Thursday, April 07, 2016 | Resilience ‘Booster Shot’ for HR Professionals
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 | Today’s NLRB and What You Never Knew was any of its Business
Friday, April 22, 2016 | 16th Annual Pennsylvania State Legislative and Legal Conference
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 | Preparing to Manage Large Scale Organizational Change
Thursday, May 19, 2016 | 2016 HR Person Awards Dinner

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 5:30 PM
Workplace Violence Prevention
Approved for 1.25 HRCI and SHRM Credits
Speaker(s): Dr. Diana Sorrentino, Lehigh Valley Paladin

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.


Global Employment Solutions

Mosteller & Associates

Online Payment Pricing
GVFHRA members $40.00 (after cutoff price)
Non Members $50.00 (after cutoff price)
Student Pricing $20.00 (after cutoff price)

Crowne Plaza
King of Prussia PA 19406
Door to door directions

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 
 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


·        GVFHRA Members and Guests – $45.00

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016 5:30 PM
The HR Audit - Three Key Steps to Measuring HR Strategy & Business Alignment
HRCI and SHRM credits pending
Speaker(s): Stephanie Kindt, Esq

The HR Audit – Three Key Steps to Measuring HR Strategy & Business Alignment
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
5:30 PM 

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.


Penn State Brandywine

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
King of Prussia PA 19406
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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
Speaker(s): Dean Becker

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.


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
King of Prussia PA 19406
Door to door directions

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 5:30 PM
Today’s NLRB and What You Never Knew was any of its Business
HRCI and SHRM Professional Credits Pending
Speaker(s): James Matthews, Esq

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.


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. 


Saint Joseph University

Online Payment Pricing
GVFHRA members $30.00
Non Members $40.00
Student Pricing $0

Reserve Only Pricing
GVFHRA members $35.00
Non Members $45.00
Crowne Plaza
King of Prussia PA 19406
Door to door directions

Friday, April 22, 2016 7:00 AM to 3:20 PM
16th Annual Pennsylvania State Legislative and Legal Conference









April 22, 2016

BEST WESTERN PREMIER The Central Hotel and Conference Center

 800 East Park Drive Harrisburg, PA 17112

The Pennsylvania State Council of SHRM, Inc. will hold its 16th Annual Legislative & Legal Conference on Friday, April 22, 201 at the Best Western. 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 21, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


We hope to see you there!




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Tuesday, May 10, 2016 5:30 PM
Preparing to Manage Large Scale Organizational Change
HRCI and SHRM credits pending
Speaker(s): Christopher Leady, Campbell Soup

More Details Coming Soon!!

Fox Rothschild’s Labor & Employment Practice

Wellness Coaches USA

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
King of Prussia PA 19406
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Thursday, May 19, 2016 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
2016 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 16th 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 16 Years!


Register on line at www.hrpersonaward.org


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