An invitation-only community of human resources leaders offering members access to valuable networking and informative events

Due to restrictions put in place in response to COVID-19, the Human Resources Executive Alliance has moved our programming online for the foreseeable future. Please see our events page for more details.


New Partner Announced!

May 24, 2019 — HREA is thrilled to announce it's newest Partner - Ellen Petersen! Ellen is an executive coach and consultant with over 25 years of experience providing coaching, executive strategy, business, and leadership facilitation across a spectrum of top-ranked organizations and industries, in both for-profit and non-profit sectors, across the globe. Her industry and functional coaching experience are far reaching: pharmaceutical, petrochemical, manufacturing, automotive, banking, financial, insurance, consumer products, real estate, healthcare, tech, fine fragrance, hospitality, and managed services. She has coached executives through turbulent organizational change -- acquisition, mergers, turnaround, start-ups, new positions and new market expansion -- and achievement of their personal career goals. Ellen has specialized in assisting leaders as they assume new positions and build teams, consensus, communication, constructive conflict, followership, and brand themselves. She is featured in the book, Coaching Competencies and Corporate Leadership, by Dr. Tracey Weiss. Some representative client position titles have been CEO, Chief Nursing Officer, President, General Manager, General Counsel, Chief Marketing Officer, Marketing Director, Chief Information Officer (and MD-CIO), Quality Director, Director Project Planning and Management, Vice President-Technology, Human Resources Director, Business Development, Senior Vice President Employee Services, Director of Financial Planning and Analysis. Some specific company and client experience includes , Radian, Nissan, ABB, Guardian Life Insurance Company, Arkema, Bristol Myers-Squibb, The Four Seasons Hotel, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Microsoft, Waste Management, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, Shire Pharmaceuticals, Volkswagen/Audi, Subaru, SEI Investments, Symrise, Firmenich, Campbell’s Soup, GlaxoSmithKline. Citizens Bank, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, and The National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She is also an Executive Coach at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania for the Advanced Management, Executive Education (corporate clients of Wharton) and MBA Programs and also serves Penn State University in their Executive MBA Program. Prior to starting her own firm, Ellen served as Vice President, Human Resources, at ARAMARK, where she had accountability for the health care and refreshment services businesses, as well as global training and organizational development across the businesses. Ellen’s capstone assignment was to assist the CEO in managing the transition from a private to a publicly held company; she was responsible for planning and managing internal employee communications for this endeavor. Ellen is certified by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) as a Professionally Certified Coach (PCC) and completed a Leadership Coaching Certification from Georgetown University. She also has a bachelor of science in labor relations from Cornell University. She is certified to administer a number of instruments used in coaching individuals and teams such as Hogan, DISC, CCL feedback, ESCI (Emotional Intelligence) and MBTI. She is on the Board of the Economy League of the Philadelphia Region (Chair of the Leadership Exchange Committee) and Broad Street Ministries. She moderates forums for issues of critical public interest to Philadelphia and the U.S. such as the Philadelphia mayoral election, waterfront development, and both Philadelphia and Federal budgets.

HREA March Event

Mar 19, 2019 — On March 19th, HREA Members & Guests attended the March Seminar entitled Leading Change in Building the High Performance Organization: The Role of Human Resource Management Strategy. The seminar featured speaker, Dr. John McClendon, Chair of the Human Resource Management (HRM) Department at Temple University’s Fox School of Business.



A Virtual Fireside Chat on Diversity - Featuring Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Independence Blue Cross

Presented in Partnership with the HR Department of the Year Awards
Companies throughout the Philadelphia region are embarking upon a process of introspection when it comes to examining diversity, equity and inclusion within their workplace. Most companies strive to have a workplace that embraces a diversity of thought, perspective and background but not all know how to achieve this goal. The HR Department of the Year Award would like to showcase the past two winners for the best Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs: The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Independence Blue Cross. Each organization will describe their award winning program and how their programs have evolved since COVID-19, the financial crisis and the protest surrounding the killing of George Floyd.

Gilbert C. Davis, Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Becki Fogerty, Senior Director, Office of Diversity & Inclusion Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Peter Jones, Director, Enterprise Learning & Development Independence Blue Cross
John Clayton, Director of Diversity & Inclusion Independence Blue Cross
Tashima Waller, Diversity & Inclusion Learning Consultant Independence Blue Cross



From Our Members

“As a Human Resource professional, you are invited to a number of seminars and networking events. The challenge is finding those that provide the best opportunity for professional development, exchanging best practices and engaging in high quality networking with peers. After attending the Human Resources Executive Alliance event, I can tell you that they have it mastered. Having the opportunity to hear first hand perspectives from the CEO of one the largest healthcare systems in the region was priceless. The HREA is the premiere networking alliance for Human Resources."

Douglas McLaughlin, Crown Cork & Seal

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