Events

The Alliance holds quarterly Leadership Symposiums at executive locations in Philadelphia (Union League, Pyramid Club or Philadelphia Country Club). Speakers include Chief Executive Officers, Chief Human Resources Officers, Chief Financial Officers, Academics and HR Award winners. There is no fee to attend your first two Leadership Symposiums as our guest.

Upcoming Events

HREA at the Union League Luncheon

Join HREA's table at the Union League Public Affairs Luncheon, entitled "Is there an Avatar in the House? Humans and Robots Working Together to Transform Healthcare" featuring speaker Dr. Stephen Klasko. Dr. Klasko is a transformative leader and advocate for a revolution in our systems of healthcare and higher education. His 2018 book is titled, Bless This Mess: A Picture Story of Healthcare in America - an account of how the USA was elected to the Intergalactic Council of Cool Health Systems by 2035. As President and CEO of Philadelphia-based Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health since 2013, he has steered one of the nation’s fastest growing academic health institutions based on his vision of re-imagining health care and higher education. His 2017 merger of Thomas Jefferson University with Philadelphia University created a pre-eminent professional university that includes top-20 programs in fashion, design and health professions, coupled with the first design-thinking curriculum in a medical school and the nation’s leading research on empathy. Reception begins at 11:30am with lunch and program to follow. Space is limited so register today!

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HREA March Symposium

Join HREA for our March Seminar entitled, Leading Change in Building the High Performance Organization: The Role of Human Resource Management Strategy. The seminar will feature speaker, Dr. John McClendon, Chair of the Human Resource Management (HRM) Department at Temple University’s Fox School of Business.

More and more, increased competitiveness resulting from the forces of technological innovation and globalization requires organizations to change at much higher rates. As such, leading change has become a fundamental component to achieving sustainable competitive advantage. Ultimately, however, change is about building an organizational culture that aligns with the business model to achieve competitive advantage. While no one questions the importance of change, leading change represents a daunting task that frequently yields disappointing results. We will discuss why employees resist change and identify some of the keys to implementing effective change. Special emphasis will be placed on how a strategic approach to HR is an essential driver of change. In doing so, we will emphasize how an organization aligns its reward systems and performance accountability practices to foster a culture of high performance, one that can lead to sustainable competitive advantage.

Dr. John McClendon is a Chair of the Human Resource Management (HRM) Department at Temple University’s Fox School of Business, where he teaches in the undergraduate, MBA, Executive MBA and PhD programs. As Chair of HRM he leads a department comprised of full-time and part-time research and teaching faculty who deliver HRM Department-related degrees to over 700 Business Management majors, 270 HR majors, 70 Master of Science in HR students, and 8 Ph.D. students. He has more than 35 years of human resource management experience, including university teaching, scholarly research, consulting and private-sector management. Prior to his academic career, he worked in multiple HR positions at International Paper Company. Dr. McClendon publishes research articles in leading management journals, conducts corporate training and teaches on-site workshops. His international experience includes teaching assignments at Temple’s Rome and Tokyo campuses, in the Fox School’s EMBA and programs in Singapore as well as visiting instructor at ENPC-MBA School of International Management in Paris. He has also been visiting faculty in a specialized EMBA-KPMG program at the University of Edinburgh. He directed Temple’s Master of Science in HR from 1997 through 2013. Dr. McClendon has received many teaching awards at Temple, including the Andrisani-Frank Award for Undergraduate Teaching in 1993, Musser Award for Excellence in Teaching (1999), Full-time MBA Program Teacher of the Year (2005), the Part-time Professional MBA Faculty of the Year (2010), Executive MBA Faculty of the Year (2010 and 2015), EMBA-Paris Faculty of the Year (2011, 2013, and 2015), Professional MBA Faculty of the Year (2012/2013 and 2013/2014), MSHR Singapore Faculty of the Year (2012 and 2013), the John DeAngelo Innovation in Teaching Award (2015), MSHR Faculty of the Year 2016. In 2006, he earned Temple’s Great Teacher Award, the university’s highest teaching honor.

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Night at the Museum!

Join HREA for a night out at the Philadelphia Museum of Art! The evening will kick-off at 5:30pm with a one-hour private tour of the museum. After the tour, we will enjoy a reception with beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres. Space is limited so register today!

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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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