Past Events

HREA May Event

About 18 months ago, Heather Peters joined the Allan Myers HR team as the VP of HR. In that time, the amazing team there has accomplished what HR teams twice our size have accomplished in twice the amount of time. The team Heather has amazes her with their skill, intelligence, passion, energy, creativity and guts. Their CEO and Senior leadership wholeheartedly trusts Heather and her HR team to do what they do best. They support the ideas and programs they dream up, and helps them ensure their success. Please join us for a discussion about what makes an award winning HR team, and how Heather and her team partner with their Leaders to accomplish great things every day. Heather Peters is the VP, HR for Allan Myers, Inc., a heavy civil construction company that was recently named the Mid-Atlantic Contractor of the Year. Prior to Allan Myers, Heather was the VP, HR for Baker Tilly (formerly ParenteBeard), a public accounting firm, and for Day & Zimmermann, a managed services company specializing in construction, engineering, staffing, security and defense. Heather lives in Elkins Park, PA with her husband Paul, an Attorney with Bello, Reilly, McGrory & DiPippo, their daughter Hsin-Hua who is currently in 3rd grade, their 4 cats and 3 chickens.

HREA Spring Seminar

Dee Grosso, EVP of Human Resources for the Freedom Mortgage Corporation, will provide insights on the strategic role that HR has played in the success and growth of Freedom Mortgage. Established in 1990, Freedom Mortgage is a non-bank, full-service mortgage company that provides mortgage loan originations and servicing for almost 1 million customers nationwide. Freedom has grown to become the nation’s 5th largest mortgage provider, and now has over 5,000 employees. Dee will be joined by Lev Hojda, VP Learning and Organizational Development, who will share his perspective on leadership growth, development and succession planning. Dee will also be joined by Audrey Miller-Greco. Audrey Miller-Greco is the Vice President of Talent Acquisition and Strategy for Freedom Mortgage’s corporate, campus and retail network. She leads a team of talent advisors specializing in executive and corporate recruiting, volume recruitment, university relations, campus brand ambassadors and recruitment operations. Audrey joined Freedom Mortgage in September of 2016, bringing with her 25 years of recruitment experience (20 years of which were in the financial services industry). She held similar roles in the banking and retail industries with corporations such as HSBC, Citizens Bank, TD Bank and Ascena Retail. Audrey has a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. Freedom Mortgage’s “People Strategy” contributed to two Top Work Place awards and two HR Industry Awards for Excellence in 2016 and 2017. We hope you join us on April 4th at the Union League!

HREA January Symposium

Our January meeting will be a roundtable discussion. Once determined who will be in attendance, a request will be sent out for popular and relevant discussion topics. We will also be soliciting for a few facilitators to lead the discussion!

HREA December Holiday Party

14 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Join HREA at Panorama Restaurant in the Penn's View Hotel to celebrate the holiday season and network with your friends. Enjoy the authentic flavors of Italy while enjoying a night out. We hope to see you there!

HREA October Symposium

Hyatt House King of Prussia 240 Mall Boulevard King of Prussia, PA 19406

Cam Hicks, CHRO and Benson Smith, CEO of Teleflex, Inc. will be joining us to describe how they work together to impact company results. In a fireside chat format moderated by 'A Powerful Team - How CEOs and HR Leaders are Transforming Organizations' co-author, John Touey, Cam and Benson will discuss the critical experiences and lessons learned on the way to their success in transforming Teleflex’s business.

HREA September Roundtable Discussion

Duane Morris Institute 30 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

HREA September Roundtable discussion. Join us in hearing Jonathan Segal’s Legislative Overview at the Duane Morris Institute on September 13th as our kick off Fall event! More details will be posted shortly. Time - 7:30am-9:30am Venue - Duane Morris Institute 30 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

HREA Annual Summer Social

This Ritz-Carlton 10 Ave Of The Arts, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Join us for an evening of great food, drinks and networking on the gorgeous lobby balcony of the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Time - 5:30pm-7:30pm Venue - This Ritz-Carlton 10 Ave Of The Arts, Philadelphia, PA 19102

A Night at the Ballpark

A Night at the Ballpark

Join HREA for a night at the ballpark as the Phillies take on the Houston Astros! Limited Box tickets are available on first come, first serve basis! Don’t miss out on a great summer night filled with food, drinks and some great networking!

HREA June Roundtable Discussion

SAP America | 3999 West Chester Pike | Newtown Square, PA 19073

For our June meeting, we are delighted to have Jewell Parkinson, Head of Human Resources for SAP North America as our speaker. Jewell will be discussing the rationale behind SAP’s decision to move away from annual performance reviews and year-end ratings and to implement a new continuous performance management system at the company that promotes an ongoing, collaborative, forward-looking dialogue on performance. Time - 7:30am-9:30am Venue - SAP America | 3999 West Chester Pike | Newtown Square, PA 19073

HREA Spring Symposium

Hyatt House KOP - 240 Mall Blvd, King of Prussia, PA 19406

Kym Johnson, CHRO and Mike Shannon, CEO of Houghton International will be presenting and discussing how they work together to have a transformational impact on company results. Their presentation will be based on the findings from their interview in a new book co-authored by Scott Rosen, David Pinette and John Touey entitle, 'A Powerful Team - How CEOs and HR Leaders are Transforming Organizations.' Each attendee will receive a complimentary copy of the book at the event. You can also purchase a copy at Time - 7:30am-9:30am Venue - Hyatt House KOP - 240 Mall Blvd, King of Prussia, PA 19406

A Powerful Team

HREA Roundtable Discussion

Comcast 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Join your fellow HREA members for a lively discussion surrounding current hot topics of the HR industry. Topic: Intersection of Diversity & Inclusion and Talent Acquisition. Our panel is excited to hear your questions and comments: Gene Seidle | Comcast | Sr Director - Talent Acquisition Angelina Spruel | Independence Blue Cross | Talent Acquisition Specialist Nicole Wormley | Campbell Soup | Sr. Manager, US Talent Acquisition Ramcess Jean-Louis | Comcast | Director of Workforce Diversity and Inclusion

HREA Holiday Event

Estia, 1405 Locust Street Philadelphia, PA 19102

Join HREA to network and enjoy some delicious food and company while celebrating the holiday season. We hope to see you there!

HREA October Symposium

The Union League 140 S. Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19102

Join us at The Union League for a presentation from Michelle Keefe CEO & Andrew Adams EVP Global Human Resources of Publicis Health. Michelle and Andrew were recently interviewed by Scott Rosen and David Pinette for their new book “ A Powerful Team- How CEOs and their HR leaders are transforming organizations.” Michelle and Andrew will reprise their interview in an informative, interactive and instructive conversation with Scott and David. Learn key lessons on why HR matters from a CEOS perspective and how HR at Publicis Health is impacting the results of the organization in more ways than you might have considered. Learn also about the new book co authored by David, Scott and John Touey.

HREA Roundtable Discussion

Philadelphia Media Network, 801 Market Street, Suite 300, Pladelphia, PA 19107

Join your fellow HREA members for a lively discussion surrounding current hot topics of the HR industry.

HREA Summer Social

Celebrate summer with HREA while enjoying a beautiful rooftop view!

Stratus Rooftop Lounge 433 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

HREA June Event at the PGA Tour

Enjoy a great day of golf on us!

Please join your HREA members at one of the premier sporting events in the Philadelphia area... The Sr. Players Championship will be held from June 9 through 12 at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. On Wednesday June 8th, the HREA will hold one of our popular social events at the Cricket Club during the final practice round of the Sr. Players Championship. We will provide valet parking, breakfast and access to the HREA hospitality suite for the duration of the day. You can watch Sr. PGA’s top players from the comfort of our suite or explore the beautiful grounds of the Cricket Club. A Sr. PGA representative will also give our group a “behind the scenes” tour. Please join us at 8am for breakfast and networking followed by an insiders tour at 9am. Seating is limited to 25 so please sign up soon!

HREA April Symposium

Presentation by Linda Schellenger of Telerx. Linda will tell her story in her journey from HR to CEO, what worked and what she might have done differently if she did it again.

The Philadelphia Country Club 1601 Spring Mill Road Gladwyne, PA 19035

HREA March Symposium

Tuesday, March 8th from 7:30 - 9:30AM at the Union League, 140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

What are you doing to attract the next generation of talent to your company? Join HREA for our March meeting to hear Deborah Diamond, President of Campus Philly, discuss how internships add to recruitment and retention success with the early career workforce and contribute to graduates of local colleges and universities choosing Philadelphia as the place to start their careers.

HREA January Symposium

Wednesday, January 13th from 7:30 - 9:30AM at the Union League, 140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Our January discussion will be led by Steve Wray, Executive Director of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia. Steve will provide us with the Economy League’s perspective on regional economic prospects for 2016 and beyond, as well as highlight the League’s work in promoting education and talent development initiatives designed to strengthen the regional talent pool. We anticipate a lively and interactive discussion.

HREA Holiday Celebration

Join HREA at Zahav to celebrate the holiday season and network with your friends. Enjoy the authentic flavors of Israel's cultural heritage while sipping on an exotic cocktail from their award winning cocktail list. We hope to see your there!

HREA Holiday Celebration, Wednesday, December 9 from 5:30 - 8:30 pm at Zahav 237 Saint James Place Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Located next to the Ritz 5 at 2nd and Walnut)

HREA November Symposium

Join us for HREA's November Symposium with a special presentation from Doug Clayton, Global Learning and HR Leader at SES.

HREA November Symposium Tuesday, November 10th, 7:30am-9:30am The Union League 140 S. Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19102

HREA October Symposium

Join us for our October Symposium with Jeff Westphal, CEO of Vertex Inc. Vertex is a privately held tax compliance software solution company with over 800 employees. Jeff will share the Vertex story and provide insight on how they have made adjustments

Tuesday, October 13th from 7:30 - 9:30AM at the Union League, 140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

HREA's Summer Social Event

Join us for some refreshing cocktails and networking with your peers, in the beautiful Ritz Carlton Rotunda.

HREA's Summer Social Event Tuesday, July 21st 5:30pm-8:00pm The Ritz Carlton 10 Avenue of The Arts Philadelphia, PA 19102

HREA June Symposium

Join us for HREA's June Symposium with a special presentation from John Meyers, CEO of Rentokil

The Union League 140 S. Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19102

HREA Spring Social Event

Join HREA on May 19th from 5:00 - 7:30 PM for our Spring Social Event!

Enjoy private access to the collection from 5:00 – 6:30pm followed by cocktails and networking with your friends and peers in the garden. Immerse yourself in the greatest private collection of post-impressionist and early-modern art. Explore more than 3,000 masterpieces, including 180 Renoirs, 68 Cézannes, 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos, 16 Modigli­anis, and 7 Van Goghs, plus textiles, metalwork, decorative objects, African sculpture, Native American ceramics and jewelry, and Pennsylvania German furniture. Register today to join us for a unique and cultural experience!

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 5:00pm-7:30pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19130

HREA April Symposium

Duane Morris, LLP 30 South 17th Street, Philadelphia PA 19103Top 10 Legal Developments That (Should) Keep You Up at Night presented by Jonathan Segal, Partner at Duane Morris, LLP.

HREA February Symposium

eBay Enterprise 935 First Avenue, King Of Prussia, PA 19406

Creating A Proformance Culture Comprised of Strong Leaders and Passionate Employees at eBay Enterprise presented by Terri Zandhuis, VP Human Resources at eBay Enterprise.


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HREA's Holiday Event

Maggiano's Little Italy, 1201 Filbert Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Candidate Experience: Myths, Measures, Best Practices

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HREA's November Social Event

Di Bruno Bros. 930 S. 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

HREA October Roundtable

Philadelphia Country Club, 1601 Spring Mill Road, Gladwyne, PA 19035

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HREA September Symposium

The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

HREA Event

Revolution House, 200 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

The Union League of Philadelphia

Public Affairs Committee Presentation by Steve Forbes, Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Media

Day & Zimmermann

"Translating Business Strategy into Practical HR Strategy" by Beth Albright, SPHR, Sr. VP, Human Resources, Day & Zimmermann


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The Great Work Presentation

The Union League

The Great Work Presentation by David Sturt, Executive Vice President, O.C. Tanner and author of best-selling book, "Great Work."

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Crown, Cork and Seal

Human Resource Leaders Roundtable

This is one of our most popular events of the year! Crown Cork and Seal hosted this HR Leaders roundtable. A list of topics was obtained from attendees prior to the event and led to lively discussions amongst attendees.

Organizational Change to Enable Large-Scale, Transformational Change – the Key Role for HR

The Union League, 140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Organizational Change to Enable Large-Scale, Transformational Change – the Key Role for HR
Presented by Christopher M. Scalia, Vice President, HRBP, Global Functions, The Hershey Company and David Webb, Senior Partner and Managing Director, Philadelphia Office of The Boston Consulting Group

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HREA's September Symposium

Presented by Donna Venable, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Ricoh Americas

Leadership Discussion Groups as an Enabler of Cultural Change

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HREA's Summer Event

HREA is sailing through the summer! Well at least we will be meeting on a ship. Your next HREA meeting will be on July 23rd at 5:30pm, aboard the fabulous Moshulu, docked at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia. Please join your fellow HREA members on our private deck for cocktails and light hors d'ouevres as we celebrate the mid-point of summer and our growing HREA membership.

Human Resource Leaders Roundtable

One of the top requests for an HREA event is to have a roundtable discussion where Human Resource Leaders can discuss issues in an informal setting. Join us on May 15 for our first HREA Roundtable. A list of current and important issues will be obtained from the registered attendees and will be discussed at the meeting. Seating will be limited so register early.

Michael E. Pepe, Ph.D., Chief Human Resources Officer, Virtua Health Systems
Emily Bland, Vice President, Human Resources, Comcast Cable


World Affairs Council of Philadelphia presentation

Join HREA for a World Affairs Council of Philadelphia presentation by Thomas Friedman
Presented by Thomas Friedman, Foreign Affairs columnist from The New York Times and author of The World Is Flat

Thomas Friedman's newest book, co-authored by Michael Mandelbaum and titled That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back, analyzes the four main challenges facing the United States and its future: globalization, the information technology revolution, the nation’s chronic deficits, and its pattern of energy consumption. As they explain: “...we can write a happy ending, but it is up to the country — to all of us — to determine whether it is fiction or nonfiction. We need to study harder, save more, spend less, invest wisely, and get back to the formula that made us successful as a country in every previous historical turn.”

HREA joined the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia for this in-depth look at what America needs to do to continue being a competitive and prominent world power in decades to come.

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Talent Management and Talent Acquisition Philadelphia Phillies Style:

Talent Management and Talent Acquisition Philadelphia Phillies Style: An evening with Ruben Amaro, General Manager of the Philadelphia Phillies Presented by Ruben Amaro, General Manager of the Philadelphia Phillies The Human Resource Executive Alliance (HREA) and the Talent Acquisition Leadership Alliance (TALA) presented this joint event featuring a dynamic presentation from Phillies General Manager, Ruben Amaro, about how the Phillies handle talent management and talent acquisition followed by group Q&A plus a delicious ball park reception and tours of the park.

HREA's Holiday Event with Special Presentation

Presentation by Lisa M. Buckingham, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer for Lincoln Financial Group. HR is often overlooked as a business enabler. Lisa Buckingham, head of Human Resources and Corporate Marketing at Lincoln Financial Group, will share how she has made HR a strategic partner in Lincoln’s growth and success. To start, it is acquiring, retaining, developing and motivating your company’s talent. Those are things any great Human Resources organization will do. But it goes beyond that – being a strategic partner means understanding your company’s balance sheets, and how you can empower your employees to grow your organization. Lisa’s work has helped to transform LFG into a culture that encourages employees to learn, experiment and professionally stretch – while being more closely than ever aligned with the business. Lisa Buckingham is responsible for all Human Resources practices and policies for Lincoln Financial Group. She is also responsible for overseeing the corporation’s Brand & Enterprise Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility activities. She reports to the President and Chief Executive Officer, Dennis R. Glass.

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HR Executive Forum

HR Executive Forum - The Role of the Human Resource Executive in Supporting and Enhancing Board/CEO Alignment and Sustainable Enterprise Value This program focused on strategies and practices for building bridges across the core leadership team comprised of the Chief Executive, Board and Chief Human Resources Officer. Recognizing that any Board is a working group and, as such, requires strong leadership and an effective culture, this session will seek to identify key questions that an HR executive should be facile with in order to assess Board culture and evaluate the likelihood of a successful partnership with the organization and CEO. We explored ways in which the HR executive can proactively serve as an advisor on how to best manage and leverage these relationships in service of long-term enterprise value. Panelists: William H. Morgan, Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources, NASDAQ OMX Paul Dumas, Chief Human Resources Officer, VWR Ed Clemons, Human Resources Executive Leader Facilitator: Leslie G. Mayer, President/CEO – Mayer Leadership Group

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Philadelphia Cricket Club

HREA members and prospective members enjoyed an afternoon of professional golf instruction, followed by a relaxing cocktail hour at the famous Philadelphia Cricket Club. Wissahickon Clubhouse, 6025 West Valley Green Rd, Flourtown, PA 19031

HR Executive Forum

The Union League, 140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102 HR Executive Forum - Why Good People Can't Get Jobs Speaker: Peter Cappelli, the George W. Taylor Professor of Management at The Wharton School and Director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources. One of the big puzzles from The Great Recession is that despite the massive level of unemployment so many employers seem to complain about the difficulty in finding the skills they need. What does this complaint reveal about the needs of employers as well as what might be wrong with the hiring process in the US? We will also consider what employers ought to do to address these concerns. Presented by Peter Cappelli, the George W. Taylor Professor of Management at The Wharton School and Director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA, served as Senior Advisor to the Kingdom of Bahrain for Employment Policy from 2005-2005, and from 2007 is a Distinguished Scholar of the Ministry of Manpower for Singapore. Click here for this session's presentation!

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HR Executive Forum

Speaker: Rob Croner, Sr. Vice President, Human Resources for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) As the healthcare industry evolves and new models of care delivery and approaches to healthcare become more prevalent – and, as patient safety and quality continue to be critical challenges – organizations such as The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia must be prepared for change. In this session,Rob Cronen shared CHOP’s perspective on industry trends, and how the organization’s culture intersects with continuing to deliver cost-effective, safe and high-quality care amidst industry changes.

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Sixer Mixer

Suite compliments of TRION Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia, PA 19130 HREA members and prospective members enjoyed a night at the 76ers as they took on the NY Knicks.

A Morning with Van Gogh

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelpha, PA 19130 HREA members and prospective members enjoyed a morning at The Philadelphia Museum of Art where they connected with colleagues and toured Van Gogh Up Close. Van Gogh Up Close is a comprehensive exhibit of many of the painter’s masterpieces from collections around the world.

The Union League, McMichael Room

140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102 Speaker: Richard P. Miller, CEO of Virtua Recap: On Friday December 2nd, HREA held our final event of the year. It is safe to say that the group had plenty of “takeaways” from Richard Miller, CEO of Virtua Health. Richard described his leadership strategies around talent management. Virtua has achieved the highest engagement scores in their industry (80%!) and has achieved profitability during these challenging times in healthcare. Richard believes the talent management strategies at Virtua are directly responsible for their success.

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Building a Culture of Engagement and Service to Drive Results and Become a "Top Workplace" Winner

Thursday, September 15, 2011 5:00pm-8:00pm Del Frisco’s in Center City Building a Culture of Engagement and Service to Drive Results and Become a "Top Workplace" Winner Presented by: Mark A. Turner, President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director of WSFS Financial Corporation and WSFS Bank, and Peggy Eddens, Executive Vice President and the Human Capital Director for WSFS Bank The Human Resources Executive Alliance met on September 15th at Del Frisco's Restaurant for an evening of delicious food, networking and a "how to" presentation on building a high performance culture of engagement. Those attending left the event with some great takeaways from the leadership at WSFS Bank including: A successful culture is built from the top down with buy in at every step through communications and face to face employee meetings. There is an absolute correlation between high employee engagement scores and satisfied customers and profitability. Culture drives engagement. Measurement is important and results must be shared with all employees. They need to understand the purpose of the business. Success stories that align with your mission should be shared to reinforce the good work your employees execute each day.

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Hr Executive Symposium

Thursday, May 19, 2011 4:30pm-7:00pm Pyramid Club of Philadelphia HR Executive Alliance Symposium: Building a Company Known to be a Great Place to Work Speakers: Scott Scherr, Founder of Ultimate Software Group, Inc. and Missy Graffe, an engagement expert for WorkplaceDynamics

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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

Our Partners

Partners are limited companies that are responsible for sharing financial support for the operations of the organization as well as, in part with the Advisory Board, support the direction of the Alliance.

ChallengerO.C. Tanner Rosen Trion Salveson Stetson Group Glint