Past Events

HREA Social Event - Sixers Vs. Raptors

The Sixers are back….with or without Ben Simmons

You are invited to the HREA night at the Sixers as they take on the Toronto Raptors. Join us on November 11th to cheer on the Sixers and relax in the comfort of a box suite with other HREA members.

Event Details: Thursday November 11, 2021 7 PM Tipoff Wells Fargo Center – Trion Suite Philadelphia, PA

Signups are on a first come, first serve basis. To RSVP please email HREA Founding Partner John Forde at

We hope to see you there!

HREA Partner Event - HR Department of the Year Awards

Celebrating the Region's HR Community

Please join us as we put a spotlight on the profession at the 24th Annual HR Department of the Year Awards Dinner and Presentations event. An evening spent in celebration as we gather together to acknowledge the achievements of our colleagues in the HR industry!

DATE: Wednesday, November 10th , 2021
TIME: 5:30pm – 9:30pm
LOCATION: Crystal Team Room

A CEO's Perspective on Corporate Social Responsibility

A conversation with Richard Rowe - President and CEO of Arkema

Come join us for an exciting fall event on October 15th at 8 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency in King of Prussia. We will have a CEO presentation on the very topical Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability featuring Richard Rowe, President and CEO of Arkema.

Richard, a charismatic and well-known figure in the region, will talk about his corporation’s transformational commitment and how it will have implications for DEI, climate/alternative energies and the environment more broadly.

A Fireside Chat with Kevin B. Mahoney Chief Executive Officer – University of Pennsylvania Health System

An HREA Partner Event Presented by HR Department of the Year Awards

Throughout the pandemic, the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) strived to compassionately support its employees as it safeguarded the health of our community.

From expanding upon benefits to ensure staff could balance their family and work responsibilities, to implementing a workforce redeployment model that ensured resources were available at the right time and in the right areas during the pandemic, to tackling racism and bias by elevating diversity, inclusion and equity as a top priority, UPHS led from the front to meet the myriad of challenges facing our region.

In our September HR Department of the Year Webinar, we will hear from Kevin B. Mahoney, CEO of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, as he describes the leadership challenge of managing a community anchor through a pandemic, including how HR was leveraged to meet that challenge.

Do We Have The Stamina To Take The Next Step On DE&I

A Virtual Discussion on Diversity with Jameel Rush, Chief Diversity Officer for the Philadelphia Inquirer

After coming off a sprint in DE&I activity over the past year, do organizations have the stamina to continue to confront issues impeding progress to more equity in their employment practices? Undoing long-held cultural beliefs that promote inequality while hindering the achievement of business goals, takes sustained attention and effort.

On the morning of September 14th Jameel Rush, Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at the Philadelphia Inquirer will share the insights he has gained over a 15 year career in diversity, organizational development and human resources with some of the region’s leading companies. Jameel will facilitate a peer discussion with attendees and we look forward to you bring your own experiences and challenges to the conversation.

HREA Summer Social

Join for HREA colleagues for cocktails and dinner

We hope you can join us for an evening of fun and networking with your HREA colleagues on July 29th at Tavola’s, in Springfield, Delaware County.

Based on member request and willingness, we have carefully selected an upscale casual restaurant that has gourmet food and hospitality with a sound plan for Covid safety. The food will be served in a private room for our invited guests only.

Strategies for CHRO Self Care

During COVID-19, HR executives and their teams have become the front-line workers of the corporate world. While your focus has been on the health and safety of your organizations, perhaps your own health and well-being have suffered.

Join us on July 1 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. where Clinical Psychologist and Executive Coach Joan Freedman, Ph.D. will lead an interactive discussion on practical strategies for self-care. Drawing on various disciplines including lifestyle medicine, positive psychology, and mindfulness meditation, our session will engage you with exercises designed to help you reduce stress, replenish your energy, and reset your attention so you can continue to serve your multiple constituents while caring for yourself.

HREA Golf Clinic and Social

Join your HREA peers at a fun afternoon of golf instruction tailored to all abilities

The PGA professional instructors at the beautiful Union League Liberty Hill Golf Club in Lafayette Hill will cover the fundamentals of the golf swing including; putting, chipping, pitching, bunker play, and the full swing. Instruction will be personalized to each individual’s needs. After the clinic, we will gather to enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in an outside socially distant manner.

HREA Legal Update with Jonathan Segal

As employers grapple with the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the priorities of a new presidential administration, their legal strategies must evolve to keep pace. Join HREA and speaker Jonathan Segal for our virtual legal update to discuss these and other pertinent issues on May 18th from 8:00am-9:30am. Jonathan is a partner at Duane Morris LLP in the Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group, as well as the managing principal of the Duane Morris Institute .

HREA Partner Event - HR Department of the Year Kick-Off

Learn more about the awards process and hear from past award recipient – Christin Joyner, CHRO & EVP, AAA and her team members

Don't miss the HR Department of the Year Virtual Kick-Off Event. Developing and maintaining a successful workforce is a true team effort. Your team is working hard. Be the spark that gets them the recognition they deserve! Join us to learn more about how you can put the spotlight on your HR department.

Maintaining Values and Culture Through Times of Change

A Case Study at Google Cloud

Human Resources has to create value by living our values. Culture is not just about values, rather it's the value we create for our customers. Culture is at the heart of business success especially during times of tremendous change. At our March 31st meeting, Brigette McInnis-Day, Vice President, Human Resources for Google Cloud, will discuss how Google has both maintained its values and created value through the challenges presented in 2020.

HREA's 2021 Economic Outlook

Featuring Lara Rhame, Chief U.S. Economist and Managing Director at FS Investments

Our next HREA meeting will take place on Tuesday January 26th at 8:00AM with the discussion focusing on the economic outlook for 2021. We are pleased to have Lara Rhame, Chief U.S. Economist and Managing Director at FS Investments, facilitate our session, offer her insights and answer any questions our Members have. Given the myriad of 2020 challenges that will spill over into the new year, it should be a robust and worthwhile session.

HREA Holiday Dinner

Please join us for a holiday dinner on December 2, 2020 at Tavola’s, in Springfield, Delaware County. Based on member request and willingness, we have carefully selected an upscale casual restaurant that has gourmet food and hospitality with a sound plan for Covid safety. The food will be served in a private room for our invited guests only and masks necessary when not seated at dinner.

HR Department of the Year Awards - 2020 Leadership Celebration

Sponsored by the Human Resources Executive Alliance

Join us on November 5th from 4 to 5 pm for a virtual celebration of the HR community in the Philadelphia region and the tremendous leadership contributions HR has made to managing the pandemic's impact on their organizations. To learn more visit or register here

Driving to the Future: How Comcast Employs Human Capital Strategy to Achieve Business Results

Join HREA on October 28th from 8:00am - 9:00am for our monthly meeting featuring Bill Strahan, EVP of HR at Comcast Cable.

Bill, who is now in his 10th year in the role, will describe the six tenets that drive investment, programmatic, and policy decisions for about 100,000 teammates across this global enterprise with over $60 Bn (USD) in revenue. The language and design of the strategy may surprise you.

You will walk away with answers to the following questions:
- How does Comcast articulate its Human Capital Strategy to its leaders and HR community?
- Why is it built the way it is?
- How has it been tailored to the rapidly evolving needs of the Cable Division and its parent, Comcast Corporation?

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

Summer Social Virtual Wine Tasting

To be held by Zoom

Grab a significant other/guest and join us for a virtual wine tasting taught by the renowned Wine School of Philadelphia. If you've ever wondered "what's the taste" "why does red wine dry my mouth out" "why are they swirling win in their glass" "How to buy win by looking at the fine print on the label" or "How to spend less money but get better quality wine?" this class will answer all of those questions and so much more. So sit down, open your favorite red or white and get ready to get your Somm on.

HREA Special Event - Pop-up COVID Roundtable Discussion

We have scheduled another pop-up COVID-19 Roundtable Discussion for 7/16 from 1-2 pm. The meeting will be conducted by Zoom and will be an open forum to engage with other members of the senior HR community to discuss coronavirus experiences, responses, and plans. The call will concentrate on issues related to the challenge of managing companies and workforces in an ongoing remote or blended office/remote work environment over an indefinite period.

COVID-19 Legal Update

As employer strategies on the COVID-19 pandemic evolve so to do the legal issues associated with it. Join HREA and speaker Jonathan Segal for our virtual legal update on July 14th from 8:00am-9:30am. Jonathan A. Segal is a partner at Duane Morris LLP in the Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group.

HREA Special Event

A CHRO Fireside Chat in partnership with the HR Department of the Year Awards

On July 8th, The HR Department of the Year continues its fireside chat series with regional CHRO’s on the near and long-term challenges of COVID-19. Joining us will be Chris Scalia, Chief Human Resources Officer of The Hershey Company and Valerie Mogavero, Chief Human Resources Officer at FullBloom who will share their thoughts on the impact of COVID-19 on the future of the HR function. Many companies are standing out for their applaudable adaptability, employee engagement, change management, community integration and overall strength as a team during this pandemic. Because of this, the HR Department of the Year Awards focus has shifted its focus to celebrating leadership in crisis management. We feel now more than ever, HR Departments are the cornerstone of business success and should be spotlighted and celebrated.

SEPTA Town Hall - Mass Transit and Return to Work

We will be holding a town hall with SEPTA GM, Leslie Richards, and SEPTA Assistant GM, Scott Sauer, by ZOOM on June 23rd from 11 am to 12 pm. Leslie and Scott will be outlining the actions SEPTA is taking to support a safe and efficient return to work for area companies. They are also seeking your input into SEPTA’s plans so that they may adapt their strategy to better support the transportation needs of employers and employees in the region. Leslie and Scott will be prepared to answer any questions you may have. Please reply to if interested and we will send connection details.

COVID-19 HR Roundtable Discussion

*THIS EVENT IS NOW VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM MEETING. Once you register for this event, you will receive a confirmation with the log in and/or call in details.**

As the business and HR impacts of COVID-19 have only intensified over the past week, we are going to move our March 25th HREA meeting to an open COVID-19 discussion from 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM so we can continue to take advantage of the power of our network to help members connect with each other and engage on their coronavirus experience, response, and plans. The conversation will be dictated by the needs of the moment and we ask that you send your questions to us directly in your replies so we can ensure that they are covered in our session.

HREA at the Sixers Game!

Join HREA for a night at the Sixers Game as they take on the Warriors! Only 20 spots are available - first come, first serve! Register Today!

HREA Holiday Dinner

Join HREA at Talula's Daily, a farm-to-table restaurant featuring seasonal & locally inspired courses. We will celebrate the holiday season and network with friends. Enjoy delicious food and drink while enjoying a night out. We hope to see you there!

November Seminar

Join HREA & speaker, Christelle LaPolice, Ph.D. - Industrial & Organizational Psychologist, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

This session is titled, The Goldilocks Zone of Leadership Development. Event will take place at the Union League of Philadelphia from 7:30am-10:00am.

With so many options available for leadership coaching and development out there, it is only natural for any HR management team to find themselves with a confusing amount of choices. Dr. Christelle LaPolice has been working as a consultant, a director of leadership development, and a chief learning officer for more than 23 years and she has helped many organizations choose the approach that is “just right” for them.

During this session, Dr. LaPolice will discuss the leadership development options selected by three different large federal organizations (two in the Intelligence Community and one Financial Regulator) representing three different points on the development “continuum.” A review of these three development choices and their subsequent impact will help you make smarter choices for your organization. Please join us for what we hope will be an honest and dynamic discussion of real-world examples.

About Christelle LaPolice

Christelle LaPolice is an Industrial and Organizational Psychologist with 20 years of experience as a consultant developing, implementing, and evaluating human capital systems in more than 15 Federal agencies. Christelle has served as the Chief Learning Officer and the Dean for the College of Leadership Development at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Christelle draws on her strong interpersonal skills, advanced study of human behavior, and deep understanding of the challenges and complexities that leaders face to help her clients enhance their leadership capabilities. She is an ICF certified coach and has coached and guided executives through organizational change, new role assimilation, and achievement of their leadership and personal career goals. Christelle wrote her dissertation on leader behavior and employee satisfaction which included more than 17,000 Federal employees in the sample. Christelle LaPolice has a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from The George Washington University and she is a graduate of the Georgetown University Leadership Coaching Program. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

September Seminar

John HREA and speaker Jonathan Segal for our September Event entitled, Tsunami of State and Local Employment Laws (Actual and Proposed). The event will take place at Duane Morris in Philadelphia from 8am-10:00am.

Much of the legal action relative to the employer-employee relationship is at the state and local level. That is not likely to change. Indeed, if there is less “activism” at the federal level, we actually may see more activity at the state and local level. It is not a blue-state-versus-red-state issue: Some of the more “pro-employee” developments have been in ruby-red states or local jurisdictions in those states. This session will focus on recent legal developments at the state and local levels, with an emphasis on trends and how HR can not only comply with them but also anticipate them in the development and implementation of policies and practices.

Substantive areas of focus will include:
- Minimum Wage and Minimum Salary
- Mandated paid time off
- Pay Equity Laws
- Salary Bans
- Non-Disclosure Agreements
- Criminal Just Reform (e.g., ban the box and clean slate)

Jonathan A. Segal is a partner at Duane Morris LLP in the Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group.

HREA Summer Social

Join HREA for an evening of great food, drinks and networking at the Yards Brewing Company from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

Phillies Night Out

Join us at the Trion Suite at the ballpark as the Phillies take on the LA Dodgers!! Only 20 spots are available - first come, first serve! Register today!

June Seminar

As the modern workplace continues to seek opportunities to drive efficiencies and deliver value to its customers, shareholders and employees – organizations are increasingly turning to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics to solve repetitive work, enabling employees to focus on higher value activities.

Join us at our June HREA Event, where Susan Gunn of EY will provide an overview and multiple illustrations of how Robotic Process Automation and Virtual Agents, fueled by AI, are bringing a new type of employee to the workplace – a digital one.

Event will take place at the Hyatt House in King of Prussia on June 18 from 7:30am - 9:30am.

Susan Gunn is an Executive Director in the People Advisory Services practice of EY. She is based in the Philadelphia area and provides consulting services and support to clients in the US Northeast Region across several industry sectors.

A global business executive with deep expertise in the Human Capital function, Susan has built and developed high-performing teams across multiple industries, countries and cultures. With significant capability in all human resources disciplines, Susan has advised executive leaders on matters pertaining to HR strategy and transformation, executive compensation, mergers & acquisitions and C-Suite, including CEO, succession. With more than 25 years of HR experience, Susan is uniquely talented to assess organizational issues and build and execute plans to address applicable gaps.

At EY, Susan is actively managing multiple change management engagements supporting an IPO transaction, as well as functional transformations in the areas of Finance and Procurement resulting from a global SAP S4/HANA implementation. She is also leading digital innovation initiatives within the human resources function for a global media and entertainment organization in the areas of robotics and data federation.

Prior to joining EY, Susan was the SVP of Global Talent and Compensation for Aramark (NYSE: ARMK). In this role, Susan had leadership responsibility for Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Compensation, HR Technology, HR Analytics, HR Shared Services and HR Transformation. There, she designed and delivered multiple programs transforming the way in which talent was managed, including several innovative initiatives that greatly improved frontline talent acquisition and development at scale.

Prior to Aramark, Susan was CHRO of Gardner Denver, a $2.3 billion, publicly traded, global manufacturing company with 40 manufacturing operations in more than 20 countries. Responsible for the company’s HR strategy and its execution, Susan worked directly with the Compensation Committee on all executive compensation matters and with the company’s Board of Directors on M&A activities related to the company’s acquisition by PE (KKR) in 2013. Prior to joining Gardner Denver, Susan held the top HR post at Hay Group, a private, global management consulting firm headquartered in Philadelphia. She was also the CHRO at Willis Group Holdings, plc, a $3 billion, publicly traded global insurance broker (NYSE: WSH) and was based in its London, UK, and New York City headquarters locations. Other senior HR appointments include roles at Revlon and Vivendi Universal (The Seagram Company).

For the past seven years, Susan is an active member of the Board of Directors of Leadership Philadelphia, a nonprofit institution supporting philanthropic leadership activities in the Philadelphia area. In 2013, the National Diversity Council named her one of Pennsylvania’s Most Powerful & Influential Women. Susan holds a bachelor of arts in Economics and a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources with honors, both from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She is bilingual in English and French.

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!

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.

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!

HREA January Symposium

Join HREA for our January Seminar entitled, Culture Shift: How to Address Harassment Before it Becomes Litigation. This interactive session will explore the issues being tackled in a post #metoo era and how organizations need to effectuate change to engage its workforce and evolve going forward. It’s more than risk assessment and video training. Today’s organizations can and need to do more.

Speaker: Louis Lessig, Esq.

Louis R. Lessig, Esquire, SHRM-SCP, SPHR is a Partner at the law firm of Brown & Connery, LLP in Westmont, NJ in their labor and employment group. He regularly counsels clients, conducts training sessions and represents clients in federal and state court as well as before administrative agencies. Mr. Lessig speaks across the country and regularly writes articles that appear in publications nationwide including XpertHR. This past May, he received the 2018 Delaware Valley HR Consultant of the Year Award. In 2015, he won the SmartCEO - ESQ Industry Award – recognizing the region’s most trusted advisors. Every year since 2012, Mr. Lessig has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” in Labor and Employment law. He is a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and serves as the President of the Philadelphia chapter. Mr. Lessig is an active volunteer in The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as Legislative Director for Garden State Council-SHRM, as well as immediate Past President of Tri-State HRMA.

HREA 2018 December Holiday Dinner

Join HREA at Zahav, a modern Israeli restaurant that brings the authentic flavors of Israel's cultural heritage to Philadelphia. We will celebrate the holiday season and network with friends. Enjoy the authentic flavors of Israel while enjoying a night out. We hope to see you there!

Night at the Sixers Game!

Join HREA for a night at the Sixers Game as they take on the Los Angeles Clippers! Only 13 spots are available - first come, first serve! Register today!

HREA October Seminar

Join us for our October Seminar titled, Talent Management at Vanguard: The Next Phase, featuring speaker, Lynda Risser, Head of HR Business Partner Organization and Organization Effectiveness Services at Vanguard. Vanguard has long held an excellent reputation for its succession planning practices and its ability to provide its emerging leaders with experiences that have allowed them to progress to the most senior levels in the organization. Utilizing a “best athlete” approach, Vanguard has provided rotational assignments to its high potential executives to develop their leadership skills and expose them to colleagues and organizational challenges across the enterprise. Given the growth of Vanguard’s business and its geographical expansion, the company is embarking on a new phase of talent management and succession planning practice that will cement its position as an industry leader. As it continues its successful rotational program, Vanguard is also focusing on developing best in class domain expertise that will enhance the functional excellence of its leaders. Additionally, this new approach delves deeper into the organization to identify and develop earlier career high potentials, as well as provide greater visibility as to where talent gaps may exist at the company. At our October HREA meeting, Lynda Risser, Head of HR Business Partner Organization and Organization Effectiveness Services at Vanguard, will lead an interactive discussion regarding the strategy and tactics employed to move Vanguard to this new phase of its talent and succession practices and the challenges that have been, and must be, overcome for the company to achieve its objectives.

2018 Legislative Overview

Join us in hearing Jonathan Segal’s 2018 Legislative Overview at the Duane Morris Institute as our kick off Fall event! • Speaker: Jonathan Segal, Partner – Duane Morris, LLP This program will cover common gaps and traps in pay equity, implicit bias and other business issues with material legal implications. The program also will cover a discussion of the attorney-client privilege where a lack of understanding of how best to preserve the privilege has created material litigation risks.

HREA Golf Social

Human Resource Executive Alliance would like to invite you to the BMW Championship at Aronimink Golf Club, in Newtown Square, PA, on Tuesday, September 4th. The BMW Championship will feature the top 70 golfers in the world as they vie to win the $10,000,000 Fedex Cup purse. HREA will have access to Trion’s tent at Aronimink but tickets are limited to 20 attendees! Register Today! Breakfast and lunch will be provided along with cocktails as you enjoy the day. This is an all day event but you are welcome to leave at any time. Join us at: Aronimink Golf Club 3600 St Davids Road Newtown Square, Pa 19073. The tent will open at 8:30am

HREA 2018 Summer Social

Join us for an evening of great food, drinks and networking on the spectacular rooftop at Stratus Rooftop Lounge!

HREA - Phillies Night Out!

Join HREA for a night at the ballpark as the Phillies take on the Washington Nationals! Only 20 spots are available - first come, first serve! Register today!

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