HRM Professional Development Series XXVI - Fall 2019

Held on campus, our highly popular Professional Development Series features workshops by local industry experts. The series is valuable to anyone in today’s business environment who wants to effectively manage a variety of HR issues.

  • $15 per session 
    Pre-registration is strongly encouraged for this popular series.
  • Reception: 6 to 6:30 p.m.
    Informal networking environment and light refreshments
  • Presentation: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

For more information call Dr. Jean Forti, professor and department chair of the Human Resources Department at 412-536-1193.

Seminars Offered:

Ryan West
Ryan West, Owner, Executive Director of EQualifyed, LLC
Date: Monday, Sept. 16
Seminar: Emotions Revealed: Decoding the Seven Universal Facial Expressions

2 HRCI Credits - General | 2 SHRM Credits

The emotions we experience in our day-to-day lives often appear upon our faces without our conscious consent. For those who decide to hide their emotions, the observer has less than a half-second to accurately identify the emotion before it is lost. These “microexpressions” are a window into the true feelings an individual may have towards a person, a job position or a company.

In this seminar Ryan West will discuss the connection between facial expressions and emotions, help participants identify seven universal facial expressions, and demonstrate the ability to decode emotions through microexpressions.

Online Registration for Monday, Sept. 16 Seminar

Tracy Grajewski

Tracy L. Stough Grajewski, President, Laurel Summit Insights, LLC, Executive, Career & Retirement Coach
Date: Monday, Oct. 21
Seminar: The Employee Lifecycle: How Life Intersects with Work and What HR Can Do

2 HRCI Credits – General | 2 SHRM Credits

The concept of work life balance has changed over the years. Originally it meant balancing work and a young family. Today, workers of every generation crave flexibility and an understanding that work is a piece in the complex puzzle of life. As a result human resources professionals need to know what it takes to empower employees to help them thrive throughout their careers.
In this session you’ll find out how creating and living a robust lifestyle plan is key towards personal and financial fulfillment in life.

Online Registration for Monday, Oct. 21 Seminar

Dr. Geri Perulo
Presenter: Dr. Geri Perulo, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, President/CEO, Change Management Solutions Inc.
Date: Monday, Nov. 18
Presentation: Is Burnout the Canary in the Coal Mine for Employee Engagement?

2 HRCI Credits – General | 2 SHRM Credits

Employee engagement is a critical cultural characteristic that leads to higher commitment, productivity, performance, and retention – but it is an often elusive goal for many organizations. Based on her research on the role of burnout during organizational change, Dr. Geri Perulo believes that the presence of employee burnout is an important symptom of underlying workplace problems that destroy high levels of engagement.

In her session attendees will discover why burnout is the antithesis of engagement and how to spot the warning signs, identify the 10 workplace stressors that lead to burnout, and discuss proactive steps to transform your culture and reengage employees.

Online Registration for Monday, Nov. 18 Seminar

THE SOCIETY FOR HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (SHRM) recently confirmed that La Roche University’s Master of Science in Human Resources Management (HRM) program fully aligns with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. Created in 2006 and revalidated in 2010 and 2013, the HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates were developed by SHRM to define the minimum HR content areas that undergraduate and graduate students should study.

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The Human Resources Management Graduate Program of La Roche University is proud to support the local charity, Jamie’s Dream Team, by donating $1 for every online registration during the HRM Professional Development Series presentations.

Jamie's Dream Team LogoThe mission of Jamie’s Dream Team is to offer hope when there is little, to ease the burden caused by serious illness, injury, disability, trauma, or catastrophic events, and to finally celebrate individual differences by acknowledging dreams as possibilities. Jamie’s Dream Team provides assistance and/or make distributions to or on behalf of qualifying individuals who are handicapped, disabled, terminally ill, severely injured or suffering from a serious medical condition, disease, or trauma. Jamie’s Dream Team is managed by a nine member community-based Board of Directors. All funds raised by or donated to Jamie’s Dream Team are used to further its charitable purpose. Jamie’s Dream Team is a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation that is considered a public charity by the Internal Revenue Service and is exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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