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August 19, 2019

La Roche Professional Development Series to Benefit Business and HR Professionals

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 19, 2019 – La Roche University will host the 26th installment of the Professional Development Series from September to November 2019.

Presented by the graduate program in human resources management, the series offers seminars led by industry experts, informal networking opportunities and the chance for participants to earn credits for HR Certification Institute (HRCI) and Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) certification. The seminars are ideal for business and HR professionals who want to learn how to effectively manage a variety of HR issues. The fall 2019 lineup includes:


Ryan West 
Owner, Executive Director 
EQualifyed, LLC

Emotions Revealed: Decoding the Seven Universal Facial Expressions

2 HRCI Credits - General | 2 SHRM Credits

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.


Tracy L. Stough Grajewski 
President, Laurel Summit Insights, LLC 
Executive, Career & Retirement Coach

The Employee Lifecycle: How Life Intersects with Work and What HR Can Do

2 HRCI Credits – General | 2 SHRM Credits

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. 

This session will explore how creating and living a robust lifestyle is key toward personal and financial fulfillment in life.

Dr. Geri Perulo, SPHR, SHRM-SCP 
Change Management Solutions Inc.

Is Burnout the Canary in the Coal Mine for Employee Engagement?

2 HRCI Credits - General | 2 SHRM Credits

Based on her research on the role of burnout during organizational change, Dr. Geri Puleo believes that employee burnout is an important symptom of underlying workplace problems that destroy 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.

How to Register

Seminars will be held in the Ryan Room of the Zappala Campus Center at La Roche’s campus in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. Each event will begin at 6 p.m. with a reception for participants to enjoy light refreshments and an informal networking environment. The presentation will follow from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost of admission is $15 per person, and parking is free. 

Preregistration is strongly encouraged for this popular series. Visit to learn more.


About La Roche University: A private liberal arts university in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche University offers 66 undergraduate programs of study, six master’s degrees and one doctoral degree, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential university provides a vibrant campus community for more than 1,400 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche University embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche University educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.