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January 12, 2018

La Roche Professional Development Series to Benefit HR and Business Professionals

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 12, 2018 – From January to April 2018, La Roche College will host the 23rd installment of its widely popular Professional Development Series.

Presented by La Roche’s 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 spring 2018 lineup includes:

Phyllis Hartman, M.S., SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Consultant and Adjunct Faculty
La Roche College

Give Your Career the Agility Edge: Five Methods for Developing HR Competencies

2 HRCI Credits - General | 2 SHRM Credits

Agility involves more than just knowing about HR — it includes the ability to effectively adapt knowledge to respond to constant change. Competencies are the key to this agility.

We are often aware of the competencies needed for a great HR function, but not sure how to best use available and often limited resources to grow them. Unlocking the mystery of development is critical for current and future HR leaders.

In this program Ms. Hartman will teach you about the connection of HR competencies to HR business success, approaches for measuring competency proficiency and the five methods to develop HR proficiency.

Len Petrancosta
The Leadership Quest

The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership

2 HRCI Credits – General | 2 SHRM Credits

The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership model is a clear, evidence-based path to achieving the extraordinary — for individuals, teams, organizations and communities. It turns the abstract concept of leadership into easy-to-grasp practices and behaviors that can be taught and learned by anyone willing to step up and accept the challenge to lead. Please join us as Mr. Petrancosta offers tools for real-world leadership success and advanced training.

Bethany Traugh, M.S.
Senior Talent Management Advisor
MSA, The Safety Company

Transforming Performance Management – Lessons Learned at MSA

2 HRCI Credits - General | 2 SHRM Credits

MSA, The Safety Company, is a global manufacturer of sophisticated safety products headquartered in Cranberry Township, Pa. In January 2016 MSA eliminated performance ratings and moved to a continuous performance management process founded in frequent, meaningful conversations focused on timely feedback, growth and results. Ms. Traugh will share her experiences and lessons learned in leading this transformative change for MSA.

Seminars will be held in the Ryan Room of the Zappala College 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.

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

About La Roche College: A private liberal arts college in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche College offers more than 50 undergraduate majors, six graduate degree programs and one doctoral program, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences, as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential college provides a vibrant campus community for more than 1,500 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 College 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 College educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.