Spring 2020 HRM Professional Development Series

Spring 2020 HRM Professional Development Series

  • $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:

Christine Kerlong

Presenter: Christine “Chris” Skerlong, Certified Career and Executive Coach
Date: Monday, Jan. 13
Seminar: Managing Organizational Performance and Conducting a Performance Need Assessment: What Human Resources Professionals Need to Know about Conducting an Organizational Performance Assesment

2 HRCI Credits – General | 2 SHRM Credits
An organizational priority for CEOs and CHROs is managing organizational performance. Human resources professionals must have the consulting skills to provide support for a full range of performance needs assessments, including the training needs assessment.

Ms. Skerlong will discuss the role of performance need assessment in identifying skill, knowledge and performance gaps, the identification of primary and secondary stakeholders, the questions to ask/not ask, types of needs analysis tools, and the benefits of a thorough performance needs assessment in order to bridge the gap.

Register online for this seminar scheduled for  Monday, Jan. 13

Presenter: Albert Lee, J.D., Tucker Arensberg Law
Date: Monday, March 23  (Rescheduled)  April 6
Presentation: What to Expect When…Your Employee is Expecting: What Employers Need to Know About Maternity Leave, Paternity Leave and Pregnancy Discrimination Laws

2 HRCI Credits – General | 2 SHRM Credits

Albert Lee, an employment attorney, has provided HR professionals with guidance on day-to-day personnel matters such as FMLA situations, employee discipline and discrimination. In this session Mr. Lee will discuss employment laws that govern childbirth-related absences and health conditions, along with recent court decisions in this area. Participants will come away from this session with a checklist for ensuring that their organizations handle these situations properly.

Register online for this seminar scheduled for Monday, April 6

Phyllis Hartman

Presenter: Phyllis Hartman, M.S., SHRM-SCP, SPHR, PGHR Consulting Inc.
Date: Monday, April 20
Presentation: It’s All About Respect: Influencing (Not Forcing) Respectful Behaviors at Work

2 HRCI Credits – General | 2 SHRM Credits

Revelations of harassment by famous, powerful individuals and the #MeToo movement has left HR professionals wondering what to do next. Even with many years of mandated training which threatened termination and legal actions, behaviors have not changed, and EEO complaints are still high.

There also are investigations that result in discovery of negative, but not egregious behaviors where an organization may want to try and rehabilitate an employee versus terminate. Often today just requiring acceptable behaviors doesn’t work, while employees may be more likely to complain (as they should) about a lack of respect and empathy.

So how can HR and management get employees to behave appropriately? What kind of training and follow-up can contribute to creation of a positive workplace culture?

This session will provide an understanding of the possible causes of negative behaviors, including unconscious biases, as well as strategies and actions that can impact workplace culture. Helping employees understand how a respectful culture contributes to their own success and ideas for coaching accused employees to result in correct behaviors also will be presented.

Register online for this seminar scheduled for Monday, April 20

THE SOCIETY FOR HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (SHRM) recently confirmed that La Roche College’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.

2020 HRCI Approval Seal

The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the activity. It means that this activity has met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit. 


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.

jamies 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 makes 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 15-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.

For more information please visit jamiesdreamteam.org.