Villanova HR Tea Podcast


HR Tea is a podcast featuring interviews with HR Leaders, Researchers, Students, and Influencers. HR Tea takes trending topics and research in human resources, steeps them for 30 minutes or less and leaves you with fresh-brewed ideas on how to drive high-performing, inclusive organizations and create meaningful work experiences. HR Tea is brought to you by Villanova HRD, the Graduate Programs in Human Resource Development at Villanova University.

What does curiosity have to do with people analytics? Is there a dark side to diversity and inclusion? Can human resources really make a difference in the lives of employees? How do these things relate? Find out in Season 1 of HR Tea (2019)

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In season 2, we will challenge you to think differently about employee well-being and mental health, encourage you to authentically connect with your people, and provide you with strategies to bring in amazing untapped talent and support them in your organization, AND SO MUCH MORE! (2020)

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In Season 3 of HR Tea, we have a surprise for you... a new co-host! In this season, Bethany will be joined by Helynn Nelson, as they tackle episodes entirely focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Hear about intersectionality, mindfulness, parenting, political activism at work and so much more. (2021)

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About the hosts

HR Tea is currently hosted by Bethany Adams, Associate Director of the Graduate Programs in Human Resource Development at Villanova University.  Bethany’s work experience includes HR, training and development, OD & education.  Prior to joining Villanova, she spent her corporate career working as a General Manager, Corporate Trainer, and HR Director for Starbucks Coffee Company and Blue Baker, LLC.  She currently teaches both on campus and online for the HRD program while managing marketing and strategy.  Bethany holds a BS in Psychology from Texas A&M University, a MA in Organizational Management from Dallas Baptist University, and her SHRM-SCP.  Bethany also serves as the Faculty Advisor for the Villanova SHRM Student Chapter.

Bethany has a passion for HR and improving workplaces.  While she loves HR Tea, her many years at Starbucks made her a coffee drinker! 

Connect with Bethany on social and find her TEDx Talk here!

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HR Tea is currently co-hosted by Helynn Nelson, People Consultant Manager at Google and Adjunct Faculty Member for Villanova HRD.  Helynn is a Human Resources professional committed to optimizing every employee’s contributions and development. Through the fair, equitable, transparent and ethical treatment of all employees, she delivers superb leadership at the speed of need and provide the required tools every employee/employer needs to perform at their best.

Helynn holds an JD from Tulane University Law School and a BA   in English from Spelman College. Her professional success in HR stems from her ability to seamlessly integrate and leverage experiences as an employment litigator, recruiter, talent strategist and business partner. She has strategically partnered with various non-profit, governmental and for-profit organizations to develop and implement performance management and employee development programs; implement employee relations strategies; address grievances and contract issues; and manage HR and operations.

Heylnn is also a Certified Sommelier.  She brings that "something a little bit stronger" to the podcast.  Learn more about Helynn on the first episode of Season 3 and connect with her on LinkedIn here!