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FALL in Love With HRD - VUSHRM October Newsletter

As the weather gets colder and the leaves turn red, it can be hard to leave the comfort of your couch. Lucky for you, most VUSHRM events are virtual – so no need to change out of those sweatpants! This past month has been packed with event after event for our VUSHRM members! With both familiar and new faces at our October webinar and our first Town Hall, we are excited to continue diving into HR topics and developing ourselves as HR professionals.

At our October webinar, we had guest speaker, Dave Mazeffa, who shared his experience working in HR and in HR solutions. The conversation centered around using speed and data to find and match quality employees with companies that are facing high turnover, especially in hourly and front-line roles. Through creative recruiting and application services, Dave and his team have created solutions that help to mitigate the struggles and problems that these organizations face. Check out the recording of this session on our website for more insight and connect with Dave Mazeffa here!

Outside of VUSHRM planned programming, we encourage our members and students to attend local networking and HR events to connect with the community and meet other HR professionals. The HR Social Network, a new networking group that prides itself on professional friendship and low-pressure networking events, had hosted an event at Twenty One Pips in Ardmore. Many of our HRD students attended and were able to meet HR professionals that are working in Philly and the surrounding areas! Join the HRSN (HR Social Network) group on LinkedIn for future events and to connect with other members.

Our final VUSHRM event of October was our first Town Hall! With great conversation on HR topics and the phenomenon of “company catfishing” and a “get to know HRD” Kahoot game, we had such a great time with our fellow HRD and VUSHRM members. These Town Halls will be happening monthly, so if you were unable to make this one do not worry as there will be another opportunity soon!

Looking Ahead & Other Opportunities


November 9, 2022 7:30-8:15PM, Virtual

SHRM Competencies Webinar

Elevate your SHRM knowledge and HR expertise with guest speaker and adjunct faculty member, Mary Sweeney! If you need a refresher as you study for the SHRM exam, or just want to learn more about how SHRM aligns with the HRD program and courses, this is the webinar for you!

November 30, 2022 6-6:45PM, Virtual

Town Hall

Join us for a chance to discuss HR hot topics with HRD peers and HR professionals! Get to know more about the HRD program, share any suggestions or ideas you have for VUSHRM programming, promote job openings at your organization, and more and our first ever town hall!

December 5, 2022 6:00-7:00PM, Villanova Career Center

Career Center Resources and Headshots

Take a trip to the newly renovated Villanova Career Center! A Career Center employee will take us through many of the resources that they have to offer and will give all VUSHRM members an opportunity to take free headshots in their new headshot machine! Dress to impress (at least from the waist up!) and we hope to see you there!

Outside SHRM Chapter Events - Click on the chapter name to be taken to their website where you can register

November 1, 2022 8am-12, Virtual

The Great Awakening

The pandemic has undoubtedly changed the landscape of work while serving as the catalyst for employees to reexamine what is meaningful for them – in their jobs and in their lives. Using this lens, you can recategorize the Great Resignation as the “Great Awakening.” Rather than seeing this phenomenon as a threat, forward-thinking companies are using it as an opportunity to think about the future of work and how they can keep their employees engaged and fulfilled.

November 10, 2022 5:30-7:30PM, Villanova University

Emerging Leaders – Pathways to a Career in HR

This panel event will highlight the variety of ways to gain HR experience, whether in the classroom or out in the working world. We’ll also discuss the benefits and potential drawbacks of advancing your education by earning your Master’s or an HR certification (PHR or SHRM-CP) to help emerging leaders decide the best journey for them.

November 3, 2022 8-9:15AM, Virtual

Why You Need to Perform an HR Audit

HR audits are an important tool for organizations to remain in compliance with the dynamic landscape of employment law.  Beyond compliance, an audit of your HR function will also ensure that your HR team is effective, efficient, and spending their time on the highest level of strategic work. In this webinar, we will discuss the importance of the HR audit as well as the process to conduct an audit of your HR function.  We’ll also provide information regarding data collection, typical findings, and actions an organization should take once an audit of the HR function has been completed.

November 15, 2022 5:30-8:00PM, Virtual

Culture is King - Laying a Strong People Foundation for Business Success

It's been said that "culture eats strategy for breakfast." Without a healthy culture, and strong employee engagement, even the best strategy won't succeed. Learn from an experienced senior organizational development leader how to assess, build, and maintain the culture your organization needs to meet short and long-term goals.

November 8, 2022 7:45-9:30AM, Virtual

Developing a Learning Culture Through Employee Engagement

The remote work environment is where goals, objectives, outcomes, and modes of connection transcend space and time. Therefore, it is important for organizations to reframe their approach by developing a learning culture that brings teams together and focus everyone simultaneously at different times. The purpose of the presentation is to learn how management can motivate and encourage employees through development and a learning culture to share in decisions that impact their work, especially in a remote work environment.

Other Opportunities

November 12, 2022, Hershey, PA - ATD (Association for Talent Development) Central PA conference

This is a great opportunity for students to network with professionals in the area. The student discounted tickets are $50 and come with a complimentary membership! For more information, please visit their website.

PSPS (Philadelphia Society for People and Strategy) runs a mentoring program called Achievements in Mentoring (AIM). AIM is now accepting applications for 2023 Mentors (current PSPS Members) and Mentees (early career HR professionals). Applications for either AIM role can be found on the PSPS Website.


SHRM-CP/SCP Scholarship

VUSHRM will be covering the cost of the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam fee for up to 3 HRD students. To apply, please go to our website and click on the box at the top of the page titled, "SHRM Exam Scholarship Application". Applications are due by December 23, 2022.



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