Villanova SHRM Student Chapter

VUSHRM participating in the 2019 St. Thomas Day of Service.

Upcoming Events

This year, VUSHRM will hold monthly events, usually on the second Wednesday of each month from 5:30-7pm.  All monthly events will be held virtually and attendance is free for all members.  Details on all event topics, speakers, and registration can be found below.

February Meeting

Benefits with ISCEBS


February 10


Interested in learning more about the benefits function or advancing your career in benefits? For our February webinar, will be joined by the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the International Society of Certified Employee Benefits Specialists for a panel discussion centered around a wholistic view of the benefits and HR space. ISCEBS offers employee health and welfare benefits educational programs, activities for professional development, and supports individuals in their pursuit of the Certified Employee Benefits Specialists (CEBS) designation.

Register: Use this link to register.  The meeting link and a calendar reminder will be sent after you register.

The 2019 Annual Kick-off meeting.

Previous Events

Links to the recordings from past events will be available here within 48 hours of the meeting date.

VUSHRM Happy Hour January 2020

Villanova HRD Annual Networking Reception 2019

VUSHRM participating in 2018 Day of Service

VUSHRM made and donated blankets to Dawn's Place, 2018.

Cigna CHRO speaking at VUSHRM meeting 2018.

VUSHRM members volunteering at Cradles to Crayons, 2017.

September Meeting

Annual Kick-Off Event

Wednesday, September 9


This kick-off meeting will be a great opportunity to network with fellow HRD students, learn about VUSHRM's programming for this year, and hear from guest speakers from both Philly SHRM and GVFHRA on how to get involved with other local HR chapters.


  • Paige Liscka, Philly SHRM

  • Kaela Blanks, Philly SHRM

  • Chris Kenny, GVFHRA

  • Emily DuPont, GVFHRA  


This event will be hosted through zoom.  We are hoping to "see" as many of you as possible, so if you are able, please turn your cameras on and mute your microphone as you join.

View the recording of this meeting.

Click here to download the slides from the meeting.

October Meeting

Navigating a Virtual World

Wednesday, October 14


Join Villanova and St. Joseph's SHRM student chapters for a night of networking and professional development.  For our October meeting, VUSHRM will be joined by the St. Joseph's SHRM student chapter.  This event will give students an opportunity to network with other student SHRM members.

Now that most of us are living and working in a virtual world, many are struggling with navigating this virtual environment.  This meeting, we will be joined by Alissa Carpenter to discuss communication strategies and connecting with your team as a virtual workforce, and she will share ways to boost morale, both your own and for those around you.

About our Guest Speaker:

Alissa Carpenter, M.Ed., is a multigenerational workplace expert, author, speaker, podcast host, and learning facilitator.  She is passionate about humanizing workplaces and bridging communication barriers, one conversation at a time.  She has worked with non-profits to multi-billion dollar enterprises across many industries and presented to high school students, interns, individual organization contributors, middle managers, all the way up to C-suite executives and board members.  Learn more about Alissa on her website.

View the recording of this meeting.

November Meeting

HR Executive Panel: Bringing HR to the forefront of Business

Wednesday, November 11


Join VUSHRM for a virtual panel discussion with HR Executives. We will be joined by three HRD alumni all currently working in HR executive roles.  Hear from:


  • Denise Fenwick, Senior Director of HR, Nationwide Insurance

  • Valoria Armstrong, Chief Inclusion Officer & VP, External Affairs at American Water

  • Ruben Castillo, Director of EEO and Employee Relations, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County 


Denise, Valoria, and Ruben are Villanova HRD alumni with 15+ years of experience working in employee relations, diversity and inclusion, and human resources. Our panelists will discuss their career progressions, key learnings from the HRD program, and any insight or experiences relevant to "having a seat at the table" as an HR leader and bringing HR to the forefront of the business. 

View the recording of this meeting.

December Meeting

SHRM Competencies Webinar

Wednesday, December 9


The SHRM Competency Model identifies what it takes to be a successful HR professional—across the performance continuum; around the globe; and across all career levels, job roles and job functions. Please join us as we explore the different competencies of HR!

About our Guest Speaker:

Dr. Patricia Sullivan is a leadership coach and trainer, with over 20 years in leadership development and HR executive roles.  Patricia earned her Ph.D. at the University of South Florida in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Adult Education.  Her research focuses on leadership effectiveness, self-awareness, and organizational commitment. She was awarded an undergraduate and graduate degree from Temple University, with a Human Resources concentration. Her many certifications include: Energy Leadership Coach, Wellness Coach (Yoga Therapist), Conflict Resolution Mediator, Master Trainer, Web-Based Instructional Designer, SHRM-SCP, and SPHR.  Her passion for creating best places to work and leadership excellence has directed her profession and learning activities.  As HR consultant, she brings culture change initiatives to organizations that are striving to create learning organizations, highly engaged workplaces, and leadership excellence.

View the recording of this meeting.