HRM Professional Development Series XXIV - Fall 2018

Now presenting the 24th installment of a series that’s valuable to anyone who works in the business environment.

HRM Professional Development Series XXIV
Fall 2018

Cost: $15 per session 
Location:  Ryan Room, Zappala College Center, La Roche College 
Reception: 6 to 6:30 p.m. -  Informal networking environment and light refreshments. 
Presentation: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

Register online below. Preregistration is strongly encouraged for this popular series.

For more information, call 412-536-1193 or e-mail Jean Forti, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Human Resources Management, at

Workshop Seminars:

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Bill Thomas, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Managing Principal
Centric Performance, LLC  

Winning Managers Connect-the-Dots: Goals, Feedback, Coaching and Development

Monday, Oct. 15
2 HRCI Credits - General
2 SHRM Credits

By now most HR leaders are well tuned-in to the key trends that have been occurring in performance management practices across the country. Out with the annual reviews, in with the Check-Ins. Look more forward and less backward. Replace evaluative conversations with developmental ones. Adapt a collaborative and agile approach to setting goals and expectations. Strike a more effective balance between managing and coaching.

This session looks at several different organizations that are at various stages of transforming their performance management philosophies, processes and practices. It will share the specific steps being taken to replace annual reviews and/or performance ratings by forging a more effective and connected approach to goal setting, feedback, coaching and development. It will highlight the key role today’s managers can play in optimizing employee success and growth.

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Health Benefits Literacy

Monday, Oct. 29
2 HRCI Credits - General
2 SHRM Credits

Every year benefit negotiations seem to start earlier and earlier, leaving many HR professionals with more sleepless nights. Open enrollment will soon be here and in preparation, you may be spending countless hours agonizing over provider paperwork, trying to make sense out of changes to premiums, benefits levels, and juggling to appease both the leadership team and employees who are apprehensive and a bit unclear about how the changes will impact them.

Then there is the issue of “Health Literacy.” Just how much do your employees and leadership team really understand about basic health information, and how to make the best benefit selections for themselves and their family?

In this session Jane Allen will share her experiences and explain how to communicate benefits to your workforce in a way that improves health literacy and has a positive impact on both the company and the employer.

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Kate Koop and Albert Lee

Attorneys, Tucker | Arensberg
Adjunct Professors, La Roche College

Dazed and Confused: What Every Employer Needs to know about Medical Marijunana, Opiod and Prescription Drug Use in the Workplace

Monday, Nov. 19
2 HRCI Credits – General
2 SHRM Credits

Albert Lee and Kate Koop Irwin, employment law attorneys, educators and corporate trainers, will discuss the ever-changing Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Law and address legal concerns related to medical marijuana, opioid and other prescription drug use in the workplace. Kate and Albert will review recent court decisions, the interaction between state law and accommodations under the ADA, potential conflicts with federal laws, the impact on workplace drug testing for applicants and current employees, andadditional legal challenges for employers.

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.
2018 Approved ProviderThe use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.

The Human Resources Management Graduate Program of La Roche College is proud to support the local nonprofit organization, Biggies Bullies Rescue, by donating $1 for every online registration during the HRM Professional Development Series Presentations.

Biggies Bullies LogoBiggies Bullies is a foster home-based rescue founded in 2011 in Pittsburgh. As a small rescue, its mission is to rescue and rehome Pit Bull type dogs in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas. Biggies Bullies focuses on educating the public on responsible pet ownership, positive force-free training, and the importance of spaying and neutering their pets.

Biggies Bullies is a non-salaried 501c3 nonprofit charity registered with the IRS and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations. It is 100 percent volunteer developed and staffed.

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