HRM Professional Development Series XXI - Spring 2017

Now presenting the 21st installment of a series that’s valuable to anyone who works in the business environment.

HRM Professional Development Series XXI
Spring 2017

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:

Bill ThomasJ30 “Is it Time to Kill the Performance Review?”

2 HRCI Credits - General
2 SHRM Credits 

The amount of performance management news, novelty and noise that has flooded the HR field over the past two years is mind-numbing. There’s been so much activity and publicity that HR leaders are hard-pressed to decipher and digest it all, much less act on it.

In this workshop, Bill Thomas of Centric Performance shares the results of a three-month research project that further examined the details behind the headlines and boils it down to the five most common trends and practices taking shape across the country. Companies like Adobe, the GAP, Kimberly-Clark and T-Mobile have changed their performance management systems. Learn about their different reasons and why they did it.

In this session, Mr. Thomas also will review steps companies are taking to eliminate ratings and/or annual reviews, yet still track and improve performance management effectiveness.

Bonnie Artman Fox-Feb27 “The Secret to Attaining Competitive Advantage: How to Build a Culture that Sets Your Business Apart” 

2 HRCI Credits – General
2 SHRM Credits 

World-class organizations don’t leave their culture to chance because they realize its vital contribution to success.  They drive their cultures deep into the DNA of their organizations by being intentional and systematic. In this highly interactive session, Bonnie Artman Fox will help participants define and implement customized behavioral systems that build a collaborative culture. She will outline an eight-step framework that will differentiate you from your competitors and empower employees to engage in candid conversations, build trust and propel productivity. 


Irwin-Lee-March 27 “Get Out Your Crystal Ball: How Employment and Labor Laws Will Change Under the Trump Administration”

2 HRCI Credits – General
2 SHRM Credits

Employment law attorneys and La Roche HRM adjunct faculty members Kate Koop and Albert Lee will discuss how workplace laws – from Obamacare to the new Final Rule on overtime to maternity leave – will be affected by the new administration.


Rosanne SaundersA30

“HR Audits and Workplace Investigations: Necessary and Value-Added Approaches”

2 HRCI Credits – General
2 SHRM Credits

There are times when an organization’s overall HR effectiveness should be examined or employee conduct must be investigated. This session will explore audits and investigations; when they are appropriate, what they can cover and who is best to conduct them. When effectively done, both audits and investigations strengthen HR’s contribution and manage risk to the organization.



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.
Seal2017The 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, WearWoof, by donating $1 for every online registration during the spring 2017 Professional Development Series.

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