Overview

We Provide Professional Development & Networking Opportunities

Founded in 1949, Philly SHRM has provided professional development and networking opportunities for the area’s human resource practitioners for over a half a century. This organization is considered Super-Mega within the SHRM community and has been recognized as a Superior Merit chapter.

Today, we are comprised of over 1,400 members consistently each year from over 500 of the Philadelphia region’s finest companies. Ranging from students just entering the profession to the most senior human resource executives, the Chapter is committed to developing our people and our profession.

Our vision is to be the leading HR organization for connecting and developing professionals in the greater Philadelphia business community. Here’s how we plan to do that for you:

  • Provide knowledge, services and leadership to you and the professional community by promoting current trends, best practices and new models that will stimulate individual and organizational success.
  • Offer a variety of programs to give you professional development on cutting edge human resource issues and networking opportunities to forward your thinking and career.
  • Afford opportunities for professional development through our volunteer committee chair positions, which allow you and SHRM to play an important role in the Philadelphia human resource community and the business community at large.
  • Host a website and distribute a quarterly newsletter that is a robust resource of information and interaction for HR professionals.
  • Create value for our members by introducing mentoring programs, certification study sessions and other resources that set you up for success in your job.
  • Draw on the resources of SHRM to provide discounted fees for national and local membership, scholarships, and access to a variety of information resources.

To our current members, we say thank you. To our future members, we say join us! Browse our website or give us a call. Let us support you and your success as a strategic business partner in the Human Resource profession!

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Our Vision

To be the leading HR organization for connecting and developing professionals in the greater Philadelphia business community.

President’s letter

Dear HR and Business Leaders,

Words can not express how excited I am about my new role as President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. My involvement with Philly SHRM over the past 10+ years has been one of the best experiences of my professional career and in many ways a catalyst for that same professional growth and development. My experience with the organization has convinced me that Philly SHRM’s members are some of the best and brightest HR and business leaders that our city has to offer.

As HR leaders, we have always had a unique ability to influence the growth and strategy of the businesses we support through maximizing the most important assets of any company…its people. I believe that ability and knowledge is not limited to the organizations we support, but to our community as well.

When I think about the Philly SHRM community, our city has seen unprecedented growth over the past decade. We have seen the revitalization of Center City and the surrounding neighborhoods, we have hosted world leaders, and handled national events in ways other cities could only dream of. Still this growth has not been all encompassing, and at around 26%, our city has the highest poverty rate among large cities in the country and an unemployment rate almost 2% above the national rate. At the same time, CEOs consistently rank building talent or finding the right people with the right skillsets as one of their highest priorities for future growth.

In preparation for my presidency, I have spent time talking to our members and workforce development leaders and I think Philly SHRM can help to bridge this gap. During my tenure as President, in addition to all the amazing work we currently do at Philly SHRM through programming, thought leadership, and professional development, we will be focusing on strengthening the talent pool in the Philadelphia area as a whole. We have launched a new Workforce Development committee and begun establishing partnerships that will create new pipelines of talent to our member’s organizations and opportunities for those in our community.

Whether you are an HR practitioner, a business leader, or a community leader, I encourage you get involved with SHRM and look forward to your support as we embark on this journey!

Jameel Rush, PHR, SHRM-CP
Philly SHRM President

Quick Facts

Committed to Developing Our People & Our Profession

  • Ranging from students just entering the profession to the most senior human resource executives, the Chapter is committed to developing our people and our profession.
  • Philly SHRM hosts an annual symposium that brings together Human Resource professionals to network, share best practices, and have fun!
  • Our quarterly newsletter highlights member participation, accomplishments, and upcoming events.
  • Year Chapter Founded — 1949
  • Number of Members — 1,400
  • Members More than 5 Years — 740

Members Professional Levels:

Academician, Administrator, Assistant or Associate Director, Assistant or Assistant VP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Consultant, Director, Legal Counsel, Manager, President, Senior Vice President, Specialist, Supervisor, and Vice President.

Meeting Statistics: Average Number of Attendees:

  • Webcasts – 30
  • Development Series – 50-75
  • Networking Events – 50

Companies Represented — They include, but, not limited to:

  • AAA Mid Atlantic
  • Accenture
  • Ace North American Insurance Co.
  • Advanta Corporation
  • Aetna
  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • Amtrak
  • Anheuser-Busch Companies
  • Aqua America, Inc.
  • Aramark Corporation
  • Art Institute of Philadelphia
  • AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
  • Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP
  • Bath & Body Works,
  • Bayada Nurses
  • Bentley Systems, Inc.
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Bridgestone Firestone
  • Bureau Of State Employment
  • Campbell Soup Company
  • Catholic Health East
  • Center City District
  • Centocor, Inc.
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Cephalon, Inc.
  • CertainTeed Corporation
  • Charming Shoppes, Inc.,
  • Chase
  • Cigna International
  • Citi
  • City of Philadelphia
  • Comcast Cable Communications
  • Commerce Bank
  • Crozer-Keystone Health System
  • Day Zimmerman
  • Delaware Investments
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Exelon Corporation
  • Federal Express Corporation
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • General Electric
  • GlaxoSmithkline
  • Godiva Chocolates
  • Herr Foods, Inc.
  • Hess Corporation
  • Hoshino USA Inc.
  • Hospital of University of Pennsylvania
  • IKEA Wholesale, Inc.
  • IKON Office Solutions
  • Independence Blue Cross
  • Iron Mountain
  • Janney Montgomery Scott LLC
  • Jenny Craig
  • Kellogg Company
  • Lankenau Hospital
  • McDonald’s Corporation
  • Nordstrom
  • NutriSystem
  • Office Depot
  • Pep Boys
  • Pfizer
  • Philadelphia Stock Exchange
  • QVC, Inc.
  • Radian Group
  • Rohm and Haas Company
  • Saint Gobain
  • Saint Joseph’s University
  • SAP America, Inc.
  • Siemens Medical Solutions
  • Sovereign Bank
  • Starr Restaurant Organization
  • Sunoco, Inc.
  • Tasty Baking Company
  • Temple University
  • The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • TV Guide
  • Unisys Corporation
  • Vanguard
  • Villanova University
  • Virtua Health
  • Wachovia Corporation
  • Waste Management
  • WAWA, Inc.
  • and lots more
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