Charity J. Hughes, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Charity J. Hughes, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is the vice president of human resources in the Americas for VWR which is headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania. She guides the strategic direction and execution of HR services and provides leadership support to the Americas senior business leaders. Her professional experience includes talent management, executive coaching, change management and organizational development.
Charity spent eight years at SCA Americas where she facilitated improved alignment between the various sales and marketing teams and increased leadership focus on people strategies from succession planning to performance management. Prior to leaving SCA, Charity led the HR cultural and policy integration activities for a $513 million acquisition and prior to joining SCA, Charity worked for some of Philadelphia’s most renowned employers including Independence Blue Cross and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.
Mrs. Hughes holds a fundamental belief that a life well spent is a life of service. As such, she has taught human capital development and transformational leadership to students enrolled in the University of Phoenix Online MBA program, and has served her profession as a member of the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) national and local organizations. She was recognized by the 2015 Pennsylvania Diversity Conference as one of the most powerful and influential women, she was nominated for the 2012 Delaware Valley Human Resource Person of the Year award. She is the current president for the Philadelphia Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management and has built a strategic platform that engages traditional and non-traditional schools to prepare students with the skills, knowledge and social competence essential for meeting the region’s current and future business and economic challenges and talent needs. She is an active board member of Graduate! Philadelphia, a 501(c)3 organization that helps adults gain access and identify resources they need to complete a college degree. She is also completing a doctoral program in which her research focuses on emotional intelligence and leadership in the human resource profession.