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,

Philly SHRM has been a bedrock organization in the Philadelphia business community for over 70 years providing HR professionals with high quality growth and development opportunities and resources to enhance their contributions to the organizations they serve. The time has come for me to take the reins as the President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management and I could not be more excited. The Philly SHRM community consists of the most dedicated HR professionals and business leaders that I have ever known. During my tenure as President, I am committed to continuing the legacy of this organization and finding ways to provide even more value to this devoted group of professionals.

We are now in an environment of full employment and the war for talent is fierce. Organizations must differentiate themselves to attract and retain talent and many jobs are not getting filled.  Philadelphia continues to be the poorest large city in America with unemployment much higher than the national average.  There is also a sizeable pool of untapped talent that could help us close this unemployment gap but is currently shut out of the market. We must develop new strategies to keep our organizations vibrant and growing and to help our employees succeed.

That’s where Philly SHRM can help. While serving on the board of Philly SHRM, I have seen what a dedicated group of HR professionals can accomplish when they work together toward a common purpose.  I have learned so much from other board members and from you, the Philly SHRM community about the impact HR can have when armed with the right tools and resources. We have some exciting ideas planned for the chapter that we believe will allow our members to have an even bigger impact on the organizations they serve. You will see enhanced member only resources and focused workforce development initiatives aimed at operationalizing the great work that has already begun. Our programming and key chapter initiatives will also reflect a focus on creating impact in our organizations and in the community. We will continue the development activities such as certifications and emerging leaders that have helped so many HR professionals grow in their careers.

I am very pleased with the make-up of our new board. We have some members you already know who will continue to add value in roles where they have excelled in the past.  We have some existing board members who have changed roles and are bringing their board experience as well as different perspectives to their new positions. We have also been joined by both returning board members and some new faces who have been supporting our efforts behind the scenes and will now help lead this work.  I am so grateful for the accomplishments and contributions our board members have made so far and I am confident that this new board will continue that level of commitment to quality and work together to bring fresh new ideas to our work.

Philly SHRM is an exciting place to be. We are committed to supporting HR professionals, business leaders and community leaders as they advance their people related work. If you are not already associated with SHRM, now is the time to get involved and join us at Philly SHRM.

Jackie Linton, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
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