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 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 1,300 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 Philadelphia HR and Business Community,

Over the last several weeks we have watched protests, rallies and violence spread across our country and our local community.  The call for social justice and change is resounding and cannot be ignored.  We at Philly SHRM proudly stand in solidarity in the fight for social justice and racial equality.  We are all impacted by what has been happening over the past few weeks against a backdrop of fear and uncertainty related to COVID-19.  We are all weary.

As a black American woman and the mother of three black American men, I feel pain every time I see a George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery or an Amy Cooper weaponizing the police force.  I say to myself but by the grace of God, that could be my son.  This is personal. I know that I am not alone.  There is hurt and pain across the black community and you are seeing it being played out in real time.  These people are our neighbors, our friends and our employees.

My personal feelings aside, I know I also have a responsibility to help others manage through this terrible time in our country.  As HR professionals we are the stewards of our organization’s most valuable asset – its people.  This notion of being for the people holds HR to an elevated standard.  HR has the power and platform to create change within it.  Many of our employees are angry. Many are scared. Many are hurting. As a community, we must strive to move beyond a place of sympathy to empathy, from ‘talking about the problem’ to creating real change.

Philly SHRM is committed to fighting racism, injustice and inequality by equipping our members with the tools, and resources needed to work through difficult conversations, situations, and scenarios. We certainly do not have all the answers. But we can promise you this: Philly SHRM will listen. Philly SHRM will work hard. Philly SHRM will support you.  We need your help.  If you have specific ideas or need targeted information, please reach out to us at info@phillyshrm.org.  We will do our best to provide you with the information you need.

In the meantime, there are specific things that you can do to join the fight for social justice and racial equality.

  • Contact your lawmakers. We urge you to reach out to your state representative and senator to let them know you support laws that align with our values of social justice and racial equality.
  • Encourage your employees and others in your community to vote in upcoming elections for leaders who are willing to change the landscape in this important area. The primary election was yesterday and if you voted, thank you for participating in the most important right we have as American citizens.  It is more important than ever for you to continue to make your voice heard by voting in November and encouraging your employees to do the same.
  • Host thoughtful conversations within your organization. We challenge you to create a safe space for dialogue within your organization, and to share what’s working and what’s not working with our HR community so that we can learn from each other.

Our strength is in our connection to each other.  Together we will get through this.  Together we can make a difference.

Jackie Linton, MBS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
President, Philly SHRM

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