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,

It goes without saying that we are all going through a very difficult time including sickness, job loss, uncertainty and blurred boundaries between work and home life.  Just know, you are not alone.  For those of you who have lost someone that you love, my prayers go out to you.  We will all get through this together.

Our new world of work requires that we adapt to a “new normal.”  The physical environment is new and different; social structures have changed; the need for multitasking has taken on new meaning; and for some of us the uncertainty for the future is overwhelming.  While change is difficult, it can be a time to rethink our current plans and develop new innovative solutions that we didn’t think were possible.  We at Philly SHRM are even more committed to supporting you through this time and beyond, and we are reviewing all of the support and resources we have been providing to determine which ones are the most relevant in the current environment and which ones may need to shift.

One big shift was moving our 2020 Annual Symposium to the fall.  We are looking forward to seeing you there.  This is a time for you to increase your knowledge of relevant best practices, support your own development and network with other HR professionals.  In the 2020 / 2021 programming year, we will focus on providing the relevant information you need the most, while ensuring your safety for all of our in-person events.

Our platform this year is based on helping you think more openly about the best ways to position your organization for today’s reality.  Before March, talent was in such short supply and many jobs were not being filled so we focused on ways to expand the candidate pool in an environment of full employment.  When we go back to work, there will be a larger pool of talent available from different industries and small businesses, in addition to the existing non-traditional talent that has been in the workforce.  While we may not have as many positions to fill, this is still an opportunity for us to think more openly about the best way to fill those jobs or the best way to incorporate a more flexible workforce.  How work gets done will also look different which requires a shift in thinking from us.  As painful as this time is, it allows us to be more innovative and help position our organizations for the future.   Since our goal at Philly SHRM is to offer you resources, information and tools to broaden your thinking, our platform will also broaden to include a wider group of non-traditional workers and ways for them to integrate into your organization successfully.

I am grateful for the community we have here in Philadelphia that allows us to support each other and to identify innovative ways to navigate our current environment.  I am grateful for our incredibly committed board, committee members, staff, sponsors and contributors who work tirelessly to bring you new content and adjust our existing offerings.  I am especially grateful for all of you who continue to be engaged and are working hard to lead your organizations through this journey.  We at Philly SHRM are dedicated to supporting you with timely information, relevant resources and effective tools for you to apply to your day-to-day work.  It is times like this that we, as human resource professionals, can distinguish ourselves as essential to the organizations we serve.

Stay tuned for continuing updates and ways to get engaged.  In the interim click here to access tools and resources from SHRM to help your organization manage through COVID-19.  We will all get through this together.

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