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 HR and Business Leaders,

While the summer generally means vacation and a time to relax, we at Philly SHRM have been busy planning for the upcoming year, and we are off to a great start.  As I mentioned in my earlier letter, our focus this year is on helping you, the HR community, have an even bigger impact on the organizations that you serve.  We have some very specific initiatives that we are kicking off this fall to put this goal into action.

Philly SHRM has taken the pledge to join SHRM in the Getting Talent Back to Work Challenge.  We are driving this initiative through a focus on returning citizens.  You will see this show up in lots of ways during the year including programming, thought leadership and more specifically by providing individual support for members of the HR community who have also taken the pledge, or are considering taking the pledge.  We want to connect you with local organizations that can help you navigate through the sourcing and hiring of this population group, as well as resources and tools to help you get started.  If you have taken the pledge or are considering it, and want to take advantage of this additional support, please reach out to us at info@phillyshrm.org.

We are very excited about the enhancements you will see this year in the members only resource area of our website and in the thought leadership offerings we are preparing. Our goal is to have them be relevant to you, digestible and available for multiple learning styles.  These enhancements show up in increased quantity of content as well as a variety of content media.  Look out for additional information on these two initiatives in our regular communication vehicles.

Our SHRM Certification Study Group is off to a great start.  We are offering two sessions this fall, and they were both close to full before the summer was over.  Past attendees have had great success with certification and have highlighted their experience with the study group as a major factor in their ability to pass the exam.  We will be opening registration for the spring soon so sign up early to secure your spot.  Look for registration information in our regular communication vehicles.

Programming, which has always been a strong suit of the chapter, is getting even better.  We are launching a new, more interactive webinar platform to provide a more engaging experience for participants.  In response to requests for multiple programming options, we are bundling some of our webinars with day programs. This offers participants the ability to get introductory information followed by a more in-depth workshop experience.   We know that sometimes you can’t make an in-person event, so recorded webinars will still be available to members.

The Symposium team is working very hard to put together another first class Symposium experience.  We have thought leaders lined up to discuss topic areas to help you increase your impact in today’s work environment.  We will be announcing our keynote speakers along with other details shortly. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to catch the Early, Early Bird Promotion which closes on September 30.

As I am sure you can see from this exciting list of activities we have planned for you that Philly SHRM is committed to your success as an HR professional and devoted to providing you with the resources and tools to enhance your impact.  Thank you for your support and I look forward to seeing you at upcoming Philly SHRM events.

The Philly SHRM chapter has been hard at work developing initiatives to enhance the impact that HR professionals are able to have on the organizations they serve.  Just to give you some highlights, we have chosen returning citizens as the focus of our support for the SHRM Getting Talent Back to Work challenge.  We are partnering with companies who have also taken the pledge to provide them with more focused support in sourcing and hiring returning citizens.  If you’re interested in this enhanced support, please reach out to us at info@phillyshrm.org.

You can still expect to see the quality offerings that have become our trademark.  Some of them have exciting enhancements such as our website’s members only resource page, multiple media offerings for thought leadership content and a more interactive webinar platform.  You can expect the same high quality programming at our Symposium that you have seen in previous years.  Mark your calendar on March 30-31, 2020.  Early Early Bird Promotion is in full swing until September 30 so register before then for the best pricing.

This is just a sample of the exciting things that await you from Philly SHRM.  Be sure to read my Fall President’s Letter for more details and stay tuned to our other communication vehicles for more details.

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