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,

2020 has been an eye-opening year for us all.  We have had to reach deep in so many ways to deal with the challenges of the last six months.  We’ve had to pivot on a dime.  We’ve had to figure out how to manage multiple big issues at home and at work.  We’ve had to let go of old ways of thinking.  We’ve had to support each other in ways we couldn’t imagine.  During this time, we have learned some things about ourselves and about others.  We’ve learned what we are capable of achieving, but most importantly, we have learned that we are all in this together.

We at Philly SHRM have had these very same experiences.  Like you, we have faced big challenges, but we have grown so much.  We have stayed laser-focused on our most important goal – providing premier tools and resources to support the Philadelphia HR and business community – and we have had some great breakthroughs.  While virtual events were not our ideal way of presenting content, we have learned how to make these events amazing.  Our virtual professional development event in July was well received, and the feedback was super positive.  Our virtual member appreciation events over the summer have also been engaging and well attended.

Now we are planning our annual Symposium on September 24 and 25 as a virtual event – for the first time ever.  We are excited about this opportunity because we have completely shifted how we think about this event.  While we are still committed to bringing you an amazing development experience, we also want to make it the very best possible virtual event.  It is headlined by Marcus Buckingham and will be filled with engaging speakers, relevant current content and innovative ways to network and interact with other attendees.  If you are looking for PDC’s, you can get 13.5 credits from the comfort of your home – on your time.  It is supported by some of the best sponsors in the region who understand the value that we bring to the HR community and want to be a part of it.  If you haven’t done so already, be sure to register today.  Don’t be left out.

Over the course of the summer, we have been making resources available to the HR community to help them navigate this environment and learn from content produced by others.  This role as a convener is another way that we are supporting you, but now Philly SHRM has gone even further.  Because we know that some members of the HR community have been furloughed due to the pandemic, we at Philly SHRM are here to support you as well.  We have launched the Philly SHRM Gives Back Campaign to help HR professionals who would like to come to the Symposium but can’t.  Be sure to check out more information about the Philly SHRM Gives Back Campaign here.

The chapter is also working hard to create innovative programming for the upcoming year.  Stay tuned for more high caliber professional development and thought leadership events, exciting member appreciation events, engaging certification study groups and so much more.  Rest assured, we are here to support you today and for the year to come.

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