Emerging Leader Career Development Session

Being a Trusted HR Advisor: Fostering Psychological Safety in our Workplaces

In Human Resources, building trust and establishing psychological safety in our work environments are essential to making an impact, but how can new HR Leaders establish themselves as being reliable, trustworthy and supportive? Join us on Thursday January 26th to hear from Joanna Vazquez, Ed.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP about how you can build your skills to ensure a safe, supportive workplace. Dr. Vazquez will also share her perspective on how modeling this type of behavior for other leaders and employees can positively impact your organization’s culture.

About our Speaker:

Dr Joanna D. Vazquez, Ed.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Dr. Vazquez is the Director of Organizational Development at Children’s Crisis Treatment Center (CCTC), a private non-profit agency dedicated to assisting children and their families coping with the impact of behavioral health issues, traumatic events and other challenges that have an effect on childhood development. She is also an Adjunct Professor for Temple University’s College of Education and Human Development.

During her tenure at CCTC, she has successfully designed and directed the agency’s professional development program which prepares staff to meet the challenges of serving the emotional and behavioral needs of at risk children and families. Dr. Vazquez supports the strategic vision of the organization and drives programs to support workforce development, employee engagement, leadership development, succession planning and other related programs with measurable outcomes that demonstrate achievement.

Dr. Vazquez is the recipient of the 2015 Delaware Valley HR Person of the Year for Medium-sized companies. She holds a Doctorate in Education from Gwynedd Mercy University. Her research and dissertation focused on the preparation and education of future HR professionals. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Saint Joseph’s University. She has been SPHR certified since 2006 and SHRM-SCP certified since 2015.

Dr. Vazquez has been a member of Philadelphia SHRM since 2006 and currently serves as Executive VP of Strategic Initiatives on the Board. Previous Board roles include VP of Day Programming 2017 – 2021 and Co-Director of Symposium Programming from 2014 – 2017. In partnership with the Emerging Leaders Committee, she also helped launch and implement the HR Development Series from 2009 to 2012. The series provided valuable career information for current, aspiring, and in transition HR professionals who wanted to establish a definitive plan for progression within the field relative to their interests and goals.

An avid runner, Joanna recently finished her 10th Broad Street Run 10-Miler for Team CCTC and second Half-Marathon. She is currently training for her next half-marathon and Spartan Race.