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Philly SHRM Professional Development C-Suite Event

Program Description:
Organizational culture is a key factor in sustainable profitably and unmatched long-term performance for nearly all successful companies. It’s a tried and true fact that when an organization has a winning culture, it’s reflected in its people and their performance. Meet with HR leaders from a variety of Philadelphia organizations that have achieved this goal on December 1st at The Pyramid Club.  Join us for an insightful discussion with HR senior leaders from companies that made the Philadelphia business Journal’s 2016 Best Places to Work.

According to the American Quality and Productivity Centre, a non-profit focused on research and best practices to enhance process and performance improvement, there are 5 key elements that make up what is considered a great place to work:

  1. A Healthy Work Environment
  2. Shared Values and Trust
  3. A Positive Daily Work Experience
  4. Active and Accountable Leadership
  5. Personal Relationships

In this session you will gain insights on:

  • How to put these concepts into practice at your organization
  • What these elements look like within a variety of industry and sizes
  • Best practices and innovations that are being adopted in positive workplace environments
  • Tactics that are being put in place to align corporate culture with employee engagement strategies
  • How to foster a culture that supports: appreciation, collaboration and motivation.

Philly SHRM has assembled a panel of HR leaders that have provided strategy for their organizations to achieve the coveted “Best Place To Work” title from Philadelphia Business Journal.


  • Steve Hart, VP, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Special Remarks:

  • Craig Ey, Editor-in-Chief, Philadelphia Business Journal

Panelists include:

  • Ryan Clark, Co-Founder, PeopleShare

    clark_15aawebRyan Clark is among the most respected leaders in the staffing industry, known for his fierce commitment to providing outstanding customer service and his tenacious pursuit of excellence.  His experience includes over twenty years in staffing as well as extensive experience in sales and sales management.Ryan spent seven years working at PDI, the world’s largest contract sales organization supporting the pharmaceutical industry, where he was continuously recognized as a top performer and was promoted several times.  In 2003, Ryan was hired by a publicly traded Philadelphia-based staffing company where he again made immeasurable contributions.  Within three months, Ryan turned the unprofitable office into one of the most profitable offices in the company.In 2005, Ryan co-founded PeopleShare, a regional staffing firm dedicated to placing candidates in light industrial, administrative and clerical positions.  Ryan’s vision was to create a staffing company that provides employees and customers the opportunity to achieve their goals and enhance their overall success.  Having the expertise, industry experience and resources to recruit the best talent for each and every opportunity have been a critical factor in PeopleShare’s success. Ryan’s determination, drive and talent have propelled PeopleShare into the fastest growing staffing firm in Pennsylvania with 14 locations throughout PA, NJ and DE.   The first PeopleShare branch in Pottstown realized immediate success and the company was quickly able to expand, opening 8 more locations by 2012.  In 2013, PeopleShare acquired S&R Staffing, giving PeopleShare an even larger footprint in Pennsylvania.  Since 2007, PeopleShare has been named “Best Places to Work” by the Philadelphia Business Journal every year and named to the Inc.500/5000 list.  In just five years, PeopleShare achieved $15 million in sales after 5 years and since 2010, PeopleShare has realized an average compounded annual growth rate of over 54% in revenue growing to $106 million in 2015 and is one of the largest staffing companies in the region.Ryan is defined by his passion to build relationships.  His leadership, commitment to mentor and motivate his team combined with his on-going desire to understand and identify his clients’ needs have proven to be instrumental to PeopleShare’s success.

  • Kate Mehan, Manager of Workplace Operations, AmerisourceBergen

    kate-mehanKate Mehan is Manager, Workplace Operations for AmerisourceBergen, where she leads engagement & workplace initiatives locally and across the enterprise.  She joined the organization in 2009 as a Recruiter and spent 4 years with the Talent Acquisition team supporting a multitude of projects such as an MSP and an Applicant Tracking System implementation.  She joined the Workplace Services team in 2013 where she managed an office expansion project which led her to her current role.

Kate earned a bachelor’s degree from Kutztown University and received her PHR certification from Villanova University.

  • Michael Cox, SVP, Comcast Talent Acquisition

    Michael is the Senior Vice President, Talent Acquisition for Comcm-coxast. In his role, he is responsible for developing and executing Comcast Cable’s talent acquisition strategy to further Comcast’s position as an industry leader and career destination for top talent in their respective fields. His team of Talent Acquisition professionals partner with and advise Comcast’s business leaders on talent attraction and acquisition.Michael is passionate about creating an inclusive, high-performing organization that adds to the business’s overall performance. In addition to leading Talent Acquisition, Michael is responsible for Workforce Diversity and Inclusion. In this capacity, he is responsible for not only ensuring an inclusive hiring process but also for the effective delivery of diversity and inclusion programs including the education, engagement and development of Comcast Cable’s diverse talent base.Michael joined Comcast in September 2015 from Walmart Global eCommerce where he was the Vice President of Human Resources and Talent Acquisition. His 25 plus years of experience as a strategic business partner and leader spans several global companies in a variety of industries including technology, media, entertainment, ecommerce, financial services, healthcare and insurance.Michael currently serves on the Board of Directors for Out and Equal, the world’s premier nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workplace equality.Michael earned his MBA from Nova Southeastern University and his undergraduate from Western Kentucky University.  He recently relocated to Philadelphia from the San Francisco Bay Area with his fiancé, Matthew.

  • Charity J. Hughes, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, VP of HR Americas, VWR International, LLC

    charityCharity J. Hughes, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is the vice president of human resources in the Americas for VWR which is headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania. She guides the strategic direction and execution of HR services and provides leadership support to the Americas senior business leaders. Her professional experience includes talent management, executive coaching, change management and organizational development.Charity spent eight years at SCA Americas where she facilitated improved alignment between the various sales and marketing teams and increased leadership focus on people strategies from succession planning to performance management. Prior to leaving SCA, Charity led the HR cultural and policy integration activities for a $513 million acquisition and prior to joining SCA, Charity worked for some of Philadelphia’s most renowned employers including Independence Blue Cross and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

    Mrs. Hughes holds a fundamental belief that a life well spent is a life of service. As such, she has taught human capital development and transformational leadership to students enrolled in the University of Phoenix Online MBA program, and has served her profession as a member of the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) national and local organizations. She was recognized by the 2015 Pennsylvania Diversity Conference as one of the most powerful and influential women, she was nominated for the 2012 Delaware Valley Human Resource Person of the Year award. She is the current president for the Philadelphia Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management and has built a strategic platform that engages traditional and non-traditional schools to prepare students with the skills, knowledge and social competence essential for meeting the region’s current and future business and economic challenges and talent needs. She is an active board member of Graduate! Philadelphia, a 501(c)3 organization that helps adults gain access and identify resources they need to complete a college degree. She is also completing a doctoral program in which her research focuses on emotional intelligence and leadership in the human resource profession.