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Philadelphia SHRM Professional Development

C-Suite: Best Places to Work

Each year, the Philadelphia Business Journal announces the winners of the Best Places to Work in the Philadelphia region. Research shows four out of 10 employees are not positively aligned with their workplace globally and according to the latest State of the American Workplace Report, 70 percent of U.S. workers are disconnected from their organization and less productive than their counterparts employed in workplaces of choice. Smart organizations foster a desired workplace climate through proper alignment of the business and work culture.

How do leaders in successful organizations plan and execute the necessary business and people strategies to ultimately create an organizational culture that is considered a “GREAT PLACE TO WORK?”

A panel of executives from some of the region’s top employers will provide an informative presentation and engage in a robust discussion sharing their stories of what they are doing to successfully create and sustain a vibrant, connected and productive culture. Learn what it takes to be a great place to work, achieving strong business results and building a highly effective and aligned workforce. After this event, you’ll be able to better evaluate your own organization’s alignment and take back ideas on how to make it an even greater place to work.

Key areas of presentations and discussion include:

  • How to successfully create and sustain an organization-wide culture and become a workplace of choice.
  • How to drive outstanding results through properly planned execution of business and people strategies.
  • The importance of reinforcing culture through development of business strategies properly aligned with communications, learning solutions, career development, recruitment and retention, recognition in a diverse employee base.
  • Global communication during mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, IPO’s and other significant change initiatives.

Introduction by:

  • Craig Ey, Editor in Chief, Philadelphia Business Journal


  • Bill Emerson, CSP, President/CEO, The Emerson Group
  • David Swanson, Chief Human Resources Officer, SAP
  • Julie Yankovich – Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Vice President, Employee Communications and Business Operations
  • Don Yanaitis, Director of Learning Services, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia


  • Steve Hart, AVP, Human Resources, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia