HR Technology Panel

Develop your career to maximize your opportunity for success. The Philly SHRM Chapter is happy to announce that the HR Career Development series is back. Philly SHRM is sponsoring a free HR Career Development Series designed to provide valuable career information for current or aspiring HR professionals. Whether you are pursuing entry into the profession, are in transition or are looking to solidify your career objectives, this series will help you establish a definitive plan for entry and progression in the field relative to your interests and goals.

The Speaker Series will consist of a set of sessions that will consist of an informative presentation and the opportunity to network with a large group of career oriented professionals.

Session 2: HR Technology Panel

Technology continues to change the way companies conduct business. In fact, when properly deployed, technology may serve as a source of competitive advantage for organizations. As a result, businesses large and small continue to make significant investments in technology. In the HR space, organizations have used technology to support traditional processes such as payroll, benefits, and staffing. HR technology has evolved and now offers more strategic applications such as talent management, succession planning, and workforce analytics. Our panel will discuss their experience with HR technology and its continued application in the workplace.


Todd Tarpley, VWR International

Todd Tarpley is Director of HR Applications for VWR International, LLC.

As Director of HR Applications, Todd oversees the global deployment of the Workday HCM application and North America Payroll Operations. Todd is responsible for identifying, implementing and managing system solutions for the global Human Resources organization.

Todd joined VWR International in 2012. Prior to joining VWR, Todd was an independent consultant focusing on PeopleSoft HCM implementations and strategic projects. He partnered with Cap Gemini on multiple large scale implementations.

Todd received a B.S. in Computer Engineering from The University of Notre Dame in 1998

Wayne Tarken, Consortium for Analytics, Talent and Technology

Wayne Tarken, MBA, SPHR, CSM – HR Executive, Project leader, Senior Adviser – brings over twenty years of experience working with Chief HR Officers, CEOs, corporate leaders, entrepreneurs and startups, helping them design then execute innovative people and business strategies

Tarken works on the integration of talent, technology and analytics strategies into HR tools, programs and operating models designed to improve service, grow engagement, digitize operations, increase performance and drive business opportunities.

Combining functional experience in IT, Sales and Digital marketing along with unique experience as both a certified scrum master(CSM) and certified HR leader (SPHR), he excels at managing the relationship between HR and IT, providing HR with the technical and practical experience needed to engage IT leaders on technology focused strategies and implementations as well as getting a better handle on data to create the insights that guide HR decision-making

He’s a member of, a global consortium of top 200+ CHROs, business leaders focused on break through contemporary thinking in HR where he developed new HR organizational and transformation models focused on HR agility. He also founded the Consortium for Analytics, Talent & Technology (C4ATT), an open-source working group of senior HR leaders sponsoring enterprise organizational transformation projects

Tarken has worked with leaders at organizations such as IBM, Comcast, J&J, Coca Cola, Merck, Campbell Soup, Bank of America, Astra Zeneca, PwC, Glaxo, TD Bank, Children’s Hospital, Dollar Financial, etc.

He’s recognized as an outstanding educator, highly valued and dynamic speaker who has taught at Cornell, Temple and Penn State Universities and delivered global presentations on a variety of innovative and leading-edge HR practices.

He graduated from Temple University with an M.B.A. in Management and a B.A in Economics.

You can follow his observations about analytics, technology, talent and HR transformation 2020 on his LinkedIn Blog or by following him on Twitter @EmergingHRRoles

Beth Chandler, Vanguard

Beth Chandler is a Senior Manager at Vanguard leading the HR Operations Shared Services organization.  Her current areas of responsibility are focused on HR technology development, human capital data & reporting, and a centralized project management office. She has over 20 years of leadership experience in the Financial Services industry holding various leadership positions in Vanguard’s Retail division, Human Resource division, and their six sigma Center for Excellence.  She has been part of two large transformation programs and was most recently a program leader where Vanguard transformed the people, process, and technology aspects of their HR division.  As a part of the transformation team, she led the HR business workstream implementing process design and configuration as they moved from on premise technology solutions to cloud based technology applications. It was a complete transformation of the HR systems. This effort led her to her current leadership position in HR overseeing a team of approximately 40 employees.

Beth earned a bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg University, has her six sigma black belt certification, Series 7, 63, and 24 FINRA licenses, and also obtained her Certified Financial Planning designation.

Amanda Cushman, Villanova University & Conduent

Amanda Cushman is a Senior Manager on the HRS Global Product & Strategy. With over 10 years of consulting background, her expertise includes HR technology, specifically as it relates to business process optimization, change management, project management, and creating strong business cases. Amanda’s ability to identify enhancement opportunities allows her to provide her clients with solutions that result in increased productivity and efficiencies.


  • Amanda has strong proven end-to-end delivery skills that enable her to successfully manage numerous policy, program, and technology implementations, as well as operational improvement projects for her clients
  • Amanda has led a project team in developing a product development lifecycle methodology to transition a proprietary software solution from a single client environment to full commercialization
  • Amanda has led a variety of software and custom technology integration projects – ensuring the seamless integration of systems, processes, and people
  • Amanda is an adjunct professor in the graduate HR Development program at Villanova University and has also provided project management and HR training to several clients

Education & Certifications

  • D. in Business Administration, specializing in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Northcentral University in Arizona – in process
  • S.HR Development from Villanova University in Pennsylvania
  • A. Letters, Arts, and Science from Penn State University in Pennsylvania
  • SPHR and SHRM-SCP Certified