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Current Thought Leadership Articles

Thought Leadership Articles: 2021 / 2022

“Dear Helga” on Tougher issues faced by HR practitioners
By: Katie Calabrese
Michael Cohen, Partner, Duane Morris LLP, led the 2022 Philly SHRM Symposium’s fictional HR advice columnist session “Dear Helga.” This session was once again an educational yet lighthearted look at some of the tougher issues faced by HR practitioners. The session covered three main topics. READ MORE


Beyond Performance Reviews: How to Have Coaching Conversations on the Hard Stuff
By: Katie Calabrese
Sarah Noll Wilson, Executive Leadership Coach and Author of “Don’t Feed the Elephants!”, led a 2022 Philly SHRM Symposium session on difficult conversations providing a great discussion of how to maximize the impact of coaching sessions. Wilson started by walking through some hard-to-swallow truths about delivering feedback to others. READ MORE


Trust: The Key to Attracting and Retaining Talent
Part 1: What is Trust?
By: Emily Anthony
This year, employees are leaving workplaces in masse (if you haven’t heard of “The Great Resignation” yet, where have you been), baby boomers are retiring faster than previously thought, and we’re still not completely out of the global pandemic. Organizations are scrambling this year and struggling to find and retain key talent, and the employees that remain are burnt out and doing the work of several employees. It feels like a ticking time bomb, just waiting for it to go off. We’re all trying to seek the magic formula for retention – is it more pay? Well, yes, but that’s not the full picture. Is it more employee recognition? Benefits, paid time off? Perks?… READ MORE


Trust: The Key to Attracting and Retaining Talent.
Part 2: Designing a Trustworthy Recruitment Process
By: Emily Anthony
W. Edwards Deming, in his book, Out of the Crisis, estimated that 94% of organization troubles and opportunities for improvement lie within the systems themselves. So, how do you design a recruiting system that fosters a sense of trust from beginning to end?… READ MORE


A New Era – The Future Workplace
By: Mary Chan
The Covid-19 pandemic has posed several challenges within the workplace. Most of these challenges revolve around flexible and hybrid workspaces and has created the “Great Resignation” era. As we enter the precipice of 2022, if we do not adapt the path ahead will be grim. In times like this, agility is important for companies to be sustainable for the future. Now is the perfect time to seek opportunities during this rapid evolution. This is the time to build a foundation for the future workspace to adapt to shifting workspace paradigms. The most important core value is reassessment and strategizing for this new era, and how we create value for our organization during this opportune time… READ MORE

All Thought Leadership Articles

  • June 1, 2021
    Ten Minute Talk
    By: Melissa Sims
    Join Melissa Sims, from Philly SHRM’s Thought Leadership team, as she speaks with Daphne Curtin, Director of People for a global ecommerce company, on the topic of organizational effectiveness.

  • June 1, 2021
    Leading Through a Pandemic: A CHRO Panel Discussion
    By Brooklyn EspositoWhat is the most important role HR plays in a business? Keynote presentation, “Leading Through a Pandemic: A CHRO Panel Discussion,” hosted at Philly SHRM’s 2021 Annual Symposium, fashioned that very question with provoking answers that revitalize our collective understanding of HR’s significance.   View more…
  • June 1, 2021
    Rethink and Reinvent Diversity and Inclusion Edition
    By Mary Chan
    Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) have been buzzwords for several years, but in the most recent months, the pressure for social and racial equality has intensified, as did with diversity and inclusion in the workplace. In response to the pressures, many companies have publicly promised to create a diversified and inclusive work environment. Recruiters across many disciplines of businesses have been instructed and challenged with seeking diverse candidates for open positions. Increasing the minority headcount to satisfy the Affirmative Action Plan is not enough to make an impact. There is more to diversity than race, age, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status, and disability. And where does inclusion fit in? How does it impact the organization? And one equally important question: Does inclusion in an organization mean acceptance or tolerance? View more…
  • June 1, 2021
    Traumatic Stress in the Workplace: Leading Post-Pandemic Growth and Beyond
    By Katie Calabrese
    I had the privilege of attending this engaging and educational session on the second day of the 2021 Symposium. Led by Dr. Debra Lindh, renowned trauma specialist, attendees learned about the concepts of stress and trauma, as well as how to address them in the workplace.View more…


May 10, 2021

The Comparison Trap: Am I Really Doing Worse Than Others?

The Comparison Trap: Am I Really Doing Worse Than Others? BY: Arend Boersema, PHR, SHRM-CP What drives the value of our human experience? It has been a question that has been on…

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Dec 22, 2020

Showing Up to Discuss Race, Racism, and Human Resources

Written by: Katie Calabrese At its annual Symposium on September 25, the Philly SHRM community had the good fortune to participate in a breakout session with Melissa DePino and Michelle Saahene…

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Sep 10, 2020

5 Workplace Predictions and How These Redefine the Employee Experience

Written by: Arden Harper Based on attendance at Philly SHRM’s August 5, 2020 Virtual Discussion and Debate between Founder and Principal Analyst at HRWins, George LaRocque, and Culture Evangelist at Culture…

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May 11, 2020

Interview: One look at the impact of COVID-19 on HR

Interview: One look at the impact of COVID-19 on HR By: Mike Wiley and Melissa Sims To gain further insight on the impact of COVID-19 on our Human Resources profession, the following…

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May 04, 2020

Why Is Data Collection Important for HR?

Why Is Data Collection Important for HR? By: Arden Harper Modern life runs on data. Every decision made for and by us is structured by data. Nearly all business decisions are made…

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Feb 27, 2020

Create an Employee Experience Like Mr. Rogers

by Arend Boersema, PHR, SHRM-CP September 2019 “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood” might not be the first thing you think of when you arrive at work on a Monday morning

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Dec 18, 2019

No Way Out: A Returning Citizen’s Nightmare

October 10, 2019 By: Dennis Paris  On the day of my release, I walked through the gate with my wrist watch, 3 public transportation tickets, and $20. I felt both elation and…

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Sep 09, 2019

Confronting Culture for Lasting Change

By: Melissa Sims When you hear Tony Moore speak, you will hear him describe himself as a culture architect. As a disrupter. A designer. A man who is well versed in…

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Sep 09, 2019

"Defining Our Fears" By: Melissa Sims

It’s the end of a jam-packed day at the 2019 Philly SHRM Symposium. Pete Smith, closing keynote speaker, queries the audience “anyone in here afraid of public speaking?” Several people…

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Apr 17, 2019

Philly SHRM Examines: Workforce Readiness in Philadelphia: Are You Ready?

By: Kyle O’Hearn, HR Professional & PSHRM Thought Leader Kena Sears-Brown, MBA, VP, Workforce Readiness, Philly SHRM Philadelphia is a tale of two cities. First is a booming city with top-notch industry, education…

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