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Philly SHRM HR LIFT LAB is a talent accelerator that develops HR leaders to grow themselves (rise up) to also grow the business and others (raise up). With a foundation of leadership self-awareness plus a balanced portfolio of effective HR practices and influencing business drivers, Philly SHRM HR LIFT LAB elevates people to empower progress. The lift is the mindset and skill development; the lab is the application and activation to scale the impact. Together this development experience builds confidence and competence to make the right change happen for the right reasons and in the right way.

This five-month HR leadership development experience is meaningful functional HR development for growing HR leaders. Targeting middle managers who aspire to grow their scope and their impact, this HRCI accredited program integrates best practices and practical application into the learning process while also allowing for time and growth for how to be a more effective leader in the HR function. The program is hybrid having in-person, virtual, and self-study moments and is hosted by Jackie Linton and facilitated by Dan Gallagher plus a series of expert faculty and several Philly SHRM Board members serving as coaches.

PLUS – Earn 18.5 SHRM PDCs & HRCI credits for your participation!


Taking your HR Leadership to new heights means balancing what’s good for the business with what’s good for the team. This functional development program will:

  • Increase your functional HR acumen so that you can create more cross-functional impact.
  • Introduce deeper learning cycles that move practices beyond implementation to focus on adoption.
  • Create a stronger outside-in view to access better practices through benchmarking and networking.
  • Play offense with positioning practical ways to upgrade HR operations for the right reasons.

All you need to secure your spot is a $250 non-refundable deposit, due at registration. 


Modules Desired Outcomes Virtual Coaching Circles
Module 1: Orientation + The Self-Aware HR Leader
Virtual – August 21
  • Grow leadership self-awareness to increase more proactive reinventions.
  • Present an orientation to this PSHRM development experience.
  • Tuesday, August 27 at 5pm
  • Thursday, August 29 at 1pm
  • Friday, August 30 at 9:00am
Module 2: Inclusion, Engagement, and Change
In Person at Barnes Foundation– September 18
  • Create safe, inclusive, and equitable spaces that increase engagement + accelerate change.
  • Lead transformation of team dynamics versus business initiatives.
  • Tuesday, September 24 at 5:00pm
  • Thursday, September 26 at 1:00pm
  • Friday, September 27 at 9:00am
Module 3: Connecting People Data + Business Data
Virtual – October 16
  • Marry HR functional expertise with sound financial and business acumen.
  • Connect talent retention and customer retention.
  • Tuesday, October 22 at 5:00pm
  • Thursday, October 24 at 1:00pm
  • Friday, October 25 at 9:00am
Module 4: Key Organizational Design Moments
Virtual – November 13
  • Assess where, how, and why design impacts productivity.
  • Explore best practices in three key designs: workforce, compensation, and performance.
  • Tuesday, November 19 at 5:00pm
  • Thursday, November 21 at 1:00pm
  • Friday, November 22 at 9:00am
Module 5: Talent Development + Acceleration
In Person at Barnes Foundation – December 11
  • Balance development to improve productivity, advance careers, or drive your goals.
  • Focus on targeted development initiatives (functional, virtual, levels, etc.) and key moments.
  • Tuesday, December 17 at 5:00pm
  • Thursday, December 19 at 1:00pm
  • Friday, December 20 at 9:00am


This development experience targets mid-level HR professionals. Participation is not limited by title or years of experience to be more inclusive. There’s an expectation participants have baseline HR functional skills in all areas covered plus core leadership skills. Individuals in this program ideally are leading projects, processes, and/or people. This leadership can be via direct reports or individual contributors who have teammates to influence. This program is not targeting individuals early in their careers in tactical HR roles; we’ll focus on those who regularly balance influencing strategy and activating tactics. This learning experience involves participants teaching each other and learning from each other based on firsthand experiences. The participant’s manager will be asked to meet monthly with their teammate to discuss learning + application.

Learner Experience

Learners will meet once a month for five months as a full group plus have five virtual coaching circle experiences. The full participant experience is equivalent to 12 hours of full group learning (6 hours being in-person and 6 hours being virtual) plus 4 hours of virtual coaching circles and 30 minutes of independent study per module. Total investment of time is 18.5 hours with 14 of those hours being live.

Each module will have five standard elements:

  1. Framing = position context that positions new learning and connects previous learning
  2. Learning = introduce new content tied to prework and conversation with manager
  3. Applying = apply learnings to a business situation with a cross-functional scope
  4. Coaching = reflect and then prepare an approach to apply what was learned
  5. Activating = activate your action plan including an optional teach back to HR colleagues

About the Facilitators, Faculty & Coaches


Dan Gallagher

Dan Gallagher, Founder + CEO of Gallagher Leadership

Dan Gallagher, Founder + CEO of Gallagher Leadership, helps leaders navigate the intersection of talent and transformation based on his research and experiences detailed in his book, The Self-Aware Leader: A Proven Model for Reinventing Yourself (ATD, 2012). Dan consults, coaches, and develops leaders to generate new learning and momentum for teams and businesses. The Self-Aware Leader model is a proven tool organizations utilize to positively influence business outcomes and leadership productivity.


Jackie Linton

Jackie Linton, President of JL HR Solutions, LLC

Jackie Linton, President of JL HR Solutions, LLC, has more than 20 years of executive leadership experience. During her career, Jackie has held leadership roles in operations, engineering, and human resources with a primary focus on process improvements in each of these areas. She has created enterprise-wide solutions for various companies using a systems approach, grounded in thorough analysis and clear metrics. She has created and implemented HR strategies designed to attract, develop, and retain top talent including creating policies, processes and procedures, training, and development, recruiting and establishing practices to ensure legal compliance, all in support of business goals. She advises business leaders in the areas of change management, diversity and inclusion, performance improvement, strategic planning, and talent management to ensure sustainable results.

Both Dan and Jackie are Philly SHRM Past Presidents and corporate talent executives. They know how to develop HR leaders in a way that benefits both the individual and the organization.


  • Monica Brooks, Senior Director, DEIB, Accolade – A DEIB leader who was previously a HR manager and customer service leader.
  • Jameel Rush, Director, Inclusion Programs, Google –A DEIB leader who was previously a leadership development, OD/HR leader and a Philly SHRM leader.
  • Corinne O’Connell, CEO, Habitat for Humanity Greater Philadelphia – A nonprofit executive that oversees a multi-million-dollar construction business plus a retail operation.
  • Chris Wallace, Co-Founder/COO, InnerView Group – An entrepreneur who uses EX + CX insights to drive frontline employee behaviors to activate GTM strategy.
  • Jim Multari, VP, Operational Excellence, Insomnia Cookies – A data leader who has worked in BI, sales/marketing incl. incentive compensation, and customer experience.
  • Iris Melendez, VP, Talent + Diversity, Organon – A talent/DEIB leader who has worked in executive search, talent development, DEIB, and HR.


Need more info?

Watch our webcasts for more information!

Philly SHRM The Self-Aware HR Leader (60 minutes) – This learning dives into the content and models from The Self-Aware Leader. Dan Gallagher will facilitate this webinar as well as the entire Philly SHRM LIFT LAB experience this Fall. Other presenters in this webinar will include thought leaders being targeted as faculty for the full development experience. The content will be divided into two sections.

  • Section One introduces The Self-Aware HR Leader. It positions the importance of self-awareness in driving reinvention and connects functional success to cross-functional influence and impact.
  • Section Two highlights the four core HR areas that are driving a culture of profitable growth: (a) inclusive change, (b) integrated data sets, (c) organizational design moments, and (d) talent acceleration

Click Here to watch the recording of the webcast!


HR LIFT Lab Open House/Q&A (20 minutes) – This webcast will provide a program overview followed by Q+A about the actual development experience. Hosts are Dan Gallagher & Jackie Linton. Questions will be sent in prior to the webcast to help start the conversation. Participants can join with live questions. A FAQ document will be produced after the call.



Why This? Why Now?

This is more than a development program; this is a transformational development experience designed specifically to help HR leaders grow themselves (Rise up) and to also grow the business and others (Raise up).

This experience focuses on balancing HR functional expertise with business acumen.  The development journey sets expectations around immediate application through action planning and manager communications. Learners leave each module with commitments and next steps to help guide them in their growth.

The impact you will have:

  • Deepened understanding of how to be an HR leader of the future
  • Ability to empower progress around you
  • Increased confidence and competence to make the right change happen for the right reasons and in the right way
  • Renewed focus on accelerating people practices that propel business forward


Philly SHRM Member: $3000

Non-Member: $3500

*In order to secure your spot in the cohort, you only need a $250 deposit, due at registration. The remainder of the payment is due by August 1st.


Interested in sending more than 1 attendee? Save $500 on your 2nd attendee by emailing info@phillyshrm.org for your discount code