Hosted by the Graduate Programs in Human Resource Development the webinar series features experts in the field of Human Resources on current topics and trends in the HR field. These webinars will take place throughout the year and will be free to HRD students and alumni.
Please find details about our recent summer series below. Links to the webinar recordings can be found below!
Webinar #1: The Self Aware Leader
Speaker: Daniel Gallagher, VP of Learning at Comcast
Recording Available Here
The Self-Aware Leader is a unique approach on how to become a more effective leader by increasing self-awareness in four pillars of leadership. By integrating the concepts of reinvention, servant leadership, and business transformation into a single framework that has been validated in research, The Self-Aware Leader emphasizes taking a calculated approach to change rather than merely reacting to change. This approach offers two key takeaways; (1) a new mental framework on leadership more appropriate for today s business conditions; and (2) a functional, practical plan for putting the newly learned concepts presented into daily practice.
Dan Gallagher, vice president of training and development at Comcast, has over fifteen years of experience in leadership development roles with organizations such as Commerce Bank, Hay Group, Cahners Publishing, and Saint Joseph’s University. In 2010 Dan founded Gallagher Leadership, LLC (www.gallagherleadership.com) and he currently serves on City Year’s national advisory board for human potential. Dan lives outside Philadelphia with his wife and four sons.
Webinar #2: Optimization of Human Capital
Speaker: Frank DiBernardino, Managing Principal at Vienna Human Capital Advisors
Recording Available Here
Two types of investments drive business results: human capital and financial capital. While financial capital is the lifeblood of a business, it is human capital, the body through which the lifeblood flows, that often leads to creation, or destruction of enterprise value. To link human capital strategic decisions and shareholder value, organizations need to understand which human capital strategies have the greatest impact on business performance. This program will show how to use HR and financial data, and state-of-the-art evidence-based decision making around human capital investments to drive shareholder value. The methods and case studies presented will focus on making an effective business case for the human capital strategies necessary to drive enterprise value and how to demonstrate a direct linkage between HR strategy and impact on shareholder value.
A highly accomplished Human Resources strategic advisor, Frank has 40+ years of experience working with organizations in manufacturing, health care, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, transportation, financial services, petroleum and academia, among others. Recognized as a trusted advisor to executive management, Frank has deep expertise in human resource program strategic planning for large and mid-size organizations. His background includes strategic planning, client relationship management, consulting practice leadership, labor negotiations, underwriting, staff development, and line management. Frank recently published a book entitled: Optimize Human Capital Investments: Make the “Hard” Business Case, and writes a blog on human capital analytics for The Conference Board. Frank serves on the Villanova University HRD Graduate Program Advisory Board. In addition, Frank has served on the Board of Directors of the American Benefits Council, the Employers Council on Flexible Compensation, and the Editorial Advisory Board of Benefits Quarterly. Frank is a founder and past President of PEBA, the Penjerdel Employee Benefits and Compensation Association.
Webinar #3 The Role of HR in Driving Organizational Strategy
Speaker: William Strahan, EVP Human Resources at Comcast Cable
Recording Available Here
Enterprises that are sustainably successful, usually have a clear business model and a clear strategy. It is impossible to bring those models and strategies to life without employees – from executives through individual contributors and producers. In most organizations the evolution of business strategy can be materially slowed and confused, or accelerated and clarified by the quality of HR practice. HR can either drive the organization to the team and operating principles of where the organization is headed, or can be a defender of the status quo. HR can tailor its programs, policies and investments to the specifics of the organization or can shop externally for the “new gimmick”. This webinar will talk about how the HR function at Comcast (CMCSA) (www.ComcastCorporation.com) has helped advance the effectiveness of multiple areas of the business through providing a mix of traditional HR support together with consultation and organizational development. How HR positioned itself to do this work credibly enough to influence operational strategy is the key take away from this presentation.
Bill Strahan leads the Human Resources function for Comcast Cable. He has responsibility for all aspects of Human Resources including talent, compensation, benefits, learning, employee, and labor relations. Bill Strahan has been involved in various aspects of Human Resources work for almost 30 years. He began his career with over a decade of work at Macy’s Department Stores and Riggs National Bank. The second decade of Bill’s work included practicing law in Washington, D.C. in the area of Compensation and Benefits – mostly in the context of mergers and acquisitions and in initial public offerings. For nine years, Bill was a consultant and manager at Mercer HR Consulting. Bill holds a B.A. in Religion from Villanova University; a Certificate in Employee Benefit Administration from Georgetown University; and a Juris Doctorate from the George Mason University School of Law. He is an Active Member of the Virginia State Bar.
Webinar #4: Progress Driven Leadership: The New Indispensable Rules of Engagement
Speaker: Michael Brenner, Ed.D., President of IdeAgency
Recording Available Here
Workforce engagement is one of the most crucial issues in culture development today. No other attribute of culture has a greater impact on achieving results and performance in the workplace. Research clearly shows that engaged employees are more productive, collaborative, and committed to their organizations than their disengaged peers. This presentation, based on the most in-depth research study of engagement ever conducted, provides leaders at all levels with key insights and tools for advancing the engagement and performance of their teams. The study was led by Harvard Business School Director of Research Dr. Teresa Amabile and Dr. Steven Kramer, and its findings were published in the book The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work. In this presentation, participants will learn the #1 driver of engagement in the workplace, how to create the conditions for people to do their best work, and how to avoid the pitfalls that can kill momentum and morale.
Dr. Michael Brenner is the founder and president of IdeAgency, a consulting firm focused on leadership, team and culture development. In his 13-year career as a consultant, facilitator, and educator, Michael has worked with hundreds of leaders and team members to increase engagement and performance. Michael has collaborated with leading companies in a variety of industries, including QVC, the University of Pennsylvania Health System, GSI Commerce, Hahnemann University Hospital, Lockheed Martin, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. He has designed and taught courses in interpersonal relations, organizational behavior, and sociology at Immaculata University, La Salle University and Temple University, and is currently the president-elect of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). Michael holds a doctorate in Adult Learning and Leadership from Columbia University and a master's degree in Adult and Organizational Development from Temple University.