Webinar Series

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 all webinar descriptions, speaker biographies, and links to webinar recordings below. 

Webinar #1: Affordable Care Act (ACA) Update

Speaker: Clint Brooks, Principal, Pentra

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Purpose: This webinar will discuss the impact of ACA on large employers and strategies they should consider Integration of the concepts of reinvention, servant leadership, and business transformation into a single framework.

Other issues discussed will be regarding maintaining compliance, offering a medical plan with a comparable value proposition to Federally subsidized options, Private Exchange value proposition, and the impact of the regulations on funding of healthcare.

Webinar Series 1 Speaker: Clin Brooks, Principal, Pentra

Speaker Bio:

 Clint joined Pentra as an Account Executive in 1994 and became a Principal in 1999. He provides his clients with a unique combination of benefit consulting and hands-on service. His responsibilities include strategic planning, surveys, benefit analysis, cost reduction review, contract negotiating, impact evaluation, provider network feasibility, employee communications and enrollment facilitation for all benefit plans.

Prior to joining Pentra, Clint was with the Colonial Life division of Unum. Clint’s role on client teams include initial and ongoing client relations on all matters impacting their health and welfare benefits. Recent engagements have focused on strategic plan redesign, merger and acquisitions, due diligence and integrations, wellness plan integration, outsourced administration, review and implementation, internet based solutions for benefit communications and administration, plan closures and reorganizations, cost reduction programs and integrated disability studies. Clint graduated from the University of Vermont in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Clint is recognized in the industry as a respected thought leader and serves on Advisory Boards for Aetna, UnitedHealthcare and Cigna.

Webinar #2: Top 20 Tips & Traps in Selecting HR Technology

Speaker: Ward Christman, HR Tech Advisor

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Purpose: This webinar will cover how employers can leverage today's best practices (top 10 tips) in the selection and use of HR technology and how to avoid costly mistakes (top 10 traps).

How can HR help deliver business value?  Executives are in an endless pursuit to maximize the productivity of their organization's human capital.  Learn how through this webinar!

Ward Christman

Speaker Bio: Ward Christman has 20+ years experience in e-recruiting technology and services with special expertise in employee referral (selection of tools and best practices), ATS solutions (system selection and configuration) and job marketing (via job boards and social media).




20 year e-recruiting industry veteran:

  • Launched one of the first online job boards in 1992 (9 years)
  • Key member of HRsmart (ATS and TM) growth team (8 years)
  • Contributor to Lawson’s new HCM team (1 year)
  • First hire for Bullhorn’s corporate social recruiting platform (1 year)
  • Turnaround artist (Product Owner) for Kenexa’s 2xRecruit ATS (1 year)
  • Launchpad boosters for RolePoint’s entry into the Social Referral market
  • Chief Advisor and Publisher for HR Tech Advisor


Webinar #3 The Business Context for Sales Compensation

Speaker: Reese Bacon, Senior Director of Sales Effectiveness at BDO, Inc.

Purpose: The Business Context for Sales Compensation will explore the business drivers that underlie sales compensation plans – all the things students should know and consider before  designing and implementing the sales compensation plan. A grounding in these areas provides the comprehensive framework needed to ensure the plans designed fit within the relevant business context.

The seminar is designed for students or professionals who currently are involved in or those who wish to learn more about designing and implementing sales compensation plans.

Reese Bacon

Speaker Bio:

Reese Bacon is a Senior Director of Sales Effectiveness at BDO in San Francisco. Reese consults with a variety of global and bay area companies in technology, life sciences, health care, insurance and general industry.  He has corporate experience in companies such as: Rockwell, Clorox, HP, Cigna, Kaiser-Permanente, and Wells Fargo.  He has both domestic and international experience in countries such as Finland, UK, Germany, Dubai, Jordan and U.A.E.  He will be sharing examples of tools and methodologies used during a typical sales effectiveness engagement and ways by which Compensation Professionals can add even more value in their working relationships with sales leadership.


Webinar #4: Creating a Sustainable Leadership Development Program in a Disposable Climate

Speaker: Michael Pepe, Ph.D., C-Level Executive Coach

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Purpose:  This webinar will discuss marketplace pressures, local and global economic forces as context for contemporary business operations.

  • Review and discuss workforce demographics and impact on business operations.
  • Identify new techniques and approaches to leverage personal influence as a development advocate.
  • Collectively build a compelling argument for investment in leadership development.
Dr. Michael Pepe

Speaker Bio: 

Michael E. Pepe, Ph.D., has extensive experience in organizational design, large scale change, talent management, and executive coaching.  He has successfully coached C-level executives, including physician leaders, through significant organizational transformation and personal transitions.  He is currently a senior partner with Meaningful Growth Associates of Bucks County, PA, a boutique consulting firm providing a range of services including; Executive and Team Coaching, Assessment-Driven Development Programs, Group Facilitation, Talent Management Infrastructure, Succession Planning and Organizational Change Support. Most recently, Dr. Pepe’s efforts at transforming HR led to his team at Virtua being awarded “ 2012 HR Department of the Year” in the Delaware Valley. 

Dr. Pepe received his doctorate in instructional process and his masters in educational psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and his bachelor's degree in business from Farleigh Dickinson University. He also studied British literature and culture in Oxfordshire, England.   He has published many articles on succession planning, sustaining leadership development, generations at work and the illusiveness of trust. 


Webinar #5: Preventing Violence in the Workplace

Speaker: David F. Bush, Ph.D., Founding Director, Human Resource Development Masters Program, Villanova University

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Purpose: This webinar will discuss those who study workplace violence distinguish between the agents who perform violent acts and those who are the targets of violent acts.  When targets are examined there are two main types:  those that belong to the organization and those that do not. The data employed in the investigation will be from archival data from U.S. agencies and the research team’s database for a period of 12 months starting with the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook.

Dr. David Bush

Speaker Bio:

David is the founding Director of the MS program in Human Resource Development (HRD) at Villanova University.  He is also Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Development. His research, teaching, consulting and speaking activities revolve around developing HR metrics for measuring talent and performance and how they change over time and through transformation processes.  He has worked with change management for three decades in a variety of industries from pharmaceuticals to chemicals to transportation to manufacturing. Dr. Bush has taught graduate courses for HR professionals that focus on the two issues of measurement and change management. 

Dr. Bush was an associate editor of the Journal of Systems Improvement from 1992 to 1994. He recently published the Handbook of HR Metrics, which contains a compilation of his recent articles on the subject. During his academic career he has published about 100 articles in professional and research publications.  He has also co-authored a volume on healthcare communication and quality. He has worked with W. Edwards Deming on Quality Management Training and was certified in the Theory of Constraints as an Academic Jonah by the Goldratt Institute in 1991.


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PSPS Annual Leadership Forum - Register Today!

Thursday, October 2nd 2014 at the Crystal Tea Room, Wanamaker Building, Philadelphia | Time: 7:00am–12:00pm