The Graduate Program in Human Resource Development (HRD) and the Villanova Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management hosted the 17th Annual Networking Reception on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. The event was held in the atrium of Driscoll Hall and the evening’s theme was “Navigating HR Practices Across Global Markets”. After an hour of networking, the one hundred and fifty guests moved into the main auditorium of Driscoll Hall where an engaging panel discussion was held.
Chris Konnick, VU SHRM Student Chapter President, made opening announcements. Chris thanked all of the event sponsors and then announced the VU SHRM Student Involvement award winner, Olesya Tarasenko. Dr. David Bush, the HRD program’s Founding Director, began the evening’s formal discussion by briefly discussing the program’s current research projects and introducing the panel moderator, Celia Joseph, Employment Attorney at Fisher & Phillips LLP.
Ms. Joseph introduced each of the panelists, which included Luis Buentello, Executive Vice president, HR, EH&S for Panasonic Lighting Technologies; Will Farkouh, Global Operations Senior Manager, Pfizer; Jennifer Lee, Global Mobility Manager, Cigna; and Charity Hughes, HR Director, US and Canada for SCA Americas.
The panelists spoke about the different approaches to managing employees on global assignments who are either from other countries visiting the U.S. or who are leaving the U.S. to work abroad. Many issues can arise including culture shock, language barriers, living space issues, etc. Each panelist offered valuable insights as to how HR professionals can best manage these various challenges that are part of corporate globalization. Following the discussion and questions, the evening concluded with another hour of networking in the atrium.