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The Graduate HRD Program and Villanova SHRM student chapter will be co-hosting an HR Developmental Series open to all students, faculty, alumni, guests and applicants. This series will feature sessions hosted by Villanova HRD faculty on trending topics in HR. The goal of this series is to provide our students and alumni an opportunity to connect, network and learn outside of the classroom. Additionally, we hope to bring important trending HR topics to light throughout the series. Conversations and learning from these sessions can be applied to any HRD class that students may be taking. These sessions will also provide our alumni with ongoing learning and development. 

Each session is approved for one SHRM and HRCI credit for attendees. Recertification codes will be emailed to attendees after the session.

If you have any questions about the series, please email us


  • In-person: Bartley Hall, Curley Exchange (directions and parking will be emailed)
  • Online: Zoom (link will be emailed)


  • 5:30-6:15 In-Person Food & Networking (in-person only)
  • 6:15-7:15 Presentation (in-person and virtual)

Check out the topics for the Spring 2024 series below and REGISTER HERE

Spring 2024 Development Series

Description: Explore the intersection of HR and non-profit in a panel discussion featuring distinguished leaders from higher education, city management, the arts, and community advocacy. In this session you will hear from non-profit leaders and Villanova HRD & MPA alum as they share strategies and lessons learned in navigating the unique challenges and opportunities within the realm of non-profit. 


Jennifer Derry, Assistant Vice President, Human Resources, Villanova University

Sheronda Phillips Whitaker, Deputy Director of HR & Chief Diversity Officer at Barnes Foundation

Casey Heilig, Director of External Affairs for City of Philadelphia

Toyin Omodara, Operations Manager at Congreso de Latinos Unidos

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Description: Comcast is a global media and technology company. Comcast Panelists will share their experiences with trending and important HR topics such as workplace flexibility, employee engagement initiatives, HR reporting tools and what Comcast is doing in the AI space. From a global perspective, they will share experiences with strategic partnerships, employee practices and work/life balance in the international business space.


Kara DiOrio, Sr Director, Human Resources - TPX People & Integration

Amy Masci, VP, Human Resources - TPX People & Integration

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In "Lessons for HR from the Consulting World," seasoned consultants will share their insights, experiences, and recommendations. Our panelists will delve into the nuances of the consultant-HR relationship, exploring how to leverage consultant expertise effectively, hear about the success and failure of consulting engagements, and what benefits consultants might offer to HR in the future, particularly as AI impacts organizations and HR functions.

Dr. Gerry Brandon will facilitate a conversation with Fiona Jamison and Nick Stanley.

Fiona Jamison is CEO of Spring International with over 25 years of experience conducting research and providing solutions to organizations with specific expertise in employee engagement, employee relations, and people analytics.

Nick Stanley has worked in human resources for 14 years. At Boston Consulting Group, Nick focused on organizational design and HR systems in the context of mergers and other major corporate transactions. At Vanguard, Nick has held multiple senior roles, including leading the firm’s organizational consulting team supporting expansion into a number of markets and serving as Head of HR for the Institutional business.

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Previous HR Development Series Sessions

Topic: Artificial Intelligence and HRM: What we know and how to prepare

Speaker: Dr. Gerry Brandon, Villanova HRD Director

Session Description: The introduction of a highly capable chatbot into the public domain last November has been met with both excitement and fear as the realization of artificial intelligence began to feel real. We will explore, at a basic level, the genesis of generative AI, what it is, how it can be used both personally and professionally to increase productivity and efficiency, provide some cautions regarding its use, and contemplate how it may impact jobs in the future.

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Topic: Employee Wellbeing, Work-life Balance, and DEI: Can ONE program do it all?

Speaker: Dr. Heather Cluley, Villanova HRD Associate Director

Session Description: Work-family, well-being, and DEI all require complex, thoughtful programming if such efforts are going to succeed and persist in an organization. This session offers an overview of the bottom-line, evidence-based approach to each of these separate efforts, but advocates for an investment in the one program that links them all.

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Topic: Amplify Your Impact: How to influence from all levels

Speaker: HRD Alumni Panel, moderated by Bethany Adams, Villanova HRD Associate Director

Session Description:  Influence is a pivotal skill for HR professionals as it helps us not only to navigate interpersonal dynamics within organizations but also equips us to effectively advocate for strategic initiatives that drive change. In this session you will hear from a panel of HRD Alumni all varying points in their HR career on how they are able to influence from their position in the organization.  

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  • Topic: Unionized Workplaces: HR Challenges and Opportunities
  • Speaker: Dr. Gerry Brandon, Villanova HRD Director
  • Session Description: Delve into the world of Human Resources within unionized environments with your HR colleagues who have been there! This session brings together a panel of HR professionals who will shed light on the distinct challenges and untapped opportunities they've encountered in union-dominated settings. Whether you're an HR veteran, budding graduate, or an enthusiast eager to understand the intersection of unions and HR, this panel promises rich insights and actionable strategies.

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Topic: Pay Transparency: Parting the veil on changing laws & practices

Speaker: Keith Black, Villanova HRD Adjunct Faculty

Session Description: We are all probably familiar with the “game of chicken” that often plays out when a candidate is offered a job. The employer asks the candidate for their current salary, but the candidate first wants to know the pay range for the job.  Aside from being an awkward and uncomfortable situation for both sides, pay transparency is now becoming an increasingly legally mandated practice throughout the United States. In this session, we will talk about some of the changing laws and highlight the underlying concepts of fairness, respect, and equality that support the position that pay transparency is good for all parties.

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Topic: Emotional Intelligence: Skills for a Post-Pandemic Workplace

Speaker: Bethany Adams, Villanova HRD Associate Director

Session Description:  While the challenges of the pandemic created a sense of 'emotional togetherness' for many teams, these bonds have been tested in the now ever-changing workplace landscape.  Understanding how to build effective relationships and work through emotional challenges is critical today, not only for leaders, but for every employee.  In this session, we will discuss the non-negotiable emotional intelligence skills needed for all employees and how HR professionals can nurture these skills in their organizations.

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Villanova, PA 19085 

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