Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Silicon Valley Women in HR...& Friends Mailing and Event Announcement

Dear Friends,

Another year has flown by and we’re preparing for 2019.  As a child I thought I’d never make it to 2000. Spoiler Alert: I made it!

In addition to a few general comments, I’m providing details of our January dinner and Board of Volunteers meeting. Please scroll down if you’d like to skip to event announcements and their links.

I’d like to thank Christine Young  for planning our last event as well as speaking. Her topic was job hunting during the holidays and she provided great information and encouragement. Thanks, Christine!

Let’s wish each other a Happy Holiday season. I enjoy this season and love the stories we hear about people doing extraordinary things for others, being so kind and selfless. We could all use more of those stories.

We have so many among us who dearly need our help and can use our time, money, blood, platelets, donated goods. There are many options and help is truly needed year-round. Charity Navigator has a lot of information about selecting charities, things to look for, tips and so on. They do not rank charities unless they meet certain criteria, so not all organizations are listed, even though they may be perfectly sound. 

I’m also aware that this is a time of loss and sadness for many. We have our own family losses at this time of year and we can’t help but associate the season with those people we loved. If you’re missing someone, my heart is with you.

Thanks to Our Board of Volunteers

Thanks to our Board for all of the work they’ve done this year. They’re all busy people and they have taken the time to determine events, contact speakers, reserve space, coordinate with hosts and speakers and lead events. They are shaping the direction of our group and I’m grateful to each friend on our Board. You can see our full list of Board Members on our site

Join Our Board of Volunteers Meeting January 26

Our next Board meeting is January 26, a Saturday morning, and you’re welcome to join us. Please RSVP on this page.  

Kick-Off Dinner January 16

Please join us for our next event, a dinner at Pedro’s in Santa Clara. This was the scene of our first dinner and it should be delicious and fun. Please RSVP on this page

Please join us on LinkedIn and Facebook

I hope to see you soon!

All the best,

Marcia

Author: "Strained Relations: Help for Struggling Parents of Troubled Teens" and "Recruiters on Recruiting” Site

Friday, October 12, 2018

Silicon Valley Women in HR...& Friends Mailing and Event Announcement

Dear Friends,

Happy October! I hope you're well and happy.

In addition to some brief comments this note will cover our September event. 

Thanks to Christine Young and Belina Pignataro for planning our last event. Bob Loftis' topic of coaching others to manage workplace emotions was useful not only for the workplace for my personal life. Thanks to all and to our gracious hosts at TechCU.

Wednesday, November 14: Christine Young presents "Job Hunting During the Holidays"


Many companies will continue to interview during the holidays to ramp up for 2019. Amazingly, many job seekers scale back their efforts during this time, believing that companies just go dormant. As a result, job seekers miss out on valuable opportunities. 
Don’t be one of them. Learn more! In this special workshop leading by Christine Young, you'll learn how to separate myth from reality and develop effective strategies for job hunting during the holidays. 
Christine Young, a career coach/strategist, applies her business knowledge and deep understanding of the talent acquisition process to the job search. She has hired more than 5,000 people in the high-technology, medical device and pharmaceutical industries. Hewlett-Packard, Sony Electronics, Johnson & Johnson, Intel, and Silicon Valley start-ups have benefited from her career coaching, HR services, and training programsSee details and RSVP and on Eventbrite.

And now for a few words...

The Me Too and Time's Up movements along with the testimony from Dr. Blasey Ford have brought up a lot of bad memories for many women (and men) who have been sexually assaulted. A definition of sexual assault is found on Wikipedia. The Me Too site has good links for help that the Time's Up page has some statistics and resources for those who have experienced harassment. There is a sexual assault hotline and information through RAINN.

There is help out there. If you've suffered from assault, abuse, harassment, I send you my support.

Now for a few other words...

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I had cancer, surgery, chemo in 2000. And I'm here. I was aware of the issue, was on top of my screenings, fired doctors who didn't take it seriously, and was proactive in my choices. Breast cancer is very survivable when you catch it early, and early diagnosis and treatment have improved substantially since 2000. I have links regarding cancer on this site. At least 5 people in our group (that I know of) are survivors. Please take care of yourself, and if you want to talk for a few minutes, you know where to find me.

I hope to see you at our next event!

All the best,

Marcia

Author: "Strained Relations: Help for Struggling Parents of Troubled Teens" and "Recruiters on Recruiting” Site

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Silicon Valley Women in HR...& Friends Mailing and Event Announcement

Dear Friends,

Happy August! I hope you're well and happy.

In addition to some brief comments this note will cover our September event. 

Thanks to Pam Sheppard and Diane Cusano who planned our Summer Social. It was a hit!

Thursday, September 20: Bob Loftis presents "Coaching Others to Manage Workplace Emotions"

Often women are expected to be the nurturers in the office to help others handle their emotions. Dropping into the role of a coach can help lift this burden and assist the other person to come to terms with their feelings. See details and RSVP and on Eventbrite.

And now for a few words...

I was listening to a Senator Kamala Harris who compared the government to a table with 4 legs: the President, Congress, the Supreme Court and the Fourth Estate, a free press. If one of those legs is not working, the table will wobble.

Did you know that the free press is the only profession outside of government that is specifically protected? Our Founding Fathers knew the importance of free and open communication. They had no idea the challenges we'd face in these times! I have some additional information about vetting news sources on my other blog and refer you to the following articles:

    "Constitutional protection: The First and Fourth Amendments" https://www.rcfp.org/electronic-communications-surveillance/legal-and-regulatory-protections-journalists/constitutional-p
    "The Fourth Estate As The Final Check" https://law.yale.edu/mfia/case-disclosed/fourth-estate-final-check

I hope to see you at our next event!

All the best,

Marcia

Author: "Strained Relations: Help for Struggling Parents of Troubled Teens" and "Recruiters on Recruiting” Site

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Silicon Valley Women in HR...& Friends Mailing and Event Announcement

Dear Friends,

Happy July!

In addition to some brief comments this note will cover our July 18 event. 

Thanks to Linda Thompson for speaking to our group again. Her topic was "The Subtle Dynamics of Gender Bias" and it couldn't have come in a better year. Thanks to Idit Stefanson and Galina Karpinska who planned this event and to our generous host, Michele Sauvadon at Buckles-Smith.

July 18 Summer Wine and Happy Hour Social

Come on out and enjoy a relaxing evening where you will have time to chat and connect with other members and any newbies. We'll be waiting for you on the back patio where you can order drinks and food of your choice. Pam Sheppard and Diane Cusano will be there to greet you and make sure we have tables reserved. There is plenty of parking available either on the street or at the back of the building. See details and RSVP and on Eventbrite.

And now for a few words...

I'd like to refer you to two articles of interest.

The first is a potential ban on hiring spouses of people on the H-1B visa. The article is in the Mercury News, and because availability may be limited, here's a brief quote and you can look it up elsewhere if this link doesn't work. "A White House plan to ban spouses of H-1B visa holders from U.S. work will push about 100,000 people out of their jobs and hit companies with major costs, according to new research."

The second article is about companies becoming more open to sharing salaries internally. This is on Bloomberg: "Employers have long discouraged talking about money at work, in part because obscuring salary information keeps compensation costs down. But that attitude is starting to change. In a survey of almost 2,000 employers by the consulting firm Willis Towers Watson, more than half of the respondents said they plan to increase transparency around pay decisions in the next year. "

So what do you think of these articles? I hope the limit on hiring spouses on the H-1B does not come to pass. I've hired so many great people we wouldn't have found otherwise. As for sharing salary information? Even before you could see it on GlassDoor, people had been more open about their salaries and bonuses. I can see the pros and cons. You're welcome to comment on this post or on our Facebook page.

I hope to see you at our social!

All the best,

Marcia

Author: "Strained Relations: Help for Struggling Parents of Troubled Teens" and "Recruiters on Recruiting” Site