Friday, June 21, 2019

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

Dear Friends,

I hope you’re well.

Please scroll down if you’d like to skip to our event announcement.

Many thanks to Christine Young for planning our event with Jane Kow. It was another fantastic event with a great speaker hosted by our friends at TechCU. Thank you!

I love the movies and went with a friend to see “The Best of Enemies.” It didn’t get wonderful reviews but we enjoyed and appreciated it.

This movie was based on a true story about Ann Atwater and C. P. Ellis. She was a civil rights activist and he was a Ku Klux Klan leader in North Carolina. When the segregated school for Black children was burned in 1971, the court ordered a school desegregation decree to integrate the children into one school. (Yes, it was overdue!)

The community participated in a 2-week charrette to deal with their differences and come to understand each other under the guidance of Bill Riddick. You can read a good article about him here

The main characters were fascinating and difficult, both headstrong and uninterested in dealing with each other. Their journey as guided by Bill Riddick was interesting and remarkable. I won’t spoil the ending but recommend the movie.

Why would I write about this? The methods used in the movie are helpful for dealing with interpersonal conflicts in the workplace and in our personal lives. Given the high degree of anger and angst in our society and spillover into every aspect of life, it’s good to learn some of these techniques. 

Here are the links:

UPDATED EVENT: Wednesday, July 17, 2019

We were going to have a Summer Social at Rootstock in Cupertino! See our invitation on Eventbrite and please RSVP there.

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

Monday, March 18, 2019

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

Dear Friends,

I hope you’re well.

In addition to a few general comments, I’m providing details for our April event. Please scroll down if you’d like to skip to event announcements and their links.

Many thanks to Marilyn Messer for planning our kick-off dinner. It was a very stormy night and I’m glad some hearty souls joined us. Making those connections are so fulfilling and I was happy to have a chance to connect.

In each mailing, I write about something I hope you’ll find relevant and interesting. This time it’s about discrimination and hatred.

As a young girl, our family lived in the segregated South. The Civil Rights Movement was active and I was aware of the news and integration. My family lived in a rural area and the only Black person I knew was our grandmother’s nursemaid. (Grandma lived with us.) We were the only Jewish kids in our school and we got some comments and outright weird stuff. My parents had their own experiences with discrimination.

Our family loved musicals, and in that time period, we saw the movie “South Pacific.” There were many great songs but one in particular struck me as a child and has stayed with me. It’s called “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught” by Rogers and Hammerstein and the character describes how one is taught bigotry and hatred, that it’s not inherent in us. I’m providing two links, one with Oscar Hammerstein introducing the song as a performance, and one from the stage. I hope you take a couple of minutes to view them.

We learn it from others around us, from influences such as media and websites, from people we look up to such as older family members, some religious leaders and some politicians. We’re going to have to work hard to fix this and it’s going to take time. Meanwhile, I’m wishing for peace and understanding.

Event: April 17
Jane Kow Presents "#MeToo — Now What? Effective Investigations in 2019" 

Jane Kow is a fantastic labor attorney who has presented to our group and other local professional groups and is a popular speaker. Please see the details and RSVP on our Eventbrite 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


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