Wednesday, January 4, 2012

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

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year!

The first part of this email is dedicated to updates and musings, so if you want to skip to the invitation, discounts, and other information, please scroll down.  Before I forget, check out our Amazon Ad Day page. 

This ia a big anniversary year for us as our first meeting was held January 1997.  We've been around for 15 years!

Our group is powered by volunteers, and I want to honor them.  I'm the obvious face of the group thanks to the website and emails, but this is not "Marcia's Group."  It's your group and it runs on volunteer power.  There is absolutely no way we'd have had the topics and speakers we've had unless we had our group of volunteers. 

Over the years we've had many volunteers and if you're watching, you can see some people volunteer a lot over time.  I can't tell you how much I appreciate them and I hope you do, too.  Each invitation includes the event volunteer's name and I always thank them in our meetings.  To see more about volunteering and see the names of our 2011 volunteers, please go to, and if you'd like to volunteer for 2012, please review the information on that page and use the form to register.  The meeting is January 11.

Last year was quite the year.  I previously mentioned the loss of family and friends, and have done a lot of thinking about that, how precious and unpredictable life is.  It was a strong reminder that I have some personal goals that shouldn't wait:  time to seize the day!

Bill and I did an extraordinary amount of traveling last year including trips to France and England.  We love to travel but we still haven't won Lotto and haven't retired early, so now I'm embarking on a new job search.  That's a good goal!

Last year was also a big year for my computer problems, and I had to purchase a new laptop in November.  The process was time-consuming and aggravating. I'd love to have a personal IT person, wouldn't you?

Because of my computer problems, unfortunately, some of the speaker suggestions that were emailed to me cannot be found.  Please use our form at if you would like to submit your idea.

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Because of this volunteer work, family, friends and paid work, unfortunately, I can’t mentor you, and please don’t send me unsolicited resumes. I wish I had the time to individually mentor you, but I don’t. With the time I take for this group, my work and my books, I don’t have time left over. Come to an event and meet someone who can help. I receive a lot of unsolicited resumes (from our group and strangers) and if I’m recruiting for a position or I’m paid to work on the resume, that’s one thing, but other than that, I’ve got other things on my plate. I refer people to the forum at See the blog post for more

Thanks so much to Marilyn Messer and Karen Duffy for planning our year-end dinner.  It was a lovely evening and a great way to end our year.  Thank you!

1. HR Women and Friends Community January Meetings:
------- Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 6:30-9:00 p.m. Volunteers Meeting
------- Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 6:30-9:00 p.m. Event:  Listening and Leadership
2. Discounts
3. Using our Bulletin Board (Forum)
4. Spam Filter Alert
5. To change you email address
6. Unsubscribe
7. Potential Speakers/Topics
8. Notifying us of upcoming events and discounts.
1. HR Women and Friends Community January Meetings.  We have two meetings this month, the Volunteers Meeting and our Community event, Listening and Leadership.

--------  Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 6:30-9:00 p.m. Volunteers Meeting.  Volunteers sift through ideas for  speakers and topics and bring their own ideas and plan meetings for the year.  To read more about it and register to be a 2012 Volunteer, please go to

--------  Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 6:30-9:00 p.m. Event:  Listening and  Leadership.  Please join us for this interactive event.  Please click on links for details and the registration forms.

2. Discounts and Offers – view them online. Discounts for health related products or services are solely used at your own discretion. The group and I have no responsibility for these services or products. Thanks for extending the discounts to our group!

3. Using our Bulletin Board (Forum) When you contact me regarding jobs, events, and other issues, I refer to our Forum at You can view all messages without registering, but you must register to reply or post a message. You are not automatically registered because you receive this email – it is separate software. Please review the Terms and Conditions available under any topic on the forum. It’s your responsibility to keep track of your user name and password, and if you change email addresses, please log in and update your profile. If privacy is an issue, please be careful when you post anything: use a separate email if necessary and you can skip your street address if you’d like.

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7. Potential Speakers/Topics
Please see for details and a form to submit your information.  

8. Notifying us of upcoming events and discounts.
If you email me right after I’ve sent a mailing, I can update the website, but I can’t send a separate mailing to the group. It will be in the next mailing. Please keep this in mind and plan ahead.

I hope to see you soon.

All the best,


Marcia Stein, PHR -

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