Sunday, April 20, 2014

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

Dear Friends,

How are you?  I hope you're well.

If you strictly want information about our next event, please look at the links to the right and go to Event Registration.  Before you go, please check out the links at the bottom of this page. 

Do you have the sense that wherever you turn, there's pressure and anger?  You can see it at work and on the freeway, at job search support groups and on TV and the radio.  People are stressed, and you know what?  It's about to get worse.  Much worse.  We're running up to another election and that seems to bring out the worst on all sides.

Do you remember hearing civil debates?  Seeing that elected representatives can disagree on approaches but still respect others and work with them?  We have had that at times in the past, and we've had the ugly side, as well.

Several years ago, Donna Fedor, a wonderful recruiter and coach, presented to our group.  She said something that was somewhat controversial for me at the time, but as I reflected, I knew she was right.  She said you'll have a lot less stress and be happier if you turn off the news and aggressive programs.

I'm a news hound and look at a variety of sources for information.  And yes, I do read and consider views from the other end of the political spectrum, and sometimes I do find agreement.  I try to limit "opinion" reading as I've seen that even an innocent comment sparks uncomfortable conversations online, and I'm really not up for that.  No post I have will change anyone's mind and angry responses will not change mine, either.

If you're experiencing more stress and maybe anger, try listening to something different.  I've heard that hearing the music you loved as a teen makes you feel better, happier, different, and it's very true for me.  So pump up the music, Friends!

This is a reminder that I am going to move us away from maintaining the Forum and encourage you to use our LinkedIn Group for posting This will be a gradual change on the technical side.  More people are using LinkedIn than the forum at this point, and it has been challenging to register people, help them through password problems and other maintenance issues.  It served a great purpose for a long time, and it was all my husband's idea.  Bill is an Electrical Engineer but he learned some code, set up our board, and taught me how to update and maintain it.  Many people have posted resumes, jobs and events over the years, and I know a lot of people found work as a result.  It honestly makes me very happy and proud to know it was so successful.  Thank you, Bill!

Many thanks to Christine Young and Belina Pignataro for planning last month's event with Jane Kow.  She presented "Accommodating and Disciplining Employees with Medical Conditions."  Click on the Previous Speakers' link and search for a download of her handout.

1. HR Women and Friends May 21 Community Event - 5/21/2014  "The Bully and the Bottom Line - Understanding and Preventing Workplace Bullying" with Allison West, Esq., SPHR 

2. Discounts
3. Using our 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 May 21 Community Event - 5/21/2014  "The Bully and the Bottom Line - Understanding and Preventing Workplace Bullying" with Allison West, Esq., SPHR.  Please click on the registration tab for detail and to RSVP.  I hope you're able to attend!

2. Discounts and Offers – view them on our discount pageThanks to everyone for extending the discounts to our group!

3. We have a Forum at am going to move us away from maintaining the Forum and encourage you to use our LinkedIn Group for posting.  On the Forum, you can view messages without registering, but you must register to reply or post a message. You are not automatically registered because you receive this email. 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.

4. SPAM Filter Alert: please add to your address book.

5. To change your email address, click here and go to the correct form.

6. Unsubscribe: To discontinue mailings please respond with "UNSUBSCRIBE" in the subject line or go to the form. If you receive mail at more than one email address, please note all addresses to delete.

7. Potential Speakers/Topics. Please see for details and a form to submit your information.  This will be reviewed during the January 2015 meeting.

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.
Because of my commitments I can’t mentor you, and please don’t send me unsolicited resumes. Come to an event and meet someone who can help. I receive a lot of unsolicited resumes (from our group and strangers) and I refer people to the forum at See the blog post for more thoughts.

We have a page on our site for advertising with links to Amazon products. Our site also has Google ads, and you're welcome to click on relevant links. These links provide a small amount of money to help pay for our domain.

I hope to see you soon.

All the best,


Marcia Stein, PHR -
Author: "Strained Relations: Help for Struggling Parents of Troubled Teens" and "Recruiters on Recruiting"

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