Monday, February 26, 2018

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

Dear Friends,

How's this year going so far? 

In addition to some brief comments this note will cover our March 21 Event. First I'd like to thank Susan Strong for presenting her topic in January: "Women In Business: Ambition Is Not A Dirty Word." This fit in perfectly with our theme of empowering women. Many thanks to our Board member Idit Stefanson  who did the lion's share of planning this event with me.


It's easy to get stale and resist change because...well... it's just easier. I've been there, done that. We're making some great changes thanks to our wonderful Board, their ideas and time spent to implement them. 


Social Networking. We've added a Facebook page and I invite you to join us. As on our LinkedIn group, we'll post event details, articles of interest, and you are more than welcome to join the conversation.


A theme for 2018. This year we’re going to have a series of speakers and topics focusing on the theme of "Navigating Challenging Women’s Issues.” Whether we’re talking about assertiveness, leadership, the glass ceiling, harassment or any number of issues, it’s clear we need to focus on improving women’s lives professionally and personally.


March 21 Event: "Address a Harassment Complaint with Skill and Confidence: Learn Exactly What to Do When an Employee Complains of Sexual Harassment" with Judy Pearce, Esq. Idit Stefanson and Galina Karpinska are our Board Members who've planned this event. You can view event information on our Event Calendar pageFacebookLinkedIn, or go directly to the Eventbrite invitation where you can RSVP.


April 5 HR Symposium Discount. The HR Symposium is offering our group the early bird group pricing of $199 effective through March 13, 2018. Please click here for event details and email Deborah for the discount code.


And now for a few words...


I hate to bring this up again, am
 truly sick of bringing this up, but we live in a society where we have to be aware of violence. Violence in the workplace, in schools, at the mall, the movies, fast food restaurants and at places of worship. It sickens me.


It is not my intention to scare you but to prepare you. There are two excellent videos available to show you what to do in the event of an active shooter. One is from 2012 and is called "Run, Hide, Fight." The other is called "Surviving an Active Shooter" from 2015. (Dates are noted as there have been many more murders since these videos were created.) Please share these videos with your family, friends, and co-workers when appropriate. I've used them in Employee Onboarding and company safety trainings. There is an excellent website Surviving an Active Shooter with more information and links.


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


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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

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

Dear Friends,

How are you doing? I sincerely hope this will be a great year for you.

In addition to some brief comments this note will cover:
    1. Our January 17 Event
    2. Meeting for Volunteers: January 27
    3. Survey Results

I've written before about harassment complaints and how pervasive this is and where to go to learn more including the EEOC website, the SHRM site, classes, workshops or webinars. There's good training available and it's vital that you understand the topic and your role in dealing with it , both as a potential victim and as a professional.

As professionals, we owe it to ourselves and our careers to seek out our own ongoing education and stay on top of new developments, trends and legal updates. The one thing I've heard that bothers me the most is that the person's company won't pay tuition so the person doesn't take classes.

I know many HR people who have tremendous experience, participate in ongoing education, but I also know people who have no curiosity, no interest, or think they have neither need nor time to learn more about their occupation. And  you know what? This ticks me off more than most complaints because people generalize about HR people. If they encounter someone who doesn't know the law and cannot research and understand an issue, take remedial actions or proactive measures, the assumption is that no HR person is professional. You may have encountered this kind of attitude and it's there for a reason. Please don't be one of those people!

1. Our next speaker is Susan Strong and her topic i"Women In Business: Ambition Is Not A Dirty Word". Here's a statement from her topic description: "The inability to stand up for themselves and the lack of strong negotiation skills is an important barrier that is keeping women from rising in organizations." What can you learn that will help you in your career and what information can you share with others? You can view details on our Event Calendar page and save the dates of future events.

Oakwood Worldwide hosted our group in 2017 and will do so again this year. They have been wonderful to us. 

2. Our Volunteers will meet January 27, a Saturday morning. To learn more about volunteering and register to help this year, please view our Volunteers page.

3. We re-opened our short survey to learn your thoughts about our group. A summary of responses can be found by clicking here. I hope this link works for you. Volunteers will be reviewing this survey in our meetings this month.

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


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