Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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

Dear Friends,

How are you?  Happy October!

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.

Our last presentation was "Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer's Disease: Early Detection Matters" with Alexandra Morris of the Alzheimer's Association Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter. This was a valuable and important topic and I encourage you to explore their website. They offer a variety of topics for presentations and have many resources for patients and their family and friends.  Many thanks to Marilyn Messer for volunteering to plan this event.

Thanks to our friends at DLA Piper and to Stephanie Riedel, PHR for hosting our group in September. We really appreciate your help and it was a great location and room.

As October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and since I am a survivor, it's only logical to talk about it with you.  My mom was diagnosed at age 47 and died at 50, and there were not many people talking publicly about breast cancer.  These were words one whispered because if you said it in full voice, something bad might happen.  I'm glad we've moved past those times.

My brush with breast cancer was in 2000 and it was caught early.  I had two types of cancer and one was very aggressive.  Some people might think I was lucky to find it so soon, but it wasn't luck: it was determined testing on my part and excellent doctors I chose to take care of me as partners.

These days, a diagnosis does not necessarily mean you have to march off to your death.  It means surgery and treatment, some of it very difficult and challenging, but it often means you can live.  It thrills me to attend a cancer walk and see all of the survivors.

I know it's scary but plan your own future.  Get informed, get good doctors and proactively be on top of things.  If you are diagnosed, call or email me and I'll provide additional information.  We have many survivors in our group and I'm glad to support them.

I have a personal request as I'm working on another book and would love your help.  I wrote two books: "Recruiters on Recruiting" and "Strained Relations: Help for Struggling Parents of Troubled Teens."  (Available on websites or in-person; I've always got books in the trunk.)

I'm starting to work on another book with the topic "you won't believe what happened at work."  These can be funny stories, the "OMG!" events, anything you think would be interesting, surprising and of value to others.  You can participate electronically or by personal interview, and you can use your own name or I can make up a name for you.  Please see my site for details; I hope to hear from you!

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!

1. HR Women and Friends Event 10/15/2014: Effectively Handling Conflict in the Workplace Through Proper Investigation/Evaluation and Mediation and Conciliation.

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 Event 10/15/2014: Effectively Handling Conflict in the Workplace Through Proper Investigation/Evaluation and Mediation and Conciliation.  Please click on the registration tab for details and the RSVP.  I hope you're able to attend!
2. Discounts and Offers – view them on our discount page. Thanks to everyone for extending the discounts to our group!

3. We have a Forum at
I am moving away from maintaining the Forum and encourage you to use our LinkedIn Group for posting.  On the Forum, you can view messages without registering. 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 our LinkedIn Group. 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"