Monday, May 4, 2015

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

Dear Friends,

Happy May!

I start my posts with a few personal notes and then delve into upcoming events. You can skip down to event announcements, but I encourage you to read this important update about our group.

We are making some changes in our meetings!

Our team of volunteers met in January, and we decided to hold formal meetings once every two months, and for those in-between months, we encourage you to plan coffee, lunch, dinner or an event on your own! You can use our LinkedIn group to publicize your event. This will give you some latitude in location and timing, and that should help more of us come out and meet each other.

Please join our group on LinkedIn so you’ll be updated on announcements and posts.

My husband joined a new company and is thrilled with his technical challenges, the team, their professionalism, organization and friendliness. They have an organization where communication is strong and employees are valued. This is the first time in years I’ve heard so many compliments regarding their HR team, benefits and Onboarding. We often hear complaints about Human Resources, even over issues that are not in our control, so this is very refreshing!

In his job search, he had the same comments and frustrations as most job seekers. The resume goes into the “black hole” without as much as an automated response. Long interview cycles with delays in-between and no updates. No professional close after interviewing. It’s so easy to make a call or at least send a note, and it’s the right thing to do.

It was a great reminder of how much these touches mean to candidates and how much it therefore means to the company’s reputation.

Our May 20 Community Event

This event is open to all, and the topic is “The Affordable Care Act and its Impact On HR: Critical Things Every HR Professional Needs to Know” with our guest speaker and long-time volunteer, Jenny Vonderwerth, SPHR-CA,CIP. You can read about it here and if you’re attending, please register.

Thank You for Our Last Event

Our Planners and Volunteers were Pamela Addie, Valerie Hamberry and Vinnie Warren. The topic was “Executive Coaching Toolkit: 3 Practical Coaching Tools You Can Use to Develop Leaders” with Rita Graziano, MA.  A download is available and you can find other downloads from many of our speakers by clicking here.

Not only do I hope to see you at our next event, I do hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity to plan some extra networking events. I would love to attend some!

All the best,


Author: "Strained Relations: Help for Struggling Parents of Troubled Teens" and "Recruiters on Recruiting"


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