Sunday, November 1, 2015

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

Dear Friends,

How are you? Are you ready for all of the year-end activities? I'm not!

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 holding 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.

With fewer events I'm sending fewer mailings. I do want to mention two special recognition "months" that landed in October.

October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I had two kinds of breast cancer, surgery and chemo in 2000 and I'm fine. The key really is early diagnosis. It used to be that this was a real death sentence as it was for my mom, but it doesn't have to be that way now. Being diligent with your self-exams, having good doctors who take you seriously and don't delay definitive diagnosis, and good treatment are imperative. 

Here are a couple of extra tips. If a friend or colleague says they have breast cancer, don't tell them it's their fault, don't tell them to take vitamins, don't blame their diet. Just ask "how can I best support you" and if they tell you how, do it! Maybe that means a ride, maybe it means a movie. Sometimes it just means you stop by or call.

It was also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic Violence is not exclusively about hitting, punching, other violence including murder. It's also about emotional abuse, the kind of violence producing bruises you can't see on a person. Please read more about it on this site, and do something about it if you or a friend need help. There are resources and there is hope.

Our November 18 Community Event

This event is open to all, and the topic is “There is a 'Me' in Teams” with our guest speaker ArLyne Diamond, Ph.D. Please RSVP if you're attending. If anything comes up at the last minute and I need to reach attendees, I can't do it unless you have registered. Additionally, we will need to escort you inside the building so being on time is essential for this event. You can read about our event here and if you’re attending, please register.

Thank You for Our Last Event

Our Planners and Volunteers were Christine Young, SPHRIdit Stefanson, and Melissa Katz,  The topic was “Taming the Abrasive Leader" with Patrick Reilly. Many thanks to all!

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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