Friday, January 24, 2020

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

Dear Friends,

Our group events are now planned by Jenny Vonderwerth, our new leader. The fabulous Jane Kow gave a legal update last month and it got good reviews on our Facebook page. Many thanks to Jane and Jenny.

I usually post a few thoughts and then go on to group information and an event update. You can scroll down to find everything.

Important Group Announcement

I have retired from the group and am helping with these announcements for a few months. Jenny Vonderwerth is leading the group and hope you'll join them in monthly meetings. We have a LinkedIn Group and are on Facebook and events are posted on Eventbrite. I hope you join us at future events and online.

A Few Thoughts

We're in the middle of an impeachment hearing and our country is horribly divided and angry. When people are upset, short fuses can carry into the workplace. I think we need to take several steps back.

Reliable Sources, a show on CNN devoted to discussing how news is covered, used to have a segment called "Red News/Blue News" using clips from how different stations covered news events. It was shocking and a real eye-opener for me to see how differently news is presented to demonstrate a point of view. I suggest watching other stations and comparing their coverage. It's a good way of seeing what "the other side" sees and how their opinions are based. I have additional information and links about this on my retirement blog.

Learning how different media outlets can form our opinions, we gain insights into ourselves and others. It's a little easier to have discussions (or avoid the topic) when we understand this.

In company onboarding and other meetings, I've long reminded people to avoid discussing religion and politics in the workplace. It's hard to do but keeps a more pleasant atmosphere and teamwork in place. I'm interested in learning your own experiences and recommendations.

Event - February 26, 2020,  6-8 PM: Diversity and Inclusion: The Myths Dispelled

This panel event looks interesting!

"It’s time to move the needle and create equitable workplaces where everyone can thrive and companies can improve financial performance, employee retention, and innovation. We have learned which diversity efforts pay off and which don’t—and we are combining our legal, HR and DEI experience to dispel myths and provide practical advice on how to build an inclusive culture at work." Don't forget to RSVP yourself and your guests.

Event information is on Eventbrite.

Best wishes,


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