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Summer Webinar Series: Planning your Workforce...Just like Dancing with the Stars with John Baldino

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 from 7 to 8pm (EST) 

What does workforce planning have to do with Dancing with the Stars?  Everything.  The goal of the session is to explain workforce planning as a tool for strategic business development using the success of Dancing with the Stars as a case study model.  The drivers behind securing talent, both internally and externally, and the marriage of talent management and workforce planning will be explained.  Workforce planning as a requirement of demand projection will be dicussed and the methodologies of addressing gap analyses – growing, borrowing, employing, partnering and reducing.  The utilization of the Dancing with the Stars case study will help to anchor these concepts and provide concrete assimilation.

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend!




HRD Graduation 2015 Reminders!

Congratulations to all of those who will be graduating this May! We have a lovely ceremony planned to celebrate your amazing accomplishments with friends and family this Saturday, May 16th, 2015! Here are some reminders to help ensure things go smoothly!

University Commencement Ceremony (optional)

Friday, May 15, 2015

4:00 p.m.

Villanova Stadium

Graduates report to the Pavilion no later than 3:15 p.m.
Each graduate will receive TWO (2) tickets to this event. Additional first come, first served bleacher seating will be available for unlimited non-ticketed guests. 

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Alumni Spotlight: Chris Konnick

Chris Konnick currently serves as a HR Business Partner for IMS Consulting Group and is responsible for supporting the immigration process, partnering with the talent development and placement team, managing the performance review process, and employee relations.  Prior to his current role, Chris was a HR Analyst contractor for IMS Health, a graduate assistant at Villanova, and President of the Villanova University SHRM Student Chapter. Before pursuing his career in Human Resources, Chris worked as a sales floor and logistics manager for Target. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Penn State University and a Master of Science in Human Resource Development from Villanova University. 






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HRD 35th Anniversary Gala - TOMORROW!


Wired Wednesday: Want More Women Working In Tech? Let Them Stay Home

By Issie Lapowsky

Everyone has their theories about why there aren’t more women in technology. Some say it’s that women aren’t studying computer science and therefore aren’t applying for jobs in the field. Others say it’s due to a certain degree of bias in an industry where predominantly male leaders hire predominantly male employees because they see similarities between themselves and their hires. 

But Katharine Zaleski and Milena Berry say there’s another reason, which is that tech companies aren’t giving women—particularly mothers—the flexibility they need to raise a family and pursue their careers at the same time. “There are two bad choices for women: go back to the office full-time or slowly lose your career because you can’t go back to the office full-time,” Zaleski, a former editor at The Huffington Post, explains. 

Which is why the two working mothers decided to launch PowerToFly, a job site that connects women with employers who are willing to let them work remotely. The site launched in August, targeted primarily toward women in tech. Since then, it’s had tens of thousands of women across multiple industries register for the site and apply for jobs with nearly 700 big-name employers like Buzzfeed and Hearst. Just last week the company launched its own app, PowerToFly Connect, which serves as a sort of social network and news site for this new community of remote workers. “We launched strong with our job matching platform,” Berry, former CTO of a non-profit, says, “and now we’re creating a media platform around these issues for women.” 

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Difficult Interviews


Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD, Appointed as Villanova University’s First Provost

Villanova University President, the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, today announced the appointment of Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD, as the University’s first Provost, effective August 1. This key appointment is the result of a national search led by a committee of Villanova faculty, trustees, students and administrators.

As Provost, Maggitti will be the Chief Academic Officer and the second ranking officer of the University, serving as leader of the institution in the absence of the President. Recognized for his scholarship, teaching ability and leadership, Maggitti brings a breadth of experience to this new role, melding wide-ranging knowledge in the academic, business and administrative arenas. He currently serves as the Helen and William O’Toole Dean of the Villanova School of Business.

“We sought a visionary, integrative thinker with strong academic values dedicated to collaboration, teaching, service and scholarly research activities for our first Provost,” said Fr. Donohue. “Dr. Maggitti possesses all these qualities and is also intimately familiar with Villanova University and our Augustinian mission. He has distinguished himself as a leader who will provide energetic, intellectual leadership to Villanova’s academic community, and I am very much looking forward to working with him in this new role.”

“I am honored to serve as Villanova’s first Provost and have the opportunity to collaborate with my academic colleagues to foster creative and innovative approaches to enhance Villanova’s educational offerings, our research productivity and our intellectual climate,” said Maggitti. “I consider myself fortunate to serve among such a strong, talented group of faculty, staff, and students and I am excited to have this opportunity to work together to build and achieve even greater academic success for our institution.”

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Student Spotlight: Courtney Kimbrough

Courtney Kimbrough grew up in North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she earned my undergraduate degrees in Psychology and French. During that time, she studied for a semester at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. Courtney moved to Philadelphia to attend Villanova’s HRD Program and will conclude her studies in May 2015.

Courtney started at SAP in August 2014 as a HR Business Partner Intern supporting the Corporate Functions and the Office of the CEO. During that time, she conducted change management workshops, designed and delivered manager trainings and took on North America Treasury as a client group. In April 2015, she started in her new role as a HR Early Talent in my first rotation as a HR Business Partner supporting the Global Customer Operations Board Area. As for her next rotation- only time will tell.   

Q: Are you currently taking courses through the on-campus option or the on-line option?

A: On Campus

Q: What has been your favorite HRD class so far and why?

A: Diversity- This class turned the lens away from the day to day or transactional HR topics to the bigger impact. It helped me see the big picture, end to end.

Q: Where is your current residency? 

A: Manayunk- Philadelphia, PA

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Country Spotlight: Germany

As we're moving to a global marketplace, we have added a NEW monthly blog feature, COUNTRY SPOTLIGHT! 

This is our THIRD month and we chose to focus on Germany, where we will share some of the employment and HR related information from the country of choice. If you have experience in a country outside the US that you would like the share on the HRD blog, please email: 

Germany is the 5th largest economy in the world and has the lowest unemployment rate of all the EU. The service sector contributes around 70% of the total GDP, industry contributes 29.1%, and agriculture at 0.9%. Most of the country’s products are in engineering, especially in automobiles, machinery, metals, and chemical goods. As of 2014, Germany recorded the highest trade surplus in the world worth $285 billion, making it the biggest capital exporter globally.

Other Facts about employment in Germany:

  • German labor laws grant employees a minimum of 20 days vacation if they work a normal five-day week, however it is more typical for an employee to get between 25-30 days.
  • German workers get six weeks of paid sick leave per year.
  • Female employees are entitled to full paid maternity leave starting no later than six weeks before the expected due date- and ending eight weeks after childbirth.
  • The mandatory social security system in Germany amounts to approximately 22% of the employee and employers earnings.
  • All employees, both male and female are entitled to a maximum three years parental leave per child. During this time the employer does not need to pay the employee, but they also may not terminate them. Upon returning the employer has to offer an adequate working position to the employee.

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Google’s Laszlo Bock at Villanova

The brilliant and innovative Laszlo Bock, the visionary head of Google’s People Operations, attended the Villanova Conference Center this past Friday April 10th to discuss the content of his book, Work Rules!

During the Q&A Luncheon, Bock discussed how to strike a balance between creativity and structure, leading to success that can be measured in quality of life and market share.  He also offered some advice on how to build a better company from within rather than from above, and reawaken the joy in what we do.

 Every attendee had the privilege of receiving a signed copy of Bock’s book. But some luckier ones not only had the opportunity to meet him in person, but also had the chance to get a personalized signed copy of the book. This was the case of one of our faculty members Bethany Adams, who had this fun anecdote to share:

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VU SHRM: Spring Wrap Up Event

On Tuesday, April 14, VU SHRM held its last event of the semester at Azie Restaurant in Villanova.  

We are looking forward to a great fall 2015 semester of VU SHRM programming, offering students a number of professional development events, webinars, happy hours and social events.

If you have any speaker recommendations or event suggestions, please email



Aronamink Country Club


This year the human resource development program at

villanova university is celebrating 35 years as the premiere

graduate studies program in the human resource profession.  We

are proud of our alumni, their contributions to the community,

and the continuing evolution of this dynamic program.


All donations from this event will fund an endowed

graduate fellowship for selected HRD students.  This

fellowship will be awarded to the students in our program who have

demonstrated strong academic abilities, community involvement

and excellence in their pursuit of a master of science degree in

human resource development from Villanova university.

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Wired Wednesday: The Guide to Password Safety (And why you should care).

By Sharon Profis 

All too often, passwords are exposed. Instagram, Pinterest, Yahoo, and even Google accounts were compromised, rendering millions of online accounts vulnerable to third-party hacks. And that was only the most recent security breach.

Passwords -- especially those not supported by  two-step verification -- are your last lines of defense against prying eyes. This guide will help you understand how those passwords are exposed, and what you can do to keep them locked down.

How are passwords exposed?

Before we dive into the how-tos of creating secure passwords, it's important to understand why you need a supersecure password to begin with. After all, you might be thinking, "Who would want to hack little old me?"

There are a few ways your account passwords can be compromised.

  1. Someone's out to get you. Enemies you've created, exes from your past, a nosy mother, an intrusive spouse -- there are many people who might want to take a peek into your personal life. If these people know you well, they might be able to guess your e-mail password and use password recovery options to access your other accounts. (Can you tell I'm speaking from experience?) 
  2. You become the victim of a brute-force attack. Whether a hacker attempts to access a group of user accounts or just yours, brute-force attacks are the go-to strategy for cracking passwords. These attacks work by systematically checking all possible passphrases until the correct one is found. If the hacker already has an idea of the guidelines used to create the password, this process becomes easier to execute. 
  3. There's a data breach. Every few months it seems another huge companyreports a hacking resulting in millions of people's account information being compromised. And with the recent Heartbleed bug, many popular websiteswere affected directly.

What makes a good password?


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Professional Spotlight: Mike McCarthy

Mike is the CEO of Life Sciences Executive Search & Talent Advisors LLC, a boutique talent and career advisory firm he founded four years ago. The firm provides executive search and recruitment strategy services to the biotech and pharmaceutical industry, and also offers career coaching to new graduates seeking their first role and executives seeking their next role.

Mike’s prior corporate leadership roles included Head of Global Talent Acquisition for Becton Dickinson, Director Global Staffing for Schering-Plough Pharmaceutical, and Director Human Resources for Lincoln Financial Group and Fidelity Investments. Mike began his HR career at Unisys Corp after receiving an MS in Human Resource Development from Villanova University. He also possesses a BS in Criminal Justice from West Chester University.  He resides with his family in Doylestown, PA and Cape Cod, MA.

Q: What is a typical day at work like for you (e.g. activities, people you encounter, travel, etc.)?

A: Up at 5:15am, quick workout, check websites of 1-2 local and 3-4 major newspapers and key biotech/pharma sites, get kids off to school, grab a Dunkin Donuts coffee, speak with or travel to meet and network with a little life sciences CEO, CFO or CHRO, assess life sciences industry talent I may also meet, and actively manage the executive searches I’m performing.

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May 2015 Graduation Weekend

As May 2015 Commencement rapidly approaches, we want to make sure you have all the information you need regarding the weekend events. Listed below are a description and timeline of Commencement Events.  In addition, there are a few items that require action from you (academic regalia and RSVPs for the HRD Pre-Graduation Reception).

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Alumni Spotlight: Lucy Ohle

Lucy Ohle graduated from Villanova with her MS in Human Resource Development in 2014. She was a Graduate Assistant for two years and recipient of the Rohm & Hass Fellowship in 2013. In addition to being a GA, Lucy held two internships during her time in the program: first, as a Talent Acquisition Intern at ParenteBeard, LLC, and next as an HR Generalist Intern at Yoh, a Day & Zimmermann Company, both in Philadelphia. Currently, Lucy works as a Training Specialist at Aramark, where she works with the rotational Leadership Development Program.

Q:       When did you graduate from the Human Resource Development Program at Villanova and were you a student of the campus or online program?

A:             May 2014 

Q:       Why did you choose Villanova’s HRD Program?

A:             I was new to the area and the program was recommended by a few people. I checked it out and got to talk with Gina on the phone, and she was the first person in Philly who really felt genuinely nice to me, and that was the beginning of me being sold on the program!

Q:       What is your current career role? Could you explain some of your responsibilities?   

A:             Currently, I’m a Training Specialist at Aramark. I work specifically with the company’s new college-hire initiative, Accelerate to Leadership. We have over 400 participants in the program, and I get to help design the program elements, create and facilitate virtual trainings, and coach the participants on professional development. I love it! 

Q:       What is your professional background and how did that lead you to your current position?

A:             I actually have a background in the non-profit sector: I completed a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA after graduating from my undergrad, and then worked for a small community church. After moving to Philadelphia, I worked for an organization in the city that gives microloans to low-income women in the city to start their own businesses. Through these jobs at small organizations, I got to see functional and dysfunctional work environments, and the psychology of organizational structures really started to fascinate me. A mentor pointed me in the direction of HR, and I’ve never looked back! I hope to one day return to the non-profit sector, as despite the challenges I faced, I found the work deeply meaningful and fulfilling.


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VU SHRM: Intermediate Excel Course

On Tuesday, April 7, VU SHRM hosted a free excel course for interested students.  Microsoft Excel is used in almost every industry in one way, shape, or form. Knowing how to use Excel and it’s formulas will give you an advantage over your co-workers, make you valuable to your company, and it’ll make your life easier. 

Instructor Michael Cunningham taught students a variety of intermediate functions and how they could be applied to the HR workspace using a sample employee database.  Some of the topics we covered were: fixing messy data (which is more common that you may think), removing duplicates, using the filter feature, pivot tables, and analyzing pivot tables and charts, COUNTIF function, and V-lookup. 

Students also learned about additional training available through Villanova, Microsoft Online or through Skillsoft.  If you are interested in obtaining an account to learn these things on your own, please email


Business Book Review: The Four Hour Workweek

This is our second month introducing this feature - Business Book Reviews.  Have a book suggestion that you want to read about?  Email us at

For the second book, we choose The 4-Hour Work Week, by Timothy Ferriss

There is so much to learn from The 4-Hour Work Week!  One of the first things you’ll learn is that the author, Tim Ferriss, is a pompous ass.  Fortunately for him, he’s also a very smart pompous ass.  If you can get past the conceited nature of his prose, you’ll notice that his intelligence, his courage, his vision, and his thirst to live a fulfilling life have driven him to find dozens of best practices that allow him to generate high disposable income while enjoying life to the fullest. 

            This is a great read if you’re trying to earn more for your hour worked, save time at work, and have more say on when, how, and where you earn your money.  The ultimate goal of absolute efficiency is to have the time (and income) to do what you really want to do for fun. 

The book is a quick read, but I would certainly take some notes while reading, because great advice and references are made throughout.  In one sitting, you could easily come about five great concepts and eight irrelevant concepts, and then forget to follow through with those great ones.

            Here are some of the most useful lessons to me that I learned from the book (in no particular order).

  1. What’s your biggest dream
  2. Don’t read your email first thing in the morning
  3. Remember the 80/20 rule
  4. Eliminate
  5. Stop multitasking

If you can handle his insufferable personality, a couple of other great resources are the blog and the podcasts.  You can find those here:

The blog of Tim Ferriss – Experiments in Lifestyle Designs and The Tim Ferriss show

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