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Work Rules! Series Post #4: Talent Management (Ch. 6)

In Chapter 6 of Work Rules! Laszlo Bock discusses the importance of taking power away from the managers and senior leaders of a company and allowing the people to run things. Bock explains that companies spend a lot of energy and time hiring great people, but then restrict them; the goal, he explains, should be for your people to take ownership of the work and the business, and in order to do that, they need to have a say in how the operations work.

Read below for summaries of Bock's Work Rules for Mass Empowerment, along with questions to facilitate the discussion about talent management.

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Wired Wednesday: Education Technology Graduates From the Classroom to the Boardroom

Entrepreneurs in the Education Technology industry have started to realize that their business in developing technology for K-12 schools can translate to developing technology for adult learners within the corporate market. 

JAN. 17, 2016

"The financing trend highlights the difficulties facing the numerous young companies that develop apps for school use. Many of those tech start-ups have been able raise early-stage financing, often in comparatively small amounts; a subset of those, mimicking techniques established by popular consumer apps, have grown quickly by giving away their products...By comparison, companies focused on corporate training or professional skills, like those that teach computer programming languages to adults, say they have found it easier to generate revenue by marketing directly to corporations or consumers".

To Read More from the New York Times Article, Please CLICK HERE


HR News: 10 Workplace Trends You'll See In 2016 (

"These trends are based on hundreds of conversations with human resource executives and workers, a series of national and global online surveys and secondary research from more than 100 different sources. The major economic and business themes over the past year have been focused on companies doing more with fewer resources, the skills gap and further advances in technology that have given rise to security issues. 

Some of the major trends for next year include healthcare in light of Obamacare penalties increasing to the maximum in 2016, the flexible yet modernized office space and the first group of Gen Zs starting work in May. As with every year, there are some significant obstacles such as workplace planning, the war for talent, adapting to change and training the next generations of workers. While these might be challenges, there are also great opportunities for companies to automate, modernize and lead in 2016."

--Dan Schwabel, November 1, 2015

Read the 10 trends here! (

We are one month into 2016. Are you noticing any of these trends in your own workplace? Share your experiences in the comments!


Scholarship/Fellowship Opportunities from SHRM! (

SHRM Foundation Student Scholarship Program

The SHRM Foundation will award more than $37,000 in scholarships to SHRM student members in 2016, an increase of more than $10,000 over last year!

Who Is Eligible
SHRM student members with a valid SHRM ID number as of November 1 are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Local student chapter members who are not SHRM members are not eligible to apply. SHRM professional, general and associate members are eligible for another SHRM Foundation Scholarship program for HR professionals, but are not eligible for this student scholarship program.

Scholarship Criteria
Scholarship recipients will primarily be selected on merit. Undergraduate applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale and must have completed at least one HR management course.

Graduate student applicants must be enrolled in a master’s degree program and clearly pursuing an emphasis area in HR or an HR-related program (such as business, psychology or labor relations) and have completed at least six hours of graduate course work with at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Application deadline: November 1, 2016. Click HERE to learn more and apply online.


Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship for Graduate Study in HR

The Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship for Graduate Study in HR is a premier source of funding for first-time master's degree students in Human Resources. The award honors former SHRM President & CEO, Susan R. Meisinger, SPHR.  

The fellowship is designed to support master’s degree students who are either members of SHRM or certified HR professionals. Sponsored jointly by SHRM, the SHRM Foundation and the HR Certification Institute, the fellowship supports those who want to leverage significant past contributions to the HR management field and who plan to continue contributing to the profession by earning a master’s degree in HR.

One winner is selected annually to receive a fellowship of up to $10,000. Additional fellowships may be awarded, depending on funding available, quantity and quality of applicants, and the discretion of SHRM. Each fellowship is renewable for one additional year for a total of two years of graduate study and up to $20,000 total for the fellowship. Doctoral students, including DBAs and Ph.D.s, are not eligible for this award.

Application deadline: August 15, 2016. Click HERE to apply.



Alumni Spotlight: Megan Bosler, HR Business Partner, TE Connectivity

Megan Bosler graduated with her Masters in Human Resource Development from Villanova in May 2015. Prior to going back to school to get her Masters, she received a Bachelors Degree from Penn State University in Marketing and Health Policy and Administration. After graduating, she started working in retail first as an HR Manager and then a Logistics & Operations Manager. It was during her time as a Logistics Manager, that she realized her passion was in HR. She learned how important talent development was to her teams’ success, and she realized how important knowing the business was to being a successful HR partner. She learned about the Villanova HRD program from a good friend and after learning about all of the positive aspects, she decided to pursue her Masters Degree while working as a Graduate Assistant for the program.

She currently works at TE Connectivity as a part of the HR Rotational Program. Her first role took her to the San Francisco Bay Area as an HR Business Partner supporting a manufacturing facility and she will soon be transitioning to her second role in Global Inclusion and Diversity. 


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All About Nova: ICE Institute (

Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship.

ICE is an innovative driver of scholastic, educational, and professional development opportunities in the related areas of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship within the Villanova community. ICE has a multi-disciplinary and cross-college focus and seeks to advance the University's strategy by fostering cross-college learning and embedding entrepreneurial thinking more deeply in the Villanova culture (Entrepreneurship at Villanova).

Interested in learning more? Check out Villanova's ICE blog to read about current events and projects.



A successful VU SHRM 2016 Happy Hour!

Thank you to everyone who came out to last night's first happy hour of the semester! It was great talking with old friends and meeting new people. Looking forward to seeing everyone at future VU SHRM events!


What is your learning style?

As part of the Work Rules! Series, see the poll below based on this week's Work Rules (Chapter 9) blog post!


Work Rules! Series Post #3: Training & Development (Ch. 9)

Chapter 9 of Work Rules! by Laszlo Bock discusses the “do's” and “don’ts” of training and development. Google focuses on utilizing employees as teachers, rather than bringing in outside training firms. Bock testifies that this method is not only a money saver, as Google is using its own employees as the teachers, but that the students (in this case, fellow employees) gain more from these trainings because they know their teacher can directly relate and is teaching what is most relevant to a Googler.

Read below for summaries of Bock’s Work Rules for Building a Learning Insitution, along with questions to facilitate discussion about the topic of training and development.

Below this post, you’ll find input from me, Shea Mazar, Administrative Assistant of HRD, discussing my thoughts on having employees teach other employees (Discussion Question #2).

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Company Profile: PwC


SHRM Assurance of Learning 2016 Exam Window

Attention Villanova HRD students!

In order to obtain a Master's degree in Human Resource Development from Villanova University, the program requires students to pass an exam. For students who do not have enough experience to take the SHRM-CP or PHR, you are eligible to take the SHRM Assurance of Learning and the registration window for 2016 is open!

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Student Spotlight: Melanie Joy Duncan

Q: Why are you interested in the field of HR and how did that interest come about?

A: Long before I began my formal training in HR, the culture was a part of everything that I did. All of my jobs in high school and college were customer focused where the main objective was to keep the customer happy while still following company policies. I can remember trying to decide on a major and explaining my likes/dislikes to my advisor. After discussion, he said “I think you would enjoy Human Resources.” I had never heard of it, but looked into what it was, and decided to take a course to get a flavor for it. I loved it! It was so fascinating to me that there was a career based on making the employees’ workplace an enjoyable, and safer place. I was sold.

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

A: I am currently taking my courses on campus. I have truly enjoyed my courses, and I enjoy the in-class atmosphere.


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You made it through the semester! Have a great winter break and Happy Holidays from the HRD office!




GVFHRA Merit Scholarship Winner

Alex Miller 

Congratulations to Villanova’s own Alex Miller on winning the Graduate Michael R. Losey Merit Scholarship! Read on to learn more about his hard work, experience, and words to live by that have helped him get to where he is today.


Alex is a 2nd year student in the Villanova HRD Masters of Science program as well as a full-time graduate student. He is the Director of Corporate Relations for VU SHRM and actively involved on campus as an Ambassador for the Graduate Student Counsel. Alex graduated from West Chester of Pennsylvania University in 2012 with a B.A. in Psychology. He chose to pursue his master’s degree in Human Resources after he was introduced to an Industrial/Organizational Psychology class in his undergraduate career. While at WCU he won an award for his research on work-life balance and was able to present at a conference with his professor, Dr. Jen Bunk.  This experience solidified his interests to continue on in the field of Human Resources. He decided to complete his Master’s degree after a friend – Hallie Thompson – told him how much she loved it!


Alex, you seem incredibly driven, and you are definitely a hard worker, how do you manage to keep up with everything you have going on?

"Definitely time management and keeping a healthy mind. I use multiple calendars and have a strict regime I stick to. I also take the time to breath and let go of things, when there is too much on my mind and I need to “WOOSAH.”

What are your plans after you graduate, both personally and professionally?

“I definitely want to work fulltime in an HR position and I am currently interviewing for positions.  My areas of interest include consulting, HR generalist work, compensation and organizational development. Looking further down the line, I may also want to go back to school to get a Ph.D. or MBA after I have worked for a few years. Personally, I plan to just stay healthy, spend time with my family and friends and just enjoy this time in my life!”

What are your favorite words to live by?

“If at first you don’t succeed try, try again.”



From the HRD Office to all of our students good luck on your final exams and finish strong this semester!



A Day in the Life of an HR Business Partner- What would you do?

This month, we interviewed an HRBP who chose to share ideas around employee recognition, especially now during the holiday season. "​We have a very small budget for employee recognition at our site, so we need to find ways to be creative when it comes to recognition and engagement.  About two months ago, we formed an engagement team at our facility comprised of team members from different departments ranging in all ages and this team figures out monthly events to help keep the team engaged.  For Halloween, we did Halloween trivia and crafty contests involving the product we make.  Prizes were simple - free lunch, a movie ticket, a bag of candy for Halloween, but the team got very excited to get together and compete outside of the day in day out worklife.  For the holidays, we are planning on doing raffle prizes for inexpensive gadgets for the team, a fun scavenger hunt across campus and a white elephant gift for those who want to participate.  The team is really excited and we can't wait to see the reaction." 
  • What low-cost recognition ideas have you tried in your work places?
  • What are some unique ways to thank or recognize others?
  • Any fun team building suggestions?

Webinar Recap: Dr. Jennifer Bunk, The Future of Work: How to Leverage What We Know to Shape Where We Will Go

On Tuesday, December 8th, Dr. Jennifer Bunk teamed up with VU SHRM to discuss the future of work. Dr. Jennifer Bunk is a teacher-entrepreneur, and founder of her practice Jen Bunk Ventures, which specializes in I/O consulting for the Technology industry. She discussed a few things that she has seen change over the past few years and what will continue to change and shape the future of work including: the changing nature of the performance review process, the (over-) focusing on employee engagement, and hybrid training programs (mixing online with face-to-face).

If you would like to view to Webinar in its entirety, please click HERE.

Also, please follow Dr. Jennifer Bunk on social media!

Jen Bunk Ventures






All About Nova: Villanova Men's Basketball

College basketball rankings, week 5: Villanova moves up and down in latest polls

by Chris Lane, @Chrisjjlane on December 7, 2015

College basketball has a new #1 team following Kentucky's loss to UCLA last week - that honor belongs to Michigan State. But even though they didn't drop below Villanova, the Wildcats were still able to move up in the rankings this week to #6 in the Coaches Poll. That came at the expense of Kansas, which fell one spot despite not losing a game. Maryland's close loss to North Carolina also sent the Terps spiraling down to #9 - a bit harsh given their performance in Chapel Hill. Villanova also nabbed two first place votes in the poll, so thanks coaches!

Read More HERE.