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16th Annual Networking Reception

    The Graduate Program in Human Resource Development (HRD) and the Villanova Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management hosted the 16th Annual Networking Reception on March 26, 2013. The event was held in the atrium of Driscoll Hall and the evening’s theme was “Knowledge Transfer in the Multigenerational Workforce”. After an hour of networking, the one hundred and fifty guests moved into the main auditorium of Driscoll Hall where a spirited panel discussion was held.

Photo Credits: Nicole Sorgini


     The panel was moderated by Ms. Lyn Kremer, Publisher of the Philadelphia Business Journal. Ms. Kremer introduced each of the panelists, which included: Mr. Richard Anthony Sr., Founder and Managing Director of the Anthony Group, Inc., Mr. Matthew Levy, Global Human Resources Lead for Janssen R&D, a Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical company, Dawn Stanfield-Scott, Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Manager for The Boeing Company, and Leon Singletary, Founder and CEO of First Contact HR and My PartTimePRO. After introducing each of the panelists, Ms. Kremer began prompting the discussion. The panelists commented on the different approaches of large and small companies’ management of knowledge transfer between generations. Overall, the panelists agreed that a business with a multigenerational workforce has a great opportunity to be successful. Although the panelists agreed that a multigenerational workforce is an asset, the panelists also discussed the potential for a “generational war” if a multigenerational workforce is managed poorly. After forty minutes, Ms. Kremer asked for questions from the audience.

     Following the discussion and questions, Dr. David Bush, Founding Director of the Human Resource Development Program, gave some closing remarks. During his remarks, Dr. Bush presented the Ginamarie Ligon Award to HRD alumnus, Suzanne Little, and current student, Sylvia Rockwood. The evening concluded with another hour of networking in the atrium.

Don’t miss the 17th Annual Networking Reception coming in 2014!

Also, a huge thank you to Nicole Sorgini for capturing such fantastic photos from the event!

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