RU SHRM Conference “Takes Stock in HR”

The stock market, economy, and global community have experienced increased volatility, creating optimal time for human resource (HR) professionals to assess the strategic role played in this new economy.

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Professor Dave Ferio, RU SHRM Advisor and director of the MHRM Program, leads the RU SHRM Conferecen with Co-Presidents Austen Eadie-Friedmann and Morenike Sylla.
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On March 30, Rutgers Society of Human Resource Management (RU SHRM) addressed changes in the HR field during its 8th annual business conference, “Taking Stock in HR: Buy or Sell,” which was held in the Rutgers Livingston Student Center.

Approximately 240 HR professionals, SMLR human resource management (HRM) students, professors, and alumni attended the event to listen as guest speakers shared insights on how strategic HR improves businesses.

RU SHRM President Morenike Sylla, RU SHRM Faculty Advisor and SMLR Professor David Ferio, and SMLR Associate Dean David Lepak gave the opening remarks.

“This event represents everything we’re about—excellence and thought leaders,” said Professor Lepak.

SMLR Professor Mark Huselid, who was among the guest speakers, outlined HR strategies and ways in which to maximize an organization’s talent. Similarly, SMLR Professor Dick Beatty urged attendees to educate their workforce on their organization’s brand and strategy in order to ultimately improve their organization’s performance.

“You should get your talent engaged in your company in order to build a world-class workforce,” said Professor Beatty.

Guest speakers included:

·         Professor Dick Beatty, Department of Human Resource Management, SMLR

·         Deb Cohen, Senior Vice President of Knowledge Development, SHRM

·         Michael Ehret, Vice President of Leadership Development and Learning, Johnson & Johnson

·         Professor Mark Huselid, Department of Human Resource Management, SMLR

·         Rita Smith, Vice President of HR Learning and Development, Ingersoll Rand

·         Tracy Staley, Vice President of Human Resources, Lockheed Martin

·         Holly Tyson, Vice President of Pharmaceuticals Human Resources, Bristol Meyers Squib

Professor Ferio was appreciative of RU SHRM’s efforts and the event’s successful turn out.

RU SHRm Conference 2012“It is time to invest heavily in HR to grow the business and win in the marketplace.  I would like to thank our speakers for addressing this issue,” said Professor Ferio. “I am proud of this project team and the organization put into this effort.”

RU SHRM is the award-winning graduate student chapter of the National Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and is affiliated with The School of Management and Labor Relations. RU SHRM strives to increase interaction among graduate and undergraduate students, researchers, practitioners within the field of Human Resource Management. 

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