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Christopher Kujawa    Deb Seidman 


We began fall with our annual invigorating social and networking meeting at the Cornell Club. Great fun to catch up with so many members after the summer hiatus! In October, we learned from Google how to make teams more effective and most recently our November program had a panel discussion led by Deb Seidman, one of our Board members and owner of Green Silk Associates, with top business leaders talking about the talent needed for the business landscape.Our final program showcased the recent digital transformation at GE, which was followed by our Holiday Social.

At the September Social, we shared a bit about the new direction of NYHRPS as we enter 2019. We've heard the member feedback: you're looking for a better balance of representation between corporate, consulting and academia, and a more focused network of senior HR leaders - people who share common experiences. To that end, we will look at membership more carefully, based on the existing criteria. Our current members will be welcomed as they renew for 2019; new members will be asked to complete a brief application form which we will review prior to their joining. We will also be working to achieve a better membership balance across multiple fields of endeavor.

In response to your feedback on our programs, in 2019, we will continue to identify new venues that provide a quality experience. We will offer eight great morning/evening programs, plus the September Social, while adding an in-depth half day event to go deeper on topics that are of interest to our members.

In 2019, we are also replacing the Forums and the Mentoring Program with Peer Circles. Both Forums and Mentoring were designed to enable members to interact on an individual or small group basis, focused around a specific topic. Peer Circles will retain that flavor, but with a new focus which we hope will enable more of our members to participate.

Our 2019-2020 Board of Directors has been hard at work. Check out our exciting 2019 calendar and renew your membership to register for our upcoming programs!

Christopher Kujawa and Deb Seidman
Co-Presidents, NYHRPS