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Christopher Kujawa    Deb Seidman 


We are delighted to kick off 2020 with renewed energy in anticipation of a great year ahead!

We worked hard throughout 2019 to lay the foundation for the continued health and growth of NYHRPS as the premier metro New York network of Human Resources thought leaders. We think you'll agree we have pulled together a compelling line-up for the year ahead. You only have to glance at our calendar to share in the excitement. The programming and network of professionals you will have the opportunity to engage with will make NYHRPS your "go-to" association for your professional development.

We are grateful to our outgoing Board members - Karen Pinkman, Bob Nesbit, Erik Allen, and Davina Askin for their hard work and collegiality over their terms on the Board. We are fortunate to have them among our members and know that they will continue to contribute to NYHRPS' success.

We are happy to welcome our newest Board members - Marie Chery as Treasurer and Kristen Marola as co-chair of the Membership Committee. In addition, we are thrilled to have Pei-Cen Lin as co-chair of Programming with Board member Julie Staudenmier and Susan Goldberg as co-chair of Marketing with Board member Michelle Turchin.

During the past few years, the Board has focused on the continued development and delivery of the value you expect of NYHRPS. With a mission "to provide a collaborative forum for developing innovative, results-oriented experts who can lead strategic approaches to human capital, " we have sought input from members and our Advisory Board on what we need to be relevant and valuable to our members.

We know you have many choices of organizations and events to support your continued learning and professional development. With the demands on your time and attention, we want to provide you with the kind of experience that leads you to say "yes" to NYHRPS as your peer-learning community.

We're focused on ensuring that NYHRPS is a place where you can contribute and gain from a diverse and dynamic community of experienced professionals to share innovative ideas, cutting-edge research, and breakthrough practices.

2020 Program Highlights

We have an outstanding line-up of programs this year and ample opportunities to gather informally with others in the community to build relationships and share knowledge. In particular, we know that in addition to thought leaders, our members are most interested in hearing from internal practitioners on initiatives they've led and lessons learned. The program line-up for 2020 provides for that.

During the first half of the year, speakers and topics include:

  • Dr. Michael Bazigos, Senior Partner & Global Managing Director at Accenture, on using analytics to reinvent workforce planning
  • Lisa Bettinger-Buckingham, Executive Vice President and Chief People, Place & Brand Officer at Lincoln Financial Group, on keeping HR human while leveraging technology and marketing to drive strategy
  • Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO of Gallup and co-author of "It's the Manager"
  • Maryjo Charbonnier, Chief Human Resources Officer at Wolters Kluwer, on global HR transformation
We've got additional superb programs coming up during the second half of 2020. Please click here for the full line-up for the year.

In addition to our outstanding programs we also offer you the opportunity to be engaged in smaller more intimate settings through Peer Circles where you can share your experience, learn from your peers, and bring practical ideas to your organization.

As NYHRPS is a member-driven organization, we encourage all members to contribute whether it's referring new members and bringing guests, participating on one of our committees, or joining the NYHRPS board. Contributing to NYHRPS is the best way to build relationships in the organization and get the most our of your membership. If you are interested in being a NYHRPS contributor in 2020 we encourage you to reach out to us or a fellow Board member.

Wishing everyone all the best for a fabulous year of learning and connecting.

Christopher Kujawa and Deb Seidman
Co-Presidents, NYHRPS