SHRM@QU Diversity & Inclusion Day
On March 28, 2017, SHRM@QU held a Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Day. Our objective was to increase awareness and create a dialog about diversity and inclusion student experiences. What started as an event for business students, quickly expanded to include the entire university. Knowing that support for the top is essentials for successful programs, we began discussions with, and gained the support of, our University’s Chief Diversity Officer, University Provost, and Dean of the Business School. Each of them also spoke during the event to show their support for our initiative.
The goal of our program was to give students a safe place to have open discussions regarding diversity and inclusion. The event also provided an opportunity for our multicultural and diversity student organizations to showcase their events and perspectives. Students had the chance to schedule times to speak throughout the day, or could participate informally during our “open mic session.” We also wanted event participants to gain concrete D&I knowledge and an opportunity to earn a certificate by attending a student-run workshop on Catalyst’s (2016) Engaging in Conversations About Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the Workplace. In addition, our chapter president reached out to our sponsoring professional chapter, HRACC who connected us with our keynote speaker who is an expert on employment law and diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Our keynote breakout session was standing room only. During this lunch and learn, our speaker lead an informal conversation about experiences, expectations, and emotions.
Our University’s Chief Diversity Officer, Provost, and School of Business Dean have asked us to make this event an annual occurrence. Our keynote speaker also committed to continuing the program with us. The powerful conversations during breakout sessions created lifelong connections between participants and expanded our knowledge and multicultural experiences. It was enlightening to hear about everyone’s unique perspectives and experiences on campus. Our event showcased the importance of diversity and inclusion not just at our university, but also in the business world. We are excited to see this program continue on an annual basis and to see the collaborations and bonds that have been created between the multicultural student organizations on campus.
Special thanks to Chelsea Campbell (SHRM@QU VP) and Kristina Maceira (SHRM@QU Pres.) for all of their hard work planning this event!
On February 23, 2017, SHRM@QU members engaged with Kristin Lovene, the Senior Manager of Community-based Programs, and Janeska Cardona, the Community Program Specialist at Girl Scouts of Connecticut. They discussed Girlz R.U.L.E, a signature program that Girl Scouts of CT provides to girls in grades 3-8. Members went over the creation of such a program in a hands-on manner to effectively learn program design. Learning successful program design is crucial to an HR career and set members up for a necessary skill in their futures that they will have developed through hands-on learning.
Kristin and Janeska explained that the program offers Girl Scouts to young girls that may not have the money or resources to actually make troops. There are various types of programs they establish, such as healthy eating, and first aid. They also have the Cookies for Heroes program where they will send cookies overseas when people donate money or cookies to deployed military personnel. We participated in various activities that help girls learn more about empathy and verbal and non-verbal communication. Each activity involved us first doing it with verbal communication and planning and then the second half, or round we could not speak. We then discussed the challenges of each exercise with or without verbal communication and/or planning. They also showed us the app where you can search for the nearest girl scout cookies booth, which is really awesome!
We would like to thank Ms. Lovene and Ms. Cardona for taking the time out of their busy schedules to talk with us.
To learn more about the Girlz R.U.L.E. program, please visit: http://www.gsofct.org/pages/GirlzRULE.php
On November 11, 2016, Rosendo Rey Longoria presented to members of SHRM@QU. He is a bi-lingua consultant on tuition financing. He currently works for TIAA-CREF, which is the largest pension company. His goal is for employers to add college saving plans to their benefits packages with no additional costs to the employer. He discussed how this transition can benefit both employers and employees. He went into detail about the 529 college saving plan and others such as UGMA and Education IRA. He discussed each plan and the positives and negatives of each. Mr. Longoria argued since education is such a good investment because of future outcomes, it is important for companies to assist their employees in educational opportunities for their families and even themselves.
We would like to thank Mr. Longoria for taking the time out of his busy schedule to talk with us about his experience and share his advice.
On Friday, October 28, 2016 Stephanie De Ment gave a highly engaging presentation to SHRM@QU members. Mrs. De Ment provided insight on HR in the manufacturing industry. She has been working in the manufacturing sector for 4+ years and is currently an HR Assistant at Electri-Cable Assemblies (ECA).
Not only did she describe what it is like to conduct HR practice in the manufacturing industry, she also provided advice about HR career planning. She outlined the qualities of a person who is the perfect fit for a job in HR and where a job in HR can take you. The presentation was incredibly engaging and delivered several insights on the different facets of HR. This was helpful for the members, especially the newly inducted ones, to receive information given on what it is like to work in HR and the different things that can be done with a concentration or degree in HRM. Mrs. De Ment left members with the advice to “take the road less traveled” because even if we are not following the path expected of us things will fall into place in our careers. We would like to thank Mrs. De Ment for taking the time out of her busy schedule to talk with us about her experience and share her advice.
To learn more about ECA go to: https://www.electri-cable.com/
The Society for Human Resource Management at Quinnipiac University (SHRM@QU) held its third induction ceremony on Saturday, October 15, 2016. The purpose of this organization is to provide Quinnipiac University students with the opportunity to gain knowledge and insight into the effective management of human capital in the field of Human Resource Management through affiliation with the CT SHRM State Council and the national SHRM organization, the largest and most well known association for HR professionals.
There was an Officer Installation Ceremony for the executive council and Induction Ceremony for 10 new members and 15 continuing members. Thank you to Dean O’Connor and to all of the families who attended!
SHRM@QU faculty advisor Julia Fullick-Jagiela, Assistant Professor of Management, and Past President Olivia Atkin presided over the event. “This day is a day dedicated to honoring new members who have been brought into our organization. We honor our new members because they fill a very important role…they hold the key to our future. As we share our traditions and ask them to carry on the legacy of SHRM@QU, we should also look to them for new ideas and inspiration so that we may learn from them as they learn from us.” SHRM@QU President Kristina Maceira presented SHRM pins to all new members.
Welcome to our new members:
Sam Del Giudice
Congratulations to our 1-Year Members:
Courtney Mazza (Career Liaison)
Congratulations to our 2-Year Members:
Kristina Maceira (President)
Chelsea Campbell (Vice President)
Chris Gosselin (Treasurer)
Olivia Atkin (Past President)
On Wednesday, September 28th, Joe Carbone the President and CEO of The WorkPlace came to speak to SHRM@QU members. Mr. Carbone was an inspiring speaker and discussed several different topics. He explained his career path and what brought him to work for The WorkPlace. The WorkPlace is an organization aimed at helping individuals build their knowledge, skills, and abilities to a level that fulfills employers’ needs. The noble purpose of the organization is to ensure people have better jobs and businesses have people for their jobs. He brings together great minds and claims that the best part to his job is telling them, “I want you to dream today.” He not only went into depth on this organization’s purpose but also explained with data the need for his organization in today’s economy. Mr. Carbone portrayed the current labor situation in Connecticut and the United States as a whole. He informed our members about the current labor market status and changes after the Great Recession in 2008 that have led to the demand of his organization to refill higher wage positions with talent. Furthermore, one of the great pieces of advice that Mr. Carbone gave to the members was to value their education because the day they stop learning is the day they become obsolete. He opened our eyes to the notion that if we do not feel challenged then we are heading in the wrong direction. We would like to thank Mr. Joe Carbone for taking the time out of his busy schedule to talk with us about his experience and share his advice.
On September 13th, 2016 Geronda Wollack came to talk to SHRM@QU about the transition from undergraduate/graduate school to work life. She currently works at Gartner as an HR Management Associate and graduated from the University of New Haven with a Master’s in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She also earned a B.S. in International Business with concentrations in Human Resource Management and Psychology from Johnson & Wales University.
Ms. Wollack provided insight to our members based on her personal journey. She advised that we continually reflect on our experiences and be “open continuously to feedback.”
She gave us advice on how we should choose something to excel at and that we do not need to have everything figured out now. Her key takeaways included the following:
- Work life is more fast paced with higher expectations
- Continue to explore your strengths and development areas
- Reflect on your experiences
- Own your development and be in competition with yourself
- Do the right things and you will be fine!
She also recommended that we read “The First 90 Days” by Michael D. Watkins and “It’s Showtime! Richard Butterfield’s Power of Persuasion” by Richard Butterfield.
The SHRM@QU members greatly appreciated the discussion. We would like to thank Ms. Geronda Wollack for taking the time out of her busy schedule to talk with us about her experience and share her advice.
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On March 23rd, 2016, Michael Sobel from Travelers came to talk to SHRM@QU about the company, opportunities, personal branding, and tips for interviewing. Michael is in the Travelers HR Leadership Development Program (HRLDP). Travelers has 30,000 employees and is the second largest writer of commercial US property causality insurance. They have multiple opportunities for students and recent graduates including internships and their full-time HRLDP.
Michael shared some tips for interviewing, including how to prepare before the interview, during the interview, and after the interview. He discussed the two types of interview questions at Travelers: traditional questions that assist the employer in getting a general understanding of who you are and behavioral questions that assist the employer in making predictions about a potential employee’s future success based off of their past behaviors.
When preparing for an interview, it is important to research the interviewer, the company mission and purpose, possible interview questions you may be asked, and questions you would like to ask. Practice is also important, but it is also necessary to be personal rather than scripted. He also gave pointers for the actual interview, such as bringing several copies of your resume, bring note-taking material and becoming familiar with the interview location.
Michael also discussed the STAR behavioral interview method: Situation, Task, Action, and Results.
- Situation: Describe the situation that you were in or the task that you needed to accomplish. You must describe a specific event or situation, not a generalized description of what you have done in the past. Be sure to give enough detail for the interviewer to understand. This situation can be from a previous job, from a volunteer experience, or any relevant event.
- Task: What goal were you working toward?
- Action: Describe the actions you took to address the situation with an appropriate amount of detail and keep the focus on YOU. What specific steps did you take and what was your particular contribution? Be careful that you don’t describe what the team or group did when talking about a project, but what you actually did. Use the word “I,” not “we” when describing actions.
- Result: Describe the outcome of your actions and don’t be shy about taking credit for your behavior. What happened? How did the event end? What did you accomplish? What did you learn? Make sure your answer contains multiple positive results.
Michael closed the session by illustrating how personal branding is a critical component of the job search and provided ways to for us to establish ourselves and attract a potential employer.
Michael Sobel definitely provided some excellent information to benefit SHRM@QU members. Members learned tips about how to brand themselves and how to successfully interview. He also provided insight about how to apply for opportunities at Travelers.