Fundamentals of Human Resources (HR104)
With so many challenges facing the business world right now, HR is more crucial than ever to achieving organizational success. HR practitioners need to understand the essential role they play in optimizing employee productivity and performance, working effectively with business leaders, and demonstrating their value to the organization.
- Identify the workplace factors that impact productivity
- Optimize HR practices to drive business results
- Demonstrate HR's impact on business decisions
- Collaborate with business and HR functions to ensure alignment
- Develop competencies to improve HR performance
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Susan W. Brecher, Esq.
Susan W. Brecher, Esq., Director of Employee Relations, Legal, EEO and Diversity Programs in Human Capital Development at Cornell University, ILR. She currently manages learning services in Legal, Employee Relations, and EEO, including developing, designing and facilitating programs. In addition, Ms. Brecher partners with private, public, and non-profit organizations on customized training programs. During her tenure at Cornell, Ms. Brecher served as a Director of Statewide Management Programs as well as oversight of all aspects of the EEO, Labor Relations, Human Resources, Management Development and Online Learning programs. Ms. Brecher teaches in a graduate level Human Resources Program and advises, consults, coaches, handles all aspects of employment law, employee relations, internal investigations, dispute resolution issues and mediates, facilitates and conducts fact-findings. She worked at the law firm Skadden, Arps, ABC and NBC and holds a B.A. summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Union College and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University, where she was on the Law Review.
Susan F. Alevas, Esq.
Susan F. Alevas, Esq., President, Alevas Consulting Group, Inc. Ms. Alevas is an engaging management training consultant and a principled private attorney licensed to practice law in the states of New York and Florida. Spanning more than 25 years, her previous management career included leadership in human resources and labor relations in both the private and public sectors, in addition to serving concurrently as in-house attorney for several organizations. Ms. Alevas specializes in the areas of employee/labor relations, budgeting, contract negotiations, conflict resolution, adjudication of employee grievances, recruitment and staffing, workplace ethics, HRIS operations (including the design, testing and implementation of a customized company-wide system), performance management, staff development, succession planning, and benefits administration. Susan holds a Juris Doctoral degree from the Touro School of Law in New York and B.A. in Psychology from the State University of New York.
Kathleen Donovan is the retired Sr. Vice President of Human Resources of Pfizer’s US Pharmaceutical Business. In this position, she was a member of the US Executive Leadership Team which had strategic and operational responsibility for running Pfizer's U.S. pharmaceutical business. As the head of Human Resources, Kathleen held responsibility for setting and implementing the Human Resources strategy for the U.S. pharmaceutical business unit to include the U.S. Field Sales Organization and the U.S. Headquarters functions. Additionally, Kathleen was a member of the Pfizer Human Resources Strategic Leadership Team, which set Human Resources strategy for Pfizer's global business.
Ms. Donovan came to Pfizer as an Assistant Corporate Counsel in the Legal Division, providing labor and employment law advice to the Company. After a series of promotions and expanded responsibility, she was appointed to the position Assistant General Counsel-Labor and Employment and invited to join the Legal Division Management team. Kathleen was thereafter promoted into Human Resources.
Kathleen has a BA in History from the University of Illinois and her Law Degree is from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Patricia Sclafani, Consultant. Ms. Sclafani is a dynamic, results-oriented professional with 25 years of HR leadership in large consumer products, manufacturing, specialty chemicals, aerospace, and engineering companies, with extensive domestic and international experience. Her work experience spans several 'Global 500' businesses such as Diageo, Honeywell/ Int'l AlliedSignal Inc. and Asea Brown Boveri Inc./ABB. She has held many positions in HR including both staff and line business partner roles, specialty/functional roles (comp, benefits, exec comp, etc), and global head of HR roles at the plant, field, and corporate levels. She excels when working in customer-centric businesses to asses, develop, and coach line managers and executives to increase their personal leadership impact. Patricia holds a Master's degree in HR Management from the University of Bridgeport.