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. Understand the essential role you play in optimizing employee productivity and performance, working effectively with business leaders, and demonstrating their value to the organization.

Key Outcomes

  • 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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Instructors for Sep 12-13, 2019
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Susan Brecher

Susan W. Brecher

Director, Curriculum and Training Design

Susan W. Brecher, Esq. is on the faculty as Director of Employee Relations, Employment Law and Diversity and Inclusion at the Scheinman Institute, Cornell University, ILR. She is also an attorney who specializes in the field of employment practices, internal investigations and dispute resolution.

At Cornell, she is currently managing professional development learning services in Employment Law, Employee Relations, Investigations and Diversity and Inclusion programs. She develops, delivers and implements Cornell classroom, customized, online and blended learning programs. These programs include the areas of HR/EEO Law, Legal Issues for Managers, Preventing Workplace Harassment and Hostile Work Environments, Achieving a Respectful and Ethical Workplace, Internal Investigations and Employee Relations. In addition, Ms. Brecher has authored and teaches eLearning courses for eCornell and other organizations.

Ms. Brecher is responsible for creating unique programs on Employee Relations, Internal Investigations and Problem Solving/Coaching/Facilitating Conflict Resolution. The Problem Solving Conflict Resolution program is designed to assist HR professionals, managers and employees in developing skills and tools for resolving conflicts before they escalate into grievances or disputes. Ms. Brecher has partnered with over 150 private, public and non-profit organizations to develop and present 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 has partnered with over 100 private, public and non-profit organizations to develop and present customized training programs.

In addition, Ms. Brecher advises, consults, coaches, facilitates and handles all aspects of employment law and dispute resolution issues including providing legal advice, executive coaching, one-on-one coaching for appropriate workplace behavior, effective management and resolving workplace disputes; internal investigations, facilitation and neutral fact-finding for private, public and non-profit organizations.

Ms. Brecher co-authored a column on training for the periodical HR Advisor Legal & Practical Guidance. She has also published some of her materials including, “The Complaint Handler’s Model” contained in the resource book, SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE (Wiley & Sons, 1994).

Before coming to Cornell ILR, Ms. Brecher served as in-house employment Counsel at the American Broadcasting Companies and the National Broadcasting Company and was associated with the law firms Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom and Epstein, Becker and Green. Ms. Brecher has 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

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.

Patricia Sclafani

Patricia Sclafani is currently an HR and executive consultant. Ms. Sclafani is a dynamic, results-oriented professional with 25+ years of HR leadership in large consumer products, manufacturing, chemical, 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., Asea Brown Boveri Inc./ABB and Cuisinart. She has held most positions in HR the function including 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.

Currently, her consulting company works with organizations looking to optimize their human capital in order to deliver increased business results. Patricia also works with clients to help asses, develop, and coach line managers/executives to increase their personal leadership impact. Patricia holds a Master's degree in HR Management from the University of Bridgeport.

Kathy Donovan

Kathleen A. Donovan is the Regional Human Resources Officer at Northwell Health, the second largest non-profit secular Health System in the country. Ms. Donovan is responsible for designing and executing Human Capital Strategy for Northwell Health’s Ambulatory Network Services, the fastest growing business unit within the Health System as well as the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research of Northwell Health. Ms. Donovan’s focus is developing the workforce, enhancing its productivity, building engagement and improving organizational effectiveness.

She has a diverse background in both human resources and law. Ms. Donovan began her career as a litigation attorney for the Labor and Equal Employment Opportunity Division of the City of Chicago Law Department and then spent the majority of her career at Pfizer, Inc., where she was the Assistant General Counsel, providing Labor, Employment and Benefits counsel. Ms. Donovan was later promoted to Senior Vice President of Human Resources, US Pharmaceuticals, and was responsible for Human Capital Strategy and operational support to Pfizer’s largest operating unit. Thereafter Ms. Donovan was the Chief Human Resources Officer at Epocrates, Inc., a healthcare technology company, where she led the human capital strategy in advancing the company from an IPO to a public company.

Instructors for Mar 2-3, 2020
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Susan F Alevas

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.

Patricia Sclafani

Patricia Sclafani is currently an HR and executive consultant. Ms. Sclafani is a dynamic, results-oriented professional with 25+ years of HR leadership in large consumer products, manufacturing, chemical, 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., Asea Brown Boveri Inc./ABB and Cuisinart. She has held most positions in HR the function including 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.

Currently, her consulting company works with organizations looking to optimize their human capital in order to deliver increased business results. Patricia also works with clients to help asses, develop, and coach line managers/executives to increase their personal leadership impact. Patricia holds a Master's degree in HR Management from the University of Bridgeport.

Kathy Donovan

Kathleen A. Donovan is the Regional Human Resources Officer at Northwell Health, the second largest non-profit secular Health System in the country. Ms. Donovan is responsible for designing and executing Human Capital Strategy for Northwell Health’s Ambulatory Network Services, the fastest growing business unit within the Health System as well as the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research of Northwell Health. Ms. Donovan’s focus is developing the workforce, enhancing its productivity, building engagement and improving organizational effectiveness.

She has a diverse background in both human resources and law. Ms. Donovan began her career as a litigation attorney for the Labor and Equal Employment Opportunity Division of the City of Chicago Law Department and then spent the majority of her career at Pfizer, Inc., where she was the Assistant General Counsel, providing Labor, Employment and Benefits counsel. Ms. Donovan was later promoted to Senior Vice President of Human Resources, US Pharmaceuticals, and was responsible for Human Capital Strategy and operational support to Pfizer’s largest operating unit. Thereafter Ms. Donovan was the Chief Human Resources Officer at Epocrates, Inc., a healthcare technology company, where she led the human capital strategy in advancing the company from an IPO to a public company.

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