Programs & Events

HR Leadership Forum monthly programs are the heart of HRLF. They present the best strategic topics and speakers for the forward-looking professional in the areas of human resource management and organizational and leadership development.

Upcoming Events

    • Friday, May 07, 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom Meeting

    Join the conversation as industry experts discuss the latest trends and developments in talent acquisition

    You'll learn:

    • The impact of covid and the impact of the renewed emphasis on DEI

    • How automation is changing the game for recruitment teams and accelerating the outreach and sourcing process
    • Strategies TA teams are utilizing to create a modern and streamlined candidate experience
    • Trends influencing hiring decisions and how companies becoming more appealing to prospective employees
    • and more!

    Moderator: Hector J. Velez

    Hector, a recognized thought leader in the field of human capital, provides the leadership, management and vision necessary to ensure that Vector Talent Resources has the proper operational controls, administrative/reporting procedures, and people systems in place to effectively grow the company and ensure financial strength and operating efficiency. He accomplishes this through a respectful, collaborative, constructive and energetic style, guided by the objectives of the company.

    He is co-founder of HireStrategy, the top ranked staffing firm in the mid-Atlantic region, successfully acquired by The Addison Group in 2014. At HireStrategy, Hector led and participated in the successful design and build of leadership teams for some of the most visionary organizations in the region.

    Hector serves on the board of directors of The SkillSource Group (former Chairman) and is a board member of the Northern Virginia Career Works – Northern Region, a team of private and public sector partners who share a common goal of promoting the economic prosperity and long-term growth of Northern Virginia. He also serves on the board of directors of the HR Leadership Forum (former President).

    Hector is a sought-after speaker in the areas of true leadership, diversity, equity and inclusion, career management, talent acquisition and retention. He also dedicates a significant amount of time and energy to associations and trade groups that want to help their members in the areas of career management.

    Fun Facts: 

    Hector was born and raised in Puerto Rico, but also considers himself a proud Washingtonian!
    Hector, a lifelong baseball fan, is a lifetime Washington Nationals season ticket holder and you can find him behind first base on any given game day.

    He is happily married, his daughter, the reigning VirginiaTech Homecoming Queen, recently graduated with a degree in Biochemistry and a minor in Spanish and his son is a soon to be graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

    Our Panelists: 

    Brenden Wright, Senior Director, Global Talent Acquisition and Internal Communications at Veeco

    With the right talent and culture, anything is possible. To that end, Brenden develops recruiting strategies and teams that identify and attract top talent within the semiconductor, high-tech, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries. His recruiting experience includes leading the global talent acquisition functions for public, not-for-profit, and privately held organizations. Brenden thrives on the most difficult recruiting and selection projects and his expertise spans multiple functional areas with a primary focus on executives, highly specialized science and engineering leaders, and technical contributors.

    Before beginning his career in executive search and talent acquisition, Brenden served in the US Marine Corps as a Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Defense Specialist. He was promoted meritoriously twice and was honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant. He began his undergrad studies while serving on active duty and completed that work at the University of Phoenix with a BS in Business Management. He later went on to complete my MBA with a concentration in leadership from Loyola University Maryland.

    Trish Ferret, Senior Director, Talent Acquisition at Save the Children US

    Trish is a long-time recruiting pro, with international experience in the non-profit and for profit spaces. From retail, technology, and family entertainment corporations to disaster relief and global development organizations— Trish believes that one thing remains the same: service to internal and external customers as well as measurable results are what counts.  

    Mahreen Rashid, Executive Vice President, People Services at Excella

    Mahreen is a seasoned HR Executive with 15 plus years of public and private sector experience, leading the strategic vision for human capital programs, creating a high-performance culture and demonstrating the business value of an organization's greatest asset—people—in high growth and dynamic environments. Mahreen has a an extensive track record of success designing and implementing a diverse portfolio of programs, including performance management, workforce planning, inclusion, equity and diversity, retention, learning and development, change management, organizational design and development, talent management and leadership development programs.

    Sponsored by: Brighter Strategies 


    SHRM & HRCI credit available to attendees 

    • Friday, June 04, 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom Meeting

    It’s the process we all love to hate, but performance management has the power to drive bigger results, higher engagement and faster development. The past 10 years have seen conflicting claims about what works, where you should focus and the true purpose of performance management. In our June session, Marc Effron, one of the world’s experts in performance management shares what’s proven to make your process wildly effective. He’ll discuss the science, warn you about the fads and provide incredibly practical guidance to quickly improve your process.

    Speaker: Marc Effron 

    Marc Effron founded and leads The Talent Strategy Group and consults globally to the world’s largest and most successful corporations. He co-founded the Talent Management Institute and created and publishes TalentQ magazine. He co-authored the Harvard Business Review Publishing best-seller One Page Talent Management and 8 Steps to High Performance. His prior corporate experience includes senior talent management roles at Bank of America and Avon Products. His prior consulting experience includes starting and leading the Global Leadership Consulting practice at Hewitt Associates.   He has an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

    Sponsored by: 

    SHRM & HRCI credit available to attendees

    • Wednesday, July 28, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    Summer is often a time for relaxation and rejuvenation—something that we really need this year!  With that in mind, five organizations have come together to present The Music Paradigm—a fascinating—and fun—look at a different kind of leader-team interaction.

    When you see your environment through fresh eyes, suddenly what had been assumed as entrenched can offer opportunities for renewed engagement, alignment and creativity.  The Music Paradigm illuminates how musicians resolve issues and lift their collective performance in ways that readily translate far outside symphony hall.  Through a behind-the-scenes review of recorded performances and a real-time, live demonstration, you will gain insights into the unique connection between a conductor and professional musicians. 

    The session will be followed with networking to discuss the program—providing an opportunity to meet with colleagues across North America!

    In partnership with


    • Friday, September 10, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Tower Club, 8000 Towers Crescent Drive, Vienna, VA 22182

    Speaker: Sheri Harper 

    Sheri Harper is the Chief People Officer at Frisch’s Big Boy Restaurants, a senior leadership position with the Company. She serves as a strategic business advisor and executive coach to the President & CEO, and senior leadership team. In recognition of her work and accomplishments, she was nominated as one of 2019’s One Hundred Wise Women and the Cincinnati Business Courier’s 2019 Women Who Mean Business honoree. Sheri holds a M.B.A. with a concentration in Human Resources Management from Upper Iowa University and a B.A. in Accounting, Business and Economics from Muskingum College. Aside from her myriad of professional contributions, Sheri is an active volunteer, serving on the Portaluca Business Plan Development Committee, the YWCA “Toward Equity Change Team” Committee, and Executive Sponsor for Frisch’s Big Boy Adopt-A-Class. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the University of Cincinnati’s MAHR program, and is a member of Leadership Cincinnati Class 43. She and her husband, Brian, are avid golfers.

    SHRM & HRCI credit available to attendees 

Past events

Friday, April 09, 2021 Building Great Leadership Teams
Thursday, March 11, 2021 HRLF Huddle
Friday, March 05, 2021 Building Internal Organization Design Competencies and Center of Expertise: The Considerations, Pitfalls and Payoffs
Friday, February 05, 2021 Ask the Experts: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Thursday, January 21, 2021 HRLF Huddle
Friday, January 08, 2021 The Inside Gig: How Sharing Untapped Talent Across Boundaries Unleashes Organizational Capacity with Edie Goldberg
Friday, December 11, 2020 HRLF Huddle
Friday, December 04, 2020 NASA Future of Work Study with Dan Ward and Elizabeth Kolmstetter
Friday, November 06, 2020 The Art of Innovation with Noah Scalin
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 HRLF Huddle
Friday, October 02, 2020 From Measuring Engagement to Designing A Great Employee Experience with Dana Wasson
Thursday, September 24, 2020 HR Huddle: Ask the Experts: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Friday, September 11, 2020 The Next Iteration of Office Space with Bob Fox
Friday, August 07, 2020 HR Huddle
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 HR Huddles
Friday, June 05, 2020 Webinar: Measuring the New Corporate Currency: Purpose, Culture, and Employer Brand
Friday, May 01, 2020 Webinar: Recover, Re-invent, Re-humanize-A Post-COVID-19 Playbook for HR Leaders
Friday, April 03, 2020 Coping with COVID-19 - Finding Our Way Forward Webinar
Friday, March 06, 2020 CHRO Insight
Friday, February 07, 2020 HR Analytics: Navigating the Pathway to the Future
Friday, January 10, 2020 Staying Agile in a Changing World: The Role of Futures and Standards in HR
Friday, November 01, 2019 DI&E: Lessons from industry experts
Friday, October 11, 2019 Peter Bregman: Leading with Emotional Courage
Friday, September 13, 2019 Mindful Leadership: Walking the Talk and Developing Self Awareness
Friday, June 07, 2019 Marc Effron, 8 Steps to High Performance & Summer Social
Friday, May 03, 2019 Competing in an Era of Choice
Friday, April 05, 2019 Wellness 2.0 – Increasing Employee Wellbeing and Engagement
Friday, March 01, 2019 Carlos Valdes-Dapena, High Performance Collaboration and Lessons from Mars
Friday, February 01, 2019 Jeff Akin, Ernst & Young, "Business Disruptors & Evolving Organizations"
Friday, January 11, 2019 Cancelled: Marc Effron, The Talent Strategy Group, 8 Steps to High Performance
Friday, December 07, 2018 December 2018 HRLF Social
Friday, November 02, 2018 Panel, "Diversity, Inclusion and Equity (DI&E)
Thursday, October 04, 2018 Conscious - The Power of Awareness in Business and Life
Friday, September 14, 2018 The Three A’s of Organizational Agility
Tuesday, June 05, 2018 2018 HRLF Annual Social
Friday, May 04, 2018 The Future of Work and HR
Friday, April 06, 2018 The Digitization of HR: A Panel Discussion
Friday, March 02, 2018 Optimizing Your Employer Brand with Glassdoor
Friday, February 02, 2018 The Difference Between Culture and Climate and Why It Matters
Thursday, January 11, 2018 People Trends: What Should HR Be Thinking About in 2018?
Friday, December 08, 2017 December Breakfast Social
Friday, November 03, 2017 Navigating the Future of Work—The Changing Landscape of the World of Work and the Role of HR
Thursday, October 05, 2017 Leading with Innovation: How to Prepare Tomorrow's Leaders Today
Friday, September 15, 2017 The Role of HR in M&A
Friday, May 05, 2017 Achieving Sustainable Change with Debbie Eshelman and Panelists
Thursday, April 06, 2017 The New Path Forward: Creating Compelling Career Paths with Scott Engler, CEB
Friday, March 03, 2017 Performance Management: Why Performance Management Continues To Disappoint—Making it Matter, Making it Better
Friday, February 03, 2017 Addressing Pay Equity in an Environment of Increased Scrutiny
Thursday, January 26, 2017 Non-Profit Consortium Event: Got Toxic Work Conflict?
Thursday, January 12, 2017 Courage and Leadership in the C-Suite: Strategic HR Perspectives
Friday, December 09, 2016 The Employee Engagement Landscape—Championing Greatness or Capturing Mediocrity?
Friday, November 04, 2016 Living, and Learning, on the Steep Part of the Growth Curve
Thursday, October 20, 2016 Non-Profit Consortium Event: HR through the Lens of Risk Management
Thursday, October 06, 2016 Successful Influencing—Creating The Support You Need for Your HR Initiatives
Thursday, September 15, 2016 Non-Profit Consortium Event: To Payroll and Beyond: Changes in the Legal Landscape and Their Impacts on the Non-Profit Employer
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 HRLF Annual Social
Friday, May 20, 2016 HR In the C-Suite: It's a Partnership
Thursday, May 19, 2016 HRLF Non-Profit Consortium Event: Capacity Building
Tuesday, May 03, 2016 HRLA VIP Reception
Thursday, April 21, 2016 HRLF Non-Profit Consortium Event: Beyond HQ: Building your HR Team
Friday, April 01, 2016 Talent Acquisition & Innovation
Thursday, March 17, 2016 HRLF Non-Profit Consortium Event: HR Through the Lens of Risk Management
Friday, March 11, 2016 Is Your Organization Tactical or Strategic? Developing Strategic Thinking Capabilities
Thursday, February 18, 2016 HRLF Non-Profit Consortium Event: Emergency Planning & Preparation for Global NGOs
Friday, February 05, 2016 All Voices On Deck – The Key to Inclusive and High Performance Organizations
Thursday, February 04, 2016 Award Application Boot Camp - February
Thursday, January 21, 2016 HRLF Non-Profit Consortium Event:International Compensation Strategies Establishing an Effective Compensation Structure for your NGO
Friday, January 08, 2016 Neuroscience and the Art of Fearless Leadership
Friday, January 08, 2016 Award Application Boot Camp - January
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 Award Application Boot Camp - December
Friday, December 04, 2015 Are People REALLY Our Most Important Asset
Thursday, November 19, 2015 HRLF Non-Profit Consortium Event: Talent Assessment
Thursday, November 19, 2015 Award Application Boot Camp - November
Friday, November 06, 2015 From Player to Coach
Thursday, October 15, 2015 HRLF Non-Profit Consortium Event: Modernize Performance Management
Friday, October 09, 2015 2015 Global Human Capital Trends
Thursday, September 17, 2015 HRLF Non-Profit Consortium Event: ADA
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 HRLA 14th Annual Gala
Tuesday, June 02, 2015 HRLF Annual Social
Friday, May 22, 2015 HRLF Program: Leading with Grit and Creativity
Thursday, May 21, 2015 HRLF Non-Profit Consortium Event: Kill two birds with one stone: Mapping key processes and identifying Decision Rights
Thursday, April 16, 2015 EVENT CANCELLED - HRLF Non-Profit Consortium Event: HR Executive Brand – It is all about us!
Friday, April 10, 2015 HRLA Educational Workshop
Friday, April 03, 2015 HRLF Program: Improve Workforce Retirement Readiness with Behavioral Economic Techniques
Thursday, March 19, 2015 HRLF Non-Profit Consortium Event: How to build a more effective team using the StrengthsFinder® Profile
Thursday, February 19, 2015 HRLF Non-Profit Consortium Event: Daring Behavior
Friday, February 06, 2015 HRLF Program: Immigration
Thursday, January 15, 2015 HRLA Networking event
Thursday, January 15, 2015 HRLF Non-Profit Consortium Event: It’s all about Compensation or is it?
Friday, January 09, 2015 HRLF January Program: Montserrat C. Miller
Friday, December 05, 2014 HRLF Program: December - Speaker: Rita Trehan
Thursday, November 20, 2014 HRLF Non-Profit Consortium Event: Hot Topics: A potpourri of HR challenges
Friday, November 07, 2014 HRLF Program: Getting Innovation Right | Seth Kahan, CEO Visionary Leadership
Thursday, October 23, 2014 HRLF Non-Profit Consortium Event: Beneficial Relationships: You and your benefits broker – What should you expect?
Thursday, October 02, 2014 HRLF Program: Vital Signs Stable- How Medical School Taught Me to Manage and Lead in Corporate America | Speaker Marleece Barber
Thursday, September 18, 2014 HRLF NonProfit Consortium Event: Stealth Leadership: Improve Your Organization Without Getting Caught
Monday, June 16, 2014 HRLF Social
Thursday, May 15, 2014 HRLF Non-Profit Consortium event: Staff Care and Resilience – Strengthening Individual and Organizational Resilience in Challenging Environments
Friday, May 09, 2014 HRLF Education Program: Culture and Strategy:Keys to Organizational Health and Success
Thursday, May 01, 2014 Sponsor Event: Wells Fargo - 2014 Employer Benefit Survey Seminar
Thursday, April 17, 2014 HRLF Non-Profit Consortium event: Organizational Transformation & Development Round-Table Session
Friday, April 04, 2014 Human Resources in a Digital World
Thursday, March 20, 2014 The Greatest Programs and Best Practices - Nonprofit Consortium Event
Friday, March 07, 2014 Transforming Your Employee Survey into a Strategic Intelligence System
Friday, February 07, 2014 Crosslead: Beyond Optimal
Friday, January 10, 2014 Title VII at 50: EEOC's Strategic Vision for the 21st Century Workplace

     ©2020 HR Leadership Forum (HRLF)
      2800 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite 210, Alexandria, VA 22314
      Phone: 571-351-6852

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software