April 15th Half Day Seminar, 8:00-Noon, The Lodge

Session 1: Six Sigma in the HR World Session 2: Social Capital and the Impact of Networking Behavior


Half-day seminar co-sponsored by: GRHRA and MVCASTD
                   (Mississippi Valley Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development)
Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 8 am - Noon


Location: The Lodge, Bettendorf, IA
Times: Doors open at 7:15 am (Continental Breakfast will be served)
Cost: $40 for ALL GRHRA members; $50 for GUESTS Late RSVP (after April 7) $50 for ALL GRHRA Members; $60 for GUESTS
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There is no longer a "pay at the door" option. All RSVP's must be submitted and paid for on-line with a credit card before the meeting.   
1st session:  8 am -10 am
Speaker:  Patti Kenyon, PHR
Topic: Six Sigma in the HR World – Tools You Can Use Today
Participants will learn about defining Six Sigma, the roles of Six Sigma, defining a process, "Tools of the Trade" and exercises, data colletion and analysis.
Bio: With over 15 years experience in the staffing world as a strategic human resource partner, talent management professional, recruiter, sales and operations manager, Patti Kenyon has worked with a plethora of industries. She holds a Green Belt in Six Sigma and her certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR). She founded Talent Management Solutions, a consulting firm designed to provide small to medium-sized businesses with on demand human resources support, after some of her HR and small business owner friends began reaching out to her for advice and/or help.  She quickly realized that there are a lot of companies that need HR, but not every day. Her specialties in talent acquisition, business process improvement, and employee relations have resulted in significant cost savings for her past employers and current clients. 
2nd session:  10 am – 12pm

Speaker: Dr. Monica Forrett
Topic: Social Capital and the Impact of Networking Behavior


Social Capital and the Impact of Networking Behavior focuses on the distinction between human capital and social capital and the importance of social capital for career success.  Participants will analyze the structure of their social network to help them achieve a career goal.  Networking behavior will be discussed as a method for improving social capital. Factors that facilitate networking behavior as well as common barriers to networking behavior will be identified. Participants will examine their current networking efforts and determine areas where further development would be beneficial.  

 Bio: Dr. Monica Forret is Director of the Doctor of Business Administration Program at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.  She conducts research primarily in the areas of networking, mentoring, careers, job search processes, gender issues, and work attitudes. Additionally, Dr. Forret teaches MBA and DBA courses on Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, Leadership, Organizational Culture, Training & Development, Careers, and Research Methods. Dr. Forret has published numerous articles in business and organizational development academic journals and has presented research papers, symposia, and professional development workshops at annual meetings of the Academy of Management and at universities internationally. Dr. Forret earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Ambrose University where she majored in Accounting.  Prior to pursuing doctoral studies, she was a CPA and worked in Minneapolis as an auditor for Deloitte and Touche and later for The Prudential Insurance Company of America.  Dr. Forret earned her Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Missouri majoring in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management.  Before coming to St. Ambrose in 1997, Dr. Forret was on the faculty at Long Island University - C. W. Post.  She also taught at Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland, as part of a joint International MBA Program.


Thank you to our April meeting sponsor!


St. Ambrose University

DBA Program



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