is strategy another language?

The inside-out and outside-in of seeing, hearing, and speaking business strategy for HR professionals



This program has been submitted for one hour of SHRM and HRCI credits. 


Who/What:  Dr. Jennifer Palar, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL

Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | Doors open at 11:00.  Lunch 11:20, Business Meeting 11:45-Noon, Presentation Noon to 1:00 PM.
Location:  NEW!  Jumers Casino, Rock Island, IL

Click here to buy tickets!!!

$15 for GRHRA members | $30 for GUESTS

(GRHRA Members - RSVP by end of day  April 12th to avoid late charge)    

Is strategy another language?  This is a question many HR professionals grapple with during the course of their careers.  The lack of understanding about the nature and function of strategy creates a disconnect between the languages used by senior leaders and that of HR professionals.  This highly interactive session will unpack the strategy toolkit to provide you with knowledge and resources to diagnose your organization’s strategies and communicate through those strategies.  Upon completing this session participants at all organizational levels should be able to recognize the strategic objectives of their organization, link HR functions to those objectives, identify the most appropriate metrics associated with those objectives, and foster improved communication with senior leaders. 

Dr. Jennifer Palar has a background in management strategy, organizational effectiveness and development, employee relations, relationship management, communication, consultation, critical evaluation, leadership, and business acument.

Key learning objectives:

  1. Provide an overview of business strategy with interactive discussions for all participants. 
  2. Outline and discuss how to identify current business strategy and align this strategy with the HR function

  3. Lead a discussion on communication differences between senior executives and HR professionals and provide methods to use strategy in such communication.


Dr. Jennifer Palar (Ph.D., MOL, SPHR, SHRM-SCP) is a self-described HR enthusiast and extrovert extraordinaire.  She started her career in HR around age 9, found her fit, and never left.  She held multiple HR positions as a practitioner, most recently as a Regional Human Resources Manager in the building materials industry with responsibility for more than 110 locations across the Midwest.  Being very passionate about the impact of HR on the strategic objectives and outcomes of firms, her most recent position prompted her to pursue her Ph.D. in strategy.  Since that time her work in strategy and HR has been presented around the globe at businesses, universities, and conferences, and she is on a mission to change the way strategy and HR are taught, viewed, and valued. 

Jennifer holds a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the University of Mississippi and a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership from St. Ambrose University.  She also holds multiple designations including Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Human Resources Certification Institute and SHRM-Senior Certified Professional (SCP) from the Society for Human Resource Management.  She is currently an Assistant Professor of Management at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.  When she is not teaching or presenting, Jennifer enjoys cooking, dancing, and spending time with her husband and two Labrador retrievers.



Tuesday, 04/18/17 at 11:00am - 1:00pm | iCal


Jumers Casino
777 Jumer Drive
Rock Island, IL 61201 USA

[ Get Directions ]

Look Who's Coming:

Mary Jones
  Management Resource Group, Ltd.
Paula Kirkwood
Kelly Faley
Kimberly Datisman
Patricia Kenyon
Darcel Shetter
Brad Johnson
  Benefit Staff LLC
Kathy Sattizahn
Karla Pitzen
Cheryl Riley-Hayles
Amy Goodwin
Joanna Miller
Miranda Marshall
Doug Petersma
  Group Services, LLC
Lisa Moreland
Ann Jackson, PHR, SHRM-CP
  RK Dixon
Kirby Vyncke
Eileen Smith
Andrea Ryckeghem
Kelly Markham
  MA Ford
Gale Kraft
  MA Ford
Chris West
  MA Ford
Leonna Ellis
  Two Rivers YMCA
Elizabeth Schwarz
Tracey Kmetz
Sondra Meyers
  Katun Corporation
Christopher Henson
Victoria Forsberg
Tiffany Jones
Janine Happ
Denis Beausejour
Janice Dolan
Laura Flanagan
Audrey Strothkamp
Jessica Eaton
Joelle McDermott
  Iowa Voc Rehab
Kathy Sidlinger
Margaret Hoskins
Margaret Hoskins
Kevin Paulsen
Kristen Ryan
KD Kalber
Christine Henry
  Isle of Capri
Jacy Rangel
  Isle of Capri
Natalie Polich
  Tri-City Electric Co.
Nicole Leyendecker
  Tri-City Electric Co.
Todd Sebben
Theresa Felger
Sarah Wallace
Nicole Roach
Lindsay Adolphs
  University of Iowa
Brianna Batey
Emilie Williamson
  RK Dixon
Kelly Green
Jennifer Schmidt
... a total of 55 guests.
Note: to opt out from this list please sign in, go to My Account and change your preferences under My RSVPs.