Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware partner with Western Pennsylvania

  for this Joint Spring 2019 Chapter Meeting

Pennsylvania State University

The Nittany Lion Inn – see reservation information below

200 West Park Avenue, State College, PA 16803

April 29-30, 2019

 Register HERE  by Monday April 1st!


3:30 p.m Tour of the Pennsylvania State University Campus

Join us for a tour of this beautiful campus. University Park is a public institution that was founded in 1855. There is a diverse undergraduate population of approximately 46,000. Students enjoy academics, activities, and recreation in a classic college town setting. The campus size is 7,958 acres.  We plan to visit the new Penn State University HR facility. 

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Welcome Reception: Happy Hour

Network with colleagues and corporate partners as we welcome you to State College.


8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m Continental Breakfast and Networking with Colleagues
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m Welcome, Announcements and Corporate Sponsor Introductions
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.  Penn State’s HR Transformation and the Development of Leadership

In this presentation, you will discover Penn States Human Resources’ new and practical approach to developing a foundational leadership module. Through a pilot program, Penn State HR has established leadership planning principles that will be used to grow leadership competencies within the HR function in support of a future succession planning model. This interactive session will provide an opportunity for participants to engage in discussion and share best practices.

Presented by: Clint Eury- Human Resources Strategic Partner and Eastern Region Board, Sara Oliver Carter- Senior Director of Talent, Diversity, and Inclusion, Brynn Rousselin- Direction, Administration 

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m Benefit Design Strategies:  Something Old and Something New…

Benefit design strategies are always evolving, some with great success, and others not so much.  Often with the bright lights of the latest vendor solution, some of the most basic fundamentals can get overlooked.  This session will review the latest benefit strategies that employers are implementing, and discuss the impact they are having on the employer bottom line, as well as the consumer experience for employees.

Presented by: Rob Glus, Conrad Siegel

11:15 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. Corporate Sponsor Network Break 
11:25 a.m. – 12:25 p.m Times- they are a changin’

Change is all around you: In a climate where change is the only constant, what’s leadership to do? Gain insight from HR experts into the tactics Human Resources professionals use to anticipate, plan for and lead the charge forward in the midst of widespread organizational change. These are the measures necessary to intentionally arm the institution and its stakeholders with the data, insights and actionable planning tools that help the community weather the tides of change. Learn to translate the ideology of strategic planning documents into executable action plans. Learn to align the employee value proposition with the preferences of current and future talent to attract, retain and engage within our communities given this incredibly complex and challenging landscape. 

Presented by: Lisa Baglio-Conza, Area Senior Vice President, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. 

12:25 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Lunch & National CUPA Presentation            

What Creates an Engaged Higher Ed Workforce

We typically think that higher education employees (faculty and staff) are more engaged than employees in the private sector, but is this true? During this very interactive session, participants will review higher ed employee engagement data from the Gallup organization and discuss the key drivers that help faculty and staff be more engaged. Participants will also identify ways that campuses can focus on these key drivers to not only impact employee engagement, but the engagement and well-being of our students.

Presented by: Jennifer Lucas, Co-Director of HR at Gettysburg College and Eastern Region Board  

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Getting to Know the Stranger Within Us:  Making the Unconscious, Conscious

Human beings are consistently, routinely and profoundly bias. Join us as we investigate how we have been conditioned to be biased from a very young age and, more importantly, how we can develop the capacity to question our own biases to change our way of thinking.  During our session, we will also introduce attendees to Gettysburg College’s new Inclusion Partner Program which serves as a mechanism to uncover and address unconscious biases that can sometimes enter our search processes for faculty and staff positions.

Presented by:  Darrien Davenport, Executive Director of Multicultural Engagement at Gettysburg College & Jennifer Lucas, Co-Director of HR at Gettysburg College and Eastern Region Board 

2:30 p.m. Chapter Announcements  

Distribution of HRCI and SHRM credits  

 The Nittany Lion Inn Reservations

This discounted group rate will be available to CUPA-HR on an “if available basis”, up to the event date.  Group rates listed below apply to standard guestroom type only.

Group Code:  CUPA19B

Monday April 29, 2019 Standard Room: $139.00

Contact Central Reservations directly by calling 1-800-233-7505 and reference our Group Code.  The code is not available for on-line reservations.


Upcoming Events for the 2018-2019 Year

Save the Dates!

More information will be forthcoming for the following events but save the dates now so you don’t miss out – we look forward to seeing you!

April 29-30, 2019             Penn State University, State College, PA

June 24, 2019                   Wilmington University, Wilmington, DE


Past Events

November 30, 2018        Eastern PA/Del & New Jersey Chapters all-day conference in Philadelphia, PA

January 15, 2019             Arcadia University, Glenside, PA

Check back frequently for additional details about these upcoming events.