Volunteer Committees

PSPS offers a variety of ways to be involved with other HR and Business leaders within the organization through our 6 active committees. If you are a PSPS member and are interested in getting involved on a committee, please contact the PSPS Board Co-Chairs for that committee. Or complete the Committee Volunteer Interest Form!

Community Connections Committee

The Community Connections Committee, in cooperation with Greater Philadelphia area organizations, provide PSPS members with opportunities to use their expertise, "give back," and work with other PSPS members toward a common goal. PSPS forms alliances with corporations, graduate university programs, and not-for-profits to provide member assistance and expertise to deserving individuals in our community. It’s a great opportunity to work with other PSPS members. Come join in the fun and sharing; volunteer today to help build a better tomorrow for our community.


  • PSPS Human Resources Professional Mentoring Program: In January each year, PSPS kicks-off a six-month mentoring program for early-in-career HR professionals. Mentors are PSPS volunteers who have held senior leadership roles in HR or business. Mentees are early-in-career HR professionals that are recommended by members. The program is designed to provide professional development for mentees as they address their greatest challenges and encourage their growth and commitment to Human Resources. The program offers participating organizations the opportunity to accelerate the development of high potential HR employees, at no fee for their organizations. Mentors tell us that the program is rewarding and worth the time. Mentees tell us how valuable the insight and coaching has been from experienced mentors. Calls for volunteer mentors and mentee recommendations begin in September-October, mentor-mentee pairs are announced in December and mentoring kick-off starts January each year. Read more here
  • PSPS Interview Skills Training for Philadelphia High School Students: PSPS partners with the Philadelphia Academies to offer half day interviewing skills workshops for high school juniors to help prepare them for college interviews, summer jobs, and jobs when they graduate. Our longtime partner, the Philadelphia Academies, is a not-for-profit dedicated to providing students with access to business opportunities in the area. Generally, PSPS helps facilitate 15 workshops using 50 PSPS volunteers annually. The workshops train approximately 305 students between March and April each year. The materials are already developed, tried, and tested. If you have conducted training or recruited, you have what we are looking for to be a facilitator!  Volunteers work with 2-3 other PSPS members in facilitating the workshops, so it is a great opportunity to work together and get to know other members. Students tell us that it is an enjoyable and invaluable experience, and that the skills they learn will be very useful to them in many ways. Please feel free to call a committee member if you have any questions: Jennifer Nyiri, Chair, Interviewing Skills Workshops, 215-391-6608, jennifer_nyiri@comcast.com or Shelly Azen, shellyazen@gmail.com, 610-357-9862. To volunteer to become part of the 2018 Interviewing Skills program please fill out this survey. You will then be contacted by the Interviewing Skills Committee with additional information.
  • PSPS Graduate University Alliances: The Graduate University Alliances program provides PSPS members with opportunities to be a resource to local graduate school programs through established relationships with area universities.  The current alliances are with Drexel University, LeBow College of Business and Villanova University, School of Business.  The programs provide an opportunity for PSPS members to coach  graduate school students on career issues, provide interviewing practice during career days, speak in the classroom or on a Speaker Panel, and hire MBA students for Internships or full-time positions.  Two to three times a year, volunteers are requested for upcoming programs through our email blasts and meeting announcements. 

Leadership Forum Committee

The Leadership Forum Committee is responsible for planning and executing the annual PSPS Leadership Forum, held every Fall. This 1/2 day event typically attracts over 400 business leaders as a means to increase their knowledge and perspective on current and relevant topics.  It also provides participants an opportunity to broaden their professional networks.   Presented by highly acclaimed, nationally recognized thought-leaders and educators, the forum's local venue represents a cost-effective way to keep current on relevant and vital leadership practices. Committee member commitment time: about 1-2 hours per month.

Marketing Committee

The Marketing committee raises the internal and external visibility and credibility of PSPS through effectively positioning the PSPS brand in all internal and external communications. The Marketing Committee communicates through the quarterly PSPS member newsletter, monthly member meetings, and handles the advertising strategies for program events, especially the Annual Leadership forum. The Marketing Committee oversees PSPS social media presence and communications as well as PSPS website content.  Committee members are required to attend a one hour virtual meeting every month, and execute various action items to support the committee’s efforts. Committee Member Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per month.

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee promotes and ensures a vital, diverse and active membership by attracting and recruiting the region's top strategic HR and Business leaders to enhance and advance the profession. By leveraging the experience of both internal and external providers, we see to enrich one another's experience by providing thought leadership and provocative dialogue about emerging trends, strategies and practices. The committee looks to add value by acting as a resource to members in developing a lasting network of colleagues for promoting and sharing ideas, best practices, professional renewal and camaraderie.

Programming Committee

The PSPS Programming Committee is responsible for adding member value by creating multiple opportunities and choices of formats where members can participate in learning and networking. The program committee will plan, implement, or support Quarterly Programs, Webinars, LANS, and SIGs. Some committee activities include:

  • Identifying topics of interest to help in planning the programs
  • Identifying suitable speakers for the determined set of programs
  • Taking ownership of the logistics for a specific program (coordinating speaker material, agenda, content flow, equipment, etc) to appeal to the varied interests of our members

Local Area Networks (LANs) provide opportunities for members to learn and discuss key HR and business issues in a more intimate, small group setting. The participants identify topics, and member facilitators lead the discussions. PSPS currently has LANs for Bux-Mont, Center City, Chester County, Delaware, Main Line, and South Jersey.

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) allow members with similar interests or goals to explore their knowledge, share ideas, and provide mutual support. PSPS’ four SIGS are dedicated to PSPS Members in Career Transition, Talent Management, Executive Coaching and the Human Capital Analytics Forum (HCA Forum)

Each member of the Program committee selects a role(s) of interest to him/her and attends a monthly Program Committee call. (twice a month until the four quarterly programs are selected).

The specific interest roles also include:

  1. Serving as the point person for a specific quarterly program (4-8 hours for one program of working with the Speaker and Seamless to outline the program and confirm logistics)
  2. Holiday Party and Summer Networking Event (total of 3-5 hours working with Seamless to confirm locations/logistics and working with the PSPS Marketing committee to advertise events)
  3. SIG/LAN Point Person: Supporting the SIG/LAN leaders to provide a meaningful PSPS Value-add experience (4-8 hours for the year)
  4. New Member Outreach – contacting new members to invite them to PSPS events (new role that might connect with the Membership committee in 2017, currently 4-8 hours over the year)

Sponsorship Committee

The Sponsorship Committee is responsible for building and maintaining partnerships with organizations who see value in associating with the programs and members of PSPS. These organization sponsors invest commitment in time and money in PSPS as they gain involvement and visibility with senior level HR and Business leaders professionals. In addition to a financial commitment, PSPS benefits from sponsors in gaining exposure to industry knowledge and expertise.  The committee’s focus, with the entire board’s support, is to ensure value to our existing sponsors, and recruit and engage prospective sponsors so they too will see the value and lend their support to PSPS. Committee members will participate in monthly planning calls, as well as interact with area companies. Committee Member Time Commitment: 3-5 hours per month.