Human Resources has a role in every business, including start ups. Ignoring people issues can hold companies back. According to an 8 year study by Stanford Project on Emerging Companies, companies factoring HR into their strategic planning were the least likely to fail and the fastest to go public. Strong HR decisions create competitive advantages as your company benefits from hiring the right people at the right time and creating a culture where people grow professionally and stay committed to the company.
Join us for a conversation about how to efficiently factor several critical HR issues relevant for all business leaders:
How do I find and hire the right people at the right time?
What legal requirements do I have as an employer?
What do I do when someone is not meeting my expectations?
How do I handle misconduct at work?
Are there best practices that can help me build a strong, productive culture?
We will answer these questions and also have some time to discuss your people-related concerns, so please bring your questions for our speakers:
Paula Zimmerman, the Founder and Principal Consultant of PJ Zimmerman Advisors, a Human Resources consulting firm building equitable, sustainable workplaces across the United States by partnering with business leaders to develop policy and compliance strategies, employee relations programs, investigation practices, and conflict resolution processes. Paula also specializes in assisting growing companies to build equitable, sustainable, and compliant HR processes, including administration, benefits, and operations designed to invest their people in their strategic vision.
Rebecca Feder, the Founder and Principal Consultant of Princeton HR Insight LLC, a HumanResources consulting firm focused on talent strategy, talent management, coaching, leadership and team effectiveness, strategic business partnering, interim coverage and start-up company support. The firm helps companies build a strong positive culture and effective change management processes, especially during times of rapid change. She has worked across many industries including pharmaceutical, industrial, financial, media, supply chain, academic and non-profit.
Christina Clements, an independent professional recruiter with over 20 years in Talent Acquisition. Her experience includes roles in Corporate Executive Recruiting, HR Generalist, and Project Management. She has worked in the financial services and manufacturing industries. Christina is an established relationship-builder and develops recruitment strategies across a variety businesses and professions. Her clients have been both domestic US-based and globally-located.
PJ Zimmerman Advisors
Founder & Principal Consultant
Princeton HR Insight LLC
Founder and Principal Consultant of PJ Zimmerman Advisors, a Human Resources consulting firm building equitable, sustainable workplaces across the United States by partnering with business leaders to develop policy and compliance strategies, employee relations programs, investigation practices, and conflict resolution processes. Our work is driven by our belief that people are at their best for themselves, their families & communities and their employer when they are treated fairly. Creating an inclusive workplace isn't just about risk management or avoiding your organization's #metoo moment. It is about having respect for others and interacting in a way that doesn't frighten, intimidate or demean other people—and not making excuses for those who do. Employees do their best work in an environment where they are treated equitably and respectfully.
We advise business leaders on complex issues at the intersection of people and business strategy. I have extensive experience providing multifaceted and culturally competent HR compliance services, including employee investigations and mediations, HR crisis management and other sensitive, high-risk matters such as restructuring and code of conduct/ethics violations across a range of industries. I create transformative solutions though developing diversity and inclusion and harassment avoidance programs to drive corporate culture to equitable outcomes. I also assist growing companies to build equitable, sustainable, and compliant HR processes, including administration, benefits, and operations designed to invest their people in their strategic vision.
Knowing that individual employee and manager development is critical to achieving organizational change, I drive that development by delivering coaching and training to create sustainable, equitable workplaces that ensure compliance, employee engagement and strategic performance. I develop robust employee engagement programs that can also position workplaces for external recognition, such as Great Place to Work and Working Mother Magazine.
I began my career working in AmLaw 200 firms before transitioning to lead national compliance, benefits, operations and employee relations teams for a large, national nonprofit with employees and offices in over 40 states across the United States. I hold a law degree from The George Washington University Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University. I am a lifelong learner with certifications as a Senior Professional in Human Resources by the Human Resources Certification Institute (SPHR HRCI); Society for Human Resources Management –Senior Certified Professional by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM-SCP); and am a Certified Mediator from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Social Justice Mediation Program.
Rebecca Feder is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Princeton HR Insight LLC, a Human Resources consulting firm focused on talent strategy, talent management, coaching, leadership and team effectiveness, interim coverage, and start-up company support. The firm helps companies build a strong positive culture and effective change management process, especially during times of rapid change, by identifying areas of impact and then designing and delivering programs that link HR actions to business strategy. This ensures that goals are achieved, initiatives are sustained and the company is ready to meet future demands.
Rebecca has been consistently recognized for delivering innovative solutions that drive alignment and deliver results at both the enterprise and business unit level. Her experience includes consulting and in-house HR, plus operations and business development line management positions. She has worked across pharmaceutical, industrial, financial, supply chain, academic and non-profit industries. In these roles, she has coached over a hundred executives and teams to understand how motivation and different management styles can positively affect performance in order to accelerate effectiveness.
Prior to founding Princeton HR Insight LLC, Rebecca spent four years with Tyco International, in Princeton, New Jersey, where she led HR for a $3B portfolio of Product businesses. She also spent nearly 10 years at Bristol Myers Squibb in Talent Management and Business Partner roles.
Rebecca holds an MBA in Strategy & Finance from the Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University and a BA in Psychology from Dartmouth College. She is certified as a leadership coach through the Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance (LCOP) and the International Coach Federation (ICF), Advanced Interpretation and Development Coaching by Hogan Assessments, DISC behavior and motivations assessments by TTI Success Insights, and is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI). She is a Board Trustee for the non-profit Housing Initiatives of Princeton and Princeton Charter School.
Startup Grind Princeton
I've been doing startups since long before they were cool. My passions include startups, data science, and coffee.
My latest venture, Board++ breaks glass ceilings, diversifies startup boards, and develops our next generation of leaders by placing corporate executives from underrepresented groups on startup boards. I founded the Startup Grind Princeton chapter in 2014 and live in downtown Princeton.