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Timely, valuable programs packed with business and HR-relevant content.  Comprehensive data and policy and practice information in our annual compensation survey.  Networking opportunities with HR leaders and professionals from across the area.  We are HR Alliance – DC Metro’s premier HR association.


Most Regular Monthly Programs adhere to the following schedule:

  • On-site Registration, Networking and Breakfast 8:00 AM
  • Welcome and Introductions 8:15 AM
  • Program 8:25 AM - 10:00 AM
Regular Program Cost: 
  • Members - no charge, registration required by logging in and using "Member" registration path
  • Non-members, Guests of Members, Public - $60 (Follow the "Public" registration path)
Regular Program Location:
Tower Club
8000 Towers Crescent Drive, Ste 1700
Vienna, VA 22182

Directions to Tower Club

Leadership Series Event Cost:
  • Members and Organizational Substitutes - $75 (Organizational Substitutes contact for the promo code to register for $75.)
  • Non-members, Guests of Members, Public - $125 (Follow the "Public" registration path)
2018 Leadership Series Location:
Valo Park (formerly Gannett/Tegna)
7950 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, VA 22102

Directions to Valo Park
Upcoming Programs and Events for HR Alliance DC:
Date Topic/Title Presenter(s)
April 12, 2018 Leadership Series - Creating Vision and Thinking Strategically Alice Waagen, PhD, President, Workforce Learning LLC
May 2, 2018 Talent Acquisition Strategies - Hire the Best Kara Yarnot, HireClix
June 6, 2018 Reimagining Performance Management Elise Freedman, Willis Towers Watson

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Leadership Series Program: Creating Vision and Thinking Strategically

Join us for our first Leadership Series program of the year!  This event will be hosted at Valo Park (formerly Gannett/Tegna), 7950 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA 22102

Creating a compelling vision is one of the key competencies for successful leaders. Unlike other leadership topics, vision is best defined in collaboration with other functional leaders in the organization. HR Alliance members and friends are welcome and encouraged to bring fellow organizational leaders to this presentation to share and collaborate on the drafting of a future-view of the HR organization.

This highly interactive and experiential session guides HR and other functional business leaders through a process of creating a vision that can be used to set strategy that aligns their department with the direction of the entire organization.

Key takeways:
  • See how HR can be strategically used to advance organizational mission
  • Show how to partner in setting a long-range HR strategy that aligns with business objectives
  • Explore how to build a collaborative partnership between key functional areas

Speaker: Alice Waagen, PhD

Alice Waagen, PhD is president of Workforce Learning LLC, a management consulting company that provides business leaders with the skills and knowledge they need to build organizations that are productive and healthy. Dr. Waagen is passionate about helping her corporate clients and the missions that they serve.  She strives to make every engagement produce tangible value by helping business executives discover better, faster and more efficient ways to lead their workforces to business success.

Prior to founding Workforce Learning, Alice served in leadership positions for Amtrak in Washington DC and for Freddie Mac in McLean VA.  In both of those organizations, Alice created and implemented workplace development programs that served her internal clients from front-line supervision to the executive suite.

Dr. Waagen’s clients are Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations, trade associations and government agencies in the Washington, DC area. Her specialty does not lie in a particular industry, but in her expertise in knowing what behaviors and actions yield success for business leaders, managers and teams. Dr. Waagen’s common sense approach to solving managerial and leadership challenges can be found in her weekly column in the American Cities Business Journal ( )

Alice earned a PhD in education from the Pennsylvania State University.  She is certified in the DiSC Interpersonal Behavior Assessment and in MHS EQi Inventory. Giving back to the community is also important to Alice.  She serves on the Board of the Northern Virginia Employer Advisory Committee (NVEAC) and also is a videoconference instructor for the Smithsonian American Art Museum Artful Connections Program.

Cost: Includes registration and full breakfast.
Members $75
Organizational Substitutes $75 (Please email for the promo code)
Non-Members, Guests, Public $125

Professional Development:
This program has been preapproved by HRCI for 1.5 Business recertification credit hours toward aPHRTM, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRiTM and SPHRiTM.  The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s (HRCI) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

This program has been submitted to SHRM and is valid for 1.5 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM

Wednesday May 2, 2018

Talent Acquisition Strategies - Hire the Best

Speaker: Kara Yarnot, HireClix

Wednesday June 6, 2018

Reimagining Performance Management

Speaker: Elise Freedman, Willis Towers Watson