Delaware Valley HR Person of the Year Award

Merrick Rosenberg, CEO and co-founder of Take Flight Learning (TFL), the leading DISC training company in the United States, is the recipient of the 2017 HR Consultant of the Year Award. Developed in 2001, the Delaware Valley HR Person of the Year Awards – which includes “HR Consultant of the Year”, “HR Rising Star of the Year,” and “HR Person of the Year” – spotlight the region’s human resources industry and recognize the HR professionals who exemplify performance excellence and outstanding achievement in the field.

The Delaware Valley HR Person of the Year Award is a joint effort between Chester County Human Resource Association, Greater Valley Forge HR Association, HR Association of Southern New Jersey, the Tri-State HR Management Association chapters of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Philadelphia SHRM, Delaware County SHRM, and Delaware SHRM.

Rosenberg, a recognized thought leader, entrepreneur, author and keynote speaker, specializes in team building, leadership development and utilizing the DISC personality styles to build better relationships and create engaging work environments.

“I am honored to be selected as HR Consultant of the Year,” said Rosenberg upon winning the award. “But this award does not just belong to me. This is what happens when you surround yourself with amazing people who share the same passion for helping people to transform their lives.”

To be considered an “HR Consultant of the Year” candidate, an individual must demonstrate “excellence either by creative and innovative development of new ideas and programs or by the highly effective utilization of well-regarded principles” in the human resources arena.

And CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2017 Tri-State Nominees

The following Tri-State Members have been recognized as the HR Person of the Year Award from 2004-2016:
Merrick Rosenberg, Douglas Allen, SPHR, Donna Jack, SPHR, Dorothy Stubblebine, SPHR  - Lifetime Achievement Award, Anneliese McMenamin, SPHR, Judy Baker, John Baldino, SPHR, Jeff Backal, Aaron Boucher, PHR, Laraine Knauss, SPHR, Margie McLaughlin, SPHR, Monica McClintock, SPHR, Theresa McGlinchey, SPHR, Carol Asselta, SPHR, John Knoop, SPHR and Diane Wagner, SPHR.

Shared Experiences

When I was just starting out in my career I found myself being sent to Washington DC to attend a two-day training seminar. Being young, newly married, and having very little business world experience, I found myself terrified at the thought of going away on a trip by myself.  The night I arrived I called my husband crying that I wanted to come home, but of course I couldn’t.  I made it through the night, attended the all-day seminar and then at the speed of light made way for my hotel room where I ordered room service for dinner and cried myself to sleep. 

 The next morning when I entered the breakfast room before attending the second day’s training, the buzz was in the air, a large group of people were laughing and reminiscing about the fun they had out on the town the night before.  I left that training event promising myself I would never let that happen again.

Fast forward one year.  There I was, same girl, just a year older, entering the lobby of the same hotel.  I took a deep breath and told myself I had a choice, I could either sit alone and cry the entire two days or go to the training and walk up to the first person I set eyes on and stick my hand out and introduce myself… which is exactly what I did, and it went very well. So I did it again and again.  That trip I was amongst the group of people heading out on to the town that evening for some fun, and I was amongst the group of people laughing and reminiscing the next morning.

Fast forward again 25 years. I am now a Mom of a 15 year old who has started a very large public High School. This school was much different from his K-8 private school where he had just spent the past 9 years of his life wearing a uniform and sporting a crew cut that mirrored his 60 classmates.  The first day of school I got a phone call from my son begging me to take him out and place him in the private high school that many of his classmates had chosen to attend.  He said “Mom, please, I don’t know anyone and these kids are so different from me, I just saw a kid walk by dressed in Goth!”  I reminded him of our agreement that he would give the school one full year and if at the end of that year if he was not happy, we would enroll him in the school of his choice.  I also reminded him that the world out there is not cookie cutter as he had known it  to be for the past 9 years and that he was going to have to get used to the world being diverse.  I told him that the student dressed in Goth may be a very nice person. I reminded him he will be meeting a lot of kids, different shapes and sizes, different faiths, different interests, etc., that what’s important is not what they look like but who they are, he needs to find people who share his interests and his values.  I then told him the story about my own experience mentioned above and reminded him that everyone there was in the same boat as him. This is a county school offering diverse study through their academy programs and trades, kids where coming from towns miles away and they do not know anyone either.  I told him the other kids were just as scared as he was. I suggested the next time he walked into his class to look the first person in the eye and say hello and introduce himself.

Ok, now comes the part that will shock you all….he listened!  My son called me after school to let me know he had a great day and that he did exactly what I said, and that he could not believe the look of relief on the other kids face when he said hello.  Four years later during a graduation event my son stood in front of an auditorium filled with people and thanked his Mom for “forcing” him to attend that school, he said it was so far the best thing I had done for him. When we were different, or not so much…..at least for not so long.

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