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NEHRA's Young Professionals Group: HR Certification Panel

When: Thursday, May 16, 2019
8:00AM - 10:00AM
Where: Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
93 Worcester Street
Wellesley, Massachusetts  02481
United States
Contact: Marissa Cammarano

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HR Certifications: Is Earning the Certification Worth It?

Moderated by Betsy Landry, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Certification Director, Mass State Council of SHRM





In the field of HR, attaining a professional certification is not required. However, increasingly, human resource professionals are turning to certification as a means to help them stay current in a field that is changing and evolving at a fast pace. Join us for this in-depth analysis on certification and how it has impacted individuals at different stages in their HR career.

Pursuing a certification will require a significant investment of your time and energy, and there are costs associated with both certification and re-certification. Listen to our panelists share their perspectives on the value of certification, including how certification can impact career advancement and how employers view applicants who have a professional certification. Panelists will also discuss the differences between the SHRM and HRCI certifications and share their experiences preparing for the certification exam.


Target Audience

Young Professionals of all levels who want to learn more about advancing their career and navigating paths around certification. 


Key Concepts

  • Why should I consider pursuing an HR certification?
  • At what point in my career is it appropriate to pursue a certification?
  • Will certification help me to advance in my career?
  • Should I pursue an MBA instead of a certification?
  • What are the first steps if I decide to pursue a certification?



Betsy Landry, SHRM-SCP
Director of Human Resources, Mirick O'Connell
Certification Director, Massachusetts State Council of SHRM

Betsy is the Director of Human Resources at the firm. She joined Mirick O'Connell's Human Resources team in 1991 and has overall responsibility for all of the firm's human resources functions including recruitment and staffing, performance management, organizational development, compensation, benefits and employee relations.

She is certified as a senior professional in human resources (SPHR) by the Human Resource Certification Institute and as a senior certified professional (SHRM-SCP) by the Society for Human Resource Management. She is a past president of the Human Resources Management Association of Central Massachusetts (HRMA), an organization of more than 120 human resources practitioners and consultants, is the Certification Director for the Massachusetts State Council of SHRM, and she has taught human resources in Assumption College's Continuing Education Division.


Anastasia Bergmann, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
VP of Talent Acquisition, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

As Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Vice President of Talent Management, Anastasia Bergmann is responsible for leading the development and execution of Harvard Pilgrim’s talent strategies designed to attract, develop, motivate, and retain productive, engaged employees. This includes all talent management, learning and development, employee experience, inclusion and organizational effectiveness programs. Reporting to the Chief Human Resources Officer, Anastasia works with the Senior Leadership and the HR Team to enhance organizational capability and works towards creating a high-performance organization.

Anastasia Bergmann is an accomplished HR executive with over 15 years of experience in large organizations such as Boston Children’s Hospital and UMass Memorial Healthcare System. Anastasia graduated from Ulyanovsk State Technical University, Russia with a Bachelor of Science in Financial Management, and from Emmanuel College with a Master of Science in Human Resources Management. She holds the Senior HR Professional (HRCI), the SHRM-SCP and SHRM HR Generalist certifications as well as Lean White & Yellow Belt Training Certificates. Anastasia has received the UMass Memorial Champions of Excellence 2013 Team Award for Diverse, High-performing Workplace. She is the Pillar Award Winner for Healthy & Vibrant Community for UMass Memorial Healthcare System. She has also received the Outstanding Leadership Award for Support and Dedicated Service to the Youth and Families of Central Massachusetts.

Lexi Kantor
People Operations Senior Associate, Ovia Health

Lexi is a young HR professional who graduated from Babson College in 2016 and has been helping startups grow operationally ever since. As the first dedicated People Operations Senior Associate at Ovia Health, she is focused on improving all parts of the employee life cycle, covering areas from candidacy, to on-boarding, to culture and engagement, and beyond.

Prior to working at Ovia Health, Lexi was the first HR professional at Cambridge Semantics and was instrumental in the creation of the Human Resources department while servicing all aspects of the HR function. Lexi has just finished her SHRM-CP prep course at Bunker Hill Community College and is registered to take the SHRM-CP exam on June 1st. 

Taylor Ouellette, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Senior Vice President, People Operations, Call9 Inc.

Taylor Ouellette is a culture curator and a strategic, passionate business woman. Ouellette has provided advisory services across several industries, including healthcare, finance and education. Ouellette is the Senior Vice President of People Operations for a technology-enabled healthcare service company that delivers immediate care to patients in Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs). She currently serves as an Executive Coach for a number of C-Suite healthcare leaders in Boston and New York. Ouellette’s passion for business, people, diversify & inclusion, and operations has enabled her to quickly climb the ranks in the healthcare industry as a trusted People Operations leader.

Ouellette earned a B.S. in Human Resources Management from Salem State University. Recognizing the importance of being a strategic partner and advisor for the CEOs she works with, she obtained her M.B.A. in Leadership, and maintains her Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR), and SHRM-CP certifications. Her tactical approach, passion and innate leadership ability and experience enables her to successfully lead any executive or organization she partners with into the future.


8:00am – Registration, Networking & Continental Breakfast
8:30am – Program Begins
10:00am - Program Adjourns



Non-Member: $20


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Cancellations must be received in writing at least 3 days prior to the workshop in order to receive a refund.



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