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    January Chapter Meeting - The Four Horsemen of the HR Apocalypse

    Date: January 12, 2017, 11:00am – 1:00pm
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    The Four Horsemen of the HR Apocalypse

    Over the past forty years, the economic and working landscape have changed.  At Times slowly, and at other times like a bolt of lightning, certain forces have emerged that have transformed the overall business climate.  These forces, the "Four Horsemen of the Corporate Apocalypse," have left much confusion in their wake in relation to doing business effectively and in motivating an increasingly diverse workforce.  This session will examine these Four Horsemen in detail and then explore how training, coaching, and professional development, more than ever are needed to help businesses thrive in a very new, post-industrial, apocalyptic business environment.  Participants will also critique a humanities-based business training model and pedagogy.  

    Learning Objectives:

    • The participant will identify the four major forces that have helped to transform business over the past forty years
    • The participant will describe the role training, coaching and professional development play in business and explain why they are needed in an unprecedented manner for businesses in the 21st century to be successful.
    • The participant will critique a humanities-based, business training model that addresses both pedagogical and "service-capitalist"  tendencies in the post-industrial business environment.


    Speaker: Scott Crawford

    B. Scott Crawford has twenty years’ experience in education and is currently the AVP of Professional Development for ValleyStar Credit Union.  He holds a masters degree in history, with a concentration in American history.  Scott has served as a history teacher and social studies coordinator for a public school division, as well as having served as the director of education for the Taubman Museum of Art.  He has also served as an adjunct instructor for Radford University and Virginia Tech, and he continues to teach history courses through Virginia Western Community College and a seminar on business decision making as part of Virginian Tech's A Toolkit for 21st Century Leaders program.  Between 2009 and 2015 Scott appeared monthly on WSLS Channel 10's Daytime Blue Ridge as the "Art Detective."  Scott serves on the Roanoke Arts Commission, where he is the co-chair of the Collections Committee.  Scott remains active in research as well as teaching, and most recently the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., changed the title of a 19th century painting in its collection as a result of his findings and new interpretation.




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