NYU SHRM Receives 2016-2017 SHRM Superior Merit Award

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. For nearly seven decades, the Society has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit us at shrm.org.

Merit Awardhttps://www.shrm.org/Communities/student-resources/Pages/chapterfaq.aspx#merit



NYU SHRM was honored with 2016 President’s Service Award



From Left to Right: Qing Wan, Cholda Techamani, NYU President Andrew Hamilton, Marissa Patton, Prachi Khanna, Associate Dean Scott Stimpfel, Advisor Vincent Suppa


From Left to Right: Shaocheng Jiang, Anita Vengal Chandy, Chen Feng, Qing Wan, Prachi Khanna, Cholda Techamani, Marissa Patton, NYU SPS Assistant Director Shivani Dhir


NYU President’s Service Awards “recognize student organizations and individual student leaders for their distinguished achievements and service to New York University.”

At 32nd Annual President’s Service Awards 2016 Ceremony, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) NYU Chapter was honored “for dedication to diversity, providing a bridge between the classroom and the office, and helping School of Professional Studies students leverage their degrees to find meaningful work upon graduation.”

Associate Dean Scott Stimpfel, Faculty Advisor Vincent Suppa, NYU SPS Assistant Director Shivani Dhir also attended the ceremony at Kimmel Center.

NYU Chapter wins 2016 SHRM Case Competition – Central!


Left to right: Qing Wan, Marissa Patton, Prachi Khanna, Cholda Techamani 

Congratulations to Prachi Khanna, Marissa Patton, Cholda Techamani, and Qing Wan for winning 2016 SHRM Case Competition – Central, held in Omaha, NE from April 1 to April 2, 2016.

The SHRM Case Competition:

The SHRM case competition is an annual event organized by SHRM which provides a realistic preview for students of the types of HR or business problems that they may eventually encounter in the work world. “This 30 team competition requires integrated HR thinking, ethical decision-making, and strong communication and presentation skills.”

“As part of the competition’s virtual preparation, teams will analyze and solve a business case, and prepare both a written executive summary and 15-minute oral presentation. Preliminary and final oral presentation rounds will be held onsite. Teams will compete by delivering their 15-minute oral presentation to a panel of judges and answering additional questions the judges deem relevant to ask. Prizes will be awarded to the top teams in the undergraduate and graduate divisions at each of the three competitions held across the US.”

More information: http://conferences.shrm.org/student-conferences

The Conference:

The 2-day Case Competition and Career Summits was held inside the Hilton Omaha in Omaha.

Throughout the first day, each team presented to 4-5 panel judges on their analysis and recommendations to the case study. The keynote speakers talked about a critical element to be a successful HR professional: relationship management, and provided practical suggestions to grow a powerful network of relationships. During the conference, SHRM also offered outstanding opportunities for students to have one-on-one meetings with different HR professionals to revise resume, practice interview skills, and expand network.

The second day opened with keynote presentation by Elissa O’Brien, the Vice President of SHRM Membership. After the presentation, two finalist teams from each undergraduate and graduate division were announced to advance to the final round, where each team presented to 5 panel judges and all participating students and professionals. After that, a panel discussion was held to show participants the path others have taken to success in the HR field.

The Winners:

The case competition winners for Central Division were announced during the Award Ceremony on Saturday afternoon. There is one winning team from each of the undergraduate and graduate division. Each winning team receive

  • Complimentary registration to the 2016 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition.
  • A Team plaque.
  • A check for $2,500 for travel reimbursement made out to your college/university.

The case competition offered great learning opportunity because students had to take on the role of HR professionals and present to senior leaders on HR recommendations that are relevant to the success of the organization. We recommend all students to attend next year’s SHRM case competition.


Discovering Careers in Consulting


On Friday, February 19, 2016, the NYU Wasserman Center at the School of Professional Studies and the NYU SPS SHRM Chapter co-hosted a workshop titled “Discovering Careers in Consulting.” Professional consultants with diverse backgrounds and experience provided excellent insights on the consulting industry.

Great panelists spoken about what it meant to work in consulting, the variety of industries that offer consulting career paths, and how to start the career in consulting!

Land That Internship and Turn It into an Awesome Full Time Job


On Friday, February 5th 2016, NYU SPS SHRM Chapter hosted an event titled “Land That Internship And Turn It To An Awesome Full Time Job” to discuss how to get an internship and turn the dream internship into a full-time position.

Students from the M.S. Human Resources Management and Development program and Management & System participated in the event. Four great panelists provided useful tips and advice both from the perspective of employers and previous students who had the similar experience.


Great panelists (from left to right): Yang Yang, Cathy Torres, Susan Kim, Prachi Khanna

HR Careers in Nonprofits and Public Sectors

Written by Shaocheng Jiang, Master’s candidate, HRMD Program
Photos by Anita M Vengal, Master’s candidate, HRMD Program


On Friday night, December 4th, NYU SHRM host the last event of the Fall Semester, co-sponsored by the Wasserman Center at the School of Professional Studies.

We were glad to invite 5 speakers with various backgrounds to join our panel discussion about the HR Careers in Nonprofits and Public Sectors. They shared their career path and real working experience in the nonprofits and public sectors with participants who had interests in these areas. They also gave sincere advice and suggestions for interviewing for nonprofits, the different features of working for the government, and their own point of view of the future of HR careers.

After the panel, both the guest speakers and participants enjoyed the networking session very much. It was always a great way to extend your network in different areas. We are looking forward to meeting you all again in the spring!

Power of Powerless Communication, Again

By Chen Feng, M.S. Candidate, HRMD Program


Chen Feng

“People choose HR because they want to help people and hate math.” You probably have heard about this sentence if you ever took a class with Professor Vincent Suppa. I personally find it relatable and so do many students in our program. We certainly will have our own stories beyond this simple fact. But the goal of being helpful to some degree brings us together to the field of HR.

And the majority of us are female, not surprisingly.

Women share many characteristics so, I never spotted any potential problem in how we communicated. That is, until one Saturday, I was taking Business Strategy and Ethics class with Professor Suppa. One of our peers wanted to ask a question and started with: “Sorry Professor, I have a question.” Instead of asking the question she had, Vincent paused and pulled out the commercial from Pantene – the “Sorry but not sorry” video you may have seen. Then he turned to the male students in class: “Will you say sorry when you want to ask a question?” “Oh hell no.” The students answered with 100% honesty.

That’s when I realized that power, which often means how much you can influence others, would be easily taken away from you as soon as you don’t communicate correctly. We should all keep an eye on it and make sure we’re not losing power.

We can choose to adopt a much more aggressive communication style, but it’s hard to make such change overnight and it usually ends up making us sounding like someone else.

The perfect solution would then be – powerless communication.

It’s a concept first brought to public by Adam Grant. He basically says that people who pose questions instead of answers, admit their shortcomings and use tentative instead of assertive speech are some of the world’s most powerful communicators. Part of his philosophy lies in the fact that when people think you’re trying to influence them, they put their guard up. However, when they feel you’re trying to help them, or to muse your way to the right answer, or to be honest about your own imperfections, they open up to you. They hear what you have to say.

It’s not at all a brand-new topic but I believe some of us, like me, have forgotten about it or didn’t carry it out in the right way. So here are some tips from this article: 7 Ways to Use the Power of Powerless Communication by Susan Cain Author, New York Times Bestseller ‘QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking’.

  1. Be humble but humorous. When the famously unassuming Lincoln was called two-faced during a debate, Grant recalls, he said: “Two-faced? If I had another face, do you think I would wear this one?”
  1. Ask for help or advice. The other day, I read a Harvard Business Review article online and was asked to complete a survey. I’m a working mom, so I try to make every minute of my screen time count. I ignore surveys. But HBR must have been talking to Adam Grant. “We value your feedback!” they said. “Would you help us make our website better?” There was something in the humility of the request that made it hard to say no.
  1. Pair your openness with competence. A revealing experiment led by psychologist Elliot Aronson tracked audience reactions to participants in a game show. When the high-performing contestants spilled coffee on themselves, the audience liked them more. They were competent, yet also relatable: human and imperfect. But when the mediocre performers did the same thing, people liked them less. The takeaway? If you’re doing your job well, people want you to be human. It’s when you’re underperforming that powerless communication backfires.
  1. When you communicate with someone, ask yourself three questions: What do you have to learn from them? How can you help them or otherwise express warmth? And can you find ways of letting your true personality show?
  1. Frame your opinions as suggestions. “I wonder if it would work to do it this way?” Give people the space to disagree with you.
  1. Be authentic. Whatever you feel inside has a way of expressing itself. If you feel kind and open, people will know it. They’ll also sense the reverse. You can’t just slap Grant’s approaches on to an otherwise arrogant self-presentation.
  1. Introverts and women, rejoice! This research is great news for two groups in particular: women and introverts, both of whom tend naturally to use powerless communication styles and worry that this is a bad thing in a take-charge world. Based on the evidence, you can stop worrying.

I’ll start to apply these tips from now. If you’re already doing a good job, keep it up! If you’re struggling with communicating effectively and influencing others, I hope you find this article relevant and please join me cultivating the power of powerless communication.