Berkeley College Graduate Studies Newsletter

June 2017

Executive Speaker Series Highlights Social Responsibility

Berkeley Executive Speaker

Lisa A. DeRoché, Vice President of Human Resources, Brightpoint Health, addresses Berkeley College students at the MBA Executive Speaker Series event. “The organization must live its core values,” Ms. DeRoché said. “It cannot just be words on a plaque on the wall.”

Berkeley MBA

The Berkeley College School of Graduate Studies hosted Lisa A. DeRoché, Vice President, Human Resources, Brightpoint Health, at a recent installment of its MBA Executive Speaker Series on March 23, 2017.  

Ms. DeRoché is one of the business leaders who serves on the Berkeley College MBA Advisory Board. The MBA Advisory Board is comprised of representatives from various industries who inform the Berkeley College MBA in Management program about how to best provide graduates with the curriculum and skills required to be in alignment with industry needs.

At Brightpoint Health, whose mission is to provide integrated healthcare and social services to the most underserved populations of New York City, Ms. DeRoché is responsible for promoting and retaining the best qualified talent, delivering quality service to its employees, and recognizing and encouraging the value of diversity in the workplace. She has more than 20 years of professional work experience.

“The organization must live its core values,” Ms. DeRoché said. “We hire, develop and engage employees according to our core values.”

Ms. DeRoché spoke about how human resources has an impact within a company. Her remarks addressed areas of strategic focus, social entrepreneurship and employee relations. Using case study examples to show the importance of strategic human resources management in socially entrepreneurial organizations, the dialogue revealed the possible consequences to individual employees, and their respective organizations, if employees are not well-suited and deeply committed to the organization’s purpose and culture.

“Organizations, both for-profit and nonprofit, can have an enormous positive impact on society and still thrive economically if their mission and values support the interests of clients, employers, owners and the surrounding community,” said Chris W. Grevesen, PhD, Dean, Berkeley College School of Graduate Studies. 

Watch the Event: Click here to watch the presentation in its entirety as part of the Berkeley College MBA Executive Speaker Series.