Berkeley College MBA Executive Speaker Series Highlights Human Resource Leaders’ Role in Socially Responsible Organizations

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Photo Caption A: Berkeley College welcomes Lisa A. DeRoché, Vice President, Human Resources, Brightpoint Health, to its Woodland Park, NJ, campus as part of an ongoing MBA Executive Speaker Series on March 23, 2017. Ms. DeRoché spoke to students about the role human resource leaders play to ensure nonprofit and socially responsible organizations stay true to their core values.

The Berkeley College School of Graduate Studies hosted Lisa A. DeRoché, Vice President, Human Resources, Brightpoint Health, at its most recent MBA Executive Speaker Series held 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 prepare 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 presented how organizations and the role of human resources within a company both have impact. 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. “Employees in 21st-century organizations need to have robust self-development plans and must be savvy, but circumspect users of social media.” 

Watch the Event: Click here to watch Lisa A. DeRoché’s presentation in its entirety as part of Berkeley College’s ongoing MBA Executive Speaker Series.


Photo Caption B: Lisa A. DeRoché, Vice President of Human Resources, Brightpoint Health, addresses Berkeley College students at the MBA Executive Speaker Series event on March 23, 2017. “The organization must live its core values,” Ms. DeRoché said. “It cannot just be words on a plaque on the wall.”

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 8,000 students – including more than 550 international students – in its Master’s, Bachelor’s and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers an MBA in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.


Berkeley College has five New Jersey campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For four consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. The website address is


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