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Fernan R. Cepero

Vice President for Human Resources, The YMCA of Greater Rochester, representing SHRM

Meeting of February 16, 2011 - EEOC to Examine Treatment of Unemployed Job Seekers

Fernan R. Cepero, PHR is Vice President of Human Resources for the YMCA of Greater Rochester. Fernan has also served an Employee Development Manager for The Perrier Group of America where his responsibilities included recruiting, employee development and succession planning. Prior to assuming this position he served as Human Resource and Employee Development Manager for The Document Company Xerox. He was responsible for the creation and implementation of a People Development Strategy, where in, he developed and maintained a pool of management talent to meet the companies long-term needs.

Fernan is a thought leader in the area of human resources, empowerment and organizational development and is the author of a chapter in Linkage, Inc.'s "Best Practices in Organization & Human Resources Development Handbook (Linkage Press: 2000)." The chapter Building a Better Document Company: The Road to Empowerment at Xerox provides a high-level, detailed look on Xerox's Empowered Work Groups Initiative.

Based on Fernan's work, Xerox Corporation was recognized by Linkage, Inc. with a Best Practice Award for its "Empowered Work Groups Change Initiative." Linkage's best practice award recognizes best-in-class organizations that have designed and championed exceptional organizational and human resources development initiatives.

In 2006 Fernan was part of a delegation lead by SHRM on a cultural and human resource professional exchange in China. He was also the recipient of the 2007 Human Capital Magazine Future HR Leaders Award.

Mr. Cepero serves as a faculty member at Medaille College and the University of Phoenix. Fernan is Immediate Past President of the Genesee Valley Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (GVCSHRM) and currently serves as State Director of the New York State Society of Human Resource Management and also Treasurer of the Monroe County (New York) Job Security Employment Committee (JSEC). He is also serves on the board of trustees of the Ibero-American Action League, and the Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School, and is an active member of the Senior Human Resource Executive Forum of the Rochester Business Alliance.

He has an M.S. in Human Resource Development from Rochester Institute of Technology, an M.A. in Foreign Studies from the American University and a B.A. from Fordham University. Fernan maintains certifications from Mager Associates in Instructional Module Development & Criterion Referenced Instruction. He is certified to administer Consulting Psychologist Press Instruments, standardized psychological profiles including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI), the Kirton Adaptation Innovation® instrument and is a certified consultant for The PROFILOR® instrument. Fernan is also a Development Dimensions International (DDI) facilitator.