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Positioning Your Business in a Post COVID Economy

 Local experts will discuss what companies should be doing now to position themselves to thrive as our region and the country begin to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic later this year.

Recorded: April 20th at 12 p.m.



Karen Young, HR Resolutions

Karen A. Young has made a career of going the extra mile for the people she serves, inspiring others to always do what is right (even when it’s not always easy), and finding joy and FUN in the practice of human resources. Karen is the founder and president of HR Resolutions, a full-service human resources management company, where she and her team help clients — in a variety of industries and in organizations of all sizes — lower their HR costs, increase their bottom lines, and balance the needs and goals of the business within the ever-changing rules and regulations of HR management. 

With over 30 years of experience in the human resources profession, Karen has faced many personnel issues. Her recommendations in addressing problems have saved thousands of dollars by cutting HR costs and increasing the bottom line by improving workplace culture, developing solid job descriptions, and training managers on effective communication practices. She says, “When the HR pieces are falling into place, a business starts to run like a well-oiled machine.”

A leader in the business community, with a reputation of both positivity and integrity, Karen was recognized as one of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development, “HR Consultant of the Year” nominee at the SHRM Delaware Valley HR Chapter, Central Penn Business Journal’s Women of Influence, and is a nominee for the Woman of the Year Award from Business Women’s Forum (2020). 

She lives in Harrisburg, PA with her husband and retired racing greyhounds. Karen is an active member of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC (past two-term Board Member and current Co-Chair of the Ambassador Committee), the PA Chamber of Business and Industry (currently serving on both the Employment Committee and the Workers’ Compensation Committee), and HR Professionals of Central PA (Past President and future Foundations Board Member).

Patrick Wasylson, PeoplesBank, A Codorus Valley Company

Patrick Wasylson manages the Business Solutions division of PeoplesBank. He and his team assist business clients with navigating the best cash management solutions to reach their organizational goals. His depth of knowledge of the Pennsylvania banking industry is evident in his 30 year banking career spanning experiences in both business and consumer lending, investment management, business development, treasury management, merchant services and credit card management.

John Lufburrow, Vice President, Highmark

John joined Highmark in 2017 after 14 years in the pharmaceutical industry working for The Procter and Gamble Company and later with French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi. In his career he has built significant experience in sales, marketing, training, early stage product development and business development. Substantial industry contributions have been made in launching products, developing leaders and creating winning cultures with his passionate leadership style.

He started his Highmark career in National Sales working with large employer groups, followed by a promotion to Director of Customer Alignment where he served as a leader in both strategy and activation efforts. During 2018 John’s team proved integral in bringing UPMC to the negotiating table while helping thousands of our members find care with network providers. Over the last year John served as Highmark’s Vice President of Producer Strategy overseeing the health plans distribution channel and leading the redesign external engagement efforts.

John currently oversees all Commercial Market Sales and Service in Eastern Pennsylvania. He lives in the greater Harrisburg Area.