On October 18, Kristie Pappal (2000), delivered the School of Labor and Employment Relation’s (LER) Annual Outstanding Alumni Lecture. Pappal is the current Vice President of Human Resources for the NFL's 2018 Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles and a 2000 graduate of Penn State's LER program. She has been with the Eagles since 2007 and has more than 17 years of combined HR experience.
In her current role as Vice President, Pappal provides comprehensive human resources leadership. She is responsible for ensuring a positive and productive work environment for all employees, providing strategic direction, and overseeing performance management, talent acquisition, employee relations, benefits, compensation, and organizational development.
Her previous experience includes serving as the Director of Human Resources at Town Sports International (TWI)—the parent company of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington Sports Clubs—and as the Human Resources Representative at Iron Mountain Records Management.
Pappal earned a bachelor of science in labor and industrial relations (LIR), with a minor in psychology and a certificate in human resources. While a student at Penn State, she immersed herself in many activities, including Cross Country, Track and Field and served as an officer for the Labor Studies Club.
In her talk, Pappal gained the students’ attention by first showing them the Super Bowl ring she received in 2018 for her “behind the scenes” work with the organization. She went on to urge students to get involved in activities outside the classroom. “Being involved creates value. It builds strong relationships and naturally creates opportunities… Volunteer for leadership roles on boards or professional interest groups. Be genuine and authentic in your words and actions; people observe and take notice.”
Following her own advice, Pappal remains an active member of the Penn State community. She is a Liberal Arts alumni mentor and participated in the Liberal Arts’ annual Penn State Women: Leaders of Today and Tomorrowevent in 2016. In 2015, she was awarded the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the College of the Liberal Arts. She also serves as a board member and co-chair of the Labor and Employment Relations Alumni Program Group.
In 2015, she received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the College of the Liberal Arts. She currently serves as a Board Member and Co-Chair of the LER Alumni Program Group (APG).