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This is a series of Transform speaker spotlights ahead of Transform Virtual June 22

 

Job Cred:  

Staples employee for … 18 years!

Spent majority of Staples career on the business side, including inventory management and supply chain

One of the first Lean Six Sigma Black Belts and Master Black Belts at Staples

Last 4 years spent in HR/Talent Acquisition, currently the Head of Talent Acquisition and Workforce Planning

 

Job Advice: 

Don’t think about the job you’re in now, think about the capabilities you have for what’s next. I am the perfect example of internal mobility at Staples.

I encourage people to take a risk and put yourself out there. HR was completely outside of my comfort zone, but now I feel like I am at home. There are so many interesting things happening in HR and talent management space, tons of new technology.  There is plenty of runway here for me to stay in HR, but I never limit my options.

 

Degree:

Fine Art … I know, so crazy! I went to school for printmaking and am an artist by trade. Don’t ask me how I built this career for myself! It hasn’t been a conventional path at all. I definitely have both sides of the brain: flexing the creative side in college and the business side in my professional life. All I can say is: Do what you’re passionate about.

 

Describe yourself in 5 words:

Strategic. Thoughtful. Fun. Dedicated. Loyal.

 

Why did you decide to speak at Transform?

I have an interesting perspective on internal mobility, both personally and professionally. I see how difficult it is to get talent from the outside in. I know how long it takes to get people up to speed. I also see so much great talent at Staples, but I also see them leave. I’ve been privileged to have an amazing career across different roles at Staples, and I want to share that experience to prove that investing in growth and marketing career changes to your own employees is so pivotal. Why? Because it’s easier now for people to talk to external recruiters than to find opportunities with their current employer.

 

Brand that inspires you:

TripAdvisor. I’m a huge fan: from a user experience, it’s an easy to use platform, but more importantly, I trust them. They are extremely innovative in how they approach their services and build brand trust. 

 

Best piece of advice you’ve received (career or life):

Treat others as you would want to be treated. You can never go wrong with that.

 

Favorite book:

I’m more of a short story reader, but regardless I need to read a book that inspires me. One that I still remember vividly is Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder. 

 

Where to next? 

Bordeaux, France, with my husband, very soon. 

 

If anyone could play you in a movie, who would you pick?

Julia Roberts. She has a fun side to her. She actually seems lighthearted, not just from some of the roles she’s played. And I am not the most serious person who’s walked the face of the earth. I balance work with fun. 

 

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

To be honest, it’s in my current position: transitioning into leading a team in an area that I was not a subject matter expert, yet making some pretty positive transformations. Getting outside my comfort zone was a risk that paid off. 

 

Bucket list item: 

Going on an African safari. I feel like it would be the most freeing experience to be out with wildlife that might not exist in 50 years.

 

One thing you can’t live without: 

My family. I’m pretty connected to them, and I still live close. They keep me grounded. To be more specific, I’d say my husband, but that sounds pretty desperate though, doesn’t it?! I could, but I wouldn’t want to. That’s what life is all about.

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