Why did you choose HR as your field?
I chose to pursue a career in human resources after making the connection of managing the talent of a business to my passion for coaching and leading sports teams. I was always excited by research around the way teams and individuals were motivated in athletics and found that aspects of HR such as recruitment, pay & rewards, and talent development were a great compliment to my interests.
What is your current job or role?
I currently work at Korn Ferry on the Pay & Rewards delivery team. We produce industry specific databases from which clients can benchmark their total rewards strategies. We then use this database and our analytics product, Talent Hub, to consult clients on anything from compensation elements for difficult to hire jobs to market specific organizational structure and shape for clients seeking possible restructuring.
In your current job, what gives you the greatest sense of reward and accomplishment?
Through working in various aspects of human resources, I have learned that the two competencies that I am most attracted to are data analytics and relationship management. I enjoy that my job allows me to work with numbers and interact with clients.
What is your greatest personal or professional accomplishment?
As a professional, I would say that my greatest accomplishments to date have been my career progression from a recruiting intern to earning a position as a full-time campus recruiter and then on to my first promotion to a generalist role. I was very thankful for the experience, exposure, and confidence I was able to gain with my first employer. I am looking forward to continuing to work hard and exhibit this career drive at Korn Ferry. From a personal standpoint, my greatest accomplishment was being honored as one of the top 30 NCAA female athletes through the Woman of the Year award because it recognized academics, volunteering and leadership successes in addition to athletics.
What words of wisdom would you offer to someone entering the HR field?
I find that entering the field of HR is incredibly rewarding because the community is comprised of individuals who have crafted their career around others succeeding in the workforce. Use this to your advantage! Do not hesitate to reach out and network because what you will find are that those who work as recruiters talent development professionals, for example, are open to extending their skills toward their those seeking career advice. I would also strongly recommend immersing yourself in the events put on by SHRM for emerging leaders – I have found these to be a great knowledge source for continued learning and a lens into new areas of the field you might not know about.
What have you found most valuable about being a member of Philly SHRM?
Philly SHRM has been a great community for me to have access to continued learning opportunities as well as to stay in touch with colleagues and classmates in the field. I believe the greatest value is that Philly SHRM members understand that we are all greater if we help each other learn more about our field and uncover new opportunities for career growth.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Outside of work, I coach a youth club field hockey team and stay active on my own by playing in field hockey tournaments nationwide, training for half marathons and triathlons. All this just to reward myself with the great restaurant and craft beer scene of Philadelphia!
If given an opportunity to do something really extraordinary or adventurous, what would it be and why?
This is tough! I’m not really an adrenaline junkie, but I will say a personal “adventure” for me is to complete a half ironman triathlon. I also enjoy hiking and would love to get to every national park in the US.View More Members