Good morning Women of HR! I hope you are awake and have some caffeine because it's time the latest installment of our Women of HR interview series.
We've done our best to bring you interviews with Women in many different aspects of the HR field, from technology to marketing to RPO's and we even went international. This week we are talking HR consulting!
Meet Judith Lindenberger!
Judy's background includes designing and facilitating the first-ever sexual harassment prevention training for federal workers, leading the management training department for a major financial organization, and creating a highly successful, global mentoring program for a Fortune 500 company which won the national Athena Award for Mentoring for two consecutive years. She is also a certified career coach and human resources consultant. A must hear speaker at industry conferences and a published author, Judy earned a B. A. in communications and an MBA in human resources. In her free time, Judy serves as President, Dunham Hall, Board of Trustees, and is a trained community mediator and child advocate. She is the past Vice President, Hopewell Valley Regional School District., past Vice President, YWCA Trenton, Board of Trustees, and past President, SERV Achievement Centers, Board of Trustees.
Hi Judy, so I understand that you run your own HR consulting business, The Lindenberger Group. Can you
tell us how you got started?
I had always thought about having my own business. My last job was with a nonprofit organization as the Director of HR and Administration. I knew that the job was temporary so towards the end I started talking with friends and family about what to do next. My former boss pushed me towards starting my own business. I hired a business coach to keep me on track, earned just $12,000 the first year, doubled that each year for the four several years, and have never looked back.
Can you finish the following thoughts for me?
My best advice… Is to trust your intuition.
I challenge… People to speak up and speak out.
I encourage… My daughters not to settle.
Leaders… Must have integrity.
Women… Are great at helping one another in times of trouble.
I like it, straight and to the point! Anything else you'd like add Judy?
I would love to know what new trends other women in HR are seeing in the field. For example, I have noticed that training is getting shorter, more focused and more practical, which I love. I have seen a greater emphasis on training about bullying in the workplace. And, although there is a lot of great information available online about managing your career, a lot of my business is still doing career coaching.
Judy, thank you so much for your time!