A Career Brick Wall or A Window of Opportunity?

Sometimes things happen in life that are simply unexpected, unfair, and come from out of the blue and smack you in the face like you were never expecting it.  That happened to me this past January.  I had a great career for almost two decades consulting and teaching. My motto was “I teach what I…read more

It’s Your Destiny… Take Control

I’ve been away from Women of HR for a while.  It was never my intention to let this platform go into hiatus, but as we all know life happens and best intentions are sometimes eclipsed by the realities of life.  But nevertheless, I’m back with the intention of being a bit more consistent now. Part…read more

The Science is Simple: Women on the Rise

With my team at Messina Staffing in Chicago, I’ve had the pleasure of connecting many talented women with wonderful jobs in science, technology, and engineering. Today, I see women rising everywhere I look, and the opportunities are only increasing! Let me tell you: these wildly talented women will lead the next generation. Here are three…read more

A Cautionary Tale: Amazon’s Experiment with AI in Hiring

While the search for true human-level computing power is still elusive, the targeted use of artificial intelligence is currently transforming individual lives and entire industries. From intelligent sourcing and automatic ordering optimizing supply chains for manufacturers to AI assistants routing incoming telephone calls and enhancing customer service, the examples are all around us. These specific…read more

5 Ways To Use Empathy to Become An Effective HR Leader

“You can only understand people if you feel them in yourself.” – John Steinbeck A couple of years ago I remember asking the CHRO of the company I employed at about what he thought was the most important characteristic an HR leader should possess. He was quick to reply- empathy. While I absolutely agreed with…read more

The New Digital Human Workplace #HRTechConf

The 2019 version of the HR Technology Conference and Exposition wrapped up about a week and a half ago, and as always it was a world class showcase of HR technology solutions, ideas, and trends in the space.  It’s a show that I wish every human resource practitioner and leader would attend at least once;…read more

Is your company recognizing “Her” enough?

“She needs your respect, not your comfort. Needs your support, not your sweet words. Girls with dreams become women with vision. All she needs is the freedom to create her own world.”   ~ Bithika Halder     Let’s be honest! Talking about gender at a workspace is more or less a taboo. Every company…read more

Three Ways to Improve Your Employee Engagement Plan Right Now

Employee engagement is top-of-mind in our HR industry. As the tight job market continues, retention is equally as important as recruitment. Employers are focusing on ways to better engage workers who might otherwise go elsewhere seeking what they perceive to be “greener grass.” Employee engagement is top-of-mind in our HR industry. Alongside the traditional benefits like…read more

Building Organizations Worthy of Our People #WorkHuman 2019

I recently had the honor and privilege of attending the Workhuman conference for my fourth year in a row.  That’s four out of five years for me.  I missed the first year, but only because I didn’t know about the event until it was already happening.  However, once I stumbled across it I followed along…read more

How to Excel as a Young Woman Entering the Workforce Today

Today, most Americans consider women just as capable of leadership as men. Despite this, there are still a number of barriers that women have to navigate when they strive to advance their career. The glass ceiling continues to be a very real issue, particularly in male-dominated industries. Women feel they must put in extra effort…read more

Do Women Take Things Too Personally?

Respectful disagreement and dialogue will often generate bigger and better ideas and solutions. Passionate debate must exist in an organization if it is to grow and thrive. Is this dynamic difficult for women to embrace?

Don’t Underhand Your Pitch

Instead of making a simple direct statement of our ideas, feelings, or opinions, we often apologize, ask permission, or smooth the waters in advance. Stop that now.

Mentoring is Only Part Of The Solution

Mentoring programs abound. Coordinators, companies and participants boast of their success. The successes are real. The programs are powerful. Yet, mentoring programs are only part of the solution.

Let’s Get Engaged, Ya’ll

Engagement drives higher-producing teams which then means our organizations will also reap the benefits.

Climbing The Ladder To Your Success

Passion is a word that gets thrown around here, there, and everywhere these days. Many of the world’s leading business leaders and social thinkers talk about the need to figure out what you are passionate about and not to stop until you find it. How do you do that?

Enough Of The Good Ole Boys Already

Enough about the “good ole boys.” Women, network, communicate, be clear about your goals and create some comfort zones of your own.

The Female Version of John Wayne

Equal Employment Opportunity is not just a federal law I’m charged with helping my organization uphold, it’s a personal conviction. It’s not that I think less of the women who have to take legal action; it’s that I idolize those in the generation before us who never did.

A Summer Of Hard Work

People are used to freedom and family during the summertime, bracketed by beaches, long days and picnics. That’s what our memories tell us, what photo albums tell us, and what advertising tells us. But it’s not real.