A Worthy Tribute – #TimSackettDay 2017

I’m late to this party.  But as they say, better late than never.

Yesterday was “Tim Sackett Day.”  If you’re not familiar with this annual occurrence, it’s the one day a year that the HR blogging community comes together to recognize someone who doesn’t get recognized enough.  A leader in the HR space who doesn’t tout their own accomplishments as much as they should to be recognized for the value they add to our profession and our HR community, named after the very first recipient.

Even though I missed the boat on this year’s tribute, I’d be remiss if I didn’t post something nonetheless, late as it may be.  Because this year’s honoree is Lisa Rosendahl.

If you don’t know that name, you should….you wouldn’t be reading this post here today on this site if it weren’t for Lisa.  I first met her on a cold, cold January night in Chicago back in 2010.  That was the first night of a girls weekend in which a handful of HR professionals from all over the country, many of whom had never met or had met just briefly, but all of whom had connected via Twitter, came together to share drinks and laughs, and the product of which was this very blog.

Lisa was one of the founders, original writers, and very first editor of this site.  It was her hard work and dedication that helped to get Women of HR off the ground, and her diligence that helped it build momentum and kept it running beautifully for the first several years.  A number of reasons led her to hand off editorial duties to me several years ago, a transition that was pretty smooth thanks to the fruits of her labor.  What I do today is nothing compared to the work she put into establishing this site.  And for that I thank you Lisa 🙂

Beyond her involvement with this blog, Lisa is a blogger on her own site and an HR practitioner and leader in the great state of Minnesota, currently the acting Associate Director of the US Department of Veterans Affairs.  She is the epitome of what a great trench HR professional and leader should be.  And she is one heck of a nice person.  Through the times we’ve spend together since we first met in 2010, as we got to know each other better and worked together on this site, I’ve always thought of her as a big sister I never had.  She’s just caring and nurturing like that.

So here’s to you Lisa.  I literally wouldn’t be here [on this site] without you! You are an inspiration and a very worthy recipient of this honor this year!

If you don’t know her yet, connect with Lisa on LinkedIn or Twitter.  I promise you won’t regret it!




About the Author

Jennifer Payne

Jennifer Payne is a 20+ year human resources leader with a focus on researching, developing, and implementing talent management programs. She is a believer in lifelong learning and self-development who strives to stay current in HR trends, technology, best practices, and the future of work by sharing knowledge with and learning from HR colleagues and thought leaders across the country and throughout the world through writing, speaking, and involvement in various industry conferences and events.  She is one of the co-founders of Women of HR, and is currently the Editor of the site. You can connect with her on Twitter...

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