Chief People Officer
What do you actually do at TrueBlue day to day?
I am passionate about creating innovative human resources strategies that anticipate future skill and competency requirements and align with the broader business strategy.
As part of my efforts, I champion programs that enable professional growth and development for employees at all levels of the organization. I’m dedicated to making TrueBlue a destination for top talent and an exceptional place to work, with industry-leading employee retention and job satisfaction.
We create and administer programs that develop and attract our talent. In other words, we get to think about new things that will make an impact in the lives of our employees.
What advice do you have for women getting started in their careers?
Never be afraid or self-conscious about speaking up and speaking your mind. You have a unique viewpoint that no one else has and it’s meaningful and important.
Who is someone who has contributed to your success and how?
Every manager that I’ve had has contributed to my growth. Even those who made me cry have made me stronger. They helped me learn what I did and didn’t want to be to others.
Who inspires you? Why?
My parents were my biggest inspiration. They both grew up with nothing. They never stopped learning, growing and challenging themselves to do better. They taught me to believe in myself and that I really could do anything I wanted to do.
What is the biggest failure you’ve had at work and how did you get through it?
Years ago, I let one person impact my confidence and my happiness. This one person would degrade me in front of others, call my values into question and made me feel that I shouldn’t have been in the position that I was in, even though I did my job well. This one person caused me so much self-doubt that I could feel myself shrinking away. I was younger at the time and didn’t feel that I could stand up for myself and call this person out for their behavior. I let this person get to me and cause so much self-doubt that it took me years to recover from it. In hindsight, I wish that I had taken this person aside and addressed it with them in private to let them know that I would not stand for being spoken to that way. Live and learn!
What is the proudest moment in your career so far?
I am proudest when someone on my team gets promoted or recognized by the groups they support!