Who’s a rising star in HR? We asked senior HR experts to nominate exceptional, talented women in HR with five years or less experience to celebrate our industry and the inspirational women within it. Our only criteria were that they had to be someone:
They came back and identified ten exceptional future HR leaders. Click on the boxes to find out why they were nominated – and their advice to others. Happy reading!
“Nadia demonstrates our values of respect, professionalism, integrity and innovation in the way that she works with others and advocates for our HR community and HMRC as a whole.
“Anyone who works with her always comes away with a positive experience because she is so open, friendly and generous with her time and knowledge. She’s a real star with strong delivery ethos and has the potential to be one of our senior leaders of the future.”
“Relationships are key to success in HR, so if you are just starting out, make time to build relationships with your colleagues and key stakeholders early on. It will ensure that you have people championing you and the positive difference you can make to the organization.”
“Ellie is incredible and an inspiration to those around her. In Kampala, Uganda in September 2018, I watched her deliver a session on wellbeing to staff from Hope for Justice – a charity aiming to bring an end to modern slavery – and they were mesmerized.
“In December, she took to the stage for the first time at Disrupt HR London to share her experience in front of 160+ of her industry peers and again was mesmerizing. At 23, she was the second youngest speaker to date.
“In the middle of all of this, she completed her master’s in HR Management receiving distinction for her dissertation.”
“HR is about people; you’ll find yourself having conversations you’ve never had to have before and it can be difficult, but it’s so rewarding when you see the impact you can make. It takes a conscious effort to develop how you want to be perceived and to reflect and learn from every interaction you have.”
“Amanda is a passionate young professional that’s become strongly involved in The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) at both a local and national level.
“Amanda also works with college students interested in the industry and started a blog about the future of HR which has been well received. Her energy and excitement are contagious.”
“Although HR is typically a female dominated industry, HR leaders frequently end up reporting to male executives. Until females are better represented at the top, we need to be ourselves, show our leaders that we are confident, and take charge of our own careers. You can do all of these things and more.”
“In less than two years Tabi has gone from scheduling interviews and chasing down feedback, to headhunting and onboarding senior people in our business. She took a fledgling idea for a recruiting bootcamp and now completely owns it. She engages with talent, hosts and facilitates on the day and her instinct around good hires is sought after.
“She’s done all this with grace, charm, humor and never once lost sight of the person behind the candidate. She never goes through the motions – even when the pressure is on and the stakes are high. She will be my boss one day, and I’ll consider myself very lucky.”
“There is no process which fits all, because Talent deals with people and all the complex hopes, dreams and emotions which come with them. Therefore, decisions must be made balancing commercial direction and human emotion.
“It’s about working out how to get the best out of people in a way which stays true to your company values and the human beings at hand. You need to be prepared to work with all sides of human nature – from the ecstasy of offering people jobs, to the difficultly of making people redundant.”
“I’ve been blown away by not just Broch’s appetite for learning, but how quickly she assimilates information and puts it into practice.
“Way ahead of expectations, Broch was handling client contact and advice; running workshops and training-type sessions; and has delivered keynote speeches on topics that are progressive, pioneering and complex. All in Broch’s first year as an HR professional, having only recently qualified with an MBA in HR Management.”
“HR is a place where being different equates to the difference people can make to their world of work. So, embrace your quirks, have the courage to be vulnerable in the pursuit of being yourself, and be comfortable with how you show up with your energy, creative designs and applied thinking.”
“Louella helps to lead our Wisconsin diversity and inclusion efforts as one of our chairwomen of our Founding Values Committee. Through this leadership position, Louella mentors countless female employees across Wisconsin in all business lines.
“Louella is also actively engaged in the recruiting community. She has served on the board for Wisconsin Association of Colleges and Employers, and she currently manages our partnership with six university campuses across Wisconsin, acting as a mentor on the Female Leadership panel. Louella is an incredible asset to our team.”
“You must be organized, understand your business, and have a sense of urgency and desire to learn something new every day. Most importantly – be yourself, be confident, do the right thing, and be honest with people.”
“Emma joined us a year ago; her key qualities are her attention to detail, problem solving issues and giving good clear commercial advice. She works well with all levels of staff and she manages the HR generalist role with ease – even with curve balls thrown in too!”
“HR has a lot of on the job training which allows you to gain the experience to drive your career. Always look out for these development opportunities, asking others if there is anything you can help with or shadow. Another really simple way to gain more experience is to just ask questions. Be curious, find out what other colleagues are doing and why they are doing it.”
“Claire’s a dynamic professional who’s harnessing the power of social media, particularly video, engaging candidates and other HR pros.
“Claire blogs and gives back to the community by working with college students interested in Human Resources. She’s involved in the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and DisruptHR, and I know that she will be successful in her career.”
“Know your strengths and why you’re going into the HR field. Surround yourself with a strong support system of HR and business professionals at different companies and mentors. Stay confident and don’t let that impostor syndrome creep up on you!”
“I have worked with Jazmine in the last year in a volunteer board member capacity and she’s consistently performed at or above expectations. She is very active on social media and isn’t afraid to share her opinions and ideas on how to improve the HR function. While early in her career, I’m incredibly excited to see her progress over time and how she will positively impact the HR profession.”
“Stand tall – don’t shrink what you bring to the organization or the field because of someone else. No matter if you’re networking, in an interview, or on the job, show the talents that have helped you break the barrier and enter the field.”
“Since we hired Kaiwei she showed an extraordinary potential and degree of autonomy that made us immerse her in initiatives that went beyond her responsibilities as HR Executive for South East Asia.
“Thanks to Kaiwei, we have now a set of policies for both Singapore and Taiwan, which she volunteered to make happen. Kaiwei has always been located in Singapore but was offered a role in Madrid last year to be our International HRIS expert and she didn´t hesitate to accept. She has a great future ahead.”
“If you are just starting out and you don´t know which HR specialization to start from, try to go for a more generalized role for around three years or more. Learn the foundation of HR, then find your interest in whichever area you want to venture into.”