Magazine article HRMagazine

Many Paths to CHRO Office

Magazine article HRMagazine

Many Paths to CHRO Office

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At the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) 2013 Strategy Conference, held in San Diego in early October, more than 300 attendees heard from thought leaders and senior executives about business trends and strategic human capital management. They also got tips on advancing their own careers.

SHRM Foundation board member Libby Sartain, SPHR, former head of HR for Yahoo Inc. and Southwest Airlines, moderated a panel discussion among senior HR leaders, which included Rick Williams, senior vice president of human resources at Printpack Inc.; Rebecca Cantieri, vice president of human resources at SurveyMonkey; Jack Farnan, senior vice president of human resources at Mitchell International; and Natalie Dopp, vice president of human resources at LifeLock.

"There is no one ideal path" to the office of chief human resource officer (CHRO), Farnan said. "Anyone can get there through a circuitous path with the right skill sets and determination." Get experience in a wide range of areas, panelists said. Ask for what you want. Broaden your knowledge base of all HR specialties. Network and nurture relationships with your connections, and if you don't know the answers, don't be afraid to ask for help.

"You need to know your business inside and out," Dopp emphasized. …

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