Magazine article HRMagazine

Vanessa Alvarado Guevara, SHRM-CP Talent Management Director Stryker Global Corp

Magazine article HRMagazine

Vanessa Alvarado Guevara, SHRM-CP Talent Management Director Stryker Global Corp

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Vanessa Alvarado Guevara loves her beautiful island of Puerto Rico, where she has lived all her life. So she is committed to working to help improve the island's current financial crisis in any way she can.

"Now more than ever, our future will depend on the courage and commitment that our HR leaders have to inspire our people to make a difference, to change traditional ways of working," Alvarado says.

She believes she's doing just that by volunteering with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She began as a college student and now is president of the SHRM Puerto Rico Chapter, which has more than 1,000 members. She also chairs the educational committee for the chapter's annual conference and previously served on the chapter board, representing the island's southern region.

In 2014, Alvarado, whose employer makes medical equipment and technology, was named one of Puerto Rico's top "40 under 40" most promising young business leaders by Caribbean Business, a newspaper in Puerto Rico.

"I want to be an optimistic role model for others, becoming the change we want to see in Puerto Rico," she says. …

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