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Baskaran Ambalavanan, SHRM-SCP HR Information Systems Manager Sheppard, Mullin, Richter and Hampton LLP

Magazine article HRMagazine

Baskaran Ambalavanan, SHRM-SCP HR Information Systems Manager Sheppard, Mullin, Richter and Hampton LLP

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Baskaran Ambalavanan grew up in India and Immigrated to the U.S. in 2002, shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and subsequent economic downturn. With no U.S. HR experience and a foreign-sounding name, he couldn't find an HR job.

But every long journey in life starts with a small step. He took a $9.85-an-hour position in the medical records field. Then, he prepared to get back into HR by joining the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and obtaining several HR certifications and an MBA. He got a break when he was hired as the sole HR professional at a small company.

Since 2015, Ambalavanan has been a member of SHRM's Technology and HR Management Special Expertise Panel, where he helps identify emerging HR trends. He also serves as technology chair for SHRM's Los Angeles-area chapter, Professionals In Human Resources Association.

He has traveled far, but his journey has just begun.

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