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Based in Erie, PA, Human Capital Associates is a Human Resources Consulting Firm focused on providing practical, tactical and strategic HR solutions for privately-held companies, non-profit organizations and professional services firms in the region. As the founder and Principal Owner of Human Capital Associates, I am responsible for identifying prospective clients, cultivating client relationships and providing HR solutions for their organizations. My service offerings include talent acquisition, executive search and recruitment; policy and procedure review; organizational design; performance management; compensation strategy; employee engagement; HR metrics and analytics; and assessment tools.

The highlight of my career in the field of HR is in my current role where I work directly with company owners, executive directors and executive management teams to identify HR solutions. I consider it a privilege to become immersed in each organization’s culture, understanding their workforce, competitive advantages and vulnerabilities. In Human Resources, every day is very different; especially working among multiple organizations simultaneously. Yesterday, for example, I facilitated interviews for an executive-level position, updated key policies, presented the results of an employee engagement survey and benchmarked compensation data; all for different client organizations. Due to the variety in both my clients’ needs and my workload, my days start early (6:00AM), providing for a solid head start to the workday.

Following my graduation from Villa Maria Academy here in Erie, I attended Xavier University, where I earned a business degree (BSBA) in Human Resource Management. I am currently enrolled the Executive Master of Human Resource Management program at Cornell University and will graduate in August. When I began college, I knew that I wanted to pursue a business degree, however, I was not necessarily passionate about finance, accounting or economics; marketing was oversaturated, so I explored Human Resources. At the time, my Uncle was the VP of Human Resources for an aircraft corporation and spoke of his day-to-day responsibilities with great enthusiasm and passion. I pursued an HR internship during my junior year and decided this was the right field for me. Throughout the past 17 years, I have spent time in every function of HR and am thrilled to be an entrepreneur as well.

The qualities most critical for success as an HR professional include empathetic listening and emotional intelligence; assertiveness and quick follow-up; integrity and accountability; and strong communication skills. In addition, a successful HR leader must have the ability to clearly understand how HR decisions influence other areas of a business.

Currently, I am a sole proprietor, however, I am conducting interviews for an internship position. Several characteristics I am seeking throughout the interview process include preparedness, enthusiasm, curiosity, evidence of past success and perseverance, a willingness to work hard, and well-thought-out questions. The size of a professional services business like mine is insignificant; to me, the quality of my work and being a trusted advisor to my clients are my top priorities.

Something that people may find surprising about my career, is that I have only worked for smaller HR consulting and recruiting firms. Throughout the past 17 years, I have contemplated (several times) transitioning to a larger corporation, with further runway for career advancement. Although alluring at times, my career path has always allowed me to work very closely with owners and key decision-makers – and remain in the Erie-area, my hometown, while doing so.


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