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Board Member Spotlight-DePuy

TeriDePuy

MEET TERI DEPUY - DIRECTOR OF COLLEGE RELATIONS!

As an HR-executive-turned-career-coach, Teri guides her clients through the challenging job transition process by helping them understand and embrace the value of being who they are, inspiring them to get intentional about where they really want to go next, and supporting them in navigating how to confidently get there through her work at the company she founded, InsideOut Advising.

Teri’s multidimensional background and experience are of high value to her clients. Her professional career began as manager of a 9-1-1 communications center, which launched her career in training and leadership roles in public safety, technology, telecommunications, and higher education.
A pivotal career change occurred when Teri was leading Human Resources as the Senior Vice President of Organizational Development where she oversaw leadership development, executive compensation, and succession planning initiatives. This role shined a bright light on her passion for developing individuals and teams to achieve their full potential that ultimately led her to launch her consultancy and doing the work she loves today.

FUN FACT ABOUT TERI - Teri has an identical twin sister that lives in Broomfield. If you see "Teri" out in town make sure you confirm that it's really Teri!

College Relations at BAHRA? The Director of College Relations role bridges relationships, programs and educational opportunities between the HR community in the Boulder area and the graduate and undergraduate students at Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder in support of our mission to elevate the profession of HR. Through our relationships with faculty, students and Career Development we support student volunteerism; participate in the Host a Student Job Shadow Day and build connections with emerging leaders via our annual Rising Professionals meet up held on campus each fall. To learn more about how you can get involved with College Relations, email Teri at [email protected]

Check out books and movies that Teri highly recommends!

  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni
  • Everyday Joy and Tacos, Amy Klene

 Favorite Movie: Top Gun

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Board Member Spotlight-Sizemore

Board Member Spotlight - Kacie Sizemore, Vice President Membership

Kacie Sizemore is the Founder and Intellectual Capital Leader for Joyus, LLC in Denver. As an advocate of people-centric work cultures, Kacie has spent the past 14 years enhancing leadership, culture and employee wellbeing programs for her clients- with a specific focus on creating an elevated employee experience for the employees and higher engagement levels for the employer. She does this through advanced people analytics, which helps clients make informed decisions about their workforce. Find Kacie on Twitter @KacieLSizemore

FUN FACT ABOUT KACIE!! Kacie is an avid traveler and has been all over the world. Her most thrilling experience, however, was bungee jumping off of a bridge that was labeled the World’s Highest Bungee Jump by Guinness World Records. Yikes!!!
What is Membership at BAHRA? Membership is the core of BAHRA because our members are the reason BAHRA exists. This fundamental role within BAHRA is comprised of a VP of Membership that sits on the Board of Directors, as well as a sub-committee of passionate member volunteers. The role of membership is not only to attract and retain members, it is also to help build an inclusive community of HR practitioners and folks in related fields.
Each December, the Membership Committee hosts our Exclusive Member Appreciation Event at an offsite location to provide our members with a unique networking opportunity and libations to celebrate their awesomeness!

Kacie's Picks! Check out TWO books that she highly recommends!

"The Culture Code" by Dan Coyle - an easy, interesting read on why cultures work or don’t work. A broad study of jewel thieves and the San Antonio Spurs, as well as why Kindergarteners out perform MBA graduates at certain tasks. This book uncovers the psychology behind cultures. (Yes, there are workplace studies too)

"9 Lies About Work: The Freethinking Leader's Guide To The Real World" by Marcus Buckingham - a newly-released fantastic read that uncovers the 9 lies about work that we are led to believe and how those lies cause dysfunction and poor performance in the workplace. Kacie highly recommends this book for anyone who wants to create change and break the This is the way we’ve always done it barrier.

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Board Member Spotlight-Barry

MeghanBarry

MEET A BAHRA RISING PROFESSIONAL – MEGHAN BARRY!!

Meghan’s Story

Meet BAHRA Board Secretary and Rising HR Professional Meghan Barry!  Like many of us, Meghan’s college studies didn’t point her in the direction of a career in HR.  Meghan earned a BS in horticulture with an emphasis in floraculture, so after college she moved to Hawaii and worked on a hydroponic tomato farm.  What better place than the Aloha State, where everything grows, for someone with this educational background!  After a couple of years Meghan realized that this work wasn’t her ultimate calling, so eventually she moved back to Colorado. 

At that time, she felt called to teaching and earned a Masters degree in elementary education.  After four years as a teacher she started to feel a little burn out, but stuck with it and landed a position at a new school.  She hoped this new environment and position would be invigorating, but unfortunately her employment contract was not renewed due to funding cuts.  At first she was devastated but then, being a “glass half full person”, she realized that she had quite possibly dodged a bullet by having a reason to leave that career path.

At that point Meghan thought “What am I going to do now?”.  Being a self-starter who knows how to identify and access resources, Meghan got involved with Workforce Boulder County’s Career Services.  She took workshops and self directed labs to guide her job search and sharpen her skills.  She applied for a paid internship through their WIOA program (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act).  She also worked with career advisor  Jane McKean who assessed her interests and skills.  The results directed her to the field of HR.  Jane suggested that Meghan attend a Boulder Area HR Association (BAHRA) event.  Meghan was new to “networking” and just the thought of doing it was nerve wracking and terrifying – but she did it!

Meghan’s very first BAHRA event was a Rising Professional meet-up at Galvanize in Boulder in fall 2017.  Right away she met and connected with BAHRA board members Teri DePuy and Kelly Marinelli who made an effort to follow up and met Meghan for coffee.  At the same event she connected with Christine Fitzgerald, Human Resources Manager for The Stepping Stones Group.  Fortunately, through the WIOA program, Meghan was able to offer her services for HR internship paid for by Workforce Boulder County.  The position met the requirements for the internship and it didn’t cost The Stepping Stones Group a dime to bring her on board!  This internship ended up being a great first HR experience for Meghan.

Fast forward 3 months and Meghan attended her next BAHRA Rising Professionals event.  With her internship drawing to a close,  she announced to the group that she was looking for a full-time HR position. Dawn Scriber and Deidra Mogan, the HR team from  KPA had in fact come to the event that night with the specific purpose of looking for a new HR coordinator at their company!  The event was on a Thursday, Meghan interviewed with KPA on Friday and by Tuesday she had her first full-time HR position!

Meghan says that this experience “totally changed” her life.  Through KPA she’s received tremendous exposure to all areas of the HR profession, she been able to travel for work and she’s helped to bring on over 100 new employees!  She’s applied for a SHRM Certification scholarship that would cover the cost of the preparation materials and the exam, to the tune of $750.

Her experience at KPA has put her in the frying pan AND the fire, in a good way!  She’s had to take the reins of the department on several occasions, first when a team member left the company and again when another had to take early maternity leave.  It’s been a lot of exposure FAST, and she’s been exposed to virtually every facet of HR.  KPA’s HR team is now operating at full strength, so she works with great colleagues. The company is very supportive of Meghan attending conferences and having continuing education opportunities.

What’s Next? In addition to her position as HR Coordinator at KPA, Meghan is secretary for the BAHRA board and Chairperson of BAHRA’s Rising Professionals group!  With her leadership BAHRA’s Rising Pros will have three fun and informative events in 2019, including one event teaming up with the College Relations committee and CU’s Leeds School of Business.  Stay tuned, be sure to put those events on your calendar and remember that ALL levels of HR professionals are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Information on Workforce Boulder County (WfBC) If you’ve been involuntarily terminated from your position you are eligible for unemployment compensation in Colorado, and for services through Workforce Boulder County.  They offer a variety of career services including a Job Search Safari, assistance with resume writing and LinkedIn profiles, special services for veterans and young adults, and many others.  Meghan highly recommends these resources for anyone that may need some direction, wants to feel a sense of purpose and have some tasks to focus on, and would like to have a solid resource to rely on.  There are so many opportunities available for people who are willing to do the work!

WfBC has a tuition reimbursement program (which at the time of Meghan’s search did not have HR specific opportunities but is otherwise fantastic!) as well as their WIOA paid internship program (which also had no pre-established HR positions, but allows the flexibility for applicants to seek their own internships like Meghan did!).  The program’s purpose is to place people in new professional fields and get them some training.  Applicants who are accepted into WfBC’s WIOA paid internship program are employees of and paid by Boulder County which is a huge incentive for any companies to participate!  The WIOA program provides a huge amount of support to participants and Meghan stated that it was “invaluable for getting in the door” of her new career in HR.

For more information on WfBC programs and services, including the internship program, go to https://www.bouldercounty.org/departments/community-services/workforce-boulder-county/job-seekers/ .  To take advantage of WfBC’s services you must register at www.connectingcolorado.com. Be aware that it takes 30-60 minutes to create your account and complete your registration.

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Board Member Spotlight-Chernak

Debi ChernakBoard Member Spotlight:  Meet Debi Chernak - Co-Director, Sponsorship

DEBI CHERNAK, SPHR, SPHRi, SHRM-SCP, M.Ed. is Founder & CEO of HR Cert Prep Pros, Inc., an HR Consulting & Certification Prep Company, and BAHRA’s Co-Director of Sponsorship. During her professional career, Debi has served as VP-HR for IntelePeer Cloud Communications; Sr. HR Consultant for Summit HR Solutions; Director of HR & Employee Engagement for Unisyn Medical Technologies; Director of HR for Aztek Networks; and Founder and VP—HR & Administration for Live Wire Networks.

This essential Board role serves to secure sponsorships from companies and organizations who share our passion for the HR community, and provide relevant products and services to help facilitate your success as HR professionals. In addition to offering solutions to your HR challenges, the financial contributions of our sponsors allow us to continue to deliver high-quality programs and services and maintain affordable annual membership and event fees. Thank you for visiting with our sponsors at member programs, and consider engaging them for your organization. They are here to serve you!
 

Debi would love to share a recent article she wrote for a book coming out soon! Her article "Ten Keys to Achieving Meaningful & Effective Performance Reviews" is one of several that Debi contributed to 102 Nuggets for Business and Professional Life by Rai Chowdhary. Click on the article title to access and download this terrific top 10 list!