Category Archives: The Not-So-Back-Office

I Promise Not to be an Obstacle

I’m glad to have this guest post from a fellow HR colleague I’ve connected with only by the graces of Social Media. Richie Coladarci leads the human resource operations at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY.   He is an advocate for Higher-Ed HR professionals through his involvement with the College and University Professional Association for…

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5,000 Employees, $9B in Holdings: It Really Isn’t that Hard!

It’s hard to get through the New York Times Sunday edition. When I pick it up, build the fire, and get my coffee, I approach the prospect of doing so, however, with relish…and the best of intentions. Inevitably the kids need something or the dog gets into trouble or the honey-do list lands in my…

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The Not-So-Back-Office: Stephanie Kempa, a Mile Wide and Deep

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This (relatively) regular feature is designed to expose the “Trench HR” community (HR people practicing in a corporate environment – private or public) to leaders who have found success in our profession.  This interview with Stephanie Kempa, Senior HR Director with Hewlett-Packard (HP), was conducted, condensed, and in some cases paraphrased by Charlie Judy. Stephanie is responsible…

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Write Drunk, Edit Sober…

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Ernest Hemingway once said, “write drunk and edit sober.”  That’s just one of many pieces of advice I’ve received (and read) on blogging.  Another is to try and post at least every other day.  The former piece of advice has been much easier for me than the later.  And despite having just returned from a…

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The Not-So-Back-Office: Steve Browne’s Job is Selling Pizza

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This interview with Steve Browne, Executive Director of Human Resources for LaRosa’s Pizza, Inc., was conducted, condensed, and in some cases paraphrased by Charlie Judy. Q. Why did you pick HR? A. I had ambitions of being a chemical engineer until one day in college I watched an honors chemistry professor completely disregard the human element…

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