planned learning initiatives, and design and support learning sessions.
Along with developing content, I am developing an annual
learning plan that supports the long-term learning strategy for the
manufacturing plants. As the lead for the Alchemy key user network,
I collaborate with plants and HR to ensure that operations
employees receive training in all relevant areas.
What do you like most about your job?
HW: What I look forward to every day is interacting with the
plants. I am developing relationships with the plants and especially
enjoy seeing how the training I create and support can influence
the operations employees.
What does a typical day at work for you look like?
HW: No day is ever exactly the same. Sometimes, I am fortunate
enough to visit a plant and I’m able to interact with plant level colleagues
directly. Many of my days are filled with meetings with
executive sponsors, subject matter experts and colleagues. I have
many projects in progress with various operational groups.
What are some of the challenges you
experience on a day-to-day basis?
HW: Manufacturing is a new industry for me, and I am trying
to learn specifically about our plants and processes. I’m fortunate
enough to have great support both within my learning team and
at the plant level. It’s always challenging to balance training needs
with the daily requirements of production.
What are your ultimate career goals?
HW: My long-term goal is to consult and provide learning and
development expertise to a variety of client groups. Ultimately, I
would like my input and influence to build a learning culture within
What advice do you have for others interested in pursuing
an HR career specializing in learning and development,
or for those looking to move up the ladder?
HW: For anyone entering the HR field, pursuing one of the
designations (CHRP, CHRL, CHRE) is a good way to get the
necessary requirements to obtain an HR position. Learning and
development is a specialty within the HR field, and many companies
don’t have a specific team dedicated to training. If you’re
interested in learning and development, I would seek roles in companies
that have dedicated learning departments and would focus
on those with a strong learning culture.
Ask for stretch opportunities to work with your company’s
learning team either as a subject matter expert, or projects that involve
your area and the learning team.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
HW: I enjoy spending time with my three children, traveling
and scuba diving. I also have a passion for music, theatre and
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