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Cyndy Reynolds

Cyndy Reynolds

Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.

I'm a seasoned HR professional and I'm seeking a career change. I'd like to stay in HR but hope to connect to a meaningful non-profit next.

Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?

I have a great friend who suggested Ellevate. She leveraged Ellevate in her job search to supplement her experiences and frustrations she was having in her search.

How would you define your professional mission?

I'm a seasoned HR professional and I'm seeking a career change. I'd like to stay in HR but hope to connect to a meaningful non-profit next. I'm looking to round out the final 15 years of my successful career with a team that values my skillset.

What qualities does it take for someone to be successful in your line of work?

Passion, flexibility, and compassion are the 3 top qualities that come to mind for sure. I definitely wouldn't have been as successful as I have been without these 3 items.

What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?

At one of the largest high-tech companies in the world, our division became (if stood alone) the largest revenue producing high-tech firm in the world at the time. Through our hard work and passion, we were able to feed an amazing pipeline of creativity for many generations to come.

What are some career challenges on your radar?

Since the onset of covid, HR related legislation and trends have become more agile. In such, HR professionals must stay agile.

What project have you worked on that you’re most proud of? Why?

I was with a large box retailer in the 90's. We were getting ready to delve into a market where are largest competitor dominated. Working together with our corporate teams and locally developing leadership was so successful, I daresay we became the dominate retailer in that market.

We’d love to hear more about your career path. What led you to where you are today?

Prior to graduating with a BS degree in HR, I had asked my operations manager at the time if I could work one day a week with our HR person as a job shadow. I'm forever grateful that he was all for it. Sine those days, I grew from a store HR pro to a district- wide and then a region-wide HR pro. I then jumped at the opportunity to jump into the large high-tech company to grow my career. Alas, my heartstrings got pulled, so I relocated to be closer to family once again. Most recently, I got to lead HR for a small firm locally with 2 HR pros working for me. We were so successful, that we got acquired as leadership retired. I'm now seeking my next opportunity to sink my teeth into delivering results for businesses from an HR perspective.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Having a mutual respect from all whom I've supported within all the areas of life we support in HR. From tragic events to amazing celebrations, HR is by employees' sides. I get a thrill at being a support for employees as we deliver success together for organizations.

What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?

I've already been told by one of the organizations I worked for that they are who they are because of me. I was so humbled and grateful. In general, I want to leave a legacy of meaningful HR support and grow future HR leadership.

What is it about your job that makes you feel it’s the right fit for you?

n/a (seeking that role)

Who are your role models?

I have a large tribe of role models...Key friends, family and colleagues.

What is your morning ritual?

Welcome each day into my spirit as an opportunity to make a difference.

What is your favorite social media site? Why?

Right now, it is linked in. Networking is key when job seeking.

What would you say your personal superpower is?

I'm a beacon of organization- I get a thrill out of managing my calendar and making the most of each day. I also leverage this superpower into exceeding deadlines.

What does success look like to you?

Serving each other in a capacity that invites transparency, authenticity, and psychological safety to permit humility and vulnerability in effort to grow each other (and organizations).

Is work-life balance a problem for you? What is one no-fail tactic you use to create balance?

I'm good at work-life balance and encouraging those I work with to embrace it as well. Calendaring is key to set parameters and goals and stick with them.

What advice would you offer future leading ladies wishing to break into your industry?

Get current on HR trends, get a degree, and join SHRM chapters.

What is the best career advice you ever received?

Leverage your strengths more than work on your weaknesses.

What is one piece of advice you’d offer working moms?

Be gentle in the workplace with your experiences being (or becoming) a mother. For instance, try to acknowledge that there may be silent colleagues around you that have not been successful in starting a family. So, they may be in pain as you talk about a baby shower, taking time off to bond, etc.

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