What attracted you to Nonprofit HR?
I was introduced to Nonprofit HR by Shaunna McElveen. She was very transparent about the culture here. Hearing that Nonprofit HR wants its staff to be/feel heard by giving us space and freedom to grow made it extremely attractive. Now that I am here, I see firsthand the opportunities provided to help us all mature and learn, no matter the stage of our career.
What’s your favorite aspect of talent management?
My favorite aspect of talent management would be Compensation Management. I believe that understanding when to reward staff and the speed at which it is done is critical to the success of any organization.
What’s the coolest thing you’re working on right now and why?
The coolest thing I am working on currently is a compensation project with the organization Color of Change. I feel it is cool because we are helping an organization that is one of the largest online racial justice organizations. Helping them figure out things internally will drive their mission externally during a time when it’s needed the most.
How do you see HR changing in the 5-10 years?
The best way to impact or even predict what the future could be is to create it! HR and life as we know it has changed drastically over the last year. We have seen that across the board that paper documents, in-person meetings, and “punching” the traditional clock are a thing of the past. I see HR and AI (Artificial Intelligence) becoming intertwined, where the adaptation to technology can shift the “revenue-per-employee” approach to a “value-per-employee” approach.
“My favorite thing to do as a kid was play basketball. There is no greater feeling than counting down the seconds to your own game-winning shot. “Five, four, three, two, one…..HE WINS THE GAME!”, and then doing it over if you missed.”
Which 2 people would you like to have brunch with and why?
My brunch reservation has changed many times, so if I had to invite two people currently it would be my grandmother Elaine Franklin and Sean Carter (aka Jay-Z). I’d invite my grandmother because I feel like there was so much I should’ve asked her about life when she was still here. Living through the post-Great Depression Era, WWII, Civil Rights Movement and the Disco era has to come with some interesting stories. The invitation to Sean Carter would be to tap into his business mind. I mean have you ever sat at a table with a billionaire?
What’s a fun fact about you?
I survived a full day in Paris without a phone or wallet, and only with the help from one of those one-liner translation books.
Taron Franklin is an Associate Consultant on the Total Rewards team. Taron has 8+ years of diverse nonprofit and for-profit experience in Finance & Administration, Human Resources and personal banking. Before joining Nonprofit HR, Taron worked as the Accounting & Benefits Coordinator, as well as a Financial Analyst for the Philadelphia Police Athletic League. Read Taron’s full bio.