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Nonprofit HR Staff Story
Valerie Lara, SHRM-CP
|What attracted you to Nonprofit HR?
The healthy culture, people and opportunity to learn from our robust HR professionals on staff.
What’s your favorite aspect of talent management?
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging. It’s a thread that runs through every function of HR.
What’s the coolest thing you’re working on right now and why?
I’m learning my clients right now, meaning I get to start establishing great relationships and take inventory on how I can best support their diverse needs.
“My favorite thing to do as a kid was pretending to be my favorite Disney princess- Ariel, from The Little Mermaid! Can you tell I still like to dress up- but now for Halloween?”
How do you see HR changing in the next 5-10 years?
I think DEI will be a function that more HR professionals focus on. Also, I’m hoping for a larger HR professional network to emerge that challenge others like SHRM.
What was your favorite thing to do as a kid?
Pretending I was Ariel from the Disney movie The Little Mermaid.
Which 2 people would you like to have brunch with and why?
Michael Keaton because he’s Batman, of course, and RuPaul because he’s an icon.
What’s a fun fact about you?
My nickname is Val and my initials are V.A.L.
Valerie Lara, SHRM-CP, provides strategic human resources and operational support as a Consultant within the firm’s Outsourcing practice. She has a wealth of experience providing people operations support for nonprofits and high-growth tech start-ups across various industries. Valerie prides herself on cultivating healthy company cultures by being an empathetic and meticulous leader with a clear focus on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Read Valerie’s full bio
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