What is your position and role at Gillette? I am the newest Human Resources Generalist on the HR team. I support 14 different departments at Gillette spanning three different VPs and all of the doctors. Among many other things, I recruit new employees for my areas, answer employment questions, help managers with employee relations issues, and I make sure everyone in the organization gets a flu vaccine every year—I can’t believe I just admitted that!
Do you have a favorite Gillette story or memory? My favorite recent memory was ending a call with a new hire this winter who I had been corresponding with for a few weeks. He was moving here from Tennessee and he had finally accepted our offer on one of the coldest days of the year in Minnesota. At the end of the call, I asked if he had checked the weather in Minnesota that day and in his sweet southern accent he replied, “No, not today.” I didn’t have the heart to tell him it was -10 with a -21 wind chill. That young man is in fact employed with us today, probably because I kept my mouth shut!
What do you like best about working at Gillette? I like the amazing hearts of the people I get to work with. You won’t find kinder people than those you see at Gillette and I am a better person because of it. I recently met with someone who was retiring from Gillette after 25 years. She was excited but it was also bittersweet because of all the friendships she had made. I listened to her tell amazing stories about interviewing with former CEO, Margaret Perryman and starting the Quality Improvement department. She talked about some of the patients she had gotten to know and how much they had influenced her work. I could feel her love for this organization and it was a great moment in an otherwise crazy day to really reflect on a fantastic ride and enjoy her wonderful energy. It is truly an honor to be in the presence of so many good people, especially when they wrap up or begin their careers at Gillette.
Do you have any children or pets? I have neither. But I do have an 18 month old black lab named Quickly who I am raising to be an assistance dog one day. She’s not my pet because she is a working dog who will eventually serve as someone’s assistance dog or she will be a breeder for the program to provide more assistance dogs. She has been training with me since she was 10 weeks old and she’s amazing! I bring her to work with me sometimes and my team has to resist the urge to pet her when she’s wearing her cape. They need more reminders to behave than she does.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? I would go back to the Cayman Islands. That is my most favorite vacation spot and I think of it every single day from January to May.
What is one fun fact about you? In the last three months I have been to both the New Kids on the Block concert, which featured Nelly and TLC, AND the Salt-N-Pepa concert. I feel like I’m in Middle School all over again!
What are some of your hobbies outside of work? I love to read and belong to a book club that actually reads the books that we get together to chat about. I also enjoy yoga, travel, and I have a slight addiction to reality TV that I’m coming to terms with.