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Member Spotlight: Karen Heitzman

01/24/2017 12:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Name: Karen Heitzman
Job / Title: HR Consultant
Company: Angeley & Associates
Industry: Human Resources across a broad array of industries

Q: From your perspective, what are the most important trends that will take place in your industry in the next 10 years? 

Karen: Companies still hold on to an industrial work mentality, this doesn’t fit anymore.  We will continue to see the world of work be redefined.  Workforce demographics, an ever-expanding global market place and how work gets done will continue to challenge traditional approaches to work.  The gig economy, constant movement between companies and the need for lifelong learning will be the future of work.  Additionally, we will shift away from long learning curves creating experts to more short term leveraging of expertise to complete work on a project basis.

Q: If you can share one piece of advice that you know now about navigating your career, what would that be? 

Karen: Make time to keep in touch with people. As they say it takes a village and you need to build and maintain your personal village.  Meeting a colleague for lunch or a glass of wine doesn’t have to be an orchestrated event.  Men do this well.  I call it the art of grabbing a beer.  Guys grab a beer, catch up and then head out whereas women need to plan an outing.  We need less orchestration; we need to just “grab a beer.”  My favorite networking book is “Never Eat Alone” by Keith Ferrazzi.

Q: What do you like to do to unwind?

Karen: Read, knit, cook with my husband, ride my bike, get outside.

Q: What are ways that you have balanced career, personal, and other interests?

Karen: Finding work that is interesting, learning to say no – sending napkins instead of homemade cookies for the class party, prioritizing by asking will this be remembered or important in three months, giving myself a break, not getting caught up in the Instagram/Facebook competitive moments, and hiring a cleaning person has helped.  I don’t think we balance everything.  Priorities shift constantly so being in the moment, being flexible and liberal amounts of wine is what ultimately works for me.  

Q: What is your recommendation for choosing a good mentor? 

Karen: Be Particular!  A mentor must be someone that you respect and respects you.   Be sure you are ready to really hear what a mentor says.  Pay it forward.

Q: In what areas can you give advice to other CLUB members as part of the CLUB mentoring program? 

Karen: Career coaching, HR/Employee relations, what to expect when you leave a company, resume writing.

Q: Tell us something about yourself that is a fun fact. 

Karen: When I first moved to San Francisco I lived on a house boat in Sausalito.

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