Archive for March, 2012


10 Women Ready for the World

In Uncategorized on March 31, 2012 by RWHRMA Tagged: , ,

For the first time, Forbes’ list of the World’s Most Powerful Women is dominated by women who control the bottom line.  In short, the top 10 women in 2012 rival the top 10 men. 

Gone from this high ground are the women who snag headlines and dominate the world stage based on an ability to turn heads, initiate fashion frenzies or inspire awe based on their use of inherited wealth. This top 10 is so solid that I had no desire to look at the bottom 90.  Gaga, Oprah and British royalty fans will need to retreat to the pages of People Magazine and Vanity Fair to find out what they’ve been up to. 

Most important, the list is rich in diversity of ethnicity, race, social economic origins, professional career paths and education.  Get to know these women, they’re here to stay as the decisions they make will influence world peace, economic stability, human health and growth for decades to come!


By Arlene Roane


President & Founder Redhouse Performance Consulting, LLC







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Angela Merkel





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Hillary Clinton

Secretary of State


United States


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Dilma Rousseff





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Indra Nooyi

Chief Executive, PepsiCo


United States


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Sheryl Sandberg

COO, Facebook


United States


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Melinda Gates

Cofounder, Cochair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


United States


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Sonia Gandhi





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Michelle Obama

First Lady


United States


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Christine Lagarde

Managing Director, International Monetary Fund




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Irene Rosenfeld

CEO, Kraft Foods


United States




President’s Message

In Uncategorized on March 28, 2012 by RWHRMA

Hello everyone:

I had the pleasure of listening to Hank Jackson, CPA, SHRM’s CEO, speak at the SHRM
Leadership Conference last November. He said something that really resonated with me:
“HR is the heart and soul of every organization.”
For me, being the “heart and soul” of an organization means that you directly impact the
culture of the organization. In our profession, every policy, every program and every
decision we make defines whether people like to work at our places of employment.
I think we all consider it a dream job when HR reports directly to the CEO and has a ‘seat
at the table’. But what if this is not the case for you? I’ve had positions in the past where
I felt that I had no autonomy to make the kind of impact that I thought I could make.
Guess what? I was wrong. I may have been limited in certain things that I could do, but
I controlled all of the things that I did do, which did impact the culture.
My all time favorite quote is from Ghandi: “Be the change you wish to see in the world”.
So for me – if I want to be part of the “heart and soul” of my organization, my actions
better support that. My challenge is to remind myself of this with every decision I make
and every interaction I have with colleagues.
I do believe HR is the heart and soul of every organization. I think that some of us have
been fortunate to work for organizations that believe this too.
Do you believe this? Does your organization believe this? Do the answers to these two
questions differ? I look forward to your thoughts.
Teri Harrell, PHR
RWHRMA President



In Uncategorized on March 22, 2012 by RWHRMA

Hello and welcome to the premier post of the RWHRMA blog.

As we are all aware, Human Resources is increasingly embracing Social Media in the workplace.  The benefits of Social Media are numerous – disseminating vital information to and strengthening the engagement level of current members of an organization, attracting new members to the group, enhancing the value of messaging for all media consumers; the list could go on for pages.

Our blog is designed to keep our members informed of current events, both within our organization and in Human Resources as a whole.  It is a forum for us to share our accomplishments, give our members a place to share their unique perspectives on their areas of expertise, and to keep all of us connected with what is happening from week to week.

Over the next few months, we will have posts from our RWHRMA committees, information from special speakers at our monthly meetings, and open space for postings from our members.  We invite everyone to make suggestions for future posts and encourage you each to volunteer to write a post as well.

This blog belongs to each of us, and with each of our input it will be a fantastic resource for information, insight, and, hopefully, a little humor, too.  Thank you for your support of RWHRMA and we look forward to growing our Social Media presence with you.

RWHRMA Communications Committee