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New Member Spotlight – “We Are EACE” – Meet Kimberly Helmle, Talent Acquisition Specialist at Enterprise Holdings

EACE has been asking new members to share some fun facts about themselves. Here we get to know Kimberly Helmle from Enterprise Holdings

Where are you originally from?
Springfield, PA

Where do you live now?
Downingtown, PA

Outside of work, what are some of your favorite things to do?
I love to use my time by spending it with family or friends. I think it’s important to have an experience and share with those that mean the most to you. That way, you can create memories to recall those moments in the future. I also love to travel!  I’m always trying to plan weekend adventures or put thought into a destination that I’d like to cross off of my list of places to visit. Lastly, I love things vintage that has a story behind it. On the weekends, I venture to different Antique Stores and to find hidden treasures anything that have a piece of history associated with them.

Why do you do what you do?
I enjoy recruiting and would like to continue a career path revolving around my role, but ultimately to advance in a leadership position as a Talent Acquisition Manager. I feel much fulfilled in my job. The chance to meet people, share my story, make a connection all with the hopes of giving someone the same amazing opportunity that Enterprise gave to me 10 years ago when I started in our Management Training Program.

What is your educational background?
I graduated from Shippensburg University in May of 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication & Human Studies. I decided to continue my love of traveling by studying abroad my Junior Year of College at the Leicester University, UK where I completed a minor in Sociology.

What was your first job?
I’ve had a strong work ethic instilled in me from a young age. My father owned his own cleaning business so technically, aside from working some odd side jobs, babysitting or helping him after school I’ve learned the value of making money early on. My first official job was working at Drexeline Supermarket in their corporate office. I had advanced from a front desk representative to handling and quickly transitioned to their Cash Department handling the company’s revenue. With some more work experience from there I advance quickly and assisted the Owner of the company with other office responsibilities pertaining to the business. I adapt quickly, and like a challenge, which is a skill that has helped me throughout the years. I’ve never turned down an opportunity to learn something new and grow personally and professionally from it.

What is the best advice you ever received?
I’ve been given a lot of wonderful advice over the years from my several mentors that I’m very grateful for and believe that feedback is so important. I’ve always remembered one resonates with me, which was to be selfish. At first, I thought well that’s terrible. Why would I be selfish? My job is to help people. I’ve always been a hardworking and humble person. I enjoyed putting others needs in front of my own or saying “Yes” to too many things. I’m passionate about being a team player and making my business successful. All things that I’m extremely proud, but at  that particular time in my career I never realized that I needed to also make myself a priority. I being selfish can be positive when it comes to your career desires, pursuing goals and how you have made accomplishments to your business and impacted people along the way. You have to BRAG Book and convey those things.

For someone starting in your field, what advice would you give?
I would tell a person starting out to not be afraid of making mistakes or to fail. For it is in those moments of weakness you find your true strength. You make the decision and how you want to react to it. Will you let it define you or use it as an experience to learn from? I would say that life happens at the end of your comfort zone. So, don’t take it personally and get uncomfortable…You might just surprise yourself.

What is something that might surprise us about you?
Some fun facts about me… I love art and have been drawing or practicing art from a young age. I have a twin brother and 1 of 5 siblings. At the age of 17, I was nominated by my high school choir director and made my first trip oversees. I traveled to 5 countries to perform with the American Music Aboard program. As I’ve mentioned earlier, I’ve also had the privilege of backpacking through Europe for 3 weeks at the age of 21. Aside from those experiences, one of my many favorite memories was skydiving in the Swiss Alps. You feel so small with the world around you.

Lastly, at the University of Leicester, UK I was the only American student apart of LUST (Leicester University Student Television) as their on campus TV Host. I was able to get into their venues and interview students and special quests. How ironic. I love to make people laugh, so I can always be counted on to brighten anyone’s day when they need it even if it’s at my own expense.

New Member Spotlight – “We Are EACE” Meet Claire Kilbourne, Armstrong World Industries

EACE has been asking new members to share some fun facts about themselves. Here we get to know Claire Kilbourne from Armstrong World Industries:

What do you do in your current position?
I am the Talent Acquisition Manager. That means that I work with a fantastic group of people to bring outstanding talent into the organization.

Where are you originally from?
Lancaster

Where do you live now?
Lancaster

Outside of work, what are some of your favorite things to do?
I love to read! I work out faithfully, which I really enjoy. I’m a huge Phillies fan so go to games as I can. My favorite thing to do is hang out with family and friends whether it’s here or we’re taking trips together — especially in warm weather!

Why do you do what you do?
Because I think it’s the best job in the company! Being able to find great people for the company and see how those people grow and contribute is so exciting!

What is your educational background?
BS degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations.

What was your first job?
Well, when I was 14 I had my first job at a farmer’s market vegetable stand. My first “real” job was an account payable clerk.

What is the best advice you ever received?
Never compromise who you are. If you give that up, you will never be happy or successful. That has been true in my work and life!

For someone starting in your field, what advice would you give?
Be open to anything! If you’re in HR there are so many possibilities. Explore as many as you can. And learn, learn, learn!!!

What is something that might surprise us about you?
I graduated from Barbizon School of Modeling when I was 43. And in 2015, I became a certified bartender.

clk  Claire Kilbourne has worked in human resources for over 25 years. Since December 2015, Claire has worked for Armstrong World Industries as Talent Acquisition Manager. In this role she is responsible for overseeing the team that recruits great people into the company. This also includes building and executing a university relations strategy. Also in her role, Claire facilitates leadership training for teams across the company. Prior to Armstrong, Claire worked at The Hershey Company in a variety of roles, the last one being Manager, University Relations. She has held roles in Employee Relations, Training, and Talent Acquisition as well as HR Business Partner roles supporting HR and North America Manufacturing and Supply Chain. She was also an HR Manager at the Hershey Plant for 5 years. Prior to Hershey, Claire was the Manager of Staffing at Book-of-the-Month Club. She has also held positions in Sales, Accounting and IT.

Claire received a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations from St. Francis University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Ball State University. She also holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)/ SHRM-SCP certification.

In addition to her work at Armstrong, Claire is involved in her community. She currently serves on the board of the Red Land Community Center, supporting a $3.1 million capital campaign to build a new community center. She is also involved with the Capital Region Partnership for Career Development and is a facilitator for the Lancaster SHRM study group. 

 

Membership Spotlight: Dawn Lazar

Excited for one of our 1st new #EACE member spotlights feat. Dawn Lazar of Cenlar FSB. #WeAreEACE

profile-pic_2What was your career path to get your current role? My career path is funny because I looped around a bit, but recruiting has always been the reoccurring theme.  As an undergrad at Florida State University (FSU), I had the unique opportunity to work in the admissions office as a telecounselor.  It was probably the coolest job ever at the time.  I called high school students and I spoke to them about the application process and why they should pick FSU as their school of choice.  From there, I did a stint in the staffing industry doing technical recruiting.  Agency wasn’t really my thing, so I moved back into higher education and spent 10 years of my career there focusing on admissions, academic advising, continuing education, and finally once I completed my master’s degree, I landed in career services.  After 5 years of building the undergraduate wing from the ground up as an assistant director in career services at the College of Business Administration at Florida International University (FIU) I felt it was time for a change.  I spent so much time advising companies on campus recruiting best practices, I wanted to switch to the other side and just do it.  I worked at BlackBerry running their US Internship Program for 18 months, moved on from there to start the university relations program for the Retail Marketing Division of Bluegreen Vacations and personal reasons brought me to the Northeast earlier this year and now I truly get to merge my experience advising, coaching, training, and developing young career seekers with my love for recruitment as the Program Manager – Talent Development for Cenlar FSB.  My primary responsibilities include overseeing all program planning, development, and recruitment for our Summer Internship Program and Leadership Development Program.

What was your first job?  First job out of college – Technical Recruiter for TEKsystems / First job ever – cashier at Publix (grocery store in the South)

Why did you choose this career?  I love working with people, helping them discover their passion and coming up with a plan on how to get there.  I am especially drawn to working with those early in their career, because I feel college students and recently college grads are at such a pivotal point in life where the possibilities are endless if they just take advantage of the resources allotted to them.

What is the skill that is most important in your current role?  Listening intently and then taking action.  It seems simple, but I feel it’s really important in any role, not just mine.

How did you develop this skill and how do you fine-tune it regularly?  In every role, not just in our field, it’s important to listen in order to truly help someone get to where they want to be and truthfully in order for everyone to win.  I learned early in my career that in order to successfully recruit, coach, advise, develop someone you need to listen to what their wants and needs are before acting, otherwise you will sell someone on something that they don’t really want and in the end everybody loses.  Life moves so quickly sometimes things happen that remind you to go back to this basic principle in order to stay on track, so yes I would like to think I’m constantly evolving and trying to get better with it.

Did you have a mentor? Yes, I have several.  I think seeking out mentors and accepting those that offer mentorship is a key ingredient in being successful.

What is your biggest career accomplishment?   Building a department that didn’t exist prior to my arrival in a position.  I’ve done this 3 times in my career (2 at the university and once in corporate).  I think being able to leave a legacy behind is something I’m most proud of. 

What is your advice to students looking for their first job?  Take full advantage of the resources afforded to you at your college/university career center and NETWORK!  Get involved in organizations both inside and outside of school that are aligned with your interests and career goals.

What is your advice to young professionals in the field who aspire to your current role?  Network, ask a lot of questions, join professional organizations get involved as much as possible, set informational interviews with those that have the position that you aspire to have, and continue your education.  All these things will make you more visible and more marketable in the long run.  Be willing to take chances and open to relocating. 

What was the best career advice you have ever received? You don’t get what you don’t ask for….this goes with everything in life and I really try to live by it.

What would you like colleagues to know about your organization? Cenlar FSB, is a national leading loan servicing provider, engaged in mortgage loan servicing and subservicing as a core business for more than 40 years.  Located in the greater Trenton area, we are an employee owned company, that is currently growing exponentially.  As a result of this, talent development has become a major organizational focus which opens doors for not only internal employees but for recent grads and other driven newcomers that wish to truly have a career path.  Two college programs that are a part of these initiatives include the Summer Internship Program and Leadership Development Program which start each May/June.  Feel free to reach out to me with questions.

Bio: Dawn Lazar has dedicated over 15 years of her career to career services, recruiting and talent development roles. She’s had the pleasure of working on both sides of the house, spending 10 years of her career in student/employer services at Florida International University and later taking a leap over to corporate managing the US Internship Program for BlackBerry, building the University Relations Program for the Retail Marketing Division of Bluegreen Vacations and now managing the University Talent Development Program for Cenlar FSB.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The Florida State University, Master of Science in Adult Education from Florida International University, and holds the SHRM recognized, Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Certification from HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

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