Speaker Spotlight: Erica Freedman, VP, Talent & Organizational Development, Day & Zimmermann

This week's Corporate L&D Institute Speaker Spotlight features Erica Freedman, VP, Talent & Organizational Development, Day & Zimmermann and one of the speakers on the “L&D Leadership Panel on Delivering Meaningful Business Impact Through the Learning Function”.

We had the chance to catch up with Erica this week to ask her a few questions about her role, her career and her advice for aspiring HR Leaders.  This is what she shared with us:

What is the biggest obstacle you’ve faced along your career path?   

The most challenging obstacles have been with competing priorities between work and home. Probably the most challenging time was after I returned to work after my 3rd child. I was running on low sleep, trying to figure out how to juggle 3 kids all under 4 yrs. old, and taking on some new, exciting projects at work. Building a support network has been critical! My husband has always been great, but also asking friends and neighbors for help was harder yet invaluable.

What attributes or personal characteristics do you believe are integral to your role?

1. Self-awareness

2. Listening

3. Relationship building

4. Patience

What advice would you give to the next generation of professionals aspiring to become an HR Leader?  

Volunteer to take on the hard things that no one else wants, look for the learning and growth moments every day, take time to reflect, ask for help, and know what you value most and how you can bring that every day.

Join the interactive panel discussions and walk away with some actionable insights from the Corporate L&D Institute, September 17th -19th, 2017 at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa in Hilton Head, S.C.  Click here to request your invite.