Each month, we profile members of the BWF community in our "Member Spotlight" series. This month, meet Sharon Healey, Director Human Resources at Boston Partners Global Investors, LLC. In addition to being a BWF Board Member, Sharon has shared her Human Resources expertise as a panelist for BWF Webinars. Get to know her a bit better!
Sharon Healey | BWF Board Member |
Director Human Resources, Boston Partners Global Investors, Inc.
· What is your favorite BWF program to date? What were your memorable takeaways?
My favorite program to date was our webinar on Inspiring Leadership: Building an Effective Diversity and Inclusion Program. I really enjoyed working to build this event with Kathryn Burdett and Marques Benton. Their passion, knowledge and tireless efforts in this arena are inspiring and I have worked hard to incorporate some of their recommendations into my work. The most memorable piece of advice that has had a direct impact on me is, it doesn’t matter the size or resources your organization has, all of us have the ability to impact change. There are many some measures we can all take within our workplaces to make it more inclusive.
· What is your #1 work from home tool? Are you still working from home, office, or hybrid?
Our organization is back working from our office at this time. In terms of tools I use in general, I am “old school” in that I still hand write my to do list. I think having a running written list in a notebook helps me to stay organized and on-task. I love the feeling of being able to physically cross items off the list upon completion.
· Tell us about something you are most proud of in your career?
It is hard to pick one particular item, but I think getting my master’s degree is my proudest accomplishment. I became a mom for the first time while completing my capstone course and continuing to work modified duty so things were hectic to say the least but I completed my final course and now have an MBA with a concentration in Human Resources. Aside from this, I would say working in the Human Resources field more generally has been something I’m also very proud of. I have enjoyed supporting my team members over the years.
· A "go to" for inspiration/motivation? Jam song, best read lately, guilty pleasure, binge watch, new hobby?
In my free time, I enjoy cuddling up with a good book and a glass of wine. Currently, I am reading a book called Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah. I also enjoy cooking and baking. My first career was actually as a Pastry Chef and I graduated from Johnson and Wales. I began cooking with my grandmother and mother and I have always enjoyed preparing a home cooked meal for my friends and family to enjoy.
· What has been the biggest /most unexpected change or challenge in your personal/work life, company, or industry segment since the shut down last spring? What do you foresee for 2021?
The biggest challenge in 2020 has unfortunately become the same challenge in 2021 which is our collective inability to return to “normal.” The biggest challenge for me as I am sure many others share this as well was working from home and also taking care of my son. Working moms have truly become superheroes. The struggle to keep up with work while ensuring children are learning and keeping up with their schoolwork, has been stressful on many. I am happy to say we’ve at least turned the page on 2020 and I think we all look to 2021 with hope.