HR Mavericks

HR Maverick

Anthony Paris Howard, LDSS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Anthony Paris Howard, LDSS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Anthony P. Howard is an HR Leader who works with HR professionals at all levels in finding the value and pathway to certification. He believes that you can increase your confidence, marketability, and value through the power of certification. Anthony is an experienced strategic HR Business Partner with a 20+ year history of progressive success piloting large-scale, global initiatives driving organizational change and goals in diverse environments from highly regulated FDA medical devices & biotech industries to unionized manufacturing environments. He also has led positive culture shifts with his contributions to and through DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) initiatives. He co-led the formation of corporate-wide ERG (Employee Resource Group) initiatives and has been pegged to speak on the topic on webinars, panel discussions, and online courses. Anthony has incorporated a passion for the learning and development of others into his entire career. He is the founder of HR Certified, LLC. He has held HR Certification since 2009 and currently holds both the SPHR and SHRM-SCP designations. Additionally, he has earned the Leadership Development & Succession Strategist (LDSS) designation from Human Capital Institute (HCI). In his spare time, he watches Game of Thrones type drama, plays PS5, and drains his life force (time) in playing strategy games like Civilization VI.

What words of advice and encouragement would you give to someone just starting out in HR?

I advise new people entering this rewarding profession to embrace becoming forever learners. There will always be new concepts, approaches, and experiences that you will learn "at the moment." Do not be afraid to make mistakes we learn best through experiences, and there will be some. As you embark on this journey, don't forget the importance of the work, which is culture building, as we help companies find the RIGHT people to do the RIGHT things at the RIGHT time in the RIGHT way.