HR Mavericks

HR Maverick

Joanne Rencher

Joanne Rencher

Joanne (‘Jo’) is an innovative entrepreneur and trailblazer. Her firm, Joanne Rencher & Associates, operates in two practice areas: HR solutions and executive search. She has worked at the C-level for major conglomerates, iconic nonprofits, social entrepreneurs, and in developing countries. Her career includes several ‘firsts’: the first Chief Business and Talent Officer for the Girl Scouts; the first Chief People Officer for the American Red Cross in Greater New York; and she was recruited to build the first Global HR Unit, ultimately leading a matrixed team on 4 continents/6 countries for the first public-private partnership to work on a vaccine for the AIDS virus―the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. Jo began her career in the financial services industry for a GE Capital bond insurance business where she won several leadership awards. She is the 2016 winner of GetFive’s HR Hero Award for Outstanding Mentorship. She recently hosted a weekly podcast entitled #RealTalk About the Workplace. Jo is the author of Tough As Nails: Finding Your Voice as a Woman in the Workplace, a book that Kirkus Reviews describes as “a useful guide that will aid working women of all ages” and “a well-thought-out career manual.”

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

Take the time to understand your superpowers. You have more than one. Master the art and science of being an HR professional and your gifts and talents will make room for you in traditional AND non-traditional HR roles.