Member Spotlight: Sue Dehesa May 2014 PDF Print Email
Thursday, May 01, 2014 01:53 PM

Why did you choose HR as a career?

Early in my career, I began working in membership relations at a trade association in Washington D.C.  I focused on learning about the business needs of our membership, strengthening my writing skills and embracing an exceptional customer service model. I developed strong working relationships with the President and CFO and realized I wanted to focus my career on a role where I would be an active partner in contributing to the success of an organization.

When I relocated to San Diego I supported the president of an R&D excimer laser company and over time built the administrative function and the human resources team for the firm. .  

I enjoy collaborating with managers, H.R. teams and employees in order to put meaningful and effective programs in place.  As H.R. professionals we also have a unique opportunity and responsibility to ensure our organization provides a professional and challenging work environment for all employees.

Where do you see Human Resources in San Diego going in the next five to ten years?

I have been impressed by the H.R. professionals I’ve met through SHRM’s Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and California (CA) certification programs as well as those I have met at professional association conferences and meetings.  These individuals are highly skilled, business-savvy, proactive and forward-thinking. It’s exciting to see H.R. professionals at all levels develop a passion for the businesses they support.  H.R. Leadership is serving as a catalyst in developing H.R. teams as client-facing business partners by ensuring business needs are central to human resources programs.  This focus, coupled with our expertise in employee development and engagement, is critical to ensuring our relevance and value in the future.

Based on your experience in the field, what single thing can HR professionals do to enhance their value?

Human Resources professionals, and the programs we introduce, are an integral part of building a culture where employees believe they can be successful both in their personal and professional lives.

Why did you join SDHR Roundtable?

Membership in San Diego HR Roundtable provides a great forum to share ideas and information on best practices. I look forward to participating in the programs/events offered in 2014 as well as meeting new colleagues.


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