Lucky to Have Been surrounded by People Who Held Her Accountable to Do the Right Thing
It is truly an honor to be accepting this award today. I would first like to thank Kate [Wendleton] and David Madison, as well as The Five O’Clock Club coaches who helped me deal with many difficult employee issues. I’m also very grateful to [Five O’Clock Club coaches] Mary Anne Walsh and Bill Belknap for helping me with my own career transition several years ago. For those of you who are not familiar with The Five O’Clock Club, I speak with sincerity when I say that these are truly wonderful and caring people.
As most of you in the audience know, the HR profession has evolved over the years to be extremely challenging in many respects. Every day we are forced to deal with new and difficult issues where there are sometimes no apparent answers. Lots of fact-finding and, at times, soul-searching needs to take place to determine the best course of action.
I have been extremely fortunate throughout my career to be surrounded by people who have held me accountable for doing the right thing at all times. Many of these people are in the audience today. This includes my prior team and colleagues from Dresdner Kleinwort at Commerzbank and my new team of HR professionals from Rabobank International. And, of course, there is my sister, a former HR executive, who has always been my role model – I’m not sure I ever told her that (us Italians, we don’t really say what we really need to say at times!)
You are all very, very special people to me and you are my heroes. Throughout the rest of my career in Human Resources, I promise everyone in the audience today that I will do my best to continue to earn this award.
Many thanks to all of you and best of luck with your HR challenges. I thank you all for this honor.