Introduce yourself and profession to our readers:
My name is Kenise Etwaru and I've worked in Human Resources for over 15 years and never regretted a single day of it. "Choose a job you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life".
What inspired you to pursue this area of interest?
Initially, I was planning on pursuing Pre-Med; however when I was offered an internship during my last year of high school, I absolutely fell in love with the HR world. I had an amazing mentor who hired me as the intern and she taught me the ropes during my internship. After a few months into the internship, I changed my mind and decided that I didn't want to wear scrubs as a career, I wanted a large corner window office in midtown Manhattan and wear a suit and heels every day to work. Working in Human Resources has been inspiring to me because I've been able to inspire others to reach their fullest potential in their career.
What advice would you share with those interested in a similar pursuit?
I've assisted and offered a ton of advise to many individuals who have both seen my career evolve and want to pursue a career in HR. Some include the following... (1) it's integral to love people when you pursue an HR career (2) you cannot be judgmental because you're representing both the company and the employee (3) you must be trustworthy (4) you must be fair and (5) you must always be willing to go above and beyond because you have to be the trend setter for the rest of the employees.
Discuss a professional challenge and how you overcame it:
In the beginning of my career, I had to deal with the challenge of being in a Director / VP level role at a very young age. I didn't have the even 3 years of experience under my belt when I was promoted to a Director of Human Resources; therefore, because I was so young, I was not taken seriously. In order for me to overcome this challenge, I had to always be on top of my game. I had to study harder, come up with ideas and suggestions before an issue arose and work harder to prove myself not based on my age, but on my knowledge and ability to get the job done with precision and excellence.
What is next for your brand/business in 2019?
For 2019, I want to expand my HR Executive Coaching for individuals and consulting with companies in addition to partnering with companies to offer internship programs for High School and College students. I also just released my first book "The Good Wife and the Other Woman", so I'm planning different seminars and workshops for single and married women.
How can readers connect with you online and through social media?
I can be reached via my website: www.kenisehrkorner.com for the HR Consulting and www.keniseetwaru.com for more information on my book.