Notes from the President

Notes from the President: CHRO Today Executive Network (C-TEN): The Power of Choice

I’d to start by examining the word “choice.” “Choice – the right, the power, the opportunity to choose. It is your right to choose. It is immense power to be able to choose. It is a tremendous opportunity to have the freedom to choose. Not making a choice is still, indeed, a choice.” This is an excerpt from the commencement speech given at my son’s high school graduation last month, where ironically, we had no choice but to stay in our cars as we watched a presentation that recognized his classmates at a local drive-in theater. [expand title=”Read full letter here“]

I’ve thought about this statement several times since that evening at the drive-in. How do you know if you’re making the “right” choice? During these past few months, HR leaders have had to make some very difficult choices, many without a network they can turn to for advice. The CHRO Today Executive Network (C-TEN) is a peer group that HR leaders can turn to for guidance to ensure they are making the best choice. C-TEN is not like other networks. It is small by design to ensure members develop closer relationships, and it is cross-industry, offering a variety of different perspectives. C-TEN is sensitive to the HR leader’s incredibly busy schedule, meeting virtually for one hour, once a month. This month the group met over Zoom to discuss their “Back to Office Strategy.” We used a recent article from HRO Today, “Reopening the Doors,” to guide us through some key priorities to consider when bringing employees back to the office post-COVID-19. It’s always interesting to learn how businesses of different sizes and from industries deal with similar challenges. One of the biggest challenges the group is facing right now, as I’m sure you are as well, is planning for employees whose work cannot be done remotely if schools do not open in the next few weeks. How will you support them while ensuring your business is not impacted? I’d love to hear your plans and am happy to share with you what our C-TEN members are considering. You can reach me at or 215-606-9562. To all our members who have chosen to be a part of the HRO Today Association and C-TEN, I thank you. We promise to continue to offer a high level of educational and professional development opportunities for you to choose from.

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Take care, Renée

Renée Preston Senior Vice President of Membership Services Global Executive Director of the HRO Today Association


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