C-TEN Network

C-TEN Update

By Renée Preston

I’d like 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.”

HRO Today Association Update: Do We Need Alternative Communication Strategies?

By Renée Preston

We live in a world where news spreads as an event is still taking place. Not only is the speed in which we receive information increasing, so are the number of messages and the mediums -from email and text to social media and apps like Slack and WhatsApp. We’re drowning in content and attention spans are shorter than ever, yet engaged employees are still key to company success.

C-TEN Insights: Diverse by Design

Leading D&I for a minority majority company, SVP of HR and D&I Jacqueline Welch reveals strategies that drive results.

By Debbie Bolla

Industry research shows that diversity and inclusion (D&I) efforts can provide organizations with a competitive edge: McKinsey reports that the most ethnically diverse companies are 35 percent more likely to outperform their counterparts and Bersin by Deloitte research finds that inclusive companies are 1.7 times more likely to be innovative leaders in their fields. Jacqueline Welch knows this -and more. As senior vice president of human resources and diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer at Freddie Mac, she has made D&I a real priority for the organization. Here, she shares how to increase, communicate, and measure D&I efforts.


C-TEN Insights: The Power of Partnerships

Four strategies that build synergies with HR and help achieve upward mobility.

By Maria Bunting Smedley

In my 20-plus year career as an HR executive, I’ve witnessed first-hand that as professionals assemble their career development resources to help weather the ups and downs of climbing the corporate ladder, the value of an HR partnership is often overlooked. But it shouldn’t be: HR is responsible for creating policies and crafting the framework that drives compensation, promotions, succession planning, career development, and talent management decisions. However, the “power” of HR is derived from three major components: access, information, and influence.

Maria Bunting Smedley

All Aboard

Debbie Kemp shares the keys to a successful onboarding process -and why it matters.

By Debbie Bolla

As a global human resources and operations leader, Debbie Kemp understands the impact a strategic onboarding process can have on the bottom line. Simply put: It takes time and money to hire the right talent so it’s critical that organizations take a few steps not to lose them, she says. Here, the member of the CHRO Today Executive Network (C-TEN) explains who owns onboarding, effective approaches, and their impact on retaining talent.


C-TEN and TALENT Programs Officially Launch!

By D. Zachary Misko

Sensitivity, confidentiality, and insight are all required of great HR leadership. However, the nature of most HR issues requires the utmost discretion. In perhaps no other role does the phrase “lonely at the top” describe daily life as well as it does for the CHRO. There is no more daunting task than to help an organization get hundreds, thousands, or tens of thousands of employees all striving in the same direction and all agreeing to common goals and cultural precepts. However, where do HR leaders go for advice, support, or best practices? There are few answers to that question that come even close to the many choices available for other C-suite officers.