HR Evolving with the changing times
HR Evolving with the changing times; lessons for leadership about working women. This year has been a challenging one for all employees in the workforce today, whether in higher education, the private sector, or non-profits. Recent reports from Mckinsey and Delloitte both found that the pandemic has hit women the hardest in our current workplace. Specifically, there were nearly 1 million mothers of young children that left the workforce during September of 2020 compared to 200,000 men who left during the same time period due to family obligations. How can we as HR professionals ensure that we are keeping our best and brightest, give them work situations that work for them and their families? This session will give tools, tips and explore best practices among attendees for making changes to our policies, procedures and culture to engage and retain our ever-changing workforce.
Barbara Abercrombie is The University of Tulsa’s vice president and chief human resources officer. Prior to joining TU, Abercrombie served as vice chancellor for organizational effectiveness and chief human capital officer at the University of North Texas System. Before that, she was the vice president of human resources and organizational effectiveness and chief human resources officer at Texas A&M University in College Station. Other senior roles Abercrombie has held include associate vice chancellor for administration and chief human resources officer at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and director of human resources at the University of Oklahoma at Tulsa.
Abercrombie’s leadership in human resources and organizational effectiveness is informed by a master’s in human relations from the University of Oklahoma and a doctorate in workforce education and human resource development from Oklahoma State University. An expert in the collaborative leadership model, Abercrombie is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources and a member of the National Board for the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.