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Spotlight: Karen Seketa

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Employer: Element Three

Title: VP of Talent

Certifications: SHRM-SCP

Q&A WITH KAREN

Q: Why did you get into HR?

A: I actually stumbled into HR through the staffing industry right out of college.

Q: What do you love most about your job?

A: At least one time every day, I am able to contribute to employees’ lives in a positive way.

Q: What is a professional challenge you faced and overcame?

A: I am naturally very cynical and don’t actually like processes that don’t make sense, but I’ve learned how to use that in a positive way.

Q: What has been one of your greatest professional accomplishments?

A: My job today allows me to work 98% within my strengths — not many people get to say that.

Q: Why is SHRM membership important to you?

A: There’s so much value in the network. I stay connected with lots of friends, old and new.

Q: How has being a member of SHRM helped you in your career?

A: I have been able to hold a number of board positions that gave me all kinds of development opportunities.

Q: What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

A: I’m a voracious reader. I also enjoy cooking and organizing.

Q: Who or what inspires you?

A: I work for a very strong, very successful female boss. She’s pretty inspiring.