Episode 309: CHRO Series – How Did You Start Your Career in HR? Part 2

This podcast is part of a series on the Workology Podcast focused on the role and responsibilities of the Chief Human Resources Officer, or CHRO (often called Chief People Officer or VP of Talent). The CHRO is an executive or C-level role that deals with managing human resources, as well as with organizational development and implementing policies of change to improve the overall efficiency of the company. The CHRO Podcast series on Workology is powered by Daily Pay and Ginger.io. 

Episode 309: CHRO Series – How Did You Start Your Career in HR? Part 2


One of the reasons I wanted to do this series is because there is a lot of mystery around the CHRO role. I want aspiring CHRO’s to know what type of skills and experiences they need to promote into a future CHRO role. Throughout the CHRO podcast series, we asked each guest about how they began their careers and grew into their CHRO roles – and their answers were really varied and interesting.

In this podcast episode, listen to excerpts from some of the best interviews on the Workology Podcast with CHROs, VPs of HR and Chief People Officers on how some of the most successful professionals in the industry started their careers with an eye on a leadership position.

This episode features (in order):


Charlie Judy, Chief People & Culture Officer, Intelligent Medical Objects

Adriana Bokel, Chief People Officer of Pega

Elizabeth Baxter, Chief People Officer, Torchy’s Tacos

Claudia Leitão, Global Head of People & Culture at Pipedrive

Deb LaMere, Vice President of Human Resources at Datasite

Cheryl Gochis, VP of Human Resources for Baylor University

Michelle Mitchell, CHRO at Aryaka Networks

The full podcasts are linked to each guest above.

It’s so interesting to delve into how a role like CHRO whose experience more closely connects them to the strategy and operations of the overall business works with the rest of a company leadership team. Hearing the stories about how these HR leaders got their start in HR and how it led them to a CHRO role, there are so many ways to grow your HR career. I’m inspired by these stories and hope you are too!



– CHRO Job Description

– Daily Pay

– Ginger.io

– Charlie Judy on LinkedIn

– Adriana Bokel on LinkedIn

– Elizabeth Baxter on LinkedIn

– Claudia Leitão on LinkedIn

– Deb LaMere on LinkedIn

 – Cheryl Gochis on LinkedIn

– Michelle Mitchell on LinkedIn

– Episode transcript 

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Jessica Miller-Merrell

Learn more about Jessica Miller-Merrell, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, the founder of Workology, a workplace HR resource, and the host of the Workology Podcast. More of her blogs can be found here.


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