Episode 393: CHRO Series – How Did You Start Your Career in HR? Part 4

So I just volunteered to do anything and everything that I could make time for. So I helped out with some learning and development. I helped out with our HRBPs. I helped out with performance reviews. I literally would do anything that they would let me to just get as much experience as I could and to just also, I wanted to figure out what I wanted to do because I realized pretty early on that I didn’t want to do recruiting long term. It was interesting and helpful, but I was much more interested in some of the other functions within HR. So I just took a lot of initiative and raised my hand to do as much as possible, which paid off.

– Leslie Aument

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 sponsored by Ace The HR Exam and Upskill HR. This episode of the Workology podcast is powered by HRBenchmarkSurvey.com

Episode 393: CHRO Series – How Did You Start Your Career in HR? Part 4


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 along with hearing from senior HR leadership how they are partnering and collaborating with their executive peers. Because we’ve talked to CHROs from all types of organizations, their answers were really varied and insightful.

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In this podcast episode, we are listening to excerpts from some of the best interviews on the Workology Podcast with CHROs and Vice Presidents of People and Culture on what skills and experience they believe are absolute requirements for a CHRO role, especially thinking about those just starting out in our industry.

This episode features (in order):


Lisa Novak, Vice President of Employee Experience at data.world

Matt Brown, Chief People and Culture Officer at Schoox

Amy Cappellanti-Wolf, CHRO at Cohesity

Leslie Aument, Head of People at Kojo Technologies

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

– Lisa Novak on LinkedIn

– Matthew Brown on LinkedIn

– Amy Cappellanti-Wolf on LinkedIn

– Leslie Aument on LinkedIn

– Episode 297: CHRO Series – How Did You Start Your Career in HR?

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

– Episode 376: CHRO Series – How Did You Start Your Career in HR? Part 3

– Episode transcript 

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Jessica Miller-Merrell

Jessica Miller-Merrell is the founder of Workology, a digital resource that reaches more than a half million HR and workplace leaders each month and host of the Workology Podcast. Jessica lives in Austin, TX, with her husband, daughter, and an assortment of furry family members.

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