Pro Bono Spotlight: Jennifer Pittman
Welcome to the first day of National Volunteer Week. This is the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Week and a great opportunity to celebrate those members of our community doing extraordinary things through service.
At the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation, we are incredibly fortunate to have some of the most dedicated volunteers in our HR Pro Bono Corps.
This week, we are excited to introduce you to a few of them. Through their stories, we hope you will gain a better understanding of what their volunteer experience is like. And maybe even be inspired to join them and volunteer with the Corps.
To kick things off, we are proud to recognize Jennifer Pittman, a Human Resources Business Director at Carillion Clinic. Jenniferwas one of the first volunteers to join the HR Pro Bono Corps, and she has contributed her time and expertise to several nonprofits in need. Jennifer has a true passion for service, and we are honored to have her as a member of the Corps.
We caught up with Jennifer to learn more about her volunteer experience with the HR Pro Bono Corps:
1. Tell us a little more about your background and how you got involved in the HR Pro Bono Corps.
I am very fortunate to be a part of an organization that strongly believes in giving back to the community, whether it's our own or elsewhere. I have been with Carilion Clinic, a not-for-profit healthcare organization, for just over 10 years. Over those years, I have worked closely with compensation/salary management, performance management, leadership development and broader HR consulting. As an organization, we partner with Cornerstone for many things and about 3 years ago they approached our HR leadership team with a volunteer opportunity - HR Pro Bono Corps. After hearing the presentation, I knew immediately that I wanted to be involved - I think I sent my volunteer application in that same week! Three years later and I still love it!
2. Since joining the HR Pro Bono Corps, what volunteer projects have you worked on?
I have had the opportunity to partner with many wonderful individuals and organizations since I started with HR Pro Bono Corps in March 2011. Towards the beginning, I was able to assist the Corps itself with the development of volunteer and organization survey tools to measure satisfaction and utilization following a project. With this information, HR Pro Bono Corps has the ability to stay more connected with their volunteers and participating organizations, as well as being able to report on key metrics for the program. Currently, I am engaged with a national organization focused on creating welcoming atmospheres in communities so that immigrants can become more integrated into their adopted hometowns. As a growing organization, they have a need for more defined performance management and salary management structures. I am partnering with their leadership team to brainstorm, develop and fine tune structures and programs that will meet their short-term needs and be versatile for longer-term growth.
3. What has been the most rewarding part of this experience?
It's a tie - my own continued personal development and the opportunity to help organizations that do not have the luxury of broad HR expertise at their fingertips. Interactions with these organizations and individuals provide me with a fresh perspective and a drive to continue to learn and grow. I enjoy learning about different industries and cultures, and figuring out how I can provide expertise and resources that will help them meet their goals. A reward for me -- knowing that I have helped create something that will support the missions, visions and values of these organizations and the important work that they do.
4. What advice would you give to someone interested in volunteering for the HR Pro Bono Corps?
Do it! Determine what your passion is and donate your time to an organization that can use it to leap forward in their growth. Be realistic about the time commitment you can afford. Engagements may range from a single 30 minute brainstorming phone call to a more in-depth 20-hour project. Be honest with yourself and the Corps about your strengths and abilities. Volunteer for the projects that speak to you and understand that you are their HR expert, at least for this short time. You can set the tone for what is right for you. And when you do, you'll find yourself engaged with wonderful people at phenomenal organizations who are so thankful for your time. And, at the end, you'll be so thankful that you gave it.
Want to use your professional skills in a meaningful way to help a nonprofit organization? Volunteer with the HR Pro Bono Corps and join our ever-growing community of HR professionals making a measurable difference.