Human Resources and the Ultimate Competitive Advantage

Mary Humiston
Mary Humiston
In this month's issue of Profiles in Diversity Journal magazine, Mary Humiston, Group Vice President, Global Human Resources (HR), is profiled as one of the publication's annual "Women Worth Watching" in the coming year for her critical role in an organizational transformation that requires Applied Materials to attract, retain and inspire the best possible talent around the world. By driving key initiatives including manager excellence, leadership development, and employee engagement, Mary and her team are re-inventing the way Applied Materials enables its workforce, while reinforcing HR’s role as a critical business partner to the company’s continued success.

Mary reflects on her own career path and experiences in a mentoring essay, and shares lessons learned and advice to those just starting their careers.  Below is an excerpt from the essay:

Working in human resources is exciting because it allows me to be involved in hiring the best talent, developing people and enabling managers to excel.  People are the ultimate competitive advantage, especially within innovation-driven businesses like Applied Materials.  They are the ones who dream up the next big idea for our customers, drive technology innovation to make it a reality and execute on our company's strategy.

As a member of the executive staff at Applied Materials, I take great pride in the fact that my team players a significant role in executing on our strategy.  As a female leader at the company, I'm also proud to bring a unique perspective to how we need to attract, retain and engage the best talent to move our business forward.  I bring great passion to what I do, which is a universal trait that benefits anyone who wants to make a significant impact in their career ...

To access the full article, visit the Profiles in Diversity Journal magazine website.

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