May 08, 2012
Beyond the bios of the women of WE Speak: Big family values and hometown loyalty
The Chamber’s WE Speak event on May 30 features Katy Barclay, senior vice president, Human Resources, The Kroger Company and Mary Sue Findley, senior vice president, Human Resources, dunnhumby USA, two corporate leaders that exemplify how Cincinnati USA is a magnet for attracting the best and brightest talent.
Beyond the Bio with Katy Barclay:
“Being the middle child in a family of seven taught me the value of a strong work ethic and the importance of combining collaboration with an independent spirit. From early on, I knew that to achieve my goals I would need to pave my own way to build the life and career I wanted. This is a huge motivator for me and has led me down this particular career path. I love to build, to collaborate and to help make a true difference for others. As a leader in HR, I get to do all of this, each and every day. Over the years, my career has taken me many places – and usually with larger companies. I like to think that this has something to do with my upbringing; being a part of a big family or team is what I know and where I belong. And helping others realize their dreams and achieve their goals is what I love to do.”
Beyond the Bio with Mary Sue Findley:
“My goal when I graduated from high school (McAuley) was to leave Cincinnati and see the world. I ended up at the University of Dayton (50 miles from Cincinnati) with an opportunity to play college sports (basketball and softball) and attend a great school. When I graduated from UD, I accepted a job in Lexington and expanded my radius from Cincinnati to 100+ miles. From Lexington, I lived in Atlanta, then settled in Columbus for 15+ years, with no intent of returning to Cincinnati. I loved the variety, culture and friends in other cities. About 10 years ago, I did the unthinkable, what every good Cincinnatian does at some point, and returned to the Queen City. A great career opportunity with Fifth Third Bank was the reason for my return to Cincy, and I did so with mixed emotions. What I have found is that I loved coming home. I reunited with friends from high school days, siblings, nieces and nephews and former neighbors and to my surprise, loved being back. I am in a great relationship and even live on the West side. I have a theory about Cincinnati and “two degrees of separation”- everyone knows somebody who knows somebody…we are all connected. I love the fact that I meet people every day that are connected in some way. I have come to love what Cincinnati has to offer as a city- ease of getting around, culture, sports, family friendly, growing downtown and smart, hard working, ethical and yes, global view. With dunnhumby, I talk with people from all over the world—London, India, France. I also get to talk with people about coming to Cincinnati for a great career opportunity and a great place to live. I love being able to be involved in selling the city. I can honestly say that I am happy to be home in Cincinnati.”
Meet them both on May 30th: Register now
About WE Speak
WE Speak provides an interactive forum for distinguished women leaders to share their personal experiences, advice and lessons learned with other leading business women. Go beyond the bios to discuss key business issues faced by women today, while networking and learning with peers.
A program of Women Excel, presented by: