I’ve got some exciting news about what’s ahead for Connect to HR – and about some changes you’ll see in the coming months.

But first, let me back up. My Human Resources career spans over 20 years – at Intuit, Johnson & Johnson, Cadence Design Systems and KLA Tenor.  And for the past 8 years, I’ve had my own business – Connect to HR – where I’ve focused on HR consulting for a variety of companies, including Apple and Veritas as well as privately held businesses, nonprofits, and foundations.

Along the way, the senior executives and leaders I’ve worked with came to see me as a trusted, confidential advisor. Certainly for my expertise in HR, but in truth, for a whole lot more than that.

So, after some reflection, I have decided to step more fully into the role I’ve already been performing for years: Executive Advisor and Coach to confident, accomplished leaders.

My typical clients are not new executives. They are well established in their careers – CEOs, Presidents of small to mid-size companies, and Managing Directors, Senior Directors, VPs, and Executive Directors of nonprofits. They’re facing challenges such as:

  • Effective communication – What they can say or not say, what they can do or not do – and they’re feeling unsettled, possibly for the first time in their career (and thus can benefit from an external advisor)
  • Being assigned a role that’s not what they’ve done before – with little to no mentorship
  • A restructuring that leaves them with more responsibilities than ever, without much guidance or room for error

I’m proud of the work I’ve done in Human Resources these past 20 years.   And based on what I’ve learned as a result, it’s time to begin the next phase of my work. Like any change whose time has come, I’m both excited for the future and have a few butterflies in my stomach.

I do want to stress that I will continue the HR advising work I’ve been doing for the past 8 years. That’s not going to change! I’m just adding Executive Coaching to my list of official services as it’s something I’ve been doing for years now anyway.

As a woman who runs her own business, I’m keenly aware that my success relies on the support and collegiality of the people around me. So, from the bottom of my heart, whether you’re a new reader of the blog or a longtime referral partner, thank you for all the ways you’ve supported my work and livelihood – and here’s to an even brighter future.

– Michelle Mendoza, SPHR & SHRM -SCP