Member Spotlight: Carrie Patton

Vice president of HR, Cushman & Wakefield NorthMarq

By Dori Meinert Feb 28, 2017
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​Carrie Patton. Photo by David Bowman

Carrie Patton, SHRM-SCP, started her career as a receptionist in the HR department at a financial services company. She says she worked hard and showed up on time every day with a positive attitude. That was 20 years ago, and she jokes that she’s still doing the same thing—that is, working hard and showing up on time with a positive attitude. 

In reality, she’s doing much more. In addition to providing HR leadership and services to more than 600 employees for her employer, she is president of the Twin Cities Human Resources Association, the Minneapolis-St. Paul chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), which has more than 900 members. She’s also an advocacy captain for the national SHRM Advocacy Team, which helps raise HR professionals’ interests with federal and state lawmakers. 

What are you passionate about? 
Being a partner to the business and not a “necessary evil.” I work hard to make sure that my HR team is a valuable resource to employees and our company. I also feel strongly about advancing the human resource profession. 

What has been your greatest challenge? 
I have a busy life with three kids, two dogs, a husband, a full-time job and my SHRM volunteer work. Juggling it all can be difficult, but it’s important that my children see me being successful in my career and giving back to my profession. 

What’s your work philosophy? 
Love what you do, and you will never work a day in your life! I know it’s a cliché, but I really love my job and human resources. I also believe in not settling for average. I strive to excel in my performance, results and attitude. 
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