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Liz Stevenson. Photo by Bleu Cotton Photography
When Liz Stevenson, SHRM-SCP, encountered some health problems a few years ago, she had to rely on family, friends and colleagues for support. The experience taught her “to slow down and recognize what really matters,” she says.
Now she makes a habit of practicing gratitude. For the past five years, she has kept a running list of things for which she is thankful—from little things, such as a steaming cup of coffee at just the right time, to big ones, such as the birth of a niece or nephew.
“I see all of it as a gift,” she says.
She brings the same sense of appreciation to the relationships she has formed through her volunteer work with her local chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, the Professionals in HR Association (PIHRA), which has more than 4,000 members in Southern California. Since 2015, she has served as PIHRA’s vice president of emerging professionals and students. She also chairs PIHRA’s new and rapidly growing Young Professionals program.
She’s grateful for every moment.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
After a big moment in your life—whether you’re celebrating an achievement or looking at a mistake—and you can’t decide what your next step should be, do the next right thing. None of us thrive when we are so caught up in our highs or lows that we can’t move forward.
What are you passionate about?
Learning. I geek out about HR and business strategy resources. I recently finished my MBA. I still check out books from the library. I listen to audiobooks and podcasts. I read The Wall Street Journal daily, and I get excited when my Harvard Business Review arrives in the mail. I enjoy learning. I also think it’s critical to my role as a leader.
What do you do in your spare time?
I love to try new things. This year, I started golf and tennis lessons, and I’m taking a Spanish class at a local community college. I also cherish spending time with my family and friends.
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