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Tracy Frazier’s father-in-law sparked her interest in HR. She was just out of college and wondering what she would do with her degree in English literature. He suggested she try a recruiting position so she could learn about different roles and companies in the Houston area. Sixteen years and a graduate degree in HR later, she’s still practicing HR—and loving every minute of it.
Along the way, she worked for an HR director who taught her the importance of giving back to the profession. Following his lead, Frazier has served on the board of HR Houston, the local chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, for the past nine years, including two years as chapter president.
What is your greatest accomplishment to date?
I developed a new employee assimilation program incorporating HR development principles, which was later implemented in a publicly traded company. The program directly linked the onboarding experience to business results and won recognition as a best practice through the HR Impact Award from the Houston chapter.
What motivates you?
Working with a strong, cohesive and fun team that makes a difference in a company and in our profession. In my experience, collaboration and transparency drive creativity and tailored solutions. I am really motivated when a strongly collaborative process results in leaders saying they are excited about the things we’re achieving through our partnership.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
A great friend and fellow HR professional once told me, “It doesn’t matter why you got the position—it is up to you how you conduct yourself or make a difference while you are in the role.” For me, this was pivotal. We have an opportunity to affect others’ perception of our profession through each interaction. We have the power to shift that perception from negative to positive. If you sit back to wait for requests to come to you, or for someone to explain why a decision was made, you may be missing out on a key opportunity to influence the outcome.
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