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Corporate HR director, Classic Resorts
Growing up in a small town in Colorado, Mandy Woulfe dreamed of having a career. That dream seemed to fade when she got pregnant at 17 and dropped out of high school to focus on raising her son. But she never gave up on her education, earning her GED and an associate’s degree, and eventually landing a job as an executive assistant in the hospitality industry.
When the company’s HR manager resigned, Woulfe jumped at the chance to apply for the job—and got it. She became inspired to pursue a career in HR after attending her first local Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) chapter program.
Since then, Woulfe has earned her bachelor’s degree in human resource management, aided by three SHRM Foundation academic scholarships. She also won the 2014
Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship, a $10,000 award for HR professionals pursuing their first master’s degree.
She’s been active in SHRM throughout her career. In Colorado, she served as president of the High Country HR Association and as Colorado state council certification director.
In 2011, Woulfe moved from Colorado to Hawaii for her current job. She now serves as co-director of membership for SHRM’s Hawaii chapter and state council.
Ten years ago, I made a decision to actively grow my career in the hopes of someday becoming a vice president of HR, and that is still my goal. I’m pursuing a master’s degree in HR management with an emphasis on integrating functional and strategic HR. I’m also passionate about leadership development.
What’s your greatest accomplishment to date?
The incredible honor of receiving the 2014 Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship at the SHRM Volunteer Leaders’ Summit in Washington, D.C. I’ve also had the privilege of mentoring several amazing HR professionals. Each time I’ve left a job, a member of my team was selected as my replacement.
Do you have any hobbies?
I’m a Toastmaster. In the past two years, I’ve competed three times in the Hawaii state conference. Four days a week, I am on the beach for a 5:30 a.m. boot camp, and I practice Bikram yoga whenever I can. I also just ran my first 5K—a huge accomplishment since I once hated running.
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