SHRM Emerging Professional Champions: Andrea Stubbs

Andrew Deichler By Andrew Deichler June 2, 2021
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SHRM Emerging Professional Champions: Andrea Stubbs

As part of an effort to recognize the next generation of human resource leaders, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is naming students, alumni and others who work on behalf of emerging professionals as SHRM Emerging Professional Champions. This week, we're looking at Andrea Stubbs, HR business manager at VITAS Healthcare in Deerfield Beach, Fla.

Many people study HR in college before they take on their first job in the profession. But in Andrea Stubbs' case, she was already working in HR when she realized that it was her calling.

Back in the early 1990s when Stubbs was finishing high school, her heart was set on becoming a travel agent. But a work-study program during her senior year saw her working as an HR file clerk for All Metro Health Care, a provider of home health care services in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The HR director quickly recognized that Stubbs had a talent for the profession and offered her a full-time position after she graduated high school.

"I stayed on, and she showed me so many different things, from I-9 forms to applications to checking references, and I was promoted to HR assistant," she said. "Another director came on later, and I learned more things from him, and I eventually became personnel manager."

In addition to having a knack for HR, Stubbs also found that she loved it—so much so that it quickly supplanted her dream of becoming a travel agent. "I love working with people and seeing if I can resolve issues; I'm a troubleshooter," she said. "And what I love the most is when I get the opportunity to be on the other side of recruitment and call someone and offer a position to them. They're so excited."

After about seven years with All Metro, Stubbs moved on to Flagship Healthcare, where she served as a human resources representative. Unfortunately, the company folded after about two years, and she was out of a job. So she took some time to focus on her personal life and stayed home to care for her newborn twins until the next opportunity came along.

That opportunity was with VITAS Healthcare, the top provider of end-of-life services in the United States. Stubbs said it was a perfect fit, and she has been there for nearly 20 years, beginning as an HR coordinator and then moving up to HR supervisor.  

Early on in her career at VITAS, Stubbs enrolled at Florida Metropolitan University in Fort Lauderdale and earned her bachelor's degree in human resources. After graduating, she decided to hold off on getting her master's degree since her children were starting college. But in 2020, she earned her master's in strategic human resource management from Walden University in Minneapolis. Shortly afterward, she was promoted to HR business manager at VITAS.

Stubbs credits the many tools that SHRM has available online with helping her accomplish so much in her academic and professional career. "When earning my master's, I utilized the website so much for my research papers," she said. "It was a very key point for me. Also, with day-to-day activities in my current role, I use the website a lot."

Looking ahead, Stubbs is now studying for the SHRM-CP exam. She also has her sights set on becoming vice president of HR at VITAS. She advises aspiring HR professionals in college to take advantage of all that SHRM has to offer, as it will ultimately pay off.

"I would definitely recommend it," she said. "It's a great resource, and you'll meet your peers as well. It's important in your field that you know other HR professionals and build a community where you can have conversations and exchange information."

Do you know an outstanding SHRM student leader? How about a former SHRM student member who is achieving great success professionally? Or maybe a SHRM professional member, student chapter advisor or professional chapter that is advancing student membership and emerging professional programming? Nominate them as a SHRM Emerging Professional Champion today.


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