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    Bad Ass HR Leader

    Date: July 23, 2024, 8:00am – 9:30am
    Event Type:
    Member Programming Meeting
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    How to be a Bad-Ass HR Leader

    I believe HR is the most important function for a company’s success. I’m over conversations about ‘seat at the table’ and ‘order taker’. If you want to be successful in the role you need to: speak in business metrics – know how the business makes money and make a contribution, have a point of view and express it – you don’t have to win, but you need to speak up; if you aren’t invited, invite yourself.

    Speaking points will include:

    ·         How to make a financial impact

    ·         The value of good vendor relationships

    ·         What ‘words’ open up the ears of business leaders (you’re one of them)

    ·         Forget Performance Management

    ·         How to run HR like a business

    About the Speaker

    Mark Rutherford
    Senior Vice President, Head of Human Resources (Retired)

    First American Financial Corporation

    Mark Rutherford was the Senior Vice President, Human Resources at First American Financial Corporation, a $5.8 billion financial services firm that is a leading provider of title insurance, settlement services and risk solutions for real estate transactions.  With Mark’s leadership, First American was recognized by Fortune® magazine as one of the 100 best companies to work for in America the past eight years.

    Mark joined First American in June 2008 and led a team of professionals who support more than 19,000 employees in the U.S. and abroad.  His responsibilities include recruiting top talent, business strategy, organizational development, compensation strategy, employment branding, leadership development, talent acquisition, health and welfare strategy and connecting social responsibility to the mission of the organization.

    In addition, Mark has launched talent acquisition and leadership programs aligned with workforce demographics, partnered with a key business leader to sponsor a Women’s Leadership program and a CEO-led Advanced Leadership Forum.  He invested in employment branding technology to manage the broadest outreach for diverse talent and align HR programs across a decentralized business.  He has presented to the Board of Directors on topics that include compensation, succession planning and diversity.

    Prior to joining First American, Rutherford was a principal of Baypoint Partners, a Southern California-based consulting firm, where he worked with a diverse set of clients. His background also includes serving in leadership positions at Western Digital and Quantum Corporation, two public traded technology companies. Mark also served on active duty in the US Army and then in the US Army reserves.

    Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia, as well as a master’s degree in organization development.

    Mark retired at the end of 2022 and lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is married, has two adult daughters, and four grandchildren.

    This meeting has been submitted for SHRM & HRCI Credit