One of our "Power 30 Solution Providers"
Sits on a company board
Has an advanced degree (a degree higher than a bachelor's degree)
Has an MBA
Has worked for a solution provider organization
Has a mentor
Is a mentor
Is an extrovert
Has climbed a mountain
Can ride a horse
Has studied abroad
Has always wanted to be a teacher
Biography and Background:
Tasha works as a Senior Vice President, People Services for Long View Systems, where she's been helping their over 1000 employees since 2002. As their first HR professional, she has had the opportunity to see them through tremendous growth into their now nine offices across North America. Although her team gets to support recruiting, learning, compensation, communications, their internally developed Leadership Development Program and charitable giving, Tasha's the proudest of the support they offer staff through personal challenges and career growth. She spends much of her free time advocating for young breast cancer patients through her volunteer work for Rethink Breast Cancer. In November 2012, Tasha was named one of Avenue Magazine's Top 40 under 40 and in January of 2011, she was named by the Calgary Herald as one of their 20 people to watch out for. She is also featured in the Canadian Screen award winning documentary "About Her", as one of nine young women sharing their unique cancer journey. When she's not busy working or bringing cancer to its knees, Tasha spends time with her husband, kids & family, who if you were to ask her, is the real reason she does all she does.
How have you personally helped advance your company's channel business over the past year?
When I joined Long View about 15 years ago, we were only 55 people working out of Calgary. As the first Human Resources (HR) professional, I have had the opportunity to develop everything from the ground up. We have seen tremendous growth over this time and now have over 1000 amazing people working with us in our nine offices across North America. We touch so many people's lives by giving them a career with us, as well as supporting them through their personal & business growth and career development. Through this process, we are enabling the advancement of over 1000 people working within the channel and delivering value to clients every day. My goal is to give everyone the gift of a "no regrets" career. Through this, we are able to truly make a difference in the life of each person that works for us and with us.
What are your goals for your company's channel business over the next year?
We have three goals within People Services for Long View in 2018. Firstly, we want to create a great employee experience to retain all of our amazing staff. Secondly, while the technology world is moving ahead quickly, we also have our focus on internal development of our people to ensure their careers are also moving ahead and their skillsets are continuing to develop. Thirdly, we have helped create and foster our special culture by finding great people who want to be the best at what they do. We want to continue to attract more amazing people as we grow.
What honors, awards, or commendations have you won over the past year?
I have been fortunate enough to be awarded several honors over the past few years. Avenue Magazine's named me to their Top 40 under 40 for my professional and community work. Through my own personal experience with breast cancer, I brought an organization to Calgary to fill a gap. Rethink Breast Cancer is a young, innovative organization that has grown substantially over the past ten years - both in monetary support and volunteers. By bringing this to Calgary, we have supported young cancer patients and that has truly resonated throughout the community.
Outside of your family, please name a woman you admire and why:
Tricia Antonini, 4-time cancer warrior who is now dealing with Metastatic Breast Cancer and a terminal diagnosis. Her blog is followed by hundreds of people (http://triciaantonini.blogspot.ca/) where she details her journey and always shares a ray of sunshine through unimaginable circumstances. She is not only my best friend but someone who is greatly admired in the community for her work helping Leukemia patients, to try and smooth their paths a little bit. In addition, she has served on multiple advisory boards to try and improve the patient experience for others. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7COvrOPXbiI
What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?
Life doesn't always work out the way you plan, but that's not a bad thing. Be open to the many ups and downs that you will encounter along the way. At times you will feel like you are pushed down into a deep valley, but hold on. Once you come out of the valley, you will experience the absolute appreciation for the amazing peaks that are to come. You must experience and accept the extremes. Because if the contrast is lost, you lose appreciation; and when you lose appreciation, you lose the value of everything. - Philippos
If you could master any new job-related skill, what would it be and why?
There are some new areas that could really change the future of how companies attract and develop their people. To start, I'd love to obtain skills around Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how it can help us find more great talent. I would also find value in learning to envision and design augmented reality (AR) applications for the benefits of learning. Technology continues to evolve so quickly and people's time is limited. AR intrigues me as a possible solution to developing people's skills quicker in a way that makes a huge impact.
What's the best book you read this past year and why did you like it?
The best book I've read is Delivering Happiness, by Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos. The premise of the book is that the focus of corporate culture should be to make people happy and this will then carve the path profits, which is an upside down approach from most companies. The core of what I do each day is focused on creating a great employee experience and Long View believes that culture is key to success so this book aligns well with what we live and breathe each day.
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