Excellence in HR Awards Honorees: Kim Tripodo

Meet Kim Tripodo, Executive Director and Head of HR at ADMA Biologics, Inc.

Tripodo is a professional Human Resources Leader with multi-industry national experience. She enjoys building, coaching and leading dynamic teams who can deliver excellence through intentional idea creation combined with strategy implementation.

Favorite Quote: “Happiness is not by chance, but by choice.”

Fun Fact: I don’t watch television.

How do you unwind after a long day of work? I am an avid Crafter of all things personalized.

What challenges have you faced in your career, and how did you overcome them? The biggest challenges I have faced are motivating and encouraging resistant leaders to continue developing their skills and adapt to innovation and change.

What has been the most monumental moment of your career thus far? I don’t think there has been one big moment but a series of smaller wins that encourage me to keep developing in this profession. Those accomplishments have been around helping leaders break through transition to find success, helping employees through career and/or personal crisis and bringing hard-to-find talent in your industry to your organization.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten? Never give up in forward movement toward life goals. Challenges will always be present but it’s your job to overcome them with humbleness and determination.

What qualities make for an outstanding HR professional? You have to enjoy people and have an internal drive to help others succeed. You must be adaptable to change and have an ever-present improvement mentality. HR requires you to think strategically, often several steps ahead of the current issue at hand.

How have you adapted your HR skills to COVID? Certain skills did need to be honed to find success during COVID. I found I needed to be more patient with people and process. I found I needed to learn how to be more present while on virtual meetings. Overall, COVID has enabled me to learn new ways of managing people, goals and tasks in a compatible way.

What are some misconceptions about HR and how do you combat them? People often think HR is there to support either the employee base or the employer but the truth is, it is a fine combination of both. When employees are supported there are short and long-term benefits to the employer that create achievements.

What do you like most about working in HR? HR has so many facets and every day brings a variety of opportunities and challenges where no day ever looks the same as the previous day.

SFBW Staff
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