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Monthly Member Spotlight: An Interview with Bette Francis

Tuesday, February 19, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Emma Pautler
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Introducing the Delaware SHRM Monthly Member Spotlight! Each month we’ll showcase a member who’s making waves in the HR field. Get to know your colleagues at Delaware SHRM and take pride in associating with some of the top professionals in the region! 

Bette Francis, Delaware SHRM Monthly Member


An Interview with Bette Francis of the YMCA of Delaware

Bette Francis is a senior professional in human resources with 25+ years’ experience developing talent and improving productivity in rapidly growing organizations. She has lead the HR operations of healthcare, manufacturing and global financial organizations, including one of INC’s 500 of fastest growing private companies. She is currently the Vice President, HR & Talent Management at the YMCA of Delaware and in 2018 she was awarded the HR Person of the Year for an organization with less than 1000 employees.

In addition to senior HR roles, Francis has held executive leadership roles within the businesses including technical services, customer service, compliance, ethics and administrative operations. 

Her well-rounded experience gives her a unique perspective in the industry. We are thrilled to have her serve on the Delaware SHRM board as the 2019 Conference Co-Chair, where she works to plan this year’s 19th Annual Delaware State Human Resources Conference and Expo in November. 

What’s the best piece of advice you received along the way as you were building your career in HR?
The best piece of advice I received along the way was to work in other areas of the business to develop firsthand experience in running a business. 

If you could live (and work) anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I've had the opportunity to live outside the U.S. while developing my career and just love Tokyo.  There are so many beautiful places in the U.S. and the world that it is difficult for me to pick one.  I'd love the ability to move around to understand and appreciate different cultures. 

Outside of your work in HR, what wakes you up in the morning?
Life wakes me up everyday! There is my family, especially my grandson who I raise and keeps me on my toes. There is so much to do and learn and not enough time.

What is a current issue you are passionate about?
I worry about the challenges families face today. So many struggle to make ends meet, both parents work minimizing family time and kids have to grow up faster than I did. Many are in single family homes and it is tough to be the breadwinner, building a career, raise a child(ren) alone. Kids need guidance and support and won't get that through the internet. We need to develop more effective ways and support systems to help families.

What advice would you give to a new college graduate?
My advice to a new college graduate is to seek out different opportunities to learn about business. All that experience will make you a better HR Executive

Be sure to say hello to Bette when you see her at one of our monthly meetings! Do you have a member in mind that you feel is doing notable work in HR? Nominate him/her to be next month's featured member! Nominate here!


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