Monthly Member Spotlight: An Interview with Robin B. Weinstein
Monday, August 10, 2020
Posted by: Emma Pautler
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Monthly Member Spotlight: An Interview with Robin B. Weinstein, Ed.D., SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Dr. Robin “Rob” Weinstein is an altruistic, high-impact, positive change agent, and thought leader who envisions integrated solutions for the ‘greater good’ across community, society, education, and the workplace through a 360-degree perspective. Dr. Weinstein is an Associate Professor in the College of Business at Wilmington University, where he serves as Chairman of Human Resource Management Studies. He co-advises the Wilmington University Student Chapter of SHRM.
He is also the Founder and President of the M25 Initiative, a nonprofit that works to engage, equip, empower, and mobilize individuals and organizations in Cumberland County, NJ to employ innovative and cooperative solutions to alleviate suffering, feed the hungry, end poverty, reduce crime, revitalize a spirit community and transform lives. He is the convener of the Cumberland County Housing First Collaborative and co-founder of the Cumberland County Housing First Collaborative.
Dr. Weinstein is the founding Pastor of Bethany Grace Community Church in Bridgeton, NJ.
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 came from a Union President who reminded me that if you think you only have a hammer than every problem looks like a nail. He reminded me of this during a disciplinary hearing with an employee. This helped me reframe the organization's approach to employee relations and disciplinary issues by giving our supervisors more "tools" to address employee issues. The result was a reduction in disciplinary cases and an increase in employee morale.
What advice would you give to a new college graduate?
The key to success for HR, and most fields, is having an "elastic mind" that allows for changing perspectives. College graduates need to commit to becoming life-long learners -- and not just about HR topics. The imagination is an important tool in developing creative competencies that allow for the elasticity in thinking that is so necessary to keep up with the pace of change. It is important to develop the imagination through reading literature, watching movies, going to the museum, and traveling abroad.
If you could live (and work) anywhere in the world, where would you go? (Please share why).
London, UK. I appreciate the rich culture and history of the United Kingdom. Additionally, I appreciate the proximity of the UK to the rest of the European nations.
Outside of your work in HR, what wakes you up in the morning?
I truly desire to make a difference in the lives of people -- to help them grow as whole persons. We need to make deposits of goodness in this world.
What is a current issue you are passionate about? What are you doing to help?
I am the president and founder of The M25 Initiative, which serves Cumberland County residents who face food insecurity and economic challenges. We announced recently that the M25 board awarded more than $50,000 in grant funding to assist programs that are feeding the Cumberland County community during the pandemic. Approximately twenty county-based programs were awarded funding.
This funding is aimed at supporting those on the front lines of fighting poverty, homelessness and hunger. We want our armies of compassion to know that we have their backs while they look after the needs of our neighbors. We also want the community to know that our Housing First Collaborative is still continuing to find homes for those who face chronic homelessness and we expect to meet our goal of 100 people housed by the end of this year. For more information on the Housing First program, visit www.endhomelessness2020.com.
What made you join SHRM? What keeps you coming back?
I joined SHRM for the intellectual resources of our collective organization. It is impossible to be an expert on everything, but SHRM provides many opportunities to surround myself with the best experts in the field. SHRM invests in me and I have the opportunity to invest in others.
Anything else you'd like to share with us?
Thank you for the honor.
Be sure to say hello to Robin when you see him 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!