In the second installment of our Women’s History Month series, we talk with Tina Wuebbels, Human Resources Manager TNUSA, about her advice to other women in HR and who inspires her.
What advice would you give to women in your field?
There is a lot of pressure from all directions – family, career, etc., and it can be easy to burn out from all the demands placed on you. Women typically want to do it all and, at times, take on too much – thinking longer and harder about our work. Although this can be a great strength, it can also cause us to hang on to something until we get it exactly right, which can be draining. My advice to other women in HR is that life is all about balance, be true to yourself and find a balance that works for you.
How are you breaking barriers faced by women in your field?
In general, HR as a department has been fighting to get a seat at the corporate table for awhile. HR can often be viewed as an administrative function or where you go to deal with certain issues. In our organization, we have made a seat for HR at that table. The barrier now is to earn respect and show the value that HR can bring at all levels.
Tell us about a woman you look up to and why.
So many important women have influenced me. First and foremost, is my Mom. She is the main beam in my support system as she has always believed in me. My Mom’s greatest accomplishment is our family, and she has a lot to be proud of. She taught us to do what is right even when it is not easy, and how to balance all the important things in life. She inspires me to do my best and is there to listen when things don’t go well.
A public figure that I admire is Katherine Johnson, the real woman behind the Hidden Figures story. When I first heard about her story, I was fascinated and wanted to know more about her and her contribution to history. I am not a numbers person, so I am in awe of her brilliance. Katherine Johnson was able to do it all; she raised a family and had an outstanding, respectable career when society was no so accommodating. She had curiosity and self-discipline that made her so good that John Glenn asked her to personally check the numbers before he flew!