National Association of Professional Women Inducts Lisa Mitchell, VP Human Resources at Volunteers of America, Chesapeake, Into VIP Professional Woman of the Year Circle

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Lisa Mitchell is selected for her outstanding leadership and commitment within her profession

In 2014, I developed a leadership development program for the organization, which launched in January of 2015. It has been successful.

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) honors Lisa Mitchell as a 2017-2018 inductee into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in entrepreneurship. NAPW is the nation’s leading networking organization exclusively for professional women, boasting more than 850,000 members, a thriving eChapter and over 200 operating Local Chapters.

“I’m pleased to welcome Lisa into this exceptional group of professional women,” said NAPW President Star Jones. “Her knowledge and experience in her industry are valuable assets to her company and community.”

Lisa Mitchell began her career in human resources (HR) when she worked in sales at UPS. “A position opened up for a recruiter and the District HR Manager thought I would be an excellent t for the position,” she recalled. “As a new Account Executive, I had the highest sales in my first year and the thought was if you could sell UPS you could sell the Part Time Package Handler job. That is how my love affair with human resources began.”

In her current role as Vice President Human Resources at Volunteers of America, Chesapeake, for nearly three years, Ms. Mitchell’s primary responsibility is to position HR as a strategic partner to the organization. She does this by looking at leadership development, succession planning and risk management over a territory that encompasses three states.

“In 2014, I developed a leadership development program for the organization, which launched in January of 2015. It has been successful,” she said. “I am currently working on career-pathing for the positions we have in order to develop our succession plan.”

Just as she was once coached to a higher-level position at UPS, Ms. Mitchell finds in rewarding to do the same with employees at Volunteers of America, Chesapeake, watching them as they grow and thrive. “I always encourage them by saying, ‘Never sell yourself short, nothing beats a try, go for the bigger jobs because one day you will move up and be glad that you did,’” she said. “The challenges of keeping up with changing legislation when you manage multiple states is par for the course and all of the good you can do for employees far outweighs the challenges.” Ms. Mitchell looks forward to continuing to grow professionally, particularly within the eld of human resources. “Knowledge is power,” she said.

Awards & Accomplishments:
B.S., Manhattan College, Organizational Business Management; Master, Capella University, Human Resource Management; member of SHRM and NAFE

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NAPW’s mission is to provide an exclusive, highly advanced networking forum to successful women executives, professionals and entrepreneurs where they can aspire, connect and achieve. Through innovative resources, unique tools and progressive benefits, professional women interact, exchange ideas, advance their knowledge and empower each other.

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