The Secret to Opening Happiness in the Workplace: Simple Lessons Learned from Fellow HR Veterans

SHRM 2012 Annual Conference
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Human Resources? More generations in the workplace, social media and socio-economic pressures are just a few things that make our profession, not one for the faint of heart. HR brings business value facilitating innovation, leading change, building capability and developing great leadership. But we must always remember we are HUMAN Resources. What about the role of pragmatist, conscience, sounding board, and truth sayer? Value can come from the gift of our mistakes and lessons learned. Come hear stories about simple HR life lessons that are helping some fellow pros do their part to open happiness in the workplace.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 2:15pm to 3:30pm

Heather Faire


Heather Faire is an HR leader with over 25 years of experience. She has been with The Coca-Cola Company since 2006, where lead HR partnership for several global functions and most recently, is Group HR Director for the North America Business Unit and Strategic Marketing.

Heather began her HR career with Household Trust in Toronto, Ontario and since then, has held progressive HR roles for global organizations such as AKZO Nobel, PPG, PPR and Tyco International. Heather is a graduate of University of Toronto where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

Heather is a born and bred Canuck currently working and residing in Atlanta with her husband, son, daughter and collection of stiletto heels. She spends most of her free time managing the drama and chaos of two teenagers and a spouse’s start up business. When she is not focused on family, Heather is focused on her charitable work and contributing to “Nine to Five”, a business advice column for the Globe and Mail.

Sarah Hutton


Sarah Hutton is currently Human Resources Director for the Venturing and Emerging Brands business of The Coca-Cola Company. Prior to this role Sarah has held leadership positions across organizational effectiveness and design, culture and engagement, and talent management. This has included leading organization design and talent management for the Coca-Cola North America/Coca-Cola Enterprises merger integration.

Before joining The Coca-Cola Company, Sarah gained extensive global and multi-industry experience as a senior management consultant with A.T. Kearney, a global management consulting firm. She specialized as a thought leader for the firm in organization effectiveness, merger integration, restructuring and business process redesign.

Sarah represents The Coca-Cola Company on the board of “Cool Girls,” an organization dedicated to driving the academic and life success of disadvantaged girls in Atlanta. She is also passionately committed to her bulldogs and her family.

Sarah has a MSc. Management from Oxford University in the United Kingdom, and a B.A. Industrial Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.

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