Join Laurel and her guest, Kim Seymour, Chief People Officer at WW.  Together they explore Kim’s journey from corporate law to Human Resources; the definition of what success means to her; and her ability to read and use the talents with those she manages.

About the Guest:

Kim Seymour currently serves as the Chief People Officer at WW (formerly Weight Watchers), where they inspire healthy habits for real life. Kim sets the strategy in all areas that impact the company’s global talent, in addition to being responsible for WW’s internal consulting group. Previously, Kim focused on the development and delivery of impactful human capital strategies in support of ambitious business goals in progressive roles at American Express, Home Depot, and General Electric.

A demonstrated ability to architect transformation, forge connections, deliver insights and link talent to strategy have been the hallmarks of Kim’s 20+ year HR career. This mastery was gained in a variety of environments, from revenue-generating commercial businesses to vast global servicing organizations and everything in between. Kim’s leadership has extended to many HR disciplines including talent assessment, succession planning, organizational design, performance management, labor relations, acquisitions, divestitures, and coaching. Throughout her career, Kim’s focus has been on being a trusted advisor and thought partner, and on building world-class business teams, ensuring that the people side of the business equation enables strategic growth plans. Kim wholeheartedly believes that talent, leadership, and culture are the keys to winning.

Kim holds a JD from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Indiana University. She frequently delivers workshops on leadership and career management nationally and internationally.

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About the Host:

Laurel Rutledge’s human-centered approach, empathy, and understanding of individual needs make her a top-notch personal advisor and women’s leadership coach.

Her care and compassion have made her an indispensable guide for countless women navigating the next phases of their lives and careers. Add to that her intimate knowledge of the HR landscape, and it becomes clear why her HR clients have had such transformative experiences. Just as Rutledge has helped countless others get out of their rut and off of the ledge, so too can she help you.

After receiving her MBA, Laurel moved from accounting and consulting to human resources, driven by a desire to do good in a business environment. It quickly became apparent that the switch had been a good choice — she flourished professionally and became happier, satisfied with the difference she could make through her work.

After a 30-year career, she left the corporate world, but her passion for HR and helping others has only grown. Now, she works one-on-one with clients, leveraging her experience in leadership and personal development to help them get the most of out their lives and careers.

From her beginnings as a consultant at Deloitte to her time as VP of HR at Covestro, Laurel has seen more sides of the business world than most. She’s achieved technical mastery of HR, with a deep knowledge of the rules and regulations that must be followed.

She’s also a people person, perceptive and outgoing, with a sixth sense for helping others to see the difference between what they want and what they need. The culmination of this is in her philosophy: “lead with your heart, act with your head.”

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