Jennifer Flynn, the 2018 Recipient of the CPHR Alberta Community Champion Award, is a great example of how HR sometimes knocks on the door a few times in a person’s career.
Jennifer started out her Commerce degree with an HR focus, but ended up graduating with a major in International Business. Law school was her next step, and she was called to the bar in 2000. Her law career provided work experience in the technology and privacy sectors, and eventually into teaching as well as research and writing for business textbooks. She went on to earn a Master of Arts in Communications and Technology.
This diverse mix of education and work experiences led her to a leadership role with the Legal Education Society of Alberta (LESA), where she spent almost ten years providing education support to the legal profession. It was during this time that she realized that HR had been woven through her career, and she decided to pursue the CPHR designation. “Both as an organizational leader and someone working in professional education, I recognized that a solid foundation in HR principles was vital.”
Her team at LESA went on to receive international recognition for programming, publications, marketing, and innovative use of technology. They were also recognized as one of Alberta’s Top 70 Employers for multiple years.
"Being recognized as CPHR’s 2018 Community Champion was an unexpected honour—and one that prompted a great deal of self-reflection."
In 2017, she became the co-founder and CEO of Principia Assessments Ltd., a social enterprise that tackles complex challenges in professional competence using an assessment-based approach.
Through her many-layered career, Flynn sites volunteering as a key element to success. “If one’s circumstances permit, I believe there is no better path to learning and development than by taking on meaningful volunteer roles that allow us to stretch, hone our skills, and connect with others. I owe so much of my career success to the lessons I’ve learned (and the great people I’ve met!) through my volunteer experiences. ”
The more we chat with our award winners, the more we have learned about the confidence boost it gives recipients, and the positive ways these awards impact their career paths. Do you have a colleague who’s making your workplace better? Why not nominate them? The nomination process was recently streamlined, and we guarantee it’s worth the small amount of effort it will take to submit a nomination.