January Monthly Meeting
Date: January 14, 2014
Time: 11:30 am - 1:15 pm
Gasping for Breath: Building an HR Function in a Hyper Growth Company
Experiencing exponential growth is a dream come true for business owners and investors, however in human resources, it can be a challenge. Join Eve Cugini, Vice President of Human Resources for Charming Charlie, as she shares how Charming Charlie was able to build the human resources function and develop a successful human capital strategy while experiencing fast-paced growth and acting as steward for a changing corporate culture. Eve will share best practices in regard to what lessons were learned, what worked well, who were key partners in the process and why change management is a valuable and critical competency for the HR professional.
About the Speaker
EVE CUGINI, Vice President of Human Resources, Charming Charlie
Eve Cugini, Vice President of Human Resources, Charming Charlie started her retail career at the age of 16. Over the next 16 years, she had great experiences in retail, including a promotion to District Manager at the age of 24.
In 1991, Eve's first son was born and later diagnosed with cerebral palsy, which caused her to step away from retail to focus on her family and revive the dormant Family to Family Network, a non-profit dedicated to providing inclusive education for children with disabilities. One year away from retail became thirteen. When it became apparent that her son would prevail, Eve went back to the career she had missed, joining Luxottica Retail in the Training and Development Department.
As the Director of Learning Delivery for Sunglass Hut North America, she had amazing experiences with a great brand. It was great re-entry into the retail world. While traveling North America with Sunglass Hut, she watched this little retail company in her backyard of Houston grow and grow. Intrigued, she started conversations with Charming Charlie. The rest, they say, is history...
Starting the Human Resources Department as a mighty department of one, she never dreamed of the experiences she would have with what would become the fastest growing retail company in the country. When she started in July of 2009, the Customer Service Center or Home Office had 25 people, the company was opening store number 25 and the pace was fast and furious. Fast forward to today, Charming Charlie is in 38 states, with 300 stores and 300 associates in the CSC. The Human Resources Department has 22 members and has implemented systems and infrastructure at a breakneck pace over the past four and a half years.
Eve is so proud to have built a department with exceptional Human Resources professionals and business partners and to have provided jobs for so many across the country, especially during tough economic times.
Payment is due before or at the meeting: No POs or requests for invoicing can be honored. Checks should be made payable and mailed (to be received no later than Wednesday, January 8) to:
4100 Spring Valley Road, Ste 300
Dallas, TX 75244
214.631.4533 - Fax
IMPORTANT: Advance reservations with payment are strongly recommended. Due to hotel catering requirements, we cannot guarantee seating for onsite registrants. Payment will be required for reservations made but not kept, unless cancelled prior to the registration deadline indicated. To receive cancellation credit, you must fax your cancellation request to DallasHR by 12:00 noon, Wednesday, January 8, 2014. No-shows will be billed.
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