She Leads – With Colletta Bryce

Name: Colletta Bryce

Job Title: Sr. Director, HRBPs, CAI

What would you tell your younger self? It’s the same that I tell myself and others today- you don’t have to plan your entire life while you are young or even not so young.  You may decide on a destination but understand there may be different paths by which to get there.

What was your major in college and how did you get to the position you are in today? I have my undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Economics and a Master’s degree in Organizational Change and Leadership.  It’s been an interesting journey, but I tell people that my career is really as a salesperson, but I’ve had various experiences where I have used these skills – newspaper advertising sales, college recruiting, non profit and corporate recruiting, diversity practitioner and HR consultant.

What was your inspiration and what helped you become successful? How do you define success? My parents always worked hard and instilled that in me.  I’ve always been driven to have my own and be able to help others.  I’ve transitioned to most roles having been inspired by experiences I’ve had and opportunities available.  Success is in the eye of the beholder.  If I am able to protect and care for the ones I love, have peace and happiness in my life, I am successful.  I fight hard for it.

How do you balance your work and personal life? Often times one has more importance, and we’re curious to know how you’ve handled the balance.  I tell people that I am balanced – I play as hard as I work.  There are times where work does require a shift in energy.  I don’t mind giving it, because I’ll always go back and recoup the personal energy

What is your favorite quote? “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” Muhammad Ali

What’s your favorite part of your job and why? No two days are alike.  I can plan for part of it, but the rest just happens.  It is really fun.  I love the interactions I have with different people every day.

What is your favorite hobby?  I enjoy watching sports.  I have played and enjoy playing tennis and bowling.

What advice do you want to give the next generation of women leaders? Leadership is not easy.  It takes courage, grit and sacrifice sometimes and not everyone can be a leader.  If you want to lead, understand your why. 

What does leadership mean to you? Leadership means focus on something greater than self.  You have to be there for the good and the bad. 

What’s your advice on mentoring? Be careful about who you choose to mentor or who you choose to mentor you.  Be open about what your outcomes are and what are the rules around which you want to engage.

What’s your favorite ice cream? Coffee

Is there any other information that you think Girl Talk members would benefit from? Be confident in who you are.  Be aware of your strengths and opportunities and be willing to listen to insights of others.  Look for every opportunity to be better every day.