A principal with IA, Mary has more than fifteen years of experience working within organizations undergoing HR transformation. At her core, Mary is a builder and a problem solver. Her HR experience includes operations, learning and development, leadership and organizational development, and performance management.

The challenge of skills-based hiring

By Mary Faulkner / Nov 21, 2023

When you trace the history of hiring after the Industrial Revolution, you don’t have to go back very far to realize that a lot of it was tied to who you knew and how you presented yourself. It was all too easy to fabricate a backstory that looked good on paper. Sprinkle in a few […]

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Don’t let ‘technical debt’ drag down your employee experience

By Mary Faulkner / Sep 25, 2023

As a child of the late 1970s/early 1980s, I was surrounded by the latest and greatest that home gadgets had to offer. We had the original Pong, an Atari 2600, the Osborne Executive portable computer, and anything else we could get our hands on. If it didn’t exist yet, we were bound to create it. I remember […]

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Not All Admins Want to Be Strategists

By Mary Faulkner / Aug 9, 2023

I know, I know…yet another post about artificial intelligence and all the impact it’s going to have, yada yada yada. Trust me, I’m kind of over it, too. But much like climate change, Covid, and documentaries about Wham!, AI is ubiquitous and here to stay. While we have only scratched the surface of how AI may impact […]

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Was corporate diversity a failed experiment?

By Mary Faulkner / Jul 17, 2023

Once upon a time, Keirsten Greggs and I had a conversation about the ability of recruiters to help shape the makeup of a company’s workforce. I don’t recall the entire conversation, but I think the gist of it was that we both think diversity is important and that recruiters can ensure they source diverse candidates. […]

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Recruiting strategy is hard when you can’t do the basics

By Mary Faulkner / Jun 13, 2023

Talk to any talent acquisition leader and they will tell you that their goal is to get their team to a place where they are a strategic partner with the business. They want to assist with workforce planning, advise leadership as to what skills are missing from their team, and help shape the employer brand […]

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Industry conferences and the art of relevancy

By Mary Faulkner / May 25, 2023

As I type this, I am on my way to host a panel at the ERE Recruiting Conference in San Diego. It’s my first conference since last Fall’s HR Tech, which is an anomaly for me. Back in the day, I would attend and speak at several conferences a year, and I always appreciated the […]

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Does Agile HR really work?

By Mary Faulkner / May 17, 2023

The evolution of how we talk about work is fascinating. From the early days of agrarian life, the focus on manufacturing at the start of the Industrial Revolution, and the emergence of the corporate office and beyond, people have tried to find a framework that reflects both the work being done and the changing world around […]

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ChatGPT and the dark side of AI

By Mary Faulkner / Feb 21, 2023

Note: A version of this post appeared on HRExecutive.com in January 2023. There has been a lot written about the emergence of ChatGPT and the impact it will have on everything from college term papers to journalism. It’s a fascinating topic that simultaneously fills me with both amazement at the technology and a sense of […]

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Ideal future state: the art of the possible

By Mary Faulkner / Oct 31, 2022

Note: A version of this post appeared on hrexecutive.com in October 2022. The excitement from an HR transformation comes from the promise of something better. That makes sense. After all, the organization wouldn’t have chosen the transformation path if it hadn’t recognized the need to do things differently. Getting started can be difficult enough; what […]

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The Carnival of HR is here!

By Mary Faulkner / Aug 31, 2022

IA is pleased to be hosting the Carnival of HR for August 2022. Yes, it’s the last day of August, but it still counts, so hush. This month, we focused on the theme of Total Rewards. Organizations are starting to shift the way they think about retaining their employees, focusing less on medical and dental […]

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