Liz Stevenson, SHRM-SCP
Director, HR business partner,
When Liz Stevenson encountered some health prob- lems a few years ago, she had to rely on family, friends and colleagues for support. The experience taught her “to slow down and recognize what really
matters,” she says.
Now she makes a habit of practicing gratitude. For the past
five years, she has kept a running list of things for which she is
thankful—from little things, such as a steaming cup of coffee
at just the right time, to big ones, such as the birth of a niece or
“I see all of it as a gift,” she says.
She brings the same sense of appreciation to the relationships she has formed through her volunteer work with her
local chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, the Professionals in HR Association (PIHRA), which has
more than 4,000 members in Southern California. Since 2015,
she has served as PIHRA’s vice president of emerging professionals and students. She also chairs PIHRA’s new and rapidly
growing Young Professionals program.
She’s grateful for every moment.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever
After a big moment in your life—whether you’re celebrating
an achievement or looking at a mistake—and you can’t decide
what your next step should be, do the next right thing. None
of us thrive when we are so caught up in our highs or lows that
we can’t move forward.
What are you passionate about?
Learning. I geek out about HR and business strategy
resources. I recently finished my MBA. I still check out books
from the library. I listen to audiobooks and podcasts. I read The
Wall Street Journal daily, and I get excited when my Harvard
Business Review arrives in the mail. I enjoy learning. I also
think it’s critical to my role as a leader.
What do you do in your spare time?
I love to try new things. This year, I started golf and tennis
lessons, and I’m taking a Spanish class at a local community
college. I also cherish spending time with my family and