Elizabeth Rissler Pratt is in a constant state of reconstruction and renewal. After raising two daughters as a single
mom while working in HR for a manufacturing
company for 17 years, she went back to school
full time in 2016 and received her bachelor’s
degree in business management in December of
last year. In January, she began an MBA program.
In her spare time, you might find her—power
tool in hand—overhauling a kitchen or bathroom
in an apartment building she owns.
“I am attracted to a feeling of achievement
when a job is done well,” she says.
Just like HR, a home renovation project
requires advance planning, the ability to make
adjustments along the way and “the finish work”
that makes your home or workplace unique, she
Pratt is currently the legislative director for
the Montana State Council of the Society for
Human Resource Management (SHRM). She has
also served as director, treasurer, certification
director and foundation director of the state
council. She is a past president of her local Big
Sky Chapter of SHRM.
WHAT OBSTACLES HAVE YOU OVERCOME TO
GET WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?
Self-doubt. I tended to underestimate my knowledge in the business world. However, I now realize
that I have a broad array of wisdom and experience
that add value in most situations.
WHAT’S YOUR WORK PHILOSOPHY?
Don’t jump to conclusions. When navigating a
problem or confict, take the time to talk with people who have diferent perspectives. Then, develop
a plan to address the situation. Treat people with
respect, in all levels of the company and in life in
WHAT’S THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER
You can do anything that you set your mind to.
Never say “never.”
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