For Rose Ayuyu Morales, life is an adventure. She grew up on the beautiful island of Guam, located in the Western Pacific, before moving to
California and launching her HR career there. After 23
years, she returned to the island in 2012—and found
it’s the perfect home base as she pursues her love of
When not at work or seeing the world, she
shares her energy and enthusiasm with other HR
professionals as president of the Society for Human
Resource Management’s (SHRM’s) Guam chapter.
Under her leadership, the chapter last year received
a Pinnacle Award, was recognized by the SHRM
Foundation as one of its top 25 fundraising chapters,
and increased membership and attendance at its
monthly breakfast briefings.
But she’s most excited about the work she has
WHAT MOTIVATES YOU?
yet to do. As J.R.R. Tolkien wrote, “The greatest
adventure is what lies ahead.”
Knowing that I made a small difference in someone
else’s life. Seeing the person grow to be a better
individual. Giving back to the community that we live
in. That’s the biggest reason why I volunteer with
SHRM and other organizations.
WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?
I love reading, shopping and, most of all, traveling.
I find every spare moment to explore new places,
which can be hard sometimes living on a remote
island. But that’s the fun in it—trying to figure out
how to get somewhere for a three-day weekend.
The best thing about being on Guam is that within
a few hours, you can get to the Philippines, Japan
and Hong Kong. And in just 45 minutes, you can be
on the beautiful island of Saipan, the largest of the
Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. commonwealth.
WHAT IS YOUR WORK PHILOSOPHY?
Lead by example. Do the right thing. Always give
your best, and never be afraid to ask for help.
ROSE AYUYU MORALES,
Vice president for human