Pat Duncan, SHRM-SCP
Senior HR consultant,
Calyx-Weaver & Associates
Pat Duncan initially wanted to work in a test kitchen developing recipes, which is why she obtained a bachelor’s degree in foods and nutrition.
As often happens in life, she was led down a different
path and now spends her days cooking up ways to help
her clients with their HR issues.
“I love to help people and organizations become the
best they can be,” she says. “I love when I’ve been help-
ing in the background and [others] get noticed.”
She is currently director-elect for the Idaho State
Council of the Society for Human Resource Management
(SHRM). She also has served as the council’s legislative
chair and with the state conference committee. Since
2005, she has held numerous leadership positions with
her local Boise chapter of SHRM, the Human Resources
Association of Treasure Valley, including president, treasurer, certification chair and conference co-chair.
What is your work philosophy?
To operate efficiently and allow technology to work for
me. I think it is important to be open to new ideas and to
listen. It’s amazing what you can learn by paying attention to those around you.
What is your favorite business book?
21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell
(Thomas Nelson, 2006). I love this book because it
helps you become a better person. It teaches servant
leadership—a philosophy in which leaders serve their
employees rather than the other way around—which is
how I like to work.
What do you enjoy in your spare time?
I don’t know where to begin. I enjoy sewing, crocheting
and knitting. I loved making personalized pillows for nine
of my 10 grandchildren. (I made a blanket for the 10th.)
I also like camping, fishing, hiking, gardening, baking—
and life in general!