Lynn M. Stephens, SPHR
Topic: My HR Credo
A few years ago, I was challenged by a mentor of mine to concisely articulate my core beliefs about the HR profession. At the time, there was a lot of talk ad nauseam about Human Resources having a seat at the table, being a strategic business partner, and adding value. There were companies that were doing away with their HR departments, and magazines were publishing articles titled “Why We Hate HR.”
“I wrote the credo in an attempt to crystalize the things I had seen in my experience that I believed countered some of these negative trends about HR. In addition, I wanted to state what it was that I stood for as an HR professional. The presentation will walk through each of the 10 points of the credo and using examples will point out some ways that HR professionals can operationalize these beliefs.
Mr. Stephens was born in Salt Lake City and grew up in Ogden. He attended Weber State College, and graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a bachelors degree in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. After working for the US Department of Agriculture in the Forest Service for 6 years, he returned to school, obtaining a Masters in Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Organizational Behavior from Brigham Young University in 1988.
He subsequently worked for IBM in multiple capacities including compensation, recruiting, human resource information systems, employee relations, and management while living in Austin, Texas and Somers, New York. He then worked for General Electric at GE Capital in Cincinnati, Ohio as a Human Resources Manager. He returned to Utah to work for Novell in Provo as a Human Resources Manager, and was subsequently promoted to worldwide Director of Training and Development, and finally worked as Director of Human Resources for North America.
In 2007, he began work for Mountain America Credit Union in West Jordan, Utah as its Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Internal Communications. Following that role, he returned to IBM as HR Business Development Global Operations Manager, where he works with the human resources side of IBM’s merger and acquisition activities.
He recently worked for 2 years as an Adjunct Professor at USU’s Huntsman School of Business where he taught graduate-level students about HR data analytics.
In addition to work assignments, Lynn is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and holds a lifetime certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). He served on the Board of Directors for the Human Resources Association of Central Utah (HRACU) for several years, including serving as President in 2006.
He and his wife Karol live in Hyde Park, Utah. They have 4 children and 9 grandchildren.