Senior vice president and CHRO
Black Hills Corp.
Rapid City, S.D.
Greatest HR Challenge: Keeping employees safe and focused. More than half of the utility company’s 3,000 employees work in the field, tackling hazardous situations like repairing downed power lines. But some may fail to observe safety policies or practices because they’re distracted or concerned about the health of their family and friends during the pandemic.
Greatest HR Accomplishment: Growing a diverse talent base within the organization. Eight years ago, the company employed two female officers. Today, 10 of its officers—about 35%–are women.