E.L.C. members gain human resources insights

Amy Boutwell, left, and Terrell Taylor speak after Boutwell’s talk to ELC session. Boutwell shared insights on human resources topics.

From handling employee performance documentation to establishing clear performance expectations to the basics of employment law, Meridian Community College's Eagles Leadership Convocation members gained some insight into the world of human resources. 

Guest speaker Amy Boutwell, senior human resources director for Rexel, leading a team of HR directors, HR generalists, and talent acquisition specialists, shared her experiences with ELC members.  

ELC is an academic year-long professional development and leadership program comprising 10 MCC faculty and staff members:  Shaquita Hopson Alfonso, associate director of veterans and military services and C2C coach; Laureta Chislom, executive assistant to the president; Tim Cole, director of custodial and support services; Jamila Brown Coleman, adult basic education instructor; Eric Griffin, Commercial Truck Driving program instructor; Christopher Haralson, athletic trainer and sports information director; Jeanette Howell, support services coordinator; Angie Pickard, human resources director; Erin Richardson, instructional design specialist; and Terrell Taylor, art instructor and Casteel Gallery director.  

Boutwell, whose organization is one of the world's largest electrical distribution companies with more than 26,000 employees, also shared with the group the importance of selecting the best candidate for the job.  

She noted, "We certainly can impact peoples' lives positively, but when it's needed, we've got to step up to the plate and deal with it (personnel issues)." 

A key takeaway from Boutwell's talk was the importance of documentation of employees' performances, Brown-Coleman said. "It goes back to if you don't document it, it didn't happen," she said. 

At the next Eagle Leadership Convocation session, a final group project focused on identifying a College need with a fully developed program/solution will be presented to the President's Cabinet in May.  

To learn more about the Eagle Leadership Convocation, visit meridiancc.edu/elc.