Featuring Mary Tettenhorst, GCATD President-Elect. This year serves as a year of training for her, as she prepares to take on the President role in 2019.
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a Cincinnati transplant and have lived here for over 12 years. I am originally from a rural area in Southeastern Kentucky, moved to Lexington for my undergraduate degrees at the University of Kentucky (GO CATS!), and moved to Cincinnati to complete my Masters in Human Resource Development at Xavier University. I have held a variety of HR, teaching and talent development roles over the years and am now the Sr. Manager, Organizational Development and Training for Dover Corporation. I reside in Fairfield and am enjoying life with my husband, David, and our two little ones – Sam (5 years old) and Cole (10 months old).
Q: Share more about your role with Dover Corporation.
Dover Corporation is a global organization headquartered out of Downers Grove, IL. We are a family of over 20 companies in a variety of manufacturing environments. My role is focused on supporting the companies in our Dover Fluids segment, which includes two companies here in the Cincinnati area – Hydro Systems and OPW. I started in this role at the beginning of the year after spending over 2 years at Hydro. In this role, I get the opportunity to partner with our companies to explore talent development needs and work with them to create solutions. It may be a unique project with one particular company or creating a solution that spans across the segment.
Q: What is it that you enjoy most about being in a talent development role?
I have a passion for helping people and organizations grow! Throughout my career, I have done this in a variety of settings – as an HR generalist, a Career Coach, a training professional and an internal OD consultant. Talent development is far beyond just training. It is an exciting world that encompasses a wide variety of work – hiring, onboarding, developing talent, engaging employees, strategically partnering with leaders to grow the business and beyond. It is never a dull moment and I enjoy the variety!
Q: Tell me more about your involvement with GCATD. What keeps you volunteering?
I have been involved with GCATD on and off throughout my career. Over the last 5 years, I have been quite active with the Chapter – starting out on the Membership Committee, moving to VP of Membership and now President-Elect. I greatly enjoy my time working with the Board and our many volunteers, as it continues to challenge me to be better at what I do – as a talent development professional and as a leader in the organization. It has enabled me to build and develop skills, that quite honestly, I didn’t know I had! I love getting to know the people and have built a host of friends and colleagues that I can reach out to if I need a helping hand, both personally and professionally.
Q: What do you do for fun?
I find that I stay quite busy with the family. With two little boys, we play a lot of sports, go hiking and have been re-introduced to some quality board games like Candy Land and Shark Attack. When I am not busy with the family, I enjoy getting some down time to read and try to fit in a workout here and there
Q: Where is your ultimate vacation destination?
I have always had a love for travelling! My two favorite trips thus far have been to Ireland and Kauai. We now enjoy annual trips to Gatlinburg and to the beach each year with the family. Looking ahead – I can’t wait to visit more of the National Parks and help the boys fill their Parks Passport books!
Q: What advice would you give to others interested in volunteering?
There are many reasons to volunteer – and just as many reasons keeping many from doing so. With the hectic nature of life, it can seem overwhelming to add something else to the to-do list. For those that are interested in getting better connected to the chapter and looking to grow in the profession – I encourage you to start the conversation about what that might look like. There are lots of ways to give back – as a Board member, through committees or simply by helping out on projects here and there as time allows. If interested, speak up and explore the possibilities!