RLPS welcomes Lorenna Stern to the RLPS team as our human resources generalist. She joins RLPS after serving six years of active duty in the United States Army. Completing her Bachelor of Science in HR from Penn State pushed her to enhance her skillset by obtaining her master’s degree and sitting for the SHRM-CP examination. She is looking forward to enhancing RLPS Architects’ talent management and fostering a positive workplace culture for all.
We asked Lorenna some questions to get to know her better:
What was your first job (or one of your favorites) and what you learned from it?
Though the US Army was not my first job, it was the most important one as it pushed me in every way possible to be better. It also drove me to be disciplined both physically and mentally and challenged me in ways I never thought possible. It also taught me how to truly put others first as this was especially important as a noncommissioned officer.
What inspired you to pursue human resources?
I’ve always loved working in an administrative setting, especially working with people. The military allowed me to be exposed to different opportunities and follow my passions, which was a testament to my exceptional leaders. Working in HR was the best thing to happen to me and it was the first time I felt like I had found my calling. This is what led me to go back to school and earn my degree from Penn State.
If you could advise a student on the same career track – what would it be?
I was not a conventional student, as I left school and entered the workforce for quite a while before going back. It was harder having the demands of school while balancing family life and the military. But I am thankful for how phenomenal Penn State is with active-duty military. So my advice is even if you can only take a class here or there, continue to chip away at your educational dreams. It is incredibly important to show your children that it is never too late to accomplish a goal or achieve a dream.
What’s something that most people don’t know about you?
When I was younger, I went on my first cross-country road trip with my childhood best friend and we both liked the south so much we ended up living there for a few years. It was some of the best and most adventurous times of my life. I’m so glad I got to travel the country and create those memories with my best friend.
What is a hobby or special interest of yours?
Anything related to my Ford Bronco. I was never really interested in cars until I saw the Ford Bronco and now it is a passion!
What is a favorite quote or phrase to live by?
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
- Penn State University: Bachelor of Science in Labor & Human Resources and applying to master’s programs
- Six years of Administration & HR experience
- Studying for the SHRM-CP exam
- Member of PSU Alumni Association
- US Army Veteran
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