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NPA Newsroom: WIP Newsletter Article

Member Company Updates: Premier Parking; Passport Labs

Tuesday, July 30, 2019  
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Premier Parking hires their first ever Vice President of Human Resources

Premier Parking logoJennifer Belk White joined Premier Parking in July 2019 as its first ever Vice President of Human Resources. As VP of HR, Jennifer directs the company’s leadership and learning, talent planning, employee and labor relations, total rewards, and diversity and inclusion initiatives. She holds the responsibility of creating innovative ways to engage all employees and supporting the culture, systems, and training to drive success.

Jennifer Belk WhiteJennifer previously served as Vice President of Human Resources and Training for Resort Lifestyle Communities, where she was responsible for building the human resources infrastructure to support intense growth. Prior to that, she held leadership roles in Learning and Development at Ignite Restaurant Group, Holiday Retirement, and The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.

Jennifer graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama, and from Western Governors University with a Master of Science in Management and Leadership. She is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Leadership at American College of Education and holds two Senior Professional Human Resources certifications (SPHR and SHRM-SCP).

Jennifer has served on several boards, including those of the Lincoln Community Playhouse and Angel City Chorale. She currently serves as the Education Strategist for the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers (CHART).

Jennifer enjoys hiking, choral singing, and spending time with her husband and their dog and cats.

First Time at Parking Conference

Passport Labs logoMolly Torres
Proposal Coordinator, Passport Labs

Last month I was granted the opportunity to attend a Parking Conference and Expo. As a fairly recent graduate, this was both my first time at there and really my first work conference in general. The parking industry can be an intimidating one to enter, especially for a young woman, but I cannot emphasize enough how valuable this opportunity was! And with the hopes of increasing such value to future young professionals in my shoes, I would like to share some tips for conference first-timers.

Molly TorresBring business cards. Have a set of your own readily available as well as a place to collect others and make a point during every conversation to exchange them. Do not trust your memory, no matter how memorable you think a conversation is! You will simply be overwhelmed throughout the entirety of the conference with new faces, names, and concepts that by the time you are able to collect your thoughts, most specifics will have left you - including that great conversation you promised to follow up with. Luckily, with your trusted collection of exchanged business cards, you can be assured of following through on that promise.

Take notes. This is essential. If your manager has given you the opportunity to attend a conference, they will likely expect you to report back with everything you’ve learned. Even if you are not required, sharing new insights with your team will demonstrate your commitment to your field, will better the knowledge of your team and company, and can push management to budget for more trips in the future. To share these insights, you will want detailed notes to look back on. Again, do not leave anything to your overloaded conference memory. It’s not the same one you know and trust.

Engage a mentor. No preparation beforehand can compare to a mentor on site willing to take you under their wing. If you have colleagues attending with you, connect with them ahead of time and express your interest in attending sessions with them and shadowing meetings or conversations they plan to have. If I had not initiated a mentorship with the coworkers I attended with, I would have missed out on valuable meetings I was specially invited to and important introductions I was able to have made. Drop any reservations of pride or otherwise about vocally seeking guidance - it can only add to your credibility and visible ambition.

Seek out women in the industry. This is more likely to be overlooked than getting business cards and taking notes, but it is something I wish I had made more concentrated efforts toward. There are not nearly as many women in the industry as there should be, which is all the more reason we must seek each other out. Being a woman in a male dominated industry poses a set of challenges our men counterparts simply do not have at the forefront of their minds, and in this way their mentorship cannot compare to that of another woman’s. It is so important to have women inside and outside of your company to learn from. Affecting positive change and leveling the playing field requires each of us building on the successes of those before and around us.

Overall, I had a very successful conference and hope that others can build on my lessons learned. I look forward to this year’s conference having been my first of many!

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