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Ananda Baron, Head of Talent Management at Atlassian, joins Integrated Talent Management class

Dr. Steve Safier’s and Dr. Laura Dannels' Integrated Talent Management class welcomed guest speaker, Ananda Baron. Ananda is the Head of Talent Management at Atlassian, a global technology firm ranked as a Great Place to Work and recognized for its talent practices by Fortune. Currently, Ananda is working with global leaders to design and launch talent programs that unleash the potential of teams. Ananda has been a People leader in the energy, transportation, and tech sectors. She has overseen several HCM functions such as Talent Strategy, Talent Acquisition, HR Consulting, and Total Rewards.

Thank you, Ananda, for sharing your insights around Integrated Talent Management and advice for building a career in HCM. We have summarized some of our favorite quotes here:

“I fell in love with HCM because of a rotational role where I had one of the most analytic roles of my career combined with the human component. I looked around and realized there was a whole space focused on some of the most expensive and valuable assets in companies, the people.”

“I would highly recommend rotational programs as they give you a view into several different HCM functions – making you a better practitioner overall. When interviewing for rotational programs, most companies are looking for candidates with a growth mindset who are eager to learn.”

“My mentor once gave me the game-changing advice that when starting a new role, you should be 40% confident, feeling excited and 60% sweaty palms, worried about what you’re doing.”