Teresa leads the Human Resources function at Purple where she drives integrated strategies to attract, retain and grow the firm’s talent. Teresa is extremely passionate about creating best-in-class employee and candidate experiences. She loves concepting and building innovative programs that help organizations scale. Before joining Purple, Teresa spent 15 years in the not-for-profit sector. That included serving as an HR business partner to executives at the National Audubon Society, where she led organizational initiatives that elevated recruiting, onboarding and employee development functions. Earlier in her career, Teresa held various HR roles at the American Institutes for Research, supporting a wide range of recruiting and professional development projects. She holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Management from The George Washington University, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from James Madison University. Teresa also makes it her business to travel and explore new cultures, or just get outside for a long hike.
“I tell people just starting out to work hard at knowing who you are and who you are not. Understand what excites you or scares you. Develop and believe in your own personal brand. Be curious and treat everyone you meet with kindness and respect. Try to learn from every experience. I promise, that will take you far in your career.”
“Purple’s dedication to putting culture first is both meaningful to me as an HR professional, and incredibly important to our very talented people. Beyond the standard practice of framing the company values in conference rooms, everyone gets the benefit of real feedback, and good dialogue about change. That builds authentic, trusting relationships. And it sets a path for creativity, continuous innovation and unique leadership opportunities at all levels.”
“HR has experienced an incredible evolution over the last few decades. We’re no longer transactional professionals buried under mountains of paperwork and administrative minutia. My role has always been – and will continue to be – centered on attracting and retaining the best talent to support the needs of the business, and developing strategies that balance those needs with what’s important to our employees. That means having alternating roles as coach, advisor, counselor, recruiter, data analyst and advocate.”