HR and the #MeToo Movement

Presentation Summary:

Sexual harassment claims have been front page news in the past months. Multiple lawsuits have been filed against companies, C-suite management, and boards of directors. Federal, state, and local laws are being passed in response to the wave of claims. Human Resources Leaders are often being assailed as part of the problem rather than being part of the solution.

In this presentation, Marie Chery, Human Capital Management leader will focus on the critical role that HR Leaders must play in creating a culture that mitigates sexual harassment and simultaneously improves the workplace environment for all employees. Her presentation will include specific strategies and tools that are being used to address and prevent sexual harassment in the workplace.


Presenter Bio:

Senior Leader in Human Resources and Human Capital Change Management

Marie Chery is a Senior Human Resources Management Executive with global experience. She has worked with companies in a variety of industries including, Mizuho Securities LLC, Mizuho Capital Markets LLC, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, and Archer Daniels Midland (Cocoa Division).

Marie possesses broad generalist experience with particular expertise in managing change, implementing organizational transformations, and successfully integrating merged and acquired business units. She has been responsible for HR operations, including six unions, across the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

M&A Integrations, Reorganizations & Change Management:

Marie has been successful in managing employee and HR systems integrations following the acquisition of Imperial Sugar and Ecoval into Louis Dreyfus Commodities. She also merged the Cocoa Powder and Chocolate business financial departments at ADM Cocoa ($750 M. Revenue). She has reengineered sales operations, consolidated customer service, traffic and distribution departments and, managed relocations and downsizings for the Cocoa Powder and Chocolate Business whose global footprint stretched across the US, Singapore, Canada, Germany and the Netherlands.

HR Operations & Infrastructure:

Marie selected and implemented Workday as the human capital management, compensation, benefits and payroll system for North America, and set the foundation for global implementation.

Marie led the transformation of “siloed” and transactional HR structures to cohesive and strategic HR functions and has rolled out performance management programs including talent management and succession planning.

Marie also held positions of relevance as a Financial Analyst, Director of Finance & Administration, and Sales Operations.

Global Credentials and Background:

Marie holds an MBA in Finance and International Business from the Stern School at New York University. She holds an Engineering Diploma in Agronomy (MS) from EcoleNationale Supérieure D’Agronomie De Montpellier (SupAgro), France, as well as an MSPlant Production BioPhysiology from Université D’Angers, France. She is also a Franklin Covey Certified Personal Coach.

Marie was born and raised in France and began her career with a French company specializing in training in developing countries where she prospected new markets in Africa, South America, Asia, Middle East and the Caribbean. She operates effectively in French, European and North American business cultures and can help companies to expand into markets on either side of the Atlantic. She is fluent in French, English and conversational Spanish, and German.

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