Episode 81 — Mara Neufeld Rivera — Chroma Technology Corp.

Board, Culture, Executives, Talent Management

Summary

Dave and Mara Neufeld Rivera, CHRO, CPO, and Head of People & Culture at Chroma Technology Corp., recorded this episode of The Hennessy Report in front of a live audience at ADP’s HR Conference in late 2022.

There are few company structures as unique as Chroma, being 100% employee owned with even distributed profit sharing. Hear Mara describe the inspiring story on how Chroma was founded, and how they have stayed true to their ideals.

Mara also shares the distinct differences, successes, and questions that arise in such a rare environment. Who protects the culture between HR and their board comprised of employees? How do you decide on talent competencies when hiring in teams?

Mara offers book recommendations such as:

  • Brené Brown’s “Atlas of the Heart,” saying, “if you love language and communication, and emotion, you’ve got to read this book;”
  • “Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow” on making predictions about the future by Yuval Noah Harari, the author of “Sapien’s” and a professor in Israel;
  • and “Immune” by Philipp Dettmer.

You won’t want to miss this episode of The Hennessy Report!

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About The Guest

Mara Neufeld Rivera

Senior HR leader and strategist passionate for helping organizations build best workplace cultures. Expert in developing and sustaining the people leadership practices that contribute to employee engagement, high performance, retention, empowerment, growth and balance. Established best practices for high profile and award-winning organizations. Awarded the 2020 Human Resources Professional of the Year by the Vermont State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Organizational Development | Talent Development | Performance Management | Culture & Change Management | Total Rewards | Talent Acquisition & Management | HR Operations | HR Technology | MS in HR Management | SHRM Senior Certified Professional

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