Jennifer Williams graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a Bachelor’s degree in communications and minor in political science. Shortly after graduation she accepted a Sr. HR Coordinator Role with Cardinal Health, a Fortune 20 Corporation that manufactures and distributes medical and pharmaceutical supplies. With little HR knowledge or experience, she helped revolutionize the leave of absence procedures, which led to terminating their third party leave of absence vendor.
She quickly moved into the role of Sr. Specialist, Leave Management, where her contributions helped result in a $250K savings and raised the “Voice of the Employee” scores regarding leave management by 17%.
In December 2010, at the age of 24, Jennifer received her PHR Certification, and after reaching the glass ceiling at Cardinal Health, she moved into a Generalist role at the Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health (CTEH), a science-based company established to provide toxicology and human health consulting services.
During her employment with CTEH, Jennifer has created a temporary employee program that allows the company to fluctuate their headcount numbers as dictated by project need. Instead of relying on staffing agencies to provide temporary employees, Jennifer has equipped project managers with knowledgeable and trained staff that is available throughout the United States.
This has saved the organization countless numbers on fees, training costs, and administrative hours. She has also implemented Learning and Development initiatives including online and live personal and professional training that was not available before she joined the company. Additionally, she has spurred employee engagement initiatives that have helped increase the amount of organizational and behavioral trust within the company. On a recent “Trust Quotient” implemented by Franklin Covey, Jennifer scored 94 out of 100 on her “trust meter” as surveyed by her manager, direct reports, and fellow employees.
A current co-worker with CTEH has this to say about Jennifer: “Jennifer’s work has been exemplary and invaluable to our company for the entirety of her tenure. Jennifer brings both professionalism and perfectionism to every project. Her skills in communication, multitasking, and innovative problem-solving are truly unparalleled.”
Jennifer has been a member of SHRM since 2010 and is active in the Central Arkansas Human Resources Association (CAHRA) serving as VP of Programs and currently as a Workforce Readiness Committee member. She is also VP of Events for the Young Alumni Association at the University of Central Arkansas.
In her free time, Jennifer partnered with Haley Crafton-Flower, Asst. Director of Alumni Relations at UCA, to create a program which partners a current UCA student with a mentor that is currently working in the field that the student is studying. The pilot program, which kicks off this spring, has made waves throughout the campus all the way to the provost’s and President of the University. As a result, Jennifer was asked to speak at UCA’s winter commencement in December.