Tamara Polmanteer

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Tami PolmanteerTamara (Tami) Polmanteer

 Daymon Worldwide
Chief Human Resource Officer

Years with company:  Three years (Daymon), 17 years (Kellogg’s)

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Nazareth College
  • Member, Society of Human Resource Management
  • CEB Corporate Leadership Council
  • Women in Foodservice
  • World @ Work
  • Women Impacting Store brand Excellence Advisory Board
  • Enactus USA Advisory Board
  • Institute for Corporate Productivity Advisory Board
  • Michigan State University Management Advisory Board
  • Western Michigan University Gary Fund Sponsor

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: Early in my career I had a leader who believed in me, probably more than I believed in myself.  He said, “one day, I will be working for you.” He assigned me projects and stretch assignments that I would have never have had the confidence to go after without his strong support.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to dateA key experience was when Kellogg’s sent me through Cornell’s CHRO academy.  Up to that point, I wasn’t sure if I wanted the pressure of the top HR job in an organization.  That program really cleared away all my doubts and set me on the path to finding an opportunity where I could serve as chief HR officer. This ultimately led me to Daymon Worldwide, where I have worked now for three years.

Most challenging part of your job: The most challenging part of the role is balancing the multiple constituencies that I serve: the HR team, the executive team, individual business leaders, the CEO, the board of directors, and all of our associates worldwide. Being a CHRO is more about emotional intelligence and political savvy than IQ.  It also requires humility, a strong desire to solve problems, and once in awhile the courage to stand-alone.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: To achieve breakthrough performance and make the greatest possible contribution to your employer, you have to stay focused on three things: your own effectiveness in our current role, your contribution to the performance of others, and your use of others’ perspectives and ideas to improve on your work. That is a lot to keep on your plate, but the rewards for you and the organization are tremendous.

Hobbies: I’m crazy for (American) football. Our son played sports from a very young age and aspires to become a professional football coach. In addition, Murphy, our family dog, keeps us busy.