Katy Barclay

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Barclay,-KatyKaty Barclay

 The Kroger Co.
Senior Vice President of Human Resoures

Years with company: 5 years

Education Degrees:

  • Michigan State University, BA
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MBA

Professional/Volunteer Organizations:

  • National Academy of Human Resources, Chair
  • Human Resource Policy Association, board member
  • Cincinnati United Way Women’s Leadership Council
  • Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, board member

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: I’ve been very fortunate to be connected with strong, helpful leaders during my career.  At an early stage in my career, I made a point to identify powerful attributes of these leaders and learn to emulate them.  It’s a gift to have the opportunity to learn from others, and I give that advice to young professionals seeking tips for their personal development.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment oyour career to date? I am most proud of being in the people and leadership business. It’s the lifeblood of a company.  The fact that I’ve had the opportunity to help so many others achieve their leadership and career potential is endlessly rewarding.

Joining Kroger five years ago is my defining moment, because I have been given the opportunity here to apply to a great company all of my experience and knowledge gained in 30 years in the HR business.

Most challenging part of your job: Prioritizing and allocating my time in a way that creates the most value for our company. Staying focused on the things that matter most is something I work at every day.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: Get as much experience as possible in different parts of your company. It builds your business skills and helps you learn how real value is created.  Keep stretching yourself and get out of your comfort zone.

Hobbies: Music, playing piano, tennis .