The desk of the CHRO with Carol McBride


Talent Champions with Diana Thomas brings you relevant and engaging discussion focused on issues facing the world of HR and talent development. Your host, Diana Thomas, is a prominent leader in the talent development space, not only as a seasoned talent VP for McDonald’s Corporation, but also as an executive coach and advisor to high-potential leaders.

Chief human resource officers are challenged to be strategic business partners by recruiting talent for open positions and filling the leadership pipeline for future needs—all while balancing the day-to-day HR needs of a growing workforce. Carol McBride, CHRO of Germania Insurance and author of HR, Where's your freaking sense of humor? talks with Diana about what her team is doing to meet business needs and how she stays relevant in a competitive field. Carol also offers important advice for aspiring CHROs. 

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About the Author

Diana Thomas

As a proven successful executive, Diana brings decades of experience, expertise and education to her coaching with business executives, teams and learning/talent leaders to increase their impact, inspire committed followership and engagement, and build strong diverse teams that pull together to achieve Winning Results. In addition to coaching, Diana is a partner and trainer with Clean Language for Coaches Resource Center. She is the co-author of the 2018 strategic leadership book, Be More Strategic in Business: How to win through Stronger Leadership and Smarter Decisions. Diana began her career as a McDonald’s restaurant crew member in 1979, and rose to become Vice President of Training, Learning & Development for McDonald’s USA. In this role, she led all aspects of training and development including the restaurant training curriculum at Hamburger University, McDonald’s global training center of excellence.

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