Meet Shela Borr, Director of Human Resources at Armorous Security & Investigations in Santa Rosa, CA
Following her graduation from Sonoma State University with degrees in Sociology and Business, Shela began a career as a people manager but always had her heart set on moving into HR. She was drawn to HR because helping people grow and develop has always been a part of who she is. In fact, her first job was as a gymnastics coach after competing for years herself and it thrilled her to see the impact she was able to have on so many individuals. This inspired Shela to translate that passion into the business world, and now she gets to do that every day! At work Shela enjoys helping people find solutions that allow them to be their best self, developing support systems for the larger organization, and continuously learning and fine-tuning her skills. In her free time, Shela enjoys going to San Francisco Giants games with family, reading, trying new restaurants with friends, and of course relaxing at home with her kitty!
How did you get started in your career?
While I have always been interested in HR, I got my official start in this field thanks to the pandemic. Like many others, I unfortunately lost my job in the summer of 2020 as a people manager at a fashion/technology company and saw this as an opportunity to pursue a career I have always wanted. To get there, I signed up for online classes, watched webinars, and reached out to professionals in my network for support. By doing so, I was able to leverage my extensive management background into an HR role within a security company. From there I continued my ongoing HR education and leaned on my core belief that people matter to guide me into my current position. Today I am a SHRM certified HR professional at a growing security company as the Director of HR, and each day I have the opportunity to create positive change for those around me!
What's your favorite part about working in HR?
My favorite part about working in HR is getting to work and connect with a wide variety of people. In my current position I am in meetings with our CEO one minute discussing our benefit strategy for next year, and the next I am sitting with an employee coming up with a solution to support them in achieving work-life balance. My day-to-day varies based on current projects, employee needs, and problem-solving - all areas I am passionate about which makes work both exciting and fulfilling. I also really enjoy being in a 24/7 fast-paced industry like security and am so happy to have found a company that shares the values I have!