Human Resources is a great profession and
valuable profession that runs a business. There is nothing more important than
hiring and developing people because, at the end of the day, all businesses bet
on people for growth and not strategies. Finding and recruiting new talent,
training and developing workers, engaging employees, resolving conflict,
keeping the company out of court and keeping an eye on productivity are just
some of the million things HR professionals do. HR professionals consistently
do a great job at people management daily while leading some of the most
important conversations at their respective workplaces and their culture.
As an experienced strategic HR leader,
Elizabeth Sto. Domingo is passionate and results-focused about centering people
and culture and dismantling systemic racism. As the CHRO at United Way of King
County, Elizabeth is attentive to enhancing employee experience while
positioning the organization for the future. This is truly at the heart of
everything she does.
Elizabeth is a driven, versatile, creative
HR professional with over 20+ years of experience that spans private, public
and non-profit organizations at various stages of growth, including start-up,
established and turnaround settings. She is results-oriented and a strategic
problem solver bringing an innovative approach to human resources management.
Challenges are opportunities to get
stronger and more successful
Elizabeth believes success comes when your
passion drives meaningful work to see the change you want to see in the world.
This means finding things in life that can motivate others to have a positive
impact on their lives.
“I’ve reached a point in my life where it’s
not just about me, but also about the people around me and how I can make a
difference in the world,” she states.
Elizabeth sees challenges as opportunities
to find creative solutions to become stronger. Her experience working in human
resources for almost three decades has taught her to focus on solutions and tap
into her creativity when faced with challenges. As a woman and a person of
color, she has faced many adversities and biases, but she says that these
experiences have helped her build resilience and open-mindedness and she has
used these challenges as opportunities for growth.
“I know that when I’m tested or when faced
with unsurmountable challenges, I tend to become stronger emotionally and gain
mental strength,” says Elizabeth.
Elizabeth’s leadership and guidance for
the growth of United Way of King County
As the leader of United Way of King County,
Elizabeth has been able to keep people engaged and stay committed to the
organization during the pandemic. She has implemented impactful initiatives to
build capacity and sustainability, and she has a genuine desire to see people
Elizabeth has partnered with other leaders
in the organization to navigate uncertain and complex changes. Her leadership
style, which combines business acumen with a people-first approach, has helped
United Way of King County evolve as an organization.
The journey and success of a dynamic
human resources leader
The beginning of Elizabeth’s career marked
the point when she realized what brings her joy and what she is good at; “and I
accepted it,” she says.
“I would define myself as a dynamic leader.
My main responsibility as the leader of United Way of King County is to develop
and execute human resources strategy that supports the overall business plan,
enhances the employee experience and helps the organization navigate change,’
Elizabeth believes that there’s always room
for more. She thinks that when we stop learning, we also stop growing. Whenever
she herself fulfills one dream, Elizabeth strives and ensures to move on to the
next. “As long as I’m alive, I’ll keep dreaming, achieving, growing and finding
joy in all that I do,” she exclaims.
Elizabeth also believes that in today’s
uncertainty, the way we lead is more important than ever. We need
transformational leaders so the organization can stay relevant, adaptable to
change, and continue to evolve. This means taking a deeper dive into team
dynamics and building high-performing teams, finding ways to re-engage teams
and guiding organizational change to restore confidence in these challenging
The best recognition Elizabeth claims she
has received as a leader was when people she admires noticed her talent and
actively sought ways to support and grow it.
Elizabeth’s accomplishments as a
Elizabeth has led, designed and implemented learning and development initiatives aligned with the organization’s goals to help shape the work culture into continuous learning, engagement and accountability. She has actively developed HR strategies and internal systems to support the employee life cycle from onboarding to talent and performance management. These efforts have resulted in high-performing teams and increased retention. Also, performance levels have increased by 40%.
Further on Elizabeth has developed and
implemented HR infrastructure during the agency’s start-up phase throughout a
period of rapid growth. She is highly experienced in leading and directly
supervising teams of HR professionals in all HR functional areas. She is also
experienced in management-level positions, including HR Director roles in two
Effectively managing work and personal
Work–life interface is the intersection of
work and personal life. There are many aspects of one’s personal life that can
intersect with work including family, leisure and health. In short, work-life
balance is the state of equilibrium where a person equally prioritizes the
demands of one’s career and the demands of one’s personal life.
In order to maintain a healthy balance
between her work and personal life, Elizabeth tries to stay positive and
prioritize things that are important to her. She makes sure to hire
self-motivated people. She also makes it a point to be present and listen to
Elizabeth’s inspiring message to aspiring entrepreneurs is: to never stay stagnant, it would be almost impossible to fail if you are passionate about something – passion alone will keep you going if nothing else. Change is also inevitable and it’s important to be willing to accept failure, learn from it, and move on.