UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa .– Beth Albright, a 1989 graduate of the Penn State School of Labor and Employment Relations, will give the school’s 22nd Annual Outstanding Alumni Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 28 at 104 Keller Building at the University Park. His speech, âEnough already?!? Make a Change â, is free and open to the public.
Albright describes herself as a Fortune 500 executive and independent director of the board of directors experienced in multi-billion dollar global transformations.
âLife is a series of changes – I want to show students and alumni how you can navigate those changes more easily,â Albright said.
During her presentation, she will delve deeper into the lessons that have guided her throughout her life and diverse career. She will also present her formula for deciding when to make a change, either personally or professionally.
âIt’s a simple concept. I describe it as achieving a certain balance between two separate lenses. These lenses can be applied to many aspects of life: work, career, relationships, business strategy or volunteering, âexplained Albright.
From there, Albright will discuss how the workplace has changed over the course of her career and how she expects it to continue to evolve in the future.
âIt’s great to have a plan, but you have to be open to the way life unfolds. If you are too rigid you end up missing out on the fullness that life has to offer, âshe said. âThe workforce is changing and there is a connection between the changing world and knowing when it’s time for you to change. “
The lecture will end with what Albright describes as an Essential Life Skill. âYou won’t want to miss this! She joked.
Albright is currently on the board of directors of Darling Ingredients; the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors; and The Power of Professional Women, a nonprofit organization. She has been an active member of the School of Labor Relations and Employment Relations Alumni Board since 2007 and is currently Co-Chair of the Board.
Albright was most recently the Director of Human Resources at Chemours, a DuPont spinoff. Previously she was an Executive at DuPont, Head of Human Resources at Day & Zimmermann and Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources at Tekni-Plex Inc. She also held progressive human resources leadership and leadership roles at Rohm and Haas (acquired by Dow), FMC Corp. and Fluor Daniel.
Additionally, Albright is the founder of Saidia, a transformational human resources consulting firm, and regularly mentors early and mid-career professionals. She is also a philanthropist focused on environmental issues and animal rescue.
Earlier this year, Albright and her husband Scott, also a Penn State alumnus, established the Albright Family Labor and Employment Relations Fund at the College of the Liberal Arts. The purpose of the fund is to enrich the school by providing scholarships or enrichment funding for student activities such as internships, study abroad and undergraduate research.
Albright received a Bachelor of Science in Labor and Industrial Relations from Penn State and an Advanced Certification in Executive Human Resources from Ross Business School at the University of Michigan. She was also SPHR certified (Senior Human Resources Professional) and is a member of the Board of Directors of NACD.
As a student at Penn State, Albright participated in many activities on campus. She was a student-athlete on the University’s diving team; Chairman of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council; member of the Parmis Nous Secret honorary society; played mixed inter-mural football; was treasurer of the Labor Studies Club; and volunteered for the Special Olympics. She was also a founding member and first chair of the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, representing the voice of Division I student-athletes to the NCAA.