© Nathan Mandell
Profile: Beth Hayden '05
Jones Lang LaSalle, Beth Hayden helps align human resources
with company's enterprise-wide strategy
Hayden '05 is similar to many Kellogg School alumni who
excel, catapulting to new heights and more challenging professional
roles with help from connections forged during their business
unlike some of her peers, Hayden says she wasn't really looking
to make a leap when a classmate approached her, after believing
her the ideal candidate for a senior human resources position
with real estate services and money management firm Jones
fact, the Kellogg
Executive MBA Program graduate had declined the very same
role when a search firm contacted her about the opportunity
a few weeks earlier.
asked my classmate if the company had filled the position
yet and he said, 'You would be absolutely perfect for the
job,'" Hayden recalls. "He called the CEO and that's
how our discussion started. It would never have happened if
[this classmate] hadn't intervened," says Hayden, now
the firm's senior vice president and regional director of
human resources for the Americas, a role that finds her aligning
human resources strategy with the company's global objectives.
graduating from Kellogg last January, Hayden has put her insights
and energy to fine use. Her weeks are filled with travel and
the drive to meet new goals to help Jones Lang LaSalle build
a more comprehensive talent recruitment system and further
strengthen training and development.
hired more than 1,200 people in the Americas so far this year,"
Hayden says. "It's a huge opportunity to make a difference
by creating a human resources platform that allows our company
to grow as quickly as the marketplace has." She notes
that Jones Lang LaSalle is a client-focused company whose
investments in people, research and technology "not only
help us create and expand enduring client relationships, but
enable us to continually strengthen our service capabilities."
says that the business prizes people and talent. "People
generate revenue for the firm. Our turnover rate is low relative
to other professional service organizations because the organization
is good to its employees. However, speed to market in converting
talent pipelines is critical to our growth strategy."
previous positions were with a real estate investment trust,
a healthcare organization and a Fortune 500 company. The ability
of her skills to transfer to many different organizations,
she says, has allowed her to see businesses at different points
in their life cycles.
says her Kellogg skills, particularly in finance, marketing
and operations management, have helped her confidently address
the latest business challenges at her firm. Adding quantitative
heft to her liberal arts undergraduate background was one
of the driving forces behind her desire to earn a Kellogg
School MBA. Her most memorable class was Professor Steven
Rogers' Entrepreneurial Finance,
where she learned practical ways to apply the principles of
finance. She particularly enjoyed Rogers' emphasis on job
creation and its economic impact. Most of all, she valued the Kellogg culture
of excellence, leadership, inclusion and collaboration —
cultural values that also attracted her to Jones Lang LaSalle.
Hayden's arduous schedule and professional demands keep her
fully occupied, she still manages to find reminders of her
executive MBA experience among everyday events, which will
prompt a phone call or e-mail. When stress creeps in, for
instance, she thinks of a classmate nicknamed "The Sage"
for his calm demeanor. At other times, classmates call to
inquire about job opportunities with her firm or to plan lunch
when they are visiting Chicago.
Executive MBA Program at Kellogg was an amazing journey and
a world-class learning experience," she says. "There's
real strength in the network we built."