Rose Miller, President, Pinnacle Human Resources LLC
Alaant Influencers feature regional influencers and local luminaries sharing their career advice and secrets to success—in their own words. These influencers are the people making a powerful impact for good across the community.
Rose is President of Pinnacle Human Resources, LLC, a NYS (#55656) and nationally certified Women-owned Business Enterprise (WBE) in Albany and Syracuse, NY. With more than 25 years HR professional experience, she partners with companies to provide strategic HR support and expert HR best practices while helping them find solutions for their human resources delivery system.
She has served on the boards of many non-profits, chambers and associations and is the monthly HR columnist for the Times Union. She was awarded the Women of Excellence in Management in 2007 and Human Resources Professional of the Year in 2013 from the Capital Region HR Association.
Rose shared the best advice she’s ever been given, her advice to those just starting out in their career, what her superpower is and how she achieves work-life balance:
I grew up in an Italian immigrant home where the girls were expected to marry and have children. College and career were distractions to what was really important. I wanted more and my story plays out like a version of Big Fat Greek Wedding: sneaking off to college and bringing new ideas back home that were met with great resistance. Secretly, my dad was on my side and he whispered in my ear one day: “You go do it!” It was a validating moment that gave me the courage to leave home and pursue my dreams. Never mind the haters. Believe in yourself, you are your biggest advocate. I have always identified with the underdog, the suppressed and the disadvantaged. I love breaking stereotypes and I believe we can all excel if we believe we can.
Be a sponge for learning. Never think you know it all. We must all have the ability and be prepared to learn, pivot and change at a moment’s notice. And to be successful, you need to have a plan and be open to changing the plan as needed. Resiliency is the top quality.
I have an amazing ability to build great teams of people and to rally them around a common cause. I’m a Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings fan and creating amazing fellowship is definitely in my wheelhouse.
It ebbs and flows. It’s important to make sure that when you are doing any one thing you are there and fully present. Focus on the person, the place or the thing whether at work or at play.
Connect with Rose and the Pinnacle team @PinnacleHrllc
Miriam Dushane, Managing Partner
Miriam is all in when it comes to doing whatever she can to help the Capital District grow and thrive. She is passionate about helping talented professionals find the right job and her work in the community is focused on furthering our area as a center of economic vitality. Miriam likes to garden and care for her pets. She is a member of an adult-only skate group where she rollerblades every week. She loves the Mets! And she is obsessed with vacuum cleaners; she really likes to vacuum and has 6 right now.