Huser Wins 'Heart of HR' Award
Carmella Huser (HR)
(Photo by Doug Kreitz)
By Kelen Tuttle
Carmella Huser, Manager of Employee Relations and
Training, has received the second annual Stanford 'Heart of HR' Award. The
prize—a hefty red crystal in the shape of a heart—is awarded yearly at
the University-wide Human Resources holiday party to the HR employee who
exemplifies integrity, team work, compassion and collaboration while
demonstrating significant contributions to HR.
“We all know that Carmella meets all of these
criteria, so it was very satisfying to have her get the award,” said Lee
Lyon, Director of Human Resources. “It’s flattering that Carmella has
Chosen from a pool of all Stanford HR staff, Huser
said she was surprised and honored when she received the award. “It was
a very emotional moment because it never occurred to me that they might
call my name,” she said. “It’s quite a moving tribute.”
In addition to her many accomplishments, the award
specifically recognizes Huser’s unique approach to employee training.
Several years ago, she began educating personnel on legal issues in
supervision by engaging them in mock trials that included issues such as
sexual harassment, race and national origin discrimination and
disability discrimination. Huser and Susan Hoerger, Director of
Employee and Labor Relations for Stanford, designed and presented the
trials in a mock courtroom setting, complete with witnesses, judge and
“Everyone is a little baffled at the beginning,
especially when the bailiff calls out ‘here ye, here ye, court is now in
session.’ But the audience soon gets into it,” said Hoerger.
and Hoerger—both lawyers themselves—didn't have to stretch too far to
play the roles of plaintiff's and defendant's attorneys and present
evidence to ‘juries’ composed of program participants.