The passion for success came from Kathryn Medina’s father. As a first-generation college graduate, he was determined to provide his children with a foundation to believe that all of their goals were possible. When he became a corporate executive, his job took the family all around the world. “As a child of an expatriate, I was always on the move,” says Medina. “I learned not only how to meet and talk to people, but also how to listen to them and how to look at things from their perspective.” With Strayer University’s online programs, Medina was also able to pursue her education, no matter where she lived.
“Once I earned my undergraduate degree from Strayer University, I was off and running,” she adds. Medina sure ran far, all the way to a presidential appointee serving as the Executive Director of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in Washington, DC. The council is composed of 52 human resources professionals from 26 federal government agencies and departments, including NASA, Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. “I have to be able to convince every member that our decisions are in the best interest of every agency and department—and that can be a challenge,” explains Medina.
She and the council members focus on implementing HR initiatives that can be effective throughout every corner of the federal government. “In the federal government,” Medina says, “people move from one agency to another, so it’s important to have our HR training standardized and in one centralized place.” In addition, Medina helps foster a culture that not only recognizes and rewards the workforce, but also stands up for employees and encourages growth. “We’re going to continue to make sure that motivating employees and keeping them engaged remains at the top of our list,” she states. When Media looks back at her time spent growing up abroad, her education and her family’s support, she understands how her attitude was shaped to believe in the possibility of success. She truly appreciates “each of these experiences for how they prepared me for the future.”