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Abbie Samson Recipient of the 2019 Lisbeth Claus Trail Blazer Award

REDMOND, Wash. – March 29, 2019 – At the 4th Annual Global HR Conference held at Microsoft in Redmond, WA, March 28, 2019, Abbie Samson,SPHR, Director of Human Resources at Inrix, received the 2019 Lisbeth Claus Trail Blazer Award given annually by the HR Roundtable and Global HR Consortium.

The Award Review Committee, made up of Carol Olsby, Managing Director of Carol Olsby & Associates, Inc., Founder and Chair of the HR Roundtable and Co-Founder and Chair of the Global Human Resources Consortium; HR Roundtable leader Scott Baker, Vice President People at Command Alkon; Global Human Resources Consortium leader Kendal Callison, Principal at Callison & Associates; and Lisbeth Claus, Professor of Management and Global HR at Willamette University MBA and first award recipient, unanimously selected Abbie Samson among the nominees.

The award honors an HR Roundtable and/or a Global HR Consortium member who models one of more of the key behaviors (such as learning, transferability, innovation, local and/or global reach and impact) that are focused on elevating the HR profession and building community.

In presenting the award, Claus emphasized that Samson not only shows a progressive HR career over the past decade but also contributes—above and beyond—to the HR Roundtable and Global HR communities by supporting HR learning and development activities of her peers. Samson elevates the work that we do in HR by aligning people to achieve organizational goals.

According to Bryan Mistele, CEO of INRIX,”Abbie has a unique ability to understand the potential impact of business decisions on employees as well as the reactions and abilities of the employees to support the achievement of our strategic goals.” Samson’s HR community of peers also sees her as a role model for balancing the demands of work and life.

In addition to a framed certificate, an engraved crystal award and a free registration package to the next Annual Global HR conference, a donation of $500 is given to the Overlake Foundation. The non-profit organization was chosen by the award recipient to acknowledge the professionalism of the staff at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The HR Roundtable (HRRT) is the greater Seattle area high-technology human resources society with over 200-member companies. This organization is dedicated to providing educational and community building opportunities for HR professionals employed by high technology companies. The Global HR Consortium (GHRC) is the global human resources society with nearly 100-member companies and is dedicated to HR professionals who are either currently working on global HR issues or expect to be in the future.


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