Working in human resources was not Kimberla Little’s plan. However, when a door opened for the Jackson native to work for Regions Bank, she took the opportunity and hasn’t looked back, rising to become assistant vice president, human resources for Regions Financial Corporation.
“My desire was to establish a career in pharmaceutical sales,” she recalls. “I was working in a medical sales role for a medical staffing company when I was contacted about working as a senior recruiter for Regions. That was nine years ago and I am still thanking God that He had a better plan for me.”
In South Mississippi, Little is responsible for providing human resources consultation for 400 managers and associates with an emphasis on recruiting, employee relations, performance management and employee development.
“Working in human resources certainly has its challenges but it is also rewarding,” Little said. “What I enjoy most is making a positive difference in the life of someone else. Whether that be through recruitment, training and development, or associate relations, I look for ways in every situation to build relationships that will be effective towards the common goal of both our company and the individual.”
Although the challenges for human resource professionals depend on many different variables, as a whole Little thinks retention and developing a culture that is attractable to candidates are the main ones. “To stay competitive in a challenged job market, human resources professionals will need to have a strategic approach to cultivating an environment that is attractive to current associates and potential hires,” she said.
The Regions associates and customers keep Little motivated.
“Our customers depend on our associates to provide them with exceptional customer service, and our associates depend on Regions to provide them with tools and resources that will assist them with their job responsibilities,” she said. “I consider myself one of the resources for associate development so my motivation lies within my desire to serve them.”
This busy 38-year-old professional says others might be surprised to learn that she attributes everything she’s accomplished to her strong faith in God
“In my own strength, I can do nothing but with God, I can do all things. That’s not to say that my life is perfect or that I have not made mistakes but I believe that even with my imperfection, I am perfectly made in His eye.”
Little is single and currently her teacup Yorkie, Twinkie, is the love of her life.
When not working, she enjoys watching football and is involved in a number of community organizations.
“I love football,” she says with enthusiasm. “I wish it could be year round. Whether it’s the mighty Callaway Chargers, the Jackson State University Tigers or the Steel Curtain Pittsburg Steelers, I am in my happy place during football season.”
The daughter of Willie and Gertha Little, Kim Little is a graduate of Callaway, Jackson State and Belhaven University, where she earned a Master of Science in Leadership in 2012.
Her community activities include a provisional membership in the Jackson Junior League, membership in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated and Leadership Jackson 2012-2013. She serves on the boards of Dress for Success Metro Jackson, Jobs for Mississippi Graduates, Mississippi Faith Based Coalition and Destination Jackson.
Little is also a member of the Mississippi Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2014.
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