Ardaman Singh

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Visionary HR leader Ardaman Singh, in brief.

Ardaman Singh

Home: Franklin Park, NJ.  Age: It’s just a number 🙂.  Profession: Human resources. Organization: Greater Somerset County YMCA.  Title: Chief Human Resources Officer.  Alma mater: New York University; Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management; University of Delhi; Loreto Convent.

Current project: Advocate for ALICE – Asset limited, income constrained, employed.  Recent professional development: DEI Certified from eCornell.  Latest accomplishment: Joining the C-Suite.  Latest contribution to others: Volunteer time and financial contribution to United Way of Northern NJ.  Hobbies: I am an avid reader.  Last book read: Take the Stairs, by Rory Vaden.

Personality profile: Warrior for life.  A coconut – hard and strong on the outside, warm, fuzzy and soft on the inside.  What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Reliable. Moral compass: My faith.  What is your greatest joy? My family.  What is your greatest fear? War.  What is your guilty pleasure? Ice cream.  What natural talent have you neglected? Singing.  How do you relieve stress? Meditation and listening to music.  

What was your first paying job? Staffing coordinator for a manufacturing company.  What book have you repeatedly read? Pride and Prejudice.  Besides your parents, who has had the greatest influence on your life? My grandmother.  What’s the best advice you received in your career? Always follow your dreams.  What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? Medicine.  What company or organization do you most admire? United Way.  What world event has had the greatest influence on your life? 9/11.

What is your big idea?

A family that can get three meals a day without working two jobs.

What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field? Create awareness and help fund programs that bring people above the poverty levels.  What change would you like to see in the world? Reduction in poverty.  What widely held belief do you reject? There is no God.  What mega-trend most concerns you? Climate change.  

As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A professor.  After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? Pictures.  How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? Eating ice cream, hugging and spending time laughing with family.  What advice would you give your younger self? Be bold be strong.  What day in your life would you choose to re-live? My school days.  What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? My teen years.

Personal mission: Volunteering and, as I earn more, giving more to the causes that are close to my heart.  Personal motto: Service to mankind.  Favorite quote: “Recognize all humanity as one.  We are all one from one and will melt into the One” (Ek Onkar).  Desired epitaph: Laugh and smile and go make a difference in someone’s life.  Today is the day.

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