Terri Runyon Walker

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Business focused HR executive Terri Runyon Walker, in brief.

July 20, 2022
2 Minutes
Terri Runyon Walker

Home: Chicagoland area.  Birthplace: Dayton, OH.  Profession: Trusted advisor, global human resources executive, DEI leader.  Title: Global HR Executive, VP Human Resources, Talent Leader.  Pronouns: She/Her/Hers.  Significant other: My husband, Greg.  Alma mater: Miami University (Oxford, Ohio).   

Recent recognition: Businessperson first; HR leader and partner.  What’s been your big (or biggest leap)? Moving to multiple cities early in my career, including Chicago, Boston, Dallas and then back to Chicago.  Hobbies: Travel and gardening, especially planting flowers: tulips, dahlias, gladioli.

What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Warm.  Moral compass: Follow the straight and narrow path.  How do you define a perfect friendship? Acceptance, honesty, trust; someone to count on in good times and challenging times.  How do you define an ideal business relationship? The business of business is relationships; the business of life is human connection (Robin Sharma).  What is your greatest joy? My family.  What natural talent have you neglected? Playing the piano.  What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? News anchors and personalities.  How do you relieve stress? Meditation and prayer.  What is your go-to workout? Walking, some weightlifting.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? The beach, family, good food and relaxation.

What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? Family pictures.  Besides your parents, who has had the greatest influence on your life? My maternal grandmother.  What’s the best advice you received growing up? This too shall pass.  What’s the best advice you received in your career? Play to your strengths.  What is your go-to source of creative inspiration? Journaling.

What change would you like to see in the world?

A more inclusive culture. 

What message do you want to send out into the world? We are one human race. What widely held belief do you reject? Manifest destiny.  What mega-trend most excites you? Hybrid and remote work environments becoming the norm.  What mega-trend most concerns you? Climate change and scarcity of resources.

What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? Vanessa Williams (the singer and actress).  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A singer.  What advice would you give your younger self? Don’t worry, be happy.  What day in your life would you choose to re-live? My wedding day.

Personal mission: Raising my children and enjoying life with family and friends.  Favorite quote: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter” (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.). 

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