For Attorney Renee Mundy, every conversation and interaction holds an opportunity to learn something new.
"I am a lifelong learner who seeks to broaden my horizon and knowledge literally every day," she said.
As the vice president for human resources at Lackawanna College, the young woman is responsible for promoting an employee-oriented, high performance culture that emphasizes empowerment, quality, productivity, standards, goal attainment and ongoing development of a superior workforce.
"I see myself as an employee advocate, knowing that if our employees are happy, our students will also benefit," she said.
Having majored in human resources, she was fortunate to find a job in her field during her last semester in school and began as a human resources assistant at the C-TEC Corp. A few years later, she relocated to Philadelphia and became employed by the Hertz Corp. for which she worked for 19 years.
"This afforded me the opportunity to expand my experience and knowledge by holding various local, regional, national and global positions," she explained.
In 2009, she attended Widener University Law School, graduating in 2013 with her degree in law.
Exploring the possibility of moving back home to be closer to family, there was a position available at Lackawanna College, which aligned perfectly with her education and experience and it has been the perfect match for her.
Proud to work at an institution that enables her to be part of the community in so many ways, she joins various college-wide efforts that support diverse organizations and causes vital to the community through service projects, donations and educational programming.
"Lackawanna College's core mission is to help individuals better themselves and the communities in which they live. Everything I do at work is toward that end," she said.
Mundy admires many of her colleagues she has met along her career path and has learned something from every one of them.
"Everyone has different strengths, challenges and a life story that provides a different perspective on how to overcome adversity and make a positive impact," she said.
Mundy is a woman driven to pursue excellence and holds herself to a high standard.
"I am tough on myself and do not quit until a project is done," she said. "I am determined and passionate about what I believe in and what I commit to. I have also had the opportunity to work with some amazing individuals throughout my career."
Born into a large family, she has received tremendous support from them every step of the way.
"I know I am very lucky to know that whatever I decide to try, my husband, parents and siblings are there for me," she said.
Mundy is a member of the Pennsylvania and Lackawanna bar associations, as well as the Society of Human Resources (SHRM) and holds her Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification from the HR Certification Institution and Senior Certified Professional from SHRM. She was a 2008 recipient of the Hertz Leadership Award.